It is without a doubt the remote location of North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders which makes this region so attractive to visitors. The wild and pure beauty of the region, which has had a tempestuous past, now attracts people from all over the world to its illustrious castles, elegant stately homes, and glorious golden sandy beaches.
Image The fabulously ethereal Holy Island of Lindisfarne has captured the imagination of many: From St Cuthbert and his monks, who’s use of the island, and the creation there of the Lindisfarne Gospels, have given it the title of the ‘birthplace of Christianity in England’; to Sir Edwin Lutyens who, along with Gertrude Jekyll, restored the iconic castle and its walled gardens, which can be visited throughout the year. The islands surreal splendour has made it the location of many films, such as Roman Polanski’s ‘Cul de Sac’.
The filming of the Harry Potter movies in Alnwick Castle has brought renewed interest from around the world, as fans of the boy wizard descend upon the ancient and historic Border castle.
The seat of the Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland, for many centuries, Alnwick has recently seen the current Duchess create a botanical extravaganza, in the elegant form of the Alnwick Castle Gardens.
With the largest tree house in Europe, magnificent water features, and even a specially licensed poisonous plant garden, it makes a great family day out.
The sublime structure of the Palladian masterpiece which is Paxton House, was created by the wonderfully famous Scots architects and designers, brothers James, Robert and John Adam, and furnished by Thomas Chippendale. Image
This deliciously astounding collection of architectural genius, interior design and furniture masterpieces, is the home to a spectacular selection of artworks from the National Galleries of Scotland.
Image With such a proliferation of astounding residences and historic monuments in the region, one might find that there is just not enough time to enjoy all that there is to offer in the region.
For outdoor sports enthusiasts there are also a great many attractions, including, amazing golf courses at Haggerston, Alnwick, Bamburgh, and Berwick; trout and salmon fishing in the river Tweed and off shore; pony trekking and horse riding across the sands to Lindisfarne at low tide; quad biking at Scremerston; clay pigeon shooting, hill walking and cycling in the dramatic Cheviot Hills.
No matter how you choose to spend your holiday at Brockmill, you will take with you delicious memories to treasure forever.