Slow B&B: that easy
weekend feeling all year
Dilston Mill Bed and Breakfast has always
practiced good housekeeping and careful husbandry
to use the old fashioned words for most of what is now thought of
as green policies. The complementary idea of slow travel
provides a peaceful and relaxing stay with low impact on the environment.
The heating systems are designed so that the safety
valve radiators on the pressurised system produce enough heat to
dry the laundry and air your towels when the weather does not permit
outside drying. The lids of the cast-iron Rayburn cooker help to
iron bedlinen. There are low energy light bulbs and
bio-degradable washing and cleaning products. Low-tech picture framing
provides secondary double glazing. Automatic outside courtesy lighting
is triggered by movement, and switches itself off to conserve energy.
There is a private water supply system that provides
delicious spring water (it does not have to be bottled and sent
halfway round the world). There is an independent septic tank
sewage system that breaks down a lot of the waste. Food and plant
waste is recycled for the garden compost heap and other waste for
the local councils waste scheme.
The beautiful and natural riverside setting, the
historic surroundings, the sound of the river and the visiting bird
and wildlife help to make Dilston Mill Bed and Breakfast special
and so we have a not had TVs or video games for visitors.
Some guests have said how much they enjoyed NOT having a TV around.
Scrabble, chess, local magazines, newspaper and leaflets are available.
(However, there is a radio-cassette/CD player to borrow and also
Wi-Fi available for those who want the connection.)
Food and products are sourced locally as much
as possible, using the wonderful and helpful local shops and suppliers..
At breakfast, you can have Dilston Mills own homemade marmalade
and jams made from the garden plums and apples or hedgerow fruits.
The river is on one side and the public footpath is on the other
side of the house. Peaceful countryside, great walks and the dramatic
landscapes around Hadrians Wall sites are nearby. Hexham and
Corbridge and the other local towns have an excellent range of facilities,
shopping and places to eat out. The major cultural and tourist attractions
near and in Newcastle-Gateshead, Durham, Alnwick, Morpeth, Beamish
and Kielder are all easy to get to by car or cycle, bus or train.
Come and find your niche in Northumberland at
somewhere special that aims at harmony in the environment
of Dilston Mills historic setting.