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Old Rectory Howick, Alnwick, NE66 3LE England
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#35 of 483 B&Bs / Inns in Northumberland
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vanmor12 wrote a review Oct 2021
Rotherham, United Kingdom21 contributions21 helpful votes
This was our 2nd stay and brought the family as we had such blissful relaxing stay previously, it’s a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Very much a home from home, lovely food and very caring sociable hosts. We also had our family dog who was welcomed and we felt comfortable him being there. There are some lovely walks especially along the coastal path. The honesty bar is a lovely touch, ideal if you want stay in and relax after sightseeing trips. Thank you Jude and David for another fabulous stay from the ‘Morley’s’ and Rover
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Carol B wrote a review Sept 2021
Birmingham, United Kingdom5082 contributions704 helpful votes
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Sunday 22 August 2021, my husband and I drove up to Howick where we are staying at ‘The Old Rectory’ Guest House for six nights. We arrived at The Old Rectory in Howick around 6.00pm. We were greeted by David and Jude the new owners and was given a very warm welcome. We were then shown to our room ‘Jill’ in the east wing of this lovely house. ‘Jill’ is a huge charming suite that overlooks the front of the house and rolling countryside and was full of late afternoon sunshine. The furnishings were dark mahogany wood appropriate to the design and age of the house, there was a living room area with a comfortable soft gold chaise lounge sofa and matching gold chairs, a large television (which we did not use) and a coffee table. The windows had window seats for lazing at one’s leisure. The bedroom area was huge with a lovely dark mahogany wood wardrobe and dressing table and chair. The bedroom decor was done out in light sage green walls with a yellow bird feature wallpaper. We had a large double bed with white cotton sheets and duvet and a soft pale gold coverlet and matching soft pale gold and beige curtains and cushions. There was a drinks tray with tea, coffee and hot chocolate and complimentary biscuits, which was every ‘attention to detail’ by David and Jude. We had a lovely large bathroom complete with lovely Victorian fireplace decorated in white with a fully tiled large walk in shower that had piping hot water, and white fluffy towels, there was also a nice selection of complimentary toiletries. My husband and I unpacked and settled in and then we had a quick wash and brush up and then went down for dinner to the lovely dining room at ‘The Old Rectory’. ‘The new owners David and Jude now do evening meals and my husband and I were eager to taste the food that was available here rather than rush out to a nearby public house after the long drive to Howick. The dining room was huge, its cream walls added to the beauty of the walnut tables and chairs. The tables had been laid with lovely linen table clothes and the china was in keeping with the decor of this lovely house. We were served to a wonderful meal cooked by David and served by Jude. My husband had a prawn cocktail for his starter, which was beautifully presented in a cocktail glass. My husband said it was really delicious. I did not have a starter as I was saving myself for a dessert. My husband for his main course had the lamb shank, served with green beans, mashed potatoes and a red wine jus. My husband said the lamb just melted in the mouth and was delicious. For my main meal I had green pesto chicken in flaky pastry served with green beans, chunky chips and a nice cheesy sauce. The chicken was delicious. We washed all this lovely food down with a nice bottle of chilled rose wine. We both had sweets. My husband for his dessert had a double ginger ice cream, which he said finished off his meal perfectly. I had the chocolate and cherry mousse, which was lovely and light and a perfect finish to my meal. Afterwards, My husband and I went into the lounge and sat in the lovely red leather chairs by a log fire, with cats sleeping on the sofa and we listened to the ‘classical’ music playing in the background, it was so tranquil and peaceful. I found inspiration here and I wrote a poem called ‘Haven of Peace’, we both sat here until 10.30pm and then we went up to our lovely room where we curled up in our comfortable bed and fell asleep as soon as our heads touched the pillows. Monday 23rd August 2021, we awoke to a hot and sunny day that continued that way all day. After a full English breakfast for my husband, and yoghurt and scrambled eggs on toast for me we went out to play. Breakfasts were wonderful every day, and set you up for the day. Monday 23 August 2021, we again were served to a wonderful meal cooked by David and served by Jude. My husband and I for our main course had sea bass, served with green beans, buttered new potatoes. The fish was sublime and was delicious. We washed all this lovely food down with a nice bottle of chilled white wine. We both had desserts, we both had the ginger cheesecake, which finished off the meal perfectly, it was lovely and light and very creamy and the perfect finish to our meal. Afterwards, again my husband and I went into the lounge and sat in the lovely red leather chairs by a log fire, with cats sleeping on the sofa and we listened to the ‘classical’ music playing in the background, it was so tranquil and peaceful. Friday 27 August 2021, We once again were served to a wonderful meal cooked by David and served by Jude. My husband and I for our main course had mustardy beef with carrots, served with green beans and creamy mashed potatoes. The beef was so tender it just melted in the mouth. We washed all this lovely food down with a nice bottle of rich red merlot wine. We both had desserts, we both had the ginger cheesecake, which was so scrummy, it was lovely and light and very creamy and the perfect finish to our meal. Afterwards, again my husband and I went into the lounge and sat in the lovely red leather chairs by a log fire, sipping red merlot wine with the cats sleeping on the sofa and we listened to the ‘classical’ music playing in the background, it was so romantic tranquil and very peaceful and it almost seemed like time had stopped still. We both sat here until 10.30pm and we went up to our lovely room where we curled up in our comfortable bed and fell asleep as soon as our heads touched the pillows. If you want a haven of peace and tranquillity and superb food then this is the place to visit if you are in the area.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Jude Leitch, Owner at Old Rectory Howick
Responded 3 Oct 2021
Dear Carol, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay and your meals with us, and were able to relax and enjoy Northumberland. We very much enjoyed your company and poetry also, and hope to see you both back with us very soon.
