A weekend under the stars [Northumberland].


Me and my new chap fancied a mini break a few weeks before Christmas where we could wrap up warm to explore, drink mulled wine, and get cosy on an evening with a log burner, so we turned to air bnb to find somewhere perfect. I mentioned to Oliver that I really wanted to do some star gazing and he thought Northumberland would be perfect, as it's known for its clear skies on an evening.

It could not have been a more perfect trip. We arrived at our cabin, which was small but perfectly formed, on a Friday evening and stayed until Sunday afternoon. After settling in upon our arrival (mainly laying on the bed consuming the chocolate cake and prosecco our hosts had left for us) we headed back outside to take in the view. It may have been something to do with my tipsy head but I was completely bowled over by the stars in the sky. They almost brought me to tears! We had a viewing area in the form of a mini treehouse where we lay for a while, taking in the different constellations.

The sky on the second evening wasn't as clear but it was still beautiful nonetheless. We went for a drive to a few star-spotting spots before heading back to our cabin to warm our cockles by a camp fire that Oliver got going (Bear Grylls eat your heart out).

Our daytime activities included a long stroll to see Dunstanburgh Castle and to watch the waves rolling in, a few hours in Bamburgh Castle taking in the history (and the Baileys lattes) and a jaunt to Alnwick Castle to see where Harry Potter was filmed only to find that it was closed. So we saw the outside of the castle from afar and ate chips which I suppose isn't a bad compromise.

I would have loved another evening to see the stars again. Seriously folk of Northumberland, how do you get anything done on an evening with those sights?! 

I hope to see you again soon Northumberland!


  1. Ah loved reading this (I live in Northumberland). Did you stay in the little treehouse at Calvert Trust Kielder?

    I live in quite an urban area of Northumberland but I stayed in the countryside over christmas and 10000% agree about the stars - there were SO many! We couldn't even make the big dipper out as the sky was so full.

  2. Those photos are just glorious! What great snaps of the star you got. Alongside the ones of you looking so happy. The perfect break away no doubt - i think a similar one is in order for me... We are off to Donegal the end of Jan, and I intend star gazing there too :)

  3. Where was this? It looks gorgeous.

  4. What a gorgeous destination. I love the idea of a trip just for star gazing.