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Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Longhorsley
Perth, Australia
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“Good Hotel but nothing more”
Reviewed 7 May 2012

This trip was booked for me and my girlfriend & on arrival (Monday 30th April) we were loving the beautiful setting, gorgeous grand building and scenery. When we checked in we were giving a friendly and warm welcome along with directions to our room (no.113). we walked through a lovely large reception room which was very beautiful & felt like we were in a stately home!

Upon arrival to our room we could smell cigarettes as soon as we walked through the door & weren't happy with it, the room was small, basic and dated. Would l have been happy paying the amount we did for the room? No but fortunetely we complained about the smell & they moved us to a room in the main hotel, Little Miss Eve's Room it was called & the staff helped us move straight away. This room was much bigger, fresher & appeared to be an upgrade to what we had. If you go ask to be in the main hotel because the rooms appear better, there was about 10 residents when we there, why didn't they just upgrade us to begin with?

Once sorted with the room we went to the leisure club, I wouldn't call in a Spa, it was quite dissapointing in fact. The initial entrance passage is dark, carpeted and dated no relaxation feel to it at all. The spa reception was a fairly large with towels on the side for residents to use. Next was the changing room, well you had to have a £1 coin for the lockers, that meant a brisk walk back to the room & back. The mens changing room was very very poor probably the worst ive ever seen, dirty old lockers, one shower, two changing cubicles, one toilet two sinks with mirrors one hair drier, a dirty floor and mouldy black grout everywhere.

I then walked through the main door into the pool area, there was only another couple in there & they had bath robes? Where did they get them from? We weren't asked if we wanted them, anyway!

My first impression on the pool area again wasnt great no atmophphere at all, no music, insufficient seats (appox 10-12 at the most), no loungers, tiny circle jacuzzi max 3-4 slim people and a small, rundown rectangle swimming pool. There was two very old and poor working showers (no hangers for towels or robes etc) opposite the steam room, on entering the steam room we were horrified at how rundown and filthy it was. It is very small and the seats, walls and ceilings were all made of plastic, which maybe one day was white? now creamy/yellow. wood decking floor which had about a 10 cm gap with drop down to some tiles between the door frame, which could definitely cause an injury! There was a sauna & steam room but that was it, not exactly a Spa! The gym? well that was about 4 metres square, it was tiny, obviously its not well used!

We had our three course meal booked in the Dobson restaurant at 7:30pm, after ordering our server came to us with an appetizer compliments of the chef which was a lovely gesture, our meals were flawless, presentation, taste and choice was perfect in every way along with the service which was brilliant! Drinks were a bit steep, priced at £4 a bottle of italian beer Peroni. I must say the restaurant did have a VERY formal atmospher, the music was dull and repetitive and the smell was very similar to an old peoples home / school dinner hall. My girlfriend even said, I am not having breakfast down here in the morning, the smell was bad for a double Rossette restaurant!

After dinner we then went back up to our room because there was nothing happening in the hotel, there wasn't even a residents bar as such.

Next morning we had breakfast in bed which was charged at £3 for tray charge, not bad & had breakfast at 09:45 in our room. The breakfast was bob on & couldn't fault it!

Overall I personally wouldnt go out of my way to go back to this hotel unless it was a very good price, it definitely wasnt worth the money at all and we were really let down from what we were expecting. The hotel is gorgeous looking but in desperate need of a re-vamp. I paid almost £200 for a 1 night stay with my girlfriend at the hotel & the best bit of it was the Dobson Retaurant, they had a deal on for a three course meal for £20 which was bang on! Worst bits were the leisure club & no wifi in the rooms.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

We were recommended to this hotel by the Morpeth Tourist Office(thanks Heidi) after cutting short a disappointing stay elsewhere & had 2 very nice nights there. We had dinner in the Dobson restaurant on both nights, the first being excellent in every way. On the second night however, whilst still enjoying the food, we had to wait a long time between courses as there had been some sort of ruckus in the kitchen that the waiting staff were very coy about but we could tell that something was not right. The grounds there are fantastic & we had a good room on the back overlooking the golf course. The room was OK & the staff were very attentive & eager to please. We would definately stay here again, our only real gripe was that some of the furnishings were in need of refurbishment - especially the restaurant seats which either need recovering or replacing as they detract from the overall restaurant ambience - management please note!

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Reviewed 28 April 2012

What an amazing restaurant and lovely three course meals. The food is excellent and presented in a very eye catching manner. The atmosphere is amazing as well and you feel totally at home in there. Highly recommended.

The staff, in particular Rohan, were amazing and did everything for us and made our meals very special. A credit to the north East. We will be back!

M & E

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Hotel had booked into a suite for 2 adults and 2 children; childrens room had fold down settee (that they had forgotten to make up) but unless children were toddlers there would never have been enough room for them despite the fact they were only 7 & 10 :(

This apart the hotel was very nice, well equiped, and nice & clean. Staff were fantastic - very helpful indeed.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

My friend Heather and I have recently celebrated our 50th birthdays and one of our treats was a Spa Afternoon at Linden Hall. Everything about the day was superb - from the staff (nothing too much trouble), the surroundings, facitilities and treatments to the fantastic afternoon tea which formed part of our package. We came away feeling vrey chilled and relaxed.

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northumberland
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

My partner recently booked a pamper treat for my birthday as a surprise it was the first time we had been to linden hall and we had a fantastic time. Had quite a few treatments whilst we were there all of which were excellent and very relaxing and carried out by very friendly professional staff. We had lunch in the linden tree pub and our evening meal in the Dobson restaurant the quality of food served was the best I have ever tasted. All in all the best spa experience I've had in a long time cant wait to go back. I'd like to say a special thanks to Lisa in spa reception who sorted all my treatments out and booked everything for us enabling us to have a wonderful time.

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Took the Mrs away for a Saturday night D, B&B birthday treat, and was not disappointed.

Around £200 for the pair of us, including afternoon tea, was decent value. There was a £20 limit on the evening meal so had to chip in towards the £36 for three courses at Dobsons restaurant, but the food was stunning and well worth the extra.

The hotel is set in beautiful grounds, although the postcode on their website when put into our sat-nav took us to a farmers' field half a mile away. Minor glitch!

Standard room was on the small side for a 4-star hotel, but perfectly lovely - nice comfy bed, plush bathroom, free wired internet (cable from reception).

If I am ridiculously nit-picking, the literature in the standard rooms says the TVs have Sky Sports, when in fact they don't. Not an issue on a romantic weekend, and was no problem, but a bit of false advertising there.

Pool and jacuzzi was nice, steam room was not working but sauna was on so no real problem. Hotel bars, lounges and Linden Tree pub were all really nice, and just a good vibe about the place.

Thought for the price it was decent value, and would happily go here again. Have to say the food in Dobsons restaurant was sensational, and made for a special night.

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Property: Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club
Address: on A697, Longhorsley, Morpeth NE65 8XF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Morpeth > Longhorsley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Longhorsley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The impressive Macdonald Linden Hall Golf and Country Club was built by merchant and banker Charles William Bigge in 1812. Today, it nestles in 450 acres of private grounds: the perfect country house hotel. Boasting several versatile function rooms and an 18-hole golf course, it's the perfect venue for business events. Our stunning Northumberland countryside location and award-winning food and drink are ideal for weddings too. If you want a relaxing break in the country with extensive health club and spa facilities, not to mention luxurious accommodation, come to Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club. ... more   less 
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