Firwood Country Bed and Breakfast Northumberland, Wooler
Firwood, Wooler, Northumberland
Bed and Breakfast in Northumberland, Living Room and Fire in Firwood
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WELCOME to FIRWOOD BED & BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATION in NORTHUMBERLAND

Firwood Bed and Breakfast is set in an enviable, elevated position in tranquil Northumberland, this former dowager lodge is now bed and breakfast accommodation owned and operated by Mike and Beth Mills. The B&B overlooks the picturesque area of Northumberland known as Glendale and nestles close to the Cheviot Hills. Firwood provides peaceful and relaxing bed and breakfast accommodation with a touch of style and luxury.

We offer from our B&B a magnificent location, central for exploring all of Northumberland, the Scottish Borders and even Edinburgh or Newcastle, which are only 60-70 miles away. We are roughly 18 miles from the coast as the crow flies, just far enough to miss any sea frets! The treasures of Bamburgh Castle, the unspoiled beaches at Bamburgh, Seahouses, the Elizabethan town walls of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle, the Farne Islands, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Warkworth Castle, Alnmouth and Northumberland National Park are all within easy reach. If you want to cross to the Farne Isles to see the Puffins, the boats leave from Seahouses, again a lovely drive of just under 20 miles. Look at the attractions menu to see the breadth of things to see and do. If you are coming to walk the Northumberland hills, then again, we are well situated. Leave the car at our bed and breakfast, walk up the hill and down into the Harthope Valley - and there are the Cheviots! To have a quick overview of where we are in relation to everywhere else, go to the Introduction Page and click on Larger Map on the left hand side. For a very useful downloadable relief map of this area of Northumberland, use this link Wooler and Glendale

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Firwood Country Bed & Breakfast, Middleton Hall, Wooler, Northumberland, UK, NE71 6RD
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In the North Northumberland Area

What's happening this month at Alnwick Gardens? Take a look on The Alnwick Garden

The Castle of Bamburgh sitting on a crag of basalt, can be classed as amongst the most impressive in England. Looking down on the village of Bamburgh the castle dominates the Northumberland coast, a breathtaking area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bamburgh Castle

Howick Hall Gardens have been awarded Garden of the Year by Gardens Illustrated and Garden Museum. It's very much an undiscovered gem and becomes a firm favourite with those who visit. The terrace and rockery should be showing well and the Bog Garden starting to come into it's own. Howick Hall

Chillingham Wild White Cattle. A more unusual but fascinating guided tour. 365 acre of beautiful enclosed parkland is home to what is believed to be the only survivors of the wild herds which used to roam ancient Britain. Untouched (still) by human hand, this has been their home since the 13th century. The tour is taken by the Park Manager who makes sure everyone is kept safe! Chillingham Wild Cattle Why not combine it with a visit to Chillingham Castle, reputed to THE most haunted! For more information on the castle Chillingham Castle

Have a break from castles while you are in Northumberland! The Chain Bridge Honey Farm at Horncliffe - where the old chain bridge is located, is a wonderful diversion. Not only do they produce honey (honestly!) but they have an excellent visitor centre which was established in the early 1990's. This tells the story of bees and honey and there is a live observation hive where you can embark on a search for the queen bee and watch the workers arriving with the pollen on their hind legs. There is a fantastic mural, a 10 year labour of love by local artist Tony Johnson and then you can take refreshments in the double decker bus! Admission is free to the visitor centre, find Chain Bridge on http://chainbridgehoney.co.uk

Wooler High Street Northumberland

Some Guests Comments

What a wonderful place and wonderful hosts.Cannot fault a thing. Wonderful breakfasts and a lovely Jubilee surprise, Thank you so much, see you again soon. Jemma and Andy, East Yorkshire

What a stunning place...Great stay, lovely atmosphere. Will be back! Stan, Salisbury

Wonderful stay. Wonderful view. Wonderful breakfast! Susan and Alan, Mosley

Thanks again! Brilliant as always, we love Firwood and Glen! Graham and Emma, Wirral

Thanks warm welcome, wonderful your smile and talking made us relax and enjoyable. Takashi and Fumiyo, Tokyo, Japan

Thanks for your hospitality. Just as lovely as we remembered from last time! Gillian and Nigel

At last, we've visited Northumberland - and loved it! Wonderful B&B to stay in, Beth and Mike, you are the perfect hosts. Many thanks. John and Sheila, Dorset

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The Wooler Wheel was a great success in May and again in October 2013. A series of challenge cycle rides ranging in length from 160k to 50k , taking in stunning scenery, heart pumping, leg burning climbs, cycling past and through historic architecture and some 8,000 years of history. The events are supported by The Northumberland National Park, Northumberland County Council and British Cycling. To find out more details, photo's from the events and to be kept up to date on this years programme, including a fantastice new route the 'Wooler Wheel Borderlands' cycle challenge, go to THE WOOLER WHEEL There you will find the routes as well as training tips and FAQ's. You can also follow it on Facebook and join in the ongoing chat THE WOOLER WHEEL

Cycling is on the up in the area and there are some wonderful cycling events this year with the formation of the Wooler Cycle Hub. Glendale is still relatively car free and with some of the most scenic little roads and some 8000 years of history to cycle through, they lived up to their promise to be full of activity and entertainment. To find out more and to download a leaflet with the route etc. go to Wooler Cycle Hub There are more events planned, so keep an eye on this posting. We are 'Cyclist Friendly' at Firwood and have secure storage, basic repair kit - and a very handy man in Mike! We also have an outside tap for those times when you just have to wash off (bikes!). I usually do quite a bit of cycling around the area and can help with routes. There is Bike Hire and Repair just a mile or so from us. 'Ron the Taxi' can also accommodate a couple of bikes if you need transportation. Information here Please do keep an eye on this area of our web site as I will be updating it as events and routes become available.

