Alnmouth - Fri 26th July – Mon 29th July 2024
A Long Weekend in Alnmouth
Alnmouth – the postcard-pretty coastal village treasured for its colourful cottages, superb walking routes, and peaceful beach where the River Aln meets the North Sea (in its heyday, it was a working river-port, exporting grain, wool, coal, and even the odd pipe of Madeira wine). Not only will you be a 40-minute drive from Northumberland National Park, but also within easy travelling distance of several visit-worthy castles, including Alnwick, Lindisfarne, Dunstanburgh, and Warkworth. If the weather’s nice, a boat trip to the Farne Islands that lie just offshore midway between the villages of Seahouses and Bamburgh rewards with sightings of England's largest grey seal colonies.
The Hotel - It was most likely that Cadogan Hodgson Cadogan, Justice of the Peace and later High Sheriff of Northumberland, converted the granary into a spacious family house for his wife, seven children, teacher, five servants, and coachman in the 1870s. He replaced many of the original features, adding a new grand staircase between the ground and first floors. This was lit by a stained glass window that remains today – you’ll notice how one pane has the initials CHC as a stamp of ownership. Nether Grange was then purchased by banker John William Pease in 1875 and used as a family holiday home. His son John was Baron Wardington of Alnmouth and later Chairman of Lloyds Bank while his daughter Ella was a school governor and Chair of the parish council (the nearby Pease’s Park at the back of the village on Riverside Road largely owes its origin to her). The house was later reimagined as a hotel and has been part of our HF Holidays line-up since 1947. Nowadays, you’ll find 36 well-appointed guest rooms in two categories (Classic and Premium), many of which are sea-facing. There’s also a large comfortable lounge, a dining room for a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients, a licensed bar, and a conservatory. Elsewhere, the Discovery Point offers a wide range of local area maps, route guides, and easy-to-follow information for self-guided walks. A ballroom, boot and drying room, elevated terraced garden, outdoor chess set, and books and games to borrow during your stay complete the thoughtful touches. And then, of course, you’ll be just a stone’s throw from Alnmouth Beach, a wide bay that’s great for sandcastle building and wildlife watching.
- HASSRA Leeds members double/twin room £477
- HASSRA non-members double/twin room £788
- HASSRA Leeds members single room £238
- HASSRA non-members single room £394.
The price covers classic rooms which may not be in the main building, full board including the HF packed lunch Sat &Sun, and a gratuity for the hotel. Single rooms are limited, should a supplement be applied for a double room for single use – this will be treated as an uplift; premium rooms may be available at £20 pppn – there is no subsidy on this uplift.
Transport - No transport is provided for this trip – we will be using our own vehicles. If you need, or can offer, a lift on a petrol-sharing basis, please inform the organiser when booking.
Closing Date: 31st January 2024 – Please respond within the timescale and preferably asap.
Please complete and return the booking form to the organiser, Luisa Panetta who will check a place is available before a deposit of £75 per person, is payable, preferably by bank transfer. Payment details and addresses are set out on the booking form.