I’ve found the perfect spot for a luxurious and relaxing staycation in Northumberland. Not too far to travel from anywhere in the North East but able to make you feel like you’re a million miles away, St Valery Boutique B&B in Alnmouth is an absolute gem.
I booked this hotel in Alnmouth as a surprise trip for Dan’s birthday. I wanted somewhere we could indulge in good pub grub, enjoy a few craft ales by a roaring fire but ultimately be able take full advantage of the hotel facilities on a cold November night.
We’ve done the spa stays and the posh restaurant dining and so I really wanted an evening of spending some real time together, just chilling out on our own (sorry, Jax).
I have such fond memories of Alnmouth throughout my life – it was one of my Grandma’s favourite spots when we were visiting our family along the road in Alnwick – and the thought of crisp morning walks along the coast as well as a string of quintessential English pubs ticked every box.
Whilst looking for hotels in Alnmouth, I came across St Valery. I knew it was on the main stretch of town but it wasn’t familiar. It’s tucked away ever so neatly, only identifiable by a shiny gold sign which happens to be your first indication of the class and quality inside.
It was impossible not to book this place. Endless 5* ratings, thank you messages and returning visitors along with the photos of beautifully ornate yet understated rooms and indulgent breakfasts – SOLD!
The hotel is literally a couple of minutes walk from Alnmouth beach too and an abundance of pubs and restaurants on your doorstep. Perfect location.
Check in is at 4.00pm and you’re greeted by the loveliest of hosts, Harvey, and his gorgeous little pooch, Roxy.
There’s only four rooms at St Valery, and you really wouldn’t want it any other way. From the minute we arrived, the attention to detail was perfect. Harvey had remembered both our names, spent some time finding out about our trip and advising us about the best spots for everything we wanted to squeeze in during our visit and he even wrote us a handwritten welcome note in our room.
We stayed in the St Cuthbert room, it was my favourite from the photos and it certainly did not disappoint.
A grand, and incredibly comfortable, sleigh bed with 300tc Egyptian cotton and silk-filled pillows and duvets was like sleeping on a cloud. Daniel fell asleep within minutes of lying down! We both had a lovely nights sleep.
The bathroom was filled with a range of Elemis Revitalise Me spa products including one of those little sleep sprays, that I absolutely LOVE! And a huge bath tub big enough for too in the corner.
We headed out for some food and few drinks before returning to make the most of it all. Harvey had warned we may struggle to get in some places on a Saturday evening for food, but because I ultimately wanted Dan to choose where we ate, I hadn’t booked anywhere.
Our first choice was the Red Lion, alas there were no tables. We were told if we could find a table at the bar we were welcome to eat there but there wasn’t a single seat. We did stick around for a drink however because it’s such a cosy little spot. While we ordered a drink we rang the Hope and Anchor to secure a table – it’s a nice little pub and Italian directly opposite St Valery.
The food was really nice. The fish and chips especially were ginormous but the Monkfish special with crispy bacon and polenta was fresh and tasty too.
We hit a couple more pubs after food, The Sun Inn and The Schooner (a haunted little number that will without doubt give you the heebie jeebies) and then we made our way back to our little haven for the evening.
There’s an honestly bar at St Valery. There’s simply a price list and all of the alcohol you can image there for you to help yourself, you just pop your pennies in and your welcome to it. We didn’t use it as we’d been given a bottle of Dan’s favourite from Mama Jan to enjoy but it was a lovely touch.
In fairness, absolutely everything has been thought about. Even the attentiveness given to the tea and coffee cupboard – honestly! Fresh ground coffee roasted on Holy Island, homemade biscuits and there’s even marshmallows for your hot chocolate!
It’s not just the coffee that is locally sourced either. All food is stated to be locally sourced from suppliers across Northumberland.
You can tell in the quality of the breakfast. Honestly, the breakfast menu alone is worth returning for. I struggled for a while deciding what to get but after a recommendation from Harvey I went for the St Valery Breakfast Bagel number.
Toasted bagel, a layer of cream cheese, avocado, expertly grilled halloumi and a fried egg it really was delightful. Dan got the same. I think he does this on purpose now so that he doesn’t have to wait until I’ve taken a photo of his plate before he can dig in…
However, the mushrooms also came highly recommended.
We spent quite a while after breakfast talking to Harvey about this and that, stroking little Roxy and winding down before it was time to stay goodbye. They are both truly the perfect hosts. The pooch isn’t a bit of bother, she just wants some loves and maybe a bit of sausage off your plate. And Harvey is fascinating to talk to, so personable and an absolute hoot.
We went to St Valery Boutique B&B for a one-off, special treat but came away, without doubt, returning customers. What’s even better is one of the rooms, St Benedict, welcome well-behaved dogs so we can take Jax along with us next time. He does love the beach.
A one night stay, on a Saturday evening in November, was priced at £185 in the St Benedict suite which you can pay a 50% deposit on when booking. Prices for the other rooms begin at £160. Worth every penny.
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Lots of love, LB x