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

Birthday Boys

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…

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…

Autumn at Layside

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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…

What Our Guests Had to Say…

Wow, what a setting to wake up in. Peaceful, quiet and just breathtaking. Can’t recommend this enough. A brilliant way to stop, recharge and get some fresh air. The food, both evening meal and breakfast was restaurant quality. We will be visiting again later in the year.

As always, excellent hosts and brilliant facilities. Breakfast options great.

Excellent location for Hadrian’s Wall and Hexham. Very clean room with the only downside of no internet – but this means a more relaxed stay. Excellent food both for breakfast and dinner. Well worth visiting.

The most lovely location with a fabulous breakfast – can’t wait to return!

A very nice place to stay. Great hosts and food brought to your door. The location was perfect too. All around value for money – nothing negative to say – highly recommend . I would certainly go back again.

We had a lovely stay at Layside. Our room had a view of Sycamore gap which was amazing. We would recommend eating at Layside. The owners prepared a great meal for us at short notice.

A great place with really nice facilities and lovely big windows so you can watch the wildlife from your bed! Kevin was a top host and the breakfasts were ace!

Although we only stayed one night in this lovely tranquil place with an outstanding view, we would definitely recommend a break here probably all year round.

The welcoming hosts and lovely evening meal and breakfast delivered to our door was superb. Thank you.

The accommodation was located in a beautiful area and we took pleasure in watching the pheasants roaming first thing in the morning.

The food is second to none. We are seasoned travellers and both breakfast and evening meals were of the highest standard.

Just perfect – everything about our stay was impeccable – particularly the wonderful food, the comfortable room, the pheasants which came into the garden every morning and the tiny extra touches. Just brilliant and I hope that we can come back again soon. Thank you.

We stayed 1 night at Layside as a treat for my partner’s birthday. We had a fantastic time, the room was amazing and immaculately clean. The hosts were very welcoming, greeting us on arrival and showing us our room. There are plenty of options for breakfast which was delivered at a time that suited us – the food was delicious and fresh. The views were incredible and the location is so quiet and peaceful.
Our only regret is not staying more nights!! can’t wait to go back in the summer 🙂
We had a really lovely short break. The accommodation was perfect, the food exceptional and the standard of service excellent! we hope to come back again soon!
What can I say? A beautiful, calm, private location. An amazing room with a view, with everything you need for a perfect stay – super comfy bed, loads of space, a place to sit, fluffy towels, brilliant shower, lovely toiletries, parking right outside your door – and I really do wish my own house was as warm, just toasty. And the food, well…I don’t think I’ll ever enjoy a better breakfast. Loads of choice, even for a vegetarian like me. Hearty portion size, enjoyed at your leisure in your room with a view. Evening meals were fantastic value for money, again, hearty home-cooking, and just delicious. Kevin and Sophie are just perfect hosts.
Impeccable service, amazing experience – setting the standard for accommodation in the area – we will return!
Perfect couple of days away (complete chill out). Set in beautiful countryside with amazing views of the sycamore Gap. Its the little extra touches that make it even more special,exquisite toiletries and one of the most comfy beds ever!! The room is really clean. Breakfast was delicious and the evening meals all delivered to your door were great after a day out in the fresh air .Nothing was too much trouble for Kevin and Sophie .
Thank you for an incredible stay. We loved the tranquility and privacy of Layside but really appreciated the friendly welcome and fantastic food! I’m not sure I have ever slept in a more comfortable bed! Really liked the Bath House products and powerful shower.

A highlight was watching the birds on the feeders – they certainly got through a lot of seed!

I loved my “vegan surprise” dinner – shepherdess pie is right up my street and Martin wolfed down his ragu in seconds! Avocado is absolutely the way to any self respecting vegans heart so the breakfast bagel was perfection! Must get your smoothie recipe when we next visit.

Loved my stay with you! You have a very special B&B business! I hope to be able to get many more bookings in!

We were looking for a peaceful hideaway in nature and that’s exactly what we got. Comfortable accommodation, delicious evening meal and breakfast, all delivered to the room. We honestly could not have been looked after better by our friendly hosts. It was just the soul food we needed.

We had a lovely, relaxing stay, the room and location were beautiful. Both dinner and breakfast were excellent. It can be a bit daunting taking our young dog away with us but he was made very welcome. Thank you!

Back from our two night stay at Layside. From beginning to end our stay was 5 star!
Great location, super friendly hosts and the breakfast/evening meal absolutely delicious!
We will be back and will also recommend to family and friends.

We thoroughly enjoyed our night and wished we could have stayed longer. It is very peaceful and cosy. We loved the decor (which was very much to our taste) and the bed was extremely comfortable. A delicious breakfast as well.

We really enjoyed our stay at Layside. The room was lovely – cosy, well equipped and with comfy beds. The food was absolutely delicious (we had breakfast and dinner) and the hosts very friendly and helpful. The location is great for walks along Hadrian’s wall and around Northumberland. We would highly recommend to others.

Latest Press

Northumberland National Park Needs Your Vote!

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An online poll is now open to vote Northumberland National Park the UK's "National Park of the Year" in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. A winner back in 2016, Northumberland National Park has once again been nominated for the award…

Britain’s Favourite Walks

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Our best loved walk from Steel Rigg (5 minutes from Layside) to Housesteads Roman Fort was voted in at no. 18 of "Britain's Favourite Walks" by over 8000 enthusiasts. Facing some stiff competition from the Highlands of Scotland to the Lake District…

Building work complete.

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Building work at Layside is now complete with just a few finishing touches required before we welcome guests from January 2018. We would like to thank the terrific team at KMC Joinery for transforming our dreams into reality and creating…