Guest Blogger August 2015

Could you be our Guest Blogger and Star-gazer?

Date published: 31 Jul 15

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Battlesteads Hotel & RestaurantThis month's guest blogger draw is now closed.

We’re looking for a “Guest Blogger” and partner to stay for two nights at the multi-award winning Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant. Your “job” is to review the hotel for Silver Travel Advisor, whilst enjoying its superb food, welcoming hospitality and outstanding ‘green’ credentials.

Originally built as a farmstead in 1747, the stone-built pub, hotel and restaurant features a cosy open fire, sunny walled beer garden and conservatory. A pet-friendly, family run hotel, Battlesteads has 17 newly refurbished en-suite bedrooms and five sustainable, luxury eco-lodges. Collectively they offer three ground floor rooms with disabled access.

Fantastic menuFamed for its fantastic menu, Battlesteads features locally-sourced meat and fish, accompanied by seasonal vegetables, salads and herbs picked on the day from their two acre gardens.

Located on the edge of The Northumberland National Park - one of the most tranquil places in the UK - it is the perfect base to discover the rugged beauty of this remote part of the north east. With stunning walks, majestic wildlife and world class historical sites, such as nearby Hadrian's Wall, this is the ideal 'escape from it all' short break location.

The Conservatory - Battlesteads Hotel & RestaurantFor those looking for more of an out-of-this-world experience, Battlesteads also features its own night-sky observatory - the only hotel in the UK to have an observatory situated on-site. Capitalising on the area's Dark Sky Park status, a number of astronomy courses target all levels of stargazer, from introductory ‘Get to know your telescope’ sessions to focusing on identifying and tracking some of the night-sky’s star performers.

Our Guest Blogger and partner will enjoy: two nights bed and breakfast at Battlesteads Hotel and dinner on one of the evenings in the restaurant. Dinner will comprise the Battlesteads 8-course tasting menu featuring a selection of locally sourced and home grown dishes, desserts to die for and a cheeseboard of some of the best cheese that Northumberland has to offer.

Home grown produce in Battlesteads' polytunnelWhat are you waiting for?

To enter simply post on this page in the Comments section, or go to the thread on our Forum and say why you feel that you would be the best Guest Blogger to review Battlesteads Hotel for Silver Travel Advisor. You may have a particular affinity with the area, you may be accustomed to fine dining, or you may relish the challenge of a travel writing assignment, combined with a little star-gazing from the luxury of this wonderful hotel.

Terms &Conditions:

Reservations made subject to availability. Offer does not include alcohol. Offer excludes: Bank Holidays, 23 December 2015 to 3 January 2016, 13 & 14 February 2016. Guest blogger must stay before 29 February 2016.

More information and a recent review by Steve Newman can be found here.

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  • Rowsie
    over 5 years ago
    I would love to be your guest blogger as I have had two holidays recently (both with my son and his family) and although they have been wonderful it would be nice to:
    a) have a meal that wasn't in McDonalds or Pizza Hut
    b) have a leisurely walk where my son wasn't acting like a drill sergeant and planning a hike that took all day!
    c) have a bedroom where my room mate wasn't a 10 year old continually chatting child who talked until midnight and started again at 6am!

    And finally I would love to see the night time observatory, in London light pollution means it is difficult to ever make out any of the constellations. The whole trip sounds like bliss!
  • Martin-Dove
    over 5 years ago
    I am recently retired from lecturing at Yorkshire Coast College on Travel & Tourism, Leisure & Recreation, Performing Arts and Business studies, and I would love to be your guest blogger for the Battlesteads Hotel visit.
    I am currently writing up a series of local nature walks for the Scarborough Comet, and I also write the local café reviews for scarboroughuk.
    I have written over 100 reviews for Silver Travel Advisor, including Derby, Cambridge, London, Liverpool, Scotland, Barcelona, and Amsterdam.
    I enjoy theatre, art galleries and museums, fine dining and travel, and as Nothumberland is a favourite destination of mine, I would relish a chance to re-visit this beautiful part of Britain.
    I live in North Yorkshire, so Hexham is not too far away.
    I was a guest blogger in 2013 when I reviewed the Talbot Hotel in Malton.


