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“Great location, OK accommodation, mice in the cottage.”

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Akeld Manor and Cottages
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great location, OK accommodation, mice in the cottage.”
Reviewed October 30, 2011

Just returned from a stunning half-term break in Northumberland staying at Akeld Manor. Location and countryside wonderful with lots to do for all the family. Akeld Manor itself is quiet and perfectly placed to explore the area.

The cottage we stayed in was OK - the fittings and furniture were tired and old fashioned. The shower was only a dribble and cooking equipment basic (bring your own sharp knife and chopping board). The swimming pool was great - the kids loved it, as well as the table tennis and pool table.

The big disappointment was the fact we had mice in the cottage. Most evenings they came out, freely visible running across the floor and by morning there were mouse droppings everywhere. Not a great start to the day having to clean mouse pooh off the kitchen worksurfaces and floor! Although the resort has pest control the management wasn't helpful about the mouse problem and it put a big downer on the holiday - won't be going back.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Durham, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2010

Perfect setting with oodles of character and charm. Furnishings and equipment excellent, and fantastic leisure facilities. Fitness room with massage chairs, beautiful swimming pool with jaccuzi, well heated and good swimming length. Full size snooker table, pool table, table tennis and dvd's and video's to hire.
Staff were excellent, and couldnt do enough. Perfectly situated to reach lots of attractions and walking is plentiful. This is one of the best holidays we have had in the British Isles - would highly recommend it. Definately 4 star and also has highest RCI rating.
WILL DEFINATELY BE BACK.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Antioch, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2010

This is a great location for exploring this beautiful area of Northumberland. Akeld Manor and Cottages practically backs up to the Cheviot Hills and are located very near the town of Wooler which is known as the gateway to the Cheviots. We booked this resort via a timeshare exchange and our overall interactions with the resort staff, which consisted primarily of checking in and checking out, were positive. There was an electricity fee charged at check in. I understand this as it is a variable amount (dependent on usage) that is hard for a business to predict, but I found the amount for the week to be excessive and more than what I pay for a similar size home for a full month.

Our unit was #20 - Bramble Cottage. This is a two bedroom unit, with a queen bed in one room and two twins in another room, a large eat in kitchen, and very comfortable living room. There is also convenient parking right outside your door. A car is a necessity here as there is no restaurant onsite and the nearest town, Wooler, is 2 miles away. The unit was very clean and in good shape although a bit dated. The bed was very comfortable. There is also a combo washer/dryer in the unit which was very convenient. The only real negative to this unit is that there is no shower - only a bathtub. Since we were staying for a week, that was a bit of an inconvenience for hairwashing. It wouldn't be hard to put up a shower rod in this unit, and if the management would do this, I'd rate this resort higher.

The resort also has a pool and fitness center. We didn't use either of these as we were out exploring the area all day. The location here is fantastic - it's just an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, and less than 45 mins to many of the major attractions of the area such as Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle, Dustenburgh Castle, Northumberland National Park, Flodden Field, Ford and Etal, etc.. The history here is rich. It's about two miles to Wooler where there are several pubs and a Co-op grocery store. The Red Lion located at the Anchor Inn in Wooler had fabulous food and a very friendly staff - plus free internet. The Marketplace Cafe was very good as well.

Wooler's tourist information center had tons of information on things to see and do as well as many walks. It seemed like there was public footpath everywhere you looked.

One other way this resort could improve would be to offer internet. We had to go into town everytime we needed to get online. But aside from that and the shower, this was a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Wakefield
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2010

Beautiful locality but cottage furnishings tired - chairs saggy and sofa bed very lumpy.
concerned about fire danger - only one exit door - windows too narrow for escape and some nailed shut.
Pool too small for swimming comfortably
Restaurant closed

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2010

We were quite excited about our visit to Akeld Manor but quite disappointed with the reality. The leisure facilities were a particular disappointment - the restaiurant was closed and the pool was only available between 9am and 8pm though the website claimed that it was available from 8am to 10pm. The cottage was very pleasant and extremely clean but we felt that the kitchen in particular was in need of some updating. The 4 star luxury reviews may have applied when the cottages were first opened but we would doubt that they would still apply. The location is excellent and we would definitely go back to Northumberland but not to Akeld Manor. We feel we would be able to get a much better deal elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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4 Thank thogmo
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Shotts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2010

Stayed in one of the cottages, which was nice, unfortunately wasnt warm enough despite the heating being on full, Akeld if 4 miles from Wooler, which has very little in it. Plenty to do, if you drive a bit further out.
No much to do at Akeld, the pool is cold, the sauna, is ok, no steam room, jacuzzi is intregated into pool and is also cold.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2009

Stayed here for a long weekend in a 1 bed cottage. Lovey cottage, in a quiet location - great location for touring the sights of Northumberland, but a car is defiantely required. The cottage had everything we could want - it was well stocked with pots and pans etc, and had enough space for 2 people. Furnishing swere of good qulaity, however starting to look a little tired - however the cottage was very clean.

Overall we thought the situation was good in a peaceful spot. They have a range of cottages of different sizes and shapes to good to check with the resort as to your particular requirements before booking. The overall location was quiet but could imagine it would get busy in the school holidays. Pool was functional, good for small children but not for adult swimmers

Overall would recommend

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Akeld Manor and Cottages
Address: Akeld, Wooler NE71 6TA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Wooler
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Ranked #9 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Wooler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 11
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