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Boutique Hotels to Country Houses


Rockliffe Hall
From the many small boutique hotels to the larger independent country houses, the North East has kept up with the ever-growing demands from tourism and the hospitality sector which has changed dramatically over the last twenty years.

The Morritt Hotel 
The Morritt’s surroundings in the Teesdale countryside are unparalleled, and the hotel is the perfect base for a walking getaway. Have a roam around the area, then settle back in at the hotel – enjoy a drink under the large Dickensian mural at The Dickens Bar, refuel at the award-winning Gilroy’s Restaurant, or soothe those aching muscles with a treatment at The Garage Spa, which was voted the best boutique spa of 2018.
Best feature: The gorgeous spa
Perfect for: Roaming and relaxing
Greta Bridge, Barnard Castle DL12 9SE
01833 627232

Located in the picturesque village of Wark, Battlesteads pride itself on its local charm. It has 22 rooms, each with unique décor and character, and the pub and restaurant provide a wonderful selection of local treats, from smoked fish and meats from the nearby smokery, to beer brewed at the local breweries.
Best feature: The excellent food
Perfect for: A sport of stargazing, with Battlesteads’ own observatory
Wark, Hexham NE48 3LS
01434 230209

Lord Crewe Arms 
With a history that stretches back to the 12th century, when it was the home of pious canons, the Lord Crewe Arms has been a part of Blanchland history for centuries. Nowadays, the hotel provides contemporary charm combined with real luxury, along with delightful places to eat and drink, including the beautiful Bishop’s Dining Room.
Best feature: Their wonderful medieval pub
Perfect for: History seekers
The Square, Blanchland DH8 9SP
01434 677100

Hotel Indigo 
Situated right in the heart of Newcastle, Hotel Indigo has a real feel of the city. Images of Newcastle’s finest architectural accomplishments share the space with paintings by local artists, which really gives the hotel a sense of place. Bright colour schemes and jazzy furniture, combined with wonderfully attentive and friendly staff, make each visit to Hotel Indigo an enjoyable one.
Best feature: The Marco Pierre White Restaurant
Perfect for: People who want to get a sense of the city
Fenkle Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5XU
0191 300 9222 

Jesmond Dene House 
With a collection of 40 rooms, all individually styled and with unique features and characteristics, Jesmond Dene House has the Dene as its back garden. This hotel is the perfect spot for relaxation, while still being just a 15-minute walk from Newcastle city centre. They’ve also recently appointed Danny Parker – formerly of Michelin-starred House of Tides – as Executive Head Chef, so expect the food to have wow-factor.
Best feature: The delicious Restaurant
Perfect for: A city/country split
Jesmond Dene Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2EY
0191 212 3000

Rockliffe Hall 
With one of the best golf courses in the North and superb spa facilities, the five star Rockliffe Hall caters for everyone. The Hall itself dates back to the 18th century, housing various members of British nobility and high society over the centuries, and that sense of luxury and refined style has remained in the beautiful rooms, a bar that feels like something out of a Pall Mall club, and a four AA Rosette restaurant; The Orangery, which provides wonderful tasting menus, paired with a sumptuous wine list. 
Best feature: The sumptuous spa
Perfect for: Making sure everybody’s happy
Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington DL2 2DU
01325 729999

The Grand 
With a striking stone entrance, sweeping central staircase, and 46 beautifully-appointed bedrooms, The Grand is the perfect place to enjoy the very best of this coastal village and its surrounds. After a stroll on the beach, guests can choose from a variety of delicious dining opportunities, from afternoon tea in the Drawing Room to a decadent three-course dinner in their Michelin-recommended Victoria Restaurant. 
Best feature: The sea views
Perfect for: A Grand adventure (pun intended)
Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER
0191 293 6666

Walwick Hall 
There is perhaps no better place to relax and recuperate from the stresses and strains of modern life. Walwick Hall offers 10 unique rooms, each offering something a little different, but all sharing the same sense of comfort, style and relaxation. The Grade II-listed building is not just about the rooms though, Walwick Hall also offers a great spa and a fantastic food menu, full of local ingredients and innovative ideas.
Best feature: The stunning rooms
Perfect for: Escaping the everyday
Humshaugh, Hexham NE46 4BJ
01434 620156

Seaham Hall 
Originally established in order to provide the North East with seaside luxury, Seaham Hall is still fulfilling that promise today. The hotel offers beautiful accommodation, delicious food in the opulent Dining Room, and one of the very best spas in the North East, all of which combines to make it the perfect place for a luxurious stay.
Best feature: The award-winning spa
Perfect for: High-class holidaying
Lord Byrons Walk, Seaham SR7 7AG
0191 516 1400

Crathorne Hall 
On the tip of the Yorkshire Moors, Crathorne Hall enjoys a glorious setting. Each of the 37 rooms exude an understated grandeur – a modern, relaxed colour palette is interspersed with imperial opulence throughout. Food at the delightful Leven Restaurant includes traditional dishes with a dash of contemporary style.
Best feature: Its includes stately surroundings
Perfect for: A romantic weekend
Crathorne, Yarm TS15 0AR
0845 072 7440

