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“For a B &B - excellent”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Orchard House

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The Orchard House
Ranked #3 of 12 Rothbury B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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“For a B &B - excellent”
Reviewed 24 September 2010

Only booked this B & B on line, 12 hours before arrival, and really have no complaints. Had just joined National Trust and wanted to visit Cragside, so looked on internet for nearest accommodation for one night only as from Leeds, travel to Rothbury, visit to Cragside, and return to Leeds, was to much in on day. Booked with hotels.com and received £20 reduction. Only complaint, for what purports to be 5* accommodatoin, was state of decoration of hall, stairs and landing - there were notices saying that they were in the process or redecoration, but would have thought redocation for a 5* estsblishment would have been done when closed. However, room was very nice, albeit ensuite was outside the room, but this did not bother us for one night only.
Best touches were.... bucks fizz and heated flannel on arrival, and the porridge for breakfast was best I've ever had.
Yes... for a late booking, this was excellent, and as Northumberland is not renowned for cosy country inns which would be our first choice, we can thoroughly recommond Orchard House.

Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2010

Having read the published reviews, I expected perfection. Orchard House failed to achieve this.

We stayed in the Blue room.
There was a very ugly exposed electrical fuse box on the wall in the hallway outside the room.
The carpet inside the door of the room was in need of cleaning.
The windows (secondary double glazing) were dirty.
The tiling on one of the corners under the basin was in need of attention. - It looked as if a repair was incomplete.
The shower was almost too powerful and following use it required a ten minute wait to allow the fan to clear the mirror before it could be used. We found the bath/shower quite diffiicult to enter because of the high sides and small area not covered by the shower screen.
At the prices it would be reasonable to expect a fridge in the room to keep the provided water cool.
Wilkins mini pots of jam and marmalade were provided. I expect homemade or locally sourced jams rather than mass-produced items reminiscent of motorway services and shouting " portion control".

I would recommend East Hepple Farm (search East Hepple on Tripadvisor) - about 5 miles west of Rothbury - in preference to Orchard House. This is where we've stayed twice before and where we would stay again when in the area. It offers a much better experience and far better value.

Other guests at Orchard House have recommended dinner at the Queens Head in Rothbury. We would support this. While not being a special venue for a celebration meal there was an interesting menu, we enjoyed all the food that we had with the exception of the bread and butter pudding and prices were very reasonable.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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surrey
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Reviewed 18 September 2010

What a find , beautifully decorated and top notch B/B . Warm welcome by Greame , we stayed in the Percy room , two separate bedrooms , two bathrooms . Beautifully done out . Breakfast was just hat we needed after a great night out in the Queens Head pub . Live music and a friendly crowd . We also visited the local chippy at the end of the night and it was suberb . We only stayed one night as it was a fleeting visit , but we will definitely be back .

  • Stayed September 2010
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Cambridge, UK
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

We stayed here en route from Edinburgh to Newcastle, where I needed to be to run a teaching session at 1000. Despite being in a pleasantly rural location, it turned out to be little over half an hour's drive from the city centre in Newcastle. Friendly owners who greet and show the facilities -- incl a well-stocked help-yourself bar. Lovely bedrooms with comfortable facilities -- we had a self-contained two-bedroom suite on the top floor. Free wifi. Breakfast was very good -- a good choice and beautifully prepared. Very fair value and strongly recommended for an overnight or a few days away.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 328 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2010

Stayed september 2010 in the blue room. Rothbury is a nice location and good for touring. We enjoyed the room, the decor is very dramatic and the bed very comfortable - it's also nice to have space for seating in the rooms as well - the blue room is classed as a junior suite and is large. Bathroom was spacious and of good quality - plenty of hot water and facilities, only marred by a loose panel in the tiling which had sharp edges (which my husband bumped into) and some roses which should have been replaced with fresh ones. The Bathtub was deep with a shower over it, however it was a little tricky to get in and out due to the location of the glass screen and the fact it could not be removed, which when one is wet proved a little challenging! There was some footfall noise from the room above - but probably to be expected in an old house.

We found check in to be a fustrating affair and were rushed upstairs to our room as other guests arrived at the same time which seemed to cause some confusion - after a 6 hour drive it would have been nice to catch our breath and enjoy the complementary bucks fizz in the lounge and asorb our surroundings. There were nice touches in the bedroom such as a small plate of cakes and tea and coffee - the port decanter was pretty much empty before we arrived so could not really comment on that.

The hotel is set in a Georgian building some of which was being renovated at the time of our visit and as such the hall way was looking a little sparse & shabby - a few stains on the carpet etc.

