Places to stay in Northumberland that are unique.
Because there is simply so much on offer up in Northumberland, I set myself the task of hunting out the best in accommodation. I was looking for places to stay in Northumberland which were unique. Offering something a little bit out of the ordinary. Locations that would blow you away with spectacular views, combined with wonderful hosts who go that extra mile to make your stay unforgettable.
From days out in the hills, to sitting on your own veranda looking out to sea, this is a round up of some of the most unique and, let’s be honest, pretty exciting, places to stay in Northumberland.
Huts In The Hills
Location: Prendwick Farm, Whittingham, NE66 4UZ
Minimum two night stay.
When you think of Northumberland, you may picture up a scene of vast moorland, rolling stretches of beaches or even “there not being much there”.
Whilst there is certainly plenty on offer, you can quite easily find yourself lost in the Northumberland countryside in the middle of nowhere. More recently, I have discovered that this is in fact EXACTLY what people are looking for when searching for places to stay in Northumberland.
That is why, I want to start with Huts in the Hills.
Nestled at the base of the breathtaking Cheviot Hills, there are five luxury huts, providing the perfect base or escapism you are longing for. Two out of the five huts are geared more towards families: The Cheviot and The Maylies. (The Maylies has two double beds and a little bunk, suitable for a family of five.)
Each of the huts has a hot shower and flushing toilet (!), gas hob and electric oven and fridge along with a wood burning stove. Glamping at its best. Families have even booked these huts through to January so are comfy to stay in all year round. In fact, I can’t think of anything cosier staying in one of these huts, with the log burner on, curled up with a favourite book or simply taking in the stunning views.
In 2021, Huts In The Hills saw the addition of the incredible Hütte. The most dramatic and stunning of all the Shepherd’s Huts. Sleeping two, the incredible space spans over two floors with floor to ceiling windows and a star gazing den.
The huts are equipped for you to do your own cooking, but if you are wanting full luxury, there are different meal packages available from breakfast baskets to evening meals and puddings! A lovely touch.
This is a perfect location for families wanting to switch off and get back to nature. With walks and cycle routes from your doorstep, you can explore Ingram Valley or head to the market town of Alnwick which is a short drive away.
Lyndhurst Cottage Alnmouth
Location: Foxton, Alnmouth.
Arrival day: Friday or Monday (short breaks available).
“A fabulous 5-star retreat”.
This holiday cottage is stunning, with light airy rooms, a generous sized garden, and views over Alnmouth beach and up the beautiful Northumbrian coastline. It is ideal for large groups, as it sleeps up to eight people (+2) and is dog friendly.
There are single beds which are convertible to doubles if your party requires. In total there are 4 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms, which are laid out in such a way that each has privacy and space away from the others, this property certainly offers the combination of space and luxury.
Foxton is located just above Alnmouth and is one of those places you visit in Northumberland and on a sunny day could almost be abroad. The stretch of beach below is personally one of our favourite spots and the village of Alnmouth is very picturesque. With little, independent shops and a variety of places to eat out, it is a popular location for holiday makers.
There is a train station nearby and buses running to Newcastle if you are wanting to make the most of your north east stay.
The Penthouse Amble
Arrival day Friday or Monday, (short breaks available).
If it is sea views you are after when looking for places to stay in Northumberland, then I would make this top of your list!
Sleeping up to eight people, The Penthouse in Amble certainly provides the views. I can imagine spending many hours sat on the balcony over looking the harbour, watching boats coming in and out.
This property not only boasts a fantastic view, but also comes with a games room which is perfect for families. There is also a cot and highchair available if visiting with a baby.
Amble itself has had a huge revamp over the last few years and is becoming a popular holiday destination. From the harbour village with unique, independent shops, to puffin boat cruises, there is plenty to do for families.
This property comes with smart TV’s in every room, Bluetooth speaker and free, unlimited Wi-Fi. There are two balconies: one from the living room and the second from the master bedroom.
Ilderton Dod Barns
Location: Use postcode NE66 4JL.
Situated in the Cheviot Hills between the Breamish and Harthope Valleys.
Ilderton Dod Barn is another perfect location to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A definite must when researching your places to stay in Northumberland. The converted farm buildings are in the middle of an 1800-acre working hill farm so you may well see action involving tractors, sheep, cattle and working collies during your stay. (This is great for children!)
Here you can either stay in The Barn or Cuckoo cottage.
The Barn is a bunkhouse sleeping up to eight people plus three dogs. Cuckoo Cottage sleeps three people plus a dog. With plenty of parking and a lockable bike storage, Ilderton Dod Barns are great for large family parties. A great base for walking and cycling in a gorgeous location. It also handily has washing and drying facilities which is a great touch when staying with children, dogs and with plenty of walks in mind!
The thing I love about here is the idea of the back to nature feel but without roughing it.
Location: Scremerston, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 2RJ
Glamping site with plenty of activities for families.
Pot-a-doodle-do is a glamping site just south of Berwick Upon Tweed. As well as being able to stay in a glamping pod, not far from the beach, there are activities to do on site also. Berwick is right up near the Scottish Border, so just makes it into the round up of places to stay in Northumberland.
The main attraction is the pottery painting. You can also come and do just the pottery painting and they cater for small birthday parties or celebrations as well.
There is a restaurant offering hot and cold meals, an outdoor play park and plenty of running around space for children. You can also come fishing here, with a well stocked, two-acre lake, this is a great one to do with the kids because you are likely to catch something!
Sycamore Glamping Pods
Location: Birtley, Hexham, NE48 3JA
Situated perfectly for panoramic views across Northumberland towards Hadrian’s wall and the North Pennines, both the cottage and glamping pods provide the peaceful getaway you are searching for.
The glamping pods are situated on a working farm which is great for kids. There are two pods available: Willow Pod and Cedar Pod. Great for families although the Cedar pod offers a little more space.
From here you can enjoy star gazing, watch the farm animals passing by and see the sunrise and sunset from this peaceful, and beautiful, location.
The cottage is located around five miles from the farm in a peaceful village location. The cottage has three bedrooms and is dog friendly.