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Eshott Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland
Tucked away down a narrow country road in mid-Northumberland, and surrounded by woodland, this Georgian gem of a country house feels very private. Yet it's close to the A1 which means the county's must-sees and lovely coast are easily reached. With classic Georgian features and soft colours, public rooms are elegant and nicely on the cosy side so they feel inviting rather than formal. Bedrooms, by contrast, are rather grand with antiques, sweeping curtains and vast bathrooms. Those in the separate lodge and stables are smaller but equally luxuriously furnished. Dinner, too, is an elegant though intimate affair with well-crafted dishes. While there's plenty to explore in Northumberland, you could equally well spend your time relaxing in the lounges or wandering the grounds spotting the wildlife.
The feeling of privacy gives the hotel a homely atmosphere.
The hotel is wrapped in woodland near the pretty market town of Morpeth. Alnwick Castle is 20 minutes' away by car.
By car: around 30 minutes from Newcastle and 2 hours from Edinburgh. Free parking available.
By train: direct trains from Edinburgh (1 hour 15 minutes) and London King's Cross (over 3 hours) to Morpeth. It's a 20-minute drive to the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Romantics will love the antiques and elegance while anyone wishing to de-stress and unwind will feel their shoulders relax. Sitting in the lemon-coloured drawing room, sipping tea in front of the fire, gives guests the feeling of being a character in a Jane Austen novel.
Service & Facilities
Guests sitting quietly in the drawing room or one of the two dining rooms might spot one of the resident red squirrels.
- Tennis court
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
All rooms have beautiful and calming views, whether of woodland or gardens. The main hall rooms have the grandeur although the Stables rooms have a touch of bling and massive bathrooms.
Deluxe, Luxury, Lodge, Stable, Cottage
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The two panelled dining rooms are romantically lit by candles in the evening, and bathed in light at breakfast time. A starter of beetroot and goat's cheese pannacotta tantalised the tastebuds and the local Craster crab salad is a must.
The restaurant: locally sourced produce from the Northumbrian coast and countryside as well as the kitchen garden; 2 AA Rosettes. Open daily for dinner 6-8.30pm. Advanced booking advised.