St Valery is a small boutique B&B located in the picturesque village of Alnmouth on the Northumberland coastline.This grand Victorian property has been lovingly renovated, retaining many of the original features such as beautiful wood burning fireplaces.With a beautiful interior and little touches of luxury it is the perfect place to retreat for the weekend.
A home away from home
St Valery has a welcoming charm and with only four rooms available, there are never more than eight guests staying, giving the B&B a relaxed vibe.During the afternoon there is home baking on offer at St Valery’s including cake and unusual flavoured popcorn. There is complimentary red wine, yes, you read that correctly – complimentary wine and a fully stocked honesty bar if you want something stronger.When staying here, you will definitely start your day well with a fantastic selection at breakfast – I sampled the breakfast burrito and smashed avocado with poached eggs and both were substantial and delicious. There was also locally produced coffee ‘Holy Grail’ sourced from Holy Island.
Our room was located on the ground floor which was perfect for our puppy with little legs!The room was impeccably decorated with a grand fireplace, sleigh bed and a sleek modern bathroom.When we arrived we were treated by a gift from Roxy, a toy and treats for Count Nikolai. I thought this was such a sweet touch!The drinks facilities in the room are excellent, a wide selection of tea and fresh locally roasted coffee aptly dubbed ‘holy grail’ with fresh milk and accompanying cookies – what more could you need to relax?Fluffy white dressing gowns and fragrant organic Neom products are a staple in the rooms, I especially love the relaxing oil left on the bed, perfect to ensure that you have a restful sleep.
Where to Eat
Both evenings we dined at Hooked, a local sea food restaurant only a few steps from our lovely B&B. This was by pure coincidence, as we found them to be very dog friendly and offer a great menu. We were seated in the snug, which is set further back from the main dining area and was much quieter.I tried the hake with sautéed baby gem lettuce and carrot puree. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the mixture of flavours created a really unique and tasty dish.Of course, we had to indulge in dessert, a huge serving of sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream – yum!
The Village Tea Rooms When you are treated to typical English weather aka rain, there is nothing better to do than sneak inside and enjoy afternoon tea. We found the tea rooms to be a lovely, albeit kitsch spot with some scrumptious homemade treats on offer.
A dog friendly village
From the doggy treats on arrival to dog sitting and dog walking services (if required), St Valery is in their own words dog-amazing.If it wasn’t already obvious, we brought our little puppy with us for this weekend away and everybody we encountered were very accommodating to this. It probably does help that he was the cutest little boy ever!Alnmouth offered an expansive beach which we enjoyed walking on and I think Niki enjoyed it even more. We encountered a lot of other people with their dogs, who stopped to say a friendly hello.If you are looking for a place to escape for the weekend and want to bring your four legged bestie with you – look no further, Alnmouth is the place to be!
The sumptuous surroundings, special touches and welcoming host really make St Valery stand out against other options.
If you have a canine friend feel free to bring them along knowing they will have an equally great stay. If not? Not to worry, I got a sneak peak of the two rooms which are dog free and they are incredible – offering large open plan rooms, free standing bath tubs and sunrise views!Explore the local area filled with historic ruins, charming villages and beautiful beaches before heading back to St Valery to unwind.
Disclaimer: We were graciously hosted by Harvey at St Valery. However, as always, all opinions and photography are my own.
This was a very difficult post for me to share, as we tragically lost our darling Niki due to irresponsible dog owners. I would like to use this opportunity to encourage everyone to be respectful and responsible when walking their dogs – ensure you have them under control at all times. Despite this, we had a wonderful time and great memories of our stay at St Valery – I had to share this hidden gem of a B&B with you all!