Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa is well and truly part of the beauty of Northumberland. Set in 500 acres of parkland, it is a luxurious idyll for anyone exploring the Tyne Valley and Hadrian's Wall. But our nature is not just what surrounds us, it is how we look after it and who we are, so we thought you might be interested to hear a little bit about what goes on at Matfen Hall behind the scenes...
Our latest environmental endeavour is to have achieved zero to landfill status. All non-bakery food leftovers - such as glass, plastics, cardboard and cooking oil - are collected by a recycling company and either used to harness electricity or converted into fertiliser. This is then used on the Matfen Hall site. This policy is the latest development in a phased programme of sustainability which we began in 2011 with the conversion of a former staff bungalow into a state-of-the-art boiler house. Woodchips from our estate’s 500 acres of woodland are fed into a giant bio-mass boiler to create hot water and power our heating. This is supplied to the hotel though a network of heavily insulated underground pipes. The woodchips themselves are a by-product of a managed programme of tree thinning on the estate. By using local woodland and resources, Matfen Hall has reduced its transportation needs and improved its carbon footprint. By using its own timber as fuel, the hotel is also creating and sustaining the local economy within timber processing and transport, woodland and forestry management industries. In addition, the hotel’s 27-hole golf course is committed to restricting the use of chemicals on its green, while the pool within the Aqua Vitae leisure spa uses a UV light filtration system to reduce the amount of chlorine needed.
Our team chooses a local charity that the hotel supports. So far, we have raised over £8000 for the Great North Air Ambulance and £10,000 for Josie’s Dragonfly Trust - our Sales and Marketing Team even ran the Great North Run two years in a row for Josie’s! In the past, we have also supported Cancer Research, Veterans at Ease and Comic Relief. As we are positioned in the heart of Matfen village, our Managing Director attends the parish council meetings and we support the village fate every July, which is always a fantastic day!
We are owned and operated by Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett. Sir Hugh’s great-great-grandfather built Matfen Hall in 1832. From then on it offered a warm welcome to family and friends, then in 1999, it opened as a hotel and this family-friendly Northumbrian welcome was extended to guests. The fact that we are family-owned filters through all our service, we love to welcome our guests as if they are our family friends - something synonymous with our region. We hope we'll be welcoming you soon!
Matfen Hall is a country house hotel set in Northumberland, adjacent to its own golf course.