The Old Piggery, at the White Cottage, is a rural oasis in the heart of Northumberland.
It is a recently refurbished detached dwelling offering a unique opportunity to escape the hurly burly of life.
Located in Warenton, a small hamlet, nestled conveniently between the Cheviot Hills to the west and the coast to the east.
With uninterrupted views of Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in the distance and only 10 minutes drive from Bamburgh. It provides the luxury and sanctuary for the perfect escape.
The Old Piggery has one large space downstairs... open plan kitchen/diner and lounge with a log burner.
There is one double bedroom downstairs with a shower room, and an entrance lobby come utility room.
The second bedroom is upstairs with a double bed and a king size bed and a bathroom with a shower over a spa bath.
From the bedroom there are views across the fields to Holy Island and the sea.
The bifold doors and large windows allow the light to come flooding through making the whole property bright, light and airy.
We feel very privileged to live in this beautiful peaceful place with friendly neighbours - there are 15 homes in the hamlet but no shops or pubs.
The village of Belford is 2 miles away and has 3 pubs, a well stocked Co op including a P.O., doctors/ dentist surgery, Pharmacy and a fish and chip shop.
We are equidistant between the towns of Alnwick and Berwick approx. 20 minutes drive away.
Northumberland and Warenton a personal perspective..
This is by no means a definitive guide. It is purely subjective and based on a lifetime of living in this area. I am devotee of real ale provided the publican knows what they’re doing and of good value home cooked food. I enjoy cooking and am often reluctant to go out and pay large sums of money for something I feel I could have probably done better myself. Hence I don’t eat out a lot. If I get good reports from people then I will share them here.
The Black Swan....a local pub. Pretty basic but a couple of well kept real ales. ( Run Hop Run is my regular quaff!) Basic pub grub. A Mecca for carbs.
The Salmon...a local pub frequented by local craftspeople. Towering chrome pumps with loud music and flashing lights.
Commercial beers and basic pub grub.
The Blue Bell...a fashionable watering hole....in Victorian times. Wall of chrome beers with the occasional cracker guest ale. Basic pub food.
Sunnyhills Farm Shop...Sounds like a retirement home but persevere. I’ve yet to be disappointed. Excellent food and they have also started doing an evening menu. There is also a ‘farm’ shop selling local produce and overpriced beer and wines. Still, worth a look!
Well House Coffee Shop...I believe most of the goods on sale are homemade.
The John Dory chippy...apparently the cheapest chip shop in the whole world. Fish and chips still under £5! I find it a little greasy but its great value and good entertainment trying to work out what the half Scottish half Geordie owner is talking about.
The Percy Arms...a little more upmarket. The starters are excellent and the pub has a nice ambiance. Extensive choice of beers but never quite my taste. Why serve 5.5% beers in a country pub? I’ll have a thimble full please, I’m driving.
The Village Shop...recently bought and upgraded. Fresh coffee, papers and artisan breads sold. Up and coming me thinks.
The Apple Inn...modern stone built pub. Pub food and commercial beers.
The Apple Core Restaurant...one of the better places to eat. Some basic Italian classics and a specials menu.
Beau Monde Spa...Worth mentioning if you fancy a little indulgence. You will need to book. 01668212250.
Bamburgh is rapidly becoming a tourist hub. Wainwright once sat on Great Gable in the lakes and described what he saw as “hordes of perspiring pedestrians.” This pretty well describes Bamburgh today. The great thing is that the beach is so vast that even on a busy day it seems empty!
The Castle Inn...pub grub and commercial ales.
The Lord Crewe Hotel...pub grub and commercial ales. Recently started serving Anarchy ales. Well worth a try...
The Potted Lobster...restaurant. If I do venture out then this would be one of my go to places. Specialises in fish but does offer other options. The chowder is a must! Service not always brilliant. You’ll need to book.
The Mizzen Head...restaurant. Nicely arranged food. Popular although I’m never sure why.
If you want good fish and chips then this is the place to go. There are several fish and chip restaurants so take your pick. Seahouses has a good campsite quite close and several caravan parks and is more of a traditional seaside resort. There are even a few Kiss me quick hat shops selling rock. It has two good Indian Restaurants both of whom do carry outs and an up and coming Italian. There are several other more traditional restaurants. My pub preference would be The Olde Ship Inn. It usually serves Tempest beers from Kelso. (My favourite). If you can get it try Pale Armadillo.
