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The Orchard House
Ranked #3 of 12 Rothbury B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
East Kilbride, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
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Reviewed August 3, 2008

Could not believe other comments about this place as they hit nearly all fives in all sectors....well our group of four adults just loved the place and it was well worth the trip...Perfection in miniature...
well done Gordon!

  • Liked — Five Star Guest house
  • Disliked — Not a lot
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank Kenny M
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manchester, uk
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2008

I have been in two minds about writing this review. This place is so good and so small I didn't want it to be booked up the next time I want to go.

On arrival at the hotel we were handed warm scented towels and drinks in the lounge. A lovely detail that you definitely wouldn't get at a larger hotel.

I had booked two nights in the junior suite. The room was large and tastefully decorated to a high standard. There was no evidence of wear and tear anywhere in the room. The bed was the most comfortable I've ever had in a hotel and we had two great nights sleep.

There was a great choice at breakfast and it was well cooked and served by the staff who are wonderful throughout our stay.

We got married whilst we were staying at the hotel. We hadn't told the staff this but when they found out they were very accommodating and did everything they could to make our stay special. When we returned from our wedding a bottle of champagne was provided free of charge and petals had been sprinkled on our pillows.

Rothbury is a lovely town in a great part of Northumberland and this hotel is the best I've stayed in in a very long time. It provides proof that attention to detail and exceptional customer service can be found in affordable British hotels. Small hotels everywhere could learn from this place which deserves all of the many plaudits it has received.

  • Stayed June 2008
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1 Thank Capitalstereo
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Manchester
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2008

Spent one night at this wonderful B&B and would highly recommend it to anyone staying in the area. The service is second to none, although maybe a little TOO much for just a single night's stay. From the hot towels on arrival, through the home made petite fours and complimentary Sherry in the rooms throught to the excellent and very filling breakfast. Good choice of CD's and DVD's should the weather turn inclement. The rooms are well kitted out, widescreen TV's and Bose music systems, and mustn't forget the Teddy, Choc and Relaxing CD with the bed turndown service.

The only bad points are the parking situation which is very difficult as it's only a small village, and the 'Italian' Restaurant which we were recommended to try. They seem to use the same generic tomato sauce for everything, Fish Soup, Deep fried squid and even topping the Calzone? The fish soup was ok but the Squid stater comprised 4 tiny squid rings in a puddle of the sauce plus a small pile of salad. The Calzone was totally inedible and the waiter spilled a full bottle of lager by our table which remained there in a puddle long after we left I suspect.

So either try one of the pubs nearby, take a 10 min drive into Alnwick, or just sit on the benches outside the Orchard House with a bag of chips, which we did after the fiasco at the Italian

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank SalfordSteve2305
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Midlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 2, 2008

We had read the reviews and as we wanted to explore the Northumberside region decided to stop at this Hotel. We usually stay in the larger Hotels as they tend to offer a greater range of services but our choice was absolutely spot on.

We were welcomed by the owner with a welcome drink and a refreshing towel. After checking in we were shown to our room, in this case the Blue Room and we can honestly say it is one of the best rooms we have ever stayed in. The attention to detail is superb and second to none. The room was spotlessly clean and combined modern features with traditional fittings.

The bathroom again is excellent and if you go yuo really must take one of their range of bath's - a menu of available bath oils & accompanying music, first time we've ever seen that, but it simply is relaxing and wonderful.

Being a B&B they don't serve evening meals but the information from the owner was invaluable in finding a fine Gastro-pub about 10miles away.

The breakfast again surpasses evern the finest of Hotels for service and attention to detail. All homa-made items, locally sourced products and fresh honey give it that WOW factor that a lot of luxury hotels miss or fail to achieve.

Nothing is too much trouble for the owners who have created a little gem of a place. We'll definately be back.

  • Liked — Everything is of the same high standard you cannot choose one thing!
  • Disliked — Parking is limited on street, buts you cannot fault the Hotel.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Realistic-couple
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Luton, England
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2008

On arrival at Orchard House we were warmly greeted with a drink, and the advise that our room had been upgraded.

We were also asked about our plans for evening meal and made aware of the options. We chose itialian and they made a reservation for us in a restaurant which was in walking distance from the hotel.

There also seems to be a variety of other places to eat and drink on the main street.

The room we had was wonderfully decorated, the bathroom had a heated floor. There was a large plasma TV, free internet access, drinks, snacks, everything you need really.

Breakfast was excellent. A lots of options all freshly prepared.

Basically they couldn't do enough for you and I would highly recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Cladrian
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surrey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2008

This is one of the very best hotels I've had the pleasure to visit. I really could not fault it. The only negative was that I was in the area on business and I could not stay longer and luxuriate in this beautiful little haven.

Everything had been considered to make one's stay a pleasure and the attention to detail was exceptional. It was amazingly clean, everything felt sumptuous. The staff were very professional but friendly too. The food on offer for breakfast was delightful. I also loved the idea of the 'honesty bar' which was well stocked and offered interesting complimentary nibbles. It is also well located in the centre the charming town of Rothbury. A really great find all round.

  • Liked — everything
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
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1 Thank SurreySadie
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England
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2008

We booked two nights at the Orchard House, based on Trip advisor reviews. Yet again, they were spot on. The house was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers throughout. We stayed in the Blue Room - super kingsize bed, quality linens, bose stereo and more fresh flowers. Our hosts made us feel welcome from arrival without being intrusive - nothing was too much trouble, including ordering "off menu" at breakfast. We'd suggest perhaps giving the Italian restaurant a miss - service and food were so, so. The Orchard House is a real find though - go there!

  • Liked — Stylish, elegant and luxurious
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nicky_and_Ross
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Property: The Orchard House
Address: The Orchard House High Street, Rothbury, Northumberland National Park NE65 7TL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Northumberland > Northumberland National Park > Rothbury
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Rothbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Orchard House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This luxurious Georgian town house has a village location on the edge of the Northumberland National Park. All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, Bose music systems and Egyptian cotton linen, slippers, bathrobes and luxury toiletries. The Orchard House is winner of the AA Guest Accommodation England 2008, and is Conde Nast Johansens Recommended 2009, and one of TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Top Ten Bargains in Europe 2008. ... more   less 
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