Bellingham is one of the few places where I can go to relax. I’ve spent many childhood, Summer weekends away exploring the area and going on ‘adventures’ along Hareshaw Linn or like 8yr old Yasmina likes to call it, the big waterfall. I’ve been spending a lot of time stressing over little things and university deadlines lately so it was nice to spend some time away to concentrate on my mental wellbeing.

The Riverdale Hall Hotel kindly offered me a two night stay* which I was super grateful for. Set in the picturesque landscape of Northumberland and just an hour away from Newcastle City Centre, it’s the perfect place for a staycation if you are requiring a getaway for the weekend. I used to go when I was younger for dinner and a swim so it the whole trip brought back many happy memories.

The service I received when I arrived went above and beyond and this continued throughout the stay. Even at breakfast, the waitress was smiley, helpful and went out of her way to provide the best service we could have. The room that I had looked over the massive garden and was just so beautiful and relaxing. The bed itself was so comfortable and I had the best sleep there that I’ve had in a long time, definitely a much needed rest. Each of the rooms looked grand and rather luxurious, with clean towels and bed sheets provided every day, complimentary biscuits, tea and coffee for the morning, a TV if you wanted to relax and room service was available too. My room had a shower and marble bathroom which was very picturesque however some of the rooms do have a bath in them. It was lovely to overlook the lovely view in the morning and just relax a little bit.

As I mentioned before, the swimming pool was one of the reasons why I enjoyed The Riverdale Hall Hotel so much. It has a sauna which is super relaxing and the pool itself is not too cold or too warm. It’s not so deep either. When I was in there, children were having swimming lessons from an instructor which was adorable to watch.

Bellingham is an idyllic and rather cute little village set in the Northumberland countryside. It has a couple of pubs and B&Bs, a caravan park and a camping site with a few little shops available to you. The bakery used to be one of my favourite places to pop into mainly because of the old fashioned sweets so I was super happy to pick a handful of rhubarb and custards before heading back home. The other place that I really enjoyed when I was younger was a good old Sunday dinner at The Cheviot so you can probably guess where dinner was for both of the evenings. Since I last went, the pub had changed hands however that meant there was a lot more choice. You had a range of dishes including: Hunter’s Chicken, Fish & Chips, Madras Curry, Stir Fry and Burgers with flavours from around the world. The puddings were out of this world as well.

The little village is 9 miles away from Kielder Forest and Water which is a lovely day out for families and explorers alike. If you have followed my social media for a while you may remember when I went up to see the Kielder Observatory which I highly recommend doing if you can. The volunteers are all so knowledgable and relaxed with you asking questions too.

Overall, I have had a lovely time at The Riverdale Hall Hotel and came away feeling recharged and ready for the final push of the first year. Even if you are unable to stay for the night, I would definitely recommend taking a trip for a dinner and a free swim in the pool just so you can have the astonishing service delivered to you as well.

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*I was kindly gifted the opportunity to spend two nights at The Riverdale Hall Hotel however this does not affect my opinions when writing this post.