Self Catering Bamburgh

Self catering is a great option whether for families or just a couple of people. Your time is your own as you aren't constrained by meal times as you would be in a hotel. You can enjoy cooking in our kitchen/dining room whilst chatting to the rest of the family. The butchers, R Carter and Son provide a variety of meats, home made produce and are famous for their 'Northumbian Bamburgh Banger'. The greengrocers, GS Clark & Son sell fresh fruit, vegetables, groceries and newspapers amongs other things. If you don't feel like cooking there are a number of restaurants in the village. If you are interested in fish, Swallow Fish in Seahouses has an abundance of different varities as well as their famous Kippers and some wonderful old photgraphs of the Harbour in years gone by.

You can relax in the lounge and read a book or admire the view of Bamburgh Castle in the garden. You are only a stones throw from the beach over the dunes.

Bamburgh history

Bamburgh and the surrounding area must be one of Britain's best kept secrets. It has been said by one publication that Bamburgh Castle provides 'the most dramatic backdrop to the country's finest coastline'. It is built on an outcrop of The Great Whin Sill, an intrusion of volcanic rock covering almost 4,000 square kilometres of the North of England. There have been a number of archiological excavations in and around Bamburgh Castle and the surrounding areas. Bamburgh was once the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria. Bamburgh is steeped in history.

The 1st Lord Armstrong bought Bamburgh Castle in 1894 and with the skill of many artisans restored it to what you see today. He was a visionary. The oldest part of the castle is the Keep or Great Tower, its construction started in 1164. Apart from being an inventor and industrialist he created a beautiful estate, namely Cragside near Rothbury in Northumberland, the first house in Britain to be lit by hydro electricity. The bicentennial of his birth was 2010. Today the castle remains in the Armstrong Family.

From Bamburgh Castle can be seen the Farne Islands. These are rocky islands, once home to saints, soldiers and famous lighthouse keepers, now a sanctuary for seabirds and seals. They are a summer haven for 100,000 pairs of nesting seabirds like puffin, terms and guillmot. It is also one of Europe's largest grey seal colonies. Steeped in history, St Cuthbert lived and died here in the 7th Century.

View our Bamburgh Accomodation page for further Bamburgh history.