We have been visiting Thornley House, for weekly breaks, for over a period of ten years. We look on ourselves as being friends as well as guests of Eileen and Shirley.
We have only ever used the en suite accommodation that provides; two single beds that give us a good nights sleep. Also provided is a shower and toilet, a TV and coffee/tea making facilities. We like this room and always request it when making a booking.
From the room there is the opportunity, in the spring, to be entertained by the antics of the latest crop of lambs in the fields of the adjacent farm. A most pleasant way of passing the time. The lambs are but one of the animal entertainment features available at Thornley House, there are the cats. At the last count, April 2013, there were six in residence, ranging from kitten, Lang Lang, to two huge Maine coons. The ensemble represent "The House" entertainment troupe that can provide much laughter and comment amongst the guests. Yes, a visitor does have to like cats and, needless to say, we do. Furthermore, there are two donkeys, now part of growing animal residents. To cap it all, there is a beautiful garden well stocked with flowers, shrubs and trees, where one may sit, relax and, watch the world go by.
Eileen and Shirley have proven to be the most accommodating in respect of breakfasts, providing healthy varieties for the weight conscious as well as a hearty "full English" who enjoy their Holiday liberties. Such a meal sets one up for the whole day.
What to do? Hadrian's Wall; walking, and only a few miles north; Vindolanda, museum and archaeological excavations (12 miles); Allen Banks (NT nature trail and walk, 10 miles); the Northumberland coast with its breathtaking views; Shopping? Newcastle and Gateshead Metro Centre, (40 minutes by train from Hexham) Plus so much more.
For eating, in the evening, there are three pubs in Allendale, but they change with time and licensee, so it is as well for the visitor to try themselves.
We believe that we have been very lucky to have found Thornley House and have thoroughly enjoyed our many days, over the years, there. Our enjoyment and the good times we have had are in no small way due to the wonderful way that we have been looked after and advised by Eileen and Shirley. We give a hearty "Thank You" to them both. We hope that future guests find their stay to be at least as good as our own. We shall return again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thornley House Bed & Breakfast A B&B for lovers of fine cats and fine gardens.This beautiful country house is surrounded by a large garden with its own tree lined drive, a field and woodland where pheasants nest and rabbits roam.It is 1 mile out of Allendale village and 9 miles south of the historic market town of Hexham. It stands in an area of outstanding natural beauty.For those who enjoy walking and bird watching, there are many interesting and spectacular walks. Maps are provided and guided walks are sometimes available.Hadrian's Wall is only 20 minutes drive away, whilst Beamish Museum, Kielder Water and the stately homes of Wallington Hall and Cragside ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thornley House Hotel Hexham