You've probably never heard of Stuartslaw, but I can bet after seeing these photos you'll want to come visit and stay at the Allanbank holiday cottages that are the only feature of this stretch of land apart from the farm. Near Duns, you are in a beautifully rural setting but have access to Duns of course as well as Berwick and Eyemouth within 10miles.
We have some lovely family friends that we met around 12 years ago on holiday in Tossa De Mar one year and last May/June they came to visit again. The great thing about having a car when visiting Northumberland and the Borders is it increases your choices of fantastic places to stay and this is where Jan and Alan (and Bell the dog!) stayed on their visit.
During their visit, Alan came to pick my parents and Baker & I to take us out for lunch at their holiday cottage one afternoon. The above photos are from a walk we took the dogs on which was straight ahead from the gates to Allanbank, literally 2 minutes from the door of their cottage and I could easily be completely content to have that as a daily walking route.
The images below are are from within the gates which is just as beautiful. As well as the holiday cottages (I think there were about 3) Allanbank is home to an arts centre which hosts courses and exhibitions. Oh, and of course, my favorite aspect - the birds and wildlife. They even have giraffes! ;) haha
As I mentioned, this was back in May last year, but for some reason, I never thought to share these photos out of all that I took during our week exploring Northumberland with our friends.
To see what else we got up to click the links below:
Exploring Northumberland // Holy Island
Exploring Northumberland // The Union Chain Bridge
Exploring Northumberland // The Chain Bridge Honey Farm
If you fancy coming to have a fantastic adventure in my neck of the woods you should for sure check out Allanbank Cottages! They are beautiful inside and out, homely and best of all dog-friendly! Don't worry, though - this isn't a sponsored post haha, so you know I'm telling you the truth.
Would you like to stay somewhere like this? What would be your favorite aspect of a holiday like this?