Overnight stays with children can be draining especially when there is quite a bit of driving involved and everything feels like a rush. However, Berwick, Scotland for us was an overnight stop so we could finally visit Alnwick Castle.
We have always wanted to visit Alnwick Castle, although we only found out about a week before we went that we had been pronouncing it wrong for years! You learn something new everyday! Our review on Alnwick Castle can be read by click the Alnwick Castle link.
Overnight Stay in Berwick
So back to Berwick. We left for Berwick from West Lothian after finishing work for the day. We arrived at our hotel round about dinner time (6pm) and checked in (We stayed at the Travelodge in Berwick) Basic but for what we needed it did the trick. A double bed for us, a sofa bed for our eldest and a travel cot for the youngest…though our youngest always ends up in bed with us anyway (who needs a travel cot).
We drove just around the corner to a local pub called The Meadow House Inn (the first and last pub in England) One of the best meals we have ever had, and we were lucky to turn up when we did as we managed to get the last 2 tables. Everyone turning up after us got turned away. So if you are thinking of having dinner here I would suggest booking a table as it seems to be a very popular place.
So after a usual nights sleep for me…been woken hourly with the kids, I have to say the duvet and mattress that the Travelodge had were amazing…I wanted to take them home with me.
We knew when booking the Travelodge that there would be no attached restaurant for breakfast but my dad had said there is a Morrisons nearby so we can catch breakfast there…only to find out that it wasn’t open till 10am as it was a Sunday. Epic fail there! Lesson learned for future travels! My husband decided to phone a local hotel which my dad knew, I don’t know what my husband said but the owner agreed to let us come down and have breakfast (Thank you Castle Hotel!). We were very lucky to have a great full English breakfast from the hotel and the owner gave it to us for a great price too.
After breakfast we went back to the hotel to grab our bags and hit the road to Alnwick Castle. It was about another hours drive to get there. After visiting the castle we left late afternoon to travel home. We stopped on route at fort kinnaird at the TGI Friday’s for our dinner. Yet another great meal (One thing you need to know is I’m a fussy eater so to have a good 3 meals on an overnight stay is pretty good going!)
We finally made it home on the Sunday night at 8.30pm and put our very tired boys to bed.
We definitely want to do more of these overnight stays in the future. We had so much fun and our eldest son learned so much.