From the outside, Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant is a characterful building that instantly speaks of its heritage – it’s a converted 18th century farmstead situated on the doorstep of Hadrian’s Wall country.
However, step inside and you soon realise that you’re somewhere quite uniquely special. Battlesteads has won numerous industry and national awards – not only for its great customer service and hospitality but as one of the UK’s greenest hotels.
Sustainability is intrinsically woven into every aspect of the business. From the big stuff – like the carbon-neutral heating and hot water system which serves the entire hotel, and the extensive gardens and two polytunnels which provide fresh fruit and veg for the kitchen throughout the year – to the small stuff, like the locally sourced, natural and organic toiletries in each of the rooms and the use of empty toilet roll cardboard inners for potting seedlings.
Owners Richard and Dee Slade have travelled quite a journey since they bought Battlesteads in 2005 and they offer tours of the gardens and green installations to interested customers every day.
- 17 en-suite rooms
- 80 cover restaurant
- Sunny conservatory overlooking the garden
- Cosy lounge and bar with wood burning stove and five real ales on hand pump
- Food either sourced locally or grown on-site
- Two acre gardens and two polytunnels provide salads, herbs and veg for the kitchens all year round
- All heating and hot water supplied by an on-site biomass boiler
- Considerate Hotel of the Year 2010/11
- Great British Pub of the Year 2010