Jo Price is a holiday property expert for the North of the UK. She is part of an award-winning team of experts that works with holiday property owners to grow and develop their businesses, to increase their income and to rent out more weeks every year without competing on price.
She works with owners to develop a bespoke marketing strategy to help attract guests who choose to travel outside peak season, for example, families with young children.
She is affiliated with Tots to Travel and so is interested in cottages that may be suitable or have potential to join the Tots to Travel website. She writes a blog about tourism in Northumberland, and it’s particularly aimed at holiday property owners http://holidaypropertyexpert.com/holidaylettings/joprice/.
She gives some insight in this Q&A into her affection for her adopted county and reveals some of Northumberland’s Best Kept Secrets.
How long have you lived in Northumberland?: I moved from “down South” in 1988 to come to University in Newcastle and have never left.
What is it about the county that appeals to you?: I adore the wide open spaces, the variety, the wildness of parts, the coastline, but most of all I love the people. It is true that they are friendlier “up north”.
What’s your favourite Northumberland beauty spot?: My favourite spot has to be Alnmouth – as this is where my husband proposed to me.
Tell us about your favourite view/walk/cycle route/town/nightspot: I have recently cycled the C2C so I would have to say that this is my favourite cycle route. It takes you through such amazing countryside which completely distracts you from your sore bits! Now I want to try the Reivers Route.
The list of places to visit is endless. But some are more special than others. A trip to Northumberland wouldn’t be complete without….?: A trip out to the Farne Islands. I don’t like boats but the children pestered me to do it when they were young and how amazing was it? Who needs to go on safari – go to the Farne Islands to see all those grey seals, puffins and seabirds. Wish we’d been there on one of the few occasions the Orcas visit.
Is locally produced Northumbrian/Borders food the best?: Without a doubt. I love Doddington Dairy ice cream and cheeses – Cuddy’s Cave is my favourite.
Do you have a preferred place to eat out in the county and why?: The Angel at Corbridge – good food, good service, good ambiance, what more do you need?
Northumbrians and people from The Scottish Borders are renowned for the warm welcome they offer holidaymakers and day trippers alike. What do you think is the secret ingredient for this friendliness?: I would say it is our strong sense of regional identity. We are proud of our county and want to show it off, like proud parents!
Coast or country?: Coast….BEACH!
Your favourite historical site?: Warkworth Castle has always been one of my favourites. When the children were little we used to love going here and letting them run aound pretending to be kings and queens of their castle. I think it’s particularly beautiful in the spring when surrounded by daffodils.
And the best road to take a leisurely and scenic drive along?: The road up from Haltwhistle through Allendale, Allenheads and on to the high point on the border with Cumbria. But for a real leisurely journey, ie one where you don’t have to drive and burn fossil fuels, the train journey from Newcastle to Carlisle goes through some beautiful countryside and, of course, the unmissable train journey from Newcastle to Edinburgh.
What would be your perfect day out in Northumberland?: This would have to involve the beach. A long walk along the beach at Low Newton, followed by lunch at The Ship Inn then an afternoon of sandcastle building and snoozing, with sausages on a beach bonfire for tea.
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