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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.
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.