Towards the Farne Islands
The Area, What to do...
There is just so much to do in the area. Here are a few sugestions.
A twenty minute drive will take you to the most picturesque market town in Northumberland.
Here you can visit the Alnwick gardens with its plethora of water features and perhaps have lunch in it's huge treehouse.
Nearby Alnwick Castle is also a popular visitor location and is famous, amongst other things, for being used as a backdrop in the Harry Potter films.
Also take time to visit Barter Books. One of the biggest secondhand bookshops in the UK, hidden in disused railway buildings and a delight to visit even if your interest does not stretch to books.
The northernmost town in England, on the east coast at the mouth of the river Tweed, situated 2.5 miles south of the Scottish border.
Visit The Musuem, The Barracks, or just enjoy the sights of the bridges across the Tweed.
This castle with its alarming dungeons and torture chamber has, since the twelve-hundreds, been continuously owned by the family of the Earls Grey and their relations. The formal gardens and woodland walks are all fully available to the public. Fifteen minute drive from The Pottery.
The home of shipping and engineering magnate Lord Armstrong and has been in the care of the National Trust since 1977 and is a must for visitors to this area. It was the first house in the world to be lit using hydroelectric power.
The house is surrounded by one of Europe's largest rock gardens, a large number of rhododendrons, and a large collection of mostly coniferous trees, among which one Douglas-fir is the tallest tree in England, at 59 m tall. Lots of walks and picnic areas within the grounds.
Rocky islands, a habitat for seals and many species of seabird. One of Europe's most important seabird reserves with more than 100,000 pairs of nesting seabirds – including 55,000 pairs of Puffin.
The popular and unmissable world heritage site of Hadrians Wall is around an hours' drive from the cottage.
The Normans built a castle on this site, but most of what can be seen today is the result of Lord Armstrong's (See Cragside) renovations in his attempts to construct a convalescent home. He died before it was completed and today it hosts a museum to his memory which gives an insight into just how much the Armstrong family was invloved in this area. Just a 25 minute drive from The Pottery.
Holy Island, or Lindisfarne has been home to a monastery since at least AD 635 and is now within the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve which protects the area as one of outstanding beauty. Access to the island is via a tidal causeway only passable at certain times.
If you fancy shopping in the hustle and bustle of a busy town then around an hour and a halfs' drive will see you reaching Scotland's historical and cultural city of Edinburgh. A little nearer can be found the city of Newcastle upon Tyne with it's large metropolis and bridges across the river Tyne. Newcastle boasts no less than three large shopping centres and many fascinating museums.