Layside owners Kevin and Sophie began their love affair with the area when they had their first date at Chester’s Roman Fort, and they’ve been regulars in the area ever since. “We both love it here,” explained Sophie. “I’m originally from London. I came up to university in Newcastle and then got a job at the airport, where I met Kevin and that was it! We were both explorers at heart and we have travelled all over the world but our hearts are definitely in Northumberland.
“About 10 years ago, when we got our first black Labrador puppy, we started to take long walks along Hadrian’s Wall. After Kevin lost his job at the airport, he wasn’t sure what direction he wanted his career to follow and began to contemplate what to do with his life. He spent a lot of time walking the dog in the area, which meant he was in the right place at the right time when he saw this house go up for sale. We couldn’t wait to buy it – we knew it was perfect for us.
After we renovated and completed our home, we started the delicate process of getting planning permission to build our dream – an environmentally sympathetic B&B which could provide luxurious accommodation to intrepid travellers and explorers.”
Kevin continued: “There have obviously been some big hurdles to clear, especially with regard to planning permissions in a sensitive area, but we have stayed true to our dream. The whole business combines our love of food, travel and the local area – magical Northumberland.”