Lovelady Shield

Charming Country House Hotel in Cumbria

Member since 2004

1 to 14 night stays
From £86 pppn for a 14 night stay
to £90 pppn
£86 per night for a 14 night stay
to £90 per night
for a 1 night stay

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Lovelady Shield is an elegant Georgian Country House Hotel set on the banks of the River Nent, which nestles in the foothills of Alston Moor in Cumbria. Privately owned and managed, Lovelady is the perfect country retreat for those wanting to get away from it all.

  • Family run romantic country hotel set in the unspoilt Cumbrian countryside.
  • Character luxury bedrooms
  • Relaxing lounge areas with books and board games
  • Outdoor lovers paradise with lots of local walks

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Stay in a Luxury Double room and receive:

  • Enjoy a four course tasting dinner for two each evening (value £49.50 pp)
  • A £20 credit towards your favourite bottle of wine with dinner daily
  • Full English breakfast for two daily
  • Stay three nights or more and receive a complimentary upgrade to the seven course tasting menu for two on one evening

1 night stay

Package Price: £90 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £180 per room

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2 night stay

Package Price: £177.50 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £355 per room

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3 night stay

Package Price: £264 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £528 per room

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4 night stay

Package Price: £349 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £698 per room

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5 night stay

Package Price: £434 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £868 per room

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6 night stay

Package Price: £539 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £1,078 per room

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7 night stay

Package Price: £659 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £1,318 per room

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8 night stay

Package Price: £744 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £1,488 per room

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9 night stay

Package Price: £829 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £1,658 per room

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10 night stay

Package Price: £914 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £1,828 per room

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11 night stay

Package Price: £999 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £1,998 per room

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12 night stay

Package Price: £1,084 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £2,168 per room

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13 night stay

Package Price: £1,189 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £2,378 per room

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14 night stay

Package Price: £1,309 per person per stay (based on two sharing) £2,618 per room

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Facilities at Lovelady Shield

Lovelady Shield has been described as England's best kept secret by its guests. This elegant Georgian Country House Hotel stands on the banks of the River Nent, which nestles in the foothills of Alston Moor.

There are 3 acres of secluded gardens in which to sit and relax whilst enjoying the unspoilt views of the surrounding countryside. For those who like walking there are many walks and public footpaths on the doorstep.

There is an intimate cocktail bar along with a library and lounge with log fires. The highlight for many is dinner, which is served in the elegant dining room.

The location of this hotel is ideal to visit the Lake District, Hadrian's Wall, the North Pennines, Durham Cathedral and the Yorkshire Dales. The hotel retains the ambience of a private residence and guests are warmly welcomed by the owners and their staff.

Lovelady Shield
  • 12 Bedrooms
  • Riding
  • Fishing
  • Four Poster Bed
  • Satellite TV in Rooms
  • Dogs by Prior Arrangement

Home truths

  • Lovelady is set in a very rural location ideal for outdoor lovers and those seeking a country retreat experience.
  • The driveway to the hotel down by the river is a bit bumpy, but you don't need a 4x4

Good to know

  • Hotel check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Hotel check-out time: 11:00 AM

Parking Facilities

Free private hotel parking available

Disabled Access

The hotel does not have a lift.

There are no bedrooms on the ground floor.

Child Policy

Hotel only accept children aged 7 years and over.  The charge is £25.00 B&B per night when sharing a room with their parents.  Full rates apply when occupying their own room.

 

Dogs Policy

Dogs are welcome in some bedrooms (not in public rooms) £10.00

Other Information

Please note that Sunday evenings are a set 7 course Gourmet menu

The Rooms at Lovelady Shield

Superior Double

Double or twin bedded rooms with widescreen TV/DVD players, free use of DVD library. En-suite bathroom with overhead shower. Bathrobes supplied. WiFi available in all rooms

Superior Double room, Lovelady Shield

Lovelady Shield - Superior Double room

Luxury Double

These are large bright rooms with a king size bed and seating area. There is a widescreen TV with DVD and free use of DVD library. En-suit bathroom with overhead shower with enhanced toiletries and bathrobes. WiFi is available in all rooms.

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Luxury Double room, Lovelady Shield

Lovelady Shield - Luxury Double room

Restaurant

The restaurant provides elegant surroundings in which to enjoy the award winning cuisine. Menus are imaginative and varied using mostly local produce. The chef describes them as being "British with continental excursions". 

