Willow Cottage

the place to relax in and explore from ...

"One of the most exciting towns in England"

Where else, within just one hour, can you walk on dramatic Elizabethan fortifications, see the country's first purpose built infantry Barracks, view an iconic 28 arch railway viaduct designed by Robert Stephenson, a conglomeration of enchanting Georgian houses, cobbled lanes and archways, and a mix of character shops & restaurants - all within a stunning setting alongside one of Britain's finest salmon rivers, and with views up the Tweed valley & out across the estuary as far as Holy Island & beyond?

The definitive border town, focus of many centuries of warfare between England & Scotland, Berwick has perfectly preserved Elizabethan fortifications which are the most complete bastioned town defences in Northern Europe. The 18th century Berwick Barracks were the first in Britain to be purpose built. With bastions, batteries, buttresses & even a Russian cannon the dramatic history of Berwick comes alive as you walk these imposing walls.

A boat building town from the 18th century & a centre of a thriving salmon fishing industry from the 19th century, Berwick has stone harbour walls & a cobbled quayside beneath the massive ramparts. From these, during the summer months, you can step back in time & watch the netting of salmon still taking place from Gardo's Batt, a tradition unique to Berwick.

Lowick means "settlement on the river Low".

A Roman Road called the "Devil's Causeway" passes through Lowick on it's journey from Corbridge in the south to Berwick upon Tweed in the North of the county.

An ancient road used by the Monks of Lindisfarne to go to Durham crosses this Roman Road, east to west, and it is on this crossroads that the village of Lowick began to develop.

Monks of Lindisfarne built the Norman Chapel in Lowick when the ancient parish was sub divided. The present Anglican Church of St. John the Baptist dates from 1794, with the addition of the chancel and vestry in 1887.

When you are looking for space & time to "get away from it all" & recharge your batteries, then Northumberland - officiallly designated as England's most tranquil county - is the place to be. And for real peace and solitude, come and explore north Northumberland. You'll enjoy mile after mile of white sandy beaches, with ancient castles or villages as their backdrop. This whole stretch of coastline is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Or wander among the quietest of hills & valleys, each with their own stories of battles and community. This is an ancient land, the "cradle of Christianity", a borderland forged & formed from its tempestuous history. The most beautiful landscapes bring you the very warmest of welcomes, the best local food & produce and memories to last a lifetime.

Come, refill your soul and you will find the journey to north Northumberland is well worth it!!

Northumberland Dark Skies Park was internationally recognised in December as one of the best places in Europe to view the night sky. You can even catch glimpses of the Northern Lights here! You don't always need a telescope to get up close and personal with the planets: a pair of 10 x 50 binoculars will show you the moons of Jupiter and the Andromeda Galaxy. Simple star charts can be downloaed at www.darkskydiscovery.org.uk

Lowick village is ideally situated, being equidistance between Edinburgh in Scotland and Newcastle in North East England. It is only 10 minutes drive away from the stunningly beautiful Northumbrian coastline – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and inland the Cheviot Hills and the Northumberland National Park. Nearby are such iconic places as Holy Island (Lindisfarne), Bamburgh, Berwick upon Tweed, the Farne Islands, Alnwick, the Cheviot Hills, National Park and the Ford & Etal Estates.

The village has a corner shop with off license and homebaking, 2 pubs "The Black Bull" & "The White Swan" both with restaurants, and the Black Bull with coffee shop, a repairing garage, a mobile Fish N Chip van weekly.
Golfing, walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing and horse riding are all possible along with exploring the wide open unspoilt countryside, the castles, gardens and discovering the hidden gems of Northumberland.

In 2013 it was the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden Field; one of the bloodiest encounters on British soil and one that marked a significant turning point in English and Scottish history. The political and military ramifications of Flodden created the Britain and Europe we know today. Many activities and events took place in Northumberland in 2013 to mark this important anniversary. Follow developments at www.Flodden1513club.com

Testimonials

Our 2nd visit & Willow Cottage was as we remembered. Jane & Darren are still wonderful & warm hosts. It's true what their sign above the door says. We did come as strangers, but this time it was like being friends. Such a lovely "welcome back pack" with goodies to enjoy. Thank you both Jane & Darren for a beautiful "Willow Cottage" to spend a wonderful holiday in.

Margaret & John   Lowestoft.