Its often hard to find a holiday which has the perfect range of activities for both adults and childrens alike... but this is THE place for everyone! It is simply perfect!
We stayed at Kestrel Cottage... a group of 6 adults and 2 children (ages 6 & 8 yrs old). Outstanding 5 star accomadation, clean, modern and spacious. The kitchen had everything anyone could need during their stay, and a lot more! The tv lounge had a huge range of books to curl up and read in front of the amazing log wood fire (which the owner Alun showed us how to light and we ended up using it every day!!!). The ipod docks were appreciated after a long day out (also ipod dock and tv in the gym!), and the DVD player was great for the kids, as well as the huge range of cartoon channels on satellite.
We did a barbecue daily on our own private terrace which was great fun... and there was also the option to do a 'campfire' down in the woods... but the weather did not permit that and we missed that!
The facilities were brilliant -- we often got exclusive use of the swimming pool, jacuzzi, laconium, and gym! This was due to Aluns helpful hint in the welcome letter (which contained loads of great tips ranging from eating places, places to visit localy and tips on facilities in the farm) which ensured that we used the swimming pool at 'off-peak' times. The tennis courts were also free whenever we wanted them... and the kids loved spending time on the football pitch and trampoline, the outdoor playing area with the slides, the tractors, the indoor playing barn, and also air hockey and table tennis in the games room!! They even had a go in the cricket nets. Only the croquet lawn was left out!! :)
It was lovely watching the kids play tennis while reading a book lying on the sunbed / lounger in the reading room (conservatory) next to the pool, from where there is a complete view of the court. There was also a breakfast room which also overlooked the tennis courts but did not manage to try that!
Tea and coffee facilities were everywhere... in all the buildings (swimming pool, gym, breakfast room) .. and that was a lovely touch!
The Harry Potter Trail in the woods was great fun for all ages... although unfortunately we didnt finish it as it started pouring down with rain and we didnt have any boots to wear!
The spa should also be tried. I had a facial done... and the prices are vey reasonable and the spa very relaxing.
We had planned to visit a number of local attractions... but couldnt drag ourselves away from the farm. There was just too much to do there... it was the perfect mix of leisure and activities and relaxing.
Would definitely love to go again... and recommend it wholeheartedly to everyone!!
Just an added word for those who it might be useful too... Kestrel is perfect even for the disabled.. has all the facilities required.
- Also Known As:
- Beacon Hill Farm Longhorsley, Northumberland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beacon Hill Farm has 15 4 & 5 star Gold Award cottages set in 20 acres of gardens in the centre of a 360 acre estate near the Northumbrian coast. We have a fabulous Spa easily accessed with a short walk through the gardens from all the cottages. Morpeth the nearby market town has a wide range of restaurants and pubs. Beacon Hill is a wonderful place from which to discover the beauties that Northumberland offers from the heritage coast to Alnwick Garden. We are ideally positioned to visit the many National Trust properties in the area. ... more less