This great little hotel was a welcome surprise in a small town I have always enjoyed spending time in. The large house is the birthplace of Sir William Fox who was elected the Prime Minister of New Zealand 3 times and appointed a 4th time. Oddly the plaque outside only mentions the first 3 times! The house has been refurbished and the handful of rooms are very nicely appointed. Although it is is a small ‘hotel’, they also have the Red Room Bar upstairs and a nice restaurant downstairs. Overall the hotel is a great place to stay. The bar is excellent and shows live sports, but somehow seems like being in the study of a nice manor house. The restaurant (they call it the dining room) looks great, has an excellent menu and the food looks delicious. I didn’t get a chance to eat here, but other guests raved about the quality of the food and the Chef. It really looked and smelled great and the portions were very healthy looking.
My room, number 21, was absolutely excellent. Let’s start with the important part. My bed was absolutely luxurious and I had a very good night’s sleep. The room itself was very large and had a good sitting chair, a full desk, mirrors, plenty of storage space and nice carpet. There were some nice touches like my tea and coffee making tray, a very good TV with lots of channels and an overall great décor. They even had a full ironing board and a real steam iron that was spotlessly clean.
The bathroom was also excellent. I had huge fluffy towels, a great shower and bathtub, reasonable toiletries and plenty of light to be able to shave.
The Sir William Fox Hotel is a classy place and the staff were always smiling and willing to help. Their bar is really cool and you could just stay there. With the feeling and look of a mansion house’s study, you can enjoy the fully stocked bar and even play their piano. I had a few beers and watch the sports.
The hotel itself is set in a picturesque oasis called Westoe Village. It is listed in the Doomsday Book in 1072 when it was originally a handful of farms. It is a conservation village today and 4 of the farmsteads are still standing, including Westoe Hall, which gives the village its name. Derwent Lodge Chapel House and Ivy Cottage are surrounded by beautiful f Victorian terrace homes in a very quiet area.
The only problem I encountered was when someone did slam a door in the hotel, but that was an accident by one of the other guests. The hotel only has a handful of rooms and it is completely quiet at night. It is also in a very pleasant and tranquil village, but a reasonable walk to the famous Ocean Road in South Shields. About 100 restaurants, bars and nightclubs are within striking distance.
• Great beds and bedrooms
• Historical home in a very pleasant village
• Walking distance to 100 restaurants, bars, clubs and shopping
• Red Room Bar is a real treat and serves up great drinks in a fantastic setting
• ‘Dining Room’ offers great food and daily specials
• 3 types of room: Superior Double, Double and Single
• Free Wi-Fi
• Great beds, nice bathrooms and plenty of storage space, steam iron and board
• Tea/Coffee making facilities
• Large TV, lots of channels and a writing desk
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