Archive for the ‘Northumberland’ Category

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Seahouses And The Farne Islands

Friday, April 15th, 2011
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Many visitors on a cottage holiday are drawn to the colourful fishing village of Seahouses, which lies, on a stretch of Northumberland coast, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A series of three short walking tours with informative panels have been created to enable the visitor to discover the area, together with an accompanying quiz for children, available from Seahouses tourist office. It’s proximity to many of Northumberland’s top visitor attractions make Seahouses and the surrounding area an ideal place for a Northumberland cottage holiday; the village also provides access to the Farne Islands, with various boat trips leaving the harbour each day.
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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Berwick Upon Tweed

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
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Many visitors on a cottage holiday are drawn to the historic stone-built border town of Berwick, which sits dramatically on the Tweed estuary and is England’s northernmost town. Changing hands between England and Scotland no less than a staggering 13 times between its capture by the Scots in the 11th century and its eventual retaking by the English in 1482, Berwick had become Scotland’s leading seaport and a place of considerable wealth and distinction.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Warkworth

Friday, February 4th, 2011
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Just seven miles south east of Alnwick, and a mile from the nearest sandy beach, the quaint village of Warkworth is well situated for a cottage holiday in the region. Boasting a near-complete church dating from Norman times, a rare example still in such good repair from this era, the main visitor attractions in Warkworth are a fine twelfth century castle, nearby Warkworth Hermitage and the town’s Norman bridge. The castle’s most famous owners were the Percy family, also proprietors of nearby Alnwick castle, and whose distinctive lion crest is displayed on many of the well-preserved bastions of the fortress. The castle keep dates back to the 14th century, and, unlike many, preserved its roof during the dissolution of the monasteries and remains almost entirely intact, as do the impressive circular, turreted walls. Further along the river Coquet, on which Warkworth castle stands, Warkworth Hermitage was the medieval cave dwelling of a local holy man, accessible only by boat across the river.

To find out more, why not browse our self catering holiday cottages in Warkworth?

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Completing The Alnwick Trilogy

Friday, January 14th, 2011
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In previous blog entries, we’ve looked at things to see and do when you stay at one of our holiday cottages in Alnwick and Alnwick Castle. Today we complete the trilogy with our 2 minute, tea break guide to Alnwick Gardens. (more…)

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Alnwick Castle

Monday, December 6th, 2010
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Dominating the town, magnificent Alnwick Castle was constructed high above the river Aln in the 11th century, providing a fortress to defend against raiders from the north during the border wars of the ensuing centuries. The castle is the second largest inhabited castle in Britain and been the ancestral home of the Dukes of Northumberland since the 13th century. Together with its superb gardens, Alnwick Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northumberland and is an excellent day out for all the family. An arresting and dramatic sight, the castle and its grounds have been used regularly as a film set for many period dramas. Harry Potter-loving visitors young and old will recognise it instantly as the setting for Hogwart’s school in JK Rowling’s blockbuster Harry Potter films. (more…)

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