Often this history is unmistakable in the form of imposing medieval castles such as those at Alnwick, Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh but often the signs are subtler, less-obvious and upon discovery, never fail to give a sense of the mystery of the place.
Just to the west of the Lee Farm are the Simonside Hills. Towering high above the pretty village of Rothbury, the hills provide a heather-clad playground for walkers, climbers, nature lovers and off road cyclists all year round. However these hills are also home to some of the worlds oldest man-made art in the form of Cup & Ring marks. Carved into the stone, these mysterious glyphs are the handiwork of the Beaker People - a prehistoric race who once inhabited these hills thousands of years ago. These Cup & Ring marks are dotted throughout the county and it can be a great experience visiting these often beautifully isolated places.
History of a more modern era can be experienced by a visit to the nearby Cragside House and gardens. Cragside was the home of the Victorian industrialist and inventor, Lord Armstrong. The first house in the world to be powered by hydro-electricity, Cragside is a testament to the inventiveness and riches of a bygone era. Now owned by the National Trust, the house and gardens are open to the public most days throughout the year.
The Lee Farm lies on the very edge of the 400 square miles of the Northumberland National Park. Truly a place to escape from it all, a days walking in the Cheviot Hills will often mean that you have more chance of encountering a wild goat than another person!
The National Park also encompasses the world Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall - once the northern boundary of the Roman Empire and numerous prehistoric hill forts such as the famous Yeavering Bell a short drive away.
For the sporting inclined, the area boasts much to challenge and entertain. From A multitude of nearby golf courses, such as Rothbury, Wooler and Burgham to exciting links courses such as those at Bamburgh, Alnmouth and Seahouses. Most of these clubs offer non-members day tickets.
The River Coquet winds it's way from the Cheviot Hills to the North Sea at Warkworth and Amble close by the Lee Farm. Famous for it's seasonal run of salmon and sea trout, there is also great fishing to be had from the native brown trout in season. Day tickets for various beats are available.
Let's not forget that most rewarding of holiday activity - Sightseeing! The Alnwick Garden, The Farne Islands, Lindisfarne Priory, Kielder Water and Forest not to mention a multitude of pretty, character filled villages along the way mean that a new sight every day is not only a possibility - it's almost a certainty.
No brief tour of Northumberland would be complete without at least a mention of the coast. The north east coast epitomises the diversity of the region. Some areas feature spectacularly rugged sheer cliffs crowned by crumbling ruined castles and some provide the golden sandy beaches often thought to only exist in far-flung tropical locations. Although we can't quite promise tropical temperatures!
We are hugely proud of our region and would love to introduce you to it's many sights and sounds. If there is an activity or an interest you'd like to see or do, please let us know and we'll do everything we can to turn it into a reality.