B/fast - was Ok and the food was cooked well but we found the menu a little dull and it was not clear how many courses were on offer - seemed to confuse a few guests -easily sorted out by re ordering the menu. We are used to staying in 4 & 5 star establishments all over the world - at all levels from B&B to hotel to resort and overall we did enjoy our stay and the room, but perhaps missed some of the some of the attention to detail/service which other reviewers have mentioned as being a special feature

We were unable to find somewhere good to eat locally as all booked up - however we had an alfresco meal at the Rothbury Fish and Chip shop 2 doors down which was delicious!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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England
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2010

What first attracted me to Orchard House was its Trip Advisor review level. I had never seen a 98 % customer rating for any hotel anywhere in the world and 95 out of 97 reviewers grading it excellent or very good (as at Aug 10) – so I simply had to try it. And try it I did – having stayed there I am now amazed that 2 reviewers only graded it very good and not excellent

A personal warm welcome by the owner Graham with Bucks Fizz and a hot towel is the sort of welcome that I have received in 5 star international hotels not a small village in Northumberland. Looking around the welcoming and immaculately decorated drawing room it is evident that Graham certainly has drawn on his international experience. Amongst the silver framed family photographs on the sideboards are photographs of Graham in a previous job being thanked by Bill Clinton and also the Prime Minister of Canada amongst others.

I stayed in the Lauren Suite for one night. It was stunningly decorated and an apartment really rather than just a suite. Consisting of a large sitting room, furnished with really high quality furniture and with a wall mounted plasma TV, a DVD player and separate BOSE sound system. The touches that set Orchard House apart it were fresh flowers, welcoming chocolates, a decanter of sherry, a filed ice bucket, bowl of fresh fruit (appetizing and delicious - rather than just token hotel gesture) and filter coffee in the tea/coffee making kit. The bathroom was located down a small corridor, within the suite and was contemporary designed and stunningly presented with two sinks, an oversized bath (big enough for two, three if you include the complimentary rubber duck) and walk-in shower (big enough for two). Supported by white waffle cotton robes and acres of fluffy white towels

The bedroom was at the back of the property overlooking the owner’s accommodation and his small garden. A lovely calming room immaculately decorated; sparklingly clean with a king size plus bed covered in goose down duvet and dressed in high thread count (not sure what count - it felt at least 500 tread count plus ) Egyptian cotton. It was truly one of the most comfortable beds I have slept in.

The whole suite was immaculately decorated and excellently presented – I feel there is an interior designer in the family. For more info see the pics but do note they were taken the following morning before checking out so there are lots of empty things: wine glasses, sherry glasses, water glasses, sherry decanter, fruit bowl, tea cups etc etc etc and my towels on the floor.

The Orchard House has a well stocked reasonably priced honesty bar downstairs which is a great touch and very handy.

Breakfast was worth tearing myself out of bed for and had a great range of options including freshly made smoothie.

All in all a great hotel and worthy of its high rating on TripAdvisor. If you are concerned by the room rate (highish for the area) – don’t be, this is a classic case of you get what you pay for. You will not be disappointed and will walk away thinking “I am glad I did that”; a rare feeling these days.

My tip for dinner is to try the Queens Head pub, a 5 min walk from Orchard House. Good pub food, reasonably priced and in a well presented restaurant. But do book – we did not thinking we would be ok on Tuesday night - we had to wait an hour for a table. The Italian in Rothbury seems to have a poor reputation having read through the TripAdvisor reccommendations. It is worth noting that there are a couple of other pubs in the village and plenty more if you don't mind driving - Graham offered to reccommend some but i didn't fancy driving.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sussex
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Reviewed 23 July 2010

Lovely rooms with Graham and his team providing excellent service. Nice guest lounge, chocolates and bubbly on arrival plus sherry in rooms! Lovely breakfast - all served at the table no self service. Great choice of tea/coffee. Good location in Rothbury easy short walk to pubs and shops. On street parking - plenty available close to accommodation.

Parts of hotel being refurbished at the moment but didn't impact stay at all. Evening turn down service with more chocolate and ice bucket!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Orchard House
Address: The Orchard House High Street, Rothbury, Northumberland National Park NE65 7TL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Northumberland National Park > Rothbury
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Rothbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Orchard House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This luxurious Georgian town house has a village location on the edge of the Northumberland National Park. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, Bose music systems and Egyptian cotton linen, slippers, bathrobes and luxury toiletries. The Orchard House is winner of the AA Guest Accommodation England 2008, and is Conde Nast Johansens Recommended 2009, and one of TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Top Ten Bargains in Europe 2008. ... more   less 
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