Best Luxury Hotels in Northumberland
Famous for its Viking lairs, enigmatic Holy Island and spectacular medieval castles that tower ominously over the North Sea, there’s something quite magical about Northumberland. England’s most northerly county has plenty to offer including some of the best hotels in the country and we’ve rounded up 10 luxury hotels in Northumberland for your next stay.
BEST LUXURY HOTELS IN NORTHUMBERLAND
Explore Hadrian’s Wall, the 73-mile-long stone defense built to guard the northern border of the Roman Empire. Go stargazing in England’s largest Dark Sky Preserve or wander the antique shops and galleries in the market towns of Hexham and Morpeth. Or head to the coast and the seaside villages of Craster and Seahouses. There is so much to see and do on a luxury Northumberland vacation.
You can stay in a luxury hotel near the white sand beaches of the northeast coast, hop on a boat to the Farne Islands and spot native puffins, or tackle part of the Northumberland Coast Path, which stretches 62 miles between Cresswell in the south of the county to Berwick-upon-Tweed on the borders.
From Georgian delights at Doxford Hall in Chathill to the lavish chapel suite at The Cookie Jar in Alnwick, here’s our pick of Northumberland’s best luxury hotels, including spa hotels, country houses and romantic places to stay.
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The Cookie Jar, Alnwick
With spectacular views of Alnwick Castle, which played the role of Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films, The Cookie Jar luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Alnwick is perfect for a magical weekend. Stacked with charm and character, the former Misericordia Convent has since been transformed into a luxurious boutique hotel with 11 rooms and suites, as well as a sleek, modern bistro that also serves great afternoon tea.
Each of the individually decorated bedrooms is beautifully decorated and exudes a warm and plush country-style ambiance. some have exposed brick accents and oak beams. For a special occasion, book La Chapelle, the hotel’s only suite, located in the convent’s stained glass chapel.
Walwick Hall, Hexham
Minutes from Hadrian’s Wall, this luxury country hotel in the heart of the Northumberland countryside offers sweeping views of the Tyne Valley hills. Walwick Hall is close to the charming market town of Hexham, where you can explore the flower gardens of Sele Park or visit the Old Gaol, Britain’s first purpose-built prison, which dates back to the 13th century. Or there are plenty of on-site activities, from the spa with a lovely indoor pool to the tennis courts and fishing lake.
True to its Georgian mansion origins, the 10 rooms and suites are sumptuously decorated and feature wingback chairs, rich curtains and tartan wool headboards. An upmarket restaurant champions local Northumbrian produce, while a cozy bar feels rather opulent and a real treat.
Search for Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa
Set in 10 acres of landscaped gardens bordered by steep woodland, Doxford Hall is an elegant Georgian country hotel close to the Northumberland coast. It is a 10 minute drive from Embleton beach and around 20 minutes from the seaside resort of Bamburgh.
Doxford Hall embraces its stately setting, with high ceilings, gilt-framed portraits and an impressive carved wooden staircase. The spacious rooms are named after Northumbrian castles or local heroes such as Grace Darling and George Stephenson. They overlook the manicured gardens and come with a sea of polished mahogany furniture; some even have four-poster beds.
Here you can unwind in the spa or unwind with literary greats in the library, which has over 2,000 books, before settling down for dinner in the grand dining room.
Search Beadnell Towers Hotel
Five miles south of Bamburgh in the small seaside village of Beadnell, Beadnell Towers Hotel is a stylish, dog-friendly boutique hotel and an ideal base from which to explore the many sandy beaches that stretch along of the Northumberland coast.
Housed in a Grade II-listed inn just minutes from Beadnell Bay, the 18 rooms are beautifully decorated — think country house and Liberty London — and named after Northumbrian sayings like Ducket and Doose. Muckle Hoose is particularly special with its exposed stone walls, vaulted ceilings and two copper tubs. Downstairs, relax in the Hotspur Bar with its mahogany paneled walls and mustard leather wingback chairs, before dining in the Towers Restaurant which has a more nautical vibe and serves hearty Northumberland fare and top notch seafood.
Look for Langley Castle Hotel
Crenellated ramparts, seven-foot-thick stone walls and gleaming armor, Langley Castle is a magnificent example of a 14th-century fortress. Set in 4 hectares of parkland, it is a 20-minute drive from Hadrian’s Wall, which can be seen from the tower on a clear day.
