Monday, 17 October 2011


We have just returned from a week's holiday in Northumberland and what a stunning county it is!  We stayed in a really pretty cottage in the Breamish valley.

Being National Trust members we visited a lot of their properties to get our money's worth of the membership fee!  This is Dunstanburgh castle which is on the coast.

We also visited Wallington and Cragside.

These two houses had amazing kitchens; these are always my favourite rooms as I like to look at all the items of cookware and kitchenalia used in bygone days.

 An early dishwasher.

I just love this cabinet of moulds.

We also visited Alnwick Castle where some of the Harry Potter films have been filmed.  It is the home of the Duke of Northumberland and is crammed full of beautfiul and priceless treasures.  Sadly photography was not allowed.  We had lunch in the Treehouse restaurant which was novel!

 We weren't able to do or see as much as we'd hoped as time ran out but we will definitely return.  The scenery is breathtaking and the locals very friendly.

with the odd exception!!


  1. that looks like an amazing place, I love the treehouse too, incredible!

  2. I bet you did'nt want to come home, stunning.

  3. I am so glad you had a lovely time and got to visit all the National Trust properties too. Wallington and Cragside are both favourite places of mine, and I agree that the kitchens are wonderful to see.
    The cottage you stayed in looked lovely too.
    Abby xx

  4. Oh how lovely, such wonderful photos.
    That cottage is so pretty.
    A friend of ours is getting married in Alnick Castle in January so I'm looking forward to that.
    Hope you are doing ok lovely lady.

  5. Wonderful images. I am like you and love to see the working kitchens. I have never been to Northumberland but it is on my list of places.
    Carol x

  6. Great photo's! I have never visited Northumberland but have always wanted to, the castles look so romantic somehow........

  7. Have just been catching up with your posts.I can see why your Mum wanted her resting place to be at Daymer Bay,it is so beautiful there.We will have to walk along to Polzeath next time.We walked along to Rock,in the other direction.On our last visit we went to see that little church,and it was being decorated for a wedding the next day.What a lovely place to get married!Northumberland is at the top of our 'places to visit' list.We are also members of the NT, and enjoyed looking around Lanhydrock while we were in Cornwall.It's really worth a visit. :0)

  8. You certainly found a lovely cottage Ruth. Glad you managed to fit in some National Trust properties too.
    The kitchen at Wallington Hall is my favourite...I could move in tomorrow!
    Julie x

  9. I always love the kitchens too so thank you for the visit.

  10. WOW! What a stunning place, I think I might share this with my OH! ; - )

    I hope all is ok with you!

    Lou xxx

  11. You do get about! Love that kitchen. I'm dying to go to the HP castle too.

  12. I was born in Alnwick and grew up in nearby Warkworth. Seeing your photos reminds me of how much I miss it! I will have to fit in a visit there soon!

  13. Thank you for the link! I'm still working on it.... ; - ) xxx

  14. The cottage looks gorgeous - lucky you. Interesting Nat Trust properties too. M x