It doesn’t matter how many times we go back there’s always something to do at Lumbylaw Farm. For the children it’s Alnwick Castle, just down the road, where they filmed Harry Potter (remember the Quidditch match!!) as well as the fantastic Victorian railway arches and trackbed within walking distance of the cottages where you can wander through some of the loveliest scenery in the whole of England. And for all the family you’re within walking-boot distance of the fabulous ruins of 12th Century Edlingham Castle and the beautifully kept church of St John the Baptist which pre-dates the Normans. It’s easy to see why this particular bit of England’s green and pleasant was fought over time and time again; the history lives in the land to this day.
Suddenly you’re in the middle of nowhere, on a working farm with some the most contented cows Jane and I have ever seen: acres of rolling green as far as the eye can see and a hypnotic peace that coats you like chocolate. Cragside (National Trust) is v close with its amazing Upstairs Downstairs-type house, gardens and working industrial machinery circuit and up the coast towards Berwick we drove the car across the sea-soaked causeway into Lindisfarne aka Holy Island for the story of early Christianity and one of the most beautiful domestic castles we’ve ever seen. The tide will cut you off if you’re not careful, but the pubs offer a warm welcome, in case you’re really unlucky and HAVE to stay.
There’s Woodhorn Colliery about half an hour away (FREE entry!!!), jam-packed with the history of coal mining and what it was like to work down the pits and in Alnwick itself there’s Barter Books, the BEST and what feels like the biggest second-hand bookshop in the world, some brilliant (and inexpensive) eateries and a terrific pint of Black Sheep bitter.
No wonder guests book for next year as soon as they arrive: Sally and Robert make you feel really at home. The cottages are spotless and the welcome’s as warm as anywhere we’ve ever been. I loved that there were plenty of books and suggestions on where to go and what to see. How long would it take to see everything that this extraordinary and ancient borderland has to offer? Well, someone had written in the Visitors Book: “Eighth time!!!” That’s how long, I guess. We’ll be back!
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- Lumbylaw Cottages Alnwick, Northumberland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amidst picturesque Cheviot and Simonside Hills our two self-catering holiday cottages are situated on our organic beef and sheep farm. Walk in grounds which feature medieval Castle and five-arch Victorian viaduct over the valley. The cottages are adjacent to hamlet of Edlingham and are a perfect location to explore delights of Northumberland both coastal and inland. Lumbylaw Cottage - 6 people (3 bedrooms,2 bathrooms); Garden Cottage - 2 people (one double bedroom). ... more less