The Sanctuary At The Castle, Northumberland

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

It was our 1st wedding anniversary on Saturday (15.10.15) and we took a little trip to Northumberland, where we stayed in a beautiful log cabin in Longframlington, the very same log cabin that we stayed in the week after our wedding.

Coquet Lodge, located in the tranquil Fram Park is like a little slice of heaven. Cozy, beautifully decorated with stunning views, I’m already excited at the thought of returning and we’ve only been home a day! It comes with a TV with a built in DVD and free-sat, a pull out bed settee, a dinning area and fully equipped kitchen, and lovely bathroom with heated towel rack and beautiful bedroom with a very comfortable double bed. It’s spacious and has a a seating area outside.  The lovely owners had left us a bottle of prosecco in the fridge to celebrate our anniversary, so thoughtful of them, just something extra to make our time away special!


Coquet Lodge. Photo Credit – Ashleigh Nicole

It’s perfectly located, only about a 10 – 15 minute drive from Alnwick, meaning we could easily spend the day visiting the castle, the gardens and my favorite book shop, Barter Books! The Gardens are so much fun, and absolutely stunning. We love visiting the poison garden, it’s so interesting!


Alnwick Garden Fountain. Photo Credit – Ashleigh Nicole

The castle is amazing, and has been used for various film sets including Harry Potter and Downton Abbey! It’s really beautiful and has so much history to it. I find it fascinating that the family still live there, as so many castles and stately homes are used just as museums now.


Alnwick Castle. Photo Credit – Ashleigh Nicole

The whole trip was amazing and very relaxing, and we were very lucky because we actually got to enjoy a meal at Alnwick Castle on the evening of our anniversary!

The Sanctuary at the Castle has limited opening, and so my husband jumped at the chance to book us a table. We were not disappointed either! It was such an interesting place to eat, and the staff were wonderful! The food was absolutely spectacular though, one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The food is all locally sourced as well.

To start I had “Presse of Confit Duck with Cured Duck Breast, Duck Liver Mousse, Blackberries, Orange and Gingerbread” which I think my favorite part, followed by “Parma Ham Wrapped Pork Fillet, Braised Pork Belly and Black Pudding with Potato Fondant, Spinach, Roasted Apples and Grain Mustard Sauce”, which was beautifully cooked, and for afters, I had “French Apple Tart with Ginger Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce”. It was so hard to pick from the options, but I’m confident that I made the right choice, because I could eat it over and over again!

We weren’t entirely sure where we going though, as it wasn’t very clear online. We had parked where parked during the day to visit the castle, but as the gates close at 5.30, we were a little concerned as to how we would get into the restaurant, and had no idea where it actually was!

Anyway, it was a delicious, romantic meal and considering the quality of the food and the location, it wasn’t too badly priced at £35 per person for the 3 courses! I would highly recommend it if you are able to get a seat.

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