Stayed for 2 night for the 1400 seies rally held on adjacent forestry land.
Setting in the Cheviot hills is well off the beaten track at Alwinton village. A superb base for exploring the northumberland nat park..
Hotel is an imposing but not large country house with only 10 rooms although eating and bar faciliites are shared for the caravanners who stay in the grounds.
We stayed in room 10 which was a lovely size with a very comfortable american sized bed and a great ensuite. The room oozed character with a dip in the floor and small, deep revealed windows that reminded me of staying in castles. We stayed in summer and were perfectly comfortable but i cannot imagine what it would be like in the depths of winter. No wifi or mobile phone signal at the hotel (bliss).
Reception area is probably the best public area of the hall and leads you to think that the rest of the property is as grand, in my opinion it isn.t. Small dining room and bar both perfectly functional and not over large. Bar service was a bit erratic and they seemed to struggle dealing with loads of guests, running out of glasses halfway through the saturday night.
Food is nothing special, basic sort of pub grub really but it is reasonably priced (7.50gbp for a main). The dining room had plastic tablecloths and we were served by what must have been the daughter of the owners who can only have been around 12 yrs old and to be frank didn't have a clue....bless.
Breakfast s were of the full english variety with helping yourself to a choice of 2 juices and 3 or 4 cereals.
I felt that a little more attention to detail in the eating facilities would have really improved our experience.
No lift in the place so not suitable for disabled guests.
Nearest alternative eats in the village of Alwinton about 1 mile away.
Beware the midges if sitting outside.
A very good stay (our friend won the rally) in a hotel that could easiliy transform itself into a very upmarket sort of place given a good manager and a bit more attention to detail. As it is, at 90gpb for a a double room half board it represents pretty good value as long as you are not expecting bells and whistles. Clennell Hall's greatest asset is its location and the sense of peace and quiet of the surroundings.
- 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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