Entries by julie oswald

The Joiners Shop

The Joiners Shop is a detached, single storey, 18th century stone and slate roof building that served as the Joiners/wheelwrights shop for Ridley Hall and Beltingham village. Now lovingly restored to a 2 bedroom holiday cottage behind a courtyard wall with its own driveway and private outside space, overlooking Beltingham Burn. Close to Hadrian’s Wall […]

The Bastle

Well…. After 14 years as guardians of the Bastle in Beltingham, the time came this week to hand it over to its new owner as a permanant home, to be loved as much as we did and still do. It is a special place in a special village, with only a few properties and historic […]

Smartening up the outside….

We have spent time during this lockdown period tidying up the Bastle and Joiners Shop. The cobbles have been cleared of moss and the lane has now been re-dressed with 14 tons of new gravel from the road and into the Joiners Shop driveway.

Ready for our guests…

 Following lockdown we are now ready for our guests and the Bastle sitting room has had a little makeover. Re decorated, with comfortable, new Parker Knoll sofa and chairs, painted bookcase, console table and a little tweak here and there to freshen it all up. The complimentary sherry and ginger wine are now on a […]

Christmas 2019

We are all set for our Christmas guests in the Bastle and the Joiners Shop who arrive tomorrow. Both buildings are looking lovely in completely different ways and the real trees are up, the decorations are in place, the underfloor heating is ticking away gently and everything is warm and cosy. The Christmas day service […]

Summer time …

                           Summer is now on its way in Beltingham, Northumberland and the Joiner’s Shop is proving to be quite a little sun trap outside the kitchen door. The laurel hedge we planted last year is thickening out nicely to provide a private seating area, the BBQ is ready […]

Festive Season over…

The festive season is over now and the Bastle decorations are down….our lovely guests for Christmas and again for New Year enjoyed the cosy underfloor heating, woodburner and twinkly fairy lights. With the shutters closed to the elements what could be nicer? The Joiner’s Shop guests also enjoyed the Christmas spirit with a tree, garland, […]


For those who have followed the progress and thought we were totally bonkers…this is for you…..the long awaited finish of the Joiners Shop has arrived! A once dilapidated building bought in 2009, full of rubbish and with a collapsed roof, has now been transformed into a light and airy cottage. In its heady days it […]

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 […]

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 […]