Your hosts, Sue and Nigel are, it has to be said, besotted with the Northumbrian coastline and the villages dotted along it.
Having previously owned a holiday cottage in the area in the past it has always been their desire to do so once again and when this little house became available it was exactly what they wanted. In the heart of Bamburgh Village it was a dream come true.
Bamburgh is such a special place and Sue & Nigel get a great deal of pleasure guiding their guests to the treasures that Bamburgh and Northumberland have to offer. From the glorious white sandy beaches on the doorstep down to the fabulous nature reserve at Budle bay and on to the causeway at Holy Island. Castles are in abundance for visiting as are wonderful walks of all grades. And if you would like a bit of culture during your holiday then Berwick, Edinburgh and Newcastle are within striking distance of around an hour by train or car. Newcastle is one of the entertainment capitals of the world and continues to bring accolades from travel, music and food writers. The Guardian newspaper recently published a piece on the underground arts, food and music scenes in Newcastle.
You can read it here
Starting with Bamburgh we have to start with the castle.
Bamburgh is one of the most spectacular of England’s coastal castles, with a long and complex history.
Some important early medieval archaeology survives below the Norman castle that we see today. Excavations in the 1970s and more recently show that the site was one of the key strongholds of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria. The outcrop of basalt rock (known as the Whin Sill) on which it is built was occupied from around AD 500, and recent excavations have revealed part of what may be the entrance of the early structure, and the stonewall that defended it.
A castle was probably first built on the site in the sixth century, and was a part of the forward frontier separating England from Scotland. It is traditionally said to have been founded in 547 by King Ida, one of the first Anglian rulers of the north. The name means 'Bebbe’s fort' - probably taken from the name of Ida's grandson's queen - the grandson being King Aethelfrith of Bernicia (593-617). Part of a pagan Anglian cemetery has recently been excavated outside the castle walls.