Post Office House is a AA Four-Star Gold bed and breakfast, located in the pretty village of Belford, offering elegant, luxurious and comfortable guest accommodation. Near Bamburgh and the stunning Northumberland Coast (AONB). Private on-site parking and complimentary WiFi. For availability and reservations, please go to Book Now page or telephone us. We look forward to welcoming you!
Simon and Claire welcome you to their home at Post Office House in Belford, a AA Four-Star Gold Bed and Breakfast. Post Office House was extensively refurbished into a high quality accommodation establishment in 2016, where guests can experience comfort and relaxation in our elegant Grade II Listed Victorian home.
Simon, a former Assistant Chef, prepares and cooks our delicious breakfasts whilst Claire looks after front-of-house, together with all administration, marketing and our social media platforms. We offer guests a personal `home-from-home’ experience with excellent hospitality to match and have a combination of 50 years’ hospitality and food experience between us. Prior to re-locating and founding Post Office House Bed and Breakfast, Simon was previously a Quality Assurance Manager for a Chilled Food manufacturers who made and supplied ready meals for Booths, M&S and Waitrose. Claire worked for a London-based Fine Art Auctioneers for 12 years’ and then at a four-star luxury castle hotel in Yorkshire, as well as gaining a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management in 2014.
We are ideally located between Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed, a couple of minutes off the A1. The stunning coastline and sandy beaches of Bamburgh and Budle Bay are within a 10-minute drive. The award-winning Embleton beach and Dunstanburgh Castle are a short jaunt down the coast. Belford is perfectly situated to explore the extensive and diverse range of attractions Northumberland has to offer, including Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Farne Islands, Cheviot Hills and the many famous castles such as Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Chillingham. The Scottish Borders are only 15 miles away and Edinburgh a 40-minute journey by train.
Our guests are welcome to use the quiet secluded garden, to relax with a book or a glass of wine in the summer months, overlooking open fields, and our lovely resident sheep with their brood of gambolling lambs in the Spring. There are two seating areas and a picnic table where a take-away fish and chip supper can be enjoyed alfresco under the gazebo.
Motorcyclists, Vintage, Sports and Classic Car owner and enthusiasts are very welcome at Post Office House. We have many motor rally events throughout our region and the Scottish Borders, including our very own one in Belford every April. We have our own private on-site parking, together with a garage where we have room for a couple of motorcycles, storage for helmets and bike washing facilities. There are areas to hang up biking gear and pannier storage. Motorcycles can also park safely in our car park.
Northumberland has some fantastic roads for motorcyclists and car enthusiasts alike. Take the A697 from A1 at Morpeth, through Wooler, Cornhill-on-Tweed and into the Borders to join up with the A68 at Lauder. It is a beautifully picturesque run. The coastal route from Bamburgh all the way down to Druridge Bay which takes in Embleton, Craster, Warkworth and Amble – an interesting route with some gorgeous beaches to meander along.
We have three parking spaces where you can park your vintage/classic or sports car and specialist garage, Cheviot Classics in Belford can assist if you need any parts or repairs. We have an excellent valeting service in Belford who can clean your car in situ at Post Office House. Also a must-visit for motor racing enthusiasts is the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum at Duns on the Scottish Borders
We are walker and cyclist-friendly, each room is equipped with boot trays and there is a boot brush at the guest entrance door. We have a wide range of walking and cycling maps for guests to borrow. There is secure storage for bicycles including drying area/facilities, with areas to store helmets and to dry out any wet waterproofs!
For those planning a holiday on foot, St Cuthbert’s and St Oswald’s Way routes are close by and part of the Northumberland Coastal Path goes through Belford. St Cuthbert’s Cave is under the National Trust and it is a beautiful five mile walk from us across the countryside. Northumberland Coast is home to many different bird and wildlife species and is a mecca for bird and wildlife enthusiasts, where many rare and unique species are seen around this coastline. There are also excellent guided walks with a diverse range of different tours, such as the Pilgrims Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. If you would prefer to be shown Northumberland with excellent knowledge with one of our Walking Guides, please let us know and we will forward some details.
For those planning to explore the area on foot, we have an excellent bus service in Belford, serving our villages, market towns and cities, with direct services to Alnwick, Berwick, Morpeth and Newcastle. The X18 travels the scenic route with spectacular views of North Northumberland’s stunning coastline and quaint fishing villages, whilst the more direct X15 will take you straight into Alnwick, Berwick and Newcastle. The bus stop points; both north and south are within seconds of our front door. Buses also go to Holy Island which run alongside the Arriva X18, interchange point at Beal Services. The Lindisfarne Hopper is a daily small bus shuttle from the mainland to Holy Island running from April to October.
