Friends & Suppliers
We believe strongly in supporting and promoting the local economy and rely on many friends and suppliers. We encourage you to support local business businesses when you're at Southlands and have listed their details here.
Call Charles or Dee for more information
01434 681 464 or 07876 455 620
Supporting Local Suppliers & the Local Economy
Food Local Food
www.foodlocalfood.com is a local company set up by local people to supply the North East region with the very best local food and drink the North East has to offer. We have over 80 suppliers, including some of the area’s best loved Farm Shops, who supply us weekly with the freshest, tastiest produce. We sell all the items the North East is famous for from Craster Kippers to Lindisfarne Mead. Many of our lines are award winning products and produce. The order when placed is then delivered direct to the customer’s door, and we would like to offer the same service to tourists.
We service Holiday Cottages in Northumberland, up as far as Seahouses, on the Coast, Alnwick in the centre, Hexham out west, Newcastle in the South, with some coastal locations south of Newcastle. Please ring if you are unsure your location is covered 0845 094 8587
The Pie Mill
The Pie Mill, they make the best pies, what more can you say? It's local hand made and we keep a selection in the honesty freezer. Check out theie website and drool, should you become a fan, they have a very good mail order service for when you get home.
Northumberland Cheese Company
The Northumberland Cheese Company was established in 1984 by Mark Robertson in the green tranquillity of the Rede Valley, which once sheltered the infamous Border Reivers of centuries gone by. Our first cheese, Redesdale, handmade from ewes' milk at our Elsdon Hill Farm, was such a success with the locals that word soon spread, and as our range expanded to include fine cows' and goats' milk cheese, national and indeed international accolades began to pour in.
Longwitton shoot is a fantastic mixed Partridge and Pheasant shoot.
The Doddington Dairy is situated on our family farm, nestled at the bottom of the Cheviot Hills in the Glendale Valley of Northumberland.
Cows from the Doddington Dairy have grazed contentedly here on the farm for over 50 years. North Doddington is now one of the few dairy farms left in Northumberland.
Bywell Fish & Game Smokery
At Bywell Smokery we appreciate the availability and quality of the local fayre. We source the best quality raw materials and know that if you only use the best, curing and smoking is used to enhance the natural flavour, you will always have satisfied customers. Bywell are unique in that we blend Northumbrian Oak with finer oak chips to produce a wonderfully flavoured and finely coloured product. We do not use any dyes, artificial preservatives or additives and the results are obvious to the palate.
Chauffeur Drive North East
Professional chauffeur service specialising in corporate and business travel, airport transfers, event management, wedding car hire, family and social occasions and luxury coach hire.
Get Smart - Casual Clothing for all seasons
A visit to Get Smart is like a breath of fresh air! Situated in the Northumbrian countryside, on the Blagdon Estate, The Milkhope Centre is where you will have a relaxed ‘out-of-town' shopping experience exploring a variety of extremely successful small businesses. Plenty of free and easy parking.
Forum Books and Crafts
Forum Books and Crafts is a thriving bookshop in the heart of the attractive Northumbrian village of Corbridge. The shop was started up nearly thirty years ago by local couple David and Jennie Thompson, who still run the business today. Stocking the latest fiction, non-fiction, local books and maps and guides as well as a wide range of gifts and stationery, Forum is popular with locals and visitors alike.
Ridley's Fish and Game
Ridley’s Fish and Game is a specialist retailer, wholesale supplier and producer of top quality fresh fish, seafood, poultry and wild local game and delicious homemade foods, both to the general public and the catering trade.
Central Vacuum Cleaners
We incorporated this fantastic system in the cottages, it makes our lives much easier, and we only wish we had it in the house as well!
With an ordinary vacuum cleaner, you have to carry the electric motor and suction fan with you when cleaning. With a central vacuum system, the motor and fan are fixed in a remote position, which means you can have a more powerful motor with a bigger fan, producing much more suction. More suction equals more penetrating cleaning so you can clean more floor in less time.