In the main castle, there are nine bedrooms: five bedrooms feature high ceilings, fancy chandeliers and antique four-poster beds – some even have a sauna or spa bath in the bedroom. There are a further 18 rooms in a converted coach house in the grounds, all with views of the castle, which have a more conservative appeal. As for dining, Josephine’s has two AA Rosettes and suitably regal decor with sumptuous reds, oak beams, and coats of arms, while the Pavilion restaurant has a more modern vibe with glass walls overlooking the grounds.
Hotel William de Percy Inn
A stone’s throw from Northumberland National Park, this chic boutique hotel in the small village of Otterburn is surrounded by moorland and is the perfect spot for a luxurious stargazing getaway. The Dark Skies Reserve at Kielder Forest is 20 minutes away, while the historic Wallington Hall and National Trust Gardens are close to Morpeth.
There are 25 rooms in the former William de Percy Inn, all with sturdy oak beams, exposed brick walls, and ornate antique-style furnishings. Individually decorated, they all have the distinct charm of a Parisian boudoir; think dim lighting, rich velvet curtains and opulent chandeliers; while some have freestanding copper tubs. You can lunch on pancakes at the Creperie or dine on gastropub fare like pork belly and chic sausage and mash in the candlelit pub and dining room.
Eshott Room, Eshott
Surrounded by acres of ancient woodland and yet close to the coast and the historic towns of Alnwick and Morpeth, Eshott Hall is a stately wisteria-covered Georgian mansion and considered one of Northumberland’s finest luxury hotels.
It is the ideal place to live all your Downton Abbey fantasies – the series was partly filmed on the road in Alnwick – the dog-friendly hotel is full of stately lounges, cozy snugs with roaring fires and a majestic grand staircase.
The 20 rooms are divided between the main house and the estate’s outbuildings, but all are elegantly decorated. Rooms in the main house are the stars with huge sash windows and antique furnishings; some have four-poster beds and claw-foot tubs.
Matfen Hall, Matfen
Surrounded by 300 acres of Northumberland parkland, this grand country hotel is perfect for a relaxing and luxurious getaway. The Gothic stately home dates from around the 17th century and was the ancestral home of the Blackett family, who run the hotel.
There are 53 rooms at Matfen Hall, all decorated in a warm country style. Most are located in the new wing, but for special treatment choose one of the 16 rooms located in the main house. Each has large windows overlooking the park, ornate cornices and antique four-poster beds. However, the main draws are the modern spa (which has an indoor pool, steam rooms, and saunas), 27-hole golf course, and chic restaurant with two AA rosettes.
The Arms of Collingwood, Cornhill-on-Tweed
Perched on the banks of the River Tweed, this luxury boutique hotel housed in a Georgian inn is the perfect place to fish or relax. In the heart of Cornhill-on-Tweed, a charming village on the border with Scotland, The Collingwood Arms makes an ideal base for exploring the many ancient castles dotted around this corner of Northumberland.
There are 15 spacious rooms and suites, all subtly decorated in warm, neutral colors and featuring rich fabrics and polished antique touches. Upgraded rooms also have exposed oak-beamed ceilings and fancy claw-foot tubs.
Downstairs you can relax with a glass or two of local whiskey in the cozy bar area, or dine on fine country fare in the dining room, the hotel’s famous restaurant, which uses local produce from the Collingwood vegetable garden.
Arms of Lord Crewe, Blanchland
Just on the border between County Durham and Northumberland, in the pretty little village of Blanchland, the Lord Crewe Arms offers boutique luxury in spades. Housed in the former abbot’s quarters of a 12th-century priory, the building features characterful fireplaces with mullioned windows, flagstone floors and huge stone fireplaces.
The 21 rooms are spread across several hotel buildings, including the main lodge, a former village pub, and converted miners’ cottages. All are delightfully country-chic in style, with lots of tartan rugs, antiques, and comfortable furnishings. Some rooms have a cottage feel with exposed beams and wood-burning stoves. After a spin around the estate on one of the house bikes, take a seat at the bar with a pint of Crewe Brew and feast on fine British fare in the excellent Bishop’s Dining Room.
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