Dee and Richard Slade’s hybrid of pub and hotel in the empty reaches of Northumberland again reached for the stars with its unique blend of sustainable hospitality and astronomy. More

Contact details

NE48 3LS
01434 230209

Hotel information


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).

Background music

in bar, restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in public rooms, some bedrooms (£10 per night).

Credit cards

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)

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Guest comments

'This hotel is clearly for enthusiastic stargazers who are also as environmentalists. Guests no doubt like the rural atmosphere and the proximity to Hadrian’s Wall and the majestic flow of the North Tyne River. We enjoyed a very good dinner in the main dining room, a welcoming pre-dinner drink in the old-world lounge (without, however, a fire on a coldish night), and a satisfying breakfast in the bright extension looking over the colourful and interesting garden. Most of the staff were foreign, and there were some languager problem. ' - Jock and Jane Macdonald - December, 2018
'Our room, though very small, was thoughtfully equipped. The bathroom was a good size and the toiletries were locally made. The food was excellent, well-served and varied. The wine list, too, was very tempting. We disliked the intrusive and shrill background music, and we found a lack of any personal, friendly contact. The staff were most efficient, brisk and businesslike. ' - Mary Hewson - September, 2017
'We had one of the new-looking luxury lodges comprising a huge bedroom and a large ensuite bathroom with two sinks. There was plenty of hot water for the large spa bath. The bedroom had everything we needed, including two comfortable armchairs a sofa, a large TV. Fresh fruit was provided on day one. The room could have done with some pictures to make it a little more attractive. The dinners were good wholesome food cooked reasonably well but not exceptional. Breakfast was again OK; there was a good choice of jams. We thought that some of the staff lacked some of the requisite customer service skills ' - Steven Hur - September, 2017
'A most generous welcome. The lodge was superb, with every comfort. After an excellent dinner plus a 'visit to the moon' it was time for bed. We slept like logs., ' - Bob & Jean Henry - September, 2017
'Surely one of the best places to stay in the north of England. The rooms, particularly the wooden lodges, are wonderful, each different. The grounds arefascinating. The food is wonderful, beautifully cooked, beautifully presented, and with just the right amount so you leave the table satisfied but not uncomfortably stuffed. The wine list is extensive and interesting and the real ale is magnificent. If you haven't had a pint of Magus you haven't lived. ' - Colin Bradshaw - June, 2016
'A special place in a beautiful part of the world. As on previous visits we were impressed with the quality of accommodation, food and facilities. The dinners are exceptionally good. Breakfast is excellent. Once again we had a large, well-fitted bedroom - like a junior suite. Staff are invariably friendly, helpful, and we were impressed how well the hotel ran in the owners' absence. We enjoyed a fascinating evening in the recently completed observatory. The owners have made an historic coaching inn into a superb characterful modern and practical pub/hotel. ' - Pauline & Stephen Glover - February, 2016

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide