Post Office House2 Church Street, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7LS, England
First class delivery on the Northumberland coast
There’s not much good that comes out of post office closures, but this unique B&B is an exception. Grade II Listed Post Office House in Belford has been beautifully repurposed as an elegant and welcoming home from home just off the A1 and within easy reach of the glorious beaches and castles of North Northumberland.
There are three guest bedrooms here, sympathetically restored to reflect the Victorian period and the former role of the building. Unlike most Wolsey Lodges there is no separate living area for guests downstairs, but all guest bedrooms are large enough to accommodate armchairs so you can relax in your room. They’re well-appointed too, with Krups Nespresso coffee machines, 32″ Smart TVs, large fluffy towels, bathrobes and fine linens. All are en-suite with walk-in power showers, heated towel rails and Scottish Fine Soap Company toiletries.
Rooms are quiet and relaxing, with sumptuous blackout curtains supplemented, in all three rooms, by wooden shutters. Next door but one there is a traditional, very welcoming pub with a wonderful open fire and a selection of real ales. On chilly mornings the breakfast room is heated by a wood-burning Jotul stove and when the weather is kind guests are free to relax in the sheltered courtyard garden with countryside views and our lovely resident sheep! There is, of course, high speed fibre optic WiFi throughout.
Evening meals are available if requested (if staying three or more nights) but strictly by advance notice only. Five-courses including locally-made artisan cheeses by Doddington Dairy and Blue House Goat, a `wee dram’ of Lindisfarne Mead and freshly ground Pilgrims of Holy Island coffee – £40 per head. For those with smaller appetites, a two-course supper is available at £19.95 per person. As we do not have a alcohol licence, guests are very welcome to bring their own wine.
A barbeque area has been added for 2021, as an added alternative if guests do not wish to venture out for an evening meal. Guests buy their own food and we will provide the utensils including glasses for your wine.
Post Office House suggests
For guests who remain trepid regarding physical distancing, Post Office House will continue to operate staggered breakfast times and separate tables for each set of guests as per 2020. Bookings are now being taken, either by making a reservation online or by giving them a call. Please contact Post Office House directly for Support Bubble reservations (subject to Government guidelines).
Post Office House is also open every year at the Festive period;`1st Class Christmas Package’ arrival Christmas Eve, depart 27th December. New Year Package – arriving 30th December, depart 2nd January. Both are three-night packages with many Festive extras included in the package tariffs.
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- Building of Historical Interest
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Ground Floor Bedroom
- Bird Watching
- Museums & Galleries
- National Park
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Places of Historical Interest
- Train Station
- Water Activities
- Opening Times: open all year
- Tel: +44 (0) 1668 219 622
- Price Range: from £85
PricingRATE: (Per room, Per night) 1st November - 31st March (*excluding Christmas and New Year) *Double - £95; *Single in a double room - £85; *Single in a twin room - £82 1st April - 31st October Double - £107; Single in a double room - £97; Single in a twin room - £92 5% discount for seven nights bookings. Use promotion code: POH7NITE Christmas (three-night package between 24th Dec and 27th December) Double - £140 per room, per night Single occupancy in a double - £130 per room, per night Single occupancy in a twin - £125 per room, per night Minimum 3 nights in High Season; Two-nights may be available in High Season if a gap is left between bookings. Minimum 2 nights in Low Season. Sorry but one-night stays are not available. We regret no dogs (except assistance dogs). We are adult-only, over 18 years only Special diets catered for: Vegan/Gluten/Dairy-free/coeliac. We offer a separate bespoke menu for Vegans, extra at £5 per day (sample menu can be found on our website). Advance notice is required for dietary requirements, please inform us on reservation
LocationPost Office House is ideally located between Alnwick and Berwick-on-Tweed, a couple of minutes from the A1. Belford is a lovely little village and there's a great pub almost next door, but the major attractions are a few minutes away by car. It's four miles to the glorious beaches and Bamburgh Castle, the Cheviots are close by and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne are just offshore, reached by causeway at low tide which you can drive over. We have the most beautiful, stunning and unspolit beaches in North Northumberland; Bamburgh, Budle Bay, Ross Back Sands, Beadnell and Embleton, just to name a few - all of which you can swim in, if you are brave enough (the North Sea is quite cold!) and if the weather is hot. Head south for Alnwick Castle, Alnwick Gardens and Barter Books; the award-winning Embleton Beach and Dunstanburgh Castle, or go 15 miles north and you're in the Scottish Borders. Even the city of Edinburgh is easily reached: a direct train from Berwick covers the 70 miles in 40 minutes. The nearest airport is Newcastle, 45 minutes' drive away, and Post Office House has parking for three cars. Belford is also on a bus route to all major towns such as direct routes to Newcastle, Alnwick, Morpeth and Berwick-upon-Tweed and Berwick station. The X18 route covers the Coast including Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell and Craster so you can leave the car behind and be environmentally friendly at the same time!
"The room was so comfortable, brimming with loads of little touches to make it that extra special. Fabulous breakfast and wonderful hosts." J Walker - Jan 2020"Wonderful! We were looked after with great care and warm hospitality." P & L Nixson - Oct 2020
AccreditationsAA Bed & Breakfast Gold Award 2020; TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019; TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence 2018 & 2019.; Listed in the Top 15 B&B's in Northumberland (as reported by Northumberland Gazette, June 2020); TripAdvisor 2020 Travellers Choice Award
Simon & Claire Jarmain
- Bio : Your hosts here are Simon and Claire. Claire looks after the front of house using her first-class degree in Hospitality Management, and her 12 years at Bonhams and then 6 years at Swinton Park, a luxury castle hotel, shows in the elegant decor. Simon draws on his experience as a former chef in a country house hotel and produces excellent breakfasts: even the beans are homemade. Local specialities include Craster Kippers and smoked salmon and freshly-ground coffee from Pilgrims Roastery on Holy Island. Ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, and special diets can always be accommodated if forewarned (please note: special foodstuffs required in addition to the standard menu are an extra cost, charged to your room, this also applies to Vegan diets as a separate bespoke menu is available). They are walker and cyclist friendly: each room has a boot tray and there is secure storage for bicycles and motorcycles.