Voyage to the heart of Northumberland and lose yourself in a world of rolling green hills, breathtaking scenery, cultural gems and fascinating world heritage sites. All on our doorstep.
Take in two thousand years of history at Hadrian’s Wall and Chesters Roman Fort. Wander the cobbled streets of quaint market towns. Discover the famous views that span across the green hills of Northumberland National Park. Go cycling, shooting, fishing or horseriding. How you spend your time with us is entirely up to you. But one thing is for certain: you won’t be short of things to do.
With unique exhibits and live archaeology to watch, an unforgettable day out awaits at Vindolanda. Formerly a key military post on the northern frontier of Britain, Vindolanda is the home of Britain’s Top Treasure – the Vindolanda Writing Tablets – and is one of Europe’s most important Roman archaeological sites, with live excavations taking place every year. The recently-refurbished on-site museum provides a breathtaking exploration of the Trusts’ ongoing discoveries and accounts of Roman life.
CHESTERS ROMAN FORT
See what life was like at one of the Roman Empire’s most northern outposts. Built just after Hadrian’s Wall was completed in AD 123, Chesters Roman Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain and is located just a short walk down the road from Chesters Stables. Wander around the unusually well-preserved baths, steam room and officer’s quarters before discovering an amazing collection of Roman objects and inscriptions in the museum.
84 miles long, nearly 2000 years old, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and right on our doorstep. Hadrian’s Wall gives a fascinating insight into our Roman heritage. Whatever your reason for visiting Hadrian’s Wall, be it to discover its history, admire the unique landscape, take on the challenge of walking-the-wall, or just the chance to see it up close and personal, we have hand-picked experienced guides ready to assist. Built by a force of 15,000 men in under six years, it’s as astounding today for its sheer vision as it is for its engineering. Milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts punctuate a diverse landscape that provides a dramatic backdrop. However you discover it, Hadrian’s Wall is a unique, must-see monument and a remarkable place to experience.
GOLF AT MATFEN HALL
Proud to boast impressive talent, competitive spirit, and second-to-none coaching, the golf facilities at our sister property and neighbouring country estate hotel Matfen Hall allows golfers of all abilities to challenge themselves on one of Golf World’s Top 100 courses.
TOPTRACER AT THE DRIVING RANGE
The Driving Range at Matfen Hall allows you to fine tune your game with advanced Toptracer technology within each of its 10 covered bays. Designed to help you monitor your swing, this cutting-edge platform from one of the leading names in golf technology allows you to play virtual rounds on some of the world’s most famous courses.
THE RETREAT AT MATFEN HALL
All guests staying at one of our luxury self catering suites are welcome to enjoy the facilities at our sister property Matfen Hall. With its own pool, covered by a beautiful glass ceiling, luxury thermal suites and harmonious treatments and therapies, The Spa at Matfen Hall offers an unparalleled escape from everyday life. Featuring an unwinding jacuzzi, a relaxing steam room and a host of rituals delivered by skilled Germaine De Capuccini and Natura Bissé therapists, a visit to The Retreat will add to the tranquillity of your stay.
AFTERNOON TEA AT MATFEN HALL
Few experiences can match the indulgence, elegance and sheer bliss of an Afternoon Tea at The Orangery, Matfen Hall’s dedicated tea lounge. A highly-finished selection of delicious pastries and desserts – created by our professional Pastry Chef -this memorable experience is accompanied by your choice of Newby Tea, Café Du Monde Coffee or Laurent-Perrier Champagne and stunning views of unique parkland.
KIELDER WATER & FOREST PARK
Winner of ‘England’s Best Tourism Experience’ at the VisitEngland awards, Kielder Water and Forest Park offers a range of attractions for visitors to enjoy. The Park is home to Europe’s largest man-made lake and England’s largest forest, making it perfect for individuals or families who love nature, water sports, exploring, walking, cycling and much more. Kielder Water and Forest Park is situated just a short drive from Chesters Stables – simply contact Reception for directions, and our team will be happy to help.
At an impressive 572 square miles, Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Europe’s largest area of protected night sky and officially England’s best spot to enjoy star gazing, having been awarded Gold Tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association. Located in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Kielder Observatory, where you can explore the night sky using their incredible telescope. With an exciting programme of astronomical events throughout the year, there is something for all ages to enjoy.
The iconic Northumberland 250 surrounds Chesters Stables, meaning your adventure across the land of dark skies, rolling hills and rugged coastlines can begin and end in one of our luxury suites. The knowledgeable reception team at Matfen Hall will be delighted to provide you with insight, directions and an illustrative map of the local area that will enhance your journey.
Distance from Chesters Stables: approx 5 miles (dependant upon starting point)
Hexham has an abundance of historical and cultural attractions for visitors to enjoy, including Hexham Abbey, which has been a place of Christian worship since AD674. Stroll down to the bustling marketplace or visit Hexham’s large selection of art galleries that showcase the town’s thriving artistic community. If the weather permits, take time to enjoy a gentle walk in the picturesque Tyne Green Country Park or along the beautiful banks of the river.
Filled with history and charm, Corbridge is one of the prettiest places to visit in the county. Wander along the quaint streets as you explore the village’s artisan bookshops, art galleries, family-run bakeries and boutiques that boast beautifully decorated fronts.