WELCOME TO NORTHUMBERLAND !
STUNNING SCENERY, GOLDEN BEACHES, FRIENDLY MARKET TOWNS AND GORGEOUS RUGGED COUNTRYSIDE.
At Shortflatt Tower we are surrounded by beautiful countryside, excellent walking opportunities, great cycle routes, both National trust and English Heritage properties and much, much more…
NATIONAL TRUST & ENGLISH HERITAGE PROPERTIES:
- Wallington Hall and Gardens
Tel: 01670 773 967
Wallington is a formal house built in 1688 with impressive gardens, a lake and woodland. The walled garden, with its water features and heated Orangery is particularly lovely.
- Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Tel: 01661 881 636
Belsay Castle is a fine medieval castle, with a Jacobean wing. Belsay Hall was built in the classical style of a Greek Revival villa. The plant rich gardens, famous quarry garden and surrounding woodland link the two buildings. There are temporary exhibitions in the house and grounds, an open air theatre in the summer and a tea Room.
- Herterton House at Hartington:
Tel: 01670 774 278
Herterton House has a garden that is divided into five parts, all within about one acre. It includes a Formal Garden of hedges and topiaries, a Physic Garden of economic plants and a Flower Garden of traditional country garden flowers with a strong colour order, flowering from June to August. There is also a "Fancy" Garden with a parterre, terrace and gazebo, and lastly a Nursery Garden with a selection of open ground herbaceous plants from the garden collection.
Tel: 01669 620 333
Lord Armstrong’s Victorian house, gardens and estate with its wonderful woodland walks. It is situated close to the little town of Rothbury. This is a spectacular house and garden and we thoroughly recommend it.
LOCAL PUB: Middleton, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4QZ (Tel:01670772634)
- Bolam lake:
Bolam Lake country park is only a short walk from Shortflatt Tower. There is a large lake and picnic area and café, lovely walks around the lake and surrounding woods. There are several public footpaths and bridal ways that cross over Shortflatt estate.
- Shepherds Walks:
For guided walks, please contact Jon Monks at Shepards Walks: Tel: 01830 540 453
CULTURE, GALLERIES & MUSEUMS:
- The Great North Museum-Hancock: 0191 222 7418
- The Sage Gatehead: 0191 443 4661
- The Baltic: 0191 261 3830
- Centre of Life: 0191 243 8284
- Discovery Museum: 0191 232 6789
- The Theatre Royal: Box Office: 08448 11 21 21
- The Side gallery (photography): 0191 230 3217
- The Laing Art Gallery: 0191 232 7734
- Seven Stories (children): 0845 271 0777 ext 715.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & PURSUITS:
- Delta-Force Paintballing: 0844 477 5115
- Go Ballistic Paintballing: 0844 745 5000
- QuadFather: 0845 544 1266
- Go Ape at Matfen Hall: 0845 643 9156
- Turboventure: 0191 232 5872
- Clay Pigeon Shooting: 01661 822 444
- Hadrian Wall, Housesteads, Vindolanda or Chesters are within an hours drive. http://www.hadrianswall-northumberland.com/hadrianswall/northumberland-tics
- Kielder Water and Forest Park: 01434 220616
- Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Gardens: 01665 511350
- Alnwick gardens tree house restaraunt: 01665 511852
- Kirkharle Courtyard: Crafts, culture, history & coffee shop: 01830 540362
- Wet and Wild: 0191 296 1333
- Whitley Bay ice rink: 0191 291 1000
- The Whitehouse Farm Centre near Morpeth: 01670 789998
- Beamish Outdoor Museum: 0191 370 4000
- Woodhorn Colliery near Ashington-Tel: 01670 52 80 80
- Duridge Bay beach and country park:
(Tel: 01670 760 968) The nearest beach to Shortflatt with miles of golden sand.
- Warkworth Castle and Hermitage:
(Tel: 01665 712 313) The castle crowns a hilltop rising steeply above the River Coquet at Warkworth which is about seven miles south of Alnwick.
- Lindisfarne Priory and Holy Island is good for a day trip, although it is essential to check the tide timetable before departure as when the tide is in the causeway is cut off. The Tourist Information Centre can help with tide information, 01289.330 733. Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. The dramatic approach to the island across the causeway only emphasises the serene appeal of this atmospheric place.
- The Farne Islands:
You may like to take a trip aboard Billy Shiel's motor vessel, 'Glad Tidings' to the Farne Islands where you can see grey seals, puffins and a plethora of other sea birds. The boats leave from Seahouses. For more information please ring 01665 720 308.
SHOPPING, RESTARAUNTS & CAFÉ’S ETC:
Belsay Shop: The village shop at Belsay is exceptionally good and provides an excellent selection of fresh local produce. They are also a newsagent.
The Metrocentre gateshead:
Newcastle city centre is great for shopping with Eldon square shopping centre and Northumberland Street being the focal point.
- Morpeth is our local market town and has a good selection of supermarkets, shops, restaurants and café’s.
- Hexham also has good selection of supermarkets, shops, restaurants and café’s. It also has a lovely independent cinema and Hexham Abbey.
- Ponteland has Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, and an excellent greengrocers shop called Elliot’s, a P.O. and several restaurants.