All eyes on: Northumberland Coast AONB

We've noticed the magnificent Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty receiving some well-deserved attention from the national press over the past few weeks. This region is famed for its rugged coastline, unspoilt, quiet sandy beaches, turbulent history and picturesque seaside towns.



"Britain's 40 best beaches – according to our experts" The Telegraph

"Can you ever remember such a fantastic start to a British summer? With the UK basking in a lovely heatwave, our experts suggest the most beautiful beaches to visit. Don't forget your suncream!"

Bamburgh, Northumberland
"Overlooked by Bamburgh Castle, this beautiful stretch of wild coastline offers clear seas and huge sands that stretch to Seahouses, three miles away. On a clear day you can see out to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands."

Sugar Sands, Northumberland
"It is only a short walk to these sweetly named sands between the market town of Alnwick and the eerie remains of Dunstanburgh Castle. A pretty little stream runs down through woodland and there are plenty of trees from which to string your hammock. A little farther on, at Rumbling Kern, are fabulous rock pools that are large enough to swim in, and extraordinary rock formations, with ledges for jumping. From Longhoughton (B1339), turn for Low Stead Farm opposite the church, walk through the farm to the dunes, then head left up the coast for half a mile." 



"The best beaches in the UK" Chris Haslam, The Sunday Times

"In the past few months I’ve spent travelling our shores, the weather has been generally lovely and our beaches have sparkled like never before... I’ve judged our beaches not just by their amenities— lifeguards, car parks, tearooms and toilets — but by their intangible properties, because there’s an essential enigma to the British seaside. Its magic ebbs and flows, subject to wind, tide, population and mood." The Sunday Times

Embleton Bay, Northumberland

"Every year, I come away from the weather-beaten Northumberland coast with two things: a box of Craster kippers and the certainty that Embleton Bay beach is still the county’s finest. It’s an awe-inspiring spot, with Embleton Burn snaking across the sands stage left and the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle stage right. Between them is more than half a mile of pale sand, backed by low dunes."

Seahouses, Northumberland

"You can’t help but love Seahouses, with its fishing boats hauled out on the harbour wall and banks of benches laid out like pews so visitors can stare out towards the Farne Islands. There are two great pubs, the Olde Ship and the Bamburgh Castle Inn... the two beaches, North and South, are both wide, flat and backed by dunes, but for my money the better of the two is North, from where it’s a three-mile walk to Bamburgh Castle."

The dunes at Seahouses



"10 reasons why this summer will be better up North" Chris Leadbeater, The Telegraph

If you’ve ever stood on Bamburgh Beach and gazed up at the spectacular castle in wonder, Neville Tower may just be the holiday home for you!

Sitting within the walls of Bamburgh Castle and boasting centuries of history, unbeatable coastal views plus delightful decor, we find Neville Tower captures the imagination of the travel press in the same manner as our Crabtree & Crabtree guests.

"Old Castle. As in the opposite of “Newcastle”. As in Bamburgh Castle, the Norman fortress on Northumberland’s coast. William the Conqueror would be furious. He went to the trouble of making it a stronghold. Now it offers lodging to all and sundry in its Neville Tower from £196 a night."