Guest Blogger April 2019 Market Cross Guest House

Stay at a beautiful B&B and write a review for us

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Market Cross Guest HouseApplications for a guest blogger now closed.

Could you write for us? We are looking for a reviewer, with their partner or companion, to visit North Northumberland in September or October 2019 and stay for two nights at the Market Cross Guest House, a beautiful B&B, with more than a touch of luxury. 

The owners, Amanda and Steve say, “We are based in a 230 year old Georgian house, once part of a coaching inn and now a 5-star gold B&B with 4 guest rooms with luxury accommodation in the small village of Belford in North Northumberland. Amanda is a trained and experienced chef and makes as much of the food given to our guests herself including bread, preserves, granola and even the baked beans. Quality is what is important to us and we are careful about everything we choose for our guests from the bedding and towels to the Nespresso coffee machine in each room.”

Market Cross is very central to all the major attractions of the area including Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Alnwick Castle and the Farne Islands. The area is popular for walking with many major routes as well as cycling and bird watching. There is something for everyone in North Northumberland.

How to apply to be the reviewer of Market Cross Guest House

Please tell us why you’d like to visit North Northumberland and what you might do there in the comments box below.

The guest blogger chosen, will be asked to write two articles of 6/700 words, with 3 or 4 images, one on the B&B itself and one on the area. We will advise the reviewer who secures this opportunity in early May.

Terms and Conditions: The reviewer will be liable for any extras at the Market Cross Guest House – drinks for example. Bookings are subject to availability and agreement by the general manager at the guest house – Saturday nights and Bank Holidays are not available.

