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Northumberland’s vast and beautiful landscape is a favourite for many visitors to the UK. People love the space, and the feeling of being far from everyday life. They love the wild, wind-whipped, sandy coastline, and pretty ports, villages and market towns. And rave about the hills and mountains that rise up towards the Scottish Borders, and the North Pennines to the east. The best places to stay in Northumberland are an eclectic bunch! We've unearthed great pubs with rooms, charming and intimate B&Bs, luxury country house hotels and pretty much everything in between. What you can be sure of is that they all provide a comfortable base, whatever your reason to visit this beautiful region.
Northumberland’s charms aren’t all wild and remote. If you love a long stretch of sandy beach, the coastline offers just that — dunes, tidal bays, and charming ports. There are plenty of historical sites too. This was a much contested area, it’s north of Hadrian’s Wall, and some fantastic defensive walls, forts and castles survive. Because of its location Northumberland has more castles than any other English county! If you’re wanting to see Northumberland’s highlights you’ll need to include magical Lindisfarne, parts of Hadrian’s Wall, Bamburgh Castle, and Alnwick Castle — made famous in the Harry Potter films. Berwick-upon-Tweed has impressive fortifications that some accommodation is built into. It's a good destination for keen golfers too. Consider Alnmouth — it’s small, but it has the fourth oldest golf course in the country. Goswick is the other, better known, course to consider.
As with many historic regions of the UK, this is a popular year-round destination. If you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Northumberland, do your homework and book well ahead.
The Best Places to Stay in Northumberland
For a Countryside Escape
- Charlton Hall is an elegant,18th century hall outside Alnwick, surrounded by 150 acres of land, turned B&B and luxury wedding venue.The owner has preserved many of the hall’s best features, and purchased a lot of the furniture with the hall, but this building has had the full works when it comes to contemporary make overs. Expect clean lines, but confident use of colour and print, with gorgeous wallpapers and talking-point lamps and artworks. Among the 22 rooms and suites are one- and two-bedroom cottages, suites and more modest rooms. There's not restaurant, but they’ll be very happy to mix you a cocktail in the stylish bar and make recommendations for local eateries.
- Chatton Park House is a stately home, once the residence of the Duke of Northumberland. It’s a Georgian build, with generously proportioned rooms, both downstairs in the communal area, and upstairs in the four rooms and suites. The suites have roll-top slipper baths and private sitting rooms, and all of the rooms are elegantly decorated with lovely views over the four acres of grounds and beyond.
- The William de Percy Inn is a fun find in a tiny village on the edge of the Northumberland National Park. It used to be a coaching inn, but now it’s got much more of a boutique flavour, with 25 rooms and suites decorated in French boudoir style, with dark shades, and plenty of velvet and mirrored surfaces. There’s still a pub and restaurant, rustically detailed, with a lovely garden too. And it’s great value.
For Historic Charm
- Walwick Hall is a handsome, Georgian house right next to Hadrian’s Wall, and overlooking the picturesque Tyne Valley. Long and low, this is a spacious manor house, with a vast hall, a large drawing room and dining room, plus bar, library and snug. Upstairs are ten guest rooms, also well proportioned, all with large sash windows. The decor throughout is in keeping with the building — with rich fabrics, wallpapers, chandeliers and Georgian style furniture. Expect plenty of hunting scenes and several stag heads. Food here is a highlight, plus there's an indoor swimming pool and treatment rooms.
- The Bondgate Boutique is a miniature Georgian townhouse, in the historic heart of Alnwick, right opposite the castle. It’s now been converted into a boutique-style hotel, with just seven rooms and suites. The decor is sleek and simple, with dashes of more confident colour, and each of the rooms is well designed to make the best use of the space — one of the rooms on the ground floor has a private deck. No restaurant, but you’re well located for options.
For the Coastline
- The Whittling House is a ten bedroom restaurant-with-rooms close to the beach in pretty Alnmouth — which is where you’ll find the nearest train station to Alnwick. The ground floor has the bar and restaurant where there are wood-burning stoves, a cosy bar with an impressive list of real ales and local gins, and a restaurant which does a lot with the local seafood. The rooms are upstairs and in an adjoining cottage, and are decorated in a contemporary-rustic style.
