I hesitate to recommend Macdonald Linden Hall Hotel, Golf & Country Club very highly, as I would like to keep this Northumberland treasure to myself - but that would be very selfish and deprive others of this hidden joy. The young staff are exceptionally welcoming, professional and friendly - Hollie on reception will greet you with a huge smile and offer to help with your luggage, James will bring fresh milk to your room if you wish; order a pot of tea or coffee and it comes with a gigantic homemade crumbly shortbread.
The bedrooms - we were allocated Evelyn, which had a double aspect overlooking the gardens and part of the golf course, with the sea in the distance, so take your binoculars - are immaculately clean (the housemaids are Northumbrians, just as delightful as the rest of the staff) and very tastefully decorated, even a book left by the bedside and water provided.
Food in the golf package is served in two places: breakfast in the main house dining room, a glorious choice from juices to fresh fish, full English including vegetarian full English, plus their wonderful fresh sun-dried tomato bread - to die for; and dinner in the adjacent more relaxed Linden Hall Pub bistro, perfect for after golf.
On this trip, we didn't play golf; last year it was really good fun, and will be coming back in September for a 5-some. One of our party enjoys the spa treatment instead, and raves about the relaxation. We have swam in the pool, as it is rarely ever used. Overall, this is "millionaire's golf" not crowded, and a true delight. We just love it and the people.Thanks to YGT for another delightful break at Linden Hall.