Stunning Holiday Accommodation Near Hadrian's Wall


Welcome to Layside

Welcome to Layside, a brand new development of self contained luxurious rooms offering a private bed and breakfast experience to travellers wishing to explore magnificent Northumberland.

At Layside, you’ll receive your own key for your own private entrance, where you can enjoy our unique, boutique hospitality and the stunning uninterrupted views of Northumberland from your very own terrace.

Explore Northumberland

Layside is gloriously positioned in one of the most beautiful locations in the North of England, providing travellers and explorers with a base from which they can enjoy a vast range of memorable activities.

Situated in the heart of Northumberland, Layside is surrounded by some of the most famous and magical sites in the region, including the Sycamore Gap – voted Tree of the Year in 2016 and one of the most photographed locations in the whole of the Northumberland National Park – and the peaks around Castle Nick, or The Roman Milecastle 39 as it is otherwise known, which adorn the skyline in the other direction.

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Our Story

Layside owners Kevin and Sophie began their love affair with the area when they had their first date at Chester’s Roman Fort, and they’ve been regulars in the area ever since.  “We both love it here,” explained Sophie. “I’m originally from London. I came up to university in Newcastle and then got a job at the airport, where I met Kevin and that was it! We were both explorers at heart and we have travelled all over the world but our hearts are definitely in Northumberland.

“About 10 years ago, when we got our first black Labrador puppy, we started to take long walks along Hadrian’s Wall. After Kevin lost his job at the airport, he wasn’t sure what direction he wanted his career to follow and began to contemplate what to do with his life. He spent a lot of time walking the dog in the area, which meant he was in the right place at the right time when he saw this house go up for sale. We couldn’t wait to buy it – we knew it was perfect for us.

After we renovated and completed our home, we started the delicate process of getting planning permission to build our dream – an environmentally sympathetic B&B which could provide luxurious accommodation to intrepid travellers and explorers.”

Kevin continued: “There have obviously been some big hurdles to clear, especially with regard to planning permissions in a sensitive area, but we have stayed true to our dream. The whole business combines our love of food, travel and the local area – magical Northumberland.”

Layside Latest News
What‘s Going on at Layside and around Hadrian’s Wall

The Cuckoo's Calling

Not just a good read (The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith/J K Rowling), but a good listen too. We have heard a cuckoo nearby consistently over the past few days, and as per the well-known rhyme, May is the time to listen for the call. A…

Evening Light

We have been blessed with fine weather at Layside over the past few days, and the evening light especially is beautiful. Kevin and I have travelled to many places in the world, but I can honestly say that on a fine evening here in Northumberland,…

Brown Hare

Our resident Brown Hare can now be seen most days at Layside - the young leveret enjoying garden shrubs and spinach from the vegetable garden. It is believed that the hare was introduced to Britain by the Romans around 2000 years ago and it…

What Our Guests Had to Say…

“Really enjoyed everything about our stay. The food, presentation, and service was fantastic.

Attention to detail and friendly atmosphere was lovely. Both Kevin and Sophie couldn’t do enough for us and little Eddie’s smoothey was delicious. Importantly, the location was fabulous and we enjoyed walking to some of the local attractions which are conveniently on the doorstep. We will definitely be back. ”


Kevin was very friendly and informative. We loved the view from the room and how peaceful the location was.


Excellent hosts who couldn’t have been more helpful. Even giving us a lift into Haltwhistle; thanks guys!
Facilities are absolutely first rate. Quality fixtures and fittings and luxurious bed and bedding. If you want a tranquil location and a comfortable room then look no further.


Kevin and Sophie were very accommodating and went above and beyond to help us with our weekend exploring Hadrian’s Wall. Location wise Vindolanda is a very pleasant half an hour walk / six minute drive. The rooms are situated in purposely-build accommodation a short walk away from the family’s home. The room itself has been decorated to a high finish as to create both a modern and comfortable space to hang out. Key features for us were the floor to ceiling windows – that allow you to soak up the great view of the Northumberland countryside – and the extremely comfortable bed.

The breakfast hamper is delivered during a certain time during the week but we were able to opt for a later time due to it being the weekend. The breakfast was perfect and contained everything you could need to prepare for a long day of exploring; key highlights being the yogurt granola bowl, breakfast quiche, cassoulet and blueberry muffins. We couldn’t of asked for more from a B&B and would happily recommend Layside to anyone.