We are pleased to be taking bookings once more at Layside for guests staying from May 17th in line with the Government’s planned “Roadmap to Recovery”. We hope to see many regular guests again and many new faces, as we keep our fingers crossed for a wonderful Northumberland summer!

It has been a cold and snowy start to the year at Layside and we have been enjoying some picture postcard view and winter skies. We are sorry that we are unable to share this magical part of Northumberland with guests at the moment, but are hoping that we will be able to reopen the doors from March. In the meantime, we are using our free time to come up with some new ideas for our breakfast menu – so much for the January diet but these ideas must be tried and tested…!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2021, and we can’t wait to see you all at Layside soon.

   

Due to Government restrictions on travel and overnight stays, we have had to temporarily close our doors. We will, however, be open again from December 2nd (subject to restrictions being lifted) and look forward to welcoming guests back as soon as we are able.

Wishing everyone well during “lockdown”, and we are here to answer any queries on future stays should anyone wish to be in touch!

Following the latest Government advice we are hugely pleased to be able to open Layside again for guests from July 4th. Layside is ideal for social distancing offering seclusion and privacy, and all food is delivered to your room (or if we are lucky enough to enjoy more of this beautiful weather, breakfast or dinner can be delivered to your own outdoor terrace).

We are looking forward to sharing these beautiful views throughout the rest of the summer, and hope you can join us!

We are hugely pleased to announce that Layside Bed and Breakfast has once again been shortlisted for the North East England Tourism Awards 2020, in the category of B&B / Guest House of the Year! We would like to thank all of our customers who have supported us along the way – and for the feedback and reviews which have helped us to develop and improve. The final awards will be announced in March 2020, but until then we are excited to have made the top 5!

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 the hugely different landscapes and experiences that Northumberland has to offer.

Northumberland Gold

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!

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 details at info@layside.com.

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 is used to stop a horse from slipping, was still visible to researchers.

One of the 250 volunteers that help carry out digs at the Vindolanda fort every year was responsible for digging up these horseshoes. The horseshoes are estimated to be dated between 140AD and 180AD and since the Romans were in Britain between 400 and 500 years, it is possible that researchers and volunteers digging at the site could still unearth Roman treasures for the next 150 years!

The horseshoes will go on display in February 2019 at the Roman Army Museum in Greenhead.

Our astonishing set of Roman hippo sandals which were found last month are making the news on the @bbcnews website today. These protective ‘horseshoes’ will go on permanent public display at our Roman Army Museum in 2019. Remarkable. #Vindolanda #hipposandals #roman #Archaeology #hadrianswall #northumberland

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 to keep light pollution to a minimum. Looking to the north with Sycamore Gap as a backdrop, August 13th/14th should be the best time to view the Perseid Meteor Shower (ideally between 11.00pm and 3.00am which are the darkest times of the night). Unfortunately having recently enjoyed great weather and clear skies, it is forecast to be overcast and raining, so perhaps we won’t be so lucky this year…