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Set within 1000 acres you will find this beautiful hotel which screams luxury from the minute of arrival. I stayed at this hotel with my boyfriend and grandparents the last weekend of May and loved every second. Since we were running a little late, as usual, my grandparents waiting in the reception for us, our plan was to get the bags out the car and leave them with them and go park the car. As soon as we got into the main forecourt a member of staff came and asked if we would like him to park the car for us - certainly something we could get used to. The building itself is stunning with a seating area to the front and set back up the stairs there is a grand reception area. Check in was from 3pm onwards and the standard check out is 11am. The reception team were extremely helpful and we were checked in with our keys in less than a minute, the hotel itself seamed rather busy with wedding parties but due to the size and prompt service from the staff it didn't seem it!
We chose two of the standard rooms but standard really isn't a word I would use to describe them. With huge beds, fluffy pillows, tasteful interior and fantastic modern bathrooms we felt at home right away. Our room overlooked the main forecourt but there was no noise whatsoever to complain about. The room included an en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower over, toilet, wash hand basin and lots of little goodies including shampoo, conditioner and soaps. If anyone's seen the episode of Friends where Ross stays in a hotel...well let's just say the temptation was there! The TV had free channels, radio and then movies you can pay for. There was also a free internet connection along with a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, telephone, tea and coffee facilities with Yorkshire tea, Twinning's various fruit teas, Kenco coffee and some yummy biscuits (which didn't last long)
Since the biscuits didn't quite cut it we decided to go down to the "19th bar" and grab a sandwich and a drink, if you are on a budget this place isn't for you. At around £8.00 for a sandwich and chips I thought it was a little expensive, but it was lovely the chips were homemade and came in their own little funnel. We sat on the patio outside as it was a nice day and although there was a wedding party around it wasn't in the slightest bit rowdy and we got to enjoy a live singer that they had hired.
On the first night we decided to eat in 'Hadrian's Brasserie' and I don't think I have ever been so full in my life!! We opted for two courses (main and dessert) and got a couple of starters to share between the four. The food was beautiful and we all agreed that the meat was cooked to perfection. I had the lamb shank and could not fault it. The nicest meal I have had in a long time - and I don't think it's been topped since either! Again the prices were rather expensive but well worth it for a little bit of luxury! After our meal we went for a nice drink in the 'Whisky Snug' an open room overlooking the courtyard with comfortable sofas, a beautiful open fire and staff on hand at all times. After our rather large meal we could only fit in one drink and then it was off to bed to sleep it off.
Breakfast the next morning was fantastic, buffet style with the choice of continental breakfast, hot full English items or a menu with specials on including egg and soldiers or poached egg on offer too so we really were spoilt for choice. I opted for the continental breakfast on the first morning with the plan to indulge the next day and I wasn't disappointed. A member of the waiting staff came and asked if we would like tea of coffee and brought two pots over, there were also various fruit juices on offer. All of the cereals were Kellogg's and there was an assortment of jams, Nutella or Marmite on offer for the toast. Feeling rather full again we all set off for the day.
There is plenty to do around the area and if you log onto their website you will see a big list of attractions nearby. The hotel also has quad biking, zorbing, 4 x 4 off roading, clay pigeon shooting, paintballing, kayaking or archery. We decided to take a trip out to Hexham and visited Hadrian's Wall. The hotel also offers lodges, I had a quick nosey at the floorplans and they look lovely + very large but I am not sure about the pricing (if you are interested I am sure this will all be on the website)
On the second night we went to the "19th bar" for tea and the food there was a little more toned down but equally as enjoyable. The staff really couldn't do enough and were extremely friendly. We enjoyed a fair few drinks in the bar afterwards and the setting and atmosphere was perfect. The next day we had a venture around the beautiful grounds (I have included some pictures!) and relaxed in the Jacuzzi which also had a nice big pool, a large slide, baby pool and café area. The changing facilities were very clean and modern. We didn't have any treatments in the spa but the therapists were very friendly and the spa rooms looked very tranquil.
The whole stay was very fuss free and ran very smoothly, the staff ensured everything was perfect for our stay and the hotel itself was very elegant. I would certainly recommend this hotel and cannot wait to try the others as the chain seem to have quite a few all over the UK (I might have a save a few pennies first though!!) Judging by the website they often have offers including special prices on room rates, afternoon tea, golf breaks, spa days and plenty more. I Check out the pictures of our stay! If you have any questions then ask away.... I hope you enjoyed my review!
I stayed here as a group of 8 friends celebrating a 21st birthday and it provided a lovely relaxing time which was enjoyed by all.
We stayed in one of the luxury lodges which accomodated 8 people. (4 bedrooms). The lodge had 3 ensuites , so one of the bedrooms had to use the main bathroom
With the lodge we stayed at the bedrooms were all on the ground floor and upstairs was the living/ dining area.
The living area was great plenty of space a nice balcony, well stocked kitchen with kitchenware. The TV was a large LCD which was easy to use and also a modern CD player.
The bedrooms and bathrooms were extremely clean and modern. The master bedroom was huge with a large ensuite with jacuzzi bath. The main bathroom was large with a large bath, seperate shower and a seperate sauna room.
The only negative that I have is that even with the heating on quite high I did feel slightly cold but the weekend we stayed was a unusually cold one for April!
The staff were really helpful and friendly, and came on a daily basis to take away rubbish and check everything was ok without being in your face.
Were able to use the facilities in the main hotel for the three days which were also top class