Newfield Hall is great for groups and OAPs, however, I would not
recommend it to friends or family as it has the feel of an old
people's home, there is little privacy at meal times and rooms come
without a phone or the internet.
Meals: Guests have to eat dinner at a set time (ordering meals hours in advance) and share large tables with strangers. This is fine if you are 60+ and want to meet other people of the same age, however, this can get rather tedious if you are a family with young children and don't really want to have to make small talk with strangers. Don't stay here for a romantic weekend!
In the evening, there was an organised quiz for a large group of OAPs and we were glared at for chatting in the entrance hall as our noise was disturbing the quiz! This place really doesn't feel like a hotel at all as you are expected to tiptoe around.
Phones and Internet: There is no internet access in the rooms and no phones are provided so we had to trek to the main office to order food etc (there was no mobile reception in our room). This was fairly annoying when dragging a toddler around the large premises. I think when you're paying over £100 per night, you should be getting the basics like a phone and the internet in your room.
Staff and Communication Issues: All the staff we dealt with were very helpful and friendly, however, the main phone didn't seem to be manned at all. On our way to the hotel, we rang 4 times and left 2 messages which were presumably not received as nobody returned our calls. After our first night we were told to leave because the staff hadn't realised we were staying 2 nights. We were asked to go to the main office and "explain it to the manager" which was pretty annoying.
Finally, there is very little to do in the area and Skipton is the nearest town with a taxi ride there costing £14 - that's £28 for the return journey. I booked this hotel in a rush and wish I'd done my research!
Newfield Hall is a lovely building set in beautiful grounds with an
attractive but small pool.