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One of our favourite counties, vast, beautiful and relatively little visited, Northumberland feels far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our pick of the best places to stay in Northumberland are perfect bases for exploring this stunning region, whether you're here for the beaches or the pretty villages and market towns.
There are miles of empty golden sandy beaches, stunning countryside set amongst two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged Northumberland National Park, as well as more castles than anywhere else in England, the birthplace of English Christianity on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Hadrian's Wall, Alnwick Garden and pretty towns and villages.
What's missing, frankly, are great places to stay. There's a dearth, considering the expanse of the county. We have scoured the county, inspecting numerous establishments and discarding most as ordinary. These, rest assured, are the ones that stood out and are the best places to stay in Northumberland. For those seeking a holiday cottage we'd recommend the selection with our online partner, Booking.com.
Most of our selection of the best places to stay in Northumberland come in the form of country inns. These traditional hostelries now offer tasteful accommodation, plus all the benefits of a pub with rooms. Our favourites are:
- The Pheasant Inn, bang in the middle of the National Park, this is perfect accommodation for walkers and outdoorsy types.
- The Angel Inn - a historic property in the middle of pretty Corbidge. Expect comfortable rooms, plus fine dining if required.
- Collingwood Arms - Converted coaching in on the banks of The Tweed. Great food and luxurious rooms.
One would expect many of the best places to stay in Northumberland to be country houses, but we've only found one that ticks all the boxes.
- Thistleyhaugh is a lovely Georgian farmhouse B&B. Owned by the same family for the past one hundred years, it is full of antiques and period features. Wonderful views and easy access to the coast.
Golf and Spa Resort
- Whilst a golf and spa resort does not spring to mind as exactly what you might be looking for in the best places to stay in Northumberland, Matfen Hall succeeds on all fronts. Rooms are cheerful and modern and the facilities are top notch and include an 18 hole golf course, golf academy, spa and much more. Add to this 2 AA Rosette standard dining and you have an all round winner.
For a holiday cottage
- If you want your own little place in Northumberland, why not rent a holiday cottage or apartment. We recommend the selection with our online partner, Booking.com.
Browse our selection of the best places to stay in Northumberland and start to plan your visit. Or if there's nothing here for you, why not widen the net and include all our recommendations in Cumbria or Durham, or contact a friendly guru for advice.
Best Hotels in Northumberland
The Bondgate Boutique 7 rooms from $72Alnwick, Northumberland
A miniature Georgian town house converted into stylish, boutique accommodation with a smart, urban feel. In the centre of historic Alnwick - with castle and gardens on the door-step - it offers great value and is strolling distance to pubs and restaurants.Great walks - Alnwick Garden is within walking distance and pretty place to wander around.Sights nearby - The medieval Alnwick Castle is a must.
The Victoria Hotel 29 rooms from $101Bamburgh, Northumberland
Lying in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle, the Victoria Hotel is a great place to stay while exploring the picturesque surroundings of Northumberland. The rooms are comfortable and spacious with many affording views of the castle. An idyllic countryside escape in Northumberland.Local exploring - Perfect for exploring the historic town of Bamburgh, and the lovely beaches and coves further along the coast.Sights nearby - Visit the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, less than ten minutes walk away.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Views - Great views from hotel
Thistleyhaugh 5 rooms from $117Morpeth, Northumberland
Lovely Georgian farmhouse set in sprawling farmlandRemote - Off the beaten track.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Secluded setting - For escaping.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
St Mary's Inn 11 rooms from $117Morpeth, Northumberland
Large and handsome - cosy, welcoming downstairs and cool, stylish bedrooms upstairs. A great choice of food, and with a muddle of dogs, walkers and locals in the bar, it’s a friendly and welcoming base for exploring Northumberland or a useful stop-over for journeys between the south and Scotland.Sights nearby - Hadrian’s Wall and Newcastle are both nearby.Sailing - Take a boat out to the remote Farne Islands.Great walks - Into the woods of nearby Hartburn Glebe.
Angel Inn at Corbridge 18 rooms from $124Corbridge, Northumberland
Historic coaching inn traditionally dressed with fire places, leather sofas and wood panelled walls. Rooms are simple but comfortable with cast iron beds and heavy curtains. The restaurant serves authentic British cuisine inspired by local produce. Ideal for lazy country weekends.Country Escape - Traditional British inn set in rural Northumberland, with all the trimmings and even a fish and chip takeaway!Local markets - Hexham Farmers' Market takes place every second and fourth Saturday of the month, head down to pick up some fresh local produce.Great walks - Wonderful walking from the hotel around the surrounding countryside.Sights nearby - Corbridge Roman Site is only a ten minute walk away.
