North Northumberland has a coastal region second to none for natural beauty and places of historic interest. The Farne Islands, with their large seal colony and bird sanctuary, are accessible by boat from Seahouses harbour. There are numerous walks around the area: from the hostel, Beadnell can be accessed over farmland for example. Historically, the three castles of Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Lindisfarne provide the backdrop to a thousand years of battles, conquests and sagas of powerful families. The area has strong Christian associations going back over 1500 years, with St. Cuthbert who lived on the Farne Islands and St. Aidan on Holy Island.
The beaches and sand dunes of Seahouses and Bamburgh provide endless enjoyment with their numerous rock pools. A bucket and spade, a net, a ball and a picnic provide the most popular pastimes for visitors of all ages. Welcome to Northumberland: enjoy what it has to offer - you will want to return again and again!
Seahouses Hostel is situated near the fishing and holiday village of Seahouses in north Northumberland. It is approximately fifty miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne and twenty five miles south of Berwick upon Tweed. Originally a girls' school with the farm outbuildings of a former vicarage, it was converted to a hostel in 1989 and refurbished in 2005.
ACCOMMODATION: six dormitories sleeping 4/6 people on two floors; two living rooms; dining room; kitchen equipped for catering up to 34 guests; showers and toilet facilities on two floors; central heating; drying room; library; facilities for a range of indoor activities; wi-fi; together with an enclosed paddock for games and relaxation, including a range of outdoor games equipment.
HOSTEL VISITORS are from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and interests. Over the years the hostel has proved ideal for schools and colleges; uniformed organisations; parish groups; community based groups; diocesan and deanery groups; youth groups; special interest groups; charities; conservation groups; and retreats. The warden is available to advise on local areas of interest and can assist with the planning of programmes if required. A visit to the hostel by leaders prior to staying is encouraged and worthwhile. Many of our visitors are groups who have returned regularly to stay with us and enjoy fellowship in cosy surroundings.
For many visitors, particularly younger ones, the hostel is their first experience of North Northumberland. They participated in a range of activities including sailing to the Farne Islands; horse riding; fossil hunting; playing in the hostel garden; crafts; hunting in the rock pools; games on the beach; visiting Bamburgh castle; using the pool table; playing crazy golf; or dressing up and talent shows. Leaders of groups particularly value the safety of the large paddock, the proximity to Seahouses, the choice of eating venues and the number of natural and interesting places to visit.
|Seahouses Hostel, 157 Main Street, North Sunderland, Seahouses, NE68 7TU|
07531 305 206
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