Headlam Hall

Darlington, Co. Durham

Guests continue to be delighted by this grand country house – sweeping gardens, historic features, smart bedrooms, swish spa – with a warm, down-to-earth atmosphere. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Guests continue to be delighted by this grand country house – sweeping gardens, historic features, smart bedrooms, swish spa – with a warm, down-to-earth atmosphere. ‘Relaxed and unstuffy,’ comments one about this family-run hotel; ‘extremely helpful staff,' notes another. The creeper-covered hall, dating from Jacobean times, has flagged and polished-wood floors, panelled walls, an orangery dining room, and terraces overlooking walled gardens and beyond to the Robinson family’s farmland. Yet it’s ‘comfortably’ furnished with tartan carpets, tweed-covered armchairs, and walls with hunting prints and Victorian watercolours. There is plenty of space to relax, from the elegant drawing room and cosy library bar to the spa and gardens. Spacious bedrooms have a modern country house feel with calming colours, and range from the main hall, with original features and antiques, to contemporary spa bedrooms and more rustic mews and coach-house rooms. Austen Shaw's modern British menus offer an ‘excellent’ choice of dishes from roast duck or salmon with spiced risotto to tagines and pastas. ‘I’d not hesitate to stay again.’ (RW, HP)

Hotel details

Address

Gainford
Darlington
Co. Durham
DL2 3HA
England

Telephone

01325 730238

Bedrooms

38. 9 in coach house, 6 in mews, 7 in spa, 2 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 24–27 Dec.

Facilities

lift, bar, restaurant, brasserie, lounge, drawing room, private dining rooms, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, function facilities, 4-acre garden, spa, indoor pool, tennis, 9-hole golf course, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

all day in bar, restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, under-4s free, extra bed £30.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (no charge), not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £135, singles from £105. À la carte 3 courses £35.

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Special offers

Winter Escape Special Offer

Enjoy comfortable lounges, open fires, great food & wine and the relaxing spa. Available for a two night minimum stay during December*, January & February to include: Accommodation in a Main Hall, Mews or Spa room. English breakfast daily. Three course a la carte dinner each evening. Complimentary cream tea on one afternoon. Use of the spa facilities during your stay**. £105 per person per night based on a 2 night stay. £95 per person per night based on a 3 night stay. Single occupancy supplement: £40 per night. Saturday night supplement: £10 per person. Upgrades available to Main Hall Deluxe rooms and suites at additional cost. Excludes 24th December – 2nd January. **Spa use is by prior booking and subject to availability. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


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