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Review of Clennell Hall Hotel

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Clennell Hall Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Harbottle B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Memorable weekend with friends...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

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.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

The sign at the desk says it all - "you arrive as strangers & leave as friends"!

Rocky & Ros just couldn't do enough for us during a recent visit, & reading through the reviews convinced us this was the place for us!!

They get wonderful reviews for a reason, people value exceptional service & friendliness in lovely surroundings - but if that's not your bag, there are plenty of average pub B & B's that are more expensive around the area.

Typical example. During conversation we mentioned that our son Liam played guitar, & withinan hour or so Rocky had bought a couple of acoustic guitars & Liam was jammin' with one of the locals who was an excellent singer & guitarist - enough said!

Many thanks for everything guys, we will be back, & we wish you every success.

Jim, Cathy, Liam Sarah.

Room Tip: Room 1 ideal for families.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jim894
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

My wife and I decided to visit Clennell Hall to see what had happened over the years to my Grandparents old home (they left in the early 1950's).We have visited the Hall in the past and found it in various states of disrepair so it was with some trepidation that we approached the Hall after a long drive up from the West Country.
We need not have worried!We were greeted by Katherine who proceeded to give us an extensive tour of the Hall.It was very obvious that considerable time,effort and expense has been put into upgrading this wonderful Hall into a most welcoming and friendly place to stay.The rooms were immaculate with all the amenities one could require on hand and the public rooms were very tastefully decorated.We adjourned to the bar where we ate (good hearty meal) and spent an excellent evening with Rocky,David and some locals chatting about the history of the Hall in front of a roaring fire.
The next day,after a "full on" breakfast was spent exploring the local area.The whole area is a walkers paradise with wonderful views and wildlife galore (red squirrels abound).The lovely town of Rothbury is only about 15 miles away and is well worth a visit (especially the Congregational Art Gallery).One special selling point of the Hall is that it is a stargazers paradise due to the total lack of ambient light.On a clear night the stars are absolutely spectacular and we were fortunate that the local astronomy expert,Ian,was on hand to advise us accordingly.Bring your binos!
In summary,Clennell Hall is an ideal location for anyone who wants to get away from the stress of modern day life to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the stunning Northumbrian countryside.We can only thank Rocky and all his staff for making us feel so welcome and we wish them all success in the future.Thank you all very much.

Best wishes
Piers Clennell and Mary Drew-Wilkinson

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Piersdw
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Redruth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

My Wife and I decided to have a weekend away in Northumberland, as we have always wanted to visit the National Trust property at Cragside. We were looking for someone where to stay relaxing to stay overnight and this hotel appeared to fit the bill. I have to say we were not disappointed, this is perhaps the friendliest hotel that we have ever stayed in. From the moment we arrived, Rocky and Ros and the staff at Clennell Hall could not do enough for us. The Bar had a lovely relaxed feel and very friendly. One of the locals even gave me an impromptu lesson on using the manual settings on my digital SLR. The room was comfortable, good decor with an excellent ensuite bathroom. The reception area is very homely with a lovely fire and comfortable chairs. They even switched on the Wi-Fi in reception so I could use my kindle while I was sitting there. The food was lovely, fresh and well cooked. The hotel is situated in beautiful scenery overlooking the Northumberland National Park and is very picturesque. We had to cut short our visit due to the poor weather, but not before we had enjoyed a lovely breakfast. We are planning to visit this hotel again in the summer.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TimandMarsha
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Blyth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

We have just returned from on overnight stay to meet up with friends at Clennell Hall. We love the area and visit regularly. The hall is an impressive building with an interesting history. The refurbishment of the hall has been very successful. There is a lovely reception area with comfy sofas and a tastefully newly furnished dining room. A public bar is available which has a roaring log fire which was very much appreciated on such a cold weekend. We were made very welcome and soon settled into our room which was well furnished with every facility we needed. The bathroom was very spacious and beautifully fitted.
We joined in a celebration of the Chinese New Year and enjoyed a Chinese buffet. Following our meal we spent the rest of the evening in the bar where the atmosphere was relaxed and cheerful.
We slept well and woke to beautiful scenery and an excellent cooked breakfast.

Rocky and Ros and the staff at Clennell Hall must be complimented on all their efforts to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JanHoll
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2013

We got married at Clennel and it was the best decision we have ever made. We wanted a wedding where people genuinely felt welcomed, looked after and most importantly relaxed. We couldn't have asked for anything better. The staff coped with 150 rowdy guests and accommodated our requirement for a ceilidh in the early evening (outside in the tent) and a disco inside a little later. At 4am the music was still going strong which is rare in so many venues. We couldn't have picked any better. Everyone had fun and our we got the best day we could have imagined. Fortunately the evening's festivities was followed by a perfect cooked breakfast the following day.
My only advice - make sure all the rooms are booked by wedding guests so that the festivities can continue as late as you want!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 839Marian
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

We were 1 of 7 couples who booked for the Weekend which included a Medieval Banquet on the Saturday Evening. The Weekend was great fun, food fabulous, rooms immaculate, staff just couldn't do enough for us, they were completely genuine and really made our stay. Can't wait to go back, my husband and I travel in an out of the UK and stay in lots of Hotels, I just simply could not fault our stay.

Room Tip: All rooms were lovely, none of us had anything negative to say about any of the rooms,
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mlock186353
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Property: Clennell Hall Hotel
Address: Clennell Hall, Harbottle NE65 7BG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Harbottle
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Harbottle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Clennell Hall Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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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