Even though they had no idea what time we were arriving, the lovely chap came trotting out of the house opposite and immediately helped us wheel our bikes to the bike store. He was very chatty and gave us a quick tour.
We were all in one room for 8 people and it was adequate. We were able to open 2 top windows to let a bit of air in. 2 showers and 2 toilets shared with other females staying at the time. Showers were too scorching hot for me - couldn't turn it down without just getting cold water but other people didn't seem to have a problem with that and I don't think there is anything they can do about it - I think its more to do with the water and its pressure generally available at Allenheads. A bit of a stiff button on the shower on the left so if you get a choice use the right one.
Breakfast in the morning was a small selection of cereal followed by a cooked breakfast prepared by a lovely lady who gave us all 2 sausages, bacon, fried egg and beans without asking what we wanted. This left me feeling rather guilty as I don't eat sausages and wasn't that fussed on eating bacon. We were all in general agreement that while it was lovely we would have been just as happy with muesli as well as the other cereals they had, with some fruit, yogurt and jam for the toast, and some wholemeal toast and they could have saved some money on the fry up thus making a bigger profit for springboard. However I'm not in any way being critical of the two people looking after us as they were both lovely. As soon as breakfast was over the man was already wheeling our bikes down from the store down the road for us so we didn't need to.
There's kitchen facilities in the lodge so you can make your own evening meal, or its a three quarters of a mile flat walk down the road to the Allenheads Inn where the food is okay. If you are a large party you might need to book and pay a deposit now as the other group of 16 that was staying at the lodge allegedly cancelled their booking at 3pm that afternoon and the landlady said she'd wasted a lot of time and money getting food in that would be wasted. Can highly recommend the pub gin at a pound a shot! Probably makes the walk home a mile once you take into account the drunken stagger...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Allenheads Lodge is located in the North Pennines on the coast to coast route. It has 24 beds in 4 dorm style rooms, shared bathrooms and a large drying room; secure bike storage is also available. Adventure activity residential's are also available and prove popular with schools, colleges and youth groups. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Allenheads Lodge Northumberland