In Seahouses there is also an indoor soft play area for children of all ages.
No visit to Seahouses is complete without making a booking for a boat trip to The Farne islands .
This is a group of islands which is a haven for wild life managed by the National Trust.
Visitors can expect to see, depending on the season ,Grey seals (one of the largest grey seal colonies in the Uk)
And a wide variety of Sea birds including puffins, guillemots, razor bills, fulmars, ganets,
cormorants and many others.
It is not unusual to see dolphins and on rare occasions orcas.
The island of Inner Farne was also the home of St Cuthbert, one of the first conservationists and Long Stone Island sites the lighthouse from where Grace Darling carried out her heroic rescue of some of the crew of the Forfarshire (museum dedicated to her in Bamburgh).
The White Swan.
This a friendly little pub and quite close. The beers are clean although generally commercial and the restaurant is very popular with locals.
This is a quite recent ‘modern’ cafe offering Ottolenghi type salads and ingredients most people north of the Tyne have never heard of. The food is generally very good and there is an attached shop selling localish products. Worth a look.
The Black Bull...this pub has recently been modernised and incorporates a cafe, restaurant and pub. The food is good, although I found the portions a little small. Mainly craft beers which are clean and tidy. Worth a look but you’ll probably have to book.
I like Wooler. I can’t really tell you why but I just do! There are several pubs, none of which are particularly noteworthy and a restaurant once reviewed favourably by AA Gill. It’s traded on that review for years! Cafe No 1 does tapas and there is a good chippy, a Chinese carry out and two great butchers. It has a deli, a post office and several other shops including a chemist. Of the several cafe’s the best in my view is The Milk Bar. All the produce is homemade and they have a wonderful selection of Doddington ice creams. I can often be found here hidden behind a paper!
Like Bamburgh, Alnwick is becoming increasingly popular and in particular with Chinese tourists hunting in packs for the allusive Harry Potter. It’s pretty one way traffic from the main car parks to the castle and gardens (well worth a visit I hasten to add) but head in the opposite direction and Alnwick is a very friendly and interesting place. Again there are numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants which is where Trip Advisor comes in useful. In my constant search for Pale Armadillo by Tempest breweries in Kelso the most likely place is The Tanners. Cafe Tirreno is my go to for consistent and reasonably priced food. You can’t book and you may well have to wait. The cafe in Barter Books is also excellent. There are many others in fact, too many to mention.
Like Alnwick, Berwick has many pubs restaurants and cafes and also like Alnwick you pay your money you take a chance. I think Berwick is definitely on the up. It has two Indian restaurants, both of which I’d recommend. Whilst the high street remains kidnapped by chains Lower Bridge Street is definitely gaining ‘the vibe’. The Curfew is a micro pub which I’d thoroughly recommend and just across the road is The Three Barrels. Both are top notch. Also on Bridge Street are several cafes and Bistros as well as art galleries and interesting shops. Look also for Northern Edge Coffee. It’s a product roasted in Berwick and worth buying if you’re ‘into’ coffee. Make sure you walk around the walls!!
The Red Lion...Apparently Tempest beers have arrived. Also does good standard bar food and a carvery on a Sunday.
The Old Dairy...This is actually an antiques emporium with a cafe in the middle. Its right opposite Ford Castle and the cafe serves only homemade produce. Quite quirky with a rather eccentric owner!
I have really only just touched the surface here and your experience may be different to mine. If you do discover some hidden gem then please share it!
There have been several occasions in my life when I have strolled across a Northumberland beach, head bent against the wind and the spin drift, completely alone. On such occasions I do usually ask myself where in the UK could I do this with the possible exception of northern Scotland. I was thrilled to see the Lonely Planet including The Northumberland coastline as one of the three must visit places in England.
I’ll list the beaches from north to south.
Spittal Beach...just through Tweedmouth.
Scremerston...just south of Berwick. Cocklawburn beach but signposted Pot a doodle. (Don’t ask me why!)
Budle Bay...quite hard to get to but well worth it. Wild, remote.
Bamburgh Beach... Vast! The iconic castle watches over you. You can walk right along to Seahouses if you feel fit enough. If you’re really lucky you wont see anyone!
Boulmer Beach...a little more cosy.
Alnmouth beach... stunning. Park by the beach and wander into the village to one of several pubs and cafes. (Scotts is my favourite cafe).
Sugar Sands...quite difficult to find but a gem.
Druridge Bay...a very popular beach with locals
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