Walwick Hall, Hexham, Northumberland
This country-house hotel-in-miniature sits on the line of Hadrian's Wall with horizon-stretching views south across the Tyne Valley. The neat Georgian hall is deceptively larger than it looks with several reception rooms enjoying those views, plus a fleet of ten bedrooms, as well as a small spa and pool. Firmly country house in style, it's been done with a light touch, avoiding swags and flourishes but nevertheless offering traditional comforts of deep sofas and well-upholstered armchairs. Stags' heads and hunting scenes keep it firmly grounded in the country. Bedrooms have top-quality carpets and fabrics, and a relaxed uncluttered feel. There's definitely a place for afternoon tea in the drawing room - with those views - while dinner is a smart affair in a surprisingly glittery dining room.
Your expert reviewer
The hotel is on the line of the Hadrian's Wall long-distance path with one of the most exhilarating sections - the famous Sycamore Gap - a 15-minute drive.
Right on the edge of Northumberland National Park, there are many walks in the area. For city life, Newcastle is only a 40-minute drive away.
By car: around 2 hours 30 minutes 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 10-minute drive to the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
People who want a luxury country-house stay but on an intimate scale will enjoy this hotel. We loved the bar - with its shiny surfaces and glamorous bar stools, it has a private-club feel.
Service & Facilities
The pool in the glass-sided pavilion has wonderful views over the valley - at night you can stare at starry skies.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Board games
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The front-facing rooms have the best views over the Tyne Valley. The pretty Wedgewood china teacups are a nice touch, as are homemade scones and biscuits.
Classic Room, Deluxe Room, Luxury Room, Family Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, desk, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The bar offers an interesting selection of gins, so leave yourself enough time before dinner to browse and choose. If you've no room for pudding, but want something sweet, the petits fours with coffee are handmade by the pastry chef - and delicious.
The Dining Room: classic British cuisine, seasonal menus. All-day dining, open daily. Tasting menu from £89.
The Drawing Room: cosy lounge, open fire. Afternoon tea served daily.
Rooms available from £300 per night
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