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Luke M wrote a review Sept 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom11 contributions22 helpful votes
Well the first words we need to say loudly is THANK YOU These guys went above and beyond not once, not twice THREE times for us during covid and the many re arrangements of a wedding near by. Welcoming was dreamy after a long drive up north, stayed up to accommodate a late arrival then met with a warm welcome, burning log fire and an 'honesty bar' lager. It literally felt like a country manor the welcoming we got. Rooms and beds are big, spacious and amazing. You get a gown to walk to the bathroom, and never once crossed paths with anyone, but could understand why people would like a en-suite, personally stuff like this does not bother me, and i enjoyed the character and layout/story of amazing this BnB. Old buildings have strange layouts, thats what makes them unique! The breakfasts were amazing, service upon entry followed here too, great service again! Food was spot on, nice hearty breakfasts and great choices! The grounds and views around were so picturesque, and as a keen hiker/walker was gutted didn't get to roam around with the wedding taking up our time there. Honestly, couldn't recommend this any higher. I've stayed in alot of hotels, but these types of bnbs win hands down! Thanks for everything guys! Wish you all the success on a great business! Luke, Mel, Alex ❤
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Jude Leitch, Owner at Old Rectory Howick
Responded 26 Sept 2021
It was no problem at all Luke, Mel & Alex. We really enjoyed having you stay with us and were so pleased to finally meet you after all the postponements! Very glad you had a good time with us and at the wedding and hoping to see you again in Northumberland before too long.
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Jon M wrote a review Sept 2021
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Great stay at the Old Rectory. David and Jude were delightful hosts. Lovely welcoming and homely stay in a stunning old building just off the coastal path. Large bedrooms very tastefully decorated and furnished and fantastic (and wide ranging) dinner menu and honesty bar. We would hesitate to stay there again.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Jude Leitch, Owner at Old Rectory Howick
Responded 26 Sept 2021
Very glad you enjoyed your stay Jon and hope the rest of your walk went well.
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John W wrote a review Jun 2021
United Kingdom274 contributions150 helpful votes
If you are reading this, then you are considering a trip to Northumberland- stop considering and act. Within a half hour drive of the Old Rectory are Lindisfarne, Bamburgh, the Farne islands, Warkworth, Newcastle, Tynemouth, Cragside, Alnwick to name some. Within a half hour walk are Craster (and the wonderful walk to Dunstanburgh), and the glorious Howick Hall gardens. Enough to fill a week to the brim! But what of the Old Rectory you ask? Well its beautifully set in the estate village of Howick, so authentic, so right. The rooms are large, and full of character. Jude and David are excellent hosts, the breakfasts as you might expect- but as far as I was concerned I couldn't get beyond the Craster kipper- smoked about a mile away. We had a sharing platter one evening which was good- and there are several excellent restaurants in driving distance. I have no concerns about giving this place a fullsome recommendation.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Room Tip: We stayed in the room without ensuite whiuch worked fine- the ensuite rooms were even better!
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Response from Jude Leitch, Owner at Old Rectory Howick
Responded 23 Jun 2021
Thanks for your lovely comments John, I hope you'll encourage people to consider a trip to Northumberland if they've never been. We love it obviously and know others will too. So gland you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again some time.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Rectory Howick
Which popular attractions are close to Old Rectory Howick?
Nearby attractions include Embleton Bay (3.6 miles), Low Newton by the Sea Beach (4.4 miles), and Alnmouth Beach (4.4 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Old Rectory Howick?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rocking Horse Cafe & Gallery, Piper's Pitch, and Bistro 23.
Are there any historical sites close to Old Rectory Howick?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Ferryman's Hut Museum (4.6 miles), Preston Tower (3.5 miles), and The Hindmarsh Hall (4.6 miles).