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

'Summer Escape' Special Offer

Summer Escape – Available throughout June, July & August. Package includes: Accommodation in a Main Hall, Spa or Mews room. English breakfast daily. Three course a la carte dinner each evening. Use of the spa facilities. Stay 3 nights or more and receive complimentary Prosecco and strawberries on one afternoon. £125 per person per night based on a 2 night stay. £115 per person per night based on a 3 night stay. Saturday night supplement – add £10 pp. Rates are based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. For single occupancy add £40 per night. Upgrade to a Main Hall Deluxe, Spa Balcony Room or Junior Suite – add £10 pppn. Upgrade to a Premier Suite – add £30 pppn. Upgrade to the Hideaway Apartment with private hot tub & garden – add £75 pppn. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


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