Alnwick in Northumberland Quirky Staycation

Alnwick in Northumberland Quirky Staycation

Looking for quirky stays in the UK? Well, this one might be right up your alley.

Going to Alnwick in Northumberland was like stepping back into an age of British quintessential-ness combined with some modern features… I’m sure this place would capture your heart.

Why visit Alnwick in Northumberland?

Northumberland is home to more castles than any other British county.

Alnwick Castle is often referred to as ‘Windsor of the North’ and is one of the most iconic ones.

The filming of Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets have taken place at the Alnwick Castle and it’s certainly a place to hit if you haven’t yet had your broomstick training or looking for a refresher course.

Alnwick In Northumberland Quirky Staycation
Alnwick In Northumberland Quirky Staycation
Alnwick In Northumberland Quirky Staycation
Alnwick In Northumberland Quirky Staycation

Not a fan of castles? No problem, head to the Alnwick gardens, whether you are a Harry Potter fan or not it will have something for you.

They have a poison garden that showcases many poisonous and medicinal plants with tales of their use over time in healing or killing people.

The gardens are lovely for a stroll, a picnic, or some Instagram-able shots.

You’ll need to prebook your tickets for both of those attractions online ahead of your visit.

Other attractions to visit:

Bailiffgate Museum, home to many exhibits and heritage pieces that showcases the history of Alnwick and Northumberland.

Howick Hall Gardens; the birth place of Earl Grey tea.

Brizlee tower; where you can catch a panoramic view of the surrounding estates.

Alnmouth giant sandy beach.

Finally, since Alnwick is one of the least populated regions in England; it is one of the best towns to visit for stargazing. Head to Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, a 562 Sq mile zone free of light pollution, the largest of its kind in Europe.

Where to stay in Alnwick?

I stayed at the White Swan and would be staying there again when I visit Alnwick in Northumberland again.

A beautiful 300-year-old baroque coaching inn that happens to be 3 minutes walking distance away from the Alnwick Castle and Gardens (talk about a convenient location).

One of its most beautiful features is the dining room that is the exact same dining room the Olympic ship had.

When Olympic (Titanic’s sister ship) was retired the dining room was auctioned and the owner of the White Swan purchased it and brought it back to the hotel and had it installed there… When you walk into that dining room you get transported to the charm and elegance of that era.

The wood paneling, the stained glass windows, mirrors, and carved ceilings from the transatlantic ocean liner Olympic, Titanic’s near-identical sister ship will definitely get you feeling the good feels.  

Other places to stay at:

The Hog’s Head Inn, The Black Swan, The Cookie Jar, and The Dirty Bottles Inn all capture the area’s charm and will add quirkiness to your stay.

Where to eat in Alnwick?

I personally recommend dining at the Olympic suit at The White Swan. You will need to make a reservation ahead of time even if you are a hotel resident, it does get booked up pretty quick.

The Dirty Bottles Inn is another place that I would recommend, the myth has it that the owner was placing the bottle out in the window as a form of advertisement when a spell fell upon him and he died. The whispers are that the bottles are cursed and whoever touches them will meet his demise.

Since then they have remained in the windows untouched for over 200 years … I am not sure how deadly the bottles are but I can tell you that the food is to die for!

Check out the menu ahead of time for some special items that need a 48-hour request. You won’t be disappointed.

If you are looking for a really special and super quirky place to dine at trying the Treehouse restaurant at the Alnwick Gardens. A treetop diner with branches coming through the floor, ropy bridges, and a cozy log fire. Whether it is afternoon tea, a meal, or a special event the venue will not disappoint.
If you are looking for a really special and super quirky place to dine at trying the Treehouse restaurant at the Alnwick Gardens. A treetop diner with branches coming through the floor, ropy bridges, and a cozy log fire. Whether it is afternoon tea, a meal, or a special event the venue will not disappoint.

If you are looking for a really special and super quirky place to dine at trying the Treehouse restaurant at the Alnwick Gardens. A treetop diner with branches coming through the floor, ropy bridges, and a cozy log fire. Whether it is afternoon tea, a meal, or a special event the venue will not disappoint.

