What could be better than a warm, cosy bed after a full of day exploring, and then waking up to a delicious, home-cooked breakfast?
Explore the beautiful historic market town of Alnwick from the comfort of Greycroft, a four-star bed and breakfast in a spacious Victorian property dating back to 1895. It’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the high street (ensuring a good night’s sleep), but is still just a few minutes’ walk from attractions such as Alnwick Castle, The Alnwick Garden and the famous Barter Books. All six ensuite rooms are furnished to the highest standard, with three enjoying king-sized beds. Come the evening, enjoy a complimentary sherry or glass of Lindisfarne mead in the cosy guest lounge, and wake up to a sumptuous breakfast made with the finest and freshest local ingredients.
Don’t Miss: Alnwick Castle and Garden are a must-see. Eat at the Treehouse, suspended high above the gardens with its welcoming log fire. Beach bunnies should head east where they’re spoilt for choice by the many sandy stretches, punctuated by the odd ruined castle. Walk from Low Newton to Craster and enjoy a pint in The Jolly Fisherman’s garden, perched above the harbour.
Greycroft, Croft Place, Alnwick NE66 1XU
01665 602127 greycroftalnwick.co.uk
This luxury boutique bed and breakfast is perfectly placed, just off Richmond’s historic town square. The stunning ensuite rooms at this home-from-home offer everything you need to help you relax and unwind. Its newest addition is the spacious Aysgarth Room, with its beamed ceiling and roll-top bath, which is situated to the rear of the house and so is exceptionally quiet. The delicious, home-cooked breakfast makes the most of the best local produce available and is served in the dining room, or, if you are keen to get out and about, just order hot bacon rolls to-go.
Don’t Miss: Richmond is worth exploring, with its rich history and many independent shops, and there are dedicated town trails for you to follow. The town lies at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales so there’s plenty to see and do. If you have the kids in tow, head to The Forbidden Corner with its unique labyrinth of pathways and tunnels and a surprise round every corner.
9 Castle Hill, Richmond DL10 4QP
01748 823954 castlehouserichmond.co.uk
Just one mile from the picturesque village of Bamburgh and a stone’s throw away from the glorious Budle Bay, Budle Hall is the perfect place for a tranquil escape. Enjoy all the home comforts – as well as incredible views – in one of their four beautifully-appointed bedrooms, complete with super-king-sized beds. For breakfast, indulge in a full English laden with the famous Bamburgh bangers and Seahouses kippers, or enjoy a stack of pancakes with a generous drizzle of locally-sourced Chainbridge honey.
Don’t Miss: Budle Bay is beautiful and a great spot for bird watching. Bamburgh, with its iconic castle, the Grace Darling Museum, 12th century church and vast stretch of beach is the place to spend the day. Round it off with a seafood supper at The Potted Lobster.
Budle Hall, Bamburgh, Northumberland NE69 7AJ
01668 214297 budlehall.com
In the heart of Northumberland’s walking country, this bed and breakfast has seven luxuriously large ensuite rooms in the farmhouse and the newly-renovated Millrace Barn. Looking out towards the Cheviot Hills, Tosson Tower is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a walking holiday, fuelled by the full English breakfast freshly made each morning and served in the farmhouse conservatory. In the evening, head into nearby Rothbury where there are some good options for an evening meal.
Great Tosson, Rothbury NE65 7NW
01669 620228 tossontowerfarm.com
This stunning Georgian country house is within easy walking distance of Richmond. As a family home, it’s warm and welcoming, and yet one of the most sophisticated B&Bs we’ve come across. All the rooms are large, with huge beds and thick cloud-like duvets, and the ensuites all have large showers and roll-top baths. With an open fire or log burner, tea and coffee making facilities and a Champagne fridge in every room, you can relax in comfort (and style). The Hall’s beautiful gardens run down to the ruins of Easy Abbey, and there are two garden rooms available to guests including the Winter House, an open stone room with log fire, and dining and reclining seating.
Easby, Richmond DL10 7EU
01748 826066 easbyhall.com
This beautiful 1750s, grade-II listed building is surrounded by a private walled garden. In the heart of Yeadon, West Yorkshire it’s within easy reach of Leeds, Harrogate and Ilkley (and just a few miles from Leeds Bradford Airport). With home-from-home style accommodation, ensuite bedrooms and a guest lounge for your use, it’s a great base from which to explore both the surrounding countryside and the nearby popular towns, knowing you can return to the peace and quiet of this boutique B&B for the perfect night’s sleep.
Ivegate, Yeadon LS19 7RE
0113 250 1189 willowcottage.org.uk
Within a stone’s throw of the centre of York, this B&B offers a choice of seven comfortable rooms and promises a warm, homely welcome, as well as a locally-sourced, freshly cooked full Yorkshire Breakfast. Guests can take a short stroll along Marygate Lane to the Museum Gardens and into the heart of the city to explore its incredible history, before finding one of the 365 pubs in the city (or one of its many excellent restaurants) for an evening meal, safe in the knowledge that their cosy bedroom is just a short stroll away.
21 St Mary’s, York YO30 7DD
01904 629494 no21york.co.uk
This three-storey sandstone house was built in the 19th century when Middleton-in-Teesdale was at the centre of the lead mining industry. Recently refurbished, the Victorian town house is now a boutique B&B with just two ensuite bedrooms, a sitting room with a log burner and flat screen TV. The dining room also has a log burner and opens out on to the rear patio, where you can dine al fresco in the summer. The pretty village, on the banks of the River Tees, has plenty of pubs, cafés and restaurants and there are plenty of great walks starting from your doorstep here. Further upstream you’ll find the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, traditional hay meadows, and the spectacular Low and High Force waterfalls and Cauldron Snout.
No 5 Hill Terrace, Middleton-in-Teesdale DL12 0SL
01833 640832 gentianhouse.co.uk
This luxury guesthouse overlooks the immaculate scenery of Northumberland National Park and the surrounding North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the very foundations of Hadrian’s Wall – why stay near this World Heritage Site when you can stay on it? Perched on a hilltop, the four south-facing bedrooms are all ensuite and include a Family Room. In the morning, enjoy their award-winning breakfast and, if you’re looking to get a head start on the day’s exploring, you can even pack it up and take it with you.
Carraw Farm, Humshaugh, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 4DB
01434 689857 carraw.co.uk