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  • phrage
    over 2 years ago
    I will write the most thorough and perceptive review if tasked. I am a gastronome and a retired commercial chef. I have worked in hotels in USA, Ireland and in France. I am both curious and eager for this assignment. I write kindly but truthfully.
  • GBG
    over 2 years ago
    We have just come back from our first visit to Northumberland and it was quite a voyage of discovery. We had not realised what a beautiful and unspoilt country it is. The beaches and harbours are lovely and the county is full of historic buildings that are worth a visit. We only had a few days in Northumberland but it was not enough, as I wrote in a post on the Forum. I would love to go back and revisit some places and explore some that we could not fit into our last visit. A stay at the Market Cross Guest House is just what we need to see more of the county and experience more of the fantastic local food. I would definitely like to visit The Farne Islands as unfortunately we were unable to do so last time due to the weather. Alnwick Castle is another of the places we missed although we did learn to pronounce it correctly on our visit! I would love the opportunity to visit again soon and to share my visit with readers of the fantastic silvertraveladvisor website.
  • DRSask
    over 2 years ago
    This looks like a lovely B&B and I'd relish the opportunity to revisit Northumberland. A couple of years ago some family and I rented a cottage in the Borders and spent a week in the area visiting Berwick, Bamburgh, Alnwick and Lindisfarne Island and trips further afield to Newcastle and Edinburgh. It would be great to treat my aunt to a weekend based at Market Cross Guest House to explore some parts we didn't have the chance to get to then. I had the privilege to be your guest blogger four years ago in Shropshire and would welcome this assignment further north.
  • mrusty5
    over 2 years ago
    Hi, I would love to have the opportunity to review Market Cross Guest House and the North Northumberland area. We have 2 weeks holiday booked in September, with no plans yet on what we will do - it will be our 35th wedding anniversary and we have been pondering where we should go to celebrate - this opportunity would be an amazing and unusual option. We have never been to Northumberland, and the guest house and area sounds perfect for us. If we were to win this chance, we would almost certainly want to stay longer (at our own expense, of course) to give us the opportunity to enjoy the whole area. We enjoy walking to explore the local countryside, we are interested in historical buildings and monuments, and would love to have the chance to see dolphins and seals in their native environment. The guest house looks beautiful and I am intrigued by the homemade baked beans, only ever had tinned before! I am a regular reviewer on Trip Adviser (786mandyr) and like to give honest and detailed reviews to help my fellow travellers. We like to travel as often as we can, both at home and abroad, but cannot go as often as we would like, as I am still working. I hope you will consider me as your reviewer. Thanks, Mandy Russell
  • Pauline59
    over 2 years ago
    An opportunity for an ordinary couple to have an adventure in a beautiful part of the country. Children grown up and time to experience new things and and new places. We have visited Northumberland in the past as a family and would relish the chance to visit so again but as a couple, starting the next stage of our lives. Amble on the beach, time to stand and stare, leisurely meals, relaxing in comfortable surroundings and seeing things with new eyes.
  • Elgee
    over 2 years ago
    I have never been to Northumberland and would love the opportunity of reviewing this for you through new eyes. I have travelled extensively and am one of Trip Advisor's top reviewers throughout the world. I am also currently studying photography and painting so this would be a great opportunity to practice my skills. Prior to my retirement I was a Marketing Director and could use those skills in the reviews.
  • AC
    over 2 years ago
    How to be objective in Northumberland? Difficult. Start with the stunning scenery, friendly people and amazing places to visit, steeped in history. All you need is a comfortable and relaxing place to stay.
    I would walk along the beach at Bamborough in the early morning while it is shrouded in mist and imagine past times.
    I would feel the spirituality on Lindisfarne and relish the spray in my face on a boat trip.
    I would live life feeling connected to my surroundings.
  • pb52
    over 2 years ago
    Northumberland is a vastly underrated area from almost every point of view, whether it is the amazing scenery, wonderful beaches, the wildlife, historic castles and monuments, walks, amazing food and local brews.
    If this county was located in the south of England, it would be inundated with visitors.
    As it is, you can find glorious, uncrowded beaches, quiet, turquoise, sandy bays and every outdoor activity you could wish for.
    Far be it from me to start the gold-rush, but the area deserves a far greater audience and I would like to help out the wonderfully friendly hoteliers, B&B and restaurant owners in this area who are striving to make a living in these uncertain economic times.
    There are so many highlights and attractions in the area that it would be impossible to investigate them all.
    However, using Belford as a base, the obvious choices are a walk along the Northumberland Coastal Path past the imposing Bamburgh Castle for a superbly fresh crab sandwich at Seahouses or Craster, seal watching on the Farne Islands, pebble stacking on the beach at Lindisfarne, and kite-surfing at Budle Bay.
    Ten miles away are the delights of the Poison Garden and waterfall at Alnwick Gardens, and who could resist Harry Pottering about at Alnwick Castle?
    So much to do, so little time, yet an indulgent, five star home from home awaits at the end of each busy day.
  • Riversiderouge
    over 2 years ago
    It was a real privilege four years ago to be chosen as a Guest Blogger by you lovely people at STA. The subject of my Blog was Northumberland and Hadrian's Wall, staying at the brilliant Battlesteads Hotel.

    I have to say that Battlesteads will take some beating, but it will be good to match their standards with the Market Cross Guest House.

    I know Belford really well. A good friend of mine ran the local newsagents shop for a number of years.

    The village sits just off the A1 between Newcastle and Berwick on the Scottish Border. It's a perfect place to explore the north of the county. Head west and you will soon be in the Cheviots and the magnificent Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest. Head east to the wide open beach at Bamborough and it's very imposing castle which has featured in more movies the Sean Bean. While you're in the village, you would be foolish not to pay a visit to the local museum and learn all about the 19th century heroine, Grace Darling.
    Head south to the charming market town of Alnwick and it's imposing castle and gardens which has featured in most if not all of the Harry Potter series of films.

    North, South, East or West, Northumberland is Englands best kept secret, and it would again be a privilege if you chose me for this important review.