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5 simple yet effective time management hacks for small business owners

Effective time management is not just essential for business owners to be honest; we all need it in our lives. It’s what makes us move from being “busy” to being “productive”. Allows the meaningful things in our life to finally take place, reduces the overwhelm and gets us more focused on our goals.

I’m sharing with you the time management hacks I use in my life and business that have allowed me to grow a business while having a full-time job, traveling pretty much on monthly basis if not more and still having down time to enjoy with friends and family.

5 simple yet effective time management hacks for small business owners
5 simple yet effective time management hacks for small business owners

Being a small business owner working flexibly from anywhere is a great thing, a blessing but can also be a curse if you don’t have simple yet effective time management hacks like this.

Even though we like to roam free we still need to remain accountable to our businesses, our partners and our customers so setting schedules, deciding on tasks, and keeping the focus is key in growing the business, reducing the overwhelm, and really tapping into your big potential.

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Sunborn Gibraltar

a gem of the Mediterranean floating glamourously in the sea. I'm sure it will suit your next break whether that's a break from work to chill, a break to work away from home, an active holiday, or your special occasion. Whatever it is the Sunborn Gibraltar will cater!

Welcome on board the world’s first 5-star floating yacht hotel!

This has been one of the most beautiful stays I have had around the world. It won a place on my list of top hotels to stay at around the world, more on that to come soon.

Sunborn Gibraltar
Sunborn Gibraltar

The floating giant is a seven-deck, 465ft cruise ship, if you want to know what the vibe is like on a 5-star floating yacht, imagine “cruise ship meets Bulgari hotel” at least that’s how The Telegraph describes it!

Sitting on the marina of Western Europe’s southernmost tip, Sunborn Gibraltar brings to you a whole new level of exclusive luxury.

Sunborn Gibraltar
Sunborn Gibraltar

I can assure you that deciding whether you would stay at the hotel or not wouldn’t be a difficult decision to make it picking which room to stay at. The yacht hotel comprises 189 lavishly appointed rooms, that give you the choice of three views: the maria, the sea, and the Rock. Molton Brown toiletries furnish the bathrooms, depending on the room type you stay in you could have a shower or a bath that’s so big it could fit at least a couple of people.

I was personally impressed with how the wardrobe full-sized mirror slides open to the bathroom, making it one big dressing room. I took photos of the design to fit it in my future home.

Onboard the yacht you have 2 restaurants, 2 bars, and a lounge for exclusive use by hotel guests on the sundeck. An infinity pool with a view of the Rock, a lush spa a fresh fitness suite, and a casino. All offering guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the ultimate indulgent hotel experience.

The yacht hotel also hosts top-class conference and meeting rooms. The Aurora ballroom promises an exceptional atmosphere for your special events whether celebrating in small or big groups the soundproof ballroom means you can party all night long!

Imagine taking your wedding vows or celebrating your anniversary with the scenic Mediterranean as a backdrop on one side, the view of the Rock on the other. That is one hell of an unforgettable location.

You can spend a week exploring the hotel alone let alone exploring Gibraltar.

Being close to the airport and housed at the ocean village promenade it is really the perfect place to stay to explore Gibraltar. Most tourist destinations are within 15 minutes of the hotel.

I must say even with it being close to the airport you don’t hear the noise, if anything it is a fascinating experience to stay at one of the marina rooms/suites and watch the flights take off or land on the runway. Absolutely fascinating experience!

My visit was a workcation meets let’s see what Gibraltar has to offer, it definitely had plenty to offer I would say as well as the hotel that provided a suitable environment to work and relax when I wanted to.

Spending time by and in the infinity pool, at the exclusive wheel lounge watching the sun drop behind the ocean while enjoying happy hour, or even taking a break from my inbox and sitting in the Barbary restaurant for a lovely afternoon tea.

You won’t run out of options at the Sunborn Gibraltar.

Talking about relaxation, the spa and sauna experience was just what the doctor needed to unwind from a busy week’s work prior to my departure.

Definitely, a gem of the Mediterranean floating glamourously in the sea. I’m sure it will suit your next break whether that’s a break from work to chill, a break to work away from home, an active holiday, or your special occasion. Whatever it is the Sunborn Gibraltar will cater!

Enticed to book a stay at the Sunborn Gibraltar?

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