Stunning Holiday Accommodation Near Hadrian's Wall


Welcome to Layside

In a woodland setting and overlooking the picturesque Tyne Valley, Layside offers three self contained luxurious rooms and 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.

Booking Your Stay

We require full payment for your accommodation in order to secure the reservation. This can be made using credit/debit card or via BACS transfer. If payment is made via BACS transfer, your reservation will be confirmed on receipt of the payment.  All credit card payments are made securely using Stripe Payment – we do not digitally store card details.

Any additional items/services purchased on site must be paid for by cash or BACS transfer.

Before committing to a booking at Layside, please be aware of the cancellation terms. Further details can be found in our Terms & Conditions.

Award Winning Accommodation

We are proud to announce that Layside has won a Bronze Award for “Bed and Breakfast of the Year 2018”. This announcement was made on 21st November at the North East England Tourism Awards, and it is fantastic to see that Northumberland has scored so highly across a number of categories!

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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.

“We have always loved this part of Northumberland, and spent much of our free time exploring and walking along Hadrian’s Wall with our first black Labrador Archibald. Following many years working at Newcastle Airport, we found ourselves with the opportunity to purchase Layside Farm, and following on from the renovation of the farmhouse we embarked on our next journey together – to build an environmentally sympathetic B&B which could provide luxurious accommodation to those wishing to explore the area.

We took our time to research the area and canvas opinion as to what would make the ideal rural retreat; following suggestions of hot tubs, climbing walls and a nine hole golf course, we decided to stay true to our hearts and combine our love of the great outdoors with comfort, privacy and a hint of luxury. The result is Layside B&B where guests can enjoy this amazing and magical part of Northumberland.”

Kevin adds: “We have been amazed by the positive responses we have had from our guests, and have loved meeting so many people from both the local area and from around the world who have chosen to stay at Layside. The past year has certainly had its challenges with COVID-19, but the nature of what we have created at Layside lends itself well to the new concepts of social distancing, and we look forward to seeing many more people exploring the wonderful landscape and history that we are fortunate enough to have on our doorstep.”

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

Northumberland Sunshine

We are being blessed with some beautiful weather and Layside is bathed in sunshine. Whether you are here to walk the Wall, visit the numerous Roman sites and museums, or just relax and watch the wildlife there is always something to catch your…

Reopening May 17th

We are pleased to be taking bookings once more at Layside for guests staying from May 17th in line with the Government's planned "Roadmap to Recovery". We hope to see many regular guests again and many new faces, as we keep our fingers crossed…

Closed until March

It has been a cold and snowy start to the year at Layside and we have been enjoying some picture postcard view and winter skies. We are sorry that we are unable to share this magical part of Northumberland with guests at the moment, but are…

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. ”

Middlesbrough, UKGuest

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

Edinburgh, UKGuest

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.

Carlisle, UKGuest

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.

Leeds, UKGuest

Friendly and helpful owners. The rooms were lovely the beds really comfortable. The breakfast coming in a hamper and beautifully presented was amazing. Lovely stay. Thank you.

Middlesbrough, UKGuest

Lovely setting in a great location to visit local sites, and great hosts. Having dinner at the Layside was a nice way to finish a day of exploring, and the food was very good.

Calgary, CAGuest

My daughter and I stayed one night whilst walking Hadrian’s Wall. It is luxurious with wonderful views, quiet and we had a good night’s sleep. We can thoroughly recommend Kevin’s evening meal and the breakfast is exceptional. Thank you Kevin and Sophie for making us so welcome. Would definitely recommend and stay again.

Canterbury, UKGuest

We have had the most amazing time. Layside is a fantastic place for a holiday. The lodges are gorgeous, your hospitality is fabulous and the food was amazing.

Newcastle, UKGuest

Could not fault the service or accommodation. We were made to feel very welcome and nothing was any trouble. The breakfast hamper is amazing.

Newcastle, UKGuest

Everything was absolutely perfect. You are such lovely people and it was nice chatting to you and meeting the super cute Bart. Don’t think we will ever find a better and yummier breakfast, especially the pancakes.

Bremen, DEGuest

We stayed here for 2 nights to celebrate my partner’s birthday. The location is great, being perfect to explore Hadrian’s Wall, close to Vindolanda and 15 minute walk to Twice Brewed pub/restaurant. The room was immaculately clean and gave fantastic views over the Northumberland countryside, in a private setting, with only the sheep and birds as an alarm call and an undisturbed night on a superking size bed, leading to a super king size sleep. Kevin & Sophie offer a unique and friendly service, with a good range for breakfast that is delivered to your room in a quaint breakfast box. We enjoyed the breakfast cassoulet and pastries on the first day that set us up for a long days walk, and loved the July special pancake stack on our second morning.

