Stayed with my wife for one night and dined in the Library & Print room. The sylvin setting and tranquil location of this hotel is all that could be expected from a rural setting. The reception was pleasant, efficient and welcoming and the room excellent, tastefully decorated, very comfortable, clean and well appointed. Full marks so far.
Not wanting to eat late as I find I don't sleep well directly after eating, we had ordered dinner for 7.30 and arrived on time. The serving staff throughout were pleasant and very professional and the surroundings are wonderfully relaxed and certainly one wouldn't wish the service to be rushed. Nevertheless it seemed rather to be overdoing the nonchalance to extend the pre dinner drinks for a full 1/2 hour before seating us and a further 1/2 hour before serving the actual starter (which incidently was excellent). Main course (again perfectly cooked although my wife's lamb was slightly bland) arrived around 9.15 with the sweet menu being offered sometime after 10 pm. too late for us to ensure a comfortable night.
Breakfast was perfect and service was faultless although slightly ruined by the young man who greeted the guests constantly chewing gum.
Overall, on balance, a very pleasant stay, good food and a relaxed evening that nevertheless could have been a little better with quicker service and loosing that gum!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa winner of Large Hotel of the Year 2015 at the Visit England Awards is located just 15 miles west of Newcastle in the charming village of Matfen and is the ancestral home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett. This stately home is set in 300 acres of parkland and has been a hotel since 1999. Enjoy true Northumbrian hospitality at Matfen Hall Hotel. The Hotel offers 53 bedrooms, individually decorated in traditional and contemporary styles. Our golf estate includes a 27-hole course, par 3 course and driving range. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Matfen Hall Hotel Matfen
- Matfen Hall Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Matfen Hall Northumberland