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5 romantic stargazing stays in Northumberland Dark Sky Park

We’ve rounded up places to stay in Northumberland, one of the best destinations for stargazing in the country due to having the darkest skies in the UK, ranging from medieval castles to luxury glamping pods.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 01.11.2023

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Ready for a romantic getaway that’s truly out of this world? Well, Northumberland is your go-to spot for the ultimate star-gazing experience.

Imagine this: You and your partner nestled in the untouched, wild landscape of Northumberland, enjoying an intimate astronomical adventure.

And the best part? There’s almost no light pollution. As the sun sets, the night sky transforms into a breathtaking canvas of stars. You can cosy up by a crackling fire or share a telescope to admire distant galaxies.

Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park boast the largest International Dark Sky Park in the UK, making Northumberland one of the best places in the country to go star gazing.

So, as you plan your stargazing adventure, we’ve put together a list of places to stay in Northumberland, ranging from medieval castles to luxury glamping pods. We can guarantee they will make your stay as unforgettable as the celestial wonders above.

CLEAR SKY LODGE PARK

Sleeps: up to 6 guests

Where: Kielder Forest, Northumberland

Price: from £395 (minimum two-night stay)

Dog-friendly: Yes

Clear Sky Lodge Park Northumberland

Clear Sky Lodge Park is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of 46 acres of pristine natural beauty within Ravenshill Forest. If you’re in search of a tranquil escape from the chaos of modern life, look no further than this romantic oasis.

With lodges to purchase and four lodges and cottages to rent designed to offer a cosy and luxurious haven with the perfect blend of comfort and the great outdoors. Step inside, and you’ll discover well-appointed interiors, modern amenities, and spacious living areas.

Plus, all their lodges have hot tubs too, perfect for sitting back and gazing at the stars with the backdrop of the calming wilderness of Kielder.

Whether you’re in the mood for relaxation, seeking thrilling adventures, or yearning for a mesmerizing stargazing experience in Europe’s largest dark sky park (Kielder Observatory is just down the road), Clear Sky Lodge Park promises an unforgettable stay that’ll leave you with lasting memories.

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BEACON HILL FARM

Sleeps: up to 6 guests

Where: Morpeth, Northumberland

Price: from £298 (minimum 2-night stay)

Dog-friendly: No

Beacon Hill Farm Northumberland Treehouse

Nestled in the heart of Northumberland, Beacon Hill Farm in Morpeth is a slice of tranquil English countryside charm. The range of hideaways and luxury cottages in Northumberland seamlessly combines luxury, nature, and a rural experience on its 350-acre estate.

But one highlight is the unique treehouse where you can watch the stars from the comfort of your own bed and take in panoramic views through large, mirrored glass windows.

What we love is that you don’t even have to leave the site to go stargazing as Beacon Hill Farm has set up its own small observatory free to use to make unforgettable memories here.

And if relaxation is your goal, they’ve got you covered with an on-site spa, complete with a pool, jacuzzi, therapy rooms, sauna, and steam room with surrounding countryside views. Beacon Hill Farm in Morpeth promises an unforgettable taste of rural Northumberland’s natural beauty and a warm welcome.

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THE HIDDLE HUT

Sleeps: up to 2 guests

Where: Bardon Mill, Hexham

Price: £450 (minimum two-night stay)

Dog-friendly: No

The Hiddle Hut Northumberland

Think cosy nights snuggled up beside a log burner, tasting marshmallows warm fire pit BBQ and sipping on wine whilst the sun sets. There’s nothing like getting lost in the wilderness of Northumberland countryside with your loved one.

Nestled in the heart of Northumberland, with breathtaking countryside views under the darkest of skies in the UK, a stay in this luxury two-storey romantic hideaway promises an unforgettable experience. The Hiddle Hut offers all the comforts of home, elevated with a touch of luxury.

This two-story luxury cabin is how it offers the ultimate star-gazing experience.

Whether you fancy relaxing soaking in the roll-top bath as you gaze at the starlit sky or prefer getting lost in the mystery of distant galaxies cuddled up from the comfort of your own bed through the stargazing roof window, The Hiddle Hut offers the perfect opportunity to really romantic moment and to switch off from the world.

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LANGLEY CASTLE 

Sleeps: up to 4 guests (2 adults and 2 kids)

Where: Hexham, Northumberland

Price: from £171.15 (per night)

Dog-friendly: Yes

Langley Castle Northumberland

You can’t get any more romantic than staying in a 14th-century medieval castle under the starlit sky, right? Langley Castle in Northumberland is like a dream come true, straight out of a fairy tale.

This luxury hotel in Northumberland seamlessly blends the old world with modern comforts. The rooms and suites are beautifully decorated, offering a taste of medieval splendour while ensuring you have all the expected amenities.

Surrounded by serene woodlands and gardens, Langley Castle’s setting under the UK’s darkest skies is the perfect romantic destination for some stargazing. The Starry Knights package offers a three-course meal in their 2AA Rosette restaurant, a visit to Kielder Observatory, and a delicious cheeseboard and warming snifter served in the magnificent Drawing Room.

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NORTHUMBERLAND NOOK

Sleeps: up to 2 guests

Where: Kirkheaton, Northumberland

Price: from £490 (minimum two-night stay)

Dog-friendly: Yes

Northumberland Nook

Northumberland Nook is your ticket to a luxurious yet nature-infused glamping experience. The secluded haven is the perfect escape, offering comfort, peace and tranquillity in a breathtaking rural setting.

Explore the farmland, pedal along peaceful roads, or even make friends with the friendly resident Alpacas. Relax and sit back and gaze out the expansive picture window from your bed offering stunning sunset and Northumbrian countryside views, stretching all the way to the Cheviot Hills.

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For the ultimate relaxation, ascend to the roof deck, complete with wooden rocking chairs and a wood-fired Hikki bathtub, perfect for stargazing. Grab the binoculars or telescope provided to spot planets and stars and on exceptionally clear nights, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

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