Thursday, 4 July 2013

Last week I spent a few days away with my other half and our black Labrador Toby, in what was basically the middle of nowhere, with no Internet access and very little mobile signal. This is probably most bloggers idea of hell, but actually I loved my social media mini-break!
We had booked a lodge style cabin in Northumberland, just on the edge of the Keilder Forest, which forms part of the National Park. We stayed with Border Forest Lodges, and booked our holiday through Hoseasons. As we were staying inland, we opted for a little added luxury of a private hot tub, and we packed up the car with wine, books, goodies and the dog for a few days of blissful relaxation.
The site itself is very small, with no shop or bar on site, but the owners are very welcoming and really couldn't do enough to help. Considering we were able to take the dog with us, we weren't expecting much from the interior of our lodge (despite the photographs online looking rather impressive) so we were very surprised at the quality of the furnishings inside.

It wasn't just the quality of the interior that was impressive, but also the little added extras that the owners put in, such as a little welcome basket of tea, coffee and biscuits, milk in the fridge, plus a dog blanket and bowls for Toby (at our request, as we were terrible pet owners and forgot to pack them!) We were shown the basics of how to use the hot tub and we were then left to explore at our leisure. We were asked to keep Toby on his lead whilst on site, as the chickens like to roam around of their own accord. At the back of our cabin was a little picnic area for BBQ's, and a burn running along behind. I loved this as I could sit listening to it whilst in the hot tub. My other half hated as it meant in the evening the midges came and he did not fare well!

The site itself has a touring park at one end, and there is another, much larger burn, running here too, which we often saw some campers fishing in. Once you cross the bridge you step on to part of the Pennine Way, which is a national trail that runs from Edale in Derbyshire (almost home!) to just inside the Scottish Border at Kirk Yetholm. Its 268 miles long in total, but we walked merely a fraction of it, along with many woodland paths and trails we (and Toby) discovered.
After a long day walking, we would spend a some time in the hot tub reading (me) sleeping (not me!) before rustling up soemthing tasty for tea, and settling down to watch the many DVDs that were provided within the lodge for us.
More on my adventures in Northumberland soon, including my favourite ever bookshop!


  1. Wow, stunning photographs! Seems relaxing and amazing (:
    xx Debbie

  2. Oh wow this looks beautiful!! The hot tub looks amazing :P So pleased you had a lovely time, your dog is so cute :)
    Love Holly x

  3. That looks amazing! I love the tranquility of it and spending time reading in a hot tub reading sounds like my idea of heaven


  4. Your dawg is so so handsome! Look at his gorgeous glossy coat! And where you stayed looks beautiful :)

  5. This sounds like total bliss xx

  6. Looks like such fun!! I love getting away from everything and being able to emirs myself in nature like that.

  7. That looks like a great getaway. I'd love a break from the internet and phone! And a soak in a hot tub :)

    Life of Mabel

  8. what a place to go for a walk
    i'd quite like to be sat in that hot tub
    looking at that view

  9. Not too far from us. It looks gorgeous


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