Inside stunning Alice-In-Wonderland-inspired hotel – and it’s right next to England’s best-kept secret

THIS gorgeous boutique pad near to a magnificent coast helps make for the ideal weekender, claims author Beth Neil.

The Tempus, found in Northumberland, is an Alice-In-Wonderland-inspired boutique hotel which has just opened, and has so a great deal to supply.


The Tempus is set in the Northumberland countryside, just a quick push from the beautiful north-east coastlineCredit rating: Zac+Zac

The Lowdown

Take a 20-minute drive to Bamburgh beach for golden sands and its medieval castle


Acquire a 20-minute push to Bamburgh beach for golden sands and its medieval castleCredit: Axe

Established in the Northumberland countryside, just a brief generate from England’s ideal-held magic formula – the beautiful north-east coastline – is an Alice-In-Wonderland-motivated boutique hotel bursting with design.

It is been four several years in the earning, but these 18th-century farmhouses in the grounds of the 150-acre Charlton Hall Estate have been remodeled into a peach of a put.

What we loved

The cocktail bar, with its sumptuous velvet furniture, is also a vibe


The cocktail bar, with its sumptuous velvet home furniture, is also a vibe

The creativity and attention to detail throughout are out of this entire world.

None of the 15 rooms are the very same and the luxe bathrooms, tech-controlled temper lighting and fabulously outlandish wallpaper include to the opulence.

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The cocktail bar, with its sumptuous velvet household furniture, is also a vibe, although the foodstuff in the stylish pink-themed orangery is divine.

Notably delicious are the starter of scallops with spiced cauliflower, £14, and principal of mussels and sweet-potato fries, £17.

There are also plenty of the usual favourites to maintain any small folks pleased, for the reason that while the location feels superior-finish, the environment is tremendous laid-back and young ones are welcome.

Sipping cocktails like A Put Called Wonderland, £8.95 – a tasty combine of dry gin, Cointreau, marmalade liqueur and lemonade – on the terrace is utterly blissful, far too.

What we did not

The deficiency of bicycle employ the service of to investigate the surrounding countryside is, we sense, a trick skipped.

Additionally, we’d appreciate a luxe spa here – but we have heard whispers it is in the pipeline, so watch this place. 

Out and about

Take the kids to pretty Alnwick Castle for a fun day out


Get the young ones to pretty Alnwick Castle for a enjoyment day outCredit: Phil Wilkinson

With the young ones? Close by very Alnwick Backyard at Alnwick Castle (AKA precise Hogwarts for the initially two Harry Potter films) has this year opened a new magical enjoy village called Lilidorei.

At its heart is an incredible larch-wooden perform structure (the world’s biggest, FYI) and our two young children would have explored the elaborate community of tunnel slides, winding staircases and bridges all day if they could have.

Tickets price tag from £16.50 for 3 several hours ( kingdom). Then just take a 20-moment generate to Bamburgh seaside for golden sands and its medieval castle.

Adult entry expenses £15.50, young children, £7.65 (

If you are visiting on a weekday, check out the memorial of sea heroine Grace Darling, as well as the mini museum devoted to her (

Grab lunch at The Copper Kettle, the place regular kippers in a bun, £6.95, are a need to ( isles).

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The Potted Lobster is pricier, but you’ll be tough-pressed to find a extra lip-smacking part of battered haddock and hand-cut chips, £18 ( isles).

The damage

Double rooms at The Tempus price from £195 B&B per night, and household rooms sleeping four start out from £250 B&B per night ( kingdom/thetempus).

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