As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Northumberland Coast, Jo Keeling picks out a selection of B&Bs, hotels, self-catering and camping in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on the northeast coast of England.
The Northumberland Coast has a range of characterful accommodation options. Families might like to check out the adventure-packed caravan parks near Berwick-upon-Tweed which organise children’s workshops in making bug hotels, nature collages and cardboard dens. Heritage seekers can bed down in an old Presbyterian church with a pulpit that watches over those communing at breakfast.
Ramblers and ornithologists should head straight to the north coast, where you can wake up to the dunes and salt marsh between the mainland and Lindisfarne and observe some of the 170 birds species that call this area home.
Those who prefer a more relaxed feel could check out the wealth of traditional pubs that offer rooms as well as hearty portions of regional food. Whatever your taste, you’ll be well-catered for – and we’ve only included places that focus on reducing their impact on the environment, so that part of your decision is already taken care of.
St Cuthbert's House, Northumberland, England
Luxurious award-winning 5-star, 6 double bedroom B&B in a 200 year old former church in the village of Seahouses on the coast, and near the Cheviot Hills. Renovated with bags of character, includes superkingsize beds and great local food. stcuthbertshouse.com
Fenham Farm, Northumberland, England
Fenham Farm overlooks the dunes and salt marsh between the mainland and Lindisfarne, which marks the conclusion of the 62.5-mile St Cuthbert’s Way. Rooms are set away from the farmhouse in converted outbuildings. fenhamfarm.co.uk
Market Cross Guest House, Northumberland, England
Plumb in pretty Belford, this Georgian B&B takes dining as seriously as it does sleeping. Four rooms are bright and contemporary, breakfasts are award-winning (plenty of fish from the coast) and the walking and cycling are fantastic. marketcrossguesthouse.com
Laverock Law Cottages, Northumberland, England
Laverock Law, a clutch of 3 cottages and a shepherd's hut - all self catering and tucked away in 2 acres of woods in a tranquil area of Northumberland. An ideal place to relax by starlit campfires, explore the fantastic coast, castles and wildlife. laverocklawcottages.com
Hunting Hall, Northumberland, England
A small family farm near Holy Island, managed with a passion for the environment. There are two award winning, green, self-catering cottages, and a farm trail to help guests explore the beautiful countryside of North Northumberland. huntinghall.co.uk
Beacon Hill Farm, Northumberland, England
15 well-equipped luxury cottages with fabulous facilities including a swimming pool, steam room and spa, as well as lovely gardens. If you can leave the comfort of the cottage, the Northumberland coast and Cheviot Hills are waiting to be explored. beaconhill.co.uk
Woodhead Holiday Cottages, Northumberland, England
Take time to relax in an area so wonderfully remote that on clear nights you will be amazed by the starry skies. Two beautifully-restored luxury cottages nestled between coast and countryside offer a wealth of great walks straight from the door. woodheadholidaycottages.co.uk
Springhill Farm, Northumberland, England
Ten cottages in converted farm buildings, a clutch of wooden wigwams, a bunkhouse sleeping 32 for family reunions or groups of friends, and a beautiful campsite. The coast is within touching distance, as are the area's historic sights. Fabulous. springhill-farm.co.uk
Berwick Holiday Park, Northumberland, England
This caravan park overlooks the North Sea on the highest cliffs in Northumberland; follow steep steps down to two white sand beaches and seek out sea creatures in the rock pools at low tide. Onsite, there’s a bowling green and sports court. haven.com/parks/northumberland/berwick/
Haggerston Castle Holiday Park, Northumberland, England
This pretty woodland caravan park occupies an old castle estate. A pool, ropes course, pedalos in the lake and pony riding will keep the kids entertained and outside the park there are woodland trails, unspoilt beaches and ruined castles to explore. haven.com/parks/northumberland/haggerston-castle/
YHA Berwick, Northumberland, England
The old granary, set in Berwick's historic quarter, has been given a total revamp – it now houses one of the YHA's most beautiful structures. There are 13 bedrooms, a fabulous café/bar, an art gallery, and music and comedy nights throughout the year. yha.org.uk
Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel, Northumberland, England
This hotel is perfect for exploring the wonders of the National Park, such as the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle itself and the beautifully long beach at Embleton Bay. You can choose to stay in elegant guest rooms or lovingly-converted cottage suites. dunstanburghcastlehotel.co.uk
For more information on characterful places to stay, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Northumberland Coast.