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This blog is for lovers of the wonderful and historic counties of Northumberland, Durham and Tyne and Wear

If you are looking for inspiration as to where to visit here it is!

Sheila Bull writes about unusual and intriguing aspects of our Borderlands.

Her particular passion for Northumberland stems from her ownership and management of Chatton Cottages, two lovely self-catering cottages set in rural Northumberland, North East England.

Heart of Lanchester Cottage is next to the village green at the centre of our bustling Durham village, about 8 miles from Durham City.  The cottage has recently undergone renovation and provides high quality accommodation for up to 3 visitors. A fabulous location to enjoy both Durham County and near Tynedale as well as the cities of Tyne and Wear.

Yew Tree Cottage is a charming period property nestling in a picturesque hamlet known as Broomhaugh, next to Riding Mill, Northumberland. The cottage is well-placed to give convenient access to the many attractions of the Tyne Valley and Hadrian's Wall Country.

Both cottages are cleaned and maintained by the owner - who is very 'hands on' and will go that 'extra mile' to ensure your comfort..

A Colourful Churchman and a Ghostly Tightrope Walker

Posted 23rd May, 2017

A Colourful Churchman and a Ghostly Tightrope Walker

In 1237 Thomas Melsonby was elected Bishop by the monks of Durham.
However his appointment was blocked by King Henry III.
The king maintained that Melsonby was unfit for office and accused him of “breaking his vows, being an infringer of the liberties of the church, being diseased in body, and being guilty of the misuse of church funds and selling church favours”.
The king also alleged that Melsonby was born out of wedlock and to cap it all he was guilty of murder.

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Spittal Beach – a gem on the Northumberland coast

Posted 28th March, 2017

Spittal Beach – a gem on the Northumberland coast

Once the haunt of smugglers and pirates the village of Spittal is just on the south side of the River Tweed next to Tweedmouth.
If you’re travelling from the north across the Tweed Bridge look eastwards and you can spot a lone tall chimney, a landmark feature marking the edge of the village at the seaside.
Here lies one of Northumberland’s best kept secrets.
A wonderful sandy beach crossed by quaint breakwaters – perfect for walkers and especially those with dogs.

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See Pants in Northumberland!

Posted 4th May, 2015

See Pants in Northumberland!

If you've never heard it before – the word 'pant' is a term apparently unique to the Northeast of England.
When visiting Northumberland, you will spot these interesting public water fountains.
Many pants are no longer operating and have simply been turned into receptacles for pretty flower beds.
However in bygone times when water was not on tap they were important drinking sources for both animals and people.

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Northumberland Border raiders at Ancroft

Posted 13th April, 2015

Northumberland Border raiders at Ancroft

When spending time visiting the beautiful Northumberland countryside, take a look at the ancient church of St Annes in the little village of Ancroft, Nothumberland.
It was built by the monks of Holy Island just at the time of the Norman Conquest and lies six miles from Berwick upon Tweed.
Holy Island is visible from the top of the tower.
Close to the border with Scotland from the late 13th Century to the 16th Century, Ancroft was subject to border raiding parties.

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Cottage Locations

Heart of Lanchester

7 Church View, Lanchester, County Durham, DH7 0ES

Yew Tree Cottage

Broomhaugh, Riding Mill, Northumberland, NE44 6EG

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We welcome any enquiry you have about our wonderful self-catering holiday cottages. You can book our cottage via our website or contact us with any questions about our cottage facilities, late holiday availability or to find out what is on in the Northumberland region.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mobile: 07770253586
Email: info@chattoncottages.co.uk


Holiday Cottage - Sleeps 3 - High Quality Holiday Accommodation.

Heart of Lanchester Cottage, 7 Church View, Lanchester, County Durham, DH7 0ES

tel: 07770 253586

Beautiful Northumbria Holiday Cottage.

Yew Tree Cottage, Broomhaugh, Riding Mill, Northumberland, NE44 6EG

tel: 07770 253586

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