Entries by julie oswald

Country Living magazine…..

If you would like to read about The Bastle and its transformational journey from neglected to loved, there is a fabulous article in this March 2017 edition of Country Living….just out and on the shelves now. For those of you who have stayed at The Bastle, you will instantly recognise the pictures…and for those of […]

The Joiners Shop…

Delighted to say, the dilapidated Joiners Shop next to the Bastle courtyard is on its final leg of renovation…. From a sad building full of rubbish and an imploded roof at the rear….it has been rebuilt and lime pointed, has a new roof, new windows and doors, mains water and electricity, insulation and plasterboards by the lorry […]

Bastle welcome…

Having rented numerous holiday cottages in the past, I can safely say the ones that provide a welcome pack of basic essentials are the ones I would go back to or recommend to friends and family. Some don’t even try…. Arriving to a warm, welcoming property with fresh flowers and sufficient provisions to provide a […]

Wallington Hall

Even if you are pushed for time, it is still possible to enjoy a pleasant walk in our beautiful National Trust gardens, here in Northumberland. A short walk from the main house, the Walled Garden is a joy, even in the colder months. The Conservatory provides a warm welcome from the elements and the smell […]

Henshaw Barn…

Let me introduce you to the home of our good friends, Pauline and John. A beautiful Northumbrian stone barn, converted to a high standard and ideally placed for Hadrian’s Wall They run their B&B in the next village to the Bastle at Henshaw… A B&B where guests are spoilt with comfortable accommodation and amazing food […]

Dine in comfort…

The temporary kitchen style chairs in the living room have finally been replaced with smart, loose covered, upholstered dining chairs. Sitting for a few hours at the table now, chatting and eating will be much more comfortable …and with shoes off, the gentle warmth of the heated flagstone floor adds even more comfort! The squashy […]

Wildlife lamp…

We took delivery of a new lamp and shade the other day… The lamp base a carved wooden purchase from an Antique Fair and the ethereal barn owl shade from the lovely Bel at Will Dawes photography. Made from flame retardant material and Will’s incredible photo transferred onto the shade ….. It sits nicely on […]


Crucial Trading came to the Bastle this week, with a nice, new stair covering. Coir natural flooring has now gone down on the timber and glass staircase, defining the treads between the large slate slabs in the kitchen and the stone steps leading onto the landing. Delighted with it, looks good and much nicer to […]

Resident artist…..

Well, just for the day. My talented artist friend Helen from Busy Bee Studio in County Durham arrived at The Bastle the other day armed with her paints and brushes. Having briefly discussed the idea of painting a bunch of keys and a brace of pheasants on the lime plastered walls….she set to work. First […]

Thank you…..

Big thanks to Terry at TWDA for our new website. A young guy with masses of techy knowledge. He knows Northumberland inside out, listens to his clients, comes up with good ideas and nothing is ever to much trouble. Based in Hexham, Northumberland just off the marketplace. Thank you Terry. The Bastle thinks you are […]