Middleton Lodge 
Middleton Lodge exudes the charm of a bygone age. Set in 200 acres of verdant countryside, Middleton Lodge allows you to retreat from the outside world and into an environment that, were it not for the thoroughly modern amenities, would be fit for Regency-era aristocracy. Enjoy walks around the estate, perhaps try your hand at shooting, or simply relax in the beautiful on-site spa – a visit to this stunning estate could be just the tonic if you’re after a countryside retreat.
Best feature: The newly-opened Forge restaurant
Perfect for: Getting away from it all
Kneeton Lane, Middleton Tyas, Richmond DL10 6NJ
01325 377977

Houndgate Townhouse 
With the building’s history dating back to the 18th century, this Grade II-listed townhouse is stylish inside and out with exposed brick walls and hand-picked furniture. The airy bedrooms are decorated with bright and floral colours, and the deluxe rooms boast four-poster beds, wet rooms, freestanding baths, and – if you book on selected days – a bottle of champagne on arrival.
Best feature: The beautiful interior design
Perfect for: A touch of Georgian splendour
Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF
01325 486011

The Cookie Jar 
Housed in what was once the Convent of Mercy, which was the home of devoted nuns for 120 years, The Cookie Jar is full of quirky touches and stunning rooms, including The Chapel – a suite which, as its name suggests, is set in the old chapel of the convent, and must be one of the most unique rooms in the UK.
Best feature: Preserving its heritage
Perfect for: Lovers of beautiful buildings – staying in one and looking out at another
Bailiffgate, Alnwick NE66 1LU
01665 510465

Doxford Hall 
A gorgeous Georgian stately home, replete with antique flourishes, Doxford Hall is a wonderful slice of grandeur, hidden in the Northumbrian countryside. Explore the nearby Northumberland coast, before retreating to the relaxation and luxury of Doxford, with its opulent furnishings, wonderful spa and 35 gorgeous rooms.
Best feature: The George Runcimun Restaurant
Perfect for: Feeling like 19th century nobility
Doxford, Chathill NE67 5DN
01665 589700

Matfen Hall
Maften Hall – despite its grandeur, both in furnishings and dimensions – retains a feeling of comfort and relaxation. The rooms are spacious and luxurious, food in The Library is delicious, and is accompanied by a great cocktail list, and both the spa and golf course provide excellent ways to unwind and relax.
Best feature: The 27-hole golf course 
Perfect for: Those seeking luxury and comfort
Matfen, Newcastle NE20 0RH
01661 886500

Headlam Hall 
Headlam Hall is a beautiful, 17th century country house set in its own gardens and farmland. The 38 rooms and suites differ in shape, style and character but all have a high standard of décor and furnishings, and the restaurant serves up award-winning modern British food. There’s also a nine-hole golf course laid out across rolling pastureland, while the spa is the crowing glory: with a sauna, steam room and drench shower, it’s the perfect place to relax.
Best feature: The stunning gardens
Perfect for: Refined relaxation
Headlam, Darlington DL2 3HA
01325 730238

South Causey Inn 
South Causey Inn is surrounded by glorious countryside, and the accommodation is just as remarkable – from deluxe rooms with outdoor hot tubs to a vintage double-decker bus which has been converted into luxury accommodation, complete with 60s-style furnishings and a private outdoor hot tub. 
Best feature: Its quirky accommodation
Perfect for: Lovers of offbeat stylings twinned with luxury
Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS
01207 235555

Wynyard Hall 
Surrounded by 150 acres of perfectly manicured landscape, and at the end of a long, winding drive, you can’t help but feel as though the outside world is a distant memory by the time you’ve reached the Hall itself. Gorgeous features and furnishings are everywhere, and your dining requirements will be more than met by The Wellington, a two-AA Rosette restaurant, which serves up delicious haute cuisine. There’s also a spa, a lake and a gorgeous Walled Garden in the hotel’s grounds.
Best feature: Its sense of history
Perfect for: A country house retreat
Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF
01740 644811

Crowne Plaza 
Located in Newcastle’s up-and-coming Stephenson Quarter, Crowne Plaza offers a quirky spin on the traditional corporate hotel. Their spacious, modern rooms are perfect for business clients and holidayers alike, but what really sets Crowne Plaza apart is their two dining areas – Hawthornes, which serves delicious and innovative dishes, and The Gin Bar, which offers good food and 45 different gins. 
Best feature: The fantastic food
Perfect for: Corporate clients, who want something a bit different
Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3SA
0191 562 3333

Langley Castle
Who doesn’t want to stay in a castle? With nine rooms inside the 14th century castle itself, and a further 18 dotted around the grounds, you can truly live the life of medieval luxury – with all the modern comforts of course. Its stunning setting and gorgeous rooms have made it an award-winner on many occasions – most recently, it was voted most Romantic Hotel in the UK, so come get your slice of loved-up luxury.
Best feature: It’s a blooming castle!
Perfect for: A romantic getaway
Langley, Hexham NE47 5LU
01434 688888

Published in: June 2019

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