The cottages at Little Hideaways have been busier than usual this winter, with more guests discovering Northumberland for the first time, mild and sunny weather and lots of bookings and enquiries going into summer and even New Year 2020-2021.
It’s not just staycationers enjoying a UK break, we’re seeing an increase in international visitors this summer too.
Take a look at a recent trip we took, in the midst of storm Ciara! All these pictures were taken during our visit, so it really does show, whatever the weather, Northumberland looks fantastic!
Howick Hall Gardens opened for the season this week and is now open daily. Most people visiting Northumberland head straight to Alnwick Garden as a more well-known visitor attraction.
If you’re looking for a more natural garden then we love Howick Hall Gardens.
OK, so we might be biased, why? Rob grew up running wild and free in the acres of woodland and gardens and my father in law is the head gardener in charge of the historic and idyllic grounds, collecting seeds from around the world to bring back and propagate in Northumberland.
The gardens are a delight for the senses, February sees carpets of snowdrops. Meander the paths and woodland with a sea of white before heading to the tea room for the infamous cakes!
We can’t recommend the tea room enough, it’s a family affair and Rob’s Uncle and Aunties create scrumptious cakes and delicious lunches.
Whilst this is the first week of the season, the gardens go from strength to strength with tulips and daffodil displays to follow the snowdrops.
Rhododendrons to get lost in through the silver wood, the pretty and quaint bog garden, lavender surrounding the historic hall itself in the summer and the brand new sensory garden made in association with the autistic society.
Here for a day trip? Take a stroll down the long walk and through the arboretum where you might spot the returning swans on the pond.
Best off all Howick Hall Garden’s sit on the coastal road and only around 11 miles from Seahouses, dog’s aren’t allowed in the gardens.
What else is there to do on a rainy day?
Barter books is a great place to shelter from any winter weather. A short drive away to Alnwick the old train station which closed to trains in 1968 is now home to a huge second hand book collection, originally based on a book swap system. Large open fires, a model railway overhead, 40 ft murals and a café that serves deliciously warming food! (We’d recommend the macaroni cheese!)
Dogs can go too!
When the sun does come out!
Head to Embleton Beach where you can walk half an hour from Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club to Low Newton and The Ship Inn. Indulge in lunch time drinks and fresh crab sandwiches caught by local fishermen.