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Bed & Breakfast

The Hermitage - Bed & Breakfast in Northumberland

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Swinburne, Hexham, NE48 4DG, Northumberland
England, United Kingdom

Simon & Katie Stewart

+44 (0)1434 681248 (landline)

+44 (0)7708 016297(mobile)

A beautiful Georgian house full of friendship and comfort. Country-house interiors, lovely lawns, warm hospitality and a magical setting

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A magical setting, three miles from Hadrian's Wall, in a house of friendship and comfort. Through ancient woodland, up the drive, over the burn and there it is: big, beautiful and Georgian. Interiors are comfortable country-house, full of warmth and charm; bedrooms, carpeted, spacious and delightful, are furnished with antiques, paintings and superb beds; bathrooms have roll top baths. Outside are lovely lawns, a walled garden, wildlife, and breakfasts on the terrace in summer. Katie – who was born in this house – looks after you brilliantly.

Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Tennis court
On the premises.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from Simon & Katie Stewart:

Local points of interest from
Simon & Katie Stewart:

  • We are five miles from the most interesting sections of the Roman Wall with its forts, museums and wonderful walking with stunning views.
  • The Roman Town of Corbridge with its famous bridge over the Tyne, Hexham and its Abbey, both steeped in history.
  • Alnwick Castle and Garden, Cragside, Wallington Hall, Gibside, Belsay Hall and Castle are all within very easy reach, as are Durham Cathedral, Beamish Museum, and Kielder Water.
  • There is an 18 hole golf course at Matfen Hall.
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne has much to offer, shopping, museums, architecture, The Millennium Bridge, Baltic Art Centre, and of course the fantastic Sage Music Centre, designed by Norman Forster.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"If ever there was a five star bed and breakfast, this is it. A most beautiful house set in magnificent grounds, a most kind and generous hostess, extremely comfortable rooms and an excellent breakfast left me with a sense of well being and a strong desire to return."

Peter - Henley-onThames, United Kingdom

August 2017
"My father wanted to celebrate his 80th birthday with a family walk along a section of Hadrian's Wall. We wanted a house that could hold the family, was close to Newcastle and nearby to Vindolanda. Katie helped plan the weekend by answering emails quickly and recommending places to eat. On our arrival, from different directions, help was immediately offered to take bags up to the large and comfortable bedrooms. A pot of tea with cakes was served in front of a log fire. Breakfast was delicious. Before we left, Simon took a family photograph to record memories of a very happy weekend. "

Bianca - London, United Kingdom

April 2017
"A warm welcome from Katie, who made us feel at immediately at home in a very special place. Charming house in a charming location, great breakfasts, much appreciated advice from Katie about good pub restaurants, places to visit and scenic routes to take. We had a most enjoyable and relaxing time at the Hermitage."

John - Carshalton, United Kingdom

July 2016
"We were made to feel very welcome. On arrival tea and homemade cake offered in cosy sitting room with open fire, just what was needed after a long journey. Katie made us feel very welcome in her home, the breakfast was delicious with an excellent service. Extremely quiet location and comfortable beds, we could not fault anything and would highly recommend staying at The Hermitage."


September 2015
"A really special place to stay, with a great welcome from our hostess. We were made to feel very much at home, and loved having breakfast on the terrace, looking at the lovely garden. Katie was very helpful giving us advice about a one-way walk along Hadrian's Wall."
July 2015
"We have just stayed for three nights in this elegant, comfortable and peaceful home. Katie is a perfect hostess, and made us feel that we were welcome guests in her lovely, spacious home. She strikes exactly the right balance between attention to detail and allowing her guests privacy and space. The setting is glorious and the house is well positioned for visits to Kielder, Hadrian's Wall etc. This is a real find and we would certainly return. "
June 2015
"A real delight. Elegant, peaceful, beautiful, very comfortable and mightily hospitable. Katie Stewart is a wonderful host not only cooking the marvellous breakfasts and unobtrusively preparing and making beds and refreshing the en-suite bathroom but enthusing about her house and its history and, of course, about Northumberland. Can't wait to return."
August 2014
"We loved it. Katie Stewart is the perfect hostess-warm, welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. Room I was v comfortable with a huge Vivtorian bath & lots of hot water. house & grounds magnificent in countryside and within close reach of many delights of Northumberland"
August 2014
"Delightfully located well off public roads in mature parkland. Only birdsong breaks the quiet. Spacious bedroom and bathroom, delicious breakfasts and tea to greet you. Wonderful hospitality and great attention to detail. Thank you for it all!"
June 2014
"A stunning place, set on a private estate near Hexham, beautifully kept and extremely comfortable. katie and Simon are warm and welcoming, and touches such as turning down the beds, putting on an electric blanket seem second nature to Katie. Delicious breakfast,tea and coffee in the room, large and warm bedrooms and bathrooms and a genuinely cosy atmosphere. Daffodils and wood anenomes cover the banks up the drive.Definitely one of the nicer places we have stayed, and that includes hotels."
April 2013
"What a hostess! Log fire/tea/cakes at the end of the day for 3 walkers over a w/e stay in addition to a bootdrying/sock washing service! A lovely home in a beautiful setting "
October 2012
"What a charming and pleasant place to stay, far from the plastic anonymity of most lodgings that confront today's travellers. "
October 2012
"The Hermitage is a perfect bed and breakfast: beautiful house; charming setting; (perfectly) quiet and very comfortable room; excellent breakfast. Not to mention details like water by the bed, Emma Bridgewater tea tray, properly made (inter-lined) curtains, original Victorian bath. But of course what makes it really special is the welcome and attention to detail provided by the owner Katie Stewart. Beyond the call of duty were a detailed (and brilliant) direction for a circular walk on nearby Hadrian’s Wall; tea in front of a roaring log fire; a booking made at a nearby restaurant. "
September 2012
"This was a delightful spot for the first two days of our holiday. The extensive house is nestled in perfectly quiet woodlands and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Katie and her waggy-tailed dogs were very welcoming. Our ensuite room was quiet and furnished with lovely antiques; the bed was very comfortable. Katie made excellent recommendations for dinner both evenings, and even booked our table."
August 2010

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  • 2 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin
Price:(i) £85 to£90 per night

Singles from £55.

Booking info:

Babes in arms & children over 7 welcome.


Pub 2 miles.




Swinburne, Hexham, NE48 4DG, Northumberland

B&B 1 Double room
Price: (i) £ 90 to £ 90 per night
B&B 1 Twin room
Price: (i) £ 90 to £ 90 per night
B&B 1 Double room
Separate bath.
Price: (i) £ 85 to £ 85 per night

Simon & Katie Stewart

+44 (0)1434 681248 (landline)

+44 (0)7708 016297(mobile)