Safety measures 

Covid19 precautions for our Holiday Cottage guests

Covid19 precautions:

As part of our commitment to maintain the safety of all our guests and ourselves we would like to make you aware of the new precautions we have put into place for our holiday cottage guests.

 

  • Prior to arrival, we ask that if any of your party are experiencing any symptoms that could be connected to covid19 to contact us immediately and not to travel.

  • Arrival, we will be operating a contactless arrival, the code for the key safe in which the keys will be stored is included in this email.

  • Once you have arrived, please contact us immediately if you think you may be experiencing covid19 symptoms.

  • Welcome information and appliance instructions, we have included further down this page which includes links to all the usual welcome information normally included in our welcome folder.  Such as how to operate the heating and the code for the wifi.

  • Cleaning, the property will be cleaned and disinfected throughout prior to your arrival.  Please do bring with you any cleaning and sanitising products you would like to use whilst you are staying.

  • Other precautions, we have been advised to take out items such as toys and books to lessen the risk of cross contamination so unfortunately these items will no longer be available to guests at this time.

  • Bedding:  We have been advised that all guests must strip their own bedding to reduce the contact we need to have with the bedding.  Please strip off all the bedding, pillow and mattress protectors and place alongside any towels used in the laundry baskets provided.

The Greenhouse & Greenleaf welcome information

Here you will find info like how to alter the heating and what the wifi code is

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our holiday home.  In this folder you should find details about everything we could think of that you might need to know.

The Greenhouse is attached to Greenleaf via an adjoining door near the back door of the kitchen, we would appreciate it if guests staying in The Greenhouse could please be considerate of the guests staying in Greenleaf when within the vicinity of the adjoining door and keep the kitchen door to that area closed when possible so as not to disturb them unduly.

Cleaning - You should find a full set of cleaning materials for cleaning before departure. 

 

On departure day we would be very grateful if you could strip the beds including the mattress and pillow protectors and place all your bedding and towels in the draw string laundry bags provided, put everything back where you found it and turn the heating back down to its original settings.

 

Please make sure that all the doors are locked behind you and the keys returned to the key safe.

 

We do hope that you have a Wonderful Holiday

Useful Contact Numbers:

LOCAL TAXI FIRMS 

 

  • Hunters Taxis 01665 720400

  • Park Taxis 01665 720542

LOCAL DOCTORS SURGERIES

 

Belford Medical Practice 

  • 01668 213738

 

Seahouses Medical Centre

  • 01665 720917

Out of Hours  - From April 2013 the new Out of Hours telephone number for when you need medical help fast but it is not a life-threatening emergency is 111.  This number is free to call from landlines and mobiles.

ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY  

Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1LT 

  • Tel: 0844 8118111 

EMERGENCY DENTIST 

Alnwick Dental Surgery, 3, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1PY 

  • Tel: 01665 602151 

NORTHUMBRIA POLICE

  • 101

NEAREST VETERINARY PRACTICE 

Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group, 65 Main Street, Seahouses

  • 01665 721800

NO SMOKING POLICY – We operate a no-smoking policy.  The fire alarms are very sensitive!  If the fire alarm sounds please leave immediately by the main staircase and congregate at the front of the building then ring one of the emergency contact numbers below.

 

RECYCLING – You will find recycling boxes in the  kitchen, one for mixed recycling (refer to the enclosed list of what can be recycled) this can be emptied into the blue recycling bin.  The kitchen bin is for general waste that cannot be recycled, please empty this bin into the black bin.  Glass must be kept separate please use the box provided and must be taken to the large car park to recycle before you leave.    The bins are emptied from the bottom of the drive alongside the Victoria Hotel on alternate Wednesdays.

 

LAUNDRY ROOM – PLEASE NOTE DUE TO COVID19 REGULATIONS ONLY 'GREENLEAF' WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM AT THIS TIME.You will find a key for the back kitchen door and Laundry room on the kitchen key rack.  The Laundry room is accessed from outside near the bin store. This room is shared by guests staying at both The Greenhouse and Greenleaf so please try not to use this during unsociable hours when it may cause disturbance to other guests.  You can use this room to dry wet or sandy things as it remains pleasantly warm due the boiler.  Please do not touch the boiler control panel as this controls the heating in both properties.  If you wish to have the settings altered in your own accommodation please phone one of the numbers given above. 

