Northumberland Garden Tour

Northumberland

Code: ALGDT

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Flora
  • Free WiFi
  • Hills & moorland
From £945.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

On this amazing Northumberland Garden Tour, be amazed at the contemporary Alnwick Garden, with its Grand Cascade and a complex of unique gardens. Enjoy plant-lovers' favourite Howick Hall Garden; the quarry garden at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens; Whalton Manor's charming country house garden by Edwin Lutyens; and the impressive Victorian estate of Cragside, featuring over seven million trees and shrubs.

Holiday highlights

  • Alnwick Garden - a world class contemporary garden inspired by the Duchess of Northumberland. 
  • Cragside House - The revolutionary house of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius
  • Howick Hall - a plant lovers garden. 'Garden of the year 2009' awarded by Garden Illustrated and Garden Museum
  • Wallington - with impressive landscaped gardens and a beautiful walled garden

Price includes

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • All transport to and from gardens on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach with PA system
  • All garden admissions costs (please note this does not include entrance to stately homes/houses, for which there is a separate admission fee)

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Nether Grange in Northumberland

Nether Grange has undeniable history and gorgeous landscapes that surrounds the Alnmouth coastline. It's a perfect mixture of sea and landscape that provides a more settled terrain for everyone who enjoys walking in all of nature's beauty.

Nether Grange has 35 bedrooms, a number of which enjoy views across the links golf course to the sea.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV 
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Large lounge 
• Dining room with sea views
• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Elevated terrace and croquet lawn with superb sea views
• Conservatory
• Ballroom

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Alnmouth evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Due to the age and the layout of the house, Nether Grange is not recommended for wheelchair users or guests with restricted mobility.

Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and the public rooms in the main building are over 2 floors with no lift available.

More details on Alnmouth accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Arrival day

You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (premium rooms from 1pm). All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea. This is the first occasion when everyone in the country house meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.

Wallington and Herterton House 

Wallington is a large country estate with impressive gardens surrounding the house. The main attraction is a beautiful walled garden and summerhouse situated away from the house itself. Next we visit Herterton House. The owners, Frank and Marjorie Lawley, took over this land in 1976 and have created four distinct garden areas.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and Whalton Manor 

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens will be our first visit today. The stone for the house was quarried on site, leaving ravines which were transformed into a Grade I Quarry Garden. An unusual experience with interesting planting opening out to the ruins of the former dwelling. We then visit Whalton Manor, owned by Penny Norton. This is a charming English country house garden, designed by Edwin Lutyens who was assisted by Gertrude Jekyll.

Crook Hall and Bolam Hall

Crook Hall is 800 years old and is owned by Keith and Maggie Bell. In the past it has been visited by William Wordsworth. This delightful colourful garden contains several different planting areas. At the garden cottage at Bolam Hall, plantswoman Heather Russell has created a rich pattern of plant tapestries and garden features with a strong sense of design.

Free day 

On seven night holidays, there is a free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. There are fantastic walks right on the doorstep and our Discovery Points are ready to make the most out of your stay - there are plenty of maps and a selection of the best tried and tested walking and cycling routes to use, as well as local weather forecasts and public transport options too – plus those all important personal insights on things to spot, places to stop, and things to do along the way.

Cragside and Bide-A-Wee

Cragside is a large Victorian estate created by the great industrialist and inventor Lord William Armstrong, who planted over seven million trees and shrubs. We then visit Bide-A-Wee, a unique garden created over the last quarter of century out of a sandstone quarry. Within the garden is the National Collection of Centaurea. 

Alnwick Garden and Howick Hall

For many people, the visit to the wonderful Alnwick Garden will be the highlight of the week. The centrepiece is the vast Grand Cascade, the largest water feature of its kind in the country. Our final visit will be to Howick Hall, the home of Earl Grey tea. This is a fascinating garden and one for plant lovers, with 60 acres to explore and a collection of over 11,000 trees.

Departure day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast


Please expect to walk up to 5 miles each day, around the gardens we visit.

Each evening there will be a sociable activity for you to join in with alongside other guests at the Country House.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

What to bring

Guests should bring stout, comfortable footwear for rough, wet or uneven terrain in gardens, and clothes for the great British weather!

Local area

Discover Northumberland

Nether Grange sits right at the heart of the historic coastal village of Alnmouth. Located right on the North Sea coast there is a sweeping sandy beach and a small tidal harbour. Facilities include a handful of small shops, pubs and cafés.

A wider range of facilities, including shops, supermarkets, banks and chemists can be found in Alnwick, the nearest town. Alnwick is about four miles inland and is connected to Alnmouth by regular buses.

