Post Office House – a warm welcome
Post Office House Bed and Breakfast is a charming boutique bed and breakfast in the quiet Northumberland village of Belford. It was a working Post Office until 2014 and served Belford and the surrounding villages. It was also the residence of the local postmaster.
This Grade II listed building was purpose built and served as the sorting office plus a branch of the Post Office’s Girobank. A Victorian construction built in 1893, it even operated as the local telephone exchange.
Today, Claire and Simon Jarmain welcome guests to Post Office House to share their comfortable home and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. They have restored and redeveloped the building into a unique bed and breakfast ideally situated for exploring the Northumberland coast and countryside.
Where is Belford?
Belford, is near Bamburgh and the Northumberland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) The former route of the A1 (Great North Road) ran alongside Post Office House, up until 1983 when the current bypass was built half a mile to the east.
The village is located between Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed and is just minutes off the A1. The stunning coastline and sandy beaches of Bamburgh and Budle Bay are within a ten minute drive.
Belford is also on direct route of both St Oswald’s and St Cuthbert’s Way, the Northumberland Coastal Path and is a walker’s paradise.
Post Office House is a Grade II listed Victorian building and retains the odd quirky feature from its working post office days. The Girobank sign, the gold and black wrought iron post horn sign still hangs outside and the red pillar box on the pavement. It is still in use today.
It’s a AA Four-Star Gold bed and breakfast with lots of nice touches like the welcome pack in the bedroom and the exquisite ginger Parkin which did not last long I can tell you.
Breakfast at the Post Office House
Simon, a former Assistant Chef, prepares and cooks a first class full Northumbrian breakfast, whilst Claire looks after front-of-house, and marketing the property. Both Claire and Simon have lots of experience in the food and hospitality business.
Simon was previously a Quality Assurance/Technical Manager for a Food Manufacturing company who made and supplied chilled foods for Waitrose, Marks and Spencer’s and Booths. Claire worked for a London-based Fine Art Auctioneers for 12 years, then at a four-star luxury castle hotel in Yorkshire, as well as holding a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Hospitality Management.
There is private off-street parking for three cars and complimentary WiFi. There is also a secluded garden, to relax in when the sun is shining. It overlooks open fields with some resident sheep.
Northumberland and its castles
Northumberland has more castles per square foot than any other English county. Alnwick, Bamburgh, Chillingham and Dunstanburgh are all castles of note within a few miles of the Post Office House.
Possibly the most famous castle is that of Lindisfarne on Holy Island. Holy Island is cut off from the mainland every day by the tide. Despite every effort there is always someone caught out every year. They to be rescued by the coastguard as their car slowly disappears beneath the waves!
Holy Island is very important in the history of Celtic Christianity. It was also where the Viking invasion first landed in 793. The Scottish Borders are only 15 miles away and Edinburgh a 40 minute journey by train.
Walkers, Cyclists and Overseas Guests are all welcome. There’s storage for bikes and motorcycles and plenty of maps to borrow for the explorers among you.
Northumberland by public transport
For those planning to explore the area on foot, there is an excellent bus service in Belford, with services to Berwick, Alnwick, Morpeth and Newcastle. The X18 travels a scenic route taking in spectacular views of North Northumberland’s stunning coastline and quaint fishing villages. The more direct X15 will take you straight to either Berwick, Alnwick or Newcastle. The bus stop points; both north and south are within seconds of of the front door! Buses also go to Holy Island which run alongside the Arriva X18.
The Lindisfarne Hopper is a daily small bus shuttle from the mainland to Holy Island which runs from April through to October.
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