Hi, we're Philip and Lynn Gregory and we have two wonderful holiday cottages for hire in the idyllic country village of Bamburgh. We've created this blog to provide anyone who's thinking of visiting the region with some great ideas on how to make the most of your trip.

Our Cottages

Our Cottages
Our self catering family holiday cottages are located along one of the most breathtakingly picturesque coastal regions in the north east, with nearby Bamburgh castle towering 150 ft above the sea. If you're interested in finding out more and possibly making a booking, why not take a look at our website.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Christmas at The Alnwick Garden

In The Alnwick Garden, beautifully decorated and twinkling with lights and lanterns, woodland magic inspires a programme for families throughout December. The trees are preparing for the return of the Holly King, decorating themselves in ancient forest finery. Carry your lantern in a parade led by the King, and set out on a journey through the woodland to find his lost brothers and sisters. Enjoy classic Christmas fun with a family pantomime, and join lovely creative workshops. Hear seasonal tales, sing festive songs, meet Father Christmas, and whisper your Christmas wishes to the Wishing Tree

Monday, 23 November 2009

Photographs of Sandham, Bamburgh

Sandham Cottage, Bamburgh - sleeps six

New Interior Photographs of The Haven

We have just received some new interior photographs of our Bamburgh Holdiay Cottages. Here is The Haven, Bamburgh

Here's a sneak peak

Monday, 16 November 2009

Christmas Lights Switch On

Bamburgh Christmas Lights will be switched on this year on 28th November at 1830 hours.There will be a short church service at half past five, followed by festive singing around the tree. This will be followed by the celebrity switch-on of the tree.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Sea Pups on the Farne Islands

Births of grey seal pups reach their peak at this time of year. The 4,000 strong grey seal colony on the Farne Islands make it the largest colony in England. The first pup arrived on the 4th October and it has been joined by another 400 since then.

Last year over 1,300 pups were born, but there is a high mortality rate of about 55%. Storms can lash the rocky islands washing them off the rocks into the sea. The weather this year has been fairly kind.

Wardens tag some of the pups which can tarvel long distances in their first year of life.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Wild White Cattle of Chillingham

The Chillingham herd is the only one in the world to remain undomesticated. The cattle still roam their natural surroundings in Chillingham Park, Northumberland.
Though their origin is uncertain, the existing herd is thought to have been at Chillingham for perhaps 700 years. It is presumed that when, some time in the 13th Century, the King of England gave permission for Chillingham Castle to be "castellated and crenellated" and for a park wall to be built, the herd was corralled for purposes of food and hunting.
Theories abound as to their history before then. The ancestor of domestic cattle, the aurochs, died out in Britain in 1500 BC, so it is difficult to see how there can be any direct historic connection.
"Nowhere in the world are there any mammals more inbred than these – yet they continue to survive and thrive."The Chillingham Wild Cattle Association
This is unique among animals, and arises from their very long history of inbreeding, together with occasional periods of very low numbers (genetic bottlenecks). Though Chillingham cattle have been taken out of the herd for various purposes, especially during the late 1800s, none have ever been readmitted.Current scientific thinking is that they are the descendants of medieval cattle that were brought together, perhaps as early as AD 1250 or thereabouts, to form the original herd.The artist and wood engraver Thomas Bewick reported that in the early 1700s black calves were occasionally born, but were killed by the keeper.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Halloween at Alnwick Castle

Wizardry Potions, ghostly tales, pumpkin carving, spooky face paints, Halloween crafts, costume parade, prizes for best dressed..…and FREE admission for all children in Halloween costume on Friday 30th October!!! (Terms and conditions apply) please contact caroline.smith@alnwickcastle.com to find out what is on each day and for more details

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Seal safari on the Farne Islands

Treat the family to a day of seal watching around the Farne Islands and a Wildlife Safari along the Northumberland Coast. Book for 2 adults and up to 3 children and benefit from a generous discount. Price includes collection from wherever you are in Northumberland (within reason), transport, Grey Seal cruise and a picnic lunch.
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours provides exclusive natural history excursions and birdwatching tours with an enthusiastic, experienced and friendly leader with an intimate knowledge of Northern Britain.

Seal Safari (20/10/2009)
Seal Safari (27/10/2009)
Seal Safari (29/10/2009)

Ticket Tariff:
£75.00 per ticket type
Child (must be with adult)
£50.00 per ticket type
Family ticket
£200.00 per ticket type

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Boat trips depart from

Seahouses Northumberland NE68 7YT
Tel: +44 01670 827465

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Duchy Originals

The October issue of World of Interiors magazine has an 8 page feature on Alnwick Castle, the refurbishment of the State Rooms - it looks fabulous, but you will have to hurry to see it this season as the Castle closes at the end of October. Still it has been here for over 750 years so it will be there next year for you to enjoy

Janet Loves the View

Check out this video at You Tube, it's Janet Street Porter describing her favourite view and it's Bamburgh Castle along with the Northumberland Coast, she says it feeds your mind and soul - I would have to agree with her, why not come and see it for yourself. Our two holiday cottages in Bamburgh offer a perfect base to explore Northumberland, its coastline - an area of outstanding natural beauty; The Farne Islands, looked after by the National Trust and its Castles, including Alnwick Castle and its famous garden.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Geese Flock Back to Holy Island

The first flock of white bellied geese have arrived back at Holy Island.

The rare geese have returned eralier than expected after breeding for the summer on the Arctic Island of Svalbard. Lindisfarne is the only place in the UK where these birds spedn the winter. So far 200 have been recorded. Our holiday cottages in Bamburgh are a perfect spot to base yourself for bird watching.

Bamburgh Hits Radio 4

Northumberland seems to be very popular on Radio 4 at the moment, I listened to Clare Balding walking St Oswald's Way, a relatively new long distnace footpath from Holy Island to Hexham.

Last Saturday she walked from Spindlestone, just north of Bamburgh to Beadnell. Some fairly interesting things werre revealed about how The Stag Rocks got their name and the legend of the Bamburgh worm or dragon.

Apparently there was a white stag at Spindlestone which was chased into the sea at the Stag Rocks, it is a big mystery who paints the stag on the rocks every now and again as the paint fades. The Stag Rock is along The Wynding just half a miles walk from one of our holiday cottages in Bamburgh

You can listen to the programme on the BBC website at