One of the absolute perks of running a regional blog is that we get to visit luxury venues like the brand-new Le Petit Chateau. Having opened last Summer (2016) in Otterburn, Northumberland, this plush hotel, restaurant and wedding venue has been the subject of rave reviews and some of the most spectacular wedding photography I’ve seen in quite some time.
Now, before you get stuck into this review, I should warn you, this is probably the most photo-heavy review I’ve ever posted, but the beauty of Le Petit Chateau speaks far louder volumes in photographs than it does through my words!
The venue is part of The Apartment Group, famed for their spellbinding venues like Newton Hall and stylish eateries like As You Like It, The Joiner’s Arms and Nancy’s Bordello, and was designed by interior wizardess, Julie Chambers (also of Lane7 fame!), turning a closed-down pub into a luxury French-inspired chateau that brings the South of France to the North East, with no expense spared.
There are one-of-a-kind interiors and quirky artefacts everywhere you look, and as soon as you walk through the door, you’re transported far, far away from sleepy Otterburn. And it’s not just about the looks, there are fresh flowers and huge reed diffusers dotted about the place, ensuring a beautiful scent throughout.
We visited a few Sundays back, making the 40-minute drive along winding roads to reach our destination. Otterburn, whilst quiet, is a lovely little village, and as you approach the heart of it you see Le Petit Chateau sat proudly on the banks of Otter Burn (that’s not me being funny, it’s the name of the river!) in all its glory.
There are well tended gardens out front with parking, as well as significant parking to the rear. From the outside, the venue doesn’t give much away, it’s only when you enter you discover how fabulous a place it is.
There’s 29 luxurious bedrooms with unique features like copper bath-tubs and one with a private terrace, however our room, number 6, was unique in that there was no bathroom! Well, so we thought.
There was a slight sense of panic when we entered the room having realised there were no doors to any other rooms, but upon closer inspection, we discovered the bathroom within one of the twin wardrobes! A great feature and one that I’ve only ever seen at one other venue, Lumley Castle.
The decor of our room was utterly stunning, with vintage furniture, a HUGE bed decked out in turquoise/aqua coloured velvet and a very impressive tray of treats, such as Le Petit Chateau signature coffee, biscuits and tea aplenty and lovely china cups and saucers.
There’s also lovely touches like artisan chocolates left on the bed for your arrival, along with bags of rosemary beside the pillows and a very welcoming note from the manager, pre-printed so I know it wasn’t just for us and our review!
The other wardrobe was decked out with robes, slippers, an iron and ironing board and hangers. a huge TV was mounted to the wall and important fact: all rooms within Le Petit Chateau are kitted out with free Netflix! Perfect for slobbing out after a delicious meal downstairs in the William de Percy.
The bathroom, once you’ve found it, is also a sight to behold.
Featuring a decorative ‘bowl’ sink with brass taps and a radiator surrounded by copper piping, a walk-in Victorian overhead shower and ornate turquoise tiling throughout. There’s a crate packed with crisp white fluffy towels and a selection of complimentary toiletries from L’Occitane, inkeeping with the French theme of the venue.
We’d booked for dinner downstairs at 8pm, so had time to take plenty of photographs of our amazing room (sorry about the lighting, it’s designed for ambience not photography, clearly!) and its unique features, before we headed downstairs for drinks in the William de Percy. I’ll be posting a separate review of our dinner – so keep your eyes peeled for that.
The very friendly General Manager, Craig, gave me a guided tour around the rest of the venue, including the spectacular Belle Epoque room, with it’s French-gothic fireplace and beautiful beams. This is a room you want to get married in, for sure.
Outside of the Belle Epoque there’s more turquoise velvet sofas (a Julie Chambers signature colour!) and huge, beautiful ornate mirrors dotted about the place. Through the main function room, there’s a mirrored glass bar and plenty of room, in fact the venue can host up to 220 guests on an evening and around 160 for day-time weddings.
Thanks to some unruly weather I wasn’t able to look around the Mediterranean gardens outside, however more on that later – I did eventually get to have a wander!
