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Overview

Located in the heart of rural Northumberland, the Battlesteads is a rural bolthole steeped in traditional heritage and recently refurbished using picturesque local stone. Close to the iconic Hadrian's Wall and the wide-open countryside of the North Tyne Valley, this is the perfect inn for keen walkers and history lovers alike. Wooden beams, panelling and rustic furniture all add to its old-world cosy charm - enjoy a pint of locally brewed ale in front of a roaring fire, or in warmer months, dine alfresco in the sheltered walled garden.

For those with an interest in sustainability, the owners have gone the extra mile to ensure your stay doesn't impact the local environment negatively. From its solar panels and extensive composting system to the wood-chip boiler and market garden, this is an inn with a conscience.

Rooms from

Doubles and twins: £100


Good to know

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Alfresco dining

Dog-friendly
Canine chums are very welcome here with dog-friendly bedrooms and doggy packs at the bar.

No car needed
Hexham train staiton is an easy taxi ride to Wark - alternatively, the 680 bus will take you to the front door of the inn.​​

Family favourite
Children's portions available alongside a number of spacious family rooms

Outdoor adventures
Keen walkers can take on a section of Hadrian's Wall; or for something more relaxed, enjoy the wide-open countryside of the North Tyne Valley.

Rooms

The 22 modern bedrooms range from easily accessible ground floor rooms to light and airy first floor rooms, boasting spotless bathrooms, comfy beds and fresh linen. Eclectic, bold décor is complemented with soft colours, creating a fresh yet soothing ambience.

The spacious luxury lodges boast high ceilings, vast beds, easy chairs, a private terrace and big bathrooms featuring double sinks, spa baths and walk-in monsoon showers. For breakfast, enjoy local produce and a plentiful buffet, with homemade jams and seasonal compotes.

Restaurant & bar

Authentic, home-grown and locally sourced food underpin the culinary ethos of the Battlesteads, which showcases a passion for ethical and local ingredients. Boasting vegetables straight from the kitchen garden and greenhouse, alongside seasonal venison and game from the estate, the inn offers a smorgasboard of delicious options to suit every palette. Whether sampling the legendary eight course tasting menu or tucking into pub classics like fish and chips, there's plenty of culinary delights to keep all diners happy.

For those looking for something a little lighter, check out the ale and snack options in the cosy bar. With a variety of local ales, including Durham Brewery Magus and Fyne Ales Jarl, there's something for all tastes. The inn's eco-friendly ethos can be seen through their carefully chosen wine list from Bibendum, featuring lesser-known, organic and bio-dynamic wines.

Things to do

A short hop away you'll find Hexham Farmer's Market, which takes place every second and fourth Saturday of the month. This long-established market in the heart of Hexham features producers from within a 50-mile radius of the town. Stock up on locally-reared meat, vegetables, bread, cakes, cheese, preserves and smoked products.

A little further along the road, you'll find Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens, located just north-east of Corbridge. Boasting thirty acres of outstanding gardens, a unique mix of Grecian architecture, medieval ruins and a Victorian tearoom to boot, Belsay Hall is a perfect place to pass a pleasant afternoon.

If it's a fun adventure-filled day out you're looking for, head for Kielder Forest. Kielder Water is Britain's biggest man-made lake, set within the 250 square miles of England's largest working forest. Amongst a whole range of great activities for both adults and children, are fishing, birdwatching and geocaching.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Hexham
Taxi from station: 21min
Drive: 22min from Hexham, 45min from Newcastle, 56min from Carlisle

Address

Wark, Hexham, Northumberland NE48 3LS

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