Four star country house hotels, cosy pubs,family-run bed and breakfast, holiday parks, youth hostels 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 2016 AA Hospitality Award for Eco Hotel of the Year and shortlisted in five categories of the North East Tourism Awards, 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 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 working up an appetite for all the delicious food on offer.
Originally built as a farmstead in 1747, the stone-built pub, hotel and restaurant features a cosy open fire, sunny walled beer garden and conservatory. The hotel also has 22 en-suite bedrooms including five new eco lodges for visitors looking for an overnight escape and is the only hotel in the UK with an on-site observatory, where you can gaze at the clear night skies under the guidance of the hotel’s astronomy expert.
In arguably the best coastal position overlooking Seahouses harbour, The Bamburgh Castle Inn looks across to the Farne Islands where the flash of Longstone Lighthouse and Inner Farne lighthouse shine out into the dark skies.
The inn’s premium rooms have their own balconies – perfect for snuggling up with a blanket and sitting back to take in the stunning Aurora borealis. The inn’s elevated outdoor beer garden and terrace is the perfect viewing platform for a dark skies theatre. Wrap up and take out a hot drink and gaze upwards at the Milky Way. Make a wish as shooting stars dance and dart across the skies.
Dinner, bed and breakfast at The Bamburgh Castle Inn starts from just £49.95 as part of a special winter break rate from November 1st to March 31st.
Northumberland’s newest inn The Commissioners Quay Inn takes pole position on the quayside of the fascinating seaport of Blyth. A stunning new pub with rooms, The Commissioners Quay Inn packs a real wow-factor punch. Making the most of every inch of its water’s edge location, a cornucopia of nautical memorabilia with an industrial twist pays homage to Blyth’s maritime past. Cosy booths, comfy armchairs and leather banquettes add to the laid-back ambiance. A sleek outdoor terrace is just the place for dining al fresco or meeting friends for a drink. This vibrant and welcoming inn offers all day, every day relaxed dining from breakfast until evening, delicious drinks including local real ales, wines and cocktails as well as 40 contemporary en-suite bedrooms. Premier rooms boast commanding sea views towards the North Sea. Sit back, relax and take in the wonder of the dark skies from the comfort of your private balcony. Other features include a passenger lift, fully accessible rooms and a children’s play area. A destination in its own right, The Commissioners Quay Inn really is the place to eat, drink, sleep and explore from. Why not celebrate your special occasions there too?
Northumberland’s wild and unspoilt coastline offers a galaxy of star gazing opportunities. The causeway to Holy Island is the location for many an iconic dark skies experience, with breathtaking photographs of the Milky Way and Aurora borealis with the refuge shelter. If you’re looking for a warm and welcoming place to stay just minutes from the island, the cosy three star Lindisfarne Inn at Beal ticks the box. With 22 en suite rooms, newly refurbished dining areas serving delicious home made meals all day, every day, The Lindisfarne Inn is a magnet for astro-guests.Friendly staff will make you up a hot flask and wrap up something homemade and tasty to keep you fuelled for an evening of dark skies delights. There’s a special Explorers menu with home made goodies to eat on the go. What’s more, the inn has geared up its cycling facilities – perfect if you’re looking to arrive by bike or hire a cycle during your visit.
Coast or country? Northumberland has a galaxy of dark skies delights that promise to dazzle. From its unspoilt coastline to the rugged heartland, take your pick of mother nature’s incredible dark skies viewing platforms. Contemporary pub with rooms The Hogs Head Inn at Alnwick makes for the perfect base for exploring. Mid way between the coast and Northumberland’s dramatic national park, make your base at this comfortable and welcoming inn and strike out each night to take in star crossed skies and incredible night sky displays. Dinner, bed and breakfast at The Hogs Head Inn starts from just £49.95 as part of a special winter break rate from November 1st to March 31st.
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.
On the very border of the award-winning Northumberland National Park, Homildon Cottage is an attractive traditional cottage dating back to the early 1800s. Sleeping up to eight, it offers seclusion and tranquillity while being only 15-20 minutes’ walk from the village of Wooler with its shops and traditional pubs.
With “Stay & Gaze” status, the cottage is a perfect spot for enjoying the night skies. The large garden provides plenty of space to view the heavens. Pop your thermos on the spacious outdoor table and benches or stretch out in a deck chair. Or why not hop over our fence into the gold tier Dark Sky Park? There is a wonderful view from the top of Humbleton Hill in all directions – deeper into the park toward the Cheviot or across the plain to the coast. Wherever you settle, Homildon Cottage comes equipped with red-light torches, binoculars and an introductory telescope, as well as cosy blankets for the chillier nights. For the beginner, the cottage also has a planisphere, introductory books for children and adults, and even our recommendation of the best stargazing smartphone apps. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
In an enviable rural location on the edge of Northumberland National Park with panoramic views across Glendale, Wooler Hostel is one of the area's most understated places to stay with access to the hills and countryside of North Northumberland and the National Park on your doorstep.
Come and marvel at the historical, geological and natural environment of The Cheviot Hills and Glendale while out walking or cycling, before returning to the hostel to recall your adventure and around the wood burning stove, safe in the knowledge your equipment will be drying out ready for the next days adventure. Choose from self-catering, or for those guests who wish, we offer delicious home-cooked hearty meals.