Entries by sophie stephenson

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Layside in the Snow

It has been a cold weekend with snow underfoot, making for fresh walking and stunning landscapes. Our guests have been taking full advantage of the winter conditions, bringing beautiful sunsets and stunning Dark Skies. The local Northumberland lamb shank shepherds pies have been going down a treat too!!

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The Frozen Wall

In 1981, George R. R. Martin stood by Hadrian’s Wall, taking inspiration from the landscape and the history, subsequently creating the fictional “Game of Thrones” – and it is easy to see how this stunning winter landscape can capture the imagination. Bart is definitely enjoying the frost and snow underfoot!

Happy New Year!

2018 has been a hugely exciting year for Layside as we opened our doors to visitors in March following two years of development. Despite being hit by the “Beast from the East”, and then losing our wonderful black lab Archie, we have enjoyed so many highs including the arrival of Bart, and more recently the […]

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Northumberland Wins Gold

Northumberland scooped the Gold at the 2018 British Travel Awards for “Best UK Holiday County/Destination”. We have come close before now, but have been pipped to the post by Cornwall for the past four years. It is fantastic that we have experienced record visitor numbers to the region, and that so many people have enjoyed […]

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It’s Official!

We are proud to announce that Layside has won a Bronze Award for “Bed and Breakfast of the Year 2018”. This announcement was made on 21st November at the North East England Tourism Awards, and it is fantastic to see that Northumberland has scored so highly across a number of categories!

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Christmas Gift Ideas

With only 7 shopping weekends left until Christmas, why not purchase a stay at Layside? A perfect gift idea, we will supply you with a voucher in the name of the intended recipient which will be valid for 12 months, and can include just the accommodation or any of our “extras”. Please email us for […]

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Game On!

From October 1st, we have been offering our guests some wonderful local game, as supplied to us by Ridley’s Fish and Game merchants. Based at Acomb near Hexham, Northumberland, and recommended by Rick Stein, this family-run concern was established in 1991 and has become known for outstanding quality and service. The pheasant season runs from 1st […]

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New for September

We can’t believe that it is September already, and as the evenings are growing darker earlier, we welcome the opportunity to enjoy the dark skies here at Layside. Northumberland is considered the best place in England to view the night sky with clear air and minimal light pollution, and on a clear night the planets […]

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Scarecrows

Scarecrow festivals are popular in the UK, where the use of the scarecrow as a protector of crops dates back hundreds of years. In medieval Britain, scarecrows were young boys who were tasked with the responsibility of scarring away birds, patrolling the fields with bags of stones to throw at the crows and starlings. The […]