Post Office House

UK England North East England Northumberland Belford

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A luxury boutique B&B in a superb North Northumberland location.
It would be hard to find a better location from which to explore the multiple delights of Northumberland than the charming small town of Belford. Midway between Alnwick and the Scottish border, close to the coast and also within easy reach of the national park a little further inland, it's a perfect spot, and the good news too that you can stay at Post Office House, an elegant boutique B&B right in the heart of the town's tiny centre.

Rated as one of the top 15 B&Bs in Northumberland, Post Office House is run by Simon and Claire, who moved here and refurbished the place in 2016. The building is, as you might have gathered, an old post office, and was purpose-built as such at the end of the 19th century. It had its own sorting office and telegraph facilities and also served as the postmaster's residence, so has lent itself well to its transformation into a very comfortable B&B, with airy, good-sized rooms, one of which used to be the village shop. It also has a lovely garden which is available for the use of guests.

They have three guest rooms – Berwick, Coquet and Longstone. Berwick is a cosy ground floor room with a double bed overlooking the rear courtyard; Coquet, on the floor above, is lighter and more spacious and has a king-size bed, with views of the courtyard and garden and the countryside beyond; while Longstone, also on the first floor, is a lovely light room with twin beds.  All three rooms are beautifully furnished in an antique Victorian style, with elegant beds and good linen, but they also have all the modern amenities you need – wifi and Smart TVs, tea and coffee-making facilities (including Nespresso machines), complimentary mineral water, eco-fridges with fresh milk, blackout curtains and enough space for separate seating areas and coffee tables. They all have en-suite bathrooms with walk-in power showers, heated towel rails and Scottish Fine Soap Company toiletries.

As for breakfast, Simon is former chef and makes sure everyone is well set up not only for a day's exploring not only in and around Belford but also North Northumberland in general – indeed there's so much to do, we're getting jealous just thinking about it! The glorious Northumberland coast and in particular the Holy Island of Lindisfarne are a short drive away, as is the magnificently sited Bamburgh Castle and the glorious Farne Islands, which you can reach via the small harbourside town of Seahouses. Consider, too a short trip south to see the fabulous town, gardens and castle a short drive south at Alnwick, famous for its role in the Harry Potter movies.

Details

Facilities

There are three individually designed bedrooms, all sympathetically decorated to reflect the Victorian period of the building, with original features, high celings, chandeliers and sumptuous black-out curtains.  Each room has wooden shutters for added privacy. For today's discerning guest, modern facilities are at your disposal such as Smart TV's, complimentary WiFi, USB socket points, full hospitality tray and Nespresso coffee machines with different flavour, biodegradable pods.  All rooms are en-suite with showers, heated towel rails, large luxurious bath sheets and bathrobes.  One of the guest rooms is located on the ground floor with a double bed, the other two rooms (twin and king size double) are on the first floor. There is a secluded private garden with picnic table and seating areas to enjoy a take-away alfresco meal or to just relax with a chilled glass of wine.  We have our own private on-site parking, street parking also available. We are walker and cyclist-friendly with boot scraper, boot trays in each room and storage area/garage for bicycles/wet waterproofs.  Motorcycles, classic/vintage/sports car fans and other petrol heads are very welcome at Post Office House, being enthusiasts ourselves!

Suitable For

No pets/dogs allowed.  Adult only (over 18 years).  Perfect for couples; mother and daughter breaks; romantic get-aways; quiet, relaxing breaks or to celebrate a special occasion.  We are also perfect for sole travellers and offer single occupancy in all our rooms.

Nearby

Belford is ideally located, four miles from the UK Seaside Destination, Bamburgh with it's magnificent castle.  Post Office House is on the walking routes of St Cuthberts and St Oswald's Way, together with the Northumberland Coastal Path and cycling routes. Farne Islands with their colonies of beautiful sea birds including puffins and Grey Seals where boat trips sail around the islands and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne are a 15 minute drive by car.  The dramatic, stunning Northumberland coastline with Embleton Bay and Dunstanburgh Castle are 12 miles. England's most northerly town, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnwick with  (pronounced Annick) are 15 miles in both directions from Post Office House. 

Food & Drink

Black Swan, Belford (traditional pub with good ales, very friendly welcome with a lovely warm stove); The Potted Lobster in Bamburgh for fishie fans; The White Swan, Warenford, one of our favourites (Modern British cuisine) and Pack Horse at Ellingham; The Apple Inn, Lucker; St Aidans Bistro, Seahouses (amazing views over to the Farne Islands) or why not venture a little further to the Ship Inn, Low Newton for fantastic views of the sea in the most delightful location.  This wonderful pub is family run and also has a micro-brewery.  Further inland is the Percy Arms at Chatton; The Black Bull at Lowick and Milan Italian restaurant in Wooler (a firm favourite)

Open

Open all year.

Pricing

From £107 per night

The Owner Says

Post Office House was, as the name suggests, the former post office and postmaster's residence until 2014.  In 2016 we relocated from Yorkshire and founded Post Office House Bed and Breakfast. After looking at various going concerns, a fallen- through offer and looking at potential `contenders', we eventually settled on this lovely, characteristic Grade II Listed Victorian building, perfectly located in the heart of North Northumberland. It took us 15 years in the planning to realise our dream of opening a bed and breakfast and being charge of our own destiny, having started our plans back in the mid 2000's. After a full refurbishment of Post Office House in just five months, we opened our doors to paying guests in July that year.  

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Rooms

Three rooms

Location

Contact Website  01668 219 622  Post Office House, 2 Church Street, Belford, Northumberland NE70 7LS

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Getting There

Approaching from the south on A1, turn off 2 miles after Purdy Lodge services onto the B6349.  Follow the old Great North Road into the centre of the village. Past the market cross with St Mary’s Church on your left, and Post Office House is the tall Victorian building in front of the red pillar box on the right hand side. From the north, take the right turn, signposted Detchant and Middleton, and follow this for a mile. The B&B is at the bottom of North Bank on the left.

Nearest rail stations are Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnmouth on the East Coast Main Line, with direct trains from Kings Cross, Doncaster, Newark, York, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh.  There is also an excellent direct bus service from Newcastle, Alnwick and Berwick station (X15/X18) which comes straight into Belford, with bus stops metres away from Post Office House.  Coastal route bus service X18, direct from Belford.

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Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 1 reviews

★★★★★

Great B&B!

Stayed at The Old Post Office and couldn’t believe how charming and comfortable the experience was. Claire and Simon have created a gorgeous environment with great deal of attention to detail. The breakfast was delicious and it was the most perfect place to stay in for exploring Northumberland.
Aug 4, 2021 by Marie-Claire

Response from Post Office House

What a lovely review, Marie-Claire and delighted you both enjoyed your stay with us.  It was a pleasure to meet you both and do hope we may see you again sometime in the future...for a longer break in Northumberland.  Still so much for you to explore and visit!  With best wishes Claire and Simon

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