August has brought change to my daily commute and I’ve actually quite enjoyed it. Rather than driving, I’m now getting the bus to my new job and it’s actually been a lot more enjoyable than I thought. It’s given me time to catch up on things and I’ve discovered parts of Newcastle I hadn’t even been to before.
A few weeks ago Ronnie and I headed to the Lake District to try out our new Sandero tent. We stayed at Waterside House campsite which was located just on the shore of Ullswater and offered spectacular views across the lake.
Unlike other campsites, Waterside house didn’t have pitch numbers but asked that you didn’t pitch too close to other tents. We liked this as it meant we could choose where to pitch our tent, and of course we chose a stunning spot overlooking Ullswater!
The Piccadilly hotel began welcoming guests in 2015 and has since became popular with both tourists and businessmen. A stones throw away from Piccadilly station, a short walk to the city centre and a 20 minute drive to the airport makes Motel One the perfect base for exploring Manchester.
The Grade II listed mansion house is located 15 minutes away from Newcastle city centre and was once home to Lord Armstrong before becoming a college and a residential school. In 2005, the house was then restored and refurbished making it the only independently owned boutique hotel in Newcastle!
The hotel boasts 40 beautiful and individually decorated rooms along with a three-rosette restaurant. The restaurant at Jesmond dene house serves lunch, dinner and a rather impressive afternoon tea.
We prefer staying at unique hotels now as I like the excitement of arriving and unveiling our room rather than going to a chain hotel where everything is predictable and standardised!
The city centre hotel is just around the corner from Clifford’s Tower and is only a 5 minute walk from the narrow shop lined streets.
After a busy week I was really looking forward to spending the weekend with Ronnie at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, a luxury Scarborough Hotel in Yorkshire. Driving along the winding country roads we spotted the entrance and drove up the narrow track to the hotel.
Walking towards the reception I was already impressed, with pergolas, water features and roses in full bloom it was beautiful and I instantly felt excited for the rest of our stay. After checking in and making a dinner reservation, we were escorted to our 1st floor suite by Jay who offered to carry our bags and made us feel very welcome.
Last Saturday I attended my first ever Travel Massive event and it was fantastic! Myself and some other bloggers met up bright and early before heading North to explore the beautiful Northumberland National Park.
I regularly stay in Northumberland whilst visiting family and love exploring the stunning landscapes so naturally I jumped at the chance to discover and learn more about the National Park.
June has been another busy month with long nights spent applying for jobs. The whole redundancy situation plus not hearing back from job applications has left me feeling pretty deflated and unmotivated; however, I’ve had lots of things to look forward to during June which certainly helped!
Last week I was invited to review Durham’s newest pub, The Kingslodge Inn. I was really looking forward to it and even took a half day at work so we could travel across to Durham. Arriving at The Kingslodge Inn we were impressed by the surrounding woodland and found it hard to believe we were still so close to the city centre!
Occupying the grounds of the former Kingslodge Hotel, the pub is an ideal place to eat, drink and stay whilst in Durham. The Inn itself and grounds are immaculate, with fresh paint work, bright plants and ample seating it certainly looked inviting.
The 843 acre of city owned land first opened to the public in 1858 and has been a popular historic landmark ever since, with around 40 million visitors each year. Although this sounds like a lot of people, Central Park never felt overcrowded, in fact it was a great escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City.
A few weeks ago I was invited to the launch of Ninja Burger at No.28 in Newcastle. No.28 is one of Newcastle’s hidden bars and located just within the doorway of the Grainger market it’s easy to walk past unless you know it’s there! The bar, which has been awarded ‘Best Late Night Venue’ two years in a row has, became the permanent host for Ninja Burger.
I found the decor of No.28 to be unlike any other bar I’d visited in Newcastle, with unique seating, hanging lanterns and greenery, it was the perfect place to unwind and catch up with friends. [Read more…]