  • wonderwoman1954
    over 2 years ago
    I would love to visit some hidden gems: Duddo standing stones, Linhope spout and St Cuthberts Cave. To enjoy the Romantic wild side of this part of the UK. the wildness of moorland, the history of conflicts associated with boarder regions and the outstanding natural beauty of the rugged coast. All that and wonderful locals thrown in for good measure.
  • GypsyWanderer
    over 2 years ago
    Being a Yorkshire lass I love huge open spaces, untamed wilderness, the sea and wild cattle so North Northumberland would be perfect for me. I have visited twice before and fell in love with this beautiful area so I would make the most of a weekend visit by arriving early to settle in and to explore Belford, the museum, the church, a wander round the village and hopefully a glass of wine in the guest house garden before dinner. The perfect start to a weekend away.

    Did I say wild cattle? Yes. The only wild cattle in the world, survivors of ancient Britain, roam the park at Chillingham Castle, one of the most haunted castles in Britain.

    These wild cattle are wild; bulls have been known to kill each other so you have to be brave to visit them. I am brave. I have been before and want to go again so one of my days will be spent visiting the cattle and exploring Chillingham Castle, still lived in by a descendent of the original owners.

    And next a boat trip. I have visited Lindisfarne before so this time it would be the Farne Island, to see the grey seal pups and spend time exploring Inner Farne before returning for a walk along the coast, maybe to Bamburgh Castle. So I think that would cover it, untamed wilderness, the sea and wild cattle

    I would love the chance to write about a two night trip to Northumberland staying at Market Cross Guest House. I blog, am a happy snapper, a traveller and I am free.
  • PaulineTurner
    over 2 years ago
    I remember visiting Northumberland many years ago and enjoying it's beautiful deserted beaches and the splendour of it's beautiful castles, but the memory that has lingered the longest in my mind is that of driving over the causeway to Lindisfarne on a slightly misty morning and standing looking out to sea and imagining St Cuthbert standing looking at the same view hundreds of years ago. The island has a wonderful mystic feel to it and I would love to go back.
  • Chris_Somerset
    over 2 years ago
    Northumberland - wild, windswept and magnificent. Home to beautiful beaches and magical castles, this county continues to lure travellers in to its breath-taking scenery. Although my wife and I are both north-easterners I cannot recall staying here for any length of time other than passing through on the journey up to Scotland. Now both retired and active we would relish the opportunity to explore this location in more detail and then report back on our adventures!
  • Ian_31
    over 2 years ago
    My wife and I went with a group from Church on a pilgrimage in September 2018. It was a great experience but due to the busy schedule we did not get to see Bamburgh Castle, the castle at Lindisfarne (Holy Island), Alnwick Castle and many of the wonderful sites in Northumberland. It would be great to spend a couple of dayd=s seeing the sights we missed.
  • Rowsie
    over 2 years ago
    I don't think I have ever been to Northumberland. I have travelled through it but never stayed there and I would love to do this. The pictures of the the B&B look lovely so it would be a relaxing break and with all those walks on their doorstep. Fabulous!
  • JohnP
    over 2 years ago
    It must be forty years since we visited Northumberland. That was a magical summer, almost entirely sunlit. We visited Lindisfarne but not Bamburgh. Nor did we venture into Durham, apart from the city. This would be an opportunity on the return journey.
    As if the photos of Market Cross Guesthouse were not sufficiently enticing the places we remember would be. It would be wonderful to be chosen as guest blogger, to add to the article I was invited to write last year on Grenoble and Vienne.
  • Hunter
    over 2 years ago
    Northumberland, my wonderful place of birth. So many happy childhood memories and a place of beauty to grow up in especially where I was, close to Hadrian's wall..
  • Kay9
    over 2 years ago
    As a child I visited this area and it would be lovely to return.The b&b sounds very nice and a relaxing place at the end of the day. The first port of call would be Alnwick for the castle and the famous bookshop. Walking on the coast, it's hidden gem s of small fishing villages ,pubs with crab sandwiches is delightful
  • Paula_3
    over 2 years ago
    Hello, I would love the opportunity to experience Northumberland, it's a region I have had the desire to visit for many years and never got around to it for one reason or another, mainly my health, without going into too much detail have lived with a life threatening illness and now am in remission, a miracle..... My standard of writing is pretty good and I would truly be viewing this experience through fresh eyes, a person that appreciates natural beauty, history, passionate about art and lives in the moment.

