Dark skies and Cheviots: rural bliss
Ingram House is a tranquil 4-bedroom B&B set in the Northumberland National Park under a Gold Tier Dark Sky. Surrounded by farmland, it’s in a Cheviot valley dotted with Iron Age settlements: the area has been settled for ten thousand years.
Ingram House was built as a farmhouse in 1704, sympathetically extended into a family home and furnished with a selection of heirlooms. It has welcomed guests since 2010, many of whom return year after year.
Accommodation is in four guest bedrooms. The Garden Room is on the ground floor, with it’s own access and French doors to the garden: it has a superking double or twin beds and a luxurious en-suite shower. There are two rooms upstairs, both with en-suite bathrooms: one has a superking double/twin and the other is a double room with a half tester Elizabethan bed. There is a further double bedroom with its own private bathroom, that comes into its own when required by larger groups.
Aga-cooked breakfasts are served in the elegant dining room, which gives onto a small sitting area looking out to the garden. Ingredients are invariably fresh and local: some come from Ingram House’s own garden. This is also the setting for convivial evening meals, with menus designed to fit your taste.
Ingram House is set in two acres of landscaped gardens, with carefully tended flower borders and a restored summer house that guests are welcome to use. This is ideal in the summer to enjoy a cup of tea or several glasses of wine, and year-round is perfect – with a telescope or pair of binoculars – to experience the Gold Tier Dark Sky. Walks into the Cheviots are from the door. There is plenty of parking and for electric cars there’s a charger five minutes walk away, at Ingram Village Hall.
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Ground Floor Bedroom
- Bird Watching
- Museums & Galleries
- National Park
- Places of Historical Interest
Price per room per night, based on two sharing including breakfast
From £110 - £160
Dinner £35 pp three courses, £30 pp two courses
The B&B is set near the small village of Ingram in the Cheviot foothills, and is rural and tranquil location. The town of Alnwick is 25 minutes away by car, and Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island, Warkworth and Dunstanburgh are just a few miles further. Chillingham Castle and the Chillingham Cattle - the only herd of wild cattle in the country, if not the world - are close by. To really explore the area the neighbouring farm offers four-wheel drive safaris to discover the area's wildlife and wonders: for a video taster click here. You are well inside the Northumberland National Park here and much of the appeal is in its tranquil, rural location. At night the skies are magical: with almost no widespread light pollution it's been declared a Gold Tier Dark Sky Park. Access is easy: it's just off the A697, close to the A1, and there are two local airports: Newcastle (30 miles) and Carlisle (48 miles).
"The location was perfect for what we wanted. The hosts friendly, room comfortable and warm and the breakfasts just right."
Adrian and Jane Levien
- Bio : Your hosts here are Jane and Adrian Levien, who raised a family here and are excellent guides to the local area. Jane is a terrific cook, magicking fantastic breakfasts from the farmhouse Aga and delicious evening meals. Like most Wolsey Lodges they love having guests in their home and make everyone feel truly welcome.