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This is the Life-England’s North Country

October 25th, 2010 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“This is the Life!”

By Sandy Zimmerman

(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)

 

The last word in

elegance and

luxury in a

classical

setting,

the

DeVere

Slaley Hall

Hotel stands proudly as a monument to the past.

It began as a stately mansion built by

Charles

Samuel

Hunting,

in

1912,

for

his

family

home.

They

employed a housekeeper, five maids,

butler, footman, cook, two kitchen staff,

seven gardeners, three chauffeurs, game

keeper, forester and family of six who ran the home farm.

In 1984, Slaley was sold and transformed into a 139 bedroom

luxury hotel and golf complex.  Unchanged throughout the years,

the building’s embattled wall and architecture resembles a castle.

 

Everything is orchestrated for the guest’s enjoyment and

comfort.

Iain Jurgensen, Food and Beverage Director, explains,

“We are totally committed to source the best produce and

livestock from small, local Northumberland farms which do not

use pesticides;

some are organic and have the highest standards

in quality.

We visit the farm to see how the animals are reared

and treated.

The flavor of the pork is so good it comes through.

Everything is fresh from a 30 mile radius.

Slaley Hall’s philosophy, ‘This is the life,’ is what we want guests

to feel when they are here.

This is what they are worth.

Guests should have all of the opportunities to sample the famous

malt, the most opulent of chairs, and to have the best meals.

 

Duke’s Grill, in a classic Edwardian drawing room, uses a special

Josper charcoal grill with a very intense heat to seal in the flavor.

Steaks quickly retain all of their moisture and tenderness.”

I especially enjoyed their Sunday roast with a fantastically

melt-in-your-mouth tender, aged roast sirloin of beef.

The waiter wheeled the antique silver trolley to our table and

carved the roast.

In contrast, the Claret Jug Restaurant is rustic with serving

chopping boards, platters, share plates and cast iron dishes.

They offer different flavors and tastes that you do not usually

find.

 

With 1,000 acres of forest and moorland, Slaley offers many

settings for weddings, parties and business conferences.

Lucia Fappiano, the Hospitality Manager, is creative,

“We can arrange a Casino Night, Viking Night, Bedouin Tents,

Medieval theme and just about everything!

The bride can arrive by helicopter or she and the groom can be

whisked away by helicopter after the wedding.

We can do just about anything you want to make your night

special.”

The grounds sparkle with lights at night and the

Northumberland pipes are played during the event.

When she knows guests are celebrating their anniversary or

special occasion, she prepares a candlelight dinner outside at the

Japanese Gardens as a surprise.

The invitation is presented to them in their room.

The lawn becomes a stage for summer outdoor performances of

the “Merchant of Venice,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Peter Pan” and other

shows.

 

Guests are away from the cities, in the Northumberland

countryside, yet they have everything here:

Driving range, two championship golf courses, 4X4 adventures,

indoor pool, archery, clay pigeon shooting, paint balls, mountain

biking, and hot air ballooning.

Take a self-guided tour map suggesting easy walks.

 

Duke’s Grill- Sunday:  3 courses, £24.95;  prepared tableside,

 £15.95-52;

Cooked on the Josper Grill, £14.95-36;

Entrees, £12.50-19.95;

 

Claret Jug-

Noon to 6 pm, £5.50-12.50;

6 to 9 pm, £9-18.50;

 

The Restaurant- £9-24; 3 courses, £27.95;

 

You may not have heard of the DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel and

Northumberland but if you visit, you will never forget them!!!

DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel, Slaley, Hexam, Northumberland,

England.   www.devereonline.co.uk

slaley.hall@devere-hotels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England’s North Country

 

There are so many surprises when you explore

Northumberland’s 4,000 year history.

The unspoiled feeling of the country is mixed with the thrills of

visiting castles and other ancient sites.

Many people have heard of Alnwick Castle of Harry Potter film

fame.

Northumberland is described as “England as it used to be,”

England’s North Country is home to some very diverse areas.

www.visitenc.com www.enjoyenglandsnorthcountry.com

In 1984, Slaley was sold and transformed into a 139

bedroom luxury hotel and golf complex.

Unchanged throughout the years,

the building’s embattled wall and architecture

resembles a castle.

 

Everything is orchestrated for the guest’s enjoyment

and comfort.

Iain Jurgensen, Food and Beverage Director,

explains,

“We are totally committed to source the best

produce and

livestock from small, local Northumberland farms

which do not use pesticides;

some are organic and have the highest standards

in quality.

We visit the farm to see how the animals are reared

and treated.

The flavor of the pork is so good it comes through.

Everything is fresh from a 30 mile radius.

Slaley Hall’s philosophy, “This is the life,” is what

we want guests to feel when they are here.

This is what they are worth.

Guests should have all of the opportunities to sample

the famous malt, the most opulent of chairs, and to

have the best meals.

 

Duke’s Grill, in a classic Edwardian drawing room,

uses a special

Josper charcoal grill with a very intense heat to seal

in the flavor.

Steaks quickly retain all of their moisture and

tenderness.”

I especially enjoyed their Sunday roast with a

fantastically

melt-in-your-mouth tender, aged roast sirloin of beef.

The waiter wheeled the antique silver trolley to our

table and carved the roast.

In contrast, the Claret Jug Restaurant is rustic with

serving chopping boards, platters, share plates and

cast iron dishes.

