“Although close to the A1 major north-south route, the village of Felton feels anything but rushed. And The Northumberland Arms, overlooking the village’s old stone bridge over the River Coquet, is also a leisurely sort of place. Built in the 1820s as a coaching inn for visitors to the Duke of Northumberland’s home - nearby Alnwick Castle - it’s a solid stone building with two rather grand bay projections. Inside, it’s gone for the smart but relaxed rustic look: flagged floors, exposed stone walls and wood-burning stoves in huge fireplaces with lots of scrubbed tables, mis-matched school-chairs and velvet-covered Chesterfields. The bar is the focus - local drinkers gather at one end - with a warren of different eating areas spread around. Menus offer a mix of pub classics and modern British dishes; hearty and simple with a leaning to game. Six large bedrooms have a country-house feel done with a chic, designer’s eye and with a smart sense of fun. Antiques and vintage pieces mix with faux-fur throws and statement wallpapers. Battered trunks stand in for bedside tables; two rooms have egg-shaped baths in the bedrooms, another has a bath poised by the window. Bathrooms are ultra-modern. Its closeness to the A1 means beaches, castles and Alnwick Garden are readily accessible. Return to a hearty meal and a pint of locally brewed real ale in your stylish hideaway.”
Written by Helen Pickles
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
People love staying in the hotel due to the warm Northumbrian hospitality, the stylish yet accessible decor and furnishings, wholesome, locally sourced ingredients for seasonal food dishes and perhaps our 4* Gold accreditation from Quality in Tourism/Visit England! We tend to get a lot of repeat visitors who come from local, national and international destinations.
What is there to do in the area?
Northumberland is a wonderful county with so much to do. The Northumberland Arms is perfectly positioned just 1 mile off the main A1 road, giving direct access to Alnwick Castle and Gardens to the north and to the South, we have the historic market town of Morpeth. We have miles of wonderful unspoiled beaches as well as easy access to the city of Newcastle. You'll never get bored in Northumberland!
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We offer a full hearty cooked breakfast in addition to fresh fruit, served with Greek Yogurt, trying wherever possible to use locally sourced eggs, breads, meats and cheeses.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
We offer Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, plus A la Carte Dinner as well as a renowned Sunday Lunch. A light Grazing Menu is also available throughout the day. Residents requiring a picnic lunch can also arrange this with our kitchen and this picnic is also available to non residents throughout summer (advance booking is required).
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Our 6 rooms (all named after local landmarks) are similar in as much as they offer elegant, eclectic styling. All rooms have a large walk in shower and 4 of our rooms also benefit from a large free standing bathtub. All rooms have king size beds, except one which offers a standard double. The King rooms can all be twinned on request. Our room Eshot Castle can also accommodate an additional 'z' bed on request and two of our rooms are pet friendly (a small supplement applies). Dogs are also welcome in our bar area.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
Children staying with us benefit from their own bespoke daily and Sunday lunch menu and the majority of dishes on all menus can be served in a half portion to our more discerning 'Little People'.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Come and sample the delights of The Northumberland Arms as well as enjoying our well kept secret....... Northumberland itself!”