We (husband, wife and 18 year old son) spent two nights with Bill and Pauline at their lovely, restored coaching inn near Bellingham. We were hiking sections of Hadrian's Wall and seeing the abbey at Hexham and my only regret is that we didn't have more time to just relax at Eals Lodge. We were extraordinarily late getting to the lodge the first night and I feared we would not be able to rouse them upon arrival and/or they would be quite justly irritated with our time of arrival (note to traveler, print Bill's instructions on how to get to the house...google maps let us down). Bill came to the door, from his warm bed, and could not have been more kind and accommodating, carrying our luggage to the room, providing milk for tea, cold bottled spring water and a variety of instructions pertaining to our comfort in the room. The rooms were ensuite and very comfortable with high quality bed linens, comfortable chairs, binoculars for bird watching, tea service, etc.. There is also a very nice dvd selection and tv/players in each room but we weren't watching anything at that hour! Seven hours later around the breakfast table, Bill and Pauline were serving up a made to order breakfast of local sausages, free range eggs, ham (they call it bacon but Americans would call it ham), beans, grilled tomato, beans, organic, local blueberries and strawberries, organic yogurt, a nice cereal selection and toast. They have a sideboard with a very wide selection of locally handcrafted jams and encouraged us to open any we might desire. It was the best breakfast we had in our 19 day stay in Britain and Ireland. Another example of the open hearted nature of Bill and Pauline is the way Pauline sat down with our 18 year old son and made a point of engaging him in conversation while we chatted away with Bill about local sites, about which he is very knowledgeable. Lastly, we had been traveling for a week and were in need of fresh clothes and they graciously agreed to help with our laundry while we hiked. Their charge for doing so was very reasonable. The inn itself sits in a remote location and so of course our sleep was deep and uninterrupted by ambient noise or light. This was truly a memorable and happy stay and we enjoyed Bill and Pauline and their lovely inn so much. This is also a good location to enjoy Kielder Water.
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