Walwick Hall, Hexham, Northumberland
A small Georgian mansion, built on the line of Hadrian's Wall, with enviable views and a classy but unfussy country-house style with high-quality furnishings and fine-dining. There's also a small spa with a Jacuzzi, steam room and glass-walled pool.
Rooms available from £300 per night
Your expert reviewer
The hotel is in a peaceful spot, overlooking the Tyne Valley. Hexham is the nearest town and a ten-minute drive away. Within 15 minutes, you'll find pretty Corbridge, Housesteads Fort and the excellent Roman site of Vindolanda.
The hotel sits on the line of Hadrian's Wall, set back from the Military Road which runs between Newcastle and the Cumbrian border.
By car: around 2 hours 30 minutes from York, 3 hours from Manchester and 6 hours from London. Free on-site parking available.
By train: trains from Manchester to Hexham take 3 hours 30 minutes and from London King's Cross take 4 hours - after which, it's a 10-minute taxi to the hotel. Book trains to Hexham.
CHARACTER & STYLE
On the whole, the feel is very traditional country house - think pelmet curtains, gilt-framed mirrors and candelabras. However, deep velvet sofas and splashy wallpapers give it a contemporary touch - the bar is smart and contemporary, and the dining room is rather glitzy.
Staff are courteous and professional. Facilities include a lounge, terrace, gym, swimming pool, tennis court and spa - allowing you to be as active or relaxed as you like.
- Swimming pool
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Bedrooms have country house-style comforts, with thick Aubusson carpets and bespoke hand-painted and faux-Georgian furniture. Sash windows allow plenty of light to flood in. Marble bathrooms are sparkling bright, and many have free-standing baths.
Room types: Classic Room, Deluxe Room, Luxury Room, Family Room
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee-making facilities, desk, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
The restaurant serves creative Modern British dishes, with an à la carte menu, as well as a tasting menu. Dishes may include beef cheek waffle with tomato ragu and quail's egg, followed by pot-braised pheasant with parsnip mash and pancetta. The petits fours with coffee are handmade and delicious.
The Dining Room: classic British cuisine, seasonal menus. All-day dining, open daily. Tasting menu from £65.
The Drawing Room: cosy lounge, open fire. Afternoon tea served daily.
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