We saved our visit to Holy Island for the last day of our holiday. Accessible by a causeway at low-tide, Holy Island is cut off from the mainland twice a day by the sea. Rising out of the rock-face at the tip of the island is Lindisfarne Castle. The 16th century castle was much altered by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens when the castle became the holiday home of Edward Hudson (founder of Country Life magazine) in 1901. Furnished in the Arts and Crafts style, the imposing castle became a quiet country retreat for Hudson and his friends. Now owned by the National Trust, it was a must on our list of places to visit in Northumberland.
The castle did not disappoint. The steep cobbled slope up to the castle felt dramatically exposed on the windy day that we visited. It must have been terrifying walking up there without railings, as it was originally designed. I was quite happy with the sturdy wooden fence now in place! Once inside, you are immediately struck by the cosiness of place. That an imposing 16th century castle could be made to feel so snug and cosy is a testament to the skill of Lutyens. I was completely captivated by this delightful property and I am so disappointed that most of my photos of the interior didn't come out very well. I have mentioned before the problems with using a little point-and-shoot whilst carrying a baby in a sling! I would love to get a 'proper' camera. I yearn to be able to take my photography more seriously!
The Podlings loved exploring the castle and Lily read aloud to us from the guide book as we walked around. I love how the children get so much out of our many visits to historic properties. I hope they are learning to love and appreciate our heritage as they play, read and explore with us.
Lindisfarne Castle is a truly special place and I fell in love with it during our visit. We would definitely go again if we return to the area.
That is some doorbell!
Reading the guidebooks by the entrance