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Dave may have been underwhelmed by the fort Segedunum, but what makes the few remaining visible ruins so extraordinary is the surrounding industrial landscape, especially the shipyards. It's a wonder anything survived the intervening 1500 years at all!
Having been disconcerted by the lovely blue skies and warm day when we arrived, today has been overcast and drizzly. A true monochrome English day which has restored our faith in the English weather...
Ferry is definitely the way to go to Europe (saves that long drive South plus cost of fuel) providing you can go out of season and early in the week (price doubles nearer Friday)
Very relaxed at both ends, Wait in the queue, have a sandwich lunch and tea in the van and be guided in by ...
... then calmed down and I got a picture of the two of them as emma wouldn't have believed the giant potato otherwise. After nabbing a bag of potatoes which had come out of the ground that morning we went back to the house. Edward couldn't believe how far we had walked especially when I said it was over 4200 steps. After having a spot of lunch I headed back to bed as my head was still hurting and emma took megan for a quick walk. It was very quick as emma can't walk ...
... a result I woke up with bright red/auburn hair. As we were driving up my hair was drying and showing the extent of my miscalculation and I was a bit concerned. When we were waiting for emma to return from battling with the modern technology in the toilets edward declared that he liked my hair "in the car" when I questioned what he meant by that he said "outside you are drawing attention to yourself". OK..... I may have to tone it down a bit when I get back. He did say ...
... over to TGI Fridays close by also. Omg, it was so good to see David after all these years. What an amazing man. Totally loved by me and my kids. A long day driving to London tomorrow. Starting to wish I'd organised to drop the car off here and train to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Battlesteads Hotel Hexham
An excellent place to stay
Dee and Richard took over running the Battlesteads a few months ago and have already transformed the feel of the place!
We stayed over the August Bank holiday and our room was large and clean - the bathroom had Woods of Windsor toiletries and the all important white fluffy towels.
The quality of the food is excellent, with locally sourced ingredients (try the smoked fish and scrambled eggs for breakfast if you can resist the Full English!). The dinner menu is varied and extremely good value, served by very helpful staff. Afterwards, make your way through to the cosy bar for local beer and a good range of whiskies.
Overall a great experience: very friendly and welcoming with good value accommodation and excellent food. I wish them continued success!
Building something special
Great place to stay. Cosy bar and superb food. The en suite rooms are big, clean and well presented. The owners are really friendly and are developing something very special here. Plenty of good walking in the area - we were doing the Pennine Way. Packed lunch was huge and the breakfast the best we had anywhere on our 14 day adventure. Real attention to detail gives them that edge!
Great food, terrific hostess
We were a group of 9 cyclists touring northern england wanting to stay in a typical rural B&B in the area. Battlesteads met our needs perfectly. Set in a small village, it provided just the right atmosphere. We were greeted by the no nonsense friendly propriortress who learned all of our first names quickly and made us feel quite at home. Though not aware that we were arriving via bicycle, she found a room to store our bikes, showed us our rooms and met our needs as they arose and her time permitted. The food was fabulous, both dinner and breakfast, and the quantities more than sufficient for hungry cyclists. Though recently purchased by the new owners, they obviously know how to run a great restaurant and hotel.
Eight friends and I just spent two weeks cycling through England and Scotland. We tend to stay in small towns and villages for the scenery and to avoid the large cities. Wark was a good choice for us because of its' proximity to Hadrian's Wall. As we are in smaller places, we get to stay in small hotels and inns that do not cater to large tourist groups which is part of the fun. Our stay at the Battlesteads Hotel was a treat! They were very cyclist friendly. The staff was warm and accomadating, especially Dee the innkeeper who had a wonderful way with people and a great sense of humor. The food was incredible. Food is very important to cyclists - it's our fuel and we go through a lot of it, especially when cycling in hilly areas. The Battlesteads Hotel gets the Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey's award for best food on that trip. Yum!
First, let me say that I am an American who travels frequently in England and I've stayed at many hotels throughout the country. Based on past experiences with English B & B's, the Battlesteads hosts average to above average accomodations. To me, of course, the upper floor rooms seemed quite small but this is normal in England. However, I was able to get a lower level room that was newer construction designed for the disabled. The lower level rooms are quite large which made me feel right at home. I can't say enough good things about the owners who go out of their way to make your stay not only joyous but memorable. They like to be on a first name basis with all their guests and if there's anything you need either from the kitchen or the bar, all you need to do is ask. One morning they even prepared an American style breakfast for our crew. What a treat! Menu items for dinner were even better. The new owners are both chefs and boy can they prepare some wonderful dishes. The food at Battlesteads was simply amazing. The warm, friendly atmosphere, the superb dining, and the above average accomodations makes a stay at the Battlesteads a very enjoyable experience. The Battlesteads is certainly deserving of an Excellent rating.
I was always of the opinion that the reputation the Geordies have for being among the friendliest people in England was an exaggerated view of foreign travellers, how wrong have I been. Not only did my stay at Battlesteads expose me to some of the friendliest people I have ever met, I met a very rare thing indeed... A Cockney who didn't fit into the TV stereotype.
The hotel was F.A.B., rooms were spot on. Food too die for. And the company was faultless. The countryside of Northumberland is without doubt the best in England.
Would I recommend this hotel for a short stay? Absolutely. For the hikers and hill walkers this is an ideal choice. The 'Guvnor' even offered to drive us to an outbound drop off so we could do some serious walking.
What an improvement
Been to this hotel previously and was very disappointed, the place WAS locked in the seventies and the ground floor accomodation looked rather institutionalised, the first floor rooms remined me of cheap seaside BnB's, I wouldn't dream of going there again.
However the hotel is under new ownership and so while in the area we decided to call in for a quick check and some refreshment while passing through. What a wonderful surprise we had.
Had a great visit, with a tour of the hotel. Now with well-appointed rooms, they are outstanding compared to what they were like before and even put other Northumbrian hotels of similar size to shame. The rooms are ensuite and very clean with excellent facilities. Cannot recommend this hotel highly enough.
Great short stay
I stayed at this hotel with my family for the weekend.
It is in a wonderful rural location, close to the River North Tyne, Hardians Wall and enjoyable walks.
Rooms are a good size, clean and very comfortable. (There are rooms on the ground floor for 'disabled' visitors as well, which was great for my elderly parents)
Food is excellent. A varied, value for money menu (try the Louisiana Chicken)and the hosts were happy to accommodate my youngest son who is a fussy eater.
Great beer, real open fire, large garden.
The Host turned the external lights off late in the evening so we could get a view of the night sky, it is so dark you could see everything clearly.
I would recommend a stay here to anyone
Stayed at this charming countryside hotel for two nights in a cold January, but what a warm welcome!
I told them I'd write here how much I enjoyed my too-brief stay at Battlesteads Hotel - in the tiny village of Wark, about 12 miles from most of Hadrian's Wall, but you might as well have Northumberland to yourself. A pub/restaurant/hotel, this local institution was friendly, helpful, and a very pleasant experience. So much for the North being dour! Not only did they give me a lift to Vindolanda and carefully explain how the Wall buses take you from one site to another - I had no car and managed perfectly well - but the food was fine, the room simple but clean and convenient, and I got a kick out of the sense that this was in no way a "tourist" hotel, but rather an old-fashioned inn. Don't come here if you want a swimming pool, nightclubs and gourmet restaurants - Wark is tiny, but quite beautiful, right on the Tyne and quite off the tourist trail. But you can get anywhere you want to from there. I'd happily stay again. The charges are modest, and you can google the hotel name and go straight to their web site. Enjoy!