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Our Beautiful New Holiday Home in Historic Corbridge- Twenty Princes Street

Exciting times are ahead at Wooden Star HQ with the introduction of Twenty Princes Street, our latest beautiful holiday home in Historic Corbridge.

Twenty Princes Street

Set in central Corbridge, a ever popular Tyne Valley village, Twenty Princes Street ticks all the boxes. Newly renovated to a high standard with light, airy and generous rooms. It offers plenty of space for family and friend groups to catch up, relax and celebrate! With a sunny and private courtyard garden to enjoy a BBQ and alfresco dining around it’s large garden table. It’s a short stroll into central Corbridge to explore the many independent shops, cafes and resturants.

Accommodation

Entering this Northumbrian Stone house you are immediately drawn to the spacious living room where the large inglenook fireplace and wood burning stove are it’s most striking feature. Here you will find plenty of comfortable seating, a cosy window seat to watch the world go by and of course the mod cons of Smart Flatscreen TV and Wireless Hub.

The living rooms leads through to the large modern kitchen equipped with everything you need in a home from home. A large kitchen table to accommodate everyone, plenty of fridge, freezer and cupboard space and of course the vital wine and champagne glasses!

From the kitchen french doors open to a very pretty sunny courtyard garden for BBQ’s and outdoor dining. The flagstones are surrounded by mature plants and the sound of the water feature with something chilled in your glass makes for some very relaxing moments.

A fabulous family suite with separate access via a stairway from the kitchen leads to a large king size room with private ensuite. Then a further set of stairs lead to a cosy and private bunk room hideaway perfect for young ones!

Accessing the first floor from the entrance hall stairs you will find a large king bedroom with plenty of storage and a sunny window seat. A further twin bedroom with two comfy single beds and a family bathroom with roll top bath walk in shower.

Location

Corbridge Village is a very popular spot set in the Tyne Valley built above a stunning section of the River Tyne. It’s easily accessed from Newcastle by road and train with the airport just 20 minutes away. Rarely do you find such a beautiful spot with so much choice for shopping and dining…

There are plentiful art, gift and home shops that you can mooch around for hours. Local artists have made Corbridge their home Alex Clarke being one of it’s most famous. Her shop in the Market Place is treasure trove of her work and pieces from many other local artists.

For the Love of the North can be found on the opposite side of the Market Place in a beautiful shop full of Northumberland art and crafts and the hugely successful RE for the Home “An eclectic mix of the raRE, REmarkable, REcycled, REscued and REstored – furniture and objects for the home”, are nestled down a side street surrounded by antique shops.

 

You’ll find beautiful gifts and jewellery in Acanthus and think of any object for the household and find it in The Corbridge Cookshop a true “Arkwrights” of our time! There’s so much more from independent jewellers, Artisan bakeries to clothing and footwear shops, there’s definitely retail therapy to be had for all!

 

Eating and Drinking in Corbridge

Again the choice is plenty! We have cosy cafes such as Spokes who specialise is feeding hungry cyclists but are happy feeding us all too. They always have yummy daily specials, amazing homemade cakes and a hearty breakfast on offer. The Angel is a bar, restaurant and small hotel. They serve great food and a lovely range of wines and local beers and offer a private dining area for small parties. They also have the The Angelfish on site too, a fantastic take away fish and chip shop. The Corbridge Larder is always worth a visit, with it’s upstairs cafe selling fantastic lunches and sharing boards and a downstairs deli and shop selling local and artisan produce to the villagers.

More information on Corbridge can be found at here and you can check out Twenty Princess Street and see photographs and floorpans here.

Hope you can visit soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

Schools Out…Our North East Survival Guide!

When we think about summer school holidays we imagine families playing on a sandy beach. We hear the laughter of kids enjoying days out with their parents and the smell of barbeques and suntan lotion. Fast forward to the end of the second week in (or sometimes the first!) and the reality is, things have often deteriorated into endless rounds of “what are we going to do next?” or the inevitable “I’m bored!” It can feel exhausting, but with just a little planning ahead and scheduled “grown-up person time out” I think we could all survive the 6-8 weeks, just, maybe!

I think children should learn the art of being bored, initiating activities themselves and learning to rub along with their siblings with a reasonable amount of amiability, however for everyone’s sanity planned trips and structured activities can help to make the summer holidays that bit more interesting.

There are some great websites out there filled with loads of ideas whether it’s a holiday, day trip or the 2 hour let’s get out of the house scenario, these include;

www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk

www.visitnorthumberland.com

www.daysoutwithkids.co.uk

www.letsgowiththechildren.co.uk

Looking through these websites for inspiration and experience from holidays gone by, I recommend a few that look perfect for occupying everyone, without breaking the bank.

Wheelbirks Ice-cream Parlour – Stocksfield

Firstly, my most favourite place to have ice cream, Wheelbirks Ice Cream Parlour, the owner Lucinda has created a perfect on the farm experience, the staff are always so friendly. The food is excellent, the ice cream is made with the milk from their herd of Jersey cows and there are extra activities including “Kickgolf” for when they get bored with letting off steam round the apple orchard!

Gibside

Gibside is an estate in the Derwent Valley. It is between Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear and Burnopfield, County Durham. Gibside was previously owned by the Bowes-Lyon family. It is now a National Trust property. The grounds have lots of areas to explore with various activities for children to get involved with, almost like a natural gym with surprises around every corner. There are lots of opportunities to observe wildlife around the estate and it is also dog friendly. The estate is open from 0600 to 2100 in the summer months.

Beamish Open-Air Museum Co Durham

A little further afield but definitely not to be missed is the amazing Beamish Open-Air Museum. It’s a living, working museum and tells the story of everyday life in the North East of England between 1820 – 1940. You could easily spend a whole day here, there are several places to eat including a traditional Fish & Chip shop and Victorian sweet shop. Prices per adult are £19 and children £11 (a family pass for 2adults 2 children is £49.50 and is unlimited for a year, dogs are allowed.

Treasure Trails

Treasure Trails are a printed trail that allow you to explore towns and villages on a self-guided tour. There are several available for the Northumberland area including Hexham, Corbridge and even one entitled “The Wicked Wizard of Alnwick”.

The easy to follow route will enable you to crack clues whist taking in the gorgeous surroundings of the county, ideal for all the family.

By solving the fiendish clues on the Trail, you’ll be discovering whodunit, finding the location of the buried treasure, or completing the mission like a true secret agent.

Trials can be downloaded or ordered online www.treasuretrails.co.uk Priced at 6.99 (plus any P&P), you only need one Trail booklet per family/group of up to 4-5 people.

And Finally, a Rainy-Day Idea…

 Seven Stories, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

If this glorious weather fails to continue, there are places you can visit “indoors”, check out the websites for ideas, I can recommend Seven Stories – The National Centre for Children’s Books is a museum and visitor centre dedicated to children’s literature and based in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, close to the city’s newly regenerated quayside. It has various exhibitions and visits from children’s authors as well as plenty of sensory activities and of course story telling!! There is a café, so you can plan a short or longer trip out.

www.sevenstories.org.uk

 

Happy, stress free holidays everyone!! x

 

 

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