22. 4 on ground floor, 5 in lodge, 2 suitable for disabled.
all year except 25 Dec.
bar, dining room, function facilities, drying room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2-acre grounds (walled garden, kitchen garden, dark sky observatory).
in bar, restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in public rooms, some bedrooms (£10 per night).
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B from £120, D,B&B from £165. A la carte £33.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Dee and Richard Slade’s hybrid of pub and hotel in the empty reaches of Northumberland is liked for its unique blend of sustainable hospitality and astronomy. ‘Our luxury lodge was superb, with every comfort,’ wrote one regular Guide contributor. ‘The most fastidious traveller would struggle to find fault.’ Others enjoyed ‘huge clean bedrooms with plenty of hot water for the large spa bath’, the ‘beautiful grounds’ and ‘amazing dark sky observatory’. They were a bigger hit than some of the service. ‘Staff were most efficient, brisk and businesslike,’ said one trusted correspondent, ‘but a hotel needs someone who smiles at the guests.’ Other frustrations: ‘intrusive background music’ and ‘overdone eco-friendliness’. Far more appreciation for the ‘good wholesome food’ of chef Edward Shilton’s mainly British modern menu, turning fine local produce, including bounty from the kitchen garden, into the likes of lamb shank, rich jus, mash and seasonal greens. ‘After an excellent meal, a first-class bottle of organic wine, plus a visit to the moon, we slept like logs.’ (Bob and Jean Henry, and others)