green holidays made easier
Originally built as a farmstead in 1747, this Inn and Restaurant features a cosy bar with open fire in the winter and a sunny conservatory within a secret walled beer-garden. It is in the small Village of Wark on Tyne, 12 miles north of Hexham in Northumberland.
Taken over in 2005 by Richard and Dee Slade, Battlesteads is a family run hotel with 17 en-suite rooms with colour television, DVD, , broadband access. Freeview, ironing board and hairdryer. Four ground floor rooms have facilities for the disabled and are within easy, level, access of the bar, restaurant and parking.
Following a major renovation during 2007 there is a new 80-seat restaurant primarily serving modern British food. Snacks and sandwiches are also available. Battlesteads was a Temperance Hotel in the early 20th century, so it also provides tasty organic Lemonade, Dandelion & Burdock and Ginger Beer from Fentimans of Newcastle.
During the refurbishment in 2007 the owners introduced a ‘Green’ policy to minimise the hotel’s environmental impact and they are also installing new insulation and a new biomass boiler with fuel supplied directly from the local forest less than 5 miles away. The boiler house has solar panels.
There are showers in all rooms, low-water washing machines and water butts to collect rainwater for gardening.
The restaurant serves home grown and organic food along with Fairtrade teas, coffees, sugars and other products and 70% of food is sourced locally. Recycled paper, natural products, phosphate free soaps and detergents and chlorine free cleaners are used in housekeeping.
Waste glass, paper, plastics and cooking oils are recycled, a bottle bank and recycling bins are on site and vegetable food waste and garden waste are composted.