#AD A Relaxing Weekend Away at The Riverdale Hall Hotel

#AD A Relaxing Weekend Away at The Riverdale Hall Hotel

Bellingham is one of the few places where I can go to relax. I’ve spent many childhood, Summer weekends away exploring the area and going on ‘adventures’ along Hareshaw Linn or like 8yr old Yasmina likes to call it, the big waterfall. I’ve been spending a lot of time stressing over little things and university deadlines so it was nice to spend some time away to concentrate on my and my mind.

The Riverdale Hall Hotel kindly offered me a two night stay* which I was super grateful for. Set in the picturesque landscape of Northumberland and just an hour away from Newcastle City Centre, it’s the perfect place for a staycation if you are requiring a getaway for the weekend. I used to go when I was younger for dinner and a swim so it the whole trip brought back many memories.

The service I received when I arrived went above and beyond and this continued throughout the stay. Even at breakfast, the waitress was smiley, helpful and went out of her way to provide the best service we could have. The room that we had looked over the massive garden and was just so beautiful and relaxing. The bed itself was so comfortable and I had the best sleeps there that I’ve had in a long time, definitely a much needed rest. Each of the rooms looked grand and rather posh, with clean towels and bed sheets provided every day, a complimentary biscuits, tea and coffee for the morning, a TV if you wanted to relax and room service was available too. My room had a shower and marble bathroom which was very picturesque however some of the rooms do have a bath in them. It was lovely to overlook the lovely view in the morning and just relax a little bit.

As I mentioned before, the swimming pool was one of the reasons why I enjoyed The Riverdale Hall Hotel so much. It has a sauna which is super relaxing and the pool itself is not too cold or too warm. It’s not so deep either. When I was in there, children were having swimming lessons from an instructor which was adorable to watch.

Bellingham is an idyllic and rather cute little village set in the Northumberland countryside. It has a couple of pubs and B&Bs, a caravan park and a camping site with a few little shops available to you. The bakery used to be one of my favourite places to pop into mainly because of the old fashioned sweets so I was super happy to pick a handful of rhubarb and custard sweets up before heading back home. The other place that I really enjoyed when I was younger was a good old Sunday dinner at The Cheviot so you can probably guess where dinner was for both of the evenings. Since I last went, the pub had changed hands however that meant there was a lot more choice. You had a range of dishes including: Hunter’s Chicken, Fish & Chips, Madras Curry, Stir Fry and Burgers with flavours from around the world. The puddings were out of this world as well.

The little village is 9 miles away from Kielder Forest and Water which is a lovely day out for families and explorers alike. If you have followed my blog for a while you may remember when I went up to see the Kielder Observatory which I highly recommend doing if you can. The volunteers are all so knowledgable and relaxed with you asking questions.

Overall, I have had a lovely time at The Riverdale Hall Hotel and came away feeling recharged and ready for the final push of the first year. Even if you are unable to stay for the night, I would definitely recommend taking a trip for a dinner and a free swim in the pool just so you can have the astonishing service delivered to you as well.

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#AD A Relaxing Weekend Away at The Riverdale Hall Hotel

January’s Good Things

January has been full of mixed emotions. I’ve cried and laughed my way through it. It’s been life changing but thankfully I’m so happy to see the back of it. I thought I would just write up a couple of good things that happened, mainly for me to look back on, but you know how much I like to inject that positivity over here.

Photography by Megan Scott

The first half of the month started off with a lot of stressful moments and a deadline. For those not following my university journey on social media, I was set with the task of collaborating Urban Outfitters with another prospective brand, artist, musician etc. I decided to chose Sighh because I’ve loved the work that Polly has done for ages. It turns out that decision not only gave me a final grade of 78% which is a distinction but also a job with Polly. So that brings me nicely onto the next bit of big news…

Polly, who is such a lovely, thoughtful and caring person, mentioned she wanted to hire someone for ages to help her with Sighh and after volunteering for her, she offered me a job. I basically help pack orders and prep her items. It’s giving me different skills to learn as well as work and learn from someone amazing and creative. I’ve been on the search for a new job ever since the Summer so I’m so super grateful to be given this opportunity.

I went and seen The 1975 in Manchester with one of my best friends. It was nice to catch up with Dora because I haven’t seen her since I moved back to Newcastle. We went to Bab for dinner and The Cosy Club for breakfast so it was a good trip for food. The 1975 were fab and I highly recommend seeing them live whenever you get a chance too. Their shows are always so energetic and engaging!

Other socialising has included catch ups with my good friends Alice and Becca. They are both amazing girls who provide me with lots of wisdom, advice and laughter whenever we meet up. I tried Pizza Punks which was delicious and we dragged Polly out for a 4hr chat and gossip at Pink Lane last week too. January was the month that I realised how much they actually mean to me and I’m so grateful to have all three of them in my life.

I finished my part time photography course and made the executive decision to start the level 3 later this month. I’ve fallen back in love with photography which I never thought would happen but it has. I just want to carry my camera everywhere at the moment and take photos of everything. If anyone is from the North East and ever fancy some photos, feel free to DM me on socials.

It’s been a good month for films too. The Upside was such an amazing and inspiring film whilst Second Act was just funny and such a feel good film.

January has also been the month that someone rather special ran into my life. I don’t really want to post much about him on here but things are going for good now and I’m excited to see where it goes. We’ve planned a couple of days away next week which I’m excited for. Like I say I’m just keeping it private for now cause every time I publicise a relationship on social media it just goes tits up and I don’t want that. Not this time.

How’s your January been? I would love if you could put one good thing that has happened to you in the comments. Let me know if you like this kind of thing and I’ll try and do one for each month.

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