Northumberland Through a Lens
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Hills & moorland
Capture the rich tapestry of Great Britain on camera. Explore and photograph both the iconic and the quirky that make our land and coast unique. From the cottages and castles, fishing harbours and flower-rich meadows, hills and heathland, dry stone walls and designer gardens, unveil the true essence of your location. Our expert leader will give you the expertise you need to get the best out of your camera and that inspirational vista. During the course of each day we'll walk up to 3 miles (5km).
- Explore Northumberland’s coast, castles, fishing harbours, hills and country houses
- Our local professional photography leader will guide and encourage
- Capture the rich tapestry of Northumberland on camera
- Share inspiration and exchange ideas
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, transport to photography locations and tuition
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country House
- Expert leaders: all our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment
Nether Grange occupies a wonderful seaside location in the historic village of Alnmouth. With both historic character and modern facilities, it is a wonderful base for a relaxing holiday.
Nether Grange has 35 bedrooms, a number of which enjoy views across the golf links to the sea.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Nether Grange makes good use of its excellent seaside location, with a large lounge and attractive dining room with sea views. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.
Outdoors is an attractive elevated terrace and croquet lawn which enjoys superb views over the golf links to the sea.
The conservatory is adjacent to the bar and houses the Dandelion Café during the day. There is also a ballroom on the lower floor. This flexible space can be used for dancing, evening talks or as a light and airy painting studio.
The Dandelion Café serves a range of coffee and speciality leaf teas, plus snacks and sandwiches. It is also licensed, serving beer, spirits, and a variety of wines from around the world. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Everyone welcome.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on Northumberland's rich wildlife from a local speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
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.
Arrival & car parking facilities
- Parking is available in the streets surrounding Nether Grange
- A paved footpath from the main gate to the front door has 4 steps (3.6ft high in total)
- Steel handrail to the left
- Assistance with luggage can be provided
Main entrance & reception
- The front door has 2 steps (1ft 4'' high in total) and leads to the entrance hall, which is 2 metres x 6.2m
- The door is 73cm wide
Public areas - hall, stairs, landing, corridors etc
- The main building has 4 floors
- On the lower ground floor, there is a conservatory (laminated floor), a bar (carpet), a ballroom (laminated floor), a library (carpet) and public toilets (safety flooring)
- On the ground floor, there is another lounge, an internet room, an entrance hall, a dining room and a lobby, all carpeted
- 20 steps from the lower ground floor to ground floor, with further 24 steps to the first floor
- The width of the main staircase is 4ft 6”, the step height is 6” and depth 12”
- Wooden stair rail on both sides of the staircase
- An alternative staircase from ground to first floor has 22 steps in total, with 3 rest landings (3 flights of stairs)
- From first to the second floor, there are 2 flights of stairs, 7 and 11 steps with one rest landing. The width of the staircase is 3ft 7”, the step height is 6 inches and the depth 11”
- Short pile carpet throughout the stairs, landings and corridors
Public areas – lounges, bar and ballroom
- The lounge is 6.6m x 10.6m. Level access. Furniture consists of coffee tables, sofas, chairs (both with or without arms)
- The door width is 93cm.
- The bar is 3.30m x 8.55m sofas, coffee tables, stools and chairs with arms.
- Conservatory is 5.1m x 13.6m with, movable wicker furniture. A small water feature
- The ballroom is 5.1m x 13.6m. Accessed from the bar via 4 steps (60cm high in total)
- Movable chairs along the walls
- The library and games room is 4.7m x 6.8m
- The toilets are available on the lower ground floor
- Toilet height 40cm, door width 75cm
- The flooring is non-slip and there is good colour contrast
Dining room & bar
- The dining room is on the ground floor and has level access.
- Table height is 72cm, underspace of 65cm high x 150cm wide
- Tables have legs in each corner. Furniture is easily movable
- Breakfast service is self service cold buffet with assistance available, if required. Table service for hot meals & drinks
- Dinner service is waitress service
- This is the room best suited for anyone requiring wheelchair access. The en-suite room is located on the ground floor of The Towers
- The room size is 3.4m x 4.96m. Door width 87cm. Twin beds, 51cm high
- The en-suite bathroom is 1.3m x 2.4m. Bathroom door is 96cm wide
- Toilet height is 42cm, the wash basin 79cm high. There is a pullcord light which can be reached from any height. Support rails by the toilet
- The shower tray is 2.4m long and there is a shower chair attached to the wall. One step of 12cm in height to enter the shower. Safety flooring
- There is another twin room (5) on the ground floor of The Towers, but the bathroom is not as suitable for anyone with restricted mobility as in room 4
- The rest of the bedrooms are on the first and second floor of the main House.