There is a wine list of over 100 wines which has been short listed for the 'Wine List of the Year'. In 2002 the hotel was awarded North-west Wine List of the Year by Les Routiers.

Head Chef, Barrie Garton worked as Chef de Partie at the Michael's Nook Hotel and Second Chef at The Wordsworth Hotel. On several occasions he has been a finalist in the Northern Chef of the Year Competition.  Barrie is a member of The Master Chefs of Great Britain and has been Head Chef at the Lovelady Shield Hotel for over 20 years.


Opening Times

Breakfast
8am-9.30am 
Lunch
12pm-2pm
(Advance notice period of 24hrs required for Lunch bookings)
Dinner  
7pm – 8.30pm (last orders) daily
Afternoon Tea
2.30pm – 5pm daily


Dress Code

Smart to casual


Restaurant restaurant, Lovelady Shield

Lovelady Shield Location

Map & Directions

Address

Nenthead Road
Alston
Cumbria
CA9 3LF

Free private hotel parking available


How to get here

From the South and West 
Take junction 40 on the M6 and follow the A686 to Alston. Turn right on the B6277 signposted to Barnard Castle and then take the first left, the A689 to Nenthead, Stanhope and Durham. The entrance to the hotel is 2½ miles along this road on the left at the junction with the B6294.

From the North and West
Take junction 43 on the M6 and the A69 to Newcastle. From Brampton follow the A689 to Alston. Turn left into Alston and turn right on the B6277 to Barnard Castle. Take the first left, the A689 to Nenthead, Stanhope and Durham. The hotel is situated on the left, 2½ miles from Alston at the junction with the B6294.

From the South and East 
Take the A1 to Scotch Corner, then take the A66 to Penrith. Take the right hand turn to Barnard Castle and the follow the B6277 to Alston. Just before Alston turn right onto the A689 to Nenthead, Stanhope and Durham. The hotel is situated 2½ miles from here on the left hand side at the junction with the B6294 signposted to Hexham.

From the North and East
Follow the A69 to Carlisle. Then turn left onto the A686 signposted to Alston. In Alston turn left onto the B6277 signposted Barnard Castle and then the first left onto the A689 to Nenthead, Stanhope and Durham. The entrance to the hotel is situated on the left, 2½ miles from here at the junction with the B6294.


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Location & Local Attractions

Lovelady Shield is set on the banks of the River Nent, which nestles in the foothills of Alston Moor in Cumbria.

The hotel is situated 2½ miles east of Alston and is easily accessible from all parts of the UK. The beautiful countryside has been designated an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' making it an ideal centre from which to visit three of Britain's most popular national Parks - the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Northumberland National Park.

Due to its location the Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel also offers a perfect stopover point for those travelling to and from Scotland.

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Lovelady Shield Reviews

Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3LF

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Lovelady Shield

19 reviews, sorted by Date Rating

Interesting Hotel - Disappointing Stay

Francis, West Yorkshire, stayed: August 2019

The driveway to the hotel is approximately a quarter of a mile long and is badly rutted so is more suited to an off road vehicle than a car.
On arrival the first thing we were told was that the heating had failed and couldn't be repaired until the following day so no heating or-more importantly-hot water!! (The heating was repaired the following day when the oil tanker delivered new supplies of oil!!).
The room was large and had a nice view which is where the good points end. The furnishings in the room were a throwback to the nineties and were suitably worn to reflect that. The wallpaper on the ceiling was peeling in places and had obvious repairs where water had got through. The bed-a modern four poster-creaked at every movement. The carpet was badly stained in places. The bathroom was of a similar style to the bedroom and had mismatched fittings including a toilet seat that was the wrong shape and also an over-sink mirror that had had lighting but now just had the lamp-holders. As stated the view was good but the foreground was a badly maintained lawn and little else other than a view downwards to a balcony which was overgrown with moss and weeds or upwards to peeling and rotting soffit boards. On the last evening on returning to our room we discovered rainwater coming through the ceiling. Having reported this to reception we were told they would look into it. We then heard noises above our room followed by the receptionist coming to tell us the there were no signs of leaks in the attic above and-miraculously-the leak had stopped. Could this be because she had put a container under the leak in the attic above???
The restaurant despite slow service was a delight with excellent food and slow but attentive service and the hotel also boasts an extensive wine list although prices are somewhat high.
Breakfast was in the same room and is all served-no buffet-although there were always plenty of staff service was very slow and during our stay it never took less than an hour for us to have our meal in fact on the first morning it took an hour and a half. The quality of the food however was very good.
In conclusion this hotel could be very good if the owners were to spend many thousands of pounds into repairing the structure and redecorating / refurnishing as well as employing some trained staff in the restaurant.
The actual building has been and could again be really pretty but in the state it has been allowed to get into it is unlikely that it will ever be brought back to an acceptable standard which is a shame.

