Hotel up for national gong

A luxury Northumberland hotel has made it to the finals of national awards.

Matfen Hall Hotel Golf and Spa is up for Large Hotel of the Year in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

A total of 345 applications were submitted for the awards, with the top five in each category making it to the final, which will take place at the Sage Gateshead on May 11.

All finalists will receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended award.

Matfen Managing Director Bernard Bloodworth said: “It is a testament to all the hard work we have put in this year to develop the best experience possible for our visitors.”