Holiday park profile: Barmoor Castle Country Park
Just a few miles from the beaches of Northumberland, in the land of coast and castles, seafood and eateries, lies a 200-acre country park where holiday homes are set in the grounds of a castle, on an estate teeming with wildlife.
Barmoor Castle Country Park is between the coast and the Cheviot Hills. Berwick-upon-Tweed is the nearest town.
Alnwick Castle, Holy Island, Seahouses, Bamburgh, Goswick Sands, Cocklawburn Beach are all nearby; the area is stacked with spectacular and historical places of interest.
The park – a peaceful setting in which to relax and unwind – is only a short journey to the Scottish borders, and just over an hour’s drive to Edinburgh.
The Lamb family live in and run this special place; that’s Jamie, his wife Jodi and his mother Ann who, with her husband Hedley, bought the park in 1979. Back then it was a derelict estate. They transformed the wilderness into a heritage holiday park.
The first homes were sold in 1990. Nine years later the family bought the surrounding farm land. Together as a family they worked hard to developed new areas. Sadly, in 2011 Hedley Lamb died. Now, the family continues to run the park “with an ambition for excellence that would make my father proud,” says Jamie.
Holiday home owners come from all over the UK and further, Jamie tells us.
The emphasis here is on space, with large plots. That’s one factor that makes Barmoor a special place. Another is the views, of lovely countryside.
Barmoor Castle Country Park is in the grounds of Barmoor Castle, a castellated mansion, now a ruin. Jamie explains: “The castle was built for its location and views overlooking Scottish borders and coast.” Views are a theme of the park: “If there isn’t a view from a particular plot, we make a feature – gardens, fountains, historical trees that would suit the original grounds of the castle, classic avenues of trees and arboretums. We create a heritage, quality feel.
“Some people want a garden, or a south facing pitches; there is so much space that we can create to suit people’s wishes,” says Jamie.
The holiday park is a gated community; every holiday home owner has a handset that opens gates. The park has an 11-month season.
There are 140 occupied pitches at present, and a new development of 22 plots taking place in an area of the estate called The Parklands, with views of coast and countryside.
The park appeals to dog owners in particular; you can walk for hours without leaving the grounds, Jamie tells us.
Holiday homes here are from manufacturers including Lissett, Prestige&Homeseeker, Willerby, Pemberton and ABI.
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