The Whittling House, Alnmouth, Northumberland
In arguably Northumberland's most attractive seaside village, Alnmouth, this dog-friendly restaurant-with-rooms is five minutes from the beach and offers sea views from many of its bedrooms. The Victorian villa and adjoining cottage have been smartly furnished in a modern rustic style with wood-burning stoves and lots of jolly references to the coastal location, whether in framed prints, advertising posters or the rich blue and sandy colour schemes. Food is king here - the entire ground floor is a series of eating areas - with a bistro-style menu that highlights local fish, beef and game. The ten comfortable but uncluttered bedrooms are smart with wool-upholstered armchairs, Farrow and Ball colours, waxed rustic furniture and smart touches such as coffee machines, bathrobes and homemade shortbread.
Your expert reviewer
Within five minutes, you could be on the beach: a gorgeous two-mile stretch of pancake-flat sands.
Alnmouth is a pretty village, perfect for exploring the shops and beach. Alnwick Castle is a 15-minute drive away.
By car: around 1 hour from Newcastle and 2 hours from Edinburgh. Free parking available.
By train: direct trains from Edinburgh (1 hour) and London King's Cross (3 hours 30 minutes) to Alnmouth. It's a seven-minute drive to the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Walkers, dog owners and coastal lovers who want a seaside hotel with a bit of style and good comfort will enjoy this place. The references to the sea - a fishing rod, hurricane lamp, wallpaper of seagulls and framed prints of shellfish - are subtly done without going overboard with clutter.
Service & Facilities
We loved coming back from a breezy walk along the sands to a refreshing cuppa by the wood-burning stove in the bar. Dogs are welcome in several rooms and are given a bed, bowl and Whittling House dog-treat. Pets can accompany their owners in the dog-friendly area of the restaurant.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Studio has views of both sea and countryside. Colourful framed artworks - many from the village's gallery - liberally hang in each room, and range from seaside-y activities and iconic book covers to botanical etchings.
Room, Deluxe Room, Studio
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Sunday lunch is served all day Sunday. Pace yourself to leave room for wickedly tempting pudding: chocolate delice, sticky toffee, steamed marmalade and ginger, ice cream sundae with chocolate brownie...
The Restaurant: Pub classics, locally sourced produce. All-day menu, open daily. Sunday lunch served 12-9pm. Mains from £18.
Rooms available from £144 per night
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