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“A stately mansion, wrapped in parkland, that has carefully added a spa, leisure centre and golf courses without losing its grandeur. Bedrooms are contemporary-classic or old-style grand, and there’s a choice of eating options from fine-dining to pub classic. A has-it-all country escape.”

“A stately mansion, wrapped in parkland, that has carefully added a spa, leisure centre and golf courses without losing its grandeur. Bedrooms are contemporary-classic or old-style grand, and there’s a choice of eating options from fine-dining to pub classic. A has-it-all country escape.”

Hotel Review

Surrounded by 300 acres of parkland and formal gardens, there’s little to spoil the view other than the odd golfer. The ancestral home of the Blackett family, it has retained all the impressive hallmarks of a 19th-century Gothic mansion - vast mullioned windows, balustraded roof and towering chimneys - if a little austere. Drawing room and dining room are suitably grand, with plasterwork ceilings and acres of drapes. The modern wing with Elemis spa, indoor pool and hi-tech gym, has been skilfully added. Most bedrooms are in this wing; spacious and contemporary-classic in style with warm colours. Rooms in the original hall are enormous with views over woodland or parkland, vast windows and furnished in traditional, English, country-house style; possibly a little stark for some tastes. Some have four-posters. Eating choices range from fine-dining in the Library to lighter meals in the conservatory to pub staples in the golf clubhouse. The Library restaurant certainly deserves its 2AA Rosette status; cooking is skilful but not pretentious and with a definite Northumbrian twang: pan-fried guinea fowl, slow-cooked rabbit pie and a local-selection cheeseboard. You can choose to be as active or as lazy as you like. There’s golf, walking, a Go Ape tree-top adventure course and Hadrian’s Wall on-site or nearby. Or just laze in the pool and Jacuzzi, book a spa treatment and have afternoon tea in the drawing room. Do take a peak in the Great Hall; a magnificent, vaulted space with grand staircase, and very popular for weddings. Fortunately, wedding parties have their own separate entrance. While the surroundings may be on the formal side, the service - with a staff-to-guest ratio around two-to-one - is top-notch but friendly.
Recommended for
  • Country Escape
  • A charming 19th-century Gothic mansion surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, with a rose-filled gardens and plenty of walking.
  • Foodies
  • The Library Restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for its robust, yet refined Northumbrian cuisine.
 

Written by Helen Pickles

Recommended For

  • Country Escape
  • A charming 19th-century Gothic mansion surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, with a rose-filled gardens and plenty of walking.
  • Foodies
  • The Library Restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for its robust, yet refined Northumbrian cuisine.
  • Golf
  • The hotel boasts a full 18 hole course, plus 9 hole par three course and a golf academy.
  • Local markets
  • Check out what local produce Hexham has to offer, as well as nearby Corbridge.
  • Great walks
  • With 300 acres to explore the park is full of walking and jogging trails.
  • Sights nearby
  • Just a 30 minute drive from Hadrian’s Wall, well worth the journey.
  • Other Activities
  • Make the most of the in house spa treatments, sauna and indoor pool!
  • Cycling
  • The Hadrian’s Wall route is very popular with biking enthusiasts.
  • Child friendly
  • Childrens books, DVDs, games and menu available.
  • Pet friendly
  • Pets allowed on request, charges apply
  • Romantic
  • Free wifi
  • Secluded setting
  • Conference facilities
  • Country House
  • Wedding license
  • Four poster beds
  • Luxury
  • Restaurant
  • Historic
  • Gym
  • Antiques
  • Disabled access
  • Wellbeing
  • Traditional
  • Spa

Facilities

  • Child friendly
  • Childrens books, DVDs, games and menu available.
  • Pet friendly
  • Pets allowed on request, charges apply
  • Parking
  • Free parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Massage
  • Wifi
  • Free wifi
  • Conference facilities
  • Bar
  • Wedding license
  • Fireplace
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Meeting Room
  • Four poster beds
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Sitting Room
  • Room service
  • Disabled access
  • Suites
  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Spa

Activities

  • Golf
  • The hotel boasts a full 18 hole course, plus 9 hole par three course and a golf academy.
  • Local markets
  • Check out what local produce Hexham has to offer, as well as nearby Corbridge.
  • Great walks
  • With 300 acres to explore the park is full of walking and jogging trails.
  • Sights nearby
  • Just a 30 minute drive from Hadrian’s Wall, well worth the journey.
  • Other Activities
  • Make the most of the in house spa treatments, sauna and indoor pool!
  • Cycling
  • The Hadrian’s Wall route is very popular with biking enthusiasts.

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Matfen Hall Hotel

"This is a stately pile of a hotel, close to Hadrian’s Wall, that has managed to add a spa, leisure centre and golf courses without losing its grandeur."

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)

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