I'm back from a lovely week away with my family in Northumberland. The weather was a little on the windy and wet side at times but we made the most of the sunshine when it appeared and enjoyed plenty of walks along the beautiful, rugged beaches. It was my first holiday in Northumberland and I can see why my mum and dad fell in love with it when they first visited a few years ago. The scenery is simply stunning and though busy at times, the beaches were no where near as packed as those I've visited in other holiday hotspots like Devon. At one point we had an entire stretch of beach to walk along all by ourselves. It was blissful!
We stayed in a former farm cottage called Letterbox Cottage, West Burton, which really was a home-away-from-home for us. It was cosy, had a spacious walled garden for Jazz and Oby (our German Shepherd Collie Crosses) and boasted amazing views of Bamburg Castle. I know it sounds daft but it also had a fantastic high chair and travel cot for Arthur to use, which made all the difference to my stay. You know you're a mama when you're excited to see a good quality high chair at your holiday cottage haha!
AmaWrap. Although I did use the pushchair on two occasions, it was much more practical and enjoyable to carry Arthur close to me in my sling. I could tell how much he loved it from the big smiles on his face and the chirpy little noises he made. I think he really enjoyed watching our dogs race down the beach and splash in the sea. I can't wait to take him for his first little paddle when he's a bit older.
Good food is always a holiday essential and one of our favourite places to visit was the Saltwater Cafe in Beadnell. They had a great lunchtime menu (the Wedges and Dips were my favourite) and the homemade cakes also went down a treat. Oh and the lattes and loose leaf tea were some of the best I've ever had. Definitely the place to go if you happen to be visiting or staying in Beadnell! We chose to spend our evenings snuggled up in front of the fire, back at the cottage and enjoyed a couple of takeouts from Élan, an Italian restaurant in nearby Seahouses. The four cheese pizza was particularly yummy!
It was lovely to get away for the week with my family and take Arthur on a beach for the first time! The Northumberland Coast is every bit as beautiful as the places I've travelled to down South so if you fancy a holiday in the North, it's well-worth a visit. I hope we'll holiday there again soon.