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 dark sky observatory, under the darkest skies in England

Enjoyed This
(223 Member Ratings)
"dark sky experience"
May 18, 2018
Tadley, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

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. Parking is free.

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 hotel 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).



  • 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

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


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 24 hours

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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

Enjoyed This
(223 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
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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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
Enjoyed Most
The tasting menu was varied, well thought through, presented timely and cooked as you would expect - the lamb in particular. The wine pairing was well matched and the local gin without mixer perfect aperitif. The Luxory Lodges are well worth the upgrade if possible. Spacious, bright and quiet. The observatory experience certainly brings something extra to the stay
Other Comments
On the second night of our stay the hotel was the victim of a viallge power cut. Whilst some people were obviously disappointed the team did all that was possible to overcome the challenges and look after their guests as best possible.
Jeremy May 14, 2018 Leeds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fabulous food and hospitality. Very clean well orovuded rooms. And the chance to Stargaze.
M J TURNBULL May 18, 2018 Hull, United Kingdom
Other Comments
There were issues with a power cut when we arrived and although not really an issue for us as not the hotels fault, I think their communication regarding this and their plans could have been much better.
Victoria May 16, 2018 North Shields, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great stay made by very good staff, where nothing was an issue
Neil May 14, 2018 Ripon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food and service
Other Comments
Observatory experience was great
Paul May 10, 2018 Leeds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lesley May 11, 2018 Rochester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Ambience and food
Jeanette May 05, 2018 Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent service and delicious food. The staff work very hard and do an amazing job of keeping their customers happy.
Nicola May 09, 2018 Guiseley, United Kingdom

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