If you are considering going to history-filled Northumberland, you need to stay longer than a day. There is so much to see, do and learn in the “cradle of Christianity” that it will take at least a weekend. When travelling to the Roman Empire’s base in England, you will want a place to stay that is actually friendly, welcoming and homely. This is sadly a hard set of characteristics to find in most hotels nowadays, with their snobby, downright rude staff and bad service. However, here are a few of the hotels you should consider if you and your family are taking the trip up to Northumberland this holiday season:
The Collingwood Arms Hotel
This gorgeous hotel in Cornhill-on-Tweed boasts some of the friendliest staff anywhere in Northumberland. It is over 200 years old with Georgian architecture, lush gardens and a gorgeous view of the River Tweed. While some rooms tend to be disruptive for families due to noise, the managers and staff have been highly rated by travellers for their eagerness to help out. The Collingwood Arms Hotel is just 3 miles from the historic Twizell Castle, and less than a mile from the Coldstream Bridge.
Premier Inn, Ashington
Set in the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, the Premier Inn is surprisingly perfect for the weekend wayfarer. The Premier Inn is highly rated for excellent service quality and boasts of having the Woodhorn Museum, Newbiggins-by-the-Sea’s famous beaches, and the Ashington city centre all within a 2.5 mile radius. Premier Inn also offers free accommodation for children under the age of 15 along with a Brewer’s Fayre pub.
Warkworth House Hotel
Located in historic Warkworth, this hotel is a 1820s coaching inn transformed into a small traveller’s hotel. Run by a family, you can be sure that the Warkworth House Hotel will be a friendly, homely experience. It is less than 10 minutes away from the Warkworth Castle, on foot, and less than a mile away from the nearby Warkworth Golf Club. Most travellers have rated this hotel highly for the delicious food, great portion sizes, and friendly staff.
Doxford Hall Hotel
The Doxford Hall Hotel is a converted country home from 1818. It is elegant and sophisticated, with modern amenities in the spacious rooms. A warm welcome awaits travellers. Enjoy the lovely garden views, large beds and separate sitting rooms. An indoor pool, steam sauna, fitness centre and a high-end restaurant & bar that serves British food as it was meant to be made are among the other amenities offered here. Meeting rooms are also available, and the staff are always on hand and ready to help.
Come for the History, Stay for the People
While you may be travelling to Northumberland for its historical significance, you will soon be tempted by the quality of service in almost all of the hotels. While you should check the above hotels out, by no means are they the only friendly places to stay in the area. The locals are warm and open to outsiders, and there are a lot of family-friendly activities in and around the area.