Although that’s not what we did as we were on our way to Scotland but I would recommend the Battlesteads Inn near Hexham to anyone.
Our room was compact but comfortable with a couple of chairs, fresh fruit, decent biscuits and they were happy to provide fresh milk. We had requested an accessible room, so the bathroom had a shower seat and grabrails, although it was slightly awkward to negotiate the bathroom door. Only other niggle is that the bed was a bit squashy. They also have larger rooms – ‘luxury lodges,’ which are wheelchair accessible but my scooter would not have coped with the entrance. Obviously, everyone’s needs are different – some people need room to manoeuvre, I prefer a more compact room as I can move around it on foot.
The whole ground floor of the inn is brilliantly accessible and the staff – a mixture of local and eastern European – are very efficient and friendly and took everything in their stride.
The food was good, without being ‘gastro’, but plenty of choice and a definite cut above ‘pub grub.’ Breakfast was good too, plenty of cooked choices, not so good on the continental, although there was ham and cheese, served in the conservatory with a view of the garden, although this was largely taken up with gazebos for their forthcoming beer festival.
Definitely a comfortable, friendly place that I would recommend and visit again.
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