Premier Deluxe Suite Lounge, Beamish Park Hotel

When life is going super fast, it’s good to take your foot off the pedal and enjoy what’s on your doorstep. For us that’s Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham.

The Beamish Park Hotel, is a local, independently run business – just the kind we love to stay in.

A hidden gem, Beamish Park balances leisure and business needs perfectly, with the most helpful staff you could wish for!

Set in a beautiful rural location 15 minutes from Gateshead and Newcastle, Beamish Park is only five minutes walk away from the Causey Arch bridge, the oldest single span railway bridge in the country.

Although the bridge is only used as a walkway now, the sound of steam engines adds to the ambiance as they make their way along the Tanfield Steam Railway line. If you love a ramble, several routes pass the hotel and it’s within easy walking distance of the Beamish Museum (less than a five minute drive if you prefer).

The Room (42 bedrooms in total)
We stayed in a Premier Deluxe Suite, which was fantastically presented, clean and tidy. Alongside the super king sized bed (super comfy) and the usual offerings (tea, coffee etc), the Premier Deluxe has a separate lounge area with a desk to work from, two plasma screen TVs, a Bose sound system and a power shower cubicle large enough for two!

The room was very comfortable, suitable for a longer stay or a business traveller needing to spread out and work.

The Golf
There is a fully equipped, 9 hole, par three, golf academy on site next to the hotel. Being an absolute novice,  it was good to know that there was plenty of opportunity to practice in the driving range and on the putting green before setting out on the actual course!

Golf may not be my next big thing, but I had absolutely loads of fun, helped by the fact that my fella is an incredibly patient teacher.

Dining area

Food and events  
If you’re looking for somewhere to have a celebratory meal or event, the hotel offers a variety of deals and different facilities and hosts wedding receptions each year.

The food was absolutely delicious; a well cooked and thoughtful menu including many local ingredients all beautifully presented. The menu has altered since our stay but you can check out the new one here.

The Prices
Room prices start at £95 per night for the Executive Rooms and you can check out all the offers and availability here.

Thanks to Sandra and all the staff at the Beamish Park Hotel, we’ll be recommending you wherever we go!

Nicola x 

Love Shea moisturiserI don’t know about you, but the very instant the weather turns cold, my skin becomes dry and itchy in protest.

And with those extra thick and obligatory winter tights, and it’s enough to make you want to pack off to warmer climes.

This autumn, I’ve got to say a big thank you to Love Shea, who sent me a jar of their Shea Soufflé to trial. I’ve never been a flowery fragrance type of girl; happily Lemon-Lime Scented Whipped Organic Shea Butter most definitely doesn’t fall into that category.

This is heavy duty moisturisation in a jar. The label states ‘ An intensive rich, natural moisturiser for dry skin and hair. A little goes a long way.’

It sure does. Essentially, this is a pot of gloriously fragranced shea butter and oils, perfect for dryness, not so great if you’re getting dressed in a hurry.

You really don’t need a lot,  so be sparing with the application, and give it a good rub in – I think it’s perfect before bedtime as it can soak in overnight. The best bit is the feel and the sound of the product in the jar, it really does sound like a souffle!

Handmade and £8.50 for 120 ml, it won’t break the bank and in buying, you’re supporting an independent, UK based beauty company.

Nicola x

P.S. I’ll let you know about the facial oil featured in the image in a couple of weeks.