Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Exploring The Borders // Stuartslaw


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?



12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness it looks so serene! I keep saying that I need to get myself up to your end. I saw a photo on FB the other day of a beach in Northumberland in summer & it looked like a Caribbean beach. AMEN!
    Bee xxx

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    1. Doesn't it? I'd love to live there if the holiday cottages were detached and for sale haha! Yes! Our beaches are fab! I might do a post on all of the beaches we have. Beadnell Bay seems to be popular though I've never been.

      xo

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  2. These are so so pretty! : ) Your photography is fantastic. I love living in Britain, it's so pretty. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. Aw thank you! We are very lucky to live in such a gorgeous country.

      xo

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  3. Stunning. The rapeseed fields are so beautiful, everything is beautiful. x

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    1. That field went on for miles. I took that photo from the top of the hill and it went right down the hill.

      xo

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  4. Wow, what a beautiful green space! And those pups are too cute.

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    1. I loved it out there, so much to photograph haha. Thank you! The predominantly black one is mine :)

      xo

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  5. Oh my gosh, this place looks amazing! I love staying in places like this. I stayed in a cottage in Otter Falls once, near Sidmouth, which is a bit like this; very remote, surrounded by lakes and countryside for miles. So peaceful and it really was a lovely break away! Far more relaxing than bustling cities! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Doesn't it?! Oh Otter falls, what a fab name - that sounds lovely. Oh for sure, I hate cities so much.

      xo

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  6. OK, that's a beautiful place! I would not say no to staying there! I love places like this, who needs the city, when you can have all that fresh air.

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    1. I think you guys would love it out there. But it's 100% car reliant to get there.

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