Best Boutique and Luxury Hotels in North East England

Hotels, B&Bs, country houses, inns, restaurants with rooms

The regions beautiful coast and countrysde has much to offer. It includes the Northumberland National Park, Durham Cathedral and Caste and Hadrian's Wall, both World Heritage sites, two areas of outstanding natural beauty, the Northumberland Coast and the North Pennines and Western Europe's largest reservoir. The vibrant cities of Newcastle and Durham offer good food, fine restaurants and lively night clubs.

The directory below presents some of the Good Hotel Guide's selected hotels in the North East of England. You can use Advanced Search or click on the map to see other hotels.

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Featured hotels in North East

Swinton Park, MASHAM, Yorkshire

In a 'superb' setting on a huge estate (with parkland, a lake and a walled garden), this 19th-century Gothic castle is the family home of Mark and Felicity Cunliffe-Lister. 'Personal and unfussy', it


The Rose and Crown, ROMALDKIRK, Co. Durham

'The welcome was friendly, the housekeeping good; everything was polished and gleaming.' Guide inspectors had an 'enjoyable' stay at Thomas and Cheryl Robinson's 18th-century coaching inn opposite the


Judges, YARM, Yorkshire

'Lovely to be back at Judges,' says a regular Guide correspondent, returning this year to this restored Victorian mansion, once a residence for circuit court judges. 'We were hoping that standards


Hotels in North East

  • The Traddock, AUSTWICK, North Yorkshire

    In a 'lovely, quiet' village location, the Reynolds family's small hotel has a 'homely' atmosphere and 'pleasant, obliging staff', say visitors this year. The Grade II listed Georgian manor (with

  • Shallowdale House, AMPLEFORTH, North Yorkshire

    'It is an unchanging pleasure to stay here.' On the edge of the North York Moors national park, Phillip Gill and Anton van der Horst's hillside guest house attracts many return visitors. 'We enjoyed

  • Clow Beck House, CROFT-ON-TEES, Co. Durham

    In 'beautifully landscaped and immaculately kept' gardens close to the River Tees, Heather and David Armstrong's small hotel and restaurant occupy a group of converted stone outbuildings on family

  • Eslington Villa, GATESHEAD, Tyne and Wear

    In a large garden overlooking the Team valley, Nick and Melanie Tulip's Victorian hotel, converted from two substantial houses, is recommended 'to anyone who wants a family-run place where you feel at

  • Lastingham Grange, LASTINGHAM, North Yorkshire

    'The hands-on owners make all the difference' at this 'special' hotel, in a creeper-covered 17th-century farmhouse on the edge of the North York Moors. Bertie Wood, his mother, Jane, and brother, Tom,

  • Jesmond Dene House, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne and Wear

    'A huge success: the staff were welcoming and treated us like VIPs; the food was good.' Praise from regular Guide correspondents this year for Peter Candler's 'very good' hotel, an Arts and Crafts

  • The White Swan, PICKERING, North Yorkshire

    On the main street of a 'nice old market town', this 16th-century former coaching inn is a hub of community life. It is managed by Catherine Feather for Victor and Marion Buchanan, who have owned the

  • The Nag's Head, PICKHILL, North Yorkshire

    'As good as ever', this old coaching inn in a village just off the A1 near Thirsk has been run by the Boynton family for more than 40 years. 'It is everything a country inn should be thanks to

  • The Yorke Arms, RAMSGILL-IN-NIDDERDALE, North Yorkshire

    In a 'beautiful' setting, by the green in a village below the moors, Bill and Frances Atkins's restaurant-with-rooms (a 17th-century former shooting lodge) has long been popular with gourmet visitors.

  • Millgate House, RICHMOND, North Yorkshire

    Off the town's cobbled square, Austin Lynch and Tim Culkin run this personable B&B in their early Georgian home. 'From the magnificent lounge, dining room and gardens to the welcoming

  • The Wold Cottage, WOLD NEWTON

    Once a gentleman's retreat, Katrina and Derek Gray's red brick Georgian country house stands in landscaped grounds with the views to the Yorkshire Wolds (the landscape that inspired David Hockney's A

  • Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, YORK, North Yorkshire

    In 'beautiful gardens with a splendid walk to the river', this 'striking' William and Mary country mansion on the outskirts of York is owned by the National Trust. Once the home of diarist Lady Mary

  • Headlam Hall, DARLINGTON, Co. Durham

    In beautiful walled gardens, surrounded by rolling farmland, the Robinson family's handsome 17th-century country house has a Jacobean hall, stone walls, huge fireplaces and traditional furnishing.

  • The Hermitage, HEXHAM, Northumberland

    Approached through a grand arch and up a long drive, Katie and Simon Stewart's 'beautiful' stone-built house is in a 'charming setting'. 'A wonderful refuge', the home is furnished with antiques, and

  • The Three Acres Inn & Restaurant, HUDDERSFIELD

    Set in rolling Pennine countryside, this old roadside drovers' inn has been run by Brian Orme and Neil Truelove for more than 40 years; Neil's son, Tom, is now a partner. Comfortable bedrooms are

  • The Bloomsbury, YORK, Yorkshire

    ‘Exceptionally helpful’ hosts Steve and Tricia Townsley run this B&B in their ‘welcoming, comfortable family home’, a Victorian house in a leafy neighbourhood close to

