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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Macdonald Linden Hall Golf And Country Club
- Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club Hotel Longhorsley
- Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel Country
- Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club Longhorsley, Northumberland