Explore Northumberland

Beaufront is a perfect place from which to explore Northumberland and rural County Durham. We are also less than 30 minutes from bustling Newcastle, which can be reached by surprisingly frequent  buses and trains, as well as by car. This is true Border Country  and there  are 7 castles within 6 miles of our front door. Two gastropubs are within 2 miles , some  outstanding restaurants are within an easy drive, and we have one of the best bits of Hadrian’s Wall  just up the lane. Some of the stone in the big west barn at Beaufront was ‘borrowed’  from the Wall and you can spot it by its high quality dressing and standardised dimensions.

Two world class golf courses  at Slaley and Matfen are within a  short drive. To the immediate North is the wilderness of Kielder, famous these days for its darkness and being the stargazing centre for England, as well as for its abundant wildlife and  endless emptiness. But when you look south from your private garden and bedroom windows  at Beaufront, you are looking at 350 square miles of rolling countryside, with tiers of hills stretching way into the distance . There are rewarding  circular walks from the property, starting with a gentle stroll down the hill to the meadow where the owners’ English Longhorn cattle  live, and grading to all day hikes .

Beamish Museum , voted the best open air museum in the world, which attracted 750,000 visitors last year, is 40 minutes away, as is magnificent Durham Cathedral. A day trip to  Lake District  is easy. We allow 75 minutes to get to Ullswater.