Up until our little Northumberland trip we had only had 1 night away during the summer holidays, so our 3 day break to Slaley Hall was very much needed. After our traditional stop at Tebay Services on the M6 (the BEST services as it’s like your favourite farm shop opening up on a motorway) we arrived at our 3 bedroom lodge.
I knew what to expect as we had stayed at Slaley Hall last year, but you still get the wow factor when you first enter. We have stayed in A LOT of lodges over the years, and Slaley wins hands down for the biggest lodge. The kitchen is about 3 times the size of mine at home, and the kitchen inventory is pretty impressive (think 3 different chopping boards).
But the best bit about the lodges is the set of wheels you get. I am seriously contemplating taking up golf after riding around in one at Slaley. Mind you we went to the driving range one day, and I can honestly say The Williams are rubbish at the sport.
What I love about Slaley (apart from the golf buggy) is the fact you get your own space in your self catering lodge, but have all the hotel facilities available to you. We went swimming, enjoyed a drink in the bar, and on the final evening had a lovely meal at the 19th hole restaurant.
We also ventured to Hexham which is a pretty little town about 15 minutes drive away. And even the teen was impressed as it had a WH Smiths and Waterstones to feed his book buying habit. Plus good old Wetherspoons managed to feed us all for just over £20.
Further afield is Newcastle, about a 45 minute drive away. We spent the day with our friends who live in Whitley Bay, and we had a fantastic time in Newcastle. Another city I didn’t realise was so hilly, as we ambled up from the Quayside to the city centre. If you love shopping you can’t go wrong with Newcastle, plus there is plenty of eating places. We opted for Turtle Bay which was vibrant, fun and great food.
Our little trip to Northumberland was just what we all needed before launching ourselves into school and the routine of life.
I paid for our 3 night trip through Hoseasons online