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WHAT WE LOVE...

This stylish village inn, close to the A1 in mid-Northumberland, has just six large and classy bedrooms with designer touches, moody colours and swish bathrooms. Statement wallpapers, antiques, and free-standing baths make them ideal for countryside-lovers who enjoy their luxuries. The bar and restaurant - a series of little dining areas plus a conservatory - have a modern rustic look with scrubbed tables, exposed stone walls, the occasional sofa and sludgy country colours. There's a brisk local trade, too, for its upmarket pub classics and street-food options with an Asian influence, plus a good range of hand-pulled beers and locally distilled spirits. Dogs and children are welcome in some of the bedrooms.

THE DETAILS

Location

Walking across the old stone bridge to the Running Fox bakery to pick up some treats was hard to resist.

The coast is only a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
By car: around 2 hours from Edinburgh, 3 hours from Manchester and 5 hours 30 minutes from London. There is free parking on site.
By train: There are direct trains to Morpeth station from Edinburgh Waverly ( 1 hour 30 minutes) and London Kings Cross (3 hours 30 minutes). The hotel is a round 15 minute's drive from the station. trainline.com

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Style & Character

People who want a countryside stay in a characterful pub but with style, should be happy here. The solid, no-nonsense rustic furniture, glammed up with the odd Chinese vase or antler candelabra gives it a hint of fun.

Service & Facilities

We love returning from a breezy walk along the coast to warm up with a drink at the bar while listening to the locals' crack, before going upstairs to change for dinner. Some bedrooms can take dogs - with a dog basket and treats available - and dogs are welcome in the bar.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Pet friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

St Michael's Church is a very large room, overlooking woodland, with a vast bathroom with egg-shaped bath and walk-in shower. The coffees and teas (from local company, Ringtons) are nicely set out on a butler's tray, and there are lovely touches of wool blankets and old-fashioned alarm clocks.

St Michael's Church, Eshot Castle, Brainshaugh Priory, Thirston House, Bockenfield Market, New Moor Tower
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with shower, The White Company toiletries, Ringtons teas

Food & Drink

There's a good range of non-meat choices with dishes such as a vegan burger, roasted vegetable flatbread, and potato and wild mushroom terrine. Breakfast in the conservatory looking towards the river is a lovely way to start the day.

Restaurant: casual, refined gastropub fare. Mains from £12.95.

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