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Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel
Ranked #3 of 14 Alston B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“Splendid”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

The deco and food are excellent, staff are friendly and efficient. We went mid week with a 7course taster menu it was fantastic. The bedroom and particularly the bathroom was beautifully decorated.
The outside was a bit tired and could do with some attention.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

My partner and I stayed here for two nights on the Amazon Local deal, which was a birthday gift.

The hotel --

Getting to the hotel was hard work, on very windy and wavey roads. Apart from Alston it's pretty much in the middle of nowhere, with limited phone reception too.

The room was tired, although comfortable, and the bed was very large and comfortable.

The bathroom was cramped. The shower was terrible. It was at best a sprinkling of water. It's one of few hotels where the first thing I wanted to do when I got home was have a shower to feel clean.

In 2014 I expect WiFi in the room. It was only available in the lounges.

The hotel seems to attract a lot of more "mature" guests. (I'd say most were double our age of 30-odd.) This led to it feeling fairly unrelaxed. My partner and I were scavenging some WiFi on our tablet/laptop in the lounge and an elderly couple talked about us (directly in front of us!) commenting that we weren't talking to each other!

The food --

The set 7 course menu was excellent. We've eaten in similarly priced places before and the courses were all on par. I highly recommend visiting the restaurant (either staying in the cottages or elsewhere in Alston!).

The breakfast was okay. Service was a bit hit and miss. It was definitely a let down after the evening meal.

Room Tip: Request a room on a lower floor with (apparently) better showers or stay in a cottage / elsewhere.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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South Yorkshire, England
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Checked in after a walk into Alston along the banks of the River Nent. Looking forward to a good shower but unfortunately there was a problem with the water supply cutting off in the whole hotel. Joanne was on shift & managed to get it sorted out within about an hour. The approach to the hotel is on a long drive. The outside of the building could do with some maintenance as it it gives totally the wrong impression initially. The inside is very nice indeed with a couple of comfortable lounges & an attractive bar.

Our room was was very good carpet clean & nice large white fluffy towels in the en-suite. Looked quite new tiling, Shower pressure a little weak for my liking.

We were on a Wowcher deal for 2 nights & it was fantastic value for money.

Ate out instead of taking up the gourmet dinner offer. Must say though that the breakfast was superb particularly on the first morning. Good service all round & dining room very nice. Second morning just one or two little things forgotten after placing our order.

The only negative for me is the smell from the drains or septic tank outside the hotel. The garden would be a treat for people to sit in if not into walking the hills like we were.

All in all we would visit again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

My husband and I had a two day weekend stay at Lovelady Shield. Had to phone for directions after our sat nav directed us to the 'back of beyond'. Lovely ambiance, very friendly staff, but the highlight of the weekend was the food. Friday night had the 'taster menu'. This was fantastic and each course came with a specific wine. Saturday night we ate there again. Once more the food was wonderful. Beautifully cooked and presented. Would recommend this hotel for the food alone. The hotel was nice, with nice squashy settees and chairs in the lounge. The only downside was the town of Alston. It was dirty, and most of the pubs were abandoned. There were more shops that were closed and the whole town looked dirty. But overall our stay was fantastic.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

I purchased a wowcher voucher for a 2 night stay. Upon a arrival the approach is impressive with the narrow drive way over the river nent. With old and young cattle and sheep on the field to the side.
Once I walked through the door was slightly confused as no real reception and no one to great guests. When finally shown to my room I was slightly disappointed as looked nothing like the pics on the website. Was a very basic room with a lumpy bed. As the room was up 2 flights of stairs the water pressure was appalling. It took near on 15 minutes to wash my hair as it was more of a dribble than a shower.
The bathroom was tiny which was made even more so by the oversized sink that was a tight squeeze to stand in front of properly. The toilet brush holder also had a lovely pool of brown water at the bottom of it.
A lovely original sash window opened to a rather dirty windowsill, covered in dirt and bird feathers.

At the side of the property overlooks the long garden which has a seated area to enjoy the view and sun, how're this was spoilt by the constant vile smell due to the cesspit being located in the same area.

The staff were very pleasant and clearly work very hard and the location was very pleasant, however whether I would make a return visit is doubtful as without the voucher discount I would find it to be expensive and doesn't warrant the prices charged

Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

The food and service here at a voucher price make this hotel unbeatable value for money.
The business is in its maturity stage with investment being kept to a minimum, and sales promotions attracting healthy occupancy rates.
Once you take the business phase into account, the irritations become less important.
The 7 course gourmet meal is highly organised and inventive as you like with great flavours and presentation, served by sincerely cheerful locals grateful for real jobs in a happy environment.
The wine list deserves special mention, skilfully put together by a oenophile, with plenty of choices by the glass and half bottles.
The breakfast is magnificent, with an extensive choice, but the poached eggs both mornings were not runny as requested.
What intrigued us was how the owners contrived and succeeded in creating more of a house party spirit with guests getting together after dinner to swap stories about their day, giving recommendations for the local attractions.

Room Tip: Room 16 was at the rear and quiet
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

7 course gourmet night with luxury room booked with voucher.
absolutely loved everything about our stay, a leisurely paced high quality evening of gourmet food with matching wines. The food was presented well with some trendy touches such as cubes of chilli.
I highly recommend this hotel and local staff.
well done

Room Tip: I was lucky to get an upgrade so dont know what the other rooms are like, overlooking fountain and g...
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Property: Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel
Address: Lovelady Lane, Alston CA9 3LX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Alston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Alston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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