 

WIRELESS INTERNET - We have plusnet fibre optic broadband (ORBI) the code is 7c4bf7ad73  (this code is case sensitive).

SANIFLOWS – The two larger rooms have saniflow systems to enable us to have en-suites in a heritage protection area.  Please make sure that you do not flush Baby wipes or sanitary products etc down any of the toilets.  This can block the system which is costly and rather unpleasant to rectify.

 

ELECTRICITY FUSE BOARD – This is located in the dining room.  If the power trips please check the RCD’s to see if one has gone off (maybe due to a bulb going) it is usually just a case of turning the switch back on again.   If all the power is off but all the switches are on it may be a power cut so please inform us so that we can call the electricity board for further details.

 

WATER STOP TAP – The mains water stop tap is located under the bench in the laundry room between a boiler and the tumble drier.  If you find a water leak please turn the water off here and contact us.

 

HEATING & HOT WATER

The heating has been set prior to your arrival and goes on at off at regular intervals.  There is a room thermostat in the lounge/dining room of The Greenhouse controls the temperature for both The Greenhouse and Greenleaf.  In addition all rooms have heating controls on the radiators so that you can further tailor the heating to your own requirements.  If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

There should be adequate hot water for all your needs,

For The Greenhouse the hand basins and kitchen sink are heated via the boiler. Two of the showers are electric and heat their own water.  The other two are heated by an immersion located in the loft.  It is set to heat water twice a day, if you should run out of hot water in these showers you can press the boost button located on the right hand control unit above the cupboard on the landing.  Please ignore the other timed unit as this is no longer in use. 

For Greenleaf all the hot water if provided by the boiler which again comes on twice a day should you run out of hot water just let us know as we can boost it remotely.

LOCAL SHOPPING –  

 

The Wynding Well stocks a range of local goods, Sandwiches and Ice Creams.  

 

The Pantry sells goodies, sandwiches, tea and coffee 

 

R Carters the butcher’s and his Daughter next door stock all kinds of meat as well as tasty pies and pastries and deli meals and a selection of daily groceries like milk and eggs

 

There are also a range of gift shops.

 

Seahouses approximately 3 miles to the south of us has a supermarket, chemist, bank, tourist Information Centre, petrol station and a post office plus further shops and restaurants (predominately fish and chips or Indian restaurants).  Please find enclosed some take away menus for the Indian’s and Chinese.

 

PLACES TO EAT IN OR NEAR BAMBURGH

The Lord Crewe, Bamburgh

Blacketts, Bamburgh

Mizen Head Hotel, Bamburgh

Castle Inn, Bamburgh

The Victoria Hotel, Bamburgh

Copper Kettle tearooms, Bamburgh

Bamburgh Hotel, Seahouses

Links Hotel, Seahouses

The Spice House, Seahouses

Ye Old Ship, Seahouses

The Lindisfarne Inn, Beal

The Ship, Low Newton

BANKS/CASH MACHINES – The nearest cash machine is in the Victoria Hotel and the nearest bank is a Barclays situated in Seahouses which is the next village to the South of us.  

 

POST BOX – The nearest post box is just down the street heading towards the Castle just before you get to the village shop.  

 

PUBLIC TELEPHONE BOX - The nearest public telephone is just outside the Pantry Deli.

CHURCH SERVICES - St Aidan’s is open from 9 in the morning until dusk every day Regular Services: Sunday Eucharist 11.00am,Wednesday Holy Communion 10.00am, there are occasional services of Iona Evening Prayer at 6.00 pm. The Reverend Brian Hurst.

THE BEACH – For the quickest way to the beach walk down the street towards the Castle around the cricket field then down the footpath to the left hand corner of the Castle.

 

HOLY ISLAND CROSSING TIMES – Please look up the safe crossing times before you go.

