The traditional fishing village of Amble, known locally as ’the friendliest port’ is only 5 miles north where fishing and boat trips to Coquet Island can be arranged and the ancient market town of Morpeth, where the river Wansbeck winds its way, offers a wide range of facilities only 9 miles south. Druridge Bay is nestled by rolling sand dunes; idyllic for those who wish to indulge in the simple pleasures of walking barefoot in the sand, inhale the invigorating sea air and watch the waves lapping against its beautiful seashore. Alnwick Castle along with the charitable project of Alnwick Garden, created by the Duchess of Northumberland, has a lovely woodland walk, a grand cascade waterfall and a restaurant within the largest tree house in Europe are popular visitor attractions. For those seeking more vibrant entertainment, the global city of Newcastle and extensive shopping facilities at Gateshead Metro Centre are around 20 miles south. Iris Lodge is positioned on the fringe of Hadston and provides an excellent base to explore the 20 miles of Heritage Coastline this region is proud to have designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.