Chillingham Castle



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Raymond Blanc bought this beautiful 15th-century manor in 1983, opening it a year later as a country house hotel and restaurant. He still runs it today, although it is owned by the Belmond hotel and leisure group. It stands at the heart of glorious grounds, including a Japanese tea garden, an orchard, and the famously bounteous (and beautiful) organic kitchen garden of dreams. Blanc remains the energising driving force of the place, with his long-standing executive head chef Gary Jones, chef-pâtissier Benoit Blin, and their amazing teams offering loyal support. There’s something very relaxing about a visit to a place where you know someone, at some point, has paid attention to every smallest detail, and the dining experience is never less than utterly pleasurable, from the warm greeting and the charming atmosphere to the delicious, classic French cuisine that has made Le Manoir's five-, six-and seven-course menus, with vegetarian and vegan options, such a gastronomic success. And there's a children's menu too. The wine list is French-led, with just a few candidates from the New World. Cookery and gardening schools add to Le Manoir's mix, enabling everyone a chance to take knowledge home, together with wonderful memories.

Chillingham Castle


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Easter-Oct, daily 12-5 (last admission 4). Other times by prior arrangement

About the area

Discover Northumberland

If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.

Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.

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