If you love a bit retail therapy, we are within easy reach of the cultural, cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh. We are only 40-minutes by rail, with direct trains from Berwick. The beautiful, historical city of Newcastle-upon–Tyne with the Baltic and Laing Art Galleries, Museums and famous quayside landmarks such as The Sage and iconic Tyne Bridge, are an hours’ drive. Newcastle is also accessible by bus from Belford and by train from Alnmouth or Berwick-upon-Tweed. Please ask us for further details and timetables. For air travel, our nearest airports are Newcastle International (45 minutes by car/taxi) or Edinburgh (75 miles). UK Airports Taxi Service are available at both airports or there are several car hire firms such as Avis. If travelling by train to Berwick and need to hire a car, contact East Coast Rental on 01289 307611 or email them here
Timetables for Arriva X18/X15 routes and Holy Island Shuttle Bus can be found by clicking on the following links:
Reservations can be made securely online or by telephoning us. Likewise, if you have an availability or reservation enquiry, we pick up all telephone messages, emails and enquiries via our contact form below. We also have access to all messages away from the premises and will answer any enquiries as quickly as possible, usually within a couple of hours.
We kindly ask that you do not telephone after 9.00 pm (we need down-time too!) or before 11.00 am as we are busy preparing, serving breakfasts and then checking-out any departing guests.
A polite request please… we clearly state that we do not accept dogs/pets of any description and adult only at Post Office House, therefore ask that the booking information is read BEFORE making an enquiry about such or committing to making a reservation. It is a waste of both your time and ours – thank you!
Our cosy, welcoming Breakfast Room was the kitchen in Victorian times. The focal point is the characteristic, original sandstone surround for the former cooking range where our guests can warm up in front of our lovely Jøtul wood-burning stove, lit in the colder months. Cheery, colourful post box fabric is dotted around as a nod toward the buildings’ previous role.
Our award-winning breakfasts include a diverse range to suit all palates including vegetarians. We use quality, locally sourced Northumbrian produce on our menu including `Bamburgh Bangers’ and the world-famous Craster kippers. In addition to the cooked variety, we provide freshly prepared fruit, natural yoghurt or homemade muesli/cereal. There is freshly toasted bread from our local, family bakers, together with our own homemade Seville marmalade and preserves to accompany. In addition we have a wide selection of Ringtons specialist teas or `Daily Bread’ freshly ground coffee from Pilgrims Coffee of Holy Island, all served to you as well. We grow most of our own herbs and nasturtiums; these colourful flowers and peppery leaves are used to decorate our breakfast dishes (when in season) and are edible too!
We will continue to carry out staggered breakfast times for each set of guests, but now with two sittings at 8 am and 9 am. This is essential as we only have two tables in our breakfast room and if we have three sets of guests staying, one table has to be cleaned, disinfected and re-laid for the third guests. We are happy to still offer 9.30 am, as pre-Covid, if you wish a relaxing start to your day. We are sorry but cooked breakfasts are not served earlier than 7.30 am. If you require an early start, then please discuss this with us prior to when making a reservation where we can arrange alternative options.
Our elegant accommodation has been sympathetically refurbished to reflect the Victorian period and former role of the building, whilst providing modern and comfortable facilities for the discerning guest.
Berwick, Coquet and Longstone are all appointed to a high standard with quality furnishings; white cotton bed linen, large fluffy bath sheets, hand towels, flannels and bathrobes. Our en-suites are equipped with walk-in power showers, heated towel rails and Scottish Fine Soap Company toiletries. Sumptuous, heavy curtains in each bedroom are fully interlined with blackout material and in addition, all rooms are fitted with wooden shutters for extra privacy and a peaceful nights’ sleep.
All rooms have Nespresso Coffee Machines with biodegradable coffee pods, sourced from Coffee & Kin in Alnwick, together with a wide selection of Ringtons individually-wrapped teas, hot chocolate and bottled water.
Our rooms are double or single occupancy only, we do not have family rooms or extra beds.
Please note we do not have separate guest lounges or dining room for guest use in the evenings. Post Office House is not a self-catering establishment where guests have access to the whole property.
Berwick is a cosy, quiet room (formerly the Post Office and shop), is located on the ground floor and is located at the rear of the house overlooking the courtyard. It has a double bed has original features including the high ceiling, sash window and wooden shutters. Facilities comprise a roomy under-stairs cupboard to store luggage, also doubling as a wardrobe. There is an Eco mini-fridge and an additional small cupboard with drawer space. You will also find a dressing table/desk, two comfy tub-style chairs and a small occasional table. Suitable for those with limited mobility/walking but not wheelchair accessible.
