Entries by sophie stephenson

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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 […]

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Bardon Mill

The village of Bardon Mill is a 30 minute (downhill) walk from Layside and well worth a visit if only to appreciate a good coffee and home-made scone, cake or sandwich at the Village Store and Tea Room. Positioned adjacent to the Village Green, the store is at the heart of the village and owner […]

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Changing Landscape

After a good few weeks of sunshine and no rain, the landscape as seen from Layside has transformed from green to brown! The fields have now been cut and the grass made into hay bales for winter livestock fodder – much excitement felt by Eddie who has enjoyed watching the tractors at work – and we […]

New for July

Now that July is here we hope that the glorious weather we have been enjoying over the past few weeks continues. Guests have been making good use of the outdoor space – it is not often that you can eat your breakfast outside in Northumberland without the need for a coat (or a brolly)! For […]

What a Difference a Year Makes!

It is hard to believe that a year ago today the construction of Layside B & B was just getting underway. With thanks to award-winning local architect Kevin Doonan, the team at KMC Joinery and the brilliant landscape gardener Allie Dale, Layside was created and on a day like today the views are unrivalled.      […]

A New Face at Layside

Since losing our beloved black Labrador Archibald in April, we have felt a huge gap in our lives. We felt that with the summer season upon us, we would add another four-legged friend to the Layside team. With a huge thank you to Dreamacres Gundogs, we welcome “Bart” to the family. Arriving yesterday at eight […]

New for June

We can’t quite believe that it is June already. We are still blessed with some warm weather – the Northumberland moors and hills bathed in sunlight and lovely walking conditions. New to the breakfast menu for this month is a beef brisket hash – brined with spices over five days, slow cooked in the Aga, […]

Telegraph Travel Destinations 8/10

It has been a busy start to the season at Layside and we are finally enjoying some glorious Northumberland sunshine. Last week we were delighted to welcome Helen Pickles to Layside, writing for the Telegraph online “Travel Destinations”, and featuring some great places to stay. We are honoured to be included in this listing which […]