Northumberland, United Kingdom

Lord Crewe Arms

Rates per night from$150.52

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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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Photos Lord Crewe Arms facilities

Need to know


21, including two suites.


11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $150.52 (£116), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

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. A sofa bed for one extra adult can be added to some rooms for £30 a night, including breakfast.


Dogs are allowed in some rooms for £15 a night. A maximum of two furry friends are allowed in each room; dog beds and bowls are provided. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Northumberland.


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.

Best for

Older children.

Recommended rooms

Family Suite or Double-Up Suite.


Children are welcome in both the Bishop’s Dining Room and the Crypt Bar at all times. There’s no dedicated menu, but meals can be adapted to suit smaller appetites and staff will happily heat up milk and baby food.


Babysitting is available for £7 an hour (two-hour minimum) and must be booked a week in advance.

No need to pack

Travel cots, highchairs, beakers and children’s cutlery are available to borrow.

Food and Drink

Photos Lord Crewe Arms food and drink

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.


Photos Lord Crewe Arms location
Lord Crewe Arms
The Square Blanchland
United Kingdom


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.


Helicopter landings can be arranged on request.

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.


Photos Lord Crewe Arms reviews
Morwenna Ferrier

Anonymous review

By Morwenna Ferrier , Fashion editor

It’s worth coming to the Lord Crewe Arms for the approach alone. Heading north, the finale of this eight hour drive from London is one broad windswept road which undulates past the Derwent reservoir, with fantastic, panoramic moorland views of the valley.

We arrive at night, in the snow, and although just 20 minutes from our final destination, we can’t resist stepping outside to feel the frozen ground beneath our boots. (Because, regardless of whether you plan to attempt one of the several bracing hikes or just meander up to Pow Hill, one of the last strongholds of the red squirrels near the reservoir, you’ll need a pair.)  

This hotel sits in Blanchland: an almost too-perfectly constructed village somewhere between Northumberland and County Durham, surrounded by soaring pine forests. The village, once part of Blanchland Abbey but bought by Lord Crewe in the early 1700s, has the original church and a shop, but its hotel and functioning inn form the beating heart of the area. On any given night, it will be half locals, half tourists like us.

Built in 1165 as an abbot’s lodge, the hotel has retained its historic credentials, from the outside at least: stone archways, wide flagstone floors, crenellated towers… We, however, spend most of our time huddled round the fire in the vaulted crypt bar. If you’re lucky enough to bump into Peter, the night porter, be sure to quiz him on some of the spooky goings on over the years. It’s nothing to fear but does make for a great bit of storytelling over a hot toddy.

Aesthetically, the actual hotel is faultless. We stayed over the road in the Abbot’s Guest House, a set of large rooms which complement the history of the building (tweed abounds) while staying modern and luxe enough to feel cosy. But as they say, it’s the little touches: we were greeted each day by a slab of fudge which we would take on our walks. A teapot comes with a proper tea cosy, and each room has a copy of a book on WH Auden and his connection to the area, an ordnance survey map of the local area and a torch.

The food is also of note: a fantastically warming white onion soup with rarebit, a tender and well seasoned flat iron steak, and a cup of tea with a homemade ginger parkin stay in our memory. The breakfast, too, is hearty and warming (I tried everything but have finally decided the tomatoes and feta on sourdough was the best hot option). The staff, though a little stern at times, are polite and helpful

During our stay, the Lord Crewe Arms revealed in me two passions I had no idea I possessed: history (the winding narrative involves one of the former owners hiding in the huge fireplace during a Jacobite uprising, some monks and Philip Larkin) and proper hiking.

We go walking on the North Pennines, following the road up from the hotel and then into fields, climbing upwards, snow lining the ditches. The walk is 12 miles long and takes most of the day – the hotel are happy to give you directions (directions that sometimes lose clarity out on the moorland, with the grouse chirruping away to themselves, disturbed by our blundering progress). The higher you get on the moorland the further you see. The routes we take are old lead-mining trails – once the lifeblood of this part of the world. Where miners and their animals once went, now go walkers, but not many of them – not in February at least. We see barely a soul in six hours.

