Seven Super Stays across the North East
In the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country, this family-run farm is ideally placed for visitors looking to make the most of the stunning Northumberland countryside. Connect with nature in one of the farm’s cute glamping pods and wake to expansive views of the surrounding countryside. There are 10 wigwams in the farm’s orchard (each one named after a fruit tree, planted around the wigwam with fruit for you to pick in season). Sleeping up to five, they all have electricity, a fridge, kettle and microwave, a private decking area and fire pit. Washing facilities are in the nearby stable. There are also four fairytale cottages on the farm, offering a little more privacy, each with luxury bed and linen, shower room, fitted kitchen with hob and an outside seating area. Just metres away from the Wall and the Hadrian’s Wall trail, there’s so much to explore on foot, or hop on the special bus which runs up and down the length of the Wall and will take you to the Roman forts of Vindolanda and Housesteads. The bustling village of Corbridge is well worth a visit with its great independent shops and a choice of pubs. The market town of Hexham is just 20 minutes further west, and Newcastle, with all its city attractions, 20 minutes east.
Horsley NE15 0LZ
Perched on the waterfront and with private steps leading directly onto Smuggler’s Cove, holiday cottage locations don’t come much better thans this. From the mesmerising sea views outside to the spacious and light-filled interior, everything here is set up perfectly for you to enjoy a real seaside getaway. Beadnell Beachhouse sleeps 10, and its large terrace comes with a barbecue perfect for parties, but it’s also within walking distance of Beadnell village itself (we recommend the Beadnell Towers for when you don’t want to cook). Beadnell lies north of Craster and Embleton, and south of Seahouses, the Farne Islands and Bamburgh, making it the ideal location for exploring the coast either on foot or by car. Historic Alnwick, the border town of Berwick and the seaside towns of Amble and Warkworth are all also within easy reach.
0191 285 1272
This cute, stone-built cottage overlooks Alnmouth’s golf course and sea beyond. Sleeping four, with two bathrooms, it’s the perfect hideaway for anyone wanting to explore the Northumberland coast and hinterland of Alnwick and the Cheviots. Private parking (essential in this popular village) and an outdoor terrace mean you can settle down for some peace and quiet and enjoy the view after a day out and about. Alnmouth is within easy reach of many of the best spots on the coast, and is just a 10-minute drive from the attractions in both Alnwick and Warkworth. The Cheviots are a little bit further – but worth the drive. With plenty of pubs in the village, including the new Whittling House serving sensational food, you have plenty of options if you are too tired to cook.
Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages
This stunning holiday home has an equally stunning setting, overlooking the village cricket pitch underneath the iconic castle. A recent makeover means this is one of the most luxurious properties in the village. Sleeping 10, it’s a great place for a family get together (it’s also dog friendly). After a day on the beach head back to the cosy log burner, or settle down in the bright and airy dining room and watch the stars appear overhead through the lantern ceiling. Glass folding doors lead out to a decked area and enclosed garden and there’s a playroom should the weather be less than kind, whilst the master bedroom, with its Juliet balcony looking towards the castle, is hard to beat. With the castle and beach a stone’s throw away you’ll be hard pressed to tear yourself away from the village with its various pubs, restaurants and great butcher too. But golfers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to play Bamburgh’s links course, bird watchers should head to Budle Bay, and Ross Back Sands a little further north is another beautiful and often deserted beach. Lindisfarne is another must-visit, and for a great family excursion hop on a boat in nearby Seahouses harbour and head out to the Farne Islands to see the seals.
Front Street, Bamburgh
With three bedrooms plus a cosy ‘hayloft’ mezzanine level room for children under 12 years old, this converted barn is the perfect place for a family escape – with something to keep everyone occupied. The Hayloft has its own enclosed garden with decking and a luxurious wood-fired hot tub, plus shared access to a paddock with a trampoline, football nets, swings and a slide, and a five-acre woodland. Close to Hadrian’s Wall, it makes a great base for exploring this part of Northumberland, and it’s also just five miles from the village of Corbridge, where you’ll find independent shops and pubs.
This cosy pub has rooms with views over the river. Furnished to a high standard with bespoke beds and luxurious linens, they’ve really captured the feeling of a home away from home here. Their three recommended nearby walks (short, medium and long) are available to download from the website and include routes into the beautiful village of Middleton One Row. Head out and explore and once you’re back, unwind by the open fire and refuel on pub classics and a local, hand-pulled ale.
16–18 The Front, Middleton One Row, Darlington DL2 1AS
Set in picturesque Upper Teesdale there’s a wealth of things to do and see in the surrounding area, and this dog-friendly hotel has 11 individually designed ensuite rooms. A great home base, see the iconic waterfall, explore the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and pay a visit to Raby Castle, or travel a little further and explore the historic city of Durham. And when you return, dine on delicious home-cooked dishes made with the finest local produce in the hotel’s restaurant.
Alston Road, Forest-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle DL12 0XH