Good Hotel Guide Review
There are log fires, country views and a warm welcome to be had at this Grade II* listed house, in a spread of gardens surrounded by acres of farmland and forest. Engineer William Hedley, inventor of Puffing Billy, once lived here. Today, Christine Hewitt, the ‘attentive’ hostess, offers ‘good-value’ B&B accommodation in ‘clean, quiet and comfortable’ traditionally decorated bedrooms in the main house, adjoining farmhouse and cottage. Home-made, home-reared and home-grown fare features at breakfast. The grounds provide generous scope for gentle strolls or for exercising dogs and exuberant children; trails lead to the river and the Lanchester Valley Railway Path. Well placed for Durham.
13. 5 in adjoining farmhouse, 3 in cottage, 2-bed apartment on top floor in main house.
all year, except when booked for exclusive use.
sitting room, dining room, library, billiard room, in-room TV (Freeview), 18-acre gardens in 475-acre grounds; farmhouse rooms have a sitting room, dining room; cottages have a sitting room where breakfast can be served; all with log fires.
all ages welcomed.
welcomed (resident dogs).
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single from £85, double £120–£145. Dinner, by arrangement, £40.