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St Valery, Alnmouth, Northumberland
A five-minute walk from the long flat sands of Alnmouth beach, and on the seaside village's main street, St Valery offers a stylish, adults-only B&B that's close to the sea without being amongst the crowds. The interiors of the tall Victorian villa have been subtly modernised with pale colours, rugs on stripped-wood floors and a mix of vintage and Scandi-style furnishings while keeping original features of fireplaces and cornicing. Bedrooms share the same well-judged style but with different details. Overall, the feeling is of relaxed calm which likely also down to owner Harvey's laidback charm. Breakfast has a brunch-style choice of cooked items, plus there's an honesty bar and decking at the rear.
Apart from its own beach, Alnmouth is a good jumping off point for exploring Warkworth beach to the south, and Low Newton and Beadnell beaches to the north, all within 20 minutes' drive.
With lots of coastline and castles to explore nearby, Alnwick is only 10 minutes by car.
By car: 2 hours 30 minute from York, 3 hours 30 minutes from Manchester and 6 hours 30 minutes from London. Free parking available.
By train: London Kings Cross to Alnmouth is under 4 hours. The hotel is a 5-minute drive (or 20-minute walk) from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
People who want to stay near the sea but in a stylish base with spoiling touches and without children will love it here. We appreciated the mix of sepia photographs and modern art - plus the subtle scent of expensive candles.
Service & Facilities
Time to confess - we loved the complimentary tea and cake in the afternoon.
- Honesty bar
- Free Wi-Fi
Dogs are welcome in ground-floor rooms and can expect a bowl and treats. Walks suggestions plus the best dog-friendly eating places come courtesy of owner Harvey and his terrier, Roxy.
Front-facing rooms that stretch the width of the house are light and spacious, and with free-standing baths near the windows. Rooms include lovely little touches: Neom diffusers, fresh flowers, fresh milk and a Kilner jar of sweeties.
St Benedict, St Cuthbert, St Bede
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Breakfasts can linger into the morning - no-one is clock-watching - and there are weekend specials. Oh, and the honesty bar is very reasonably priced.
Breakfast: served daily from 8:30-10am. Dishes cooked to order include breakfast quesadilla, smashed avocado on toast and Full English.