Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant

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Why We Love It

  • This cosy hotel is in a picturesque village in Northumberland, 10 minutes' drive from Hadrian's Wall
  • The restaurant serves local produce and holds multiple awards for sustainability
  • You can stargaze at the on-site observatory, under the darkest skies in England

Enjoyed This
(178 Member Ratings)
"Excellent food and waiting staff."
Sep 14, 2018
Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Parking is free. The hotel is 15 minutes' drive from the A68. Hexham railway station is 20 minutes' drive away. The 680 bus runs from Hexham to Wark and takes 35 minutes.

Rooms & Rates

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Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant is an 18th-century former farmhouse in the village of Wark, which is bounded by the River North Tyne and is 10 minutes' drive from Chesters Roman Fort, a well-preserved cavalry fort that's part of Hadrian's Wall.

Northumberland has the darkest skies in England, so the hotel's observatory is a great place to stargaze. Northumberland National Park, "England's last great wilderness... 405 square miles of natural wonderland" (Lonely Planet), is also a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

Hexham Abbey and Vindolanda -- an excavated Roman village with bath-house ruins -- are both less than 30 minutes' drive away. You can also drive 90 minutes to the coast to visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, or watch the sun set behind Bamburgh Castle.

The property is "one of the greenest hotels in the country, with a host of different eco-friendly systems in place" (The AA). It won the AA Eco Hotel of the Year Award 2016-17 and the Sustainable Tourism Award in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017, and boasts a Green Tourism Gold award, too. Seasonal ingredients are grown in the kitchen gardens, and the bar serves Fairtrade wines and ales from local microbreweries.

Rooms are "well-appointed and presented with quality beds, décor and flooring as standard" (The AA). Dogs can stay in some rooms for an extra £10 per night (payable direct to the hotel).

Ask reception for a leaflet of local walks.



  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 10:30am.

Children and additional guests: Infant's cot/cribs and extra beds are not available.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request in limited rooms only and by prior arrangement: £10 per pet, per night. Please contact the hotel directly to confirm availability of a pet-friendly room. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The tasting-menu is a set menu, so the hotel must be notified in advance of any dietary requirements. For vegetarian guests, the hotel offers a 5-course taster rather than an 8-course taster.
Please use the Special Requests field to indicate any dietary requirements/preferences.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(178 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Preystone Property Investments Limited (t/a Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant) over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Excellent food and waiting staff.
Neil Sep 14, 2018 Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
lovely breakfast, great selection of local beers, nice large bedroom
Other Comments
shame that it was so cloudy and could not use the space telescope, one thing that we were looking forward to
bernard Jun 07, 2018 tiptree, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent food, and tastefully decorated rooms to a high standard. Staff are particularly helpful and patient.
Colin May 30, 2018 Doncaster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Tasting menu - excellent. Staff very efficient and pleasant
Sean May 30, 2018 Blyth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Majority of staff did not appear happy at their work and this came across with the service and we felt rushed. The tasting meal was good as was the dark sky experience despite it being a cloudy night.
MAUREEN May 26, 2018 Auchterarder, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Room excellent
Other Comments
Unfortunately stars not seen as lots of cloud
May 25, 2018 Keadby, Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food is lovely They make my dog so welcome
Other Comments
The staff work really hard to make your stay a good one. The hotel is very good at being a forerunner in green issues
G. May 24, 2018 Leeds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A good quality hotel with lovely gardens to sit out and relax in.
Other Comments
The dark sky observatory was a very enjoyable experience.
Diane May 24, 2018 ross-on-wye, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Taster menu
Other Comments
Dark Sky Observarory is an excellent facility ... knowledgeable and very enthusiastic hosts
John May 20, 2018 Ripon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
dark sky experience
Paul May 18, 2018 Tadley, United Kingdom

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