I spent two nights here whilst walking the Pennine Way. I wasn't sure what to expect, having read a negative review back in 2011, but from my arrival to the moment I left I was utterly delighted with my experience here. I can wholeheartedly recommend staying here and this was actually my favourite accommodation in 16 nights on the Pennine Way.
On arrival (both days I stayed), I was treated to fresh coffee and cake in a comfortable chair in front of a crackling wood fire. It can't be underestimated how comforting that is to someone who has walked many miles, often in adverse weather! I was given an immaculately clean and well furnished double room with an ensuite, which had a huge bathtub with shower over. Everything appeared to have been tastefully renovated but it kept all of the traditional charm and history of the building. The bed linens and furnishings were of the highest quality.
The atmosphere of the hotel was peaceful and welcoming. Katie, the owner, was friendly and hospitable, and she was responsive to whatever I needed. I enjoyed two evenings in front of the fire, having a few drinks and chatting with the other guests and enjoying a tasty dinner (there were a range of meals on offer). I particularly liked hearing from Katie about the history of the building and about the geese that she cares for (which could be seen wandering by outside the window). There's a peace about this place that was just what I needed at this stage of the Pennine Way, as I was contemplating my accomplishment of the end of the walk.
I used Katie's service for walkers to be collected at the halfway point at Trows, then brought back the next morning to continue on. I was pleased that Katie was flexible to come collect me whenever I was ready (for me, I was ready at Trows by 3.30pm) and dropped me off the next morning at whatever time was most convenient for me (I wanted an early start and this was readily agreed). Breakfast was cooked very well and I particularly enjoyed the "proper" slow-cooked porridge, which set me up for the day. Overall a lovely two nights' stay.
I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly family run former C17th farmhouse in 7 acres of private grounds in deepest Northumberland on the edge of the great Keilder Forest and also directly on the Pennine Way. Ideal for exploring the North Pennines and also the Scottish Borders. Situated on the A68 for easy access. Many activities available locally including sailing on Keilder Water, Quad Biking, Horse Riding and more. Suitable for hiking and day walks with Hadrians wall within easy reach. ... more less