Lovely Northumberland

A couple of weekends ago we went to Northumberland to attend a wedding and decided to make a weekend of it. It was wonderful to have a relaxing break in such beautiful surroundings so I thought I’d share a few pictures with you.

We stayed at Ash Cottage in Craster which was just lovely and perfect for what we needed. We went to the local pub for tea on the Friday night and enjoyed the last of the evening sunshine.

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The next morning we had a big self catered breakfast, and then went out for a short stroll before getting ready for the wedding.

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The wedding was at Newton Hall which was beautiful. If you ever have a chance to go I’m sure you’ll love it. The food, setting, atmosphere, decor… all amazing!

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The flowers were beautiful and reflected the groom's Scottish roots

The day after the wedding, there was a barbecue at Dunstan Hall where some of the other guests had stayed. Afterwards everyone started to head home but we were staying for one more night so decided to have a wander down to Craster.

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Can you see the crabs & lobsters?
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I can see the sea!

It’s a lovely little village. I’d love to show you a picture but the only one I took has a great big thumb over the lens! The sun was so bright I couldn’t really see what I was doing! We bought an ice cream then had a stroll along the coast in the direction of Dunstanburgh Castle.

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Afterwards we went for a cheeky pint (maybe two!) but then it started to get chilly so we went back to the cottage for a quiet night in.

The following day we had planned to go to Alnwick Garden on our way home and fortunately the weather stayed just nice enough to enjoy it. First we thought we’d check out another local beach which was lovely and quiet. Just us and a few dog walkers. Bliss! (Windy as hell but bliss!). You can see Dunstanburgh Castle from the other side here.

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We had a little stroll down to that rocky part you can see above and then set off to the garden.

We had a great time at Almwick Garden. It filled me with inspiration for my own (slightly neglected) garden. After wandering around half of it we were ready for lunch and had some of the best fish & chips I’d ever had! We then walked around the other parts of the garden.

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I blooming love aliums!
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My lupins haven't flowered yet

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I loved the water features and sculptures. They had lots of my favourite flowers too although we were too early in the year to see the rose garden in bloom. I suspect it is quite beautiful when it’s they’re all out.

Before we left we bought ice creams again – it was a weekend away, them’s the rules! It was a fantastic and much needed weekend away. I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into it.

S x

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