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Tower | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 14

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car essential

Shortflatt Tower is one of Northumberland’s most beautiful country houses set in idyllic surroundings with well tended walled gardens and ancient woodland. Part of a private estate, we offer comfortable elegance and bespoke services including quality pampering in Fullerton Place, our Spa and Hammam.

Come and enjoy a taste of gracious country living in the luxurious comfort and tranquility that our 13th century fortalice tower has to offer.

We have seven individually decorated double bedrooms with views overlooking the formal garden and rolling Northumberland countryside. The Tower Keep drawing room has a vaulted ceiling, 6 foot thick walls and an open fire. The Dining room has antique furnishings, striking family portraits and a wood burning stove. Also included are a cosy kitchen & living area and bathrooms with cast-iron double ended roll top baths and luxurious rain showers.

The Keep opens out onto an impressive stone terrace and formal walled garden. The flower borders have been planned to bloom throughout the year and there is a beautiful rose quartz fountain.

With a variety of areas to stroll or to sit and relax in the garden and parkland, it’s a wonderful space to explore. Balancing tranquil surroundings with energy and vitality, Shortflatt has an exceptionally calm and relaxing atmosphere.

We are surrounded by beautiful countryside, excellent walking opportunities, great cycle routes and both National trust and English Heritage properties. We are also within short driving distance of Newcastle upon Tyne city center's excellent shopping facilities and quayside galleries and Northumberland’s stunning golden beaches and interesting market towns.

Size Sleeps up to 14, 7 bedrooms
Nearest beach Druridge Bay
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 4.02 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newcastle Airport, Nearest railway: Newcastle
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Double beds (7), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

Northern England region

Welcome to Northumberland!

Stunning scenery, golden beaches, friendly market towns and gorgeous rugged countryside.

Newcastle Upon Tyne

At Shortflatt Tower we are surrounded by beautiful countryside, excellent walking opportunities, great cycle routes, both National trust and English Heritage properties and much, much more…


Wallington Hall and Gardens:

Tel: 01670 773 967

Wallington is a formal house built in 1688 with impressive gardens, a lake and woodland. The walled garden, with its water features and heated Orangery is particularly lovely.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens:

Tel: 01661 881 636

Belsay Castle is a fine medieval castle, with a Jacobean wing. It is possible to climb the stone spiral staircase to the top of the tower and look North over Shortflatt Farm to Shortflatt Tower, visible in winter but hidden by trees in summer, Belsay Hall was built in the classical style of a Greek Revival villa. The plant rich gardens, famous quarry garden and surrounding woodland link the two buildings.

The imposing Greek Revival villa which succeeded it and the outstanding, plant-rich gardens linking the two buildings. There are temporary exhibitions in the house and grounds, an open air theatre in the summer and a tea Room.

Whalton Manor:

Tel: Penny Norton 01670 775 205

For serious garden lovers, Whalton Manor garden is superb but must be viewed by private appointment only. The Manor itself dates from the 17th Century although the magnificent house and grounds you see today are the result of substantial alterations by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertude Jekyll in 1908. There are three acres of beautiful walled garden which contain a number of Lutyen's architectural gems, including a vast stone paved courtyard, summer houses and pergolas.

Herterton House at Hartington near Cambo:

(Tel: 01670 774 278) Herterton House has a garden that is divided into five parts, all within about one acre. It includes a Formal Garden of hedges and topiaries, a Physic Garden of economic plants and a Flower Garden of traditional country garden flowers with a strong colour order, flowering from June to August. There is also a "Fancy" Garden with a parterre, terrace and gazebo, and lastly a Nursery Garden with a selection of open ground herbaceous plants from the garden collection.

Other National Trust properties include Cragside; Lord Armstrong’s Victorian house, gardens and estate with its wonderful woodland walks. It is situated close to the little town of Rothbury. This is a spectacular house and garden and we thoroughly recommend it. (Tel: 01669 620 333)

Seaton Delaval Hall is the National Trust’s latest addition, located at Seaton Delaval nearer the coast (Tel: 0191 237 9100).