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Faded glory

MC, Middlesex, stayed: July 2019

Lovely area of the country and lovely site for a hotel, hidden away and very peaceful. The staff were good. Sadly we suspect that the hotel has definitely seen better days and is now in need of a real facelift which would require large sums of money. The food in the restaurant was tasty, but we would have swapped nouvelle cuisine for slightly larger servings of some things.

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Very relaxing

JK, Tyne and Wear, stayed: May 2019

Very friendly welcome from the staff and owner. Really like how relaxed the feel of this country hotel is, alongside first class formal dining and cuisine. Our 'luxury room' (made very affordable with an 'offpeakluxury' offer) was spacious with a very comfortable bed, large bathroom and views over the river and fields. Breakfast was perfect, with amongst other treats, freshly squeezed orange juice, home made granola and a range of cooked to order dishes. All ordered at, and served to the table, no self-service here! Would thoroughly recommend for a tranquil, quiet and relaxing stay, away from it all, in beautiful countryside.

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  • Would stay here again

Birthday Weekend

GB, Lincolnshire, stayed: April 2019

Good place to stay, bit tucked out of the way, bit tired (needs re-decorating), food was superb, wines were very good, overall good ambiance in the restaurant, staff were knowledgeable, saw what I presume was the owner greeting and talking to some of his guests, but not us, seated 6 feet away! Overall a good place to stay but not handicapped friendly (I have one leg, but they didn't know that), four flights of stairs to the bedroom we were given, but managed it ok, Bathroom was adequate, bath was ok, shower, apparently, was ok too. Good breakfast. Would I recommend it, probably yes, for the food, if you want luxury this is not it, if you can get past that the food and wine were excellent.

Overall an enjoyable stay.

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Great food but the place is a little tired

Mike H. Arizona, stayed: November 2018

We stayed 3 nights to use as a base for enjoying the area. The location is reasonable but if you want to enjoy the western part of the region prepare to drive over a steep mountain. The house is very tired in general with the rooms showing wear from pealing wall paper to over all old. If you can overlook these items the staff is very friendly and the food excellent.

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Picturesque setting of once elegant hotel that is in need of some upgrading

Margaret, Lancashire, stayed: October 2018

This hotel is ideal for visiting the Lakes and North Yorkshire moors. Alston nearby is a very pretty village with a lovely steam train which operates weekends and school holidays. the staff were very welcoming and lovely fire in the lounge. Although our room was spacious and comfortable there was signs of needing some attention, curtains were fraying and the sofa was covered to hide wear. the bathroom also had a toilet seat that was badly damaged and needed replacing although it was clean and lovely big towels provided. Our meal in the evening was excellent with lovely silver service and the staff were very attentive and helpful. we had the 4 course taster menu and it was served with no rush and a chance to savour each course. Excellent breakfast in the morning with lots of choice.
We enjoyed our stay here and would revisit just for the excellent food and service, but attention does need to be paid to the fabric of the building sometime in the near future

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renovation needed

Anon, stayed: September 2018

both the exterior of the hotel and our room were in need of restoration/decoration. food however was very good

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Great restaurant, shame the rest of hotel cannot maintain the standard.

Chris, Lancashire, stayed: September 2018

Food in restaurant was excellent.
Unfortunately the room let down the hotel. The shower did not work properly - it was either too hot and then stopped when you tried to turn down the temperature. The loo seat had been replaced - it was originally oval but had been replaced with a square seat, there was a bulb missing in the main light. The light over the bathroom mirror was not working. The ceiling paper over the window was peeling. We tried to mention this at reception around 19.30 but there was no one there and no one came when we rang the bell - all the staff were probably preparing for diner which seemed to be set for 19.30. We gave the receptionist a note of these issues when we checked out.

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