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Northumberland

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About Northumberland

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 to explore 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 and stunning countryside set amongst two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged Northumberland National Park. The county is home to countless castles and the birthplace of English Christianity, the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The pretty towns and villages make for the perfect setting ideal for hikers, mountain bikers or couples looking to find a romantic country escape.

What not to miss

  • Visit Haridan’s Wall, a long, tapering Roman structure along the coastal country-side. Known to be Roman Britain’s biggest building project, the Wall leaves a lasting impression. All along the Wall, you will find countless mini Roman structures such as milecastles, temples and forts.
  • Northumberland National Park is a great spot for long treks in authentic English countryside. A beautiful place to escape to acres of land filled with clear air, clean waters and deep, dark skies.
  • The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is well-known as the ancient epicentre of Christianity in Anglo Saxon times. Despite years of Viking raids and harsh weather conditions, this island remains a significant place of pilgrimage even today.
  • Discover some of the country’s most legendary walking paths or visit charming market town for fresh, locally sourced meals.

The region offers a variety of accommodation and we have scoured the lands, inspecting numerous establishments and discarding most as ordinary. The remainder, rest assured, are the ones that stood out and are the 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 Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant located right in the heart of Northumberland, is a great choice for cosy comfort in a modern lodge-style accommodation. This off-beat property has carved a niche for its eco-principles and inventive menus.
  • The Angel Inn at Corbidge is a traditional property also in the middle of rural Northumberland. The rooms are simple, comfortable and offer a warm setting of fire places and iron beds. Expect delicious meals inspired by the local produce.
  • Located right in the middle of the National Park is The Pheasant Inn. It serves as the perfect base for fishing or walkers interested in a nearby stroll in the park.
  • The Duke of Wellington Inn is a stylish yet relaxed country pub with classy rooms. What’s more, despite being off the main tourist track, it has built up a great following for food. Accessible by both Northumberland and Newcastle places it in a unique spot.
  • St Mary’s Inn is a great place to start your exploration of the county as it is in close vicinity of Hadrian's Wall and Newcastle. A great choice for delcious food and a warm bed.

Country House

  • The lovely Thistleyhaugh is an old Georgian farmhouse B&B owned by the same family for the last one hundred years! It is full of antiques and period features with wonderful views of the region's country side.
  • Another luxurious property is Chatton Park House. Former home of the Duke of Northumberland, it boasts a stately character that makes for a remarkable stay. Rooms are Edwardian in proportions with large sash windows. The four acres of land hold individual cottages and tennis courts. And of course, don't miss the full English breakfast served in grand spendour.
  • Located on the stunning north-east coast is St Cuthbert's House. This award-winning B&B was once a Presbyterian church. A great escape from city streets for a picturesque, sea-side vacation.
  • Eshott Hall is a beautiful and relaxed 17th century property. The entire house is filled with period features, including original William Morris stained glass. Rooms are elegant, filled with delicate antiques, ideal for art enthusiasts.
  • Walkwick Hall, a handsome Georgian house almost sits on Hadrian's Wall. It has a fresh, country-house style with peerless views over the beautiful landscape. To top it off, it offers smart food as well as a bijou leisure centre and spa!

Town Stays

  • The Bondgate Boutique is a miniature Georgian townhouse in the centre of historic Alnwick village. Stylish in decor, this beautiful building mixes classic with a smart urban feel. With castles and gardens on the doorstep, it offers an ideal base to explore the nearby scenery as well as the nearby pubs and restaurants.
  • The Victoria Hotel is located in the historic coastal town of Bamburgh. A great place to explore nearby treasures, including lovely beaches and coves! The rooms are spacious and comfortable with spectacular castle views.
  • On the edge of Bamburgh is another cosy location, The Mizen Head. Styled in chic contemporary décor, it is a treat for those seeking a smart, yet simple country escape. Come here for mouth-watering seafood and boat trips to the Farne Islands.
  • Roxbro House in the charming little town of Warkworth provides comfortable, elegant accommodation in opulently decorated rooms. Breakfasts here are served in a wood panelled dining room or outside in the garden. Ideal for a weekend hideaway.

Golf and Spa Resort

  • The Matfen Hall brings you tasteful luxury in the midst of the country parkland. Rooms are cheerful and modern with top notch facilities including an 18 hole golf course, golf academy, spa and much more.

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.

Travel Information

  • The closest aiport in the region is the Newcastle International Airport (a 45-minute drive to Alnwick). Youu can also reach Northumberland from the Durham Tees Valley International Airport, just over an hour’s drive south of Morpeth.
  • Alternatively, trains run from London’s Kings Cross to Newcastle, Morpeth, Alnmouth and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
  • The region boats a charm of its own for every season, however, the best time to vist is the spring for the fresh blossoms in the nature reserves and the summer to enjoy a peaceful seaside vacation.
  • If you wish to hire a care, which we highly adivse if you plan to tour the region, we recommend you check out our online partner Holiday Autos for the best prices.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Northumberland

  • The Bondgate Boutique 7 rooms from $72

    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.

    Great walks  -  Alnwick Garden is within walking distance and pretty place to wander around.
    Sights nearby  -  The medieval Alnwick Castle is a must.
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  • The Pheasant Inn, Northumberland 8 rooms from $111

    Hexham, Northumberland

    Traditional country inn with character and charm

    Sailing  -  On nearby Kielder Water.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Traditional
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  • The Victoria Hotel 29 rooms from $101

    Bamburgh, 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
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  • Thistleyhaugh 5 rooms from $117

    Morpeth, Northumberland

    Lovely Georgian farmhouse set in sprawling farmland

    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
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  • St Mary's Inn 11 rooms from $117

    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.

    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.
    Traditional
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  • Angel Inn at Corbridge 18 rooms from $124

    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.

    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.
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  • The Mizen Head 11 rooms from $128

    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.

    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.
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  • Chatton Park House 2 rooms from $142

    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.

    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
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  • Roxbro House 6 rooms from $143

    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.

    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.
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  • St Cuthbert's House 6 rooms from $143

    Northumberland

    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 Escape
    Restrictions on children  -  Only children over 12 welcome
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant 22 rooms from $150

    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.

    Great walks  -  Hadrian's Wall & Keilder Water
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Traditional
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  • Duke of Wellington Inn 7 rooms from $156

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Hadrian’s Wall, Newcastle’s museums, galleries, historic attractions
    Great walks  -  including Hadrian’s Wall long-distance path
    Traditional
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  • Eshott Hall 16 rooms from $156

    Northumberland

    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.
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Collingwood Arms 15 rooms from $169

    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.

    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
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  • The Joiners Arms 5 rooms from $182

    Northumberland

    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 Beauty
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
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  • The Northumberland Arms 6 rooms from $182

    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.

    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
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  • Matfen Hall Hotel 53 rooms from $194

    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.

    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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  • Walwick Hall 10 rooms from $254

    Hexham, 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
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