Errington House

Humshaugh, Northumberland
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1434 672389

A rural farmhouse B&B with view-filled bedrooms, hearty breakfasts and walks from the door. The Dowies are generous hosts


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

Carolyn is a superb cook; breakfast on homemade bread, jams and marmalade, eggs from their hens, local sausages and bacon. You eat around the big dining table with other guests.

The Dowies’ handsome farmhouse and gardens are deeply peaceful and you can make yourself completely at home. Watch birds from a comfortable chair outside, sit and read in your airy bedroom or take a cup of tea to the guest sitting room and throw another log on the fire.

You can walk from the house (or drive ten minutes) to Hadrian’s Wall. Corbridge and Hexham have plenty of interest for an afternoon out and hum with shops, cafés and restaurants. Bring a group of friends for a walking holiday if you stay between June and October – Lex is hugely knowledgeable about the county.

Light and sunny communal living area at Errington House with homely furnishings, open fire and lots of reading material

We think you'll love

  • Being so close to Hadrian’s Wall and the Northumberland National Park
  • Coming back for tea and cake in front of the wood-burner after a long walk
  • Starting the day with one of Carolyn's fabulous breakfasts
Errington House - Gallery

You should know

  • You can bring your dog but it must sleep downstairs
  • The house is laid out on different levels with lots of stairs
  • It’s a drive to the nearest village for a meal out


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
Christmas & New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 5 miles.


Nightly price
from £110
Singles £95.
3 Twin/doubles
From £110
1 Twin/double
From £110



A blissfully comforting, welcoming home, the hosts’ kindness which extended to their lending decent walking gear and a map to us city dwellers, and even a lift to the station on leaving. The location is beautifully placed in the best of Northumberland. We wished we could have stayed longer, and cannot recommended this gem enough to those seeking rest, good exercise and some peace.

Jane, London

What can we add to the plaudits that so many others have submitted about every aspect of this charming place? The location with its expansive and undulating views, the quality and homeliness of the accommodation, the sumptuous meals, the warm hospitality of Carolyn and Lex, their local knowledge and generous advice on where to walk, what to see and recommendations for restaurants. Five of us had a long weekend here which will remain in our memories. We’ll be back!

Roland, Biddenden, Ashford. Kent

We had a lovely night here and were made to feel very welcome. Our dog was also welcome and slept in the super utility room. Such a great place for her as dogs are not allowed upstairs or in the bedrooms. Would thoroughly recommended.

Anne, Oxford

We were lucky enough to spend 5 days in Carolyn and Lex’s gorgeous home. You would be hard pushed to find more hospitable and welcome hosts than the Dowies! Our bedrooms were lovely with really comfortable beds. Breakfast was amazing with homemade bread and conserves and freshly laid eggs any way you like. Before our arrival Carolyn provided us with lots of useful local information regarding places to visit and eateries which was very useful. We had so many lovely chats with Carolyn and Lex that by the end we felt we were saying goodbye to friends, not B&B hosts.

Nathalie, London

Felt I had to comment on our experience as we were so well looked after; and there wasn't anything that was too much trouble. We had a dog with us who met the other three dogs and got on well. We kept our dog in the car overnight, which was fine for the time of year. We were provided with dinner and wine when we arrived and prior to dinner were entertained by our hosts with pre-dinner drinks. We were conscious of the Covid restrictions, as were our hosts, so felt very safe. The hosts also provided us with local knowledge and information to help us see the area without chasing our tails!

Graham, Gartocharn

Felt I must review this lovely place and say what a delightful time we had here. We had such a nice time here and felt so at home, on the way up to Scotland that we changed our plans and came back again to finish our trip on our wedding anniversary!! The farmhouse itself is beautiful, cosy, warm , the bedroom spacious with an incredible view out over garden and hills.Lovely large and comfortable bed , thoughtfully and tastefully furnished. Hearty breakfasts, and terrific evenings of home cooked food, wine and conversation. Carolyn and Lex are just the BEST of hosts. Will definitely return!