After dinner, we chilled in the bar area for a little while before heading back up to our room. I have to say, I had probably the best night’s sleep I’ve had in ages.
The bedding was surely around a 1 million thread count, crisp white and luxurious, with duck-feather pillows and plenty of room to starfish. It was one of those nights where you don’t actually remember when you fell asleep, you just slipped away in sheer comfort. Ideal!
One of the other great things about Le Petit Chateau is that they offer a mid-day check-out and breakfast is served until 11am, so we had the luxury of a lie-in and didn’t have to rush down for breakfast. This is a big plus, for us, and I wholeheartedly implore more venues to offer this perk – your guests will thank you for it, trust me.
We headed down for around 10.15am, where breakfast was served in the William de Percy dining room. There was the usual continental buffet set out with plenty of juices and cold water dispensed from large Kilner jugs, and tables set out with butters, jams and miniature jars of HP sauce and good old Heinz ketchup.
Having enjoyed seriously super friendly service the night before in the restaurant I was a *little* disappointed with the service at breakfast as the member of staff serving us was pretty abrupt and rude, but nevertheless, we were seated quickly and brought tea and coffee so we could peruse the hot food menu.
As always, I went for the cooked breakfasts, or the Farne Islands breakfast as it’s called at Le Petit Chateau, comprising of sausage, bacon, eggs however you like ’em (poached, obviously), fried mushroom, black pudding (eww), beans and tomato. This was one of the nicest hotel breakfasts I’ve had in some time and I’d happily pop up to Otterburn the next time I’m in need of a good English breakfast!
There was an unreported hash brown on the plate which is always a welcome bonus and everything was piping hot and cooked really well – no dry sausages or soggy bacon here, let me tell you. I would have liked just 1 more poached egg, as there was plenty else on the plate for dipping in yolk, but that’s just me. I enjoyed it with a pot of strong English Breakfast tea from a pot, served in china cups, and felt really bloody content after finishing it.
Top marks for the Farne Island breakfast!
My boyfriend ordered the Le Petit Chateau Stack, which to the uninitiated is a pimped-up Eggs Benedict. Two poached eggs served on toasted English muffins, served with crispy bacon, black pudding, grilled mushroom and lashings of Hollandaise sauce. Eggs Benedict is always a great choice, but he was more than satisfied with the other welcome additions.
Still though, I’ve got to say, my breakfast choice won and I encourage any of you lovely readers to go big on breakfast should you visit Le Petit Chateau any time soon.
Following breakfast (and the eventual buggering off of the pesky rain!) I showed myself around the rest of the venue, including the amazing gardens. Boasting fountains and fire-pits, an old van inscribed with Le Petit Chateau branding and palm trees and tropical plants as far as the eye can see.
I can imagine a walk through here on a summer’s day would be quite the spectacle, and I couldn’t imagine anywhere more beautiful for a summer wedding. If it can look this good on a dreary morning in early Spring, think how good it could be with a bit of sunshine!
This next bit of the review is going to be pretty photo-heavy, so here goes…
And that’s it! A round-up of a really lovely stay at one of the North East’s true gems, Le Petit Chateau. Despite the fact it may seem very grand and somewhere you’d spend a few bob (which to an extent of course, it is!) they also partake in the likes of Groupon/ItIsOn for the quieter months of the year, so you could very well bag yourself a bargain stay.
I’ll be posting my review of the dinner we ate in the William de Percy, later this week. Keep ’em peeled!
For more information on Le Petit Chateau, you can head over to their website, or if you’re a bride/groom looking for a spellbinding wedding view, you can discover more in this post by Brides up North.
Le Petit Chateau is hands down one of my favourite venues featured on the blog, up there with The Lord Crewe Arms, so it’s well worth checking out.
Huge thanks to Craig, Margaret (and her husband, an unofficial member of staff who gave us loads of insight into the formation of LPC!) and the team at Le Petit Chateau for having us and to Donna at Apartment Group HQ for setting up this review visit. Our stay was complimentary for the purpose of this review, but as always all views are true to experience and all photographs in this post are my own.