Headlam Hall

Darlington, Co. Durham

The real charm of this grand country house, with sweeping gardens, terraces, oak panelling and swish spa, lies in its warm and informal atmosphere. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The real charm of this grand country house, with sweeping gardens, terraces, oak panelling and swish spa, lies in its warm and informal atmosphere. Staff ‘really looked after us and made us welcome’, says one reader. ‘A comfortable and homely place to stay,’ comments a long-time fan. Run by the Robinsons, a local farming family, the creeper-covered 17th-century hall has flagged and polished-wood floors, panelled walls, an orangery brasserie, and terraces overlooking walled gardens. Yet there’s nothing stuffy about the interiors, with their tartan carpets, tweed-covered armchairs, walls with hunting prints and Victorian watercolours. There is plenty of space to relax in, from the elegant drawing room and fire-warmed library bar to the spa and gardens. Spacious bedrooms have a modern country house feel, and range from ones in the main hall, with original features and antiques, to contemporary spa bedrooms and more rustic mews and coach-house rooms. The ‘excellent’ Modern British menus offer ‘variety and value’ from roast venison or cod with Thai-spiced prawns to pasta and risotto. ‘We will visit again.’ (Alwyn and Thelma Ellis, and others)

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. 1 s/c apartment with hot tub.

Open

all year except 24–27 Dec.

Facilities

lift, bar-restaurant, brasserie, lounge, drawing room, private dining rooms, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, 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, children's high tea, no under-7s in restaurant in evening.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £145, singles from £115. À la carte 3 courses £40.

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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**. £115 per person per night based on a 2 night stay. £105 per person per night based on a 3 night stay. Single occupancy supplement: £50 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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