In a few short weeks, hotels are planning to start re-opening their doors after the lockdown period. It will be new, it will be different but it will be a welcome moment in time this year both for hotels and their guests who miss them.
Northumberland has some particularly special independent hotels to offer visitors – they are exactly the places we are daydreaming about exploring. – both returning to old favourites and discovering new ones. Here are some of the hotels in Northumberland the Good Hotel Guide recommends daydreaming about…
The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland
The setting of The Lord Crewe Arms in the North Pennine moors really is breath taking. An old inn that’s been thoroughly modernised, the hotel has all the character of its 900-year history, complete with a priest’s hole and medieval hand-painted stained glass, but with 21st century service. It’s delightful and it will be a tranquil escape from the rest of the world.
Thistleyhaugh Farm, Longhorsley
A creeper-smothered Georgian farmhouse on an organic farm on the River Coquet, Thistleyhaugh Farm dates back to 1780 and has been owned by the same family for three generations. Spacious bedrooms are traditionally furnished; there are antiques, artwork, fresh milk and home-baked biscuits and the hotel is in an ideal place for exploring the surrounding area. Perhaps a drive to Hotspur’s Alnwick Castle or the coast is in order post lockdown?
St. Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses
A celebrated B&B on the Northumberland coast, St Cuthbert’s House has won a Cesar award from the Good Hotel Guide. The delightfully converted Presbyterian church is a light and airy environment where the breakfasts are generous and the ingredients are local. Owners are more than happy to make recommendations for places to visit in the area, and their care and attention to detail is second to none.
St Aidan Hotel and Bistro, Seahouses
Just 300 yards from the harbour, St Aidan Hotel and Bistro is a blissful escape on the Scottish Borders. It is surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and plenty of activities to do. Spend your days taking diving courses and bird watching for the famous Farne Islands Puffins. Dog friendly and designed to be tranquil and reflect the coastal peace, it’s simple, chic and like coming home.
The Beaumont, Hexham
A magnificent hotel in the heart of Hexham, The Beaumont is a Victorian townhouse hotel with views over a sixth-century Abbey. Spectacularly designed to be contemporary chic whilst still reflecting the history of the building, The Beaumont invites you to enjoy a romantic and luxurious experience. Tuck into an ever-changing seasonal menu from the open kitchen at dinner and retire to Egyptian cotton bedding and Aromatherapy Associates products in your room to enhance a peaceful night’s sleep.
The historic coaching inn is run as a characterful, modern pub, hotel and restaurant, Battlesteads is in Europe’s largest Dark Sky park, and offers spectacular views and guided observatory tours of the stars complete with a pair of binoculars. The hotel has impressive eco credentials including a sizeable organic garden, and a morning tour of the grounds is a real highlight. Individually decorated bedrooms are in the main building and a row of wonderfully different timber lodges, each with a spa bath and separate sitting area, are in the grounds.
St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth
This country-style bed and breakfast near Morpeth offers a sense of warmth and generosity, good food and good drink and a place to spend time with loved ones. Offering a distinctly Northumbrian welcome, it’s tastefully decorated and has 11 country-style bedrooms. It’s family-friendly and dog-friendly – they will even provide a bowl and bedding. It’s a haven for everyone who visits.
Chatton Park House, Alnwick
If you’re in the mood to impress, the grandeur of Chatton Park House, a five-star B&B, is very much the way to go. Completely reworking the traditional concept of a bed and breakfast, this award-winning luxury Northumberland estate gives you the chance to stay in the elegant main house or a luxury cottage in the grounds for extra privacy. Tranquil and beautiful, this is very much a place to visit for uninterrupted time together.
The Cookie Jar, Alnwick
The Cookie Jar is an 11-room boutique hotel less than a minute's walk from Alnwick Castle. Dog-friendly, stylish and in a historic building, the property was formerly the Convent of Mercy. Proudly owned and created by experienced hotelier, Debbie Cook, from who it takes its name, the hotel is the embodiment of her vision for the ultimate hotel experience. It offers character, personality, locally sourced food and somewhere to rest and recover.
Hotels are allowed to re-open from 4th July 2020, but it is best to check with destinations directly about their plans to return to business as usual.