Northumbrian Earth, a business providing the local community and visitors with opportunities to explore the area’s geology and landscape is to be launched as a full blown business in the New Year. This community geology business run by local geologist, Dr Ian Kille will be run alongside Northumbrian Fire which produces hand-made ceramic pieces.
These business are being launched at the same time as Northumbrian House announces its closure. This 5 star and Green Tourism gold awarded B&B in Berwick was the brain-child of owner and manager Ian Kille. Northumbrian House opened its doors in 2007 after extensive restoration of this beautiful Georgian house in Ravensdowne and rapidly proved itself as one of the top B&Bs in the Berwick area. Providing superbly cooked and presented food sourced from the very best of local food served in elegant surroundings, as well as offering comfortable and spacious bedrooms specified to a very high standard and detail, this combination has drawn an ever increasing number of visitors to stay.
Ian comments “it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be able to welcome so many people to stay with us in Berwick, a town which we love and believe offers a wealth of interest and enjoyment for visitors, both within the town and also as a brilliant place to access the beauty of the surrounding area. Part of our success has been down to the wonderful quality of food that we have been able to give to our customers. With Great Northumberland Bread Company Bread, Peelham Farm bacon, Craster Kippers, DR Collin fish, the Aladdin’s cave which is the Green Shop and many others, we have been able to offer breakfasts which are world beating”.
Northumbrian Earth will continue its association with the Northumberland Coast AONB looking to expand the range and number of walks, talks and material it produces, building a relationship with the Northumberland National Park amongst others. The business is also taking on educational work; having successfully worked with year 6 pupils in Ferryhill, Co Durham, work is now underway to work with local schools on projects linked to the coastal geology.
Ian notes that “geology has always been my passion as well as being my chosen area of study and I am relishing the opportunity to have a go at getting North Northumberland and the Borders on the map as the place to explore the landscape its geology and the diversity of things that it connects to.”
Ian will be featuring in the new series of Robson Green’s Tales from Northumberland to be broadcast early in the New Year and Northumbrian Earth will provide walks for the Berwick Walking Festival coming up on 11th April 2015.
Northumbrian Fire will expand on a range of locally inspired stoneware pots using cup and ring marks and its characteristic owl motif, as well as developing sculptural work. Northumbrian Fire has provided slip moulded models of little terns which are being use by the RSPB, AONB and Natural England as part of the project to encourage the terns to nest in the area. Ian says “this has been a hugely enjoyable project and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work on producing other products inspired by this experience”.
Once Northumbrian House has been sold the businesses are likely to move to the country, a short way out of Berwick, in order to find suitable premises. Owner Ian will however maintain contact with Berwick through his work on the Berwick Tourism Forum and as vice chair of the NNTA, amongst the many other projects he is involved in.
There will be a sale of contents at Northumbrian House, 7 Ravensdowne, on Saturday 6th December between 10.30 and 16:00 with from the B&B including antiques, linen and many other items.