Thursday, 23 January 2014

Puppy love....

OK... I am in love.

With my gorgeous girl... Ottie.

Happy to travel to the shops in her cage,

Enjoying a bit of playtime on the newly sealed flagstone floor in the Bastle

14 weeks now and still wriggly, chewy but adorable.

 Sleeping through the night and asking to go out for nature calls. Short walks down country lanes and visits to the village to meet "people" are a daily activity she enjoys. 

However, I just can't get anything I am always watching her.... 

Until of course she crashes out in her bed,

Or.... On the sofa!

It's a hard life being a pup.

And to top it all, I think I am going soft in the head,

50p in a charity shop the other day I bought her dopelganger,

Mmmm...definitely soft!

Julie x

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Special place....

I am sure you all know by now how diverse the rural county of Northumberland is thanks to the recent publicity on the TV from local lad... Robson Green.

For those living here it is indeed a special place.

Quiet roads leading in many directions...Hills and moorland, stunning coastline, impressive local stone castles, bastles, barns and farms all dot the landscape.

The Unesco world heritage site of  Hadrians wall draws thousands of visitors a year....

So how lovely it would be to spend a few days exploring, content in the knowledge you can return to a comfortable bed, good food and most hospitable hosts.

May I introduce Henshaw Barn

This converted 18th century hay barn has been lovingly restored by retired teacher Pauline and chef John and brought right into the 21st century with underfloor heating, quality oak doors, exposed beams and stonework.

Featured in Country Homes and Interiors in October 2012

All contributing to a wonderful place to stay for Bed and Breakfast.

"Bed" is in a choice of two rooms, each with lovely en suite facilities.

The gorgeously romantic, Victorian bed room...with new, comfy mattresses and luxury bedding.

Or the spacious arrow slit bedroom with a super king bed...that can convert into two singles if required.

With views to die for over the rolling countryside through the tiny windows.

And between the two bedrooms there is a a snuggy, guest sitting room..

Perfect for unwinding after a busy day.

"Breakfast" is taken in one end of the beamed family sitting room...prepared by John a professional chef,  who sources his food from local suppliers and makes all his own hedgerow preserves.....and very tasty they are too!

At the moment Pauline and John are welcoming guests over the winter months with their "Winter warmer" special offers available up March.

For a 3 night stay...£35 pppn
Or if you want to stay longer a 4 night stay is £30pppn.
Bed, breakfast and a great welcome from two people who know the area and can advise on the best places to visit in Northumberland.
So much better than an impersonal hotel.

For further information
Henshaw Barn Bed and Breakfast
NE47 7EN

Tel : 01434344453 
Email :

You won't be disappointed!

Julie x