For a Country House Retreat
- Marshall Meadows Hotel is an elegant, Georgian manor house not far from the sea, or Berwick on Tweed, and less than a mile from the Scottish border. Form the outside it looks like a traditional Georgian manor house, but inside it’s been redesigned, so that the 27 rooms and suites are not only spacious they’re also have large bathrooms — some even have space for a private hot tub too! The lounge, bar and conservatory offer plenty of relaxing space, and the restaurant is smart and unstuffy, with a modern British menu.
- Matfen Hall Hotel has been converted from a very stately Gothic home, surrounded by 300 acres of gardens and parkland. There are 53 rooms and suites plus a drawing room and dining room, a library that now houses the 2 AA Rosette fine dining restaurant, and a conservatory now housing the pub. The new wing has the Elemis spa, indoor pool and hi-tech gym. The rooms in the modern wing are more contemporary. There’s a GoApe on the grounds, and a golf course.
- Eshott Hall is a neatly rectangular, pale stone, Georgian manor house covered in wisteria. But this is a relaxing, unfussy version of the country house hotel. Yes, there are wonderful period features and a lovely collection of antiques, a formal dining room with a gourmet menu, and 35 acres of manicured gardens (with a tennis court). But it’s not staid, and the owners are warm and friendly. For a romantic occasion pick the Collingwood suite, with its roll-top bath and four-poster bed.
- Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa is a Georgian-built country house, turned hotel and spa, set in ten acres of grounds — which includes a yew maze! Expect doric columns, sash windows, decorative cornicing, and handsomely sized rooms, but also plenty of light, and comfortable decoration. It’s quite a romantic, secluded spot — while actually being only ten minutes from the coast, and two miles from the A1.
- The Beaumont, in the market town of Hexham, is a Victorian hotel that’s recently undergone a very nice renovation, which included the installation of a fantastic new restaurant. There are 33 rooms and suites, five with an extra bed, or space for more than one, at no extra charge. And there’s a kids’ menu in the chic new restaurant. Close to a stretch of Hadrian’s Wall.
- Converted from the Convent of Mercy in Alnwick, The Cookie Jar today is an 11 room boutique hotel, with a fun range room designs and an elegantly landscaped garden with a fire-pit and terrace. Our favourite rooms have castle views, as well as Delft blue colour schemes. Breakfast is a languid affair; plus they offer lunches and afternoon teas, and they’re open for dinner a few evenings a week.
- Northumberland is known for having a lot of castles, but 14th century Langley Castle is one of the few that you’re able to stay overnight in. Inside are suits of armour, gilt-framed portraits and tapestries, and while much of it is reproduction you certainly get the picture. Guests have a choice of staying inside the castle walls, where it’s super atmospheric, or outside them — with castle views and very affordable rates. The restaurant comes highly recommended.
- The Percy Arms is in Chatton, a pretty town equidistant from the Northumberland Coast AONB, and the Northumberland National Park, with five spacious, cosy rooms, and a welcoming pub with above-average pub classics. Ideal for walkers.
- The Collingwood Arms is a charmingly converted coaching inn on the River Tweed, near Coldstream. As well as 15 rooms, all simply and tastefully decorated, the property offers a choice of dining options — the informal and friendly pub, or the fancier, parquet-floored restaurant. Great for fisherfolk as well as walkers.
- An old coaching inn in the village of Felton, The Northumberland Arms is a relaxed choice, while also being a spacious and stylish one. It was built in the 1820s, for visitors to Alnwick Castle, and has charmingly worn flagstone floors, and vast fireplaces now accommodating wood-burning stoves. The bar takes centre stage, and around it there are a warren of alcoves and snugs for dining on pub classics and modern British cuisine. Upstairs are six large bedrooms, decorated in rustic country style.
- The Joiners Arms is a friendly gastropub close to one of Northumberland’s prettiest beaches, in the town of Newton-by-the-Sea. You can expect fun, eclectic decor and a boudoir edge to the five bedrooms. Each is decorated on a different theme, and three of them have enormous baths for two.
