Wednesday, 17 September 2014

All done and dusted...

The significant lack of blogging at the cloth shed has been due to work, Miss Ottie and the above. Big apologies...

Safe to say though, we are finally done after 4 years of extremely hard graft. Looking back at the old photos it is hard to believe it is the same house.

The rare 'wrestler' roof is happy now with all the new work below it...

And the huge boulder walls are well supported with the new lime mortar...

Inside....the kitchen is full height to the old beams, dramatic iron chandelier and modern task lights over the cooking/work area. Well equipped with built in microwave, oven, dishwasher, induction hob and big ceramic sink.

The original 16th century bastle doorway that allowed the beasts and horses to be driven into the building for safety is now the backdrop to the kitchen table and chairs. 

The boot/utility room with washing machine, Belfast sink and big squirty tap also has a loo....

Up the glass and timber staircase, lit with low voltage lighting... Perfect at night to see your way ....

Along the landing through an original latch door...

To the bedrooms.

A twin bedded room,

The hare room...with its hare head handles.

And the king size bed room with fox head handles!

Cabbages and roses lavender heart from my gorgeous friend Helen at Busy Bee Studio x

The bathroom is the wow... 

Full height to the beams, another chandelier, deep bath, rain head power shower, limestone tiling on the walls and floors...
I love it.

Outside a raised glass and timber deck overlooking the courtyard provides extra seating on a nice day.

Finally the living room....
Beams, exposed stone walls, fireplaces, wood burner, flagstone floor with underfloor heating, comfy, get your feet up sofa and chairs to watch the smart TV DVDs or read a book on the Border reivers of Northumberland.... Safe and warm in your 16th century fortified farmhouse.

We had our first guests last week... From Belgium. The weather was glorious and they enjoyed exploring the coast and countryside of Northumberland.

So I think we are up and running... The website is under way,

And we have a provisional booking for Christmas too.

If you want a historic house with character and comfort to use as a base exploring beautiful Northumberland, Hadrian's Wall, impressive castles and stunning beaches do get in touch at

We also offer short breaks... A minimum of 3 nights available ... Midweek or long weekends.
Long enough to re charge the batteries and RELAX ....

Julie x

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Autentico or Annie?

Take a pair of sturdy, old chairs with 'lovely' pink dralon seat pads.... The sabre legs and scroll arms however, give them a nice Frenchy/Swedish feel.

So, purchase a tin of Autentico....Swedish blue and paint.

Not having used this paint before I thought I would give it a try spurred on by others who have.

The choice of colours is extensive and I must say, very nice to use.
2 coats give a perfect coverage.

Then, polished with clear wax and sanded...
And a nice grey/blue linen check fabric for the drop in seat.

 They have now been transformed into something anyone would be quite happy to park their bottom on.

For smooth, tidy furniture it is great, but I do prefer the texture of Annie Sloan for old, knackered furniture... it is a lot chalkier and sands differently, especially with a stained dark wax. 
It will be interesting however, to see how it wears.

A little aside from chalk paint....

The Bastle is now on a big tidy up..
I started on the boot room today, adding silly pieces like this old carrier bag on the back door hook.

An enquiry for renting at the beginning of September has now got me on overdrive. I will have to clean,  furnish and get everything finished inside.....whilst outside,
The courtyard wall is nearly finished, with the lovely old stable door now in situ and the wall climbing higher.

Hope you are all enjoying this lovely weather.....however, it looks like we are in for a change at the weekend.

Umbrellas and raincoats at the ready...

Boo hoo.
Julie x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Summer in the village....


Gorgeous wedding flowers in our church this weekend.
Summer flowers...alchemilla, sweetpeas, roses, scabious around the church door.

The font...

And the pews...beautiful xx

The Bastle is just next door to the Church and I can safely say, after 3 on the final straight for completion...hurrah!

The outside is finished...simple, no clutter.

There is a place to sit at the front of the house when the sun comes round in the afternoon.
The laurel hedge will thicken, heighten and create a private sitting area. 
Another year perhaps?

There is also seating on the deck at the rear of the Bastle for morning and lunchtime sun,

Inside the living room is coming together.. Big squashy, " take your shoes off, curl up and relax" chair and sofa..

18th century Country furniture, a wood burning stove for chilly evenings and quirky additions on the wall...

The dining table in front of the original bastle doorway, framed by a 19th century fireplace..

The staircase glass panels in the kitchen area are now in...

The iron chandelier is quite dramatic if I may say so...

The new, suspended lighting over the kitchen work area went in today and is casting pretty shadows this evening...

I am delighted we are on the final straight and so is Miss Ottie....

Nice rug Mum x

She is looking rather smart as she has a new, personalised leather collar..a bit of bling for my shiny girl x

So, a few more weeks and hopefully it will be marketed for holiday lets in gorgeous Northumberland... A kick off the backside from Hadrian's Wall too x

Julie x