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Fronting one of the main streets of Alnwick and well-placed for exploring the town's attractions, Bondgate Boutique is a Georgian townhouse in miniature. Sitting neatly between its loftier Victorian neighbours, it's easy to overlook; inside it's been cleverly transformed, making optimum use of the small spaces to provide just seven neat and contemporary bedrooms with shower-only bathrooms. Furnishing is pared-down yet smart with big beds, bold mirrors and bright shots of colour against neutral backgrounds. No food is offered - the idea is to offer a comfortable, adults-only, stylish base within walking distance of restaurants and cafés, and at a very reasonable price.

Your expert reviewer

Helen Pickles
Travel and feature writer
Growing up in Yorkshire and with family holidays in the Lake District, Helen, who writes for several UK national newspapers, developed a love of walking and the big outdoors. When it comes to cities, and food, Italy has the edge – and her heart.



Being able to walk from the front door to restaurants, shops and bars, without worrying about parking is a joy.

From the hotel you're within walking distance of both Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Gardens.
By car: under 3 hours from York, 4 hours from Manchester and 6 hours 30 minutes from London. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Kings Cross to Alnmouth is under 4 hours. The hotel is an 8-minute drive from the station.

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Style & Character

People who want a smart, comfortable modern base without unnecessary extras and at a good-value price will enjoy it here. We loved the refreshing simplicity and lack of fussy details.

Service & Facilities

As there's no reception or formality, it feels like you're staying in a private home.

  • Terrace
  • Adults-only
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


The two Superior Rooms have more space, a striking cherry-red feature wall and super-king beds. The teas, coffees and welcoming bowl of chocolates are neatly set on a butler's tray.

Classic Room, Standard Room, Superior Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, dressing table, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

We enjoyed a glass of wine on the small south-facing patio at the front of the property before venturing out to dinner. We were tempted by the discount voucher, offered to all guests, for dining at next-door Plough Inn but fell for the romance of the Treehouse Restaurant in Alnwick Garden.

The Bondgate Boutique is room-only accommodation, but The Plough Inn is next door. All rooms have a list of recommended eating places from family Italian to fine dining.

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