Leeds, UKGuest
This is a great place to stay if you value the rural peace and quiet but like your modern comforts such as fancy showers, good quality bed linen and comfy beds. Kevin goes the extra mile when it comes to service – we hadn’t printed out a map so he came to find us when we got lost. You don’t get that at Travelodge! We enjoyed dinner and breakfast, beautifully presented like expensive picnics, served in our room which we ate while watching hares and birds in the fields and garden. A feast for eyes and taste buds.
Bristol, UKGuest
Such a treat!
Felt thoroughly spoilt after a long day walking on the wall.
Thank you.
Godalming, UKGuest
Provides privacy and solitude, with fantastic views of Northumberland. Enjoyed the generous breakfast delivered to room, with the sheep , birds and rabbits for company. Great location for walking on Hadrian’s Wall, or visiting Housesteads and Vindolanda.
Guiseley, UKGuest
Layside is about 1 1/2 miles from Hadrian’s Wall. We stayed there for two nights as part of a walking holiday. The lodges are all new and decorated to a high standard offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The owner, Kevin, is very friendly and helpful, but respects and values the privacy of the guests. Evening meals can be ordered in advance, a main and dessert. The breakfast baskets offer a wide range of choices ordered in advance. Meals are delivered to the room and all very good quality.
This is an excellent B&B in a fantastic location that we will definitely be returning ourselves and recommending Layside to others.
Newcastle, UKGuest
Really well thought through. Great attention to detail! Loved the view of Sycamore Gap from our dining table 🙂 So much nearby: Roman Wall, Vindolanda, various national Cycle trails and national walking trails. Not too much of a detour to Steel Rigg. Twice Brewed Pub within walking distance. We ate in with a lovely bottle of wine which worked well for us.
Glasgow, UKGuest
Exceeded expectations and also very good value for money. Felt comfortable, safe and relaxed all weekend. Such a beautiful place, great weekend being outdoors in the day and comfy in the room for the evening.
Greenside, UKGuest
Layside B&B is really something out of the ordinary – a very private room looking straight out onto woods and fields, luxurious furnishings, peaceful location, and best of all the most amazing food brought to the room by Kevin. He really went the extra mile with both our dinner and breakfast which were delicious and full of really sweet touches. I would highly recommend a stay here!
London, UKGuest
Very helpful staff. Gorgeous location. Ideal for walkers after a long day outside. At Layside everything is perfect, from the rooms, well designed, clean, spacious, and with a lot of light coming in through the windows, to food, which was absolutely delicious (both dinner and breakfast).
I stayed there one night while walking the Hadrian’s Wall and since I got tired they even picked me up were I was lost.
Layside has been the best accommodation so far and it’s also close to the most beautiful part of the Wall.
Ferrara, ITGuest
The view is amazing!!!! The rooms are clean and modern. It is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. The owners were friendly and accommodating. I requested a vegan breakfast prior to our trip and this did not appear any hassle. I was offered a number of choices and the one I went for was beautiful and very well presented. I would definitely recommend a stay here.
Barnsley, UKGuest
Comfortable, elegant, and relaxing. We were well cared for from the first moment to the last. It would be a good place to honeymoon.
Lincoln, USGuest
A great place to stay – really comfy beds, high quality linens, a lovely shower and amazing breakfast – not to mention spectacular views! Would definitely recommend and have already been back for a return visit!
London, UKGuest

My husband and I visited Layside with our dog Mustard, and it was absolutely everything we hoped it would be. The accommodation was simple, modern and clean and the views of the surrounding countryside were spectacular.

The food was all excellent, and it’s also definitely worth ordering the local ale selection. Mustard liked watching the sheep, meeting Bart, and was grateful for all the treats and sausages that arrived with each of our meals.

Highly recommended, and we hope to visit again.

Manchester, UKGuest

Heel mooie B&B, Prachtige en rustige omgeving. We zijn heel vriendelijk ontvangen. Een echte aanrader!

(Very nice B&B. Beautiful and quiet environment. We are very Kindly received. Highly recommended!)