- The Hadrian Hotel & Hjem Restaurant is a handsome looking coaching inn near Hexham and Hadrian’s Wall. Its 11 rooms are light, and simply decorated, and some of them have fantastic views. The big difference between this inn and other local inns, is the Michelin starred restaurant, which is run by a cool Swedish chef, who has done a create job combining the local produce and tastes with Scandinavian cuisine. This may well be one of the most adventurous restaurants in the north east.
- Set right in the town walls of Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Walls B&B is an elegant and affordable choice, with three lovely, light-filled rooms decorated with antiques and chintz fabrics. Converted from a spacious Georgian townhouse, The Walls has incredible views of the Tweed estuary and the river’s magnificent bridge. Breakfast is a highlight, and the cosy lounge is a pleasure to return to after a day of exploring.
- St Valery is a four bedroom B&B converted from a Victorian villa just moments from the beach in Alnmouth. All of the rooms are beautifully designed, with plenty of natural light and original features like sash windows, oversized bathtubs, and elegant fireplaces. The communal areas include the breakfast room, where excellent breakfasts are served, plus a lounge with an honesty bar.
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- Newcastle International Airport is the closest airport, though Edinburgh International Airport may also be worth considering. If you’re travelling from London by train you’ll probably leave via Kings Cross, and travel via Newcastle, taking around three and a half hours — depending on your final destination.
- If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
- The best times to visit Northumberland are spring and summer, because this is a chilly part of the world. The wildflowers of spring light up the meadows, and the many castles, and summer is the best time for sunny beaches and clear skies for walking holidays.
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Best Hotels in Northumberland
The Whittling House Alnmouth 10 rooms from £140Families - With a laidback feel, beaches on the doorstep, and even the dog welcome - this is perfect for a family breakCountry Escape - The lovely coastal setting, rural chic rooms, and fabulous restaurant make this an idyllic country staySights nearby - Alnwick Castle, UK’s second largest lived-in castle & home of Duke of Northumberland plus the setting of Harry Potter filmsRestaurant - Locally sourced seasonal British dishes are served in the restaurant
A restaurant with rooms set close to the beach in pretty Alnmouth. Rural chic rooms feature pastel hues, modern art, and stylish modern fabrics. The buzzing restaurant serves very good seasonal British dishes and there's a convivial bar too. A smart coastal stay suited to families or couples. See More
Beadnell Towers Seahouses 22 rooms from £145Exclusive offer - WINTER BREAK until 31st March 2024Romantic Break - The Muckle Hoose is cunningly designed for 2 with its pair of copper tubs, twin drench showers, and an enormous sink-into bedFamilies - There's a very family-friendly atmosphere. Expect kids menus in the restaurant and you can even bring the dog too!Great walks - There are several coastal routes, ideal for building up an appetite for the hearty pub fareRestaurant - Local ingredients are used to create contemporary pub food with a speciality in seafood
A stylish yet relaxed seaside boutique hotel, rich with original features. Design-led bedrooms are individually styled with standout patterned headboards, and exposed stonework, many have copper tubs. Downstairs, a lively restaurant serves exceptional food. A laidback, dog-friendly coastal stay. See More
Chatton Park House Alnwick, Northumberland 5 rooms from £199Great 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
Former home of the Duke of Northumberland, this stately property makes for a luxury adult-only country stay. Rooms are Georgian in proportions with large sash windows and a 'Country Living' style as well as a separate cottage. There are 4 acres of gardens. A very private place to stay. See More
The Bondgate Boutique Alnwick (Northumberland) 7 rooms from £55Great walks - Alnwick Garden is within walking distance and pretty place to wander around.Sights nearby - The medieval Alnwick Castle is a must.Boutique
The Walls B&B Berwick-upon-Tweed 3 rooms from £80Sights nearby - Visit Northumberland castles at Etal, Lindisfarne and Bamburgh.Local markets - Browse Berwick Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.Full of characterSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
The Pheasant Inn, Northumberland Hexham, Northumberland 8 rooms from £85Sailing - On nearby Kielder Water.TraditionalFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Great walks - Good for walkers.