LOCAL PUB: Middleton, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4QZ (Tel:01670772634)


Bolam lake:

Bolam Lake country park is only a short walk from Shortflatt Tower. There is a large lake and picnic area and café, lovely walks around the lake and surrounding woods. There are several public footpaths and bridal ways that cross over Shortflatt estate. For more information please feel free to contact us. Also see: There is a walk called Bolam Lake to Shaftoe Crags and Shortflatt is right on the route. You can also make this walk longer or shorter.

Shepherds Walks:

For guided walks, please contact Jon Monks at Shepards Walks: Tel: 01830 540 453


Shortflatt is just twenty five minutes drive north of Newcastle Upon Tyne.


The Great North Museum-Hancock: 0191 222 7418

Centre of Life: 0191 243 8284

Discovery Museum: 0191 232 6789

The Theatre Royal: Box Office: 08448 11 21 21

The Side gallery (photography): 0191 230 3217

The Laing Art Gallery: 0191 232 7734

Seven Stories (children): 0845 271 0777 ext 715.


The Sage Gateshead - International home for music and musical discovery

The Baltic Centre for contemporary art

The Millennium Bridge joins Newcastle quayside and Gateshead:

The official tourism website for Newcastle and Gateshead:


Hadrian Wall, Housesteads, Vindolanda or Chesters are within an hours drive.

Kielder Water and Forest Park: 01434 220616

Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Gardens: 01665 511350

Alnwick gardens tree house restaraunt: 01665 511852

Kirkharle Courtyard: Crafts, culture, history & coffee shop: 01830 540362


Go Ape at Matfen Hall: 0845 643 9156

Wet and Wild: 0191 296 1333

Whitley Bay ice rink: 0191 291 1000

The Whitehouse Farm Centre near Morpeth: 01670 789998

Beamish Outdoor Museum: 0191 370 4000

Woodhorn Colliery near Ashington-Tel: 01670 52 80 80


Beaches with pubs

The Ship Inn:

(Tel: 01665 576 262) Situated at the little National Trust hamlet of Low-Newton-by-the-Sea about forty minutes drive north from Shortflatt, there is a beautiful beach with Dunstanburgh castle in the distance. The Ship serves excellent food, coffee and hot chocolate. The coast of Northumberland is truly beautiful, rugged and unspoilt.

The Jolly Fisherman’s Pub:

(Tel: 01665 576 461) Situated in Craster, this pub is well-known for crab soup or Craster kipper pate. Craster is a little fishing village on the coast which is famous for its kippers. From Craster it is possible to walk along to Dunstanburgh Castle, a dramatic ruined castle perched by the sea.

Druridge Bay beach and country park:

(Tel: 01670 760 968) The nearest beach to Shortflatt with miles of golden sand.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage:

(Tel: 01665 712 313) The castle crowns a hilltop rising steeply above the River Coquet at Warkworth which is about seven miles south of Alnwick.

Lindisfarne Priory and Holy Island is good for a day trip, although it is essential to check the tide timetable before departure as when the tide is in the causeway is cut off. The Tourist Information Centre can help with tide information, 01289.330 733. Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island was one of the most important centres of early Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. The dramatic approach to the island across the causeway only emphasises the serene appeal of this atmospheric place.

The Farne Islands:

You may like to take a trip aboard Billy Shiel's motor vessel, 'Glad Tidings' to the Farne Islands where you can see grey seals, puffins and a plethora of other sea birds. The boats leave from Seahouses. For more information please ring 01665 720 308.


Belsay Shop: The village shop at Belsay is exceptionally good and provides an excellent selection of fresh local produce. They are also a newsagent.

The Metro Centre gateshead:

Newcastle city centre is great for shopping with Eldon square shopping centre and Northumberland Street being the focal point.

Market towns:

Morpeth is our local market town and has a good selection of supermarkets, shops, restaurants and café’s.