During your visit to the Nether Grange you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Alnwick CastleAlnwick Castle & gardens
The huge Alnwick Castle is a big attraction in its own right and has gained a younger audience since being used as ‘Hogwarts Castle’ in the Harry Potter films. The gardens have undergone extensive rebuilding and are now the main draw for many visitors. Alnwick is just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the hourly X18 bus. www.alnwickcastle.com or www.alnwickgarden.com

 

Bamburgh Castle from the beachBamburgh Castle
Owned by the Armstrong family since the 1750s, Bamburgh Castle occupies a splendid position above the sweeping sands of the North Sea coast. Bamburgh is 35 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 501 local bus which runs every other hour. www.bamburghcastle.com

 

Two puffins on the Farne IslandsFarne Islands
Take a boat trip (weather permitting) from Seahouses to the Farne Islands; one of the best places in Britain to view seals and puffins. Seahouses is around 45 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 501 bus. www.farne-islands.com

 

Lindisfarne
English Christianity was born in 7th century  Northumberland and Lindisfarne Priory, is its oldest major site, dating from 635AD.  It is located on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, cut off by the tides twice a day (make sure that you check the tide times before you visit). The Heritage Centre tells the stories of St Aidan, St Cuthbert and St Bede and displays the 8th century Lindisfarne Gospels in electronic form. Linisfarne is just under an hour's drive from Alnmouth. www.english-heritage.org.uk/lindisfarne-priory

Warkworth Castle
Warkworth Castle, a few miles to the south of Alnmouth, towers over a bend in the River Coquet and the picturesque town of Warkworth. Warkworth is just 10 minutes' drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached using the 518 bus. www.english-heritage.org.uk/warkworth-castle

Cragside HouseCragside House
Built by Victorian industrial magnate William Armstrong, Cragside House was hugely innovative and was the first house in Britain to be lit by electric light. Now managed by the National Trust, the house and gardens are a fascinating visit. Cragside is around 40 minutes' drive from Alnmouth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

 

Impressive frontage of Seaton Delaval HallSeaton Delaval Hall
Seaton Delaval Hall is a fine stately home, designed by John Vambrugh and completed in 1728. Following an extensive fundraising appeal it has recently been purchased by the National Trust. The hall is around 40 minutes' drive from Alnmouth. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall

 

 

Tyne bridges in NewcastleNewcastle-upon-Tyne
The vibrant city of Newcastle is always bustling with activity and is famed for its shopping and lively nightlife. The new Baltic arts centre and Sage Gallery are well worth a visit. Newcastle is just under an hour's drive from Alnmouth, and can also be reached by hourly local bus.

 

Hadrian’s Wall
Around 1½ hours drive from Nether Grange, Hadrian’s Wall remains a powerful symbol of the Roman Empire. The most dramatic section is from Once Brewed to Housteads Roman Fort and a walk here enables you to see some of the best preserved sections at close quarters. Two museums of note are the Roman Army Museum near Walltown you can gain an insight into the daily lives of Roman soldiers, and Vindolanda Roman Fort with its collection of rare Roman artefacts. www.visithadrianswall.co.uk

Alnmouth Village Golf Club
This links course if located right in front of Nether Grange. www.alnmouthvillagegolfclub.co.uk

Barter Books has been dubbed the British Library of secondhand bookshops and is located in a handsome old Victorian railway station in Alnwick.

 

Cragside House image © National Trust/Graeme Peacock, Seaton Delaval Hall image ©National Trust Images/John Hammond

Travel

Travel to Alnmouth

Our address is: Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is Alnmouth, on the main line between Newcastle and Edinburgh. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 1 mile journey from Alnmouth railway station takes approximately 5 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £6. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nether Grange Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

Take the A1 to Alnwick. Exit on the A1068 heading towards Alnwick. At the roundabout turn right (not well signed) and follow the A1068 towards Alnmouth. After 2¾ miles go straight ahead at the first roundabout then left at the second roundabout onto the B1338. As you approach Alnmouth cross the bridge, then turn right at the roundabout into the centre of the village. Turn left into Pease’s Lane. Nether Grange is on the left. Please note that Nether Grange does not have a car park, however free parking available on the streets around Nether Grange.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

There is a local airport at Newcastle which is served by European flights, and UK regional flights from London. From here take the metro to Newcastle Central station, then on by train to Alnmouth - a straightforward journey taking just over 1 hour.

Manchester Airport has a much wider range of long-haul flights. There are trains every hour from the airport to Alnmouth with one change at Newcastle. Allow 3½ hours to Alnmouth - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow 5 hours to reach Alnmouth. From Heathrow first take the Piccadilly line Underground train to  London Kings Cross station. From here take a train to Alnmouth - see www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Leaders

Harry Mycock

Harry Mycock’s first holiday with HF Holidays was on Arran in 1971. He has been a Walks leader since 2007 and a Garden Tour leader since 2010. Harry has holidayed at all the current HF County Houses having led from most of them, too. On top of a lifelong love of gardens and being a passionate gardener himself, Harry has also taught Garden Design and Horticulture at degree level for several years and is one of only a small number of Chartered Horticulturist in the UK. He is also a specialist garden inspector for the National Trust. Harry enjoys sharing his knowledge of the landscape, gardens and their design and history. He knows from experience of this vast field that there is something new to learn from each other at every turn. During his Garden Tours, Harry sets the pace so that there is time to stand and stare and soak it all in. 

 

 

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Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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