Best Western Derwent Manor Hotel Review
This week we went on a little mini break to Northumberland. We were all ready for a break and so we thought a couple of days away would be good for us. It was great, well apart from C having some kind of virus and being ill all the time we were away.
The Best Western Derwent Manor Hotel is based in rolling countryside but it is within easy reach of Newcastle, making it perfect for either a slow paced break or for enjoying activities in the city.
Upon arrival at the Best Western Derwent Manor Hotel Review you drive up a long sweeping drive, meaning that the hotel is situated well away from road noise and from light pollution. It’s very picturesque from the outside too. It makes for a very relaxing place to stay.
C loved the suit of armour in reception.
When we arrived our room wasn’t quite ready (we were early) so the receptionist recommended we visit the bar, The Grouse and Claret, which was ideal given that we hadn’t had lunch. It was a short walk to the bar and along the way we discovered a beautiful function room, LissyLou thought it was perfect for dancing. The bathrooms alongside were very modern and in fitting with the function room, we peeped into the Wedding display room and saw details of the winter wedding packages – they looked brilliant and very competitively priced!
The Grouse and Claret had an oldie worldie type feel but was welcoming, even if a little chilly. We were hoping it might have a warming fire but settled for a quiet table in the ‘games’ room. The menu constitutes good pub favourites from sandwiches to burgers, pie and mash and for the kids a wide selection of dishes including fish fingers, sausage and mash and homemade burger. We ate in The Grouse and Claret twice during our stay, I think we felt the lunchtime sandwiches were the best (the minute steak baguette was amazing) but I have to say that The Grouse and Claret burger (burger with bacon and brie) was delicious. All the portions were large and well cooked.
When we had finished our room was ready, we had a family room on the ground floor. It was spacious with two double beds but somewhat dated. The beds were comfy with good quality beddings. We were impressed by the generous amounts of toiletries and the soft fluffy towels. The bathroom in particular was very oldfashioned, but it was very clean. The TV was very old and it’s position down on the floor meant that you couldn’t watch it from the bed. It only had a few channels which when staying with children who are in bed by 8pm meant a long boring evening for the adults.
The Best Western Derwent Manor Hotel also has a small leisure club. The lesiure club is a seperate building from the main hotel, just a minutes walk from the main doors. Towels are provided for hotel guests which was a useful service. The changing rooms were very small, which would have been fine but on arrival, we found the ladies rather overcrowded with three ladies and four children. LissyLou and I quickly undressed in the corner and headed to the pool (after our swim it was much quiter). I was impressed that they had both a hairdryer and straighteners at no charge. The lockers required a £1 coin.
The pool itself was a fair size, a little bit cooler than preferred but not cold. There was also a jacuzzi and a paddle pool. The air temperature was too cold for the children to enjoy the paddle pool and getting in and out of the pool was rather chilly. It didn’t seem to stop anyone from enjoying themselves but we left when it started to feel a bit crowded.
The next morning we decided to leave our do not disturb sign on because we didn’t feel we needed the room servicing. We were very impressed to discover a bag hanging on our door on our return that contained fresh towels, more toiletries and refills on the tea and coffee supplies. I’ve never experienced that level of service before and was pleased at the thoughtfullness of this action. I’m sure it cuts down on work for the hotel later too.
We had booked bed and breakfast and found the breakfast to be of good quality and very tasty. There were a selection of juices, cereals, fruit and pastries, alongside full cooked breakfast and toast. The main downside was that the toaster created either warm bread or cremated toast. There was no medium.
We enjoyed our stay at the Best Western Derwent Manor Hotel, we would say that it will probably be better after the planned refurbishment of the bedrooms is completed. A fresher look would make it feel more luxurious.