Where antiquity meets elegance
Towering ramparts, grand stairways and ornamental gardens characterise Northumberland’s array of stately homes and country houses. Whether you are looking to find out more about the county’s history, enjoy a family fun day out, or enjoy a relaxing day discovering all that Northumberland has to offer as part of your retirement adventures, the stately homes in the area have something to suit everyone.
Explore the first house to be lit by hydroelectricity, admire pre-Raphaelite paintings in the home of the Trevelyan family and ogle at extravagant baroque architecture.
Cragside House near Rothbury was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity. The former home of Lord William Armstrong, Cragside pays homage to this remarkable inventor and is crammed full of ingenious gadgets.
Inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, Belsay Hall, Castles and Garden with its fabulous pillars is perfect for exploring whatever the weather. Look out for events, exhibitions and collections taking place throughout the year.
With its extravagant architectural style, Seaton Delaval Hall is hailed as one of the grandest baroque houses in the country.
Read on to discover some of the best places to stay in Northumberland that will make you feel like you are living in a stately home, from luxurious self-catering accommodation, to spa hotels and historic bed and breakfast stays.