Centre of Britain Hotel
A wonderful historic hotel offering a rare lifestyle and business opportunity in a vibrant market town
- Superb Boutique Hotel
- Character & History
- Grade II* Listed
- Rare Lifestyle & Business Opportunity
- Scope to Develop Further
- Host of Historic Attractions
- Magnificent Countryside Surroundings
- Market Town Location
Accommodation in Brief
Entrance Vestibule | Hall | Reception Area | Two Dining Rooms | Function Room | Kitchen | Stores | Cloakroom/WC
Three Bedrooms with En-suite Facilities | Lounge
Second FloorTwo Bedrooms with En-suite Facilities | Lounge | Mezzanine Bedroom
Four Self-Contained Two Storey Lodges with Sitting Rooms, Bedrooms & Shower Rooms
The Old Dairy
Laundry & Launderette | Three Guest Suites with En-suite Bathrooms
Centre of Britain Hotel occupies a central position in the heart of the Northumberland market town of Haltwhistle. The Grade II* Listed property offers a rare opportunity to secure a gorgeous boutique hotel with a host of character and historic interest. The hotel features 12 en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant, function suite and private dining area, all finished to an exceptional standard to offer desirable and luxurious accommodation. In addition to the hotel, the business also incorporates a separate laundry and launderette within the Grade II Listed Old Dairy, a former medieval Bastle house, which caters to both the hotel, other accommodation providers and the public, delivering an additional income stream. There is scope for interested parties to develop the business further. The location has proved to be ideal with the ever-popular historical attraction of Hadrian’s Wall on the doorstep and all that the magnificent surrounding countryside has to offer. In addition to the leisure and tourism industry, the hotel is perfectly positioned to serve the requirements of various national and international businesses in the area. Along with operations including the RAF, railway maintenance crews and visiting sporting teams, this is excellent all year round custom for the business. Another growing business trend is bikers who are exploring Britain.
Centre of Britain Hotel has been beautifully updated and renovated to retain many character features that reflect the fascinating history of the building. The oldest part of the hotel was originally a Pele Tower, believed to date from around 1417 and built as part of the defences during the turbulent years of the Border Reivers. Developments and updates took place over many years, with an early-mid 18th century wing and extensive changes to the front façade in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The superb modern works have been carried out with great care and attention to create a welcoming hotel escape blending unique character with modern comforts and efficiencies.
The concept of the Centre of Britain as a key draw to the area was originated by the current hotel owners, who recognised the potential of the location as a hub for exploring a wide and diverse area including Northumberland, the Scottish Borders, the Lake District and Dumfries & Galloway. Everything that these magnificent areas have to offer can be reached with ease using the Centre of Britain Hotel as a base. There is great potential to maximise this position and status as a brand that is recognized nationally and internationally.
The ground floor of the Centre of Britain features fantastic reception spaces for guests. There are two characterful dining rooms; both have lovely exposed ceiling beams and stone inglenook fireplaces that reflect the history of the building. The magnificent function room known as The Garden Suite was added in 1911, and is bathed in natural light from a soaring vaulted ceiling with huge skylights. This is a wonderful room to host memorable events. The fully-stocked kitchen has everything needed to run a thriving business, and a reception area with desk awaits guests on arrival. The basement has guest WCs along with storage space and the plant room.
There are five bedrooms arranged over the upper floors, all finished to an exacting standard. Every bedroom benefits from elegant en-suite facilities with high quality fixtures and fittings. There are also two relaxing lounges providing quiet space to relax after a day exploring the glorious surroundings.
To the rear of the hotel there are five luxurious self-contained lodges which continue the quality of finish found throughout the whole property. Each lodge incorporates a ground floor sitting room with shower room to the rear, along with a light and airy twin or double bedroom on the first floor. One lodge features a sauna for a touch of extra luxury
The Old Dairy
Positioned a few steps along the street is The Old Dairy, providing yet more guest space along with a laundry and launderette. This offers both a full laundry service and a self-service launderette and is a fantastic addition to the business, catering to the needs of the hotel whilst also delivering an additional income stream as a service to the public. The laundry is used extensively by other accommodation providers in the area. Beneath the laundry and launderette is a large cellar space that provides great storage for bicycles for all cyclists including those tackling the renowned Hadrian’s Cycleway and the North Pennines Cycleway.
Above the laundry and launderette there are three impressive suites arranged over the first and second floors. These suites include generous bedroom spaces along with comfortable seating areas. All three have en-suite bathrooms.
The hotel has a large private car park positioned to the rear with plenty of space for guests.
The present owners established Haltwhistle’s claim to being the Centre of Britain and is a popular and thriving town situated between Carlisle and Newcastle and the beautiful countryside and surrounding area is known as Hadrian’s Wall Country and receives many tourists all year round. The historic and glorious countryside offers unrivalled opportunities for walking, cycling, fishing, climbing and other outdoor pursuits, with access to the Pennine Way, Hadrian’s Cycleway and more. The world-famous Roman sites of Housesteads and Vindolanda are just a few minutes away, as is the fantastic discovery centre The Sill. Haltwhistle caters for everyday needs with supermarkets and a fine range of shops, public houses, tea shops and restaurants. There is a well-regarded medical centre, pharmacy and dentist, and also the Haltwhistle Swimming & Leisure Centre which hosts a range of activities for all ages.
The surrounding area offers golf courses, sports clubs and Hexham racecourse is within easy reach. The market town of Hexham provides a further range of facilities and professional services, along with an historic abbey at its heart. Newcastle city centre provides further comprehensive cultural, educational, recreational and shopping facilities. The Northumberland Coast, Kielder Water, the Lake District, the North Pennines AONB, The Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway are all within easy day trip distance from the hotel.
For schooling, there is a primary school, professional services and a secondary school in Haltwhistle and nearby Henshaw and Haydon Bridge. There are further schools available in Hexham, and in addition Mowden Hall Preparatory School provides private education from nursery up to 13 years. There are several private day schools in Newcastle with school transport offered from Hexham.
For the commuter the A69 and the B6318 provides excellent access to Newcastle to the east and Carlisle to the west and onward access to the A1 and M6. The rail station at Haltwhistle provides regular cross-country services to Newcastle and Carlisle, where connecting main line services are available to major UK cities north and south. Newcastle International Airport is also within easy reach.
Hexham 15.7 miles | Corbridge 19.1 miles | Carlisle 21.5 miles | Kielder Water 32.3 miles | Newcastle International Airport 33.9 miles | Newcastle City Centre 36.2 miles | Dumfries 50.9 miles | Keswick 54.2 miles
Mains electricity, gas, water and drainage. Underfloor and ceiling electric heating. Heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system. Internal phone system to all rooms.
Wayleaves, Easements & Rights of Way
The property is being sold subject to all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way, whether or not specified within the sales particulars.
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