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Market Cross Guest House
Ranked #1 of 13 Belford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Wigan
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Great stay at a wonderful guest house”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

We recently stayed here with our five month old daughter and Amanda and Steve could not do enough for us. They were extremely accommodating of our young child and looked after us very well. The bedroom was cosy and very clean with lovely homely touches that made the stay extra special. The breakfast was exceptional and their laid back attitude just made the whole stay more enjoyable. They take pride in looking after their guests and you can tell! Will definitely go back again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Scarsdale, New York
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We had a most enjoyable stay of four nights at Market Cross. We happened to arrive just during a change of owners, and had the pleasant experience of meeting both Jill and John, the previous proprietors, and Amanda and Steve, who were just taking over. My daughter and I stayed in the yellow room, which I recommend enthusiastically. It is quiet and extremely comfortable,with twin beds and an en suite shower. My husband and son stayed in the Red Room, which is larger and more luxurious, but (I am told) less quiet, as it is on the front of the building. Breakfasts were excellent, and we were able to drive to many local attractions, such as Bamburgh Castle and the ferries to the Farne Islands. One innovation that did not go over well with us was the coffee machines in the rooms -- they were very noisy, and I ended up buying a jar of instant coffee at a local supermarket, and using the electric kettle. Would also have liked to have the option of small containers of long-life milk in the room, rather than having to go downstairs in PJs to ask for fresh milk each morning for my morning wakeup cup. Other than those minor details, I highly recommend Market Cross Guest House as a base on the Northumberland coast. Belford itself seemed a pleasant enough town, but when we asked for restaurant recommendations, we were advised to go to a different town to eat, so we never tried any of the restaurants within walking distance.

Room Tip: The Yellow Room is pretty and quiet.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Dorcus_8, Owner at Market Cross Guest House, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thanks for your review KasiaNY. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and as always we like to hear positive criticism as it helps us make those small changes to make things just right. So for the benefit of our future guests I can answer some of your points.
We actually took over a month and a half before your arrival but Jill and John very kindly came back to look after Market Cross while we went and got married hence the "change over" for you during your stay.
The Nespresso machines in the rooms produce excellent coffee which is why we put them in but, as with so many things, they may not be to everyones taste and the kettle is there as an alternative. We are happy to provide instant coffee if required.
As for the milk, at the level we expect to be when we have been assessed, fresh milk is a requirement. The containers which we inherited however proved not to be satisfactory in our eyes and we have now purchased a number of proper mini Thermos flasks which will keep the milk fresh until morning.
Belford unfortunately has only one place to eat and as reports from guests have varied quite a lot we direct our guests to other restaurants of a more consistant standard which are unfortunately outside the village. We do however offer transport to these and provide contact details of an excellent taxi firm for the return journey.
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Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile


We had a wonderful stay at the market cross, we only stayed for 1 night, but we will certainly be back, the rooms are beautifully decorated, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. Amanda was the perfect host, very welcoming, and her cooking is fabulous, the little touches of homemade cake and flapjacks were lovely. The surrounding area is beautiful, with some amazing beaches.
Thank you we will certainly be returning x

  • Stayed October 2012
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Stoke on Trent
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

visited market cross for 2 nights for the first time since Amanda and Steve have taken over and we were very impressed.First class welcome ,clean quiet room,very comfy bed ,great breakfast(amanda is a chef and you can tell)using all local suppliers.They told us about there plans for the future and it all sounds very promising,good luck to them !!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dorcus_8, Owner at Market Cross Guest House, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Thank you for that. We knew you had been before and wondered how we fared against Jill and John. We do pride ourselves on how much is home made here and all the local produce we use as we feel we should be supporting our local businesses as well as making sure our guests get the best we can provide. It will be even more important when we start our evening meals in the future. We hope to see you again and, as below, your usual room is being given a full refurb in the early new year.
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Sheffield, UK
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

A nice period building, with very attentive & friendly hosts. They are in the process of giving the place a make-over so my criticism will hopefully not be applicable for too long. We stayed in the tartan room, the bed is 2 singles put together into a double. Both are really soft beds but one half (my partners) was really poor with the divan base clearly at the end of its life!! For Accommodation in the £100 a night mark a decent bed is a must! All other aspects of the room were lovely, and complemented with a large bathroom & nice toiletries.
There is a garden to the property - but it is currently accessed via the kitchen, again something i believe they are planning to amend. We both enjoyed the breakfasts, and if you want to try and replicate them at home there is a brilliant farm shop at the end of the village!

Room Tip: Both the tartan and red room face the street outside, which as mentioned previously does have a bus...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dorcus_8, Owner at Market Cross Guest House, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
The beds in the Tartan room were identified as needing to be changed almost as soon as we arrived but as new owners we could only do so much in the middle of the season and we are happy to say that the new one arrives on the 20th of September. We are changing the zip and link beds to a single King size bedstead which is part of the complete refurb of the Tartan room which will be done around the end of October. Redecoration, refurnishing and recarpeting to give a much lighter, more elegant room which will also become the blue room.
We are always happy to listen to our guests feedback and in ths case we hope we have shown that the comfort of our guests is our priority and our future plans for Market Cross reflect this.
We hope that you will come back to see us again and approve of the changes we are making.
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We recently stayed for four nights in Amanda and Steves charming guest house. We occupied the red and tartan rooms which were lovely,well decorated and very comfortable.Our six year old grandson stayed in our room and had a very comfy bed waiting for him and was made to feel most welcome! Breakfasts are delicious,with homemade bread,granola and preserves and the blueberry pancakes aren't to be missed! Nothing seems to be too much trouble for the hosts and they are very knowledgeable about the area recommending several good restaurants and places to visit. Amanda and Steve are starting on a new venture and they deserve to do well, we certainly will return again. Highly recommend.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

This is a great place to stay to explore Northumberland and the hosts, Amanda and Steve, are very welcoming and accommodating. For example they provided a wheat free breakfast for my other half and also helped arrange a few surprises for her!

We got engaged when staying at the Market Cross and Amanda and Steve went out of their way to make it an extra special occasion, generously giving us a bottle of champagne to celebrate. We stayed in the Tartan Room which was spacious and well supplied, including home made chocolate brownies and a range of teas and coffees.

The breakfasts here are amazing, the black pudding is definitely worth checking out. The hosts are very knowledgable about the area and will help you plan the day ahead.

I would recommend visiting a little known beach called Ross Sands, which is so isolated you have to walk a mile or so across a farm and sand dunes to get to (it's a flat and easy walk). When you get there the beach is incredible - Holy Island Castle is to your left and Bamburgh Castle to your right. As it is remote there are hardly any people there. The perfect place to propose!

I would definitely recommend staying at the Market Cross. We hope to return one day.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Market Cross Guest House
Address: 1 Church Street, Belford NE70 7LS, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Belford
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Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Belford
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Hotel Class:5 star — Market Cross Guest House 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 Star Gold accommodation and hospitality second to none await you at Market Cross Guest House with four elegantly decorated en-suite rooms and relaxing courtyard and garden. Market Cross has an excellent breakfast menu with a variety of options. Homemade bread, jams, marmalades and granola will help you start the day. Situated in Belford village, Market Cross is an ideal base for exploring Northumberland's beautiful countryside and coast. Close to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle and Gardens and historic Berwick upon Tweed. ... more   less 
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