We’ve always been on the green list: Explore spacious Northumberland with us
- By Matfen Hall
- July 16, 2021
With an abundance of charm and beauty around every corner, you’ll be spoilt for choice during your journey into magnificent Northumberland. Boasting luscious green landscapes, a staggering coastline and an abundance of historical treasures and hidden beauty spots to uncover along the way, this wild and wondrous region will leave you longing for more the minute you leave.
Known for its rugged and unspoilt countryside, Northumberland is an adventure lover’s playground and a holiday maker’s luxury paradise. What’s more, as England’s northernmost county, our stunning region is also recognised as the least populated in the country – with approximately 64 people per square kilometre, compared with 5,101 in London – meaning that those who visit are able to relax into its tranquil surroundings, treasuring the private moments they have with nature and each other.
At a time where foreign travel is uncertain and vast open spaces remain cherished, Northumberland shines as England’s hidden jewel captured in a rustic utopia. While the riches of cities such as Edinburgh or London demand at least a once-in-a-lifetime visit, these enclosed places can be discovered in a matter of days. Our breathtaking county tucked away beneath the Scottish borders, on the other hand, is a vast place that can be enjoyed and explored during your luxury stay at Matfen Hall, time and time again.
The most remote of all the 11 National Parks across England and Wales, our region is the least visited and, as a result, the most serene and spacious. With over 1,100 kilometres of marked footpaths to discover, Northumberland National Park provides visitors with opportunities to trek through the grasslands of the Cheviot Hills and hike to the very top of the highest point in the park, The Cheviot, where even the Lake District is visible from its peak on a clear day.
By night, this area remains just as spectacular. Alongside its beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife, and historic Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland National Park boasts acclaimed International Dark Sky Park status, meaning that there’s as much to explore above your head as there is at eye-level.
Of course, a journey to this wondrous part of the world wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Northumberland’s quiet, unpopulated beaches. For exhilarating walks with your friends, family and dog, there are miles and miles of vast golden sands to explore. Similarly, for those simply looking to escape the bustling market towns for a moment of peace and quiet, our coastline offers huge stretches of space that allow you to sit back, relax, and seal-spot from your picnic blanket at the bottom of the dunes. Rarely suffering from tourism overload, our sandy spaces mean you’ll never be pushed around for room to enjoy long walks or struggle to set up camp for the day.
With an array of Northumbrian market towns and magnificent castles spread out across the county, you don’t have to travel far from our grand estate to find an interesting place to explore. On the edge of our estate, for example, you’ll find part of the globally recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall, while the historic market town of Hexham is set just 10 miles away. What’s more, as a luxury hotel, spa and golf estate set in over 300 acres of unique parkland with a number of incredible bar and dining options available, for those of you looking to indulge in a quieter pace of life, we have everything you need within easy reach – even if you decide never to leave the Matfen Hall estate.
Northumberland’s vast landscapes, historic forts, and quaint seaside villages make this a destination not to be missed – especially when it’s spent with us. With space in abundance and perfectly positioned to allow you to be as adventurous as you like, we invite you to start exploring our remote, yet fascinating, corner of England and book a stay at Matfen Hall today.