The north Pennines are not as celebrated as the Lake District, and not as picture perfect, but that makes them all the better – a place to call your own; a place to commune with the land. This is about as wild as England gets.

The monastery that once stood here bears testament to that geography. Scottish raiding parties used to descend on this area and once, it is said, a fog enveloped the monastery, hiding (and saving) the monks. In their haste to thank their god, the monks rang the bells, alerting the retreating raiders who returned to kill the monks. A painting on the wall of the hotel reminds the visitor that this is also the country of the border reivers: bandits who roamed across country lines, stealing from the wealthy and evading the law.

If the Lord Crewe Arms has one striking advantage, it’s this geographical one: a place from which to set out into the border landscape and all its romance.


The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Lord Crewe Arms’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The environment and actual building, very friendly staff, the comfy beds, the evening meals.

Don’t expect

To have a wardrobe! The breakfasts, whilst lovely, were a little sparse – no pastries, etc.


Stayed on 19 Aug 2018

We loved

The hotel is beautiful to look at, in a small hamlet of houses. We loved the staff - all local with local knowledge and pride. We loved the gardens and having a leisurely drink before dinner. We loved dinner - really beautifully done. The rooms are quaint and very nicely appointed. Great products and a very good shower. Breakfast was equally splendid. We stayed for one night on our way up to Scotland, but wished we stayed longer and explored the surrounding area more.


Stayed on 7 Jul 2018

We loved

Fabulous hotel in a magnificent part of the country. Friendly staff and wonderful food and a great base from which to go walking on the moors.

Don’t expect

Disco nights!


Stayed on 1 Jul 2018

We loved

Attention to detail and great staff training. Great food and bar. Highlight was the Asian food event – great food. Local walks in stunning countryside.

Don’t expect

Brilliant WiFi!


Stayed on 10 Jun 2018

We loved

Blanchland, of which the Lord Crewe Arms is the center point of the village life and community. The hotel is just amazing with so much history attached, from the back of the hotel/pub the views over the country are awesome. The staff are just exceptional too. Lots of walks, long or short and other pretty villages not far around, however even a day hanging around the village and eating and drinking is the pub is the perfect way to relax.

Don’t expect

Lots of shops.


Stayed on 6 Apr 2018

We loved

The large suite and wood burner, the peace and quiet and that there was no mobile phone signal.

Don’t expect

Mobile phone calls.


Stayed on 5 Oct 2017

We loved

The character of the hotel and location.


Stayed on 5 Sep 2017

We loved

The building and surrounding area.

Don’t expect

The room was not ready on arrival. The hotel is promoted as dog friendly, yes there were dog beds, towels and bowls but we were specifically told not to leave dogs in the room when we went to dine. We said we had sleep crates which we put them in but were told this was not allowed incase they made a noise that would upset other guests! We could have taken them into the ground floor eating area with us –they had been for a long walk and were tired just needed their beds – but we had to put them in the back of our car while we ate, so I feel it should not be classed as dog friendly. It spoilt our meal knowing they were outside in the cold car!


Stayed on 8 Jul 2017

We loved

All the same as our previous review – we booked two rooms of the same category!


Stayed on 19 Mar 2017

We loved

The hotel team are exceptional, so lovely and welcoming. And complete with geordie accents! The hotel is blissfully set in the tiniest of villages and offers the most amazing of night skies out in the wilderness. Also wonderful for dog owners, it comes complete with a wash room for them post-walk. I could have spent the whole evening checking out the stars (if that counts!). No disruptive lights for miles.

Don’t expect

Much of a local scene beyond the hotel. Blanchland is only a small collection of houses and a very cute little shop. The hotel pub (which I think they're about to add to) offers a super cosy option to avoid any need for further ventures though.


Stayed on 19 Mar 2017

We loved

The staff who were super friendly (especially the night porter); the fire in our room; the fresh air and the wine list!

Don’t expect

A vegetarian friendly menu; mobile phone signal in the village (not always a bad thing!. Top tip - it was notably busier (and the breakfast less good) on Friday and Saturday compared to Thursday night.


Stayed on 2 Feb 2017

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