"In Northumberland, we are lucky to have such beautiful countryside on our doorstep and Im excited for more people to come and experience it for themselves."
Jamie Lamb, Barmoor Castle Country Park
A Northumberland luxury lodge and caravan park has seen enquiries treble during lockdown as it prepares to become a summer domestic tourism hotspot.
Barmoor Castle Country Park, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, is attracting interest from holidaymakers across England, Scotland and even Las Vegas.
The family-run 200-acre site is preparing to reopen on July 4, with stringent safety measures in place to keep the threat of Covid-19 at bay.
Owner Jamie Lamb said he is excited to open the park’s doors once again and hopes to see some new faces visit in the coming months.
He said: “It’s been a busy few months during lockdown as we have adapted the park to make sure we can implement the necessary social distancing measures once we reopen.
“It’s been an incredibly tough time for the country, but things are starting to open up again and it will be great to welcome guests to Barmoor Castle once again.
“We’ve had a huge spike in enquiries coming through our website from across the United Kingdom and beyond as lockdown hasn’t stopped people from dreaming about holidays.
“Domestic tourism will get a huge boost this year as a lot of people will be reluctant or unable to travel abroad.
“In Northumberland, we are lucky to have such beautiful countryside on our doorstep and I’m excited for more people to come and experience it for themselves.”
Barmoor Castle Country Park is one of the UK’s most popular luxury lodge and caravan parks, but, like many businesses, has been forced to close due to the countrywide lockdown.
In 1979, farmer Hedley Lamb and wife Ann bought the derelict castle and 12 surrounding acres and embarked on an ambitious project to turn it into a sought-after caravan park.
Following 11 years of careful restoration and building, the park opened in 1990 and over time it became a much-loved family business that is now run by the couple’s son Jamie and his wife Jodi.
Now it boasts a range of homes, each with stunning interiors featuring spectacular panoramic views of the awe-inspiring countryside and coastline.
It will become one of the benefactors of a rise in domestic tourism over the coming months, with many British holidaymakers likely to snub foreign travel.
While popular beauty spots across the country will be on alert with the threat of mass visitors raising the risk of further Covid-19 outbreaks, Jamie Lamb insists every effort will be made to ensure Barmoor Castle is safe.
He added: “I understand there may be concerns in communities over the perceived risk of virus outbreaks caused by increased visitor numbers.
“However, the vast nature of our 200-acre site and the space between our homes means Barmoor Castle lends itself perfectly to social distancing.
“We will be bringing in a range of new safety measures, including sanitising stations and temperature checks, and making sure our guests feel safe and comfortable at all times.
“Northumberland benefits a lot from tourism and it will be great to welcome people back, but we all must play our part in staying alert and helping to keep the virus at bay.”