The Victoria Hotel Bamburgh 29 rooms from £76Local exploring - Perfect for exploring the historic town of Bamburgh, and the lovely beaches and coves further along the coast.Tennis - The hotel has its own tennis court, spend an afternoon working up a sweat.Sights nearby - Visit the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, less than ten minutes walk away.Views - Great views from hotel
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. See More
Thistleyhaugh Morpeth, Northumberland 5 rooms from £90Secluded setting - For escaping.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Remote - Off the beaten track.Restaurant - Recommended.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
St Mary's Inn Morpeth, Northumberland 11 rooms from £90Sights 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.Restaurant - Recommended.
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. See More
William de Percy Inn Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland 25 rooms from £90Local exploring - A great base from which to explore the charms of Northumberland.Great walks - The surrounding countryside is full of lovely walking routes.Sights nearby - Visit the stunning nearby Woodhill Hall.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Angel Inn at Corbridge Corbridge, Northumberland 7 rooms from £95Country 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.
Carraw B&B Humshaugh, Hexham, Northumberland 9 rooms from £96Country Escape - Boasting a secluded spot, cosy interiors and fabulous walking country.Sights nearby - Major Roman sites, such as Vindolanda and Housesteads, are within 10 to 20 minutes’ drive.Great walks - Northumberland National park provides endless beautiful walking trails.Restrictions on children - Adult only
Charlton Hall Alnwick (Northumberland) 22 rooms from £99Boutique - With its mix of traditional and contemporary plus a selection of quirky objets Charlton Hall ticks all the boutique boxesRomantic Break - With stunning interiors and a gorgeous rural location this a fabulous romantic boltholeWeddings - Charlton Hall is primed for hosting exclusive and extravagant weddings!Opulent
An opulent country hall turned luxury wedding venue/B&B just outside Alnwick. Individually designed suites both in the main house and additional outbuildings ooze contemporary style, yet merge beautifully with the original period details. A stunning property either for a romantic getaway or party. See More
Langley Castle Hexham, Northumberland 27 rooms from £100Great walks - The castle has some lovely walking trails through the surrounding woodland.Sights nearby - If you want to see more castles visit Bywell or Prudhoe Castle.Romantic - Good for couples.Traditional
Northumberland is known for its castles, and here you can stay in one: a 14th-century affair that won’t disappoint with its battlements, massive walls, grand rooms and huge fireplaces. Sprawl in the vast drawing-room, dine amidst candles and sleep either in the castle or with castle views. See More
The Hadrian Hotel & Hjem Restaurant Northumberland 11 rooms from £100Country Escape - A charming hotel, complete with superb food and roaring fires, surrounded by some of Northumberland's prettiest countrysideFoodies - The fine dining restaurant which serves Scandinavian cuisine is both ambitious and very well executedGreat walks - Walk alongside Hadrian’s Wall and through Northumberland National ParkSights nearby - Visit the Roman sites of Housesteads Fort, Chesters Fort and Vindolanda
Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa Alnwick, Northumberland 36 rooms from £109Country Escape - Beautiful setting in the Northumberland countryside, a true escape.Sights nearby - Alnwick Castle and Garden is just a short drive away.Sailing - Boat trips to the Farne Islands leave from Seahouses.Great walks - Set out on the Northumberland coastal path.
