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Spring Breaks in Northumberland – Late Availability Offers!

We are really enjoying the mild, sunny weather here in Hexham. The birds are in full song, the crocuses and daffs are in full bloom. Walking through the Hexham parks and woods we see clumps of dwarf daffodils and snowdrops through the dappled spring sunshine and we take a deep breath and hope the worst of Winter is over with!

The Perfect Time for Spring Breaks in Northumberland!

Spring is our favourite season in Northumberland, we suffer the long dark winter, perfect for star gazing but not so good for the school run! Once the milder weather arrives and the bulbs start to bloom we are filled a renewed purpose and the hope of a Summer like last year! The Sele Park in Hexham is a great place to spot all the colours of Spring with the stunning backdrop of the majestic Hexham Abbey. Strolling through the park past the Victorian bandstand to Seal Cottage today, its hard not to smile at the bright blooms and children rolling down the vast Sele Field. Only a few weeks ago they were sledging down! The dogs are chasing each other and catching balls with energy and zest for life that we could all do with a bit of and their owners are passing the time of day and chatting in a way that Hexham folk do!

 

Seal Cottage – Hexham – Perfect Spot!

It’s a joy to be at the Cottage preparing for guest arrivals today, opening the windows and letting in the mild air. We can finally buy Spring flowers in the Market Square and and their colours dress the cottage kitchen table perfectly. Vicky and I busy ourselves with bed changing, chatting on about our respective lives, our parenting and relationship challenges and comment on how good our hospital corners are becoming! Guests are arriving from France this week and it looks like the lovely weather will hold for them. We have had lots of European guest bookings this year coming to walk Hadrian’s Wall and visit the many Roman sites a stones throw away from Hexham. Other guests travel to meet Scottish friends at a central location with lots to offer. Some visit to see friends and family or attend weddings at local venues. Others just simply want to explore Hexham Abbey and further Northumberland. We love to hear about what our guests adventures entail!

 

 

 

 

 

Great time to book a Spring Break in Hexham!

With a few remaining weekends left in March, we are offering new and previous guests 15% off all March stays at Seal Cottage so they can share the Northumberland Spring sunshine with us!

Book here and use the code SPRING for the 15% off!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Picks For The Festive Season

Here at Wooden Star Cottages, we love the festive season, cosy knits, Christmas markets, cheese boards, mulled wine and mince pies and let’s not forget the roaring fires! So we have put our heads together and come up with a list of our top picks for the 2018 festive season.

Kielder Winter Wonderland, (Weekends only, booking essential) 17thNovember through December

Whether you head there for the weekend or a day trip. Follow the trail and meet Santa’s helpers. Make a toy in the Elves workshop, listen to music in the forest and much more. This is a childhood delight and for adults it’s a step into a fairy tale with the added bonus of a Baileys hot chocolate.

Wrap up warm and wear extra thick socks as it’s certainly a chilly day!

Hexham Christmas Market and Abbey Fair 7-8thDecember

Only a short stroll from Seal Cottage, this is a beautiful event which sees Hexham folk come out in their hundreds. A gorgeous mix of stalls and there is something for everyone. You can get a great start on your Christmas shopping and even pick up a treat for yourself, well, it’s only fair isn’t it?

Father Christmas’ grotto is set up in the Trinity Church and there are little crafts whilst you wait to keep the little folk busy. Father Christmas has even brought some of his reindeer along for the journey and you’re invited to give them a treat or two.

 

Beamish- The Living Museum of the North

We adore Beamish all year round, however, something magical happens at Christmas. The snow that appears, the sights and the smells take you back to a world of wonder. Buy a ticket and it gets you access all year round. Worth the pennies and travel, that’s for sure. See what they have planned for Christmas 2018 here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fenwicks window

A window? We hear you ask! Well, this isn’t just any window. Each year the department store impress us with a full story/ fairy tale in moving/ animated animals and objects.  This is a delight and a surprise each year! It’s always on our Christmas list of fun places to visit. Keep eyes peeled for their big unveiling!

There are so many more, Alnwick Gardens, Gibside, the Lake District too. It might be cold, but with it comes the beauty of the dark skies, fires and the beauty of making memories to cherish for life.

You can find a list of exciting Northumberland events here

 

Have you got any exciting plans for this festive season?

Hexham’s Christmas Market and Abbey Fair 2018!

Hexham’s annual and very popular Christmas Market and Hexham Abbey Fair 2018 is back for it’s 11th year! Our three bedroom self-catering holiday property, Seal Cottage is still available on these dates! Seal Cottage is a beautifully presented highly reviewed and scored holiday home, just a stones throw away from Hexham’s Christmas Market and Abbey Fair.

Special offer on two nights self catering accommodation and a bottle bubbly too!

Book Seal Cottage for Friday 7th December and Saturday 8th December for a the lower price of £198. That’s a saving of 15% on the normal total booking price. The cottage sleeps up to 5 people. As well as the normal welcome pack of goodies we provide, this offer will also include a bottle of our favourite organic prosecco!

Perfect location!

Seal Cottage is situated beside the open expanse of Sele Park where there are views towards the magnificent Hexham Abbey. From the cottage you can stroll through the park and past the Victorian bandstand. This brings you out straight onto Beaumont Street into the centre of the Christmas Market.

Hexham Christmas Market and Abbey Fair 2018

Wander the 70 stalls and shop for gorgeous gifts, unique arts and crafts. You will find fabulous food sellers and maybe a glass of Northumbrian Mulled Wine. Beaumont Street will be lined with colourful jam packed stalls. The twinkling fairly lights that adorn the parks trees in December will provide a gorgeous festive backdrop for Santa’s reindeer and our magnificent Abbey.
 

Dates and Times

Friday 7th Dec – 2pm-7pm (Market only)

Saturday 8th Dec – 9am-3pm (Market and Abbey Fair)

What better way is there to celebrate the start of your Christmas Shopping than in beautiful Northumberland!

To take advantage of this offer use promo code CHRISTMASFAIR book direct at…

www.woodenstarcottages.co.uk