We chose Clennell Hall as the venue for my 40th birthday celebrations for a group of friends and family and could not have wished for a better venue. The organising was so easy, for which I have to thank the manager Katherine for being so helpful, and any last minute changes were accommodated without fuss. The Hotel itself is located in a remote part of the Northumberland countryside with fantastic surroundings and packed with character. A lovingly restored historical building it has a very homely feel with cosy log fires and endless original features which you could never have with the ‘big chain’ hotels. We arrived early and were greeted by the owner Rocky who gave us a quick tour of the place with a short history lesson thrown in. All the rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated – we chose room 7 but here wasn’t a bad room among them. The bar area is very typical of pubs in the area with everything you need, log fire, pool table, dart board, jukebox and no pretensions. We had the whole restaurant booked too and our waitress for the night, Rachel, did an excellent job and the food and wine was fantastic with plenty of choice and excellent value. The night was made all the more memorable though by the hospitality of Rocky and the entertaining barman Davey ‘Flip-flop’ (check his footwear, whatever the weather). Rocky’s story telling had everyone in stitches and before the night was over out came the guitars for an impromptu busking session which we were told the next morning the locals enjoyed! I suppose it all depends what you’re looking for out of a weekend but we couldn’t have wished for any better and we can’t recommend the place highly enough if you want a unique, welcoming, down to earth, hospitable venue in a beautiful part of the world. Equally I could imagine the place is an ideal retreat for a quiet couple’s weekend away from it all – we’re certainly looking for another excuse to return very very soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clennell Hall in Alwinton is a large historic Country House (Visit Britain 4-star rated) situated on the edge of the Northumberland National Park within an area known as the Coquetdale. Beyond the picturesque surrounds of the Hotel and the village of Alwinton you can enjoy the beautiful countryside for hiking, cycling, fishing, horse-riding, golfing, hunting and walking holidays. The area is an excellent base for exploring the Cheviot Hills, the spectacular Northumbrian Coast, castles and gardens and is located upon the Pennine Cycleway (Route 68). ... more less
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