The routes are now ready, tested and waymarked. The route brochure with the maps are also ready and beautifully produced. There are 7 detailed in the brochure, all graded and all circular. Please contact me if you would like anymore information on these or you can download them to your GPs or print the leaflets. Wooler Cycle Routes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What's happening at Firwood
We are working to provide the very best in Country House Bed and Breakfast in Northumberland, the accommodation has all the home comforts of real fires, sumptuous freshly cooked breakfasts and of course, a very warm welcome. .

We are also committed to catering for the accommodation needs of cyclists and walkers under the criteria of the Walkers and Cyclists Welcome Scheme.

We are a totally no smoking establishment.

Sorry, Firwood is not considered suitable for children.

We remain committed to 'doing our bit' to help the environment - please click on the link on the navigation bar above to view our Environmental Policy.

Access Statement. Please e-mail for a copy.

 

Early 2014

What's been in the news recently about the Northumberland National Park that has got everyone talking? The recently bestowed Dark Sky status of course, awarded on December 9th 2013, Gold Tier to the combined areas of the Northumberland National Park and Keilder Water and Forest Park (the Northumberland Dark Sky Park). It is the largest Dark Sky Park in Europe covering nearly 1,500 square kilometres of breathtaking scenery between Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish border - including Firwood. We always knew we had magnificent skies above us, something our guests comment on a lot, but now it's official!

The photo (thanks to Couquet Valley Images)above was taken in January in the Breamish Valley a few miles away from Firwood on a star gazing event we went to put on by NASTRO and shows the Milky Way, which over 80% of people have never seen. It was a great night ( a bit chilly but we were well covered) and this gives you a good idea of what you can see from the carpark of the B&B!

There is a very lovely video taken in the NNP, well worth a look. Why not come and take your own though? We have at Firwood a selection of equipment to help you star gaze, including binoculars, tripod ( good for watching the birds on the feeders and the Red Squirrels in the trees during the day as well) and a Dobsonian telescope! We are very beginners ourselves but we have star guides and a very good book to help to identify what you are seeing. Sometimes I think, just looking is enough.. Mike will have to be a bit quicker though, putting out the telescope a few nights ago, a shooting star whizzed across the sky behind him. 'Where? Where?' He said. Too late, long gone!! Mike has plans of his own. He has identified a part of the garden that should be ideal for watching the night sky, or indeed the birds during the day and is devising an observation platform. I'll keep you informed!

I am always proud of Northumberland. Where else is there such diversity of landscapes and the possibilities for whatever it is you want to do in one county? Star gazing, wildlife, castles, museums, magnificent beaches, wild hills and mountains, quiet lanes for cycling and the lack of population for chilling. Oh yes, Northumberland National Park is officially England's most tranquil location.

Beth

 

 

If you like your cycling, Northumberland is the place to come to. Wonderful scenery, diverse terrain and - very important, the roads are quiet as regards 4 wheeled traffic. If you are looking to add a bit of focus to your cycling, there is the Wooler Wheel Cycle Challenges The May 2013 event was a great success, despite challenging weather! The October 100N (with a 50km on the same day) was ran in the most superlative weather! Perfect conditions for some 500 cyclists.

Following on from the sportive, every month the Wooler Cycle Hub has a programme of FREE guided leisure rides for you to try. Places on these are limited but as one of the main sponsors of the Hub, Firwood B&B has guaranteed places for anyone wanting to cycle. And if you don't want to bring your bikes, we can arrange for hire bikes.

An example of a guided ride is Saturday 31 May “The Ford and Etal Explorer”. A free guided leisure ride along one of the waymarked WCH routes. This ride will take a meandering route from Wooler to Ford and then to Etal, crossing the River Glen at the ford at Yeavering, and climbing up to Slainsfield and Hay Farm for spectacular views of the Cheviots erupting out of the Milfield Plain. Returning to Wooler via Fenton and Doddington (ice-cream!). Distance 29 miles. There will be a stop for lunch at Heatherslaw Mill or Etal Village where there are cafes and a pub. All on road, apart from the short good quality farm tracks leading to the ford at Yeavering.

If you are interested in any of the cycle events, more details can be found on the Wooler Wheel web site (you can sign up for the news letter there as well) or you can e-mail me at

 

I managed to catch a couple of our Red Squirrel visitors on video, squabbling over the feeder- it's on Youtube (Aren't I getting adventurous!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhJ2UijXeuQ

 

We have a very nice little write up on the Northumberland National Park web site about the National Park Bumblebee Awards of which we were a winner. If you are interested, take a look on Bumblebee Awards

Geoff Holland, hill walker, fell runner, mountain biker and walk book writer, has very kindly let me link to his site Cheviot Walks Here you will find walks in the Cheviot Hills to tickle the most jaded of palates and they are downloadable for your own use. His book 'Walks from Wooler' re-creates the walks of W. Ford Roberston from a book published in 1926. I don't think the essence of them has changed. His latest book is called 'Walks on the Wild Side - the Cheviot Hills' and is a collection for the more adventurous amongst you. Geoff has also a wonderful slide show on his site , a fantastic way to see the majesty of the Cheviot Hills.

Mike and Beth

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