- All bedrooms are carpeted
- The rooms are a mixture of single and twin rooms, the majority of the rooms are en-suite, some are with wash basin only with public facilities available nearby
- Most of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms. These are a mixture of showers and baths
- Most bathrooms have safety floor, a few have vinyl flooring, carpet or tiled floor
- 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
Saturday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Sunday: Composing a photograph
Today begins with composition. We'll look at the rule of thirds, leading lines, framing a view and foreground interest. We'll also look at how we set up cameras for hand held photography and for a live view shooting. We'll discuss the merits of both manual and semi-automatic settings. We'll photograph around the town and estuary, using the conventions of composition and using the camera in both manual and semi-automatic settings. We experiment in live-view for those of us with tripods.
Monday: Contrasting harbours.
Today is all about photographing harbours, boats and bridges in the borders. We'll use aperture value to experiment with depth of field and focus on the differences between tripod and hand held techniques. We'll capture aspects of commercial fishing in Eyemouth using hand held techniques and compare with the more tranquil setting of St Abbs with its leisure activities. Finally we compare the much larger scale of Berwick with its piers, viaduct and history to the much smaller Scottish towns.
Tuesday: Away from the coast; wide angle and macro
Today our focus will be on the detail in the landscape, as well as capturing all the lovely expansive views on offer. Using aperture priority to photograph detail / macro subjects and attempting to soften the background using wider apertures and in contrast using small apertures to increase depth of field for the expansive landscape shots.
Wednesday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local are independently or relax at the Country House
Thursday: Black and White
Today we consider exposure for black and white photography, using exposure compensation to heighten tonal contrast and the inclusion of detail and texture to enhance black white photography. We examine rock formations around Dunstanburgh and lobster pots at Craster.
Friday: Castles, Christianity, havens and harbours
Today's visit to Seahouses will focus on the harbour and tourism; there will be opportunities to photograph people working and on holiday. At Bamburgh we'll study interesting rock formations, dunes, and the iconic castle from various angles. At Holy Island there'll be numerous opportunities to explore cobbles, the abbey, the haven and castle. We'll work in manual and semi-automatic modes, exploring depth of field, macro and black and white.
Saturday: depart after a leisurely breakfast
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
- Your camera and other essential accessories
- memory card or memory stick
- battery and charger; spare battery recommended
- Your camera’s instruction manual
- waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
- bag or bags for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
- Notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
Optional items (remember you will have to carry some of these):
- Spare memory cards
- Spare camera battery
- Spare camera (you never know)
- Small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
- Filters: neutral density and graduated, polarising
- a laptop with Adobe Photoshop CS3 or Elements 10 (or later versions) installed (whilst it’s not absolutely essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday if you shoot digital)
- Memory stick or CD for storing images
- Tripod or monopod if you feel more comfortable with one
- Camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer
- Remote or cable release.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Seaton 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
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.
Nether Grange, Alnmouth, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2RZ
By train: The nearest railway station is Alnmouth. 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).
By taxi: The 1 mile journey from Alnmouth railway station takes approximately 5 minutes. Taxis cost approx £4 per 4 seat taxi. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nether Grange Manager.
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, look out for our sign. Please note that Nether Grange does not have a car park. There is free parking available on the streets around Nether Grange.
To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info
Geoff is a professional photographer based in Darlington in County Durham. Prior to this he taught art and photography for over 30 years in a Darlington Academy as an advanced skills teacher.
In addition to teaching general and more specialist digital photography workshops, he regularly photographs weddings and provides bespoke studio family and commercial photography services.
Geoff’s passion lies in landscape photography and he was shortlisted for Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2009. He has an extensive portfolio and understands that good landscape photography results through careful planning and understanding the environment.
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
27 Sep 2014, 11:30 a.m.
You provide great holidays in lovely settings. The Alnmouth House was very well run, our room was lovely, the food was very good.
The tuition provided by *Name removed by Feefo* was excellent, he created a nice friendly atmosphere, and my husband & I enjoyed the holiday very much. *Name removed by Feefo* found us interesting things to photograph despite the often rather gloomy weather. We learnt a lot.
Thank you for your feedback. We are very proud of all our Country Houses and their spectacular locations. We're pleased you enjoyed your holiday and apologise for the weather, if we could control it we would.
All the best,
Harriet Holland, eCommerce Executive, HF Holidays Ltd.
22 Sep 2014, 4:34 p.m.
The hotel was very good. There is one reservation that there is no ground floor bedrooms for disabled people
I went on a photographic holiday and I found the leader very good indeed , giving some good advise where appropriate.
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Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person