    Martin Dove

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  • boats12
    over 5 years ago
    Gruelling are us!! We would love to take up this challenge of a hearty Northumberland breakfast and my husband would certainly deserve (and I do too!) the 8 course taster meal as a reward for losing a HUGE! amount of weight over the past 18 months! Plenty of room to indulge :) . The Battlesteads looks amazing nd the idea of a night sky observatory sounds amazing. We've never been to Northumberland but Hadrian's Wall is on my "to do list" so it would all be a wonderful adventure exploring new territory for us both. Fingers (and toes) crossed.
  • Riversiderouge
    over 5 years ago
    Having recently retired from a career in Sales and Administration, the thought of never having to write yet another lengthy report, or write up the minutes of a meeting, or preparing annual appraisals filled me with great joy and ecstasy. That was until I read what a great time your reviewers were having and the lovely venues they were visiting. The beautiful County of Northumberland is right next door to my gorgeous County of Durham, so you have persuaded me to dig out my trusty biro and notebook and put my name forward as a Guest Blogger for Battlesteads Hotel. P.S. As a native of the North East of England I can also speak Geordie!!
  • AnnB
    over 5 years ago
    My husband's first appointment as a Minor Counties cricket umpire was in Newcastle - and we both loved it. Since then, we have visited Northumberland and Durham on numerous occasions, touring the area and meeting up with a fellow umpire and his wife. A drive down the coast, calling at the many castles and interesting places such as the Grace Darling Museum is sheer enjoyment.
    We don't know much about astronomy but would give it a go if we were privileged enough to be able to do more touring from this beautiful hotel. We're both "foodies" so the 8-course menu would be an added bonus.
    In my previous (working) life, I had a couple of holiday articles published in a local magazine and would love to take this up again in retirement as it is really satisfying to be able to attract other people to beautiful and interesting places.
  • pb52
    over 5 years ago
    I am quite familiar with Northumberland, having completed the Northumberland Coast Path earlier this year.
    Having visited the usual attractions in England's most under-populated County, I am keen to explore the wilder, unseen side, the wilder, rugged and more natural features. Many visitors stick to the usual, if spectacular sights like Lindisfarne, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle and Gardens etc.
    As indicated by the astronomy course, there is much more to this wild County than meets the eye.
    Fine dining in a country pub would of course be a huge bonus, but then you can't have everything..or can you?
  • jswton
    over 5 years ago
    hi there , I feel this could give me my first opportunity to start 'blogging' and you never know may just be the beginning of a new hobby for me. my partner and I love getting out about home and abroad whenever we can so are always looking for new places to visit. have visited Northumberland before and this hotel looks perfect place to visit more interesting parts from and there is nothing better after a day exploring than to sit down to a well cooked meal and a nice glass of wine . so here's hoping .............
  • BARRY1
    over 5 years ago
    being retired and living in Northumberland we have walked driven nearly every bye road in the county we also have studied the history of the county and are very proud to be northumbrians having stayed for bar meals at this pub when in the area i feel i can write a good blog for the silver traveler although this would be my first blog
  • multitasker
    over 5 years ago
    After seeing a tv programme with Robson Greene visiting Northumberland, I was transported back more years than I care to remember when my nan and uncle took me to see the Roman Wall and visit friends that lived locally. They were absolutely full of interesting stories and the fascination always held me enthralled. The unspoilt countryside, hills and vales and peaceful villages....ahh how I wish to be transported back and again imagine those weary Roman soldiers and how the local populace viewed their "foreign ways" and defended their own way of life against Roman rule. Battlesteads Hotel sounds the ideal place to renew a more in depth acquaintance of the area. The luxury of the hotel and tempting menu a perfect place to start,
  • John-Pelling
    over 5 years ago
    Tough like non-stop perfection. It's a few years since we drove through Northumbriaon the way home from Scotland, and even longer since we stayed at Chesters on the Roman Wall. It was such a fine summer a woman we met said "One hardly needs to wear two jumpahs!"
