With clear dark skies and frosty mornings, winter is a lovely time to visit Northumberland and to enjoy the stark beauty of the National park and rugged landscapes. Why not put your feet up after a days exploring and enjoy one of Kevin’s home cooked meals delivered to your door? We still have availability throughout the winter, and if you are looking for that special Christmas Gift idea, we can tailor make a package for you and provide you with a gift voucher – just let us know your requirements!

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 eye! Thank you to our wonderful gardener Allie who keeps the pots and baskets looking fantastic, and to all our lovely guests who we are thrilled to have back following various periods of lockdown!

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 for a wonderful Northumberland summer!

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 hoping that we will be able to reopen the doors from March. In the meantime, we are using our free time to come up with some new ideas for our breakfast menu – so much for the January diet but these ideas must be tried and tested…!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2021, and we can’t wait to see you all at Layside soon.


Due to Government restrictions on travel and overnight stays, we have had to temporarily close our doors. We will, however, be open again from December 2nd (subject to restrictions being lifted) and look forward to welcoming guests back as soon as we are able.

Wishing everyone well during “lockdown”, and we are here to answer any queries on future stays should anyone wish to be in touch!

Following the latest Government advice we are hugely pleased to be able to open Layside again for guests from July 4th. Layside is ideal for social distancing offering seclusion and privacy, and all food is delivered to your room (or if we are lucky enough to enjoy more of this beautiful weather, breakfast or dinner can be delivered to your own outdoor terrace).

We are looking forward to sharing these beautiful views throughout the rest of the summer, and hope you can join us!

We have had some glorious early summer sunshine at Layside over the past few days, and have been enjoying watching some of the fantastic wildlife we have here. The redpolls and linnets are making good use of the feeders, and the pied wagtails have taken up residence in the stone wall this year (a much preferred nesting site to the one they built under Kev’s car two years ago which put him off the road for 4 weeks until they had fledged)! We are starting to see Northumberland hares more regularly – hopefully not long before we see the young leverets which usually coincides with growth in the vegetable patch…

We can’t wait to be able to once again share this beautiful slice of Northumberland with guests at Layside – we are hopefully able to open the doors from 4th July. Kev has been busy in the kitchen creating some new dishes for both the breakfast and dinner menus – so why not visit and try them out?!

All the boys at Layside have enjoyed a birthday this week – Eddie is 7, Bart is 2, and Kevin is….21 again! We have been blessed with sunshine and the Spring flowers are looking beautiful (with thanks as always to Allie Dale). It is a wonderful time of year to visit Northumberland with the promise of summer just around the corner, however our only guests at the moment are the newborn Spring lambs and our first swallow which arrived safely back to nest in the log shed! We are looking forward to being able to welcome guests back, and sharing with others the wonderful views and wildlife that we are lucky enough to enjoy here daily.

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 have supported us along the way – and for the feedback and reviews which have helped us to develop and improve. The final awards will be announced in March 2020, but until then we are excited to have made the top 5!

Autumn is upon us but there is enough fair weather to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you are walking the Wall and enjoying the National Park, visiting some fantastic local historical sites, or just taking it easy – there is always something interesting to see.
The bird feeders outside each room have certainly been a success and enjoyed by many of our guests. We have been enjoying regular visits from bullfinches and gold crests to name but a few – and of course the badgers have been out in the evenings to clear up the mess!