St Cuthbert's House Seahouses 6 rooms from £110B&B - England's best B&B 2014.Country EscapeRestrictions on children - Only children over 12 welcomeFull of character
The Beaumont, Hexham Hexham, Northumberland 33 rooms from £115Families - With five of the suites offering an extra bed at no additional cost and a kids' menu, this is a family friendly stayBoutique - An upgraded Victorian Hotel offering funky modern design and a noteworthy restaurant - a boutique havenFoodies - Modern British cuisine is beautifully presented and very tasty - a real lureGreat walks - There are some beautiful walks in the surrounding countryside
A beautifully renovated Victorian hotel with a noteworthy restaurant in the market town of Hexham. Individually styled rooms vary in size but all have pops of bright colours, chic patterned wallpaper, and large windows. The modern British fare is a real lure as is the location by the abbey. See More
Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant nr Hexham, Northumberland 22 rooms from £115Great walks - Hadrian's Wall & Keilder WaterRestaurant - Home grown foodBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Traditional
Duke of Wellington Inn Newton, Northumberland 7 rooms from £120Sights nearby - Hadrian’s Wall, Newcastle’s museums, galleries, historic attractionsGreat walks - including Hadrian’s Wall long-distance pathTraditional
Eshott Hall Northumberland 16 rooms from £120Great 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.Tennis - The property has it's own tennis courts which guests are free to enjoy.Sights nearby - The historic Alnwick castle is a must visit.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
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. See More
Collingwood Arms Cornhill-On-Tweed, Northumberland 15 rooms from £130Total 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
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. See More
The Joiners Arms Northumberland 5 rooms from £140Great walks - This is ideal great walking country with something for all abilities.Restaurant - Great quality home style cooking using fresh local produce.Sights nearby - Farne Islands, Alnwick Castle, Holy Island.Outstanding location - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Percy Arms, Northumberland Northumberland 5 rooms from £140Country Escape - A charming rural retreat surrounded by picturesque Northumberland countryside.Sights nearby - Visit the historic castles at Bamburgh, Chillingham, Dunstanburgh or Alnwick.Great walks - Walk along the pristine beaches and through the beaches and Cheviot Hills.Sailing - Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands.
The Northumberland Arms Felton, Northumberland 6 rooms from £140Sights 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 MorpethRestaurant - Serving pub classics/modern British cuisine
Matfen Hall Hotel Matfen, Northumberland 53 rooms from £149Country 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.
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. See More
Lord Crewe Arms Blanchland, Northumberland 26 rooms from £150Great walks - Walking maps are provided in every room. From hardcore hikes in the Pennines to perambulating the Derwent Valley.Back to Nature - A bounty of outdoor persuits lies on your doorstep: from walking, fishing, cycling and sailing and much more!Sights nearby - Hadrian’s Wall and its surrounding Roman settlements are 20 miles from the property and well worth a visit.Fishing - Rods are available at the hotel so you can catch a fish supper in the River Derwent.Recommended by - Sawdays, I Escape
Located in the picturesque village of Blanchland, hanging basket heaven and the heart of walking country. A bounty of outdoor pursuits awaits you on the doorstep, which is reflected in the hearty, better-than-gastro pub menu (think locally sourced salmon and game) and the country casual room decor. See More
The Cookie Jar Alnwick 11 rooms from £160Great walks - The nearby coast has some beautiful beaches for a long walk.Sights nearby - Alwick Castle is just on the doorstep.Restaurant - Weekend Bistro.Full of character
The former Convent of Mercy now converted to a fabulous boutique hotel in the heart of Alnwick. Rooms are individually designed and have character with contemporary furnishings and fabrics. The garden with terrace and fire-pit is a great place to relax. Excellent cuisine served in the weekend Bistro See More
St Valery Alnmouth 4 rooms from £170Active Holiday - There's plenty to keep busy with locally whether you want to cycle, walk, golf or horse rideRomantic Break - Choose one of the rooms with an in-room bathtub large enough for two for a romantic settingSights nearby - Both Holy Isle (Lindisfarne) and Bamburgh Castle are a short drive awayGreat walks - Head out on strolls along the coast or on longer walking trails
A small boutique B&B set in a Victorian villa just moments from the beach. Beautifully designed rooms boast Egyptian cotton sheets, fireplaces, sash windows, & some have oversized in-room bathtubs. Complete with an honesty bar & standout breakfasts, this adult-only stay is ideal for romantic breaks. See More
Marshall Meadows Hotel Northumberland 27 rooms from £175Romantic Break - Pick the Master Suite for its grand four-poster and free-standing bath or a suite with a private hot tub for a romantic stayCountry Escape - With spacious grounds, fine dining, and beautiful countryside to explore - this is a spoiling rural getawayShort break - Edinburgh and Newcastle are only 40 minutes by train, making this ideal for a quick rural weekend getawayGreat walks - Cocklawburn, Cheswick and Goswick, south of Berwick, offer long sandy stretches for walks and fossil-hunting
Walwick Hall Hexham, Northumberland 10 rooms from £195Sights 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