Adegem, BEGuest

I stayed two days last week at the Layside while walking Hadrian’s Wall with my daughter. The accommodations are very comfortable, clean, nicely presented and a perfect retreat after a hard day on the trail. We arrived just before a rainstorm to be met by Kevin who soon had a wonderful meal for us and some great local ales and cider. It raised our spirits and convinced us to keep pressing forward on our trek. One of the best things about Layside is its proximity to Vindolanda. We spent a wonderful afternoon at the Roman site in the museum and also watching the excavations. Kevin and Sophie were very considerate and hospitable. Kevin particularly went out of his way to make us feel welcome. Kevin is a calm influence and full of local knowledge. I would recommend Layside as an excellent base for anyone in the region. It is absolutely first rate!

Malta, MTGuest

Amazing view, location and food! The breakfast and dinner was just perfect. Perfect view (of Sycamore Gap) from the location, but also a very nice trip to walk to.

London, UKGuest

Absolutely terrific accommodation – all the basics were absolutely right and luxurious. Lovely to have a warm delicious homely meal cooked for us after a day of hard walking. Stay for more than one day!

London, UKGuest

Everything was perfect. Thank you so much. Kevin, you (and Eddy and Burt!) made us feel very welcome. The building and bedrooms are well designed, beautifully decorated and comfortable. The food is delicious – Lucy was just sorry she was so full from dinner she couldn’t eat the pan haggarty for breakfast! (I’m going to add that and the vegetarian shepherds pie to my repertoire at home). We hope to get back some day.

California, USGuest

Kevin was the perfect host and our evening meal and breakfast were both delicious.My husband particularly enjoyed being able to have a beer with the very meaty shepherds pie which was served with perfectly cooked vegetables. With apple crumble to follow he was in heaven! The bed was large and very comfortable and the shower was hot. A fantastic stay and meeting Bart the black Labrador was just lovely. Thank you.

Nottingham, UKGuest

We found Layside to be the perfect place to stay to explore the Hadrian’s Wall area. We were warmly welcomed and looked after throughout our stay – a nice balance of privacy and service. The cooked breakfast was a highlight.

The accommodation was simply stylish, modern and comfortable – particularly the bed. The rural view was beautiful and tranquil.

We would happily recommend Layside. Thank you Kevin and Sophie.

NSW, AUGuest

We had a very comfortable stay in this outstanding accommodation. We loved the breakfast and dinner box deliveries, along with the pre arranged drinks order (thanks to you being licensed) and the extras for our dog (jar of treats and slices of sausage for her breakfast) who was staying with us. It is a lovely location with wonderful views and very close to Sycamore Gap and Hadrian’s Wall. We are looking for an excuse to come back again.
Thank you.

As there was such a wonderful selection of food in a box options, we didn’t really explore the local eaters, which was lovely as we didn’t have to worry about driving or trying to find places. But having said that we did enjoy a couple of afternoon tea stops at The Sill, which is use nearby too.
Great access to as much or as little of Hadrian’s wall and other walks as you want/need.

Newcastle, UKGuest

I had a wonderful 2 night stay at Layside. Kevin and his family were very welcoming and delivered the perfect balance of great service and a relaxing and peaceful environment. The welcome book is very comprehensive offering useful and clear information. The room was impeccably clean with good spec furnishings and appliances. I stayed during some fairly cold weather and enjoyed a perfectly warm room throughout my stay. The rooms feel luxurious and yet remain very practical.

It was refreshing to note that there is a focus on sustainability within this business.

Breakfast was lovely, arrived hot and well presented. The menu hosts a good variety of options to cater for all tastes.

When in the area I will be choosing to stay at Layside again.

London, UKGuest

We had a really fabulous stay at Layside. The room was beautifully positioned with amazing views, an extremely comfortable bed, and a swanky bathroom. The food was also excellent and breakfast in bed was such a treat.

London, UKGuest

Lovely relaxing retreat. Accommodation lovely, breakfast hamper delicious and great hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, thank you to Kevin and Sophie.

Houghton le Spring, UKGuest

Superb location, beautiful room, lovely meals. This is stylish and simple.

Ettamogah, AU Guest

Lovely, lovely place to spend New Year. Thank you Kevin and Sophie for your hospitality…..
Great for walking, chilling, views, a real gem!

Hampshire, UKGuest

We had a fabulous stay at Layside. The accommodation is extremely comfortable: beautifully and tastefully appointed.
We had a delicious dinner and breakfast delivered to our door by Kevin. There are lovely uninterrupted views over the fields and to the hills beyond. We watched a hare bounding across the field in front of our chalet whilst we enjoyed our breakfast.
It’s a perfect location just a few minutes drive or short walk from Hadrian’s wall (Sycamore Gap), the Sill and Vindolanda Roman Fort and Museum.
We loved it. And hope to return some day.

London, UKGuest

Absolutely incredible. Wonderful location, wonderful hosts and wonderful food. I really miss the gigantic bed already. Gutted we had plans so couldn’t book in for dinner but we will certainly make sure we do next time. Would love to come back with 2 other couples and take over all 3 rooms together (but maybe I love the peace too much…)

Norwich, UKGuest

Fantastic stay. Great accommodation and breakfast was the best we have had on our trip. Kevin could not have done more to make our stay better.

Perth, UKGuest

Perfect location to explore the wall and museums. All I can say about Layside is it’s excellent, one of the nicest places I’ve stayed in and the food is amazing.

Liverpool, UKGuest

Great location, great food and hospitality.

Ellesmere Port, UKGuest

Layside is a great place to stay, it worked very well for us. The concept has been carefully thought through with great attention to detail. Very comfortable and a lovely view – a bird feeder in the wood would be rather fun!!

Kirkby-in-Furness, UKGuest

From the pleasant welcome at the entrance to Layside to the excellent facilities, our stay was exceptional. Kevin and Sophie have clearly thought through what visitors want and need. For us this included an exceptional evening meal and a more than generous breakfast (thank you Eddie for your smoothie advice!). A really enjoyable Mother’s Day treat.

Beckenham, UKGuest

Beautiful cabin – massive windows opening out to the glorious countryside. Bathroom lovely shower – really good pressure. Beds to die for – they have thought of everything!!!!!

One big tip – as this is a very sparse area the only other eating option is the twice brewed – (we stopped there for drinks before going to Layside) – 2 double g&t £20 !!!! Food looked very basic – they do provide an evening meal at the Layside – choose this far better than pub – wine available and very delicious all in our very own dining area – can’t praise this enough.

Kent, UKGuest

We stayed at Layside whilst walking Hadrian’s Wall, everything about it was fantastic. Our twin room was beautifully decorated with all our needs superbly catered for. The view over the hills from our room was a joy to wake up to and the view of Sycamore Gap from the drive was an added bonus. The beds were sublime giving me the best nights sleep of the walk and the shower was amazing, a treat for our tired muscles.

We opted to have dinner cooked for us by Kevin, the host, and brought to our room. It was absolutely delicious and fabulous value. Breakfast was equally great with an on trend menu. Kevin provided us with homemade and cooked packed lunches including individual quiches, homemade cakes and home cooked ham.

Kevin even acted as our taxi-driver taking us back to the trail in the morning. All in all, a B & B that I would return to in a heartbeat.

Kent, UKGuest

Kevin and his wife have just finished building these three beautiful modern log cabin type accommodations. So very new with excellent quality fixtures and fittings…Please do stay at this wonderful spot probably located on the best part of the Roman Wall. The accommodation was the best we experienced during our six day walking trip. Glorious Hypnos beds with fresh crisp white linen. Fabulous shower and fluffy white towels … all most welcome after a long days’ walk. Bertie our black lab was made to feel very welcome (they have one too). We brought his bed but there would have been one available if we had wanted. Bertie even had a sausage specifically for him on the breakfast tray. The aforementioned delicious breakfast was brought to our room…There are three rooms available so would be fun to fill them all with your friends. Thank you both for your meticulous attention to detail. Highly recommend.


Amazing place with a wonderful host Kevin. The lodge has stunning views to the south across some beautiful Northumbrian scenery and, whilst it’s around 1.5 miles from Steel Rigg, it’s worth the extra walk. The bed was perfect and the bathroom ideal. Bloody brilliant!!


After a day of serious hiking along the Hadrian’s Wall Path, we could not have asked for a better place to stay than Layside. Kevin was a brilliant host! The rooms were modern, clean and exceptionally comfortable. We enjoyed a fantastic view from our room. Our dinner was phenomenal (I believe prepared by Kevin himself) and breakfast was a unique treat that differed slightly from our standard full English along the trail. We enjoyed one of the nicest lodgings during our almost three weeks in England. I would gladly stay here again and highly recommend Layside to anyone travelling in the area!


Everything is perfect. The big glass windows facing the countryside make you feel immersed in the nature just lying on your bed. The owners are very helpful and welcoming. As we were hiking the Hadrian path we loved the opportunity to have our wonderful dinner served in our room. They also gave us a lift the next day back to the path.  6 stars out of five.

