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OVERVIEW

Set in the 12th-century stone village of Blanchland, the hotel occupies a building that has variously been Abbot's lodge, manor house and pub for the North Pennine miners. Full of historical flourishes and roaring fires, this is a great spot from which to explore this corner of Northumberland.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

At the heart of a chocolate-box pretty stone village on the border of County Durham, everything in this small estate village (owned by the Lord Crewe Estate) is within a few walking-booted steps from the hotel: the 12th century Abbey, the village tea rooms in the old school house and the river Derwent.

By car: the hotel is 45 minutes from Newcastle and Durham, 3 hours from Manchester and 5 hours 30 mins from London. Free parking on-site.

By train: trains from London Kings Cross to Hexham take around 4 hours and trains from Manchester around 3 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Hexham.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Were it not a hotel, this 12th-century building might be a museum, with its flagstone floors, castle-like mullioned windows and enormous oversized fireplace in the dining room. Higgledy-piggledy public rooms provide different places to relax: an upstairs sitting room with painted floorboards, a barrel-vaulted bar and a light bright restaurant.

THE FACILITIES

Local staff with lilting Northumberland accents are enthusiastic to meet every need, be it tracking down a phone left in a taxi or finding the right sized pair of Wellington boots for a walk. Facilities are wide-ranging and include stargazing with a local expert, nature walks and cookery demonstrations.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Country-style carpeted rooms with plenty of period detail: perhaps a fireplace, wood-burning stove, or a window seat and binoculars to watch the wildlife outside. Rugs and thick wool curtains keep out the chill. Coffee machines, speciality teas and hot water bottles in the rooms and robes and Noble Isle toiletries in bathrooms provide extra comfort.

Room types: Cosy Canny, Champion, Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Lots of local produce on the regularly changing modern British menu, including inspiring dishes such as pan-fried partridge with a confit leg and chestnut pie or roasted guinea hen with turnip, radish and anchovy, puy lentils and a garden herb sauce. The wine list is extensive and breakfasts are generous.

The restaurant: seasonal, local dishes, including whole North Sea plaice and rack of lamb with potato fondant. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Crypt bar: Northumbrian ales and bar snacks.

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