There’s something special about packing up for a winter break. Filling your car up with every coat, hat and scarf in your cupboard, food to get you through a famine and board games that only come out at Christmas.
That’s the beauty of a staycation and a winter getaway is the perfect excuse to cosy up by the fire, tuck into a cheeseboard and sup a bottle of red as you get lost in the crisp, frosty countryside.
Rural Northumberland is our destination of choice, namely Limeworks Cottage – a rural retreat a couple of miles from Lowick. It’s a handy location to explore Northumberland with many of the tourist hotspots on its doorstep, but it’s rural enough to get that away-from-it-all feel – set back on a private track on a retired farm. It’s enough to feel like you’ve escaped busy pre-Christmas life, but with everything you might need just a short car journey away. Because let’s face it… you don’t know when you’re going to need to stock up on wine and cheese!
There’s something enchanting about this lovely little place. It’s just you, your loved ones and the beauty of the open fields that flank the building. Not forgetting the odd bunny hopping across the lawn. The old brick buildings are surrounded by a lush green landscape with bare trees towering over it as autumn takes a turn and winter beds in.
Inside, a cosy farmhouse awaits. The heat hits us as the kitchen (complete with dreamy agar) greets us. The kitchen is at the very heart of this home. It’s sweet, it’s stylish and it’s sociable. It screams farmhouse but with contemporary touches and quirky character found in every nook and cranny including mismatched cupboards, local cookbooks, treat jars for your pooch and a swish Smeg fridge standing in the corner.
A lovely local hamper awaits us, kindly packed with perfect produce to kickstart our weekend in Northumberland. Think Edinburgh gin, Tweedside Honey and homemade peanut butter – yum! It’d be rude not to kick the weekend off with a botanical tipple or two – with biscuits and sweet treats thrown in for good measure.
The fire awaits us in the lounge – with all its components ready to create a cosy vibe for our relaxing Friday evening in. The room is very Farrow & Ball – greys, blues and neutral tones with splashes of colour and contrasting patterns thrown in. Elegant sofas are fluffed up with mismatched cushions and matches are hidden in quaint matchbox holders. You’ll find luxury coffee table books and magazines aplenty and we’re pleased to see a board game or two in the ‘reading room’ – connecting the lounge with the main bedroom.
The master bedroom is very tasteful. Greys for days. Simple, crisp bed sheets with gorgeous grey throws and bold, bright cushions. There’s a nod to Nordic design with the occasional reminder of the Northumberland countryside location. The room is warm and inviting – and it just gets better as we make our way into the ensuite bathroom. A grey roll top bath stands in the centre, topped with a large gold-sprayed mirror and a state-of-the-art bathroom suite to complete the look.
We arrive late at night and we’re thrown by the rural location, but within minutes – tucking into our hamper and popping open a bottle of bubbly by the fire – we’re home. And we’re set for the weekend. Just what else do you need?
We leap out of bed the following morning to check out the surroundings. And as no surprise, it’s as beautiful as we imagined. Peace, tranquillity and the delights of the Northumbrian countryside literally at our doorstep. We’re inland but can feel the chill of the seaside, the crunch of the crisp winter morning beneath our feet, and we’re ready to explore…
After a lovely morning mooch in the immediate area, it’s time to jump in the car and see what’s around us. Wooler is just a five minute drive from the cottage, Holy Island is just a scenic 15 minute drive and the busier town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is just 20 miles away.
Berwick, Holy Island, Bamburgh and Seahouses – are all in reasonable distance of Limeworks Cottage. It’s the perfect base for cruising through the countryside, stopping off at all of these picturesque towns and villages.
But we find ourselves excited to head back ‘home’ for the evening. Again, with food to last us a month, we bed back in for an evening in front of the fire. Red wine, a cheeseboard and good company – that’s all you need here.
Limeworks Cottage is dog-friendly too – meaning you can holiday with your pooch. A real treat for the whole family.
Stay at Limeworks Cottage with Crabtree & Crabtree from £461.25 for a short break (3 nights) and £615.00 for a week.