PLACES TO VISIT

Bamburgh Castle – on the doorstep, take a leisurely walk up to the castle, then take a tour of the castle, Armstrong museum, the archaeology digs followed by a cup of tea and a cake in their wonderful tearoom.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne – about half an hour’s drive from us (do check the tide times), there is a large car park on the island so park up and walk around the village, priory, Castle and Castle gardens then stop off at the shop for a tipple of Lindisfarne mead.

Boat Trip to the Farne Islands – run regularly from Seahouses harbour, during May to July you can see the Puffins nesting there.  There are also trips out to the Lighthouse where Grace Darling lived.  Plus over 3000 seals.

Barter books the largest second hand book shop sit by the fire whilst browsing and enjoy a cup of tea

Manderston House – to the North of Berwick, Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swan-song of its era.  A house on which no expense was spared with opulent staterooms, the only silver-staircase in the world and extensive "downstairs" domestic quarters. It stands in 56 acres of formal gardens, with magnificent stables and stunning marble dairy.

Morpeth – Historic market town, visit the new shopping centre, bagpipe museum, chantry gift shop, and walk around Carlisle park (its free).  The best place to park is the Morrison’s car park.  Wednesday is Market day.

Cragside – The Ancestral Home of Lord Armstrong, best visited in June for the rhododendrons.  Whilst there visit rothbury and take a walk along the river.

Chillingham – visit Chillingham castle and spot some wild cattle then have lunch in the Percy Arms at Chatton.

Low Newton By the Sea – Go for a walk along the beach then have lunch at The Famous Ship Inn.

Howick Hall Gardens– Once the home of Earl Grey, take a stroll around the gardens then stop for refreshments in the tearoom.   ‘In February the gardens are full of snowdrops’.

OUR TOP 10 PLACES FOR LITTLE PEOPLE

  1. Grace Darling Museum- find out about our famous heroine Grace Darling, there are drawers to open and things to touch so it is great for children. 

  2. Bamburgh Beach – Well once they have discovered sandcastles and sea shells on Bamburgh Beach you will struggle to get them to go anywhere else.  The best access with a push chair is from the first car park along the wynding road.

  3. Hetherslaw Light Railway – pack a picnic or visit the Hetherslaw mill then get on the miniature steam train (lady Augusta or Bunty) at Ford and take the half hour journey to Etal where you can picnic and walk by the river before enjoying the trip back again to ford.

  4. Chainbridge Honey Farm – Near Berwick visit a working honey farm and watch how the bees make their honey.

  5. Alnwick Castle and Gardens – Visit the castle where harry potter was filmed, dodge the water fountains, drive a toy tractor and have lunch in a tree house (take a change of clothes).

  6. Paxton House – Follow the teddy bear trail around Paxton gardens a great way to keep little ones on the move.

  7. Wallington hall – To the west of Morpeth, visit Wallington and take a peek at dolls houses or try the children’s trails.

  8. The Bamburgh Children’s Clue trail follow the clue trail (you will find a laminated copy in this pack but please replace it afterwards) see if you can find the answers to all the clues?

Ireby Welcome information

Here you will find all that useful info like how to change the heating and the wifi code....

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our holiday home.  In this folder you should find details about everything we could think of that you might need to know.

 

Parking – You are welcome to park by the path to the front and along the front of the porch.  We would appreciate it if you leave enough space in front of the garage for access.

 

Cleaning - You should find a full set of cleaning materials for cleaning before departure. 

 

On departure day we would be very grateful if you could strip the beds including the mattress and pillow protectors and place all your bedding and towels in the draw string laundry bags provided, put everything back where you found it and turn the heating back down to its original settings.

 

Please make sure that all the doors are locked behind you and the keys returned to the key safe.

 

We do hope that you have a Wonderful Holiday

Useful Contact Numbers:

 

 

LOCAL TAXI FIRMS 

 

  • Castle Taxis 01670 519898

  • Just Taxis 07957 495503

LOCAL DOCTORS SURGERIES

 

Greystoke Surgery
Morpeth NHS Centre, The Mount, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1JX

  • 01670 511393

Out of Hours - From April 2013 the new Out of Hours telephone number for when you need medical help fast but it is not a life-threatening emergency is 111.  This number is free to call from landlines and mobiles.

ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY  

Wansbeck Hospital, Woodhorn Villas, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9JJ

  • 0844 811 8111

DENTIST 

23 Cosmetic Dental Clinic

  • 01670 505020

NORTHUMBRIA POLICE

  • 101

NEAREST VETERINARY PRACTICE

Robson & Prescott’s, Whorral Bank, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 3BN

  • 01670 512275

HOUSEHOLD INFORMATION

  • WIRELESS INTERNET - We have a TALKTALK wireless router the code is AERF7C49 (this code is case sensitive).

  • TOILETS – Please make sure that you do not flush Baby wipes or sanitary products etc down any of the toilets.  This can block the system which is costly and rather unpleasant to rectify.  The clean water goes through a reed bed so we do prefer it if you can use the eco-friendly cleaning products provided.

  • ELECTRICITY FUSE BOARD – This is located in the larder cupboard in the kitchen.  If the power trips please check these switches they are all on RCD’s so if one has gone off (maybe due to a bulb going) it is usually just a case of turning the switch back on again.  If all the power is off but all the switches are on it may be a power cut so please inform us so that we can call the electricity board for further details.

  • WATER STOP TAP – The mains water stop tap is located under the kitchen sink.  If you find a water leak please turn the water off here and contact us.

  • LOG BURNER – The house is fully central heated so you probably won’t need to use the log burner.  However if you would like to put it on to feel extra cosy on a winter evening, you will find a supply of free logs in a basket in the utility room.

  • ROTARY WASHING LINE – There is a rotary washing line located in behind the garage for your use.​

  • Hob - the hob has a child lock that can accidentally turn on when cleaning – we have found the easiest way to get it working again is to turn it off at the switch marked cooker and back on again.

  • Tumble Dryer - The dryer is a condenser dryer and needs to have the water reservoir located in the bottom of the machine emptied regularly so that it keeps working.

  • KITCHEN WORKTOP – The Kitchen has a solid wood worktop.  Please do not allow it to get wet particularly behind the sink as it does stain.  When putting hot pans down please use the trivets provided.

  • RECYCLING – You will find a glass recycling box in the utility room.  Glass must be kept separate and cannot be put in the blue bin.  Before you leave please take the glass to be recycled at one of the bins in the Sun Inn Pubs car park. There are two  kitchen bins in the last cupboard on the left of the kitchen near the utility room door.  One is for general waste that cannot be recycled; please empty this bin into the black bin, the other is for plastic, metal and paper.  these can be emptied into the blue recycling bin. The bins are emptied from the bottom of the drive on alternate Mondays.  Please refer to the poster on the fridge for which bin to put out.

  • HEATING & HOT WATER

  • The heating has been set prior to your arrival and should be adequate for all your heating needs.  There is a thermostat in the dining room which you can use to adjust the heating but please do not tamper with the preset settings.  Please do not touch the boiler control panel 

  • All the rooms have heating controls on the radiators so that you can tailor the heating to your individual requirements.  Should you feel there is not sufficient heating please contact us.

  • The Boiler also heats most of the hot water except for the electric shower in the Bathroom and comes on twice a day.

NO SMOKING POLICY – We operate a no-smoking policy.  The fire alarms are very sensitive!  If the fire alarm sounds please leave immediately by the nearest exit and congregate at the front of the building then ring one of our contact numbers.

LOCAL AREA INFORMATION

​Morpeth –Just 2 miles to the North, Morpeth is a Historic market town, visit the new shopping centre, bagpipe museum, chantry gift shop and walk around Carlisle park (its free).  The best place to park is the Morrison’s car park.  Wednesday is Market day.

  • NEWSPAPERS & LOCAL SHOPPING – 

  • From the cottage turn right as you come out of the drive then follow the road out of the village and take a right at the T junction. Then take the first left followed by the third turning on your right this will take you to a small row of shops including a chemist, Chinese takeaway, newsagents and launderette.

  • You can follow the road down further and it will take you into Morpeth Past the Clock Tower.

