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A lovely B&B overlooking Warkworth Castle
Roxbro House (Northumberland)
Member Name: Gemma_C
Roxbro House (Northumberland)
Advantages: Gorgeous rooms, tasty breakfast and free cake!
Disadvantages: Small TV
I came here using a Groupon voucher which turned out to be excellent value for money. This is easily one of the best B&B's I've ever stayed in.
We stayed in room 1 which had a great view of the castle. The room was lovely, I loved all the little extra's too such as a little bowl of apple's (each one a different colour!), a little dish of chocolate hearts on the bedside table, lovely cookies on the tea tray... it's all the little details that I loved. There were a couple of things I personally didn't like. We took DVD's to watch after seeing there was a DVD player but it was a small flat screen that was high up on the wall. I hate it when small TV's are put right up near the ceiling. I also loved the bathroom decor, but noticed hairs and dust on the baseboard running along the wall. There were toiletries by The White Company but they weren't replenished when empty. I wouldn't usually use them but I forgot my hair conditioner, so I used the tiny bottle on the first morning but it wasn't replaced.
We had strawberries and champagne on our first night which were great! We didn't order any in room picnics but they do sound very nice. Be warned you have to order them at least 24 hours in advance so I recommend doing this before you arrive. Claire emailed us the menus after we had booked so we had time to look through them. The tea & coffee in the room is great, I've never been anywhere that actually leaves you ground coffee and a cafetiere (though unfortunately it only filled 1 mug at a time).
I also loved the 2 guest lounges, though we never saw another guest. The cake left in the first lounge was a nice treat to come back to after a day out in Northumberland, and the whiskey room was relaxing. There's an honesty bar in one room with reasonably priced snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non). The whiskey room has a nice sleection of whiskeys and again operates as an honesty bar. However, there is CCTV in all the public rooms ('for the safety of our guests'). The owners have dogs who we could hear on check in but they didn't come into the public area. We did however find a cat one night crying to be let back into the owner's area, I even had a game of hide and seek with him, he didn't seem to like me much though!
The breakfast's were really tasty and served in the lovely conservatory. It was quite nice actually as it was raining heavily at one point so it felt quite cosy. I recommend the Roxbro Rosti for breakfast, it was delicious. My partner tends to eat big portions for all the exercise he does, found the cooked breakfast portions to be too small for him (1 sausage, 1 egg etc.) but there was cereals, yogurts and fruit to fill himself up on. You can also request a smoothie to be made for you.
The house is always nice and warm, which was great considering what a cold March it was. You can also control the setting on the radiator in the room which was nice as I prefer a cooler room to sleep in. Unfortunately during our stay we didn't sleep well at all, but this is no fault of Roxbro's. As it's an old house the soundproof isn't amazing, though I can't imagine it's normally a problem. However, during our stay, our direct neighbour had a snoring problem that kept us awake. It was practially like someone shouting out every 5 seconds, I've never heard someone snore so loud! It did put a slight downer on our stay.
I liked how there was a little bell downstairs on the table which you just rang if you needed anything. They only provide fresh milk for your tea and coffee so on an evening I would ring the bell and receive a little jug of milk. In the morning there's a little glass jar left outside the rooms on the floor (sort of like a milk bottle style in a little stand!) with fresh milk in for your morning cuppa.
I also want to say that our Groupon mentioned a Hot Tub but this wasn't in the guest folder or mentioned to us, but we didn't query it either. If there is a hot tub I would like to suggest that you could 'book' to use it somehow, maybe for an hour or 2, so you're not sharing it with random people...
The local village has some really nice pubs, though as it's off season it's very quiet. The pubs are also very dog friendly. The B&B itself is in a great area to use as a base for exploring the rest of Northumberland like we did, visiting nearby Dunstanburgh Castle and Holy Island with Lindisfarne Castle.
I would love to go back to stay in one of the larger suites here.
Summary: A great base for exploring Northumberland