I stayed for a week with my partner and 2yr old son in Murrayfield.
Basic property overview:
The bungalow has two bedrooms, one twin and one double. The twin has beds that can be pushed together, an en-suite bath with no shower (but does provide a hose you can use to wash hair with) sink and toilet and the double has an en-suite shower room with toilet and sink.
There is a good sized cosy lounge, a well stocked kitchen/ dining room, utility room and a conservatory with stunning views across countryside. My son loved that he could see cows and sheep right out the back of the properties large garden.
Just across the road from the bungalow is a gate that leads straight onto the gardens, tennis courts and then the play area, games room (which my son loved) and the swimming pool, fabulous spa and gym facilities (which I loved)
The location is ideal for exploring the stunning Northumbrian countryside. I found that the spa facilities were open late so I could go and enjoy a bit of “me time” whilst my son was in bed. My partner would take our son to the games room and play area so I could cook our dinner which worked out really well for us.
Check in was really efficient, we had a lovely surprise of a welcome pack including a very nice bottle of red wine from their own vineyard in France.
I found the owners to be fantastically helpful and on the ball. If you have any queries I would strongly recommend contacting them and not just leaving it and worrying. They were very quick to sort out what we needed and not at all intrusive.
Take a torch, it was really helpful for walking across the gardens back to the gate from the spa after dark.
Take salt and pepper as this is not provided
Take your own beach / spa towels
I would add some hangers to your luggage if your like me and always over pack
There is plenty of dish washer tablets and laundry powder provided so no need to bring your own.
Talk to the owners about what size cot bedding to bring, ours was too small, but again it was fixed with amazing efficiency.
You can arrange for groceries to be delivered to the cottage before your arrival (I was not very happy with the service that Food Glorious Food provided as the milk was out of date when we got it and the soft fruit ruined. I admit that I didn’t contact them to complain and therefore give them a chance to put it right, but in all honesty we were so busy each day I just didn’t have chance. Its worth talking to the owners about what groceries can be delivered. There is however a local shop that opens late and provides a good range of basic food stuffs. In Alnwick itself there is a number of really good deli’s and supermarkets.
We will certainly hope to return next year, much more exploring to do and I would like more time in the spa!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Village Farm is a collection of luxury self-catering properties sleeping from 2 to 12, with amazing leisure facilities including beautiful spa, health club, swimming pool and gym. There is a playing field with tennis court, cricket and golf nets and large grassy area for football, badminton and general running about! A large games room, wendy house and adventure playground add to the excitement and there are no extra charges for any of the facilities. It is ideal for families, groups or couples. All properties have wi-fi access and all except the smallest one have wood-burning stoves or fires (wood supplied free). ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Village Farm Alnwick, Northumberland