Retirement properties in Northumberland
Northumberland stretches all the way from the Scottish Borders in the north to the 2,000-year-old Hadrian’s Wall to the south. The county is home to two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a National Park, and various vast, dune-fringed beaches, rugged hills and sweeping valleys.
This is a place rich in history and drama, with ancient castles to explore, countryside to roam and an impressive coastline. Northumberland is also the birthplace of the 8th-century Lindisfarne Gospels from the beautiful and remote Holy Island, cut off twice each day from the rest of the world by fast-moving tides.
Inland, you will find the North Pennines, one of the largest remote and unspoilt places in England, and home to an array of wildlife, including some 80 per cent of the UK’s black grouse population.
For more urban souls, you have Newcastle, a city with a vibrant restaurant scene and an exciting real ale and food culture. With the nearby Sage, Gateshead and the Angel of the North, there are plenty of attractions for arts and culture lovers.
And you can get a great sense of the city’s Victorian heyday by visiting the Literary and Philosophical Society – a private library where Oscar Wilde once lectured. The public is allowed to wander in, sit in a leather armchair and enjoy a cup of tea and biscuit bought from the hatch – but you have to be a member to take out a book.
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