Husband, self and 14yr old son are coming over from Australia in August this year to attend a wedding at Dissington Hall. Though we can stay some of the time with my sister in Cramlington, we need somewhere for the Friday night before and the Saturday night of the wedding.
The Hall website suggests a few places, among them 'The Bay Horse Inn' Stamfordham, 'The Diamond Inn Ponteland, and 'Matfen Hall" Matfen (rather pricey). My sister has mentioned 'The Snowy Owl' , Cramlington and the 'Gosforth Park Hotel'. Son would ideally like a place with a pool (unlikely!), husband one with a bar, myself one with nice rooms.
Can anyone give me any advice about these places (sister has not stayed in them) or any other recommendations, including b+b?
Second problem is, we would like to be able to arrange a driver and car, for pick up and drop off (any ideas?) as we don't want to drive a hire car in dark unknown countryside and of course we'd like to drink!
Any pros and cons to the above places, and any suggestions of driver/car companies would be greatly appreciated.