In the 15th century, the English in this neck of the woods built small fortified watch towers to…
“Spacious coastal house with character” - VisitEngland Assessor
Swinhoe, Beadnell, Northumberland
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The Oystercatcher is a delightful cottage offering beautiful views across the fields to the coastline, with Dunstanburgh Castle and Bamburgh Castle in the distance. The cottage has been tastefully refurbished throughout and retains many original features. The large living area with bi-folding doors to the dining room offers a sociable space and there’s a large lawned garden.
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If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.
Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.
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