So, you’ve decided on a trip to Northumberland, you want to do the best days out, see the best of our nature and of our culture, but where are the best places to stay? Cosy, luxury, family-friendly, romantic… name your style and you can find your perfect fit in Northumberland. We are home to boutique country hotels, lodges with hot tubs under the stars, cottages with log burners and Edwardian hotels ideally located by some of our best sites and experiences.
If surrounded by nature is where you want to be, then Kielder Waterside is the place for you. Their woodland lodges have a rustic, wooden exterior, reflecting their location in the thick of Northumberland’s nature. Wooden beams line the inside of the lodges and create a cosy atmosphere, yet all amenities and furniture are beautifully contemporary. Some lodges even have a private hot tub, so you can admire your surroundings from the comfort of a bubbling Jacuzzi. The lodges are an ideal base for exploring Kielder Water & Forest Park’s rare wildlife, 250 square miles of idyllic landscape and its astounding collection of open-air, visual artworks.
The Inn Collection are an esteemed accommodation group that own five inns across Northumberland, and all are ideally located in some of our best tourist spots. Their newest addition, The Amble Inn, prides itself on its access for all, with a no-step first floor, customer lift and purpose-built bedrooms. It is also dog-friendly, and has specific rooms with direct outdoor access for walks. The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses offers calming views that overlook the harbour, and is under a ten-minute drive to the astounding Bamburgh Castle itself. The Hog’s Head Inn is named after the tavern in the Harry Potter books and films due to its proximity to Alnwick Castle, and is also conveniently close to The Alnwick Garden. Located on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is The Lindisfarne Inn, which is popular with walkers, cyclists and bird watchers due to its position on the new Sandstone Way and Coast & Castle cycle routes. And last but not least, The Commissioners Quay Inn in Blyth thoroughly takes advantage of its waterside location, as many of the rooms offer unrivalled views of the port and beyond.
There are many accommodation options that sit ideally along Hadrian’s Wall, providing the opportunity to easily explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as other sites across Northumberland. One of these options is Walwick Hall, an elegant estate that combines country with class and landscape with luxury. The hotel’s serene spa and its fully-equipped gym are particular highlights, and one of its main draws is, of course, the location. Its position on top of Hadrian’s Wall and amidst 100 acres of countryside means that opportunities for cycling, walking, horse-riding and discovering the local heritage are all on your doorstep.
If you’re looking to feel like royalty during your stay, Langley Castle is also situated within easy reach of Hadrian’s Wall. This 14th Century fortified castle offers a fairy tale experience, as its interior has maintained typical castle features including stone walls, Four Poster beds, lavish drapes and exquisite colours such as deep crimsons and glimmering golds. The hotel hosts daily Castle Tours, whereby a knowledgeable member of staff takes you on an informative tour through the battlement, the chapel and the tower.
Sitting amongst an astounding 1000 acres of Northumberland’s countryside is Slaley Hall, also renowned for its proximity to Hadrian’s Wall. Here, you can golf, swim and gym, and action-packed activities can be booked at the hotel’s activity centre. The 141, individually designed bedrooms have a refined décor and many offer stunning views of the emerald green golf course and the lush countryside. Slaley Hall’s lodges are an excellent option for larger groups or those looking for a romantic getaway, as all of the hotel amenities can be enjoyed from the luxury of your own, private accommodation.
Northumbrian Coast and Country Cottages boast over 500 holiday cottages that are scattered across the magnificent Heritage Coastline and across the breath-taking National Park and Cheviot Hills. For example, their Alnwick-based cottages are excellent for their proximity to The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick Castle and Barter Books. Cottages in Alnmouth and Seahouses make for relaxing coastal retreats, and cottages in Warkworth and Berwick place you near some of Northumberland’s oldest English Heritage sites. Spacious kitchens, beautifully decorated living areas, log burners and awe-inspiring views are common features of many of the cottages, and each has its own individual décor, so you can find the right fit for your family or group based on location and style.