As with any hotel, there was the odd niggle here and there (eg. mixed up room service order) but in terms of the big picture, this is a very special hotel. The hotel, as well as the village around it, oozes character and ambiance, history and intrigue. The staff could not do enough to please, nothing was too much trouble; Kenny was happy to take us fishing in the local river, Angela (our waitress at breakfast) provided us with plenty of useful local knowledge; chef Simon devised an imaginative vegetarian dish for my wife and a well-received dinner for our very particular 8 year old son. Food was faultless and served in an elegant dinning room overlooking the garden and the church next door. The room was tastefully done, with various unexpected goodies; Hypnos bed, feather toppers, pillows and duvets etc. Very attentive staff, great attention to detail (such as useful the daily flyer telling you what's on where). I hope they let us know when they get the giant spit roast going in the banqueting room! This is a place to come and relax and if you can avoid letting small lapses cloud your judgement, you will have a memorable experience that you will want to repeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Re-opened on 5th April 2014 after a full renovation and refurbishment. Swept up in the wilds of the North Pennine moors, holding court over the honey stone village of Blanchland and crafted by plucky Twelfth Century monks who headed for the Northumbrian hilltops in search of celestial desolation, ours is just the spot for the perfect country hideaway. Disappear into the twists, turns and discoveries of our once-upon-a-time Abbots guest house. Wallow in the warmth of our twenty one bedrooms, soothed lovingly with Pennine hues. Relish in the spoils of The Bishops Dining Room and the notorious Hilyard, where food that harks of heritage and skill laden the tables. Top up in our medieval vaulted pub The Crypt, or simply while away a quiet hour or two in the soft dappled glow of our ancient fireplaces. And with moors that shout out adventure right on the doorstep head out, plot north, walk, cycle, explore, before home to take off your boots, hang your hat and stay awhile. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland Northumberland