The Hotel Review: Eshott Hall, Northumberland, UK
Review: Carole Townsend
Eshott Hall is based in the beautiful Northumberland countryside which has won the British Travel Award for Best UK Holiday County/Destination 2018 . This pretty part of the UK boasts popular attractions such as the Northumberland Coastal Path, Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands which are home to Puffins and Grey Seals.
A long drive edged by impressive trees brought us to the front of this Georgian country house hotel, with huge inviting gardens this hotel gave an immediate welcoming feel, an explorative walk around the well kept gardens was a highlight during our stay. With 17 bedrooms, Eshott Hall is quite an intimate venue and ideal for that ultimate relaxation stay. The house and gardens are stunning – we could see why it’s also a popular wedding venue.
Wedding Photography: Andy Turner
We were politely greeted at the reception desk, and shown to our room with a welcome offer to carry our cases. As we ascended the staircase, a beautiful stained glass window caught our eye, just one of the many individual characteristics of the hotel. Our room was one of the main hall bedrooms, and named The Tedsmore, and was in-keeping with the country-house vibe with an antique Four Poster bed, animal hide chair coverings, leather bedside trunks and animal heads adorned the wall. Mod-con amenities included an LCD TV, and digital radio. along with refreshment options in the way of tea and coffee and complimentary water.
The bathroom was modern and decked out in chic sand coloured tiles with black marble surround. The bath had an overhead shower, and there was a good supply of fluffy towels and Elemis toiletries. ‘His and Her’ robes and slippers were also provided.
Eshott Hall is home to a 2AA rosette restaurant and was our dinner destination for the evening. We were greeted by Kyle the restaurant manager who showed us to the bar first – a literary inspiration and a cosy space with plenty of comfortable chairs and sofas. We settled in for pre-dinner drinks to sample a bottle of crisp Sauvignon – our favourite.
The restaurant itself is small with an intimate atmosphere consisting of nine tables with, soft background music and low lighting. We enjoyed starters of Monkfish with garlic and prawn broth
and panfried pigeon breast with texture of beetroot, black pudding quail eggs. For main course we plumped for pork tenderloin with black pudding, baby carrots and belly pork
and my partner chose the oven roasted turbot with king oyster mushroom, pancetta, leeks and pureed lentil. The food was delicious, perfectly presented and the staff service throughout was prompt, but not rushed. For post dinner relaxation there is a cosy lounge room, which is a lovely space to enjoy a night cap.
Breakfast was served between 8am and 10pm in the breakfast room. A great place to dine in the morning as it was flooded with natural sunlight which bounced off the luxe chandelier centrepiece. There was a huge choice on the a la carte menu and also a continental buffet, but we went for the traditional English Breakfast, in-keeping with the country manor feel of course! It was well presented and everything was cooked to perfection.
To book visit: www.eshotthall.co.uk
Eshott Hall | Morpeth | Northumberland | NE65 9EN
T: 01670 787454