40. 8 in adjacent New House, 2 suitable for disabled.
lift, lounge, cocktail bar, billiard room, restaurant, conference/function facilities, terrace, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, parking, 2-acre garden, public areas accessible by wheelchair.
in public areas and restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £113–£170, D,B&B £150–£270. Set dinner 2 courses £20, 3 courses £25, a la carte £45.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Above the dene (ravine with a stream), surrounded by ‘attractive woodland’, sits Peter Candler’s ‘impressive’ 19th-century hotel. Guests praise the ‘consistently attentive, friendly staff’; ‘customer satisfaction is highly prized’. The rugged stone facade belies cosy interiors, where ‘grand fireplaces’ and ‘comfortable seating’ populate ‘spacious’ wood-panelled lounges. The chef’s modern British dinner menu changes with the season. Typical dishes include ‘small, but tasty’ portions of Himalayan salt-aged flat-iron steak; mushroom, spinach, black truffle pithivier. ‘The wine list is very good.’ Bedrooms in the main house differ in size and shape – one might have a skylight or roof terrace; others large bay windows – while those in adjacent New House are cossetingly private. All have a supply of homely comforts including ground coffee, biscuits, fresh milk and good toiletries, and sport those contemporary essentials, a soft palette and lack of clutter. However, ‘the bathroom could do with updating’. Breakfast, in a conservatory overlooking the garden, has ‘an extensive buffet’ and decent cooked options, along with ‘pleasingly tart fresh orange juice’.
An open air museum telling the story of life in the North East over the years