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Beacon Hill Hideaways

Beacon Hill Farm Bluegrass HideawayAre you looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and noise of daily life? We may have the answer for you.

Bluegrass and Ryegrass, our luxurious Shepherd’s Huts, each offer an idyllic haven for a self-catering, glamping-style holiday for two in scenic Northumberland.

Beautifully located in a south-facing wildflower meadow, these perfect hideaways have been built to a superb standard. They are 30 feet long, and have three rooms and westerly-facing terraces. They are just a short stroll on a wood-chip path from the Spa – you can even walk there in your slippers!

Beacon Hill Farm WoodThe 360 acre estate has a 40-acre, semi-ancient beech wood, a beautiful lake and magical views, with many lovely walks from your door.

Bluegrass and Ryegrass may be styled as a shepherds’ huts, but they still designed for modern living, with electricity, full central heating and mains drainage. They are lovely and warm, and suitable for all-year-round use. The location is absolutely stunning – the Hideaways have got the best site on Beacon Hill and each Hideaway has privacy and a great view.

Bluegrass KitchenThey both offer exactly the same quality of comfort and fitting. The living area has a combined microwave / oven, halogen hob, fridge, Belfast sink, and masses of utensils – everything is provided. There is good Wi-Fi, a Bose Bluetooth speaker for use with your own smart phone or tablet, and a digital radio.

The living area has a combined microwave / oven, halogen hob, fridge, Belfast sink, and masses of utensils – everything is provided. There is good Wi-Fi, a Bose Bluetooth speaker for use with your own smart phone or tablet, and a digital radio.

The bedroom has a luxurious 5-foot bed and a Smart TV. From your bed, you can look through a large Bluegrass Bedroomwindow towards the beech woods and across the fields to the Northumberland coast eight miles away.

An adjoining bathroom has a shower, loo and basin.

Heating and hot water are provided by a gas boiler and radiators, and there is also a log-burning stove. Logs and kindling are included and outside each hut there is a barbecue/fire-pit.

The Hideaways are available for two and three night weekend breaks or two and four night midweek breaks. The location is glorious and the Spa facilities are a short walk away through the gardens!

To book or for more information Click Here to visit the Beacon Hill Farm Website

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Save On National Trust Membership

National TrustThe National Trust is Britain’s largest conservation organisation, caring for over 300 historic houses, 700 miles of spectacular coastline and 600,000 acres of beautiful countryside.

The National Trust has been conserving the nation’s treasures for over a hundred years and is a charity that receives no direct support from government. The National Trust does not cover Scotland, although membership does allow free entry to properties owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

Why should you join The National Trust?

  • Great value – with membership prices starting at as little as £27.00 you can visit hundreds of fantastic places in England, Wales & Northern Ireland as many times as you like.
  • FREE car parking at most National Trust countryside, woodland and coastal car parks.
  • Children under 5 go free.
  • The National Trust membership pack which contains:
    • Members’ Handbook – the essential guide to all the Trust’s properties, opening times and locations.
    • The National Trust Magazine – published three times a year with news, views, articles, features, gardening tips and letters.
    • Regional Newsletters – updates on the special events and activities in your area.
    • Car parking sticker – free parking at most National Trust car parks.
    • Map Guide – your guide to over 300 beautiful buildings and 200 glorious gardens.
    • Free National Trust Binoculars.
    • Get 2 Months FREE membership if paying by Direct Debit using voucher code NT15061MO (valid only until September 30th 2015)


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The Lindisfarne Hotel – Holy Island

The Lindisfarne Hotel


The Lindisfarne Hotel

Sean & Jacqueline Atkinson purchased the The Lindisfarne Hotel in 2008 and have since updated all the accommodation and added a wheelchair accessible en-suite bedroom.
The Hotel is strictly no smoking, apart from the lawns and patio area, and pets are not allowed.
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a magical location with secret beaches, wonderful wildlife, and offers perfect tranquility.

We have personally visited this hotel a number of times now and the Lindisfarne Hotel is spotless and serves a very good English breakfast and highly recommended

The hotel provides an excellent base to discover everything that Holy Island has to see.
Holy Island is accessed from the mainland via a tidal causeway which floods daily, cutting the island off. Lindisfarne is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is steeped in religious and cultural heritage.
Lindisfarne has been a centre for Christianity since AD635 and there are many religious sites to visit such as “The Church of St. Mary”, “St. Aidan’s Church”, “The St. Cuthbert’s Centre”, “The Lindisfarne Priory and Castle” and of course St. Aidan’s Winery, home of Lindisfarne Mead.
If walking is your forte there are miles of unspoilt coastline with secret beaches to the north of Holy Island.

The Lindisfarne Hotel, on Holy Island (Lindisfarne), has 8 en-suite bedrooms, one of which is fully wheelchair accessible, including the shower room. At The Lindisfarne Hotel they have 2 x Double – 2 x king Size – 1 x Four Poster – 3 x Large Super King or Twin Bedded Rooms.

TARIFF: – Per room, per night on a Bed and Breakfast basis – prices include vat
Double: £90.00 / King Size: £95.00 / Super King: £110.00 / Twin Beds: £120.00
Holy Island50% non refundable deposit required to secure your booking.
Lindisfarne Hotel can be contacted by:
Phone: +44 (0)1289 389273

Proprietors: Sean & Jacqueline Atkinson

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A Few Pictures Around A Recent Visit To Holy Island

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England. It is also known just as Holy Island. It constitutes the civil parish of Holy Island in Northumberland. Holy Island has a recorded history from the 6th century. It was an important centre of Celtic Christianity under Saints Aidan of Lindisfarne, Cuthbert, Eadfrith of Lindisfarne and Eadberht of Lindisfarne. After Viking invasions and the Norman conquest of England a priory was reestablished. A small castle was built upon it in 1550.

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Some Fun Facts About Scotland

ScotlandThe Gaelic word for Scotland is Alba.

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom (in the North West of Europe), occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain.

Scotland is a mountainous country and shares a border with England to the South and is bounded by the North Sea to the East, the Atlantic Ocean to the North / West, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the South West.

Scotland consists of over 790 islands (with around 130 inhabited) in addition to the mainland, including the Northern Isles, (sometimes known as the Shetland Islands) and the Hebrides.

Edinburgh is the country s capital and second largest city as well as one of Europe s largest financial centers. It was also the first city in the world to have its own fire brigade.

The largest city in Scotland is Glasgow.

The highest point in Scotland is Ben Nevis at 1,343m.

Scotland is famous for its fresh water lochs (lakes) – there are over 600 square miles of them. The most famous is Loch Ness where a dinosaur like monster is said to lurk in the water but this has not been proven.

Famous Scottish inventors include Alexander Graham Bell (Telephone) and Alexander Fleming (Penicillin).

Edinburgh CastleCulture lovers from around the world come to Edinburgh for its famous arts festival.

The national flag of Scotland is known as the Saltire or St. Andrew s Cross.

“Flower of Scotland” is popularly held to be the National Anthem of Scotland. Scotland the Brave is used for the Scottish team at the Commonwealth Games.

The largest lake in Scotland is Loch Lomond: 60sq km (40 km long).
St Andrew s Day (30 November) is the national day, although Burns Night tends to be more widely observed.

Scotland currently has a population of just over 5 million.

Edinburgh, like Rome, was built on seven hills.

Tourism is recognized as a key contributor to the Scottish economy. A briefing published in 2002 by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) for the Scottish Parliament s Enterprise and Life Long Learning Committee stated that tourism accounted around 5 of GDP and 7.5 of employment in Scotland.

Glasgow City ChambersFamous musicians from Scotland include Annie Lennox, Wet Wet Wet, Travis and Simple Minds.

Members of the European Union can apply for jobs in Scotland and other nationalities can apply for a visa subject to meeting requirements.

The most famous football teams in Scotland are Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers.

Scottish music is an important aspect of the nation s culture, with both traditional and modern influences. A well known traditional Scottish instrument is the Great Highland Bagpipes, a wind instrument consisting of three drones and a melody pipe (called the chanter), which are fed continuously by a reservoir of air in a bag.

The thistle is Scotland s Floral emblem.

There are many famous universities in Scotland including the University of St. Andrews, Edinburgh University and Glasgow University.

The currency in Scotland is Pound Sterling.

The longest river is the Tay at 121 miles.

Scotland is in the Greenwich Mean Time time zone.

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