|Just swan across the estuary to Alnmouth|
Alnmouth – a very special bed and breakfast
|Upmarket and upstairs|
St Valery – dog friendly
This Alnmouth property is a turn of the century grand Victorian Terrace. A former family home, it retains many of its original features, including tiled open fireplaces and even the servants’ bells!
Uniquely for such a small establishment, St Valery is very dog friendly. If you want to take your pooch along, then this is the place for you. You will stay in a ground floor room, and in it you will find a doggy bed, bowl, treats and even a special towel for sandy paws. Dog sitting and dog walking services are provided by your hosts if you need them. Roxy the resident dog at St Valery will even share some of her doggie dinner if you’ve forgotten yours.
|Northumberland Street Alnmouth|
St Valery – snacks galore
When you first arrive at St Valery there is home baking and coffee on offer – I can highly recommend the lemon drizzle cake. There’s a well stocked honesty bar if you fancy something stronger, and bar snacks are hard to resist. Mozzarella and tomato popcorn was a new discovery for me, not to mention goats cheese and pepper flavour.
There is a charming outside area with decking to relax in which is a bit of a suntrap. Your hosts can organise picnic hampers, bike rental and restaurant reservations on request.
|The honesty bar|
Alnmouth to Alnwick
There’s only one road in and out of Alnmouth and it ends at the view out to the North Sea. A small and friendly former fishing village, set on a pretty estuary, Alnmouth is a very picturesque stop on the coastal drive up the East of England.
There’s a golf course and lots of lovely walks around the area but the beaches here are the jewel in the crown of this part of the world.
|Come on in!|
It’s about a ten minute drive from Alnmouth to Alnwick. The huge tourist attraction of Alnwick castle which features in the Harry Potter movies, is less than five miles away.
There’s a well known Arts festival here each year where local artists open up their homes as temporary exhibition spaces. There was even a beer festival about to swing into action at the local pub, the Red Lion, when I was there. Otherwise, staying here is like stepping back in time. This is a pretty laid back place, and an ideal location to take time out of the rat race for a relaxing break.
|All quiet in Alnmouth..|
St Valery – fantastic food
A full home cooked breakfast is on offer at St Valery with locally sourced fresh sausages and bacon from the famous Carter’s butcher in nearby Bamburgh. Coffee is Pilgrim’s blend, ground and also produced locally in Holy Island. I opted for the smashed avocado on Sourdough toast with poached egg which was both substantial and extremely tasty.
|Smashed avocado on Sourdough – yum!|
There is tea and coffee with fresh milk and nibbles in each room, and a small jar of sweets which was seriously depleted by the time I left.There are a few good places to eat in Alnmouth but you will need to book ahead as they get busy.
Harvey, our host, booked a local seafood restaurant ‘Hooked’ for us. It was two doors down. The moules and frites were top notch, and I particularly enjoyed the kipper pate. the meal was served in a bistro which would have been the front room of a family home in days gone by. The desserts were very good too with the white chocolate creme brulee deserving a special mention and all washed down with a tasty chenin blanc.
Alnmouth – a five star experience
|A good night’s sleep awaits|
Harvey the proprietor is very friendly and helpful and really goes the extra mile. Why not try St Valery where a warm welcome awaits from a real fire in the grate, Roxy the dog and the lovely village of Alnmouth. Check the website for prices availability and offers. St Valery – Alnmouth
|Dess – art|