Hexham also has good selection of supermarkets, shops, restaurants and café’s. It also has a lovely independent cinema and Hexham Abbey.

Ponteland has Waitrose and Sainsbury’s, and an excellent greengrocers shop called Elliot’s, a P.O. and several restaurants.

There are also leisure centres in all of the above market towns.

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Review 1-10 of 12

17 Mar 2014


"A true destination getaway"

Eleven of us stayed here for a surprise 30th Birthday celebration for two nights in February. It actually cost us less per head than the same amount of nights at a generic hotel in Central Newcastle. … More

5 Mar 2014


"Stunning property close to Newcastle for a relaxing, easy to organise, break away!"

From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed into Shortflatt tower by very friendly staff, who were on site throughout to cater to all our needs, both in the spa and tower. The house was clean & comfortable, beautifully decorated & spacious. A lovely gesture of fresh home made croissants & jam were provided alongside the food basket. Such stunning views from and around the tower. This was a perfect location for a relaxing hen party and I would fully recommend it for a wedding too, with the lovely grounds. We will definitely be back to visit! Thanks to Octavia, Jon, Faye and the rest of the team for welcoming us.

15 Feb 2014


"valentines day to remember"

My girlfriend and I stayed in the short flat towers cottage,the service was excellent our hosts Jono and Octavia couldn't be more helpful. After reading the reviews I was worried it would not be … More

4 Feb 2014


"Unbelievably fantastic - so glad we found Shortflatt!!!!"

Just returned from the most amazing hen weekend at Shortflatt Tower and Fullerton Place Spa! Absolutely cannot fault a thing and we are so glad we found them! Everything was perfect and all the staff were excellent from start to finish - even throughout the booking procedure puting up with my many questions! On arrival Caroline and Jono met us to show us the Tower and the Cottage which we had also booked. To our delight they had put away our food and drink delivery for us which was lovely and very unexpected. We had exclusive use of Fullerton Place Spa on the Saturday and everyone was very happy with their treatments - I have to say I got one of the best facials I have ever had from Holly. The facilities were fantastic at the spa and everyone especially loved the outdoor hot tub! We had a catered dinner in the Tower dining room on the saturday night it was faultless, a really lovely experience which everyone really enjoyed. The standard of accommodation in both the Tower and the Cottage were fantastic and had all the amenities we'd ever need for a stay. We cannot thank Shortflatt enough for their hospitality and for really making it a weekend to remember - especially Caroline and Jono you were brilliant! We're thinking of an excuse to come back already!

14 Jan 2014


"Wonderful stay for New Year's"

We spent an amazing five nights enjoying the wonderful and unique surroundings of Shortflatt Tower. The tower is incredibly deceptive from the outside and, upon entering, opens into wonderfully light … More

12 Jan 2014


"Great New Year break with friends in an incredible setting"

Shortflatt is brilliantly located- just a few miles from Newcastle and for such a rural setting you don't have to drive far to find supermarkets and pubs. The rooms are beautifully decorated. We … More

8 Jan 2014


"Fantastic house for several families"

We stayed for five days. Eight adults and nine children (all under five). In fact we had guests one day for lunch, so there were 12 children (all under five) and even then it didn't feel crowded.… More

18 Nov 2013


"Peaceful stay at Fullerton Place Cottage and wonderful spa"

Stayed at the cottage next to shortflatt tower. Lovely quiet location, friendly welcome from Octavia. Large kitchen and cosy living room with wood burning stove. Comfortable, peaceful nights sleep. We… More

7 Oct 2013


"A beautiful and immaculately kept country house, a real hidden gem"

This venue was found and selected to accommodate seven couples for a close friends surprise 40th birthday celebration. Upon arrival the welcome that we received was warm and informative, our host Jono… More

6 Oct 2013


"Pure Perfection!!!"

It is said that in today's times we rarely find things that are value for money!! Well Shortflatt Tower is definitely a difference from the norm!! Searching for a venue to hold my wife's sur… More

Review 1-10 of 12

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