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Longhirst Hall is set amidst 75 acres of landscaped gardens, woodland and grounds, 2 miles from the A1. The original building has an imposing exterior, offering 4 star quality public areas - restaurant, lounge, bar and spa, alongside 3 star accommodation with garden views. Within its grounds there are extensive facilities including six floodlit all-weather tennis courts; two cricket grounds; floodlit all-weather hockey and football pitches; two 18-hole golf courses (with one championship course); woodland trails; and lawn croquet.
Longhirst Hall is 2 miles from the A1 main road, close to Morpeth and 15 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne. There are rail and bus stations in Morpeth, with a regular service to Newcastle.
Built by renowned local architect John Dobson, the main building of Longhirst Hall Hotel was originally a nineteenth century Georgian mansion with the bedroom block added later to the property. Each bedroom features, amongst other things, free Wi-Fi internet access, satellite TV, a writing desk, and a separate bath with shower, with disabled-equipped rooms available. All rooms are non-smoking.
The fine dining Boyson Restaurant at Longhirst Hall serves classic British dishes, with a modern, creative twist, complemented by an extensive wine and drinks menu. The à la carte menu benefits from seasonal changes, and uses the freshest and finest of local ingredients. You can dine more informally in the Collingwood Bar, serving British pub food, or alternatively, choose from The Orangery, Sticky Wicket and Dobson Bar. There are also a number of private dining and banquet rooms available, including the drawing room lounge.
Set within the stunning grounds of Longhirst Hall is the Decoro Spa, which echoes the sumptuous furnishings and décor of the famous British textile designer, William Morris. Decoro Spa boasts the Beautifully British range of organic treatments, exclusively from Natural Empathy. In addition to an extensive treatment menu at Decoro Spa, its facilities include: sauna and steam room; aromatherapy room; monsoon shower; foot spas; spa pool; five treatment rooms, including one double treatment room; relaxation lounge; and an informal dining area.
Located within the grounds of Longhirst are two of Northumberland's most challenging golf courses. The Lakes Course provides tight fairways and an abundance of water, whilst The Dawson Course affords a more relaxed, less technically demanding round of golf. Longhirst Hall also has a fitness room.
Longhirst, Morpeth, is the North East's premier conference and events venue, with 23 fully equipped function and meeting rooms, accommodating up to 270 theatre style and 180 banqueting. Longhirst provides a tranquil setting in which to brainstorm ideas or build team relationships.
Longhirst Hall is the perfect base to explore the castles and coastlines of Northumbria. The magnificent Alnwick Castle and Gardens, where they filmed the magical Harry Potter films, is only a short drive from Longhirst. Hadrian's Wall and Belsay Hall are also nearby, as well as a number of museums, including the Beamish Open Air Museum and the Discovery Museum.
All 77 en suite bedrooms have satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, heating control, free Broadband internet access, electric shaver point, 24 hour room service, radio, smoke alarms, well-lit working area, trouser press and separate bath with shower. Non-smoking hotel.
The Lawsons, a prominent and wealthy Northumbrian family, commissioned the famous architect John Dobson to design a family country house in the village of Longhirst, Northumberland.
Longhirst Hall was one of Dobson's earliest country houses and it is typical of his classical style inspired by the buildings of ancient Greece. Dobson also designed the winding drive, trees, gardens, lakes and grounds, which all blend harmoniously into the Northumberland landscape.
The foundation stone of the Hall was laid in 1824 and the Hall was completed in 1828. By 1887 the Longhirst estate consisted of 4000 acres, two villages, 13 farms and a coalmine, all of which were sold that year to a local businessman James Joicey, who was later to become a Baron, a Member of Parliament and was ultimately to receive a Peerage.
Joicey and his family lived happily at the Hall until 1936. After this time the Hall's future became uncertain, being requisitioned by the Army in World War II and then being used as an Approved School for children with criminal convictions and then a community home for children.
The Hall was eventually closed in 1982 and was slipping into decay until 1992 when it was it restored to its former glory and converted into the first class hotel, training and conference centre it is today.
Longhirst Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa
Northumberland NE61 3LL
Tel: +44 (0)1483 776344Fax: +44 (0)1483 730202
From the South: A1 past Newcastle. After a couple of miles go past the Morpeth exit. Look out for brown directional sign to Longhirst Hall and a sign to Hebron on the right. Turn right here and follow the brown directional signs for approximately 2 miles to Longhirst Hall.
From the North: A1 to approximately 2 miles north of Morpeth. Look out for brown directional sign to Longhirst Hall and a sign to Hebron on the left. Turn left here and follow the brown directional signs for approximately 2 miles to Longhirst Hall.
Parking: Ample free parking on-site
Rail: Morpeth station (3 miles). Taxis available
Newcastle station (18 miles)
Air: Newcastle (15 miles). Taxis available
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