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Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

Northumberland Walks: Thrunton Woods

One of the reason’s I relocated to Northumberland from Newcastle was because I enjoyed the many walks with Woody. We have walked miles upon miles, exploring the rich heritage and taking in the breathtaking views. Thrunton Wood is definitely in my top 10 of walks. You can walk for a couple of miles or you can take different routes and notch up those miles. This walk, we managed 9 miles.

These images were taken on the 11th February 2018, below I will post some of my images taken in July and October in 2017. It’s a fantastic place all year around to explore.

Thrunton WoodsThrunton Woods

For more information on the walks, maps and other useful information, please visit Thrunton Woods Foresty Gov website

From Acorn Leisure Holidays (Felmoor Holiday Park), the postcode for the satnav is: NE66 4SD

Thrunton WoodsThrunton Woods View

Thrunton Woods CyclistsThrunton Woods Cave

If you are looking to visit Northumberland, we have a collection of 2 and 3 bedroom lodges, all are dog friendly and they come with their very own private hot tub. Perfect for relaxing after a walk in the countryside. You can view our collection of luxury lodges here. If you have an enquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact, simply visit here.

Thanks for reading, Mel x

Takeaway Night: Lal Khazana, Shillbottle

Takeaway Night: Lal Khazana, Shillbottle

What day do you class as a “Takeaway Night”, for me it’s a Thursday and a Saturday night! A takeaway, movie or in my case watching “Altogether Now”, hot tub and a bottle of wine. Perfect weekend. I am quite often asked for recommendations on where to eat or collect a takeaway, this blog is all about curries.

I had the pleasure of returning to my favourite Indian Restaurant with Tracey from Northumberland Eats a couple of weeks ago. Lal Khazana is located in Shilbottle, it’s literally a 10 minute drive from our lodges on Felmoor Holiday Park. Unfortunately at the moment they do not do deliveries but you can collect. We often dine in about twice a month – and often get takeaways, it’s that good!

I always get popadoms with extra helpings of mint sauce. I know that’s not the correct name, but everyone know’s what I mean. I also ask for extra onions, but I’m not a fan of the mango chutney and the spicy one, I’ve tried it but I just prefer the onion and mint. Simple lass. For starters, we had the Khazana mixed platter for two which consisted of a selection of special chicken kebab, chicken tikka, sheek kebab, onion bhaji and king prawn butterfly – great value at £8.50.

lal khazana popadomsLal Khazana Mixed Platter

I practically starved myself all day as I was so looking forward to feasting here, good job because the portion sizes are very generous. Next up for mains, Tracey opted for the Chinghri Sagwala which is prawns and fresh spinach cooked with garlic, ginger and a mixture of spices, garnished with fresh coriander. I had a sample of this as it’s not normally what I would go for, it’s very tasty but I prefer the massala and balti dishes. I opted for the chicken balti, cooked in special sauce with garlic, onions, peppers and tomatoes. Spiced in a bend of aromatic spices. Oh my, I love this dish. I usually opt for a chiken tikka masala – I did ask for a small pot of that sauce though, so I could dip the nan bread in 🙂

Lal Khazan King PrawnLal Khazana Chicken Balti

We complimented our meal with garlic (again) and plain nan bread, pilau rice and Tracey got a side dish of dhal to try.

Lal Khazana RiceLal Khazana Dhal

My mum always get’s the bengali sizzler. She highly recommends this dish, an image taken from Lal Khazana’s website below.You can view their online take away and dine in menu here, and the contact details for ease are: Tel: 01665 575 880 | Mob: 07800 635 340

Address is: Deanmoor Road, West End, Shilbottle, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2YP

They are open 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays, from 5:30pm – 11pm

Lal Khazana Bengali Sizzler

If you decide to visit when stopping with Acorn Leisure Holidays, let us know what you thought, we’d love to see some pics too. Maybe I’ll try something else next time. Have a great evening, Mel x





And we are off…our first post!

And we are off…our first post!

Welcome to Acorn Leisure Holidays website!

Woody’s Lodge is one of the latest additions to the award winning country park based in Northumberland, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with its wrap around decking and luxurious sunken hot tub it’s the perfect place to unwind and recharge those batteries.

outdoor furnitureNorthumbrian Holidays - Woody's Lodge - Hot tubmain bedroom with robe

Since Woody’s Lodge has a spacious decking, we have added to our outdoor furniture. We have a fantastic corner sofa/dining table with extra seating available should you need it. We have also just taken delivery of our branded spa robes, perfect for drying off after a dip in the hot tub.

We were actually considering at some point in providing some form of cover over the hot tub akin to a gazebo, but the dark skies of Northumberland are an absolute treat and it would be such a shame to hide the blanket of stars that greet you on a clear dark night. So come rain, snow or whatever the weather may be, the hot tub remains uncovered so that your chances of seeing your own shooting star is maximised!

It’s not all about the lodge, our beautiful, modern and tastefully decorated holiday home is being given a face lift. Within the next couple of weeks we will have a wrap around decking with sunken hot tub added. I can’t wait to show you some pictures, watch this space…or subscribe to our Monthly updates by registering your interest.

Finally, now that Valentines is out of the way, we are focusing on preparing for our Mother’s Day and Easter Welcome Baskets. Expect to see perhaps a bunch of flower’s or an Easter Egg. This is my favourite part, buying and sourcing local produce in Northumberland – I’m always looking for quirky and different small gifts or furniture! If you do see anything that you think I may be interested in, please do share by tagging us in your posts or pictures.

I’ll leave it there for now, but we would love to hear from you and if you have any feedback on how we could improve our site or services, please do let us know.

Best wishes,

Mel x

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