    On that holdiay we managed miles of Wall, visited Housesteads and Lindisfarne. Our daughter, who was six or seven at the time, went back last year with her husband and daughter and just had to have a dressed crab in a large bap: she'd remembered it for almost 40 years.
    There's so much to say about the area my one worry is that as guest blogger I'd not be able to drag myself away from the delights of Battlesteads. Star-gazing, Northumbrian breakfasts, local food and how green is my dale! We'd have stay on to make some trips into Newcastle and Gateshead and perhaps the Farnes as well.
    At present I'm waiting to spend a Marks and Spencer's voucher for a recent review, not to mention looking forward to the Forest Holiday in Cornwall next April. Three would make a jackpot.
  • Ian.Waugh
    over 5 years ago
    I'd love to be the guest blogger for Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant for a number of reasons, including:
    (a) we often travelled the A66 and A68 to ‘get from one place to another’ – and on the odd occasion when we’ve been forced off the ‘main’ road we’ve marveled at the lovely small towns and villages hidden in this wonderful scenery, and have often thought that we should do ‘stop off' visits instead of ‘getting there on the day’;
    (b) when faced with a really nice menu, we struggle with what to leave out – so a taster would be perfect; and
    (c) I’ve already done many reviews of different experiences and stays on The Silver Traveller website - and would be delighted to write something with ‘a bit more meat’ – Battlesteads seems to have a really interesting combination of location, venue and facilities.
  • Liz-C
    over 5 years ago
    I, too, would love to explore this part of the world and Battlesteads sounds brilliant. They're obviously good at what they do - a clear website, well presented hotel and the food sounds superb - hope it tastes as good as it reads! The added value of the observatory rides on the back of Northumbria promoting this area for the stars at night - a great opportunity for the guests. Can't wait! And fingers crossed you choose me.
  • Anonymous
    over 5 years ago
    I am a London girl, but my husband (of 26 years) is a northerer - actually a geordie. We have always
    lived 'down south' but visiting family has for all of those years meant hours on the M1/Al. When our
    family came along - 4 beautiful children - we always stayed with family but since we are now empty nesters we have been able to sample the delights (or not) of a number of hotels. Our favourite for quite a few years has been the Jesmond Dene Hotel in Newcastle and recently we stayed at the Lord Crewe Arms in Blanchland - both superb. We always love to try somewhere new and Battlesteads looks like our 'cup-of-tea and being in Hexham is pretty close to the family. We would welcome the opportunity to review it for you. We might even be able to impress our youngest daughter with tales of the dark sky as she has Physics A level and runs rings around us in scientific disucssions !!
  • DRSask
    over 5 years ago
    This is a part of the country to which I have not been yet and would love to see. Unfortunately, I will not be in the country again before February 2016. The observatory would be very interesting after a recent visit to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.
  • cm0
    over 5 years ago
    How wonderful to be a guest blogger My husband and I have not been to that part of the country We no longer go abroad for holidays Spend our time in our own beautiful country We have learnt a lot over the years Our daughter having her own pub and our son has a lovely tea room in Cheddar Gorge called Lion Rock Tea Rooms We like our comfort and our food and good service so could well comment good and bad Let''ss hope
  • dawnejbetts
    almost 6 years ago
    I would love to be a guest blogger. I've done a fair bit of travelling but am just starting in the UK. I have done a little writing as well, only for myself and I was trained as a chef many years ago. Would love to try the tasting menu and then do some walking to walk it off.
  • Cathy21
    almost 6 years ago
    Battlesteads is the only hotel with an observatory on site. Oh Heaven! I want to taste the eight course tasting menu. To review battlesteads would be heaven for me.
  • ESW
    almost 6 years ago
    What a wonderful opportunity for a guest blogger. This is a place I've long wanted to stop in. We've called in for a drink during walking holidays in the area and it is a lovely pub in a lovely part of the country. The North Tyne Valley is still unspoilt.
  • Geoff
    almost 6 years ago
    I would love to review Battlesteads for you. The idea of fine dining and an observatory are not to be missed. I am of Nothumberland stock and could certainly walk my legs off in order to give the Tasting Menu my closest attention. I love small country inns in remote places and am delighted to visit them whenever possible. There is simply no reason to stay in a 'chain hotel' these days. Let's support our independent, eco-friendly establishments, they deserve it!