Northumberland, United Kingdom

Lord Crewe Arms

Rates from (inc tax)$111.10

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21GBP), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Ecclesiastical estate


Land of the Bishops

Fans of a certain HBO fantasy drama, pay attention now: the Lord Crewe Arms in Northumberland pairs Game of Thrones-worthy mediaeval touches – priest holes in the fireplaces, anyone? – with all the polished comfort of the best British boutique hotels. Set in the heart of England’s north-east, with gourmet gastropub food, gun lockers for shooting parties, a pub called the Crypt (because it’s an actual vaulted chamber) and a room with a fire pit solely for meat-roasting purposes, it’s the ideal country escape.

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21, including two suites.


11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $111.10 (£91), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP109.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Rates include breakfast.


The hotel is the northern sister of Cotswold boutique-hotel strongholds Calcot Manor, the Painswick and Barnsley House.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, wellies, parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Roberts radio, tea and coffee facilities, and Noble Isle bath products. Suites and Champion rooms have Bose speakers, too.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms are either in the converted miners’ cottages, the old village pub or a former abbots’ guesthouse. We love Blackdene, a suite in the former, with a woodburner in the lounge and, at the top of a spiral staircase, a roll-top bath and king-size bed. There's one family room available, and two interconnecting rooms; these rooms sleep two adults and up to three children, or four adults.

Packing tips

You’ll need walking boots and maps for exploring the epic North Pennine trails; flat caps and rifles if it’s grouse season (there’s a gun locker for shooting parties); and at least one piece of tweed. If you get caught in the rain, the hotel has a drying room too.


Most communal areas and one bedroom are suitable for wheelchair users. Pets are welcome in some rooms; for £10 a night, a bed, bowl and towel will be provided. A sofa bed for one extra adult can be added to some rooms for £30 a night, including breakfast.


Welcome. Cots can be added to rooms for £10 a night, including breakfast. Z-beds or sofa beds for children are £15 a night, including breakfast. Babysitting is subject to availability. It's £7 an hour (two-hour minimum); must be booked a week in advance.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

For added cosiness (and a flattering glow), ask for the a table in the Hilyard, which has an open fire.

Dress Code

You won’t look out of place if you stay in your wax jacket and Dubarry boots for supper.

Hotel restaurant

The high-ceilinged Bishop’s Dining Room serves classic British dishes, with many of the ingredients sourced from the hotel’s kitchen garden and smokehouse. Meat is roasted on an open fire – the whole roast Northumbrian chicken, served with gravy, chips and steamed greens, is especially memorable.

Hotel bar

The Crypt, set in a vaulted chamber with stone walls and a roaring fire, serves a selection of the best Northumbrian ales, stouts and ciders, as well as well-picked wines, cocktails and Bar Bait by the chef if you get peckish.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 7am and 10am; lunch is on offer from noon until 2.30pm; dinner is 6pm to 9pm. The bar calls time at 11pm.


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Lord Crewe Arms
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Newcastle’s airport is nearest, 25 miles away and served by easyJet and Vueling. The drive to the hotel should take around 45 minutes.


The closest train station is in Newcastle. Both Great Northern and Virgin Trains run services to here from other cities across the UK, including Edinburgh, Durham, York, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and London.


The hotel is a short drive from both the A1 and A68, on the B6306 between Edmundbyers and Hexham. There’s free parking, but it’s worth dropping your bags off at reception first.

Worth getting out of bed for

The dramatic beauty of the North Pennines is on your doorstep, as is Alnwick Castle, recognisable to Harry Potter fans the world over – as well as eagle-eyed Downton Abbey ones – thanks to its star stand-in for Hogwarts in the famous films, and a cameo as Brancaster Castle. Hadrian’s Wall is an hour’s drive away, and the imposing interiors of Hexham Abbey are even closer.

Local restaurants

In an Arts & Crafts estate just outside of Newcastle, Jesmond Dene House serves long, languorous Sunday lunches (until 7pm), as well as some eye-opening menu options: try rolled pig’s head with gooseberries and apple, or chilled cucumber soup with smoked eel and fennel, as well as classics such as lobster bisque. Also in Newcastle, Artisan offers an ambitious, daily-changing menu of gin-cured salmon, celery panna cotta and burrata with beetroot, ox tongue and wild-garlic pesto, alongside a noteworthy Sunday lunch.

Local cafés

For the best scones in the village, not to mention home-made hot pots and delicious jams on sale by the jar-load, pop in to the White Monk Tea Rooms in Blanchland’s old schoolhouse.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Northumberland and unpacked their walking boots, a full account of their UK countryside break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Lord Crewe Arms

Occupied by Romans, invaded by Anglians and dotted with castles by Norman lords, Northumberland's rolling hills, green pastures and cobble-streeted towns have quite the history. The former inhabitants of this, England's northernmost county, were probably also fans of the winding River Derwent, the friendly sheep and the guaranteed white winters. And now, in a former abbots’ guesthouse, modern-day patrons can rest their weary heads anew, thanks to the Lord Crewe Arms. The hotel has made over some key buildings within the village of Blanchland, including some of its old miners’ cottages, the pub and the abbot’s inn itself – with the post office, abbey and tea room (in the old schoolhouse) intact to explore. And, we think the abbots would would be impressed: with roaring fires, flagstone floors, inviting sofas and beds you won’t want to leave, as well as intriguing ecclesiastical extras such as priest holes in the cavernous fireplaces and stone archways, it’s a boutique-hotel blueprint. Food is British dining at its best and you won’t be disappointed with the selection of hearty ales to wash it down with. 

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