Fiona, Reading

Carolyn and Lex provided a warm welcome in their comfortable house. We took the opportunity to have dinner on the first night of our stay and the home-cooked food was excellent. While in a quiet location it is convenient for many of the area's Roman antiquities as well as for the towns of Hexham and Corbridge, which provide good restaurant facilities. Our hosts were happy to advise us on places to visit. The weather was cool and damp during our stay but our room was clean, warm and spacious. We stayed four nights and would definitely consider returning.

Simon, Bristol

Had a really wonderful stay. Beautiful location and amazing hospitality. Carolyn is a superb cook and her breakfast was top notch. Fresh eggs from their own hens, homemade breads, jams and marmalade - delicious. We felt completely relaxed and will definitely go back. Our puppy wants to go again too!

The Robinsons, Perth

From our warm welcome on arrival to helpful route suggestions on our day of departure, this was a wonderful stay in Northumberland. Our room and the guest sitting room are very comfortable, the house warm, dinner (on our first night) and every breakfast, delicious. Carolyn and Lex are great hosts, their beautiful home, and its location, exceptional.

Edward, Taunton

We could not have been made to feel more welcome. Carolyn and Lex are engaging hosts and have expert knowledge of the local area. The accommodation is spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable. The ideal location for visiting the beautiful county of Northumberland. Thanks you for a perfect stay.

Annie, Hadleigh, Suffolk

Breaking our journey to Carnoustie, we could not have enjoyed our stay with the Dowies more. They made us so very welcome ,every comfort afforded ,both bed and board! With great attention to detail ,and we were made to feel like old friends throughout. We should love to return on another journey North,and explore more of the Wall and the riches around. Thank you so much,Carolyn and Alexis

Wendy and David, Droitwich Spa

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The neighbourhood

It’s a ten-minute drive to Corbridge village and 15 to larger Hexham. Both have plenty of places to eat and Hexham Abbey and its old gaol are both worth a visit. Kielder Water and Forest – the UK’s largest man-made reservoir and woodland – is a 45-minute drive. This is prime walking country with walks from the door and Hadrian’s Wall very close by.

Local points of interest from Carolyn Dowie

  • Errington House lies only a mile north of Hadrian’s Wall. Situated on the best bit of the Wall for walking, and all within easy reach, are Birdoswald, Housesteads, Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, Steel Rigg, Chesters and the Sill.
  • Also within half an hour you will find: Wallington Hall, Belsay Castle & Gardens, Cragside - Lord Armstrong’s great house, Gibside, and Capability Brown’s first work at Kirkharle. A little further away is Durham with its Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace.
  • Pretty Corbridge, on the banks of the Tyne, is only minutes away, with excellent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs, and a beautiful Anglo-Saxon Church. Hexham is the local market town, also very attractive with a splendid Abbey and very good facilities.
  • The famous Northumberland Coastline with its beaches and castles and other attractions can easily be reached and enjoyed. Visit Alnwick Castle & Gardens, Craster and Howick Hall, Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Lindisfarne, Beadnell, Seahouses and Warkworth.
  • Not “touristy”, but well worth a visit, is the City of Newcastle with the Baltic Arts Centre, Sage Concert Hall, and the beautiful “Winking Eye” Millennium Bridge, all along the spectacular Quayside. Pilgrimages to St James’ Park can also be made.
  • On the sporting front there are 6 excellent golf courses within less than half an hour’s drive, fishing (and wild swimming!) on the Tyne and the Coquet, several shooting estates, and up at Keilder water sports, mountain biking and “Dark Sky” star gazing


Carolyn Dowie

Carolyn used to be an interior designer and now runs a needlepoint business – you’ll see examples of her work around the house. Her husband Lex is a walker and an historian and will always be able to offer advice on the best routes to walk and the most interesting places to see