They offer different flavors and tastes that you do

not usually find.

 

With 1,000 acres of forest and moorland, Slaley

offers many settings for weddings, parties and

business conferences.

Lucia Fappiano, the Hospitality Manager, is

creative,

“We can arrange a Casino Night, Viking Night,

Bedouin Tents,

Medieval theme and just about everything!

The bride can arrive by helicopter or she and the groom can be

whisked away by helicopter after the wedding.

We can do just about anything you want to make

your night special.”

The grounds sparkle with lights at night and the

Northumberland pipes are played during the event.

When she knows guests are celebrating their

anniversary or special occasion, she prepares a

candlelight dinner outside at the

Japanese Gardens as a surprise.

The invitation is presented to them in their room.

The lawn becomes a stage for summer outdoor

performances of the “Merchant of Venice,” “Wizard

of Oz,” “Peter Pan” and other shows.

 

Guests are away from the cities, in the

Northumberland

countryside, yet they have everything here:

Driving range, two championship golf courses,

4X4 adventures,

indoor pool, archery, clay pigeon shooting, paint

balls, mountain biking, and hot air ballooning.

Take a self-guided tour map suggesting easy walks.

 

Duke’s Grill- Sunday:  3 courses, $24.95;  prepared

tableside, $15.95-52;

Cooked on the Josper Grill, $14.95-36;

Entrees, $12.50-19.95;

 

Claret Jug-

Noon to 6 pm, $5.50-12.50;

6 to 9 pm, $9-18.50;

 

The Restaurant- $9-24; 3 courses, $27.95;

 

You may not have heard of the DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel and

Northumberland but if you visit, you will never forget

them!!!

DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel, Slaley, Hexam,

Northumberland, England.   www.devereonline.co.uk

slaley.hall@devere-hotels.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England‘s North Country

 

There are so many surprises when you explore

Northumberland’s 4,000 year history.

The unspoiled feeling of the country is mixed with

the thrills of visiting castles and other ancient sites.

Many people have heard of Alnwick Castle of Harry

Potter film fame.

Northumberland is described as “England as it used to be,”

England;s North Country is home to some very diverse areas.

www.visitenc.com www.enjoyenglandsnorthcountry.com

 

 


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This is the Life-England's North Country (Continued)

In 1984, Slaley was sold and transformed into a 139

bedroom luxury hotel and golf complex.

Unchanged throughout the years,

the building's embattled wall and architecture

resembles a castle.

Everything is orchestrated for the guest's enjoyment

and comfort.

Iain Jurgensen, Food and Beverage Director,

explains,

"We are totally committed to source the best

produce and

livestock from small, local Northumberland farms

which do not use pesticides;

some are organic and have the highest standards

in quality.

We visit the farm to see how the animals are reared

and treated.

The flavor of the pork is so good it comes through.

Everything is fresh from a 30 mile radius.

Slaley Hall's philosophy, "This is the life," is what

we want guests to feel when they are here.

This is what they are worth.

Guests should have all of the opportunities to sample

the famous malt, the most opulent of chairs, and to

have the best meals.

Duke's Grill, in a classic Edwardian drawing room,

uses a special

Josper charcoal grill with a very intense heat to seal

in the flavor.

Steaks quickly retain all of their moisture and

tenderness."

I especially enjoyed their Sunday roast with a

fantastically

melt-in-your-mouth tender, aged roast sirloin of beef.

The waiter wheeled the antique silver trolley to our

table and carved the roast.

In contrast, the Claret Jug Restaurant is rustic with

serving chopping boards, platters, share plates and

cast iron dishes.

They offer different flavors and tastes that you do

not usually find.

With 1,000 acres of forest and moorland, Slaley

offers many settings for weddings, parties and

business conferences.

Lucia Fappiano, the Hospitality Manager, is

creative,

"We can arrange a Casino Night, Viking Night,

Bedouin Tents,

Medieval theme and just about everything!

The bride can arrive by helicopter or she and the groom can be

whisked away by helicopter after the wedding.

We can do just about anything you want to make

your night special."

The grounds sparkle with lights at night and the

Northumberland pipes are played during the event.

When she knows guests are celebrating their

anniversary or special occasion, she prepares a

candlelight dinner outside at the

Japanese Gardens as a surprise.

The invitation is presented to them in their room.

The lawn becomes a stage for summer outdoor

performances of the "Merchant of Venice," "Wizard

of Oz," "Peter Pan" and other shows.

Guests are away from the cities, in the

Northumberland

countryside, yet they have everything here:

Driving range, two championship golf courses,

4X4 adventures,

indoor pool, archery, clay pigeon shooting, paint

balls, mountain biking, and hot air ballooning.

Take a self-guided tour map suggesting easy walks.

Duke's Grill- Sunday:  3 courses, $24.95;  prepared

tableside, $15.95-52;

Cooked on the Josper Grill, $14.95-36;

Entrees, $12.50-19.95;

Claret Jug-

Noon to 6 pm, $5.50-12.50;

6 to 9 pm, $9-18.50;

The Restaurant- $9-24; 3 courses, $27.95;

You may not have heard of the DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel and

Northumberland but if you visit, you will never forget

them!!!

DeVere Slaley Hall Hotel, Slaley, Hexam,

Northumberland, England.   www.devereonline.co.uk

slaley.hall@devere-hotels.com