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Your three-day guide to Northumberland

  • By Matfen Hall
  • March 31, 2022
  • Northumberland
  • Outdoor Pursuits

Whether you’re visiting Northumberland for the first time, are a seasoned traveller or taking a holiday close to home, our bespoke, three-day guide to Northumberland promises much to enjoy and discover.

Set in the small parish of Matfen, just outside of Hexham, our 300-acre estate is perfectly positioned to explore the miles of rolling hillside, breathtaking scenery and fascinating world history our region is famous for.

In this article, we help plan your ultimate three-night break in Northumberland.

Day One

When a short staycation to the countryside simply won’t do, take advantage of our a getaway and choose to upgrade to our chef’s luxurious Tasting Menu. With an irresistible offer like this, we are certain you will have plenty of time to check in, chill out and see what all the fuss is about at the award winning Hexham, Hadrian’s Wall and Northumberland coastline.

A drive along the Old Military Road towards our elegant country hotel sets the scene for a tranquil escape. Weaving through some of Northumberland’s most stunning scenery with Hadrian’s Wall and a carpeted landscape of a thousand shades of green to keep you company.

Upon arrival, our Front of House team will be waiting to greet you and welcome you to a world away from the norm. Take a moment to familiarise yourself with our beautiful estate and gardens before retiring to your bedroom.

After enjoying lunch in Needham Bar, why not enjoy a few hours exploring our surrounding area? Hexham – a town recently awarded the ‘Happiest Place to Live’ – with its beautiful Abbey, is just a short drive away, as is Corbridge, an idyllic market town that’s home to a unique collection of vintage-inspired bookshops and independent retailers.

Meet guests from all corners of the globe as you explore the attractions located on our doorstep. The landscape, especially the quaint village towns remain one of Northumberland’s best-kept secrets.

After enjoying the best of British food in one of our indulgent dining destinations, let your evening consist of a soak in the marble bath, sipping an after dinner drink in 1832 or stargazing from the comfort and luxury of your bedroom, so you’re relaxed and ready for a day of adventure.

Day Two

With super king beds, luxurious linens, and exceptional attention to detail, you’re guaranteed to wake up in a world of luxury.

Make your way downstairs for an à la carte breakfast in Cloisters Restaurant and Bar, before hopping in the car, ready for another day of exploration.

Fondly recognised for its award-winning beaches, the Northumberland coastline is often high up on people’s North East bucket list. Hidden deep in the heart of rural Northumberland, our unique setting is close enough for guests to immerse themselves in the unequalled sense of freedom that the many miles of desolate beaches, towering dunes and rocky headlines offer.

For those seeking something closer to our country hotel, discover Hareshaw Lynne, a picturesque walk concluding with a stunning waterfall located just 30 minutes from our estate before returning for one of England’s most loved traditions, which is, of course, Afternoon Tea.

Day Three

After a blissful night’s sleep and breakfast at our magnificent hotel, enjoy a day exploring the history found on our doorstep.

First put on the map by the Romans in AD 122 and then on the big screen in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991, Hadrian’s Wall is widely recognised as one of the North East’s most iconic landmarks. Wander around the unusually well-preserved baths, steam room and officers’ quarters at our neighbouring Chesters Roman Fort or set the day aside to take on one of the more challenging routes along Hadrian’s Wall.

After a day of ancient discoveries, journey back to the hotel and make the most of The Retreat, our harmonious spa for the perfect end to an eventful day. Soak up the feeling of total relaxation in our luxurious jacuzzi and a pool that boasts a brilliant glass ceiling.

As evening falls, take to Emerald Restaurant to enjoy our five-course Tasting Menu. Course by course, we invite you to experience a selection of indulgent dishes, paired with your choice of the world’s finest wines or Laurent-Perrier Champagne..

Round off your final evening by retiring to 1832, to raise one last glass to luxury before waking up to complete your culinary experience with an a la carte breakfast with us.

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