    I hope I am fortunate enough to be accepted.
  • LH
    over 2 years ago
    We would love to stay in Market Cross Guest House and experience and write about the 5 star gold treatment with home made bread, granola and preserves for breakfast. We love walking and would walk the Northumberland coast, visiting Lindisfarne (driving across on the exciting causeway) where I have previously visited with my parents many years ago. Weather permitting we would wish to cross to the Farne Islands and explore nearby Bamburgh Caslte - there is so much to do in Northumberland.
  • AlanEadie
    over 2 years ago
    I write in response to your advert for a reviewer or blogger to visit Market Cross Guest House in Belford next September or October and write about their experience there. Why would I wish to do this? I was born and bred in Northumberland more years ago than I care to remember. I am familiar with all the well known sites such as Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne, Alnwick Castle, and the Farne Islands, etc., although I moved down south in 1953 and have lived in Kent since 1965. The possibility of returning to my homeland would be a marvellous opportunity for me, which would be gratefully appreciated. I would therefore consequently wish to do justice to any review I would produce.

    Should I be successful my wife Jean and I would most certainly wish to visit the Farne Islands again and undoubtedly visit the Alnwick Castle gardens again. Then hopefully on the way home explore some of the many exciting sights of Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Alan Eadie, MA, FCIPD, FSA Scot
    [email protected]
  • Lin
    over 2 years ago
    The night sky in Northumberland is one of the cleanest and clearest in the country, perfect for star-gazing. And when you've had enough of staring at the stars, some of the best walking country can be found here; Hadrian's Wall, the Otterburn ranges and The Borders, to name but a few. I would love the chance to report onNorth Northumberland (not to mention the opportunity to review a luxurious B&B...).
  • aurora-b
    over 2 years ago
    Hi I hope you will consider me to do the above blog. I have a special draw to Northumberland as my father and his family came from Newcastle and I haven’t been back to the area in too many years. It would give me the opportunity to rediscover the region and all it has to offer. We tend to think of the South and South West of England for holidays, forgetting how relatively unspoilt and ,as yet unhindered, by mass tourism, the North East is. It has so much to offer in the way of history, architecture, beaches. I love walking and would visit the National park; Lindisfarne is a must; Alnwick and Bamburgh castles. As a child I grew up in the Scottish borders and would like to see Hadrian’s wall again. While I have travelled the big wide world extensively there are so many places in the UK I would love to visit and discover. This would be the ideal opportunity and incentive I need to come ‘up north’ and hopefully the beginning of many more opportunities to write for you.
  • Kawasakier6
    over 2 years ago
    This would be a fabulous trip for me and my hubby! His mother who was born not too far from Northumberland at Morpeth, and she is no longer with us, she had moved to Leeds when she married. I would love to do a review of the guesthouse and find some interesting things to do while there. Lindisfarne is steeped in history and would be a fabulous place to visit! Also Alnwick Castle would be on the list to feed my hunger for historic facts. Hadrian's Wall would also be a fabulous place to visit and no doubt many photographs would be taken! And if the weather was ok a trip to Bamburgh Castle and beach would be nice! The guesthouse looks lovely so a full review including pics would be made! Thank you for being given a chance to do this.
  • Tracy58
    over 2 years ago
    This would be a wish fulfilled for me.
    I love the contrast of my South Devon home and the wild and beautiful North of England and what is further north than North Northumberland!
    History is my thing and this land of the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings calls to me.
    I would walk many miles to explore and learn more.
    Must see sights would be Lindesfarne and Berwick-on-Tweed.
    I would also love to experience the Lowry Trail and seek out the art in the area.
    It would be a case of 'so much to do. So little time'.