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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,

Best places to stay in Northumberland

Country Inns

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.

Country House

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,

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.

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  • The Bondgate Boutique

    Alnwick, 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.

    7 rooms from $71
    Great walks  -  Alnwick Garden is within walking distance and pretty place to wander around.
    Sights nearby  -  The medieval Alnwick Castle is a must.
  • The Pheasant Inn

    Hexham, Northumberland

    Traditional country inn with character and charm

    8 rooms from $109
    Sailing  -  On nearby Kielder Water.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Thistleyhaugh

    Morpeth, Northumberland

    Lovely Georgian farmhouse set in sprawling farmland

    5 rooms from $116
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • St Mary's Inn

    Morpeth, 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.

    11 rooms from $116
    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

    Corbridge, 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.

    18 rooms from $122
    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

    Bamburgh, 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.

    11 rooms from $126
    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

    Alnwick, 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.

    2 rooms from $140
    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

    Warkworth, 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.

    6 rooms from $141
    Sights nearby  -  Warkworth Castle is opposite. Alnwick Castle and gardens are just 10 mins & Newcastle is half an hour away
    Great walks  -  Explore the Northumberland Outdoors
    Kayaking  -  River Coquet Canoe Trail
    Birdwatching  -  Coquet Island.
  • St Cuthbert's House


    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.

    6 rooms from $141
    B+B  -  England's best B&B 2014.
    Country Escape
    Restrictions on children  -  Only children over 12 welcome
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant

    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.

    22 rooms from $148
    Great walks  -  Hadrian's Wall & Keilder Water
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
  • Duke of Wellington Inn

    Newton, 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.

    7 rooms from $154
    Sights nearby  -  Hadrian’s Wall, Newcastle’s museums, galleries, historic attractions
    Great walks  -  including Hadrian’s Wall long-distance path
  • Eshott Hall


    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.

    16 rooms from $154
    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.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Collingwood Arms

    Cornhill-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.

    15 rooms from $167
    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


    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.

    5 rooms from $180
    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 Beauty
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
  • The Northumberland Arms

    Felton, 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.

    6 rooms from $180
    Sights nearby  -  Alnwick Castle & Garden, Warkworth Castle, and many National Trust properties to visit
    Great walks  -  Coastal paths or country hikes, this is excellent walking country
    Local markets  -  There are regular farmers' markets in both Alnwick and Morpeth
  • Matfen Hall Hotel

    Matfen, 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.

    53 rooms from $191
    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.
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