Places to Eat
The local area enjoys a good number of restaurants, cafes and pubs ensuring that you’ll never be too far from a good meal. The Otterburn Castle provides an a la carte menu in it’s Oak Room Restaurant and is conveniently located just across from our cottage Heatherlea being separated by a high stone wall. The popular and traditional Bay Horse Inn provides a good range of food served either in the bar or in the separate dining room and is less than a minute walk away from our property The Close. The The Rose and Thistle represents a traditional country inn only a few miles away from Poppy’s Cottage in the picturesque village of Alwinton and are providers of premium pub food.
Northumberland Clays offers clay pigeon shooting for learners along with competitions and simulated game shooting only a 30 minute drive away from Otterburn and West Woodburn near Morpeth. This makes for a fun filled day that can be enjoyed by anyone able to hold a gun making it perfectly suitable for groups of friends or families with children above the age of twelve.
Alternatively, explore Northumberland National Park – England’s most tranquil place stretching from Hadrian’s Wall to the Scottish Borders. Paths and bridleways allow visitors to fully explore the sheltered valleys and rolling hills of this true national treasure with Poppy’s Cottage being situated in the centre of the dynamic northern half of the park. A dark sky park, Northumberland National Park is now known as the largest area of protected night sky in Europe and the Kielder Observatory represents a must see for any budding astronomers or those simply wishing to be awed by the unspoiled starry night sky.
Northumberland is without doubt a source of great natural beauty and has inspired many artists who have their studios nestled in the countryside. Mary Ann Rogers is a well know local artist who has used water colour to produce vibrant images of the local fauna and flora found within the Rede valley near West Woodburn – her gallery is open to visitors every Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Artist Mike Bell uses a wide range of materials to best capture the shapes of the coast and now the wild landscapes of inland Northumberland. Contact him to arrange a visit to his home studio in West Woodburn.
Set beside a lake inspired by the original plans of Capability Brown, Kirkharle Courtyard offers a number of truly remarkable artists and craftsmen studios that allow for a spectacular day viewing or shopping for ornaments, handmade jewellery, bronze work, and bespoke furniture. Besides this the genius of the landscape artist Capability Brown is evidenced by the beauty of the lake at Kirkharle making it a must see attraction to any visitors of Northumberland being located only a few miles away from Otterburn and West Woodburn.
Culture and Heritage
Close to home is the Heritage Centre in Bellingham village only 4 and 8 miles from West Woodburn and Otteburn respectively. This marvellous source of information on local culture and heritage offers interactive displays on farming, mining, railways and of course the violent and notorious Border Reivers! In addition, the National Trust’s Wallington Hall is only a 20 minute drive away with this beautiful house being open to the public and offering a great insight into Northumbrian history as well as farm walks and exquisite tea rooms. Of course the famous UNESCO sight Hadrian’s Wall provides some of the most renowned scenic walking routes in England with the Hadrian’s Wall Path being a popular route for visitors and locals alike.
The heritage of Northumberland is perhaps best experienced at the high castle walls and tremendous scenery of Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Gardens. The Castle offers the chance to visit the lavish state rooms brimming with history and art, thrilling reenactments of medieval knight’s tournaments and even a chance to try out riding a broomstick due to this glorious castle’s enjoyed status as a filming location for the Harry Potter films. The Gardens host many opportunities for fun ranging from musicals, to Disney themed adventures accompanied by brass music, to water pistol fights and even a treehouse restaurant! A 45 minute journey from Otterburn, Alnwick is well worth the travel for what’s guaranteed to be a memorable day out for all the family.