The Lord Crewe Arms in the medieval village of Blanchland is set to re-open as 21 bedroom hotel, following a £1.5 million renovation by Lord Crewe’s Charity in partnership with Calcot Hotels.
Located on the Northumberland-Durham border, the Grade II Lord Crewe Arms dates back to the 1700s and is named for the former Bishop of Oxford and Durham, Nathaniel, Lord Crewe.
Chairman of Calcot Hotels Richard Ball commented: “Our key objective is to restore The Lord Crewe Arms and establish it as a really affordable country hotel of quality, with extremely comfortable and well-kept rooms. We aim to forge a strong reputation for great food, wine and beer alongside genuine hospitality for all.
“Blanchland, with its impressive abbey ruins, is a most captivating village which has been virtually untouched over the past 300 years. Our revitalisation of The Lord Crewe Arms will respect and embrace the village’s past while also making it highly relevant to Blanchland’s future. Equally, a real sense of the surrounding area of the Northern Pennines will be reflected within The Lord Crewe Arms. “The front doors of the row of cottages are all blocked up, presently, but it is proposed that these will be opened up so that guests can enter their room through the village courtyard.”
One of only six listed villages in the country, Blanchard is surrounded by the open moors of the North Pennines and the woodland trails of the Upper Derwent Valley. The village is within 20 minutes’ drive of Hadrian’s Wall and market town, Hexham. Durham lies within half an hour to the southeast and Newcastle some 35 minutes to the northeast.