Hedley Centre Accommodation for Excavators

The Hedley Centre is not only the most tranquil place in Northumberland to hold a small and intimate rural conference but is also the building where we house some of our volunteer excavators across the summer months while they dig with us. The beautiful stone building was originally the coach house for Chesterholm.

On the first floor the Hedley contains 7 Bedrooms (5 en suite bedrooms with one shared bathroom between 2 bedrooms within the Annex) . For the 2018 excavation season 6 bedrooms will be available as single occupancy with one shared twin room available. All rooms have been finished to a very high standard and all have a small safety deposit box per person, a desk area, wifi internet access and a daily replenished hospitality tray with coffee and teas.

Downstairs the facilities include a secure boot room, a communal area including an open plan lounge (with large flat screen TV) and a residents dining room for breakfast and evening meals. Outside you will find a large private patio area with tables and chairs. The Hedley Centre has a designated and gated car park for the use of residents and this is situated directly behind the building.


Accommodation at the Hedley Centre is provided on a full board basis. All food is freshly cooked and vegetarian options will always be offered.


Breakfast Choice:

Self service from the breakfast buffet:  Fruit juice, tea, coffee, cereal, croissant,  wholemeal or white toast/ butter, jam or marmalade.

Cooked Breakfast to order.

Packed Lunch (Monday to Friday):

Sandwich of the day.
Fresh fruit & crisps


(indicative menu)
Tomato soup with roll & butter
Beef & ale casserole – diced beef slow cooked in a rich sauce with carrots, potatoes, onions and ale served with chunky farmhouse bread or:
Cannelloni Verdi (V) Spinach pasta tubes with a ricotta cheese & spinach filling
Toffee & apple meringue with ice cream
Tea & coffee

Excavations run from Monday to Friday each week and Hedley Centre residents will need to arrive, between 3pm and 5pm on the Sunday before they start excavating. A Sunday evening meal will be provided. During your two week stay, a cooked and continental breakfast is provided every day, a pack lunch is provided each day that you are on the excavations and a three course meal is served each evening, except for Friday and Saturday when residents are encouraged to enjoy either an early tea in the museum coffee shop or an evening meal in one of the local pubs or restaurants. On the last Friday of your stay residents will be provided with breakfast and a packed lunch and will be expected to vacate their rooms before joining the last day of excavations. A Lunch Voucher is provided for use in the Vindolanda Cafe during the middle weekend.


To stay in the Hedley Centre in a single room will cost you £1100 per period per person (12 nights accommodation including excavation fees, meal plan as above). One room per period is allocated as a twin room and can be booked for 2 persons - The cost of this room is £1800 per period ( £900 per person). Your excavation fees are included in the costs, however Friends of Vindolanda membership is additional for those who are not already members . 

Extended Stays

At the end of your stay you can opt to stay the Friday night in the Centre on a Bed and Breakfast basis for an additional £40.00
If you are staying for two consecutive periods you can book the middle Friday and Saturday nights on a Bed and Breakfast basis for £80 per weekend. 

Damages and Breakages

We ask that you take care with the Hedley Centre. You are responsible and liable for any breakages or damages which you cause to the accommodation or its contents. Please report these as soon as they occur. We do not normally charge for minor breakages, but we may send you an invoice for repair or making good if the damage of breakage is significant, and we may make an additional charge of £50.00 if you did not report this.


We do not accept any liability for any damage, loss or injury to any person, vehicle or possessions, unless proven to be caused by a negligent act by ourselves or our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

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