“Once you arrive at Headlam Hall, chances are you will ditch plans for local walks and local exploring, and just hang around. It has all the country-house-hotel attributes - spa, golf, tennis, gardens, library and newspapers - but done in a relaxed, unstuffy way. Possibly because it is owned by a family of long-established farming folks, and things are done with a personal touch.
A Jacobean core with Georgian and Victorian additions - and in the centre of the hamlet of Headlam - the house looks the part, with creeper-covered walls, leaded windows, gravel terrace, and lawned gardens with ornamental canal. Inside, there’s a comfortable, unfussy style with tartan carpets and rugs covering stone-flagged or wooden floors, Chesterfields and tweedy chairs, a grand piano in the panelled main hall, pretty chairs in the elegant drawing room, and walls crammed with hunting prints and Victorian watercolours.
Bedrooms are modern country-house with light colours, more tartans, a mix of contemporary and antique furnishings, and swish bathrooms. Airy and uncluttered, you can choose the main house, converted stable block, mews cottages or spa; all have good views.
Once you’ve spa-d, golfed, read the papers, taken a turn around the gardens, scoffed afternoon tea - even borrowed a classic car for a spin in the country - eat either in the contemporary-style Orangery or the more intimate dining room on a Modern British menu. Or eat simple classic dishes in the bar. A true country escape.”
Written by Helen Pickles
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
For relaxation, peaceful countryside and the friendly service
What is there to do in the area?
Beyond our spa, golf and tennis there is great walking and cycling and historic local attractions such as Raby Castle, Bowes Museum and Durham City.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Full English with local produce
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Lunch and dinner is served daily in the hotel and the spa brasserie serves lunch/snacks daily as well.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
It really depends on guests requirements – main hall rooms offer period charm, Mews rooms are perfect for dogs and the spa rooms have direct access to the pool via lift.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
Children can enjoy tennis and golf with our resident PGA Pro being an accredited County Junior coach. We have a number of family bedrooms and can let adjoining rooms in the Mews as family suites.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Headlam Hall is an authentic family run country house with local staff who care and an atmosphere that is very much a home from home feeling.”