Places to Live

Jesmond

A smart, leafy boutique quarter just ten minutes’ walk from Newcastle city centre, Jesmond is renowned for its attentive designer stores and sophisticated cafés and restaurants.

The suburb is flanked by the beautiful Jesmond Dene, a wooded valley and Victorian park perfect forcdelightful short walks or relaxing with friends. Many tree-lined paths run through the valley, leading past interesting landmarks such as the Eye Bridge and its picturesque weir.

Durham

Bill Bryson called it ‘a perfect little city’ and Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine readers voted it the ‘Best city in the UK’. Now Durham warmly awaits your visit to receive another seal of approval.

A captivating city with winding cobbled streets and a prominent peninsula crowned with the dramatic Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site – one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe – Durham is a pleasure to explore and one of the finest cultural and historic destinations in the UK.

The quintessential old English university city, Durham has a wonderful timeless quality with rowing on the Wear and relaxing riverside walks, and yet buzzes with a vibrant contemporary culture of superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums.

Blanchard

Described as one of England’s prettiest villages, Blanchland sits on the Northumberland / Durham border at the upper end of the Derwent Valley.

The village is surrounded by picturesque walking routes and nearby is the Derwent Reservoir, a great spot if you like sailing and fishing.

The village grew up around its 12th-century abbey. It gets its name from the French canons in their white habits who lived and worked here.

Hexham

Named as England’s favourite market town by Country Life magazine, Hexham is an historic, bustling centre in the heart of the Tyne Valley.

Hexham Abbey is the historic centrepiece of the town – built around 675 AD at the direction of St Wilfred. The crypt is largely original, while the remainder was much altered after 1113 by the Augustinian canons and again in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

Corbridge

Corbridge grew from the Roman town of CORSTOPITUM, a supply town for the troops on Hadrian’s Wall.

From the beginning Corstopitum provided much of the building stones used in the construction of many of the village buildings, including the church, Vicar’s Pele and nearby castles.

The town has a fine Saxon church with an unusual Vicar’s Pele, which illustrates the fierceness of Border warfare which burnt Corbridge to the ground several times. As far back as 1827 Corbridge was a place renowned for its small shops and several of the decorated fronts still survive. Today Corbridge is still known for its quaintness and unique boutique shops.

Morpeth


Morpeth is one of Northumberland’s finest market towns with a rich history to explore. The unusual, free-standing clock tower in the centre of Morpeth still sounds the night curfew at 8 o’clock every evening, reminding residents and visitors of the town’s turbulent past during the time of the Border Reivers.

The historic 13th century Chantry houses the town’s unique Bagpipe Museum and Northumbrian Craft Centre. The River Wansbeck flows through the centre of the town and provides riverside walks linked to the attractive Carlisle Park. The park itself plays host to the wonderful Turner Garden, which Celebrates the life of William Turner, the father of English botany who was born and educated in the town.

Rothbury

Known as the Capital of Coquetdale, the traditional market town of Rothbury is built of the same mellow sandstone as the rolling hills that surround it.

The town offers a peaceful haven as the River Coquet meanders through the centre, creating a pleasant walk along the river bank. A good range of shops can be found on the High Street as well as a selection of pubs and tearooms.

Rothbury is in the centre of Northumberland and is therefore an ideal base for exploring. It’s just 30 minutes to the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three minutes to the hills.

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