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“Comfortable and great location for walking Hadrian's Wall path”

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Brookside Villa B&B
Ranked #2 of 8 Gilsland B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We were booked in here for the evening of our longest day walking the wall - 21 miles. I'd contacted Denise a few weeks before to book in for dinner but due to the length of our walk and the 7pm seating for dinner Denise booked us a table at the local pub. We managed to get to the Brookside just before 6pm and were therefore in time for dinner. The B&B is easy to find from the wall being about a 10 minute walk (although after 21 miles I wish it had been a bit closer). The room was well appointed, spacious and comfortable. The visitors lounge and honesty bar is a really nice touch and nice room to spend some time in. Dinner was really nice - the best garlic mushrooms I've had in a long time! Breakfast was great too. Denise was a really welcoming host and I felt really looked after.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is an attractive Victorian stone building on a quiet country road just outside the small village of Gilsland, and just a small walk from the Hadrian's Walk Path. I found it very clean, and very bright - an enjoyable place to be in. The hostess seemed genuinely concerned that your stay here be satisfactory.

The room I was in, a double en suite, was spacious, with large windows, and splendid views of the garden, the trees along the stream, and the hills beyond. The bathroom was attractive and functional, but it could have done with a small shelf to hold personal items, and the shower water was not as hot as it could have been - tepid at best. Oddly, the hot water from the sink tap was, indeed, hot.

Breakfast included a good range of choices, both hot and cold. The cooked full English breakfast I had was excellently prepared and tasty. They will also do dinner here, and the only seating for dinner is at 7. There is a good selection of menu items to choose from. The Indian style roasted vegetables and chickpeas was quite good, and mildly spicy, as it should have been.

I suspect the problem with the water is of a temporary nature. If that is so, then this would be a good choice for accommodations when in this area.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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WOOTON, Owner at Brookside Villa B&B, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to review. Ref. the hot water - We have a note in all rooms saying "please let me know immediately if anything is not working as it should, and we will get it fixed". We also take the 1st opportunity to check verbally that everything is as it should be. I'm sorry you didn't ask - we would have been happy to show you how to work the temperature control on the shower- we can't help if you don't tell us about an apparent problem!

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Denise made sure we had everything we needed for our great family break. The Breakfast was tremendous, such great bacon! The evening meal was very tasty. Everything we asked for for our little ones (2 and 4) was provided for. The location was perfect for adventures to the Roman Forts and up to the East Coast. In the evenings, the kids slept and we watched the stars for the gardens at the front! Thanks

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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WOOTON, Owner at Brookside Villa B&B, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review. It’s great to get your feedback when you’re with us, and very special to us that you take the time to write a review once you’re back home. Lovely to meet you all and your little pirate/roman soldier/mountaineer.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We had a spacious room to share with our teenage son. Delicious breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners. You have to be well organised in advance about what you want for meals, but that's fair enough because Denise has a house full of guests, many of whom only stay one night. Denise was very helpful in advance with suggestions about sections of the wall to walk for people of our ability and always offered to collect us should we get stuck at the end of the day. Because of the brilliant AD122 Bus Service along the road nearest to Hadrian's Wall (you do need to know the timetable which Denise provided for us), we didn't need to take her up on her offer but were glad it was there. It's because of this bus service that we were able to walk three sections of the wall but stay in one place. Fortunately we weren't heavily rained on, but there is clearly good provision for drying wet clothes and boots overnight.

Room Tip: Room 1 is the large one at the front but still quiet.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

A group of three friends stayed here while hiking Hadrian's Wall. Accommodation was arranged by our travel company, but it was our very favourite of all the places we stayed. The rooms are very clean and well-decorated with lots of practical uses of odd spaces. Denise welcomed us and had the routine of dealing with walkers down to a science but still found time to make us feel welcome. Great common room with a nicely stocked honesty bar, which was much needed after a cool and damp day of trekking.

Even better than the rooms was dinner. One of us had local lamb, and it was a truly memorable meal. I had tarragon chicken which was also excellent. Lots of choices and everything homemade and delicious and sourced locally. Breakfast was similarly impressive.

We wanted to stay another night!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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WOOTON, Owner at Brookside Villa B&B, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2013

Thanks for voting us your favourite - we work hard to deliver the best, and It’s great that you take the time to write a review once you’re back home. Super to meet you all.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Brookside Villa is in a lovely little area of Gilsland and I'm only sorry that since we were walking Hadrian's Wall we arrived late and had to head off fairly early the next morning. Our room had the only King bed in the 9 nights we stayed in England--a lovely surprise. The room was spotless and elegantly decorated. The breakfast is wonderful but you need your wits about you when you make your choices the evening before because there are so many items to choose from. We choose to eat dinner at Brookside, a great decision. Everything is locally sourced and Denise is one accomplished chef.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We stayed here one night whilst walking Hadrian's Wall. Found it very comfortable, clean and very friendly. My boots were wet inside and Denise gave me advice on how to dry them. Very geared to walkers. The food was beautifully cooked and presented. The owners were really friendly and knowledgeable about the Wall and walking. I would recommend it as a stop whilst walking the Wall.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Brookside Villa B6318 Military Road, Hadrian's Wall, Gilsland, Brampton CA8 7DA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Brampton > Gilsland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Gilsland
Price Range: $113 - $157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Brookside Villa B&B 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award-winning B&B, combining style and elegance with tradition, at the heart of Hadrian's Wall Trail, in a Victorian villa set in a peaceful hamlet outside Gilsland village. 5 bright, fresh bedrooms all with contemporary, compact bathrooms. Rooms differ in size and shape, though even the smaller has a 5' (queen) bed, others range from 6' (king) to 6'6" (super-king). Enjoy a glass of wine or a local ale in the garden with great views toward Hadrian's Wall or in the comfortable lounge in front of a log fire. Then enjoy an exquisite home-cooked dinner in our lovely dining room. Designed with walkers and cyclists in mind, we are less than 10 minutes walk from the Trail. We provide packed lunches, drying room, boot and cycle racks, overnight laundry - and everything else you might need on your walking or cycling holiday. ... more   less 
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