  • Bar Convent, YORK, North Yorkshire

    'Unlike any other hotel in which I have stayed.' By the historic city walls at Micklegate Bar, a five-minute walk to the centre, this quirky and interesting Grade I listed Georgian building houses

  • Thistleyhaugh Farm, LONGHORSLEY, Northumberland

    On the banks of the River Coquet in the Cheviot hills, Thistleyhaugh 'is a beautiful house', says a visitor this year. But 'what makes it so special' is the hostess, Enid Nelless, because of her

  • Phoenix Court, SCARBOROUGH, Yorkshire

    Alison and Bryan Edwards are the welcoming hosts at this environmentally friendly guest house, in two Victorian houses overlooking North Bay and the beach. Walkers are well provided for with drying,

  • Eshott Hall, MORPETH, Northumberland

    A 'profound country house experience' was enjoyed by a visitor to this 'superb period house' on a large estate with an arboretum and formal gardens. The owners, Robert and Gina Parker, have

  • Leopold Hotel, SHEFFIELD

    Close to the cathedral, on a lively public square with many cafés and restaurants, this modern hotel (part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World) occupies a sympathetically converted Grade II

  • Dean Court, YORK

    Right by the Minster, this Best Western hotel is formed from three separate dwellings built in 1865 to house the clergy. David Brooks is the manager. Bedrooms are ‘comfortable’; windows in

  • Ashmount Country House, HAWORTH

    In Brontë country, Ray and Gill Capeling's stone-built guest house is a short stroll from the Brontë Parsonage Museum; it was once the home of Dr Amos Ingham, physician to the Brontë

  • No54, HELMSLEY, North Yorkshire

    'A very good base' for exploring the 'wonderful' surrounding countryside, Lizzie Rohan's welcoming B&B is in a house formed from two cottages in a York stone terrace, half a mile from the market

  • Shibden Mill Inn, HALIFAX

    Opposite a millstream in the Shibden valley, Simon and Caitlin Heaton's 'very attractive' 17th-century country inn has a 'bustling' oak-beamed bar with an open fire at its heart. Imaginatively styled

  • The Bijou, HARROGATE, North Yorkshire

    A five-minute walk from the town centre, Stephen and Gill Watson's good-value B&B is in a Victorian villa, off a main road. It has contemporary furnishing and artwork, original wood and tiled

  • The Townhouse, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne and Wear

    In a quiet residential neighbourhood, Cathy Knox runs her B&B in this elegant Victorian town house, a short metro ride from the centre. Individually designed bedrooms (some may be snug) are

  • Broom House, EGTON BRIDGE, North Yorkshire

    'Excellent,' says a visitor this year to this small guest house near Whitby in the North York Moors national park. It is now run as a B&B by new owners, Georgina and Michael Curnow. Earlier guests

  • Collingwood Arms, CORNHILL ON TWEED, Northumberland

    'The open fires in the lounges and the pretty garden are welcome sights on arrival' at Lindie and Richard Cook's Grade II listed Georgian building by the River Tweed in border country. 'You can see

  • St Cuthbert's House, SEAHOUSES, Northumberland

    Musicians Jill and Jeff Sutheran have transformed a former Presbyterian church (built in 1810) into a 'welcoming and attractive' B&B. It gains a main entry after a positive report by a regular

  • The Durham Ox, CRAYKE, North Yorkshire

    With exposed beams, carved wood panelling and an inglenook fireplace, Mike and Sasha Ibbotson's characterful 300-year-old country pub-with-rooms has a traditional feel. Bedrooms are in the main

  • Battlesteads, HEXHAM, Northumberland

    In the 'beautiful' North Tyne valley, Dee and Richard Slade's 'excellent' small hotel and restaurant is well placed for visitors exploring Hadrian's Wall or taking moor walks. It is a 'very

  • Shieldhall, WALLINGTON, Northumberland

    In a beautiful setting overlooking the National Trust's Wallington estate, this stone house was once owned by the family of Capability Brown. It stands amid gardens and parkland with a stream,

  • Barrasford Arms, HEXHAM, Northumberland

    In a small village close to Hadrian's Wall, chef/patron Tony Binks's 'very attractive old pub' sits on a 'quiet' road, with 'a pretty garden and wide views'. It has a 'relaxed, pleasant' atmosphere:

  • Chatton Park House, CHATTON, Northumberland

    'It exceeded our expectations.' On the edge of Northumberland national park, this imposing Georgian house is run as a B&B by 'most welcoming' hosts Paul and Michelle Mattinson. Spacious,

  • The Grange, YORK, North Yorkshire

    Just outside the city walls, Vivien and Jeremy Cassel's traditional hotel is in a Grade II listed Regency town house. Jackie Millan is the new manager. It has classically furnished bedrooms (some

  • Grassington House, GRASSINGTON, North Yorkshire

    Chef/patron John Rudden and his wife, Sue, hold lively weekend events at their small, refurbished hotel in this popular market town. Their limestone Georgian house overlooks the picturesque cobbled

  • The Hack & Spade, WHASHTON, North Yorkshire

    'An interesting, unpretentious place', this restaurant-with-rooms occupies a renovated 19th-century pub on a quiet street in a peaceful hilltop village with views of the valley and rolling hills. Jane

  • The County, AYCLIFFE VILLAGE, Co. Durham

    The 'lovely atmosphere' impressed the nominator of this restaurant-with-rooms, a former pub opposite the green in a village off the A1(M) north of Darlington. It is owned, and managed with 'plenty of