Coquet overlooks the courtyard and garden, located on the first floor at the back of the house with lovely views of the surrounding Belford countryside. It is a cosy, bright and luxurious room with a king-size bed and benefits from a generously sized en-suite shower room. Facilities comprise of a clothes rack with additional space for footwear and luggage; two comfy tub-style chairs to relax in, read a book, watch television or to simply chill out. There are slatted shutters for extra privacy. It has access to its’ own Eco-fridge on the landing, just outside the room.
Longstone is our twin room and is light, airy, elegant and luxurious. Complete with the original decorative plaster cornicing, Longstone is on the first floor, at the front of the house with views overlooking St Mary’s Church. There are two comfy tub-style chairs to relax in and an occasional table with space for an iPad/laptop or to enjoy a board game or cards. Facilities comprise a small wardrobe with shelving, slatted window shutters for extra privacy and antique chest of drawers with ample drawer space. There is silent mini Eco-fridge where you will find fresh milk and can store your water or a bottle of wine. Please note:
Please note: The twin beds are not zip-and-link and cannot be pushed together. The church across the road chimes on the hour and although the chimes are not loud, we advise if you are intolerant to any form of noise, then this room may not be suitable.
Off-Street Private Parking for Three Cars (One Space per Room)
High-Speed Fibre Optic Broadband WiFi in all Guest Rooms and Breakfast Room
Secure Storage for bicycles and level private parking for motorcycles.
Use of our secluded garden which has seating areas
Flat Screen Wall-Mounted 32″ Smart Televisions with Freeview Channels. Streaming Services Available (by own account and log-in only).
Krups Nespresso Coffee Machines in all Rooms
Full Hospitality Tray With a Selection of Teas/Hot Chocolate From Ringtons, Chocolates and Biscuits (Decaffeinated Tea and Coffee are also Included). Fresh Milk is Provided for Each Room.
Eco Mini-Fridges for Each Room (Fridge for Coquet is Located on the Landing)
USB Socket Points
Rooms Serviced Daily (Not Currently Due to COVID-19 Safety Measures)
North Northumberland is a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is steeped in cultural heritage; together with stunning coastlines, unspoilt, tranquil beaches, stunning countryside and magnificent castles. The beautiful Cheviot Hills and the magical serenity of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne are a short drive away which is accessible only by low tide, causeway crossings timetable here. Take a journey through our videos on this page, which are guaranteed to whet your appetite! Whether by way of walking, cycling, photography or to simply relax, there is something for everyone in our beautiful county. If a round of golf is on the cards, Goswick Golf Club is located right on the coast and ranked in the top 50 courses in the UK, (see Goswick Golf Club here) We are also Tourism Ambassadors for Berwick-upon-Tweed and England’s Coast, so do not hesitate to ask us advice about places to visit, where to explore, places to dine and any other questions you may have.
Is a Farne Islands boat trip on your bucket list? Boats sail from Seahouses, with different trips and durations; The Golden Gate (George Shiel) the only licenced boat to land on Longstone Island. Longstone Lighthouse is the former home of the famous Victorian heroine, Grace Darling and is opening again to visitors in 2021. Other boat operators are Serenity and Billy Shiel’s Boat Trips (hover over the names to access their websites for information). The Scottish Borders are a stone’s throw away, home to stately homes such Floors Castle in Kelso, Manderston House and Paxton House, together with many coastal and countryside walks. The Berwickshire Coastline is also worth a visit, take a trip to the lovely little fishing village of St Abbs. Additionally, the Northumberland Coastline and surrounding stunning countryside is a photographers’, birdwatchers’ and walkers’ heaven. There are also a wide range of other great outdoor activities a short hop from us, including horse riding, (Swinhoe Riding School); canoeing and kayaking, (Active 4 Seasons); windsurfing and sailing, (Coquet Shorebase Trust).
Many landmarks in Northumberland have been used for filming including Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter’s Hogwarts & School of Wizardry, Robin Hood `Prince of Thieves’ and Downton Abbey). Northumberland’s increasing popularity has also been heightened by various television series’ such as Robson Green’s Tales of Northumberland and more recently, the popular ITV detective drama series, `Vera’.
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`Scran’ is Northern English slang for food. The expression has been widely used for centuries by the fishing/seafaring fraternity, as well as the Merchant and Royal Navy. We have an excellent, diverse range of local ‘scran’ establishments to appeal to all tastes, from the humble fish supper to fine dining. You will find delicious, locally-caught fish and seafood served in many of our pubs and restaurants.
We would suggest reserving tables for evening meals as establishments may still be operating on reduced seating capacity due to physical distancing. All establishments can be contacted by telephone, most have their own websites and some have their own on-line table reservation system.
