Hoorah! Spring has finally sprung *runs around dancing* and last weekend was unexpectedly really sunny so we decided to make the most of it and explore a bit more of the area near to us where we live as well as having a catch up with friends who we hadn’t seen in a while.
On the Saturday we decided to drive towards the coast and ended up at the National Trust property Seaton Delaval Hall. It was created by the architect Sir John Vanbrugh (most famous for designing Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard) and is positioned perfectly so that you can see the countryside as well as the sea whilst walking around. Sadly the property was gutted by a fire in 1822 and remains a shell, but it is an incredible building and fascinating to think what it would have been like before.
We had a great time soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a coffee and cake outside. I think a lot of people had the same idea because it was pretty busy by the time we left! I would definitely recommend visiting, I think the highlight for me was the icehouse – such a clever idea and really worth checking out if you are there, it certainly did as intended because I was freezing standing in there!
On the Sunday we caught up with friends for a coffee and then went onto a fishing village called Craster in Northumberland with two of them to enjoy a walk up to Dunstanburgh Castle, we even saw a couple of seals along the way. It was so nice to soak up the sea air whilst having a big catch up. We then headed back to the very popular pub The Jolly Fisherman which is a must if you are in Craster. We have been a few times now and the food is always delicious. They are famous for their crab sandwiches but the crab soup is also scrumptious as is the Sunday Roast and to top it all off the staff are always really friendly and happy to help! Definitely worth a visit!
I have included the links below to the places mentioned above but as always just ask if you have any questions.