Well, here's all the information you might need. It's difficult...
March 23 - lockdown.
Less than a week ago, we were upbeat and optimistic about the prospect of being able to welcome you during the present crisis. In the space of a few days, we are forced to acknowledge that so much has changed, and it is simply not possible after all.
The advice to 'stay at home' from Government has been criticised for not being clear or insistent enough, but it is now clear that it is the advice we must all live by.
No one's business, or short holiday, is important enough to risk the further spread of this invisible enemy. And if we do not follow the advice, it may well not be us that pays the ultimate price.
The official Northumberland Tourism advice has been issued today. Here is an excerpt from it:
"The Government has been clear on the need not to undertake unnecessary travel and to socially distance in your own home. Northumberland Tourism fully supports the official advice to stay home and stay safe. We all have a responsibility – visitors, tourism businesses and residents - to heed government advice and help save lives.
We are asking people to postpone visiting Northumberland until a later date due to the implications that the influx of visitors would have on this rural county: the heightened risk of spreading the virus, the added pressure on public services and supermarkets, the disturbance to farmland and the risk to farmers who are in the middle of lambing season.
Anyone postponing their visit will find the county just as welcoming and just as staggering at a later date."
So it is with that same heavy heartedness that we must postpone - hopefully postpone, rather than cancel - your visit. If you have paid a deposit, we will willingly transfer it forward to a future stay. We will look forward to that being in better days, without the terrible oppression of all this fear and unpleasantness hanging over us. Hopefully, we will be living in a world changed for the better by our shared difficulties.
We really do look forward to welcoming you, when the time is right. But that clearly isn't in the near future.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call or email. We are here to address any concerns this development raises for you.
Please, do stay safe, and stay well.