Four star country house hotels, cosy pubs,family-run bed and breakfast, luxurious lodges and self catering options of every style and size; Northumberland has accommodation to suit every taste and budget.
Matfen Hall is a magnificent country house hotel set in the heart of beautiful Northumberland countryside. The impressive 19th Century country house was restored by Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett into one of Northumberland's leading venues for leisure breaks, weddings and conferences.
Golfers will love the 27 hole golf course with challenging water features and unique obstacles. Perhaps you would prefer to relax at Aqua Vita Spa which offers a range of treatment packages. Dine in stately surroundings in the two AA rosette Library Restaurant or you can enjoy a lighter meal in the Conservatory Bistro overlooking the golf course.
Hidden away amongst 450 acres of fine acres of fine park and woodland in mid-Northumberland, Linden Hall is a superb Georgian house within easy reach of Newcastle upon Tyne. An impressive 1/4 mile-long drive sweeps up to its main door where, upon entering, the visitor will discover a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with beautiful rooms enhanced by gracious marble hearths, antiques and period pieces. Every fitness and relaxation requirement is catered for on the 18-hole golf course or at the health and leisure spa. Beauty therapy treatments, fitness room, spa bath, steam room, swimming pool, sun terrace and sun shower are available.
The 50 guest bedrooms are individually and elegantly furnished. Some rooms have 4-poster beds; each has its own private bathroom supplied with thoughful extras.
There is a choice of dining; the double AA rosette awarded Dobson Restaurant, with panoramic views of the Northumberland coastline offers an extensive a la carte menu made from finest local ingredients. The more informal Linden Tree pub (open March - October and in between Christmas and New Year) serves relaxed bar meals, with dishes inspired from the local region along with local beers and ales.
Located on the outskirts of Northumberland National Park, at Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant you’ll find a warm and welcoming atmosphere where you can enjoy some of the finest home cooked food, prepared with home-grown ingredients, a wide range of local and national cask ales, a well-travelled list of sustainable and biodynamic wines, and locally-sourced produce.
Winner of the Visit England Awards for Excellence Gold for Sustainable Tourism Business 2017, Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant in Wark, near Hexham, is the perfect place for tourists and locals alike to sit back, relax and enjoy the bounty of local produce the North East has to offer.
Battlesteads’ observatory is its star attraction – awarded Designated Dark Sky Site status, sitting on the edge of the Northumberland Dark Sky Park it benefits from fabulously clear skies where on a good night, the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye and you may even sight the magical Northern Lights.
The observatory’s expert astronomy team can guide you through the night sky, with a wide range of events and courses running throughout the year that are suitable for all ages and levels of stargazer.
Make the most of your visit to Battlesteads with an overnight stay in one of its 22 en-suite bedrooms and eco lodges, and dine in the recently refurbished Battlesteads Restaurant. Head chef Eddie Shilton uses the very best local produce, including some suppliers just a minute’s walk from the hotel, along with fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on-site in Battlesteads’ own kitchen garden.
Battlesteads has a menu for every occasion, from snacks, sandwiches and fresh salads to the evening a la carte, which features succulent local steaks, sustainable seafood and tempting desserts, including the hotel’s signature whisky & marmalade bread and butter pudding.
With its prime location on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, Battlesteads is perfectly positioned for exploring the rugged scenery of the North East, seeing world-class historical sites such as Hadrian’s Wall and experiencing the biggest Dark Sky Prak in Europe.
Stunning, four-star Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant, in Langley-on-Tyne, strives to excel at everything it does within its seven-foot thick, 14th century walls, whilst also taking its home county of Northumberland on an incredible journey focused on pride, passion and a penchant for doing things Northumberland’s own inimitable way.
The castle, built in 1350, oozes sense of place no matter which century you wish to focus upon, being far more than just a façade and having the true depth and identity that emanates from authenticity, rather than fake features and an unconvincing historic veneer. When you ask yourself where else you could stay in the UK and see medieval garderobes (posh lavatories), the answer is ‘nowhere’ and this ‘litmus test’ validates why Langley is just so special and why it is a place with which people instantly fall in love.
Whilst its nine castle rooms (five Feature Rooms and four Deluxe Rooms) have contemporary twists and features, ranging from spa bath to sauna and walk-in wardrobe to wet room, these modern features are juxtaposed with original architectural features, incredible raised window seats set into the sturdy walls that once repelled the Border Reivers and rampant Scots, and hugely impressive archways and fairy-tale staircases.
Langley is a place that creates a sense of contentment, whether you are curled up in front of the drawing room’s roaring log fire, indulging in an afternoon cream tea, or strolling around its ten-acre grounds.
It is also a hotel that adds to the debate of whether it is better to be inside the castle looking out, or outside the castle revelling in its breathtaking appearance. Those guests staying in the converted stable block of Castle View, can have the best of both worlds, enjoying relaxed and ultra-comfortable accommodation, complete with conveniences such as flatscreen TVs and SKY channels and planners, whilst also revelling in time spent inside the castle whilst dining or relaxing in the drawing room.
With a very private Castle Lodge option, for those prepared to walk a little further away from Langley’s main building, in exchange for a terrace and outdoor seating area and a glorious view of the castle, this 27-room boutique castle hotel has absolutely everything the heart could desire – one reason why it instils such passion in those who stay here.
Nestled into the heart of Kielder Forest Kielder Waterside lodges bring a touch of luxury to the great outdoors. With contemporary design alongside a stunning forest location enjoy the brand new features and benefits that will make you feel right at home. Set within the heart of Kielder Water & Forest Park enjoy the darkest skies in England, the largest working forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe, there is truly nowhere else like it.
For friends, for fun, for romantic getaways, for adventure, for discovery, for making memories, for starry nights and for adrenaline fuelled days, Kielder Waterside has an experience for everyone. There’s nothing more magical than the sky by night and our skies twinkle the most in England. Stay in a lodge at Kielder Waterside, cosy up and make the most of some stargazing together or with the family. You can even see the stars from your very own private hot tub.
Coastal Retreats offers a handpicked collection of stylish holiday properties, from period cottages and rustic farm buildings to romantic retreats for two and large get-together pads. All offer individually-styled luxury in the prime Northumberland locations of Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell, Craster, Alnmouth and Amble. Some have exceptional views of Northumberland’s stunning coastline while others have the vantage of panoramic sky views, equally dramatic in the day and at night.
More than just a home from home, the cottages include thoughtful touches such as complimentary toiletries, fluffy towels and a welcome hamper of local treats. High quality bed linens and well-stocked kitchens are a given not an exception. Add in a bespoke guest service by a small, friendly team who know the area well and can personally assist you before, during and after your booking, and you will leave your Retreat longing to return to this unique corner of the country.
An award-winning company, Coastal Retreats is regularly recognised for its high quality self-catering accommodation and standards of service, receiving tourism, Living North lifestyle magazine and Family Traveller awards.