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With two golf courses, a spa, swimming pool, casual and smarter dining, terraces and lounges, plus family rooms, Slaley Hall offers the classic, all-round mini-break. Surrounded by farmland and woodland in south Northumberland, 30 minutes west of Newcastle and some 20 minutes from Hadrian's Wall, the hotel's core is an Edwardian country house. Several public rooms and a handful of bedrooms are in the old part, otherwise most bedrooms are in the 1980s wings of contemporary classic styling. Generous in size (space for two double beds), the best overlook the golf courses. Eating options range from brasserie to pub classics in family-friendly surrounds. It's a busy place, whether guests are staying for golf or spa, plus it's a popular wedding and corporate venue.

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Helen Pickles
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Growing up in Yorkshire and with family holidays in the Lake District, Helen, who writes for several UK national newspapers, developed a love of walking and the big outdoors. When it comes to cities, and food, Italy has the edge – and her heart.

THE DETAILS

Location

There's lots to do - in the morning, you could be walking on Hadrian's Wall; in the afternoon, browsing Hexham's shops after a late lunch at The Beaumont.

Visit Hexham (20 minutes by car) for independent shops and boutiques, the Abbey and tearooms.
By car: around 2 hours from York, 3 hours from Manchester and 6 hours from London. Free parking on-site.
By train: trains from Manchester (3 hours 30 minutes) and London King's Cross (4 hours) to Hexham. It's a 20-minute drive to the hotel. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

Golfers, celebrating families and couples seeking a mini-break with plenty of activities on hand should feel at home here. The rich dark colours make a refreshing change from the typical swags and florals of a country house hotel.

Service & Facilities

Even when the hotel is full and busy, there's always space to sit and relax.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Games room
  • Golf course
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The Superior Rooms have a bolder style in shades of grey and silver, and often have the better views. There's plenty of room to spread out, and no unnecessary knick-knacks.

Classic Room, Superior Room, Family Room, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, desk, sitting area, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The Whisky Snug, with around 60 malts and a dark and clubby style and a real fire, is a quiet spot for an after-dinner drink. Afternoon tea in the Duke's room, with its original Edwardian panelling and bay window overlooking the gardens, is a treat.

Mr Kennedy's Brasserie: main dining room, classic British cuisine. Dishes include confit duck leg and pork belly. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
The Claret Jug: informal clubhouse restaurant, all-day dining. Open daily, 8:30am-9:30pm.
Duke's: afternoon tea served daily, 1-4pm.

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