These are the clever folk that keep our bookings in order.
Cane & Pine Design
Angela and Peter Small started Cane & Pine Design in 1984 and since then, the range of furniture, accessories and gifts has grown significantly. It has to be seen to be believed.
Whether you want to furnish your whole house, or just one room, they have many different styles of furniture on show. If you're looking for that extra special gift, something for the conservatory, bedroom or any room in the home, you'll find a wide selection of items in our showroom to choose from.
Campcolis Gun dog Training
Campcolis Gundog Training Centre is owned and run by husband and wife team John & Dot Clark. Set in 3 acres and situated in beautiful Northumberland in the North Tyne valley where both John & Dot have lived all their lives, and brought up their two daughters.
John has been training and working dogs for over 20 years and what started as a hobby training dogs for friends has become a business. John and his team of dogs pick up on three Estates. Dot sees more to the day to day running of the kennels, the feeding and breeding, and the bookings!
John runs puppy classes for working or pet dogs, he also does group training or one-to-one sessions, and has facilities for residential training, and he also has a training pen which can be hired.
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours
We provide exclusive natural history excursions and bird watching tours with an enthusiastic, experienced and friendly leader with an intimate knowledge of Northern Britain.
So if you are visiting Northumberland and want to see whales, dolphins, otters, seals, Black Grouse, Goshawks or even Gateshead's famous Red Kites, let us be your guide to the spectacular wildlife of this beautiful area of the country.
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours - bringing wildlife into your life.
Game to Eat
Bored with beef? Fancy a change from chicken? Then it's time to give game a go! Whether you are planning a special treat or want a simple supper that's on the table in minutes, game will always fit the bill.
Game-to-eat is a campaign dedicated to raising awareness and increasing our enjoyment of game. This web site offers all you want to know about game with informative news clips, comments from celebrity chefs and a whole host of wonderful recipes.
ecoescape® is a green travel guide and online directory of environmentally friendly places to stay and visit. It is a meeting place for green travellers to raise awareness of sustainable travel in the UK and promote responsible escapism globally.
Snapdragon - Flowers to feel good about
In 2000 Jane Lindsey left her job at the University of Glasgow, retrained in horticulture and began to grow cut flowers, selling them at farmers markets in Glasgow.
In 2003 she moved with her family to Drymen and Snapdragon was born - the paddock behind the house has now been transformed into a cutting garden full of unusual cut flowers and herbs.From 2004 Jane has been producing ranges of textile home and garden accessories as well as commissioning a selection of toiletries inspired by the cutting garden.
These are available to buy by mail order and from our shop,
Alastair Sawday's Special Escapes
Your time in a holiday home is precious; you can't afford to get it wrong. Don't spend another moment trawling through the insanely complex and unreliable world of online self-catering web sites. Special Escapes has what you're looking for...
The Organic Home
I really like this site; great design, images and content but above all the right idea, and if you'r near Hastings have a look at the shop.
The Cottage Guide
A good and useful guide to holiday cottages.
For a good day out or if you need walking guides or kit pop along to the Shepherd's Walk shop at Kirkharle Courtyard The birthplace of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, and a destination in it's own right.
"Our first visit to Northumberland and we have had a wonderful week. The scenery is stunning and people all very friendly. So many things to do and places to see- we shall have to come again. We have loved staying in West cottage- enjoyed all the farm animals. Thank you for your hospitality"
Our Green Credentials
At Southlands we endeavour to develop and manage the impact of our business on the environment in as sustainable way as possible.
We are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and have recently gained the Gold Award for our endeavours
A Living History
Southlands is a small, 37-acre working farm with a story stretching back hundreds of years. We believe the farmhouse is one of a handful of mediaeval Northumbrian longhouses built during the reign of Henry VIII.
These days, the cottages are a little more insulated than they might have been then, and a lot more comfortable for our guests!