Roma, ITGuest

A wonderful stay in the most perfect of settings. Everything you need under one roof and the most amazing and delicious breakfast choices, with superb home cooked dinners brought to your door. Attention to detail in every way was spot on. Chilled milk and water were available, along with snacks, upon arrival.

Horley, GBGuest

So charming and wonderful! We were on foot, and not quite aware of the distance from The Sill (actually, it wasn’t so long), but once we reached Layside we were enchanted. The proprietors are gracious and have thought of everything to make one’s stay memorable and relaxing.The suites were immaculate and with gorgeous views; we even saw a pheasant. The dinner and breakfast were delicious, and brought to our room!! I would definitely stay here again, and for a longer time.

Durham, USAGuest

Very friendly can’t fault Kevin and Sophie and young Eddy’s hospitality, good food, also had a good line in local beer and a very friendly Labrador Bart. This is a good place to stay if you want a few days of peace and quiet as you are surrounded by lovely countryside great!!

Cheadle, GBGuest

Great food. Nice after dinner walk. Bird feeders were great. We could have stayed for several days watching the birds. Beds were super comfy.

Kiawah Island, USGuest

Stayed here previously back in 2018 and again on 28th July, great location, great facilities, great service, would highly recommend to anyone. Would give 6 * if I could.

Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, GBGuest

Better stay for two nights or more!

Yuen Long, HKGuest

Kevin and Sophie are fantastic hosts – friendly, yet always professional with nothing too much bother. The accommodation is light and spacious with extremely comfortable beds and a great shower. Sensitive toiletries and edible goodies are an extra bonus! Both breakfast and dinner were delicious and I loved having the extra options at breakfast. Most of all, I loved the peace, tranquility and wildlife.

Market Harborough, GBGuest

Really good quality, comfortable, peaceful, friendly. A great place to stay.

London, GBGuest

Fantastic stay. Great accommodation and breakfast was the best we have had on our trip. Kevin could not have done more to make our stay better.

Perth, GBGuest

Perfect location to explore the wall and museums. All I can say about Layside is it’s excellent, one of the nicest places I’ve stayed in and the food is amazing.

Liverpool, GBGuest

One of the best places we have ever stayed! Hope to return.

Pinner, GBGuest

Breakfasts were marvellous, really inventive and not the usual bacon and eggs. The bed was very comfortable with lovely bed linen and pillows. The owner was really helpful and friendly. It was lovely to watch all the birds on the feeders outside the window.

Chipstead, GBGuest

We had a fabulous time during our stay. The rooms are beautifully decorated, we loved the luxury bed linens and the breathtaking view from the patio doors. We also really enjoyed the breakfast and to have something a little different than the full English usually offered along the Hadrian’s Wall Path. So much thought has gone into the little details and it really shows.

London, GBGuest

Layside was nothing short of an amazing place to stay. Kevin clearly knows how to make people comfortable and his service and food were incredible. Having dinner and breakfast so carefully prepared,presented and brought to our door made the entire experience unique.

The thought and care they have put into the accommodation shines through and you really can appreciate the quality.

They asked a lot of people for feedback on what makes a good B&B before they started and all I can say is that they not only got it right but they far exceeded our expectations.

Thank you for a lovely stay!

Knaresborough, GBGuest

We had a wonderful stay. Everything was set up and ready to go when we arrived. The food was lovely as was the local beer!

Edinburgh, GBGuest

The service was absolutely incredible. The food was amazing and all our needs were catered for. The room had gorgeous views of the local surroundings and layside provides facilities for every eventuality (cleaning shoes/drying wet clothes, etc).
Unfortunately our stay was a pit-stop on our way up to Scotland, we will definitely be returning to make the most of the local surroundings.

York, GBGuest

A wonderfully chic and comfortable place to stay – like finding a boutique hotel in the midst of wild and beautiful landscape. Delicious food and drink. Attention given to every detail to make this the best B&B ever.

Aylsham, GBGuest

Latest Press

North East England Tourism Awards

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We are hugely pleased to announce that Layside Bed and Breakfast has once again been shortlisted for the North East England Tourism Awards 2020, in the category of B&B / Guest House of the Year! We would like to thank all of our customers who…

Northumberland Wins Gold

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Northumberland scooped the Gold at the 2018 British Travel Awards for "Best UK Holiday County/Destination". We have come close before now, but have been pipped to the post by Cornwall for the past four years. It is fantastic that we have experienced…

It's Official!

We are proud to announce that Layside has won a Bronze Award for "Bed and Breakfast of the Year 2018". This announcement was made on 21st November at the North East England Tourism Awards, and it is fantastic to see that Northumberland has scored…