The Mizen Head 11 rooms from $128Bamburgh, Northumberland
On the edge of Bamburgh, one of Northumberland’s most attractive coastal villages, this is a treat for both seafood-lovers and those seeking a country escape in a smart but simple, contemporary styled hotel. Rooms are light and comfortable, the restaurant deservedly popular.Sailing - Billy Shiel's Boat Trips runs journeys to The Farne Islands.Sights nearby - Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle are both worth a visit.Great walks - Traverse The Northumberland Coast Path.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Chatton Park House 2 rooms from $142Alnwick, Northumberland
Former home of the Duke of Northumberland, this stately property makes for a luxury country stay. Rooms are Edwardian in proportions with large sash windows and a 'Country Living' style as well as a separate cottage. There are 4 acres of land and tennis courts. A full English breakfast is served.Great walks - The Cheviot Hills have many walking paths and great views along the way.Sights nearby - Alnwick and Bamburgh Castle are both nearby.Restrictions on children - Children over the age of 18 permitted.Full of character
Roxbro House 6 rooms from $143Warkworth, Northumberland
Situated in the charming little town of Warkworth providing comfortable, elegant accomodation. Rooms are opulently decorated with freestanding baths and sumptuous fabrics. Breakfasts are served in a wood panelled dining room or outside in the garden. Hot Tub on site. Ideal weekend hideaway.Sights nearby - Warkworth Castle is opposite. Alnwick Castle and gardens are just 10 mins & Newcastle is half an hour awayGreat walks - Explore the Northumberland OutdoorsKayaking - River Coquet Canoe TrailBirdwatching - Coquet Island.
St Cuthbert's House 6 rooms from $143Northumberland
Presbyterian church turned award-winning bed and breakfast on the stunning north-east coast. If searching for an escape from a busy lifestyle, or for a picturesque tourist visit, this bed and breakfast is ideal.B+B - England's best B&B 2014.Country EscapeRestrictions on children - Only children over 12 welcomeSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant 22 rooms from $150nr Hexham, Northumberland
In the heart of Northumberland, yet still accessible, this traditional coaching inn has carved a niche for its eco-principles. Menus are inventive, much from the kitchen garden, while rooms offer a choice of cosy comfort or modern lodge-style.Great walks - Hadrian's Wall & Keilder WaterBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.
Duke of Wellington Inn 7 rooms from $156Newton, Northumberland
A stylish yet relaxed country pub with classy rooms that has built up a great following for its food despite being off the main tourist track. It makes a good base for exploring both Northumberland and Newcastle and has stunning views south across the Tyne valley.Sights nearby - Hadrian’s Wall, Newcastle’s museums, galleries, historic attractionsGreat walks - including Hadrian’s Wall long-distance path
Eshott Hall 16 rooms from $156Northumberland
This wisteria covered 17th century property promises a relaxed country house stay. Following a Herculean restoration owners have maintained period features (including an original William Morris stain glass) and created elegant rooms filled with antiques. A formal dining room serves a gourmet menu.Great walks - The property has its very own arboretum as well as formal gardens. With 35-acres there is plenty to explore here.Sailing - Off Northumberland's rugged coastline. Enquire with the hotel for information regarding sailing trips.Sights nearby - The historic Alnwick castle is a must visit.OpulentRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Collingwood Arms 15 rooms from $169Cornhill-On-Tweed, Northumberland
A wonderful converted coaching inn on the River Tweed. The elegant rooms are tastefully decorated with neutral tones and crisp linens. Choose between the informal pub and the parquet floored restaurant, both serving wholesome gourmet cuisine. A great country escape with wonderful walks and fishing.Total relaxation - Chill in the charming garden, settle in by the roaring fires and feast on the wholesome food.Sights nearby - Nearby historic sights include Melrose and Kelso Abbeys and Bamburgh and Lindisfarne Castles.Fishing - Just yards from the River Tweed, this is a very popular spot come fishing season.Great walks - Get your wellies on and explore the Muirs and Hills of the Scottish Borders.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Joiners Arms 5 rooms from $182Northumberland
A romantic ‘weekend treat’ gastropub, close to one of Northumberland’s prettiest beaches. Rooms are big and sexy, the decoration eclectic, and the food smart and hearty. Surrounded by lovely walks and peaceful countryside, too.Great walks - This is ideal great walking country with something for all abilities.Sights nearby - Farne Islands, Alnwick Castle, Holy Island.Outstanding location - Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.
The Northumberland Arms 6 rooms from $182Felton, Northumberland
A handsome Georgian coaching inn, in a charming Northumberland village, with six spacious, boutique bedrooms. With a relaxed, rustic-chic feel, it’s good for a stylish, country getaway whether you want to be active or read a book around one of the wood-burning stoves.Sights nearby - Alnwick Castle & Garden, Warkworth Castle, and many National Trust properties to visitGreat walks - Coastal paths or country hikes, this is excellent walking countryLocal markets - There are regular farmers' markets in both Alnwick and Morpeth
Matfen Hall Hotel 53 rooms from $194Matfen, Northumberland
A stately mansion, wrapped in parkland, that has carefully added a spa, leisure centre and golf courses without losing its grandeur. Bedrooms are contemporary-classic or old-style grand, and there’s a choice of eating options from fine-dining to pub classic. A has-it-all country escape.Country Escape - A charming 19th-century Gothic mansion surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, with a rose-filled gardens and plenty of walking.Foodies - The Library Restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for its robust, yet refined Northumbrian cuisine.Local markets - Check out what local produce Hexham has to offer, as well as nearby Corbridge.Great walks - With 300 acres to explore the park is full of walking and jogging trails.
Walwick Hall 10 rooms from $254Hexham, Northumberland
A handsome Georgian house that practically sits on Hadrian's Wall, with a fresh, country-house style and peerless views over the countryside. Smart food plus a bijou leisure centre and spa.Sights nearby - Walk along Hadrian's Wall and visit the sights of Chesters, Housesteads and Vindolanda Roman Forts.Great walks - Great walking through the surrounding Northumberland countryside.Local markets - Visit the Hexham market.Views - Great views from hotel