A Staycation at The Morpeth Apartment, Northumberland
If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll have seen that I’ve just recently been at the most lovely apartment up in Morpeth. The apartment, appropriately named The Morpeth Apartment, is an Air BnB listing by super hosts Deb and Pete, and I was invited up to take a look at their place located right in the centre of the town.
Ahead of the visit, Deb sends a text with detailed instructions of how to access the apartment, which is done via the rear of the building. There’s drive parking available, and you know you’re in the right place when you find yourself next to M&S.
The photo instructions help you access the keys from the secure pick up point if Deb isn’t around to greet you, which she always does if she’s at home. You enter the building and go up the stairs to the first floor, where you enter the apartment itself.
The whole building used to be a pub, the Fox & Hound, and Deb has stuck to the theme with historic pictures, artwork and very welcoming visuals to guide you in the right direction. I’ve never seen a staircase so artistically presented, with decor and chandeliers to match. The building dates back to 1908, and the apartment you’ll be staying in used to be the landlords private quarters.
You know you’re at the right door when you reach the handmade Morpeth Apartment sign hanging up outside, and the welcome signs that greet you as you go in. The little blackboard had a personal greeting too which was a lovely touch.
Deb takes you up the staircase (more lovely home touches as you go) and takes you into the main apartment itself, where she gives you a tour of the open plan kitchen and living area. You really do feel like you’re walking into the most cared for, thought out home.
You will get a run down of the kitchen, where everything is, and be pointed in the direction of the full info book on the coffee table. There’s everything you need to know and more in there, including details of the apartment, wifi code, check in and out guide, as well as information on the local area, and best places to eat and drink.
It took me a good hour to take my time wandering through the apartment and taking it all in, and you find some really lovely surprises and additional touches that have been put in place for you. There’s a basket of breakfast choices, including croissants, cereal, bread and jam. There’s also some baked treats and shortbread.
In the fridge there’s milk, wine and even a bottle of sherry. Everything is labelled with little ‘eat me’ or ‘drink me’ signs, and you’re safe in the knowledge you won’t be charged ridiculous hotel charges for scoffing it all down!
The living area is made up of all sorts of fabulous repurposed furniture, lamps and decorations. The cube dresser against the wall has books, magazines, board games and a range of DVD’s to choose from – perfect for a cosy night in when its cold outside.
There’s a TV with sky box, and the kind of sofa that you sink into and never want to get out of. The view out of the window is the town and church, which were all lit up with the Christmas decorations. For I think the first time ever, I was quite content arriving somewhere and preferring to stay inside rather than go off exploring.
We made ourselves a cuppa and sat admiring all the decor for a while, enjoying the peace and quiet, which was really noticeable and very welcome after a long mad week at work. It was one of those lovely Saturday afternoons where you don’t really do very much, except nibble on the treats that were left for us and natter on about nothing in particular.
Moving on to the rest of the apartment, the bathroom is so clean and modern, it’s also fully stocked with everything you probably didn’t even realise you might have forgotten. Disposable razors ladies, always forgotten but right there for your use in case. Deb has got you covered.
As much thought and effort has been put into the two bedrooms as the main living areas of the apartment, with little quirks like a wooden towel rail, a silver dresser and love hearts left on the pillow. The master bedroom is a good size with a big comfy double bed, very warm and toast, and the second bedroom is a single, but also with plenty room.
As the dark skies drew in we decided to pry ourselves away from the comfort of the apartment and go for a walk into the town. There were two umbrellas left by the entrance thankfully as it was chucking it down, and we ventured out to find Bar Luga.
For places to eat and drink nearby, Deb and past guests recommend Cafe Vault for breakfast, right opposite the apartment, the Italian Lollo Rosso, cocktails at Bar Luga and the black and grey pub on Newgate Street. Apparently they do tipsy afternoon teas there too. So there’s plenty of choice all within a very short walking distance.
After a relaxed evening feeling like we were a world away from reality, we woke up to fresh ground coffee and the breakfast Deb had left us. There’s a guest book on the kitchen bench which has some incredible reviews of past guests, and I can honestly see why people return back. It’s a great spot and such a lovely place to stay if you’re wanting a base to explore Northumberland, or just to get away for a night or two.
Before we left we put our sticker on the big wall map that shows how far and wide guests of the apartment have come to stay from.
Check out was very easy, you simply lock up behind you and post the keys in the postbox outside. As we left I also noticed the little outdoor seating area which would be gorgeous in the summer.
We spent our last hour or so in Morpeth having a wander around the local shops and independent boutiques of Morpeth. Rutherford is the old department store on Bridge Street, but my favourite spot was the Sanderson Arcade which is based on the Burlington Arcade in London.
Our stay at The Morpeth apartment was so lovely, and was made that bit more special by all of the personal touches that you can find everywhere you look. It was safe, cosy and convenient, especially for the town and everything nearby.
I know some people are a bit wary of air bnb, but for somewhere like this it’s the ideal option. I remember staying at a random hotel near Morpeth for my friends wedding a couple of years ago, and I really wish I’d known about the apartment then because it would have been so much better, and cheaper but for a much nicer experience.
Having the local knowledge is a massive plus, Deb and Pete are fabulous hosts, and always contactable if you have any problem or question for them. I’d love to go back in the summer to see the local area a bit more, but to be honest I’d go back just for a getaway in the adorable apartment itself too.
Disclaimer: I didnt pay for my time there, but think at £80-£90 a night it’s an absolute bargain. I paid £85 for the hotel I stayed in a few years ago and it was nowhere near as nice, convenient, and you got none of the personal touches!