  • Morpeth currently operates a free parking scheme, you should find a parking disc within this pack please pop it back after use for the next guests to use too

  • BANKS/CASH MACHINES – There are several banks in Morpeth including: Santander, Barclays, and HSBC.  

  • POST BOX – The nearest post box is just by the entrance round to the cottages.  

  • PUBLIC TELEPHONE BOX - The nearest public telephone is in Morpeth.

  • CHURCH SERVICES – Our Parish Church is Mitford Parish Church, Mitford, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 3PZ.

  • SUPERMARKETS – 

  • Small Sainsburys at Stobhill to the South of Morpeth town Centre.

  • Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Iceland and Lidl in Morpeth Centre.

  • FARM SHOP – 

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  • Moorhouse Farm Shop, Stannington Station, lovely local farm shop selling fresh local produce.

PLACE TO VISIT

  • Northumberlandia – About a 5 minute drive to the south of us, Northumberlandia is a unique piece of public art set in a 46 acre community park with free public access and 4 miles of footpaths on and around the landform then have lunch in The Snowy Owl.

  • Bolam Lake - Bolam Lake Country Park lies about 9 miles west of Morpeth and is signposted off the A696 from Belsay.  It has lakeside, woodland and open grassed areas for all to enjoy with the attractive lakeside walk being accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs and a lovely tearoom.

  • Woodhorn Colliery Museum – Award winning Northumberland museum and archive centre at Woodhorn on the outskirts of Ashington to the North of Morpeth situated in the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Country Park & Local Nature Reserve.

  • Belsay Hall - An architectural masterpiece inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, with its fabulous Pillar Hall. Last but not least, there are the huge grounds, packed with an impressive array of shrubs and flowers.

  • Golf – Courses at Morpeth, Burgham, Longhirst, Linden Hall and a driving range at The Gubeon - 2 miles to the west of Tranwell, it has a small pitch and put course, a driving range and tea room.

  • Druridge Bay - A magnificent seven mile-stretch of beach to the North of Morpeth running from Amble in the north, with its bustling harbour and shops, south to Cresswell, where the Northumberland Coast Path begins.

  • Follow the coastal route and visit Bamburgh Castle – About 40 miles north along the coast is Bamburgh, take a tour of the castle, Armstrong museum, the archaeology digs followed by tea and cake. Then travel further up the coast to The Holy Island of Lindisfarne  (check the tide times), there is a large car park on the island so park up and walk around the village, priory, Castle and Castle gardens then stop off at the shop for a tipple of Lindisfarne mead.

  • Newcastle - Have a day out in Newcastle: there are lots of shops, The Theatre Royal, Baltic Art Gallery, Discovery Museum, Centre for life, Laing art Gallery, Great North Museum and many more places too numerous to mention plus fantastic restaurants and bars.  One of the best ways to visit is to park up at Kingston Park just of the A1 to the south of us and take the metro to avoid parking in the town centre.  Just south of Newcastle is the Metro Centre, one of the largest shopping malls in Europe.

  • Barter books in Alnwick the largest second hand book shop sit by the fire whilst browsing and enjoy a cup of tea.  Or Visit Alnwick Castle and the Award winning Alnwick Gardens.

 

  • PLACES TO EAT, IN OR NEAR MORPETH

  • The Sun Inn, Morpeth

  • St Mary's Inn, On the road to Stannington

  • The Berresford Arms, Whalton

  • The Ridley Arms, Stannington

  • The Snowy Owl, Cramlington

  • Char Mausum, Stannington

  • Shambles, Morpeth

  • Bar Luga, Morpeth

  • Manzil Tandori, Morpeth

  • Gianni’s, Morpeth

  • Mulan, Morpeth

  • Nandon Thai, Morpeth

  • The Pepper Pot, Morpeth

  • Sour Grapes, Morpeth

  • The Parlour, Blagdon

Our Address

Philip & Sarah Holmes

Westfield, Tranwell, Morpeth,

Northumberland, NE61 6AF

 

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Telephone: Sarah Holmes on  07947 598832

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