If you wish to leave the car behind; Croft Taxis in Belford offers a prompt, reasonable and reliable service. Gordon can be contacted on 07803 496278. Taxi services are very limited in our rural area and are difficult to hail on the night, so advance booking is recommended.
Black Swan, Belford; Food served Friday/Saturday
Sunnyhills Farm Shop (see link for menus): Evening meals served until 8 pm (summer holidays only). Open until 6 pm every day for light meals, sandwiches and afternoon teas. Thurs/Fri/Saturday until 8pm. Sunday Lunches served until 5 pm
Blue Bell Hotel; Reopening on 19th July, serves evening meals 7 days per week
Apple Inn, Lucker
Black Bull, Etal
Black Bull, Lowick
Joiners Arms, Low Newton-by-the Sea
The Jolly Fisherman, Craster
Pack Horse, Ellingham
Percy Arms, Chatton
Ship Inn, Low-Newton-by-the-Sea
Ship Inn, Holy Island
White Swan, Warenford
Audela Restaurant, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Baileys at the Victorian Hotel, Bamburgh
Barn at Beal (evening meals Thursday – Saturday)
Foxtons Wine Bar & Restaurant, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Insieme, Seahouses: (Italian)
Lord Crewe Arms, Bamburgh
Milan, Wooler: (Italian)
Plough-on-the-Hill, Allerdean, near Berwick-upon-Tweed
Potted Lobster, Bamburgh
St Aidan Bistro, Seahouses (Thurs, Fri and Sat evenings only)
John Dory Fish and Chip Shop, Belford: Take-away only (open until 8pm), closed Sundays and Mondays
Lewis’s, Seahouses; Take-away fish and chips and restaurant
Hook, (formerly Pinnacles), Seahouses; The Hairy Bikers favourite, delicious fish and chips!
Sunnyhills of Belford; Take-away meals available 7 days per week until 6 pm
Creel & Reel Seafood Trailer, Links Car Park, Bamburgh; Delicious seafood to take-away – open 12 pm to 6 pm
BAMburger, located at R Carter & Sons in Bamburgh. Open Fri/Sat 5pm to 8 pm for delicious burgers to take-away!
Alnwick Castle: The second largest inhabited castle in England and has been home of the Percy Family for 700 years. A must-see, along with the beautiful Alnwick Gardens, with it’s magnificent water cascade; the construction of which was personally overseen by the Duchess of Northumberland.
Bamburgh Castle: This beautiful, majestic castle has the real `wow’ factor travelling in from the west and dropping down into the village of Bamburgh. One of the largest inhabited castles in the country and was owned by the first Lord Armstrong, the famous Victorian engineer.
Cragside, Rothbury: Another icon of Northumberland is the stunning country residence of Victorian pioneer, Lord Armstrong. Cragside was the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. Lord Armstrong designed and built all the hydro-electric power at Cragside and the house was totally `self-sufficient’ for electric.
Dunstanburgh: Erected in 1313 by Earl Thomas of Lancaster, the haunting, dramatic ruins are one of North Northumberland’s most iconic landmarks. The mile long walk from the delightful fishing village of Craster, famous for its’ kippers, is one of the most beautiful along this coastline.
Howick Hall Gardens: Home of the Grey Family, famous for Earl Grey Tea where it was founded. These beautiful gardens and arboretum are open mostly all year round – visit the Snowdrop display in February.
Lindisfarne and Holy Island: Holy Island is steeped in history and famous for its Christianity and medieval heritage. Lindisfarne Castle, is majestically perched on top of an outcrop and the interior was remodelled by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll in the early 20th Century. Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle are only accessible by the road causeway at LOW TIDE (See times here)
Warkworth Castle: Another Percy family seat and its great Tower or cross-shaped keep was built over 600 years ago by the first Earl of Northumberland. Experience first hand the Percy’s lavish lifestyle by visiting the Duke’s Rooms in the Keep which is almost complete. It is one of Northumberland’s most popular attractions along with the Hermitage and Warkworth village is well worth a visit. Here you will find unique independent shops, tea rooms and pubs.
From A1 Northbound
We are 2 miles after Purdy Lodge services, turn left onto the B6349. Follow the old Great North Road into the centre of the village. Past the market cross with St Mary’s Church on your left, Post Office House is the tall Victorian building in front of the red pillar box on the right hand side. The gold and black Post Horn sign is also a landmark! Our driveway entrance is immediately to the right of the pillar box, with car park at the rear.
From A1 Southbound
We are 4 miles south of Holy Island junction, take the right turning, signposted Detchant and Middleton. This is the original route of the old A1 (Great North Road). Follow this route for one mile. We are located at the bottom of North Bank on the left. We are in front of the red pillar box with our driveway entrance immediately before this.
We have our own private off-street parking with parking also available outside Post Office House or in the Market Square.