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:
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.
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.
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.
Traditional country inn with character and charm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
nr 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.