I managed to find my way to the back entrance of Macdonald Linden Hall thanks to lots of pretty but nonetheless winding country lanes, but if you come through the front drive like you’re supposed to then you will be greeted by an impressive country house surrounded by trees and beautiful gardens.
The house was originally built in 1812 by local politician and banker, Charles Bigge, and remains largely unaltered on the outside, continuing to be every inch as grand as it always was. Inside however it has been sympathetically updated, retaining the sense of traditional style but with a reassuringly modern touch. One of the areas I liked the most was the drawing room which has a log fire and is the perfect setting for afternoon tea, while the spa bedrooms (for guests on a spa break) in particular are just beautiful, having been refurbished last year.
The spa area is modest, with a pool area that is particularly lovely and has a warm and relaxing glow about it, as well as a Jacuzzi, sauna, and a steam room. There is a relaxation area and six treatment rooms, one of which is a dual suite, and they use a combination of Elemis products with Jessica for manicures and pedicures. A really special feature about the spa is that it has its own little garden, around which all the spa bedrooms are built, adding to the sense of tranquillity and also making for a lovely additional space in the summer!
There are two options for meals at Linden Hall as well as a cocktail bar (again with log fires). The main one, which is attached to the hotel, also has a conservatory area where you can sit in your robe and have lunch on your spa day; the second, the Linden Tree Pub, is in the grounds and is wonderfully cosy – it’s a proper gastro pub with brilliant chunky chips!
You’re best to drive to Linden Hall, as part of its charm is the fact that you feel as though you are a million miles away from anywhere and there are lots of walking paths in the grounds which I highly recommend exploring. That said it is also just 30 minutes from Newcastle so you can head to the city and go shopping at the Metro Centre and enjoy a day out as well.
Linden Hall is ideal for mother/daughter breaks, and would cater brilliantly to a small group of girls (up to 10 people) visiting for a hen party. In particular I would recommend it for a ‘shop and spa’ overnight break – head to Newcastle for some retail therapy and then back to the hotel for a treatment and to cuddle up by the fire with afternoon tea!
– Definitely drive rather than taking public transport, it will make the experience a lot easier.
– Take a stroll around the gardens.
– Upgrade to an executive room for a bit more space.
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