“ Location: Otterburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear NE19 1NR / Tel: 01830 520261 „
The Percy Arms
We like to get away every so often, and usually choose places close to home as it's only one night away. The Percy Arms hotel is a 17th century coaching inn and is situated on the A696 newcastle to Edinburgh road and for us is less than an hours drive. Although actually situated on the main road, it's in a small village, Otterburn, and stands on the edge of the Northumberland Moors, so the whole area is really quiet. It si also very close to Hadrian's Wall, Kielder Forest and Cragside, so there are plenty of places to visit.
We turned up at the hoel in the early evening and easily parked the car in one of the free designated parking spaces right in front of the hotel. The hotel does look like a typical coaching inn and once inside, it was definitely veering towards the traditional rather than modern! The reception desk is in the large entrance area and we were quickly checked in and given a glass of wine each which we took into the bar. The bar area is all dark wood and patterned upholstery with tables and chairs dotted round the room. The drinking area is quite small but behind it is a larger area where meals are served. We opted not to eat in this area because there was no table available until 9pm. However, a quick look at the menu satisfied us that there was a good selection of reasoanbly priced traditional food.
We ate in the large restaurant area which was holding a dinner dance and featured a set menu. All of the dishes were beautifully presented and very tasty. My beef dish was especially delicious with lovely crisp vegetables and they were all served on large whote plates. The tables also were well set out with plenty of space between them and white table cloths and napkins. Because it was described as a dinner dance, there was a male and female duo singing a range of classic and modern songs and they were very good. The atmosphere was such that by the time desserts were finished most people were dancing, so a delicious meal in a very relaxed atmosphere.
After out meal we went into the hotel pub which is in yet another area and as we found out not in the bar area at all. The pub was very busy with a dancing area and a karaoke and seemed to be filled with a lot of people from the local area. Good selection of drinks were being served and all reasonably priced. As well as the pub and bar there is also a Garden area where food and drinks are served in the summer months. There are also two lounges where guests can sit and have a coffee and generally enjoy the comfy sofas and open fires.
The hotel has 27 bedrooms which was a tad strange as ours was room 35! It was a long walk up and down stairs to the room with the corrdiors being a bit shabby and dark but no matter, on we went. Our room when we finally arrived consisted of a large room with a big walk in wardrobe featuring shelves and hanging space- one of the best areas for clothes storage i have ever encountered in a hotel room. Taking centre stage were the twin beds with nice crisp white sheets and duvet. Whe I tested them out the mattresses were really firm and comfortable. As well as the beds there was a dressing table tea and coffee making facilities and a tv (not flat screen). A couple of pictures adorned the walls and that was it- definitely nothing boutique or modern.
The bathroom is also very basic with the expected bathtoilet and sink. Unfortunately there was a shower curtain to pull across the bath- I hate shower curtains and the thought of them touching me. The bathroom really did need an over haul.It was clean but a couple of tiles had broken off under the sink and it did just look old. I was also disappointed that there was no soap, shower gel or bubble bath just a jar attached to the wall with liquid soap.
Address: The Percy Arms Hotel
Telephone: 01830 520261
Fax: 01830 520567
Bed & Breakfast
Single Room (En-Suite) From £79.00
Double/Twin (En-Suite) From £120.00
There are also special offers for different times of the year.
We had a really good night here. The whole hotel is old fashioned and does need a complete overhaul especally the corriodr carpets where it even looks as though paint has been spilt on decorating sprees. The bedrooms could do with a spruce up and just generally some little extras to make you feel you are in a hotel.
The grounds are very pretty and the surrounding area picturesque and we enjoyed the bar and dinner dance; a lot was down to the other guests.
It's clean and the staff are very friendly(probably the greatest asset) but it's not anything more than an average hotel in the countryside.
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