Entries by sophie stephenson

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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 […]

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Another rare find at Vindolanda

A rare find has been unearthed at the Vindolanda Roman Fort near to Layside. Described by curator Barbara Birley as “incredibly rare”, this full set of iron hipposandals were recently dug up by a volunteer at an archaeological dig. Better known as horseshoes to many, they were apparently so well preserved that the tread on them, which […]

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Astronomical Event

Annual meteor showers arise when the Earth passes through streams of debris left behind by comets and asteroids, and the Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the most dramatic with up to 80 meteors visible per hour. The Northumberland National Park enjoys a “Dark Skies” status and can be enjoyed at Layside where we aim […]

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New For August

The summer is now well underway and with the warm weather continuing we wanted to add a fresh new breakfast special – light but tasty! Already a popular choice as we head in to the second week of August, we are serving a generous slice of toasted sourdough bread topped with an avocado and tomato […]