97% would recommend it to a friend
Maften hall was a wonderful place.
Scenic, full of history and wonderful staff. There were 3 negative instances during our 3 day stay however. First was the quality of food at the bar restaurant we ordered a "Maften burger" the first night and for 13 pounds it wasn't any better than a McDonald's quarter pounder. Second instance was the room was very hot and there is no climate control within the room except to open the windows and hope for the best. The last was the worst we went to the lodge restaurant on out last night and splashed out in a surf and turf. The steak came out well done when we asked for rare and the surf consisted if 3 garlic shrimp not the best. In Maftens defence the bar staff replaced our steaks with correctly cook ones without complaint and brought over a round of complimentary drinks for our inconvenience which I appreciate.
Excellent break at matfen
I was very pleasantly surprised with the excellent value for money at Matfen.
The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. The food was excellent; we ate at night in the Keeper's lodge and the menu was varied, delicious and excellent value for money. The spa was fantastic, as was the bedroom and the house was very interesting to explore and read about. The grounds are beautiful and we will be back without a doubt!. :) It is the best hotel we have stayed in so far.
The Mafen experience
Excellent location, excellent accommodation, excellent and friendly and helpful staff: what more could you want?
Overall fantastic experience at Matfen Hall.
Very friendly welcome, nice rooms, lovely setting. Spa is really nice although sauna area was closed for refurb and would have been nice to know this in advance but pool was open. We had a massage on the morning after and it was also excellent, great value for money, friendly service. Food in the library restaurant was fantastic, very tasty, great quality and excellent service, not too fussy but attentive. Overall a great experience and would definitely go back
Rooms in the the original part of the building are far superior to the ones in modern part.
Also dogs welcome for an extra £10 but not allowed in bar or restaurant.....lots of good walks around grounds. Pub behind the hotel (Black Bull) allows dogs in so good for lunch or evening meal if you don't wNt to leave dog in room.
Good comfortable hotel with decent food,service and environment
Fabulous evening meal and service but breakfast was not so good.
Had to ask three times for toast. By the time it arrived my husband's food was almost finished and what he left to enjoy with toast, was cold.
Excellent accommodation and delicious evening and breakfast meals.
We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at Matfen, the bonus to us was that our dog was allowed to stay with us.
A lovely weekend
Best hotel I visit
Matfen Hall has a lovely atmosphere and is convenient for visiting Hadrian's Wall, Durham and Newcastle.
I would happily recommend it to friends. That said, I have a few criticisms to make. We arrived on a dark damp evening and did not find driveway to the drop off point until we were walking up the footpath from the car park with our bags.. It probably needs 2 small signs to reception one saying "pedestrians" and the other saying "cars" Our room was in the top of the hotel and on my side of the bed the ceiling was too low for anyone taller than me to stand upright (I'm about 5 foot 5) The evening meals were excellent but although the breakfast buffet was beautifully presented the choice was limited (in particular the bread and pastries)