A chilled-out welcome in North Northumbria
Chillingham Manor B&B is a sandstone manor house, previously a rectory to St Peter’s Church, quietly set by Chillingham Castle. Guests have the run of three bedrooms, several drawing rooms, and extensive grounds. It is perfectly placed to explore this often overlooked region near to the border with Scotland, with the Northumberland National Park on one side and the Northumberland coast, Lindisfarne and Bamburgh on the other.
The property itself is an architectural oddity. It dates back to 1700 but was extensively remodelled in the ‘Strawberry Gothic’ style by Sir Jeffry Wyatville, who also did lots of work on Windsor Castle and Chatsworth House. There’s not a sash window in sight – the eight-foot windows are casement, opening inwards – and it’s full of the sort of little details an architect, freshly-knighted by King George IV, feels they can get away with. These days it’s very much split into two: your hosts live in one part while the grander section is given over to B&B guests.
The three guest bedrooms are set on the first floor. All are a very good size, with high ceilings, large windows and king-sized or superking beds – though sometimes these can be split into two good-sized singles. All rooms have at least one armchair and a Roberts DAB radio and all are equipped with Smart TVs: as there’s Wifi throughout often guests ask for the TVs to be removed, which is easily done. Nespresso machines are provided, along with compostable pods from Coffee and Kin, along with Northumbrian Tea and Pukka infusions and all bedside tables have proper reading lights. All rooms are en-suite, with bathrooms big enough to roam around – towelling robes are provided to make this comfortable – and roll-top or cast iron baths, while two also include separate walk-in showers. Toiletries are from The White Company.
Despite the comforts of the bedrooms, guests here rarely spend all that much time in them. This is because the downstairs rooms are so welcoming. There’s a large dining room, a light and airy morning room, and a drawing room, all filled with light in summer and warmed by wood-burning stoves in the the winter months. There are large gardens to explore, where games of croquet can easily be set up.
One thing that certainly tempts guests down from their room is breakfast, and here Chillingham Manor is unusually flexible. A freshly-cooked breakfast is offered anytime up until 10:30 and, with notice, can usually be converted into an even later brunch: this ideal if you feel like lying in. Mhairi is an excellent cook and offers the full range of dietary options, unconventional options like eggs Benedict or the area’s local speciality; Stotties. In winter months evening meals might also be available.
Chillingham Manor suggests:
Rent the whole property for a country-house weekend. Whole-house rentals mean you can bring your own dogs (though they will have to sleep in the boot room) and relax. For whole-house rentals Mhairi is more than happy to cater for evening feasts.
- Building of Historical Interest
- Children by Arrangement
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Bird Watching
- Museums & Galleries
- National Park
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Places of Historical Interest
Rates per room per night based on two sharing, including breakfast
Room 1 from £155 - £185
Room 2 from £145 - £165
Room 3 from £135 - £155
Minimum two-night stay
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Chillingham Manor is quietly set in the hamlet of Chillingham: historically this was hugely significant but now it's a tiny place. It does still have the 13th Century Chillingham Castle, said to be the most haunted property in the UK: their lodge house is right opposite. The castle itself is open for tours, even late-night ghost-hunting adventures. St Peter's Church dates back to the 12th Century and is worth a visit. An attraction unique to the village is the herd of the Wild Cattle of Chillingham, a breed of white cattle that have, for 800 years, roamed roam wild in their own Cattle Park, with the males fighting to the death and the cows providing consolation. These are properly wild and locals will tell you proudly that, with a population of 124, they're rarer than giant pandas. There's a good village shop and pub a mile away in Chatton, while there are more attractions within a 20 minute drive. Alnwick Castle - Hogwarts in the Harry Potter Film - is close, Bamburgh and its castle have a magnificent coastal setting, and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is worth a trip: at low tide you can drive across the causeway and Chillingham Manor can look up the tide times. Berwick on Tweed is 16 miles away, while the Cheviot Hills, a highlight on the Northumberland National Park, are 20 minutes away. And if you fancy a bit of city culture it takes less than an hour to get to Edinburgh by train, opening up a range of theatres, galleries and restaurant options.
- Bio : Your hosts here are Mhairi and Ed Seymour, who painstakingly restored Chillingham Manor to its present standard, opening it as a B&B - with something less than perfect timing - in 2020. Mhairi has worked as a cook in London, Scotland, African safari lodges and Mediterranean yachts. They are brilliant hosts who have a natural ability to put guests at ease: along with their three good-natured dogs they look forward to welcoming you into their home.