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“A picture-book castle that oozes atmosphere, from the tower bedrooms to the vaulted dining room. Expect thick walls, lavish decorations, four-poster beds, plus a touch of drama with the costumed staff and evening banquets.”

“A picture-book castle that oozes atmosphere, from the tower bedrooms to the vaulted dining room. Expect thick walls, lavish decorations, four-poster beds, plus a touch of drama with the costumed staff and evening banquets.”

Hotel Review

At the top of a slope above the River Wear, this 14th-century castle has a commanding position - and very handy, too, for international cricket at Durham County’s ground which lies just beneath. All towers, battlements and courtyards, inside it doesn’t disappoint; it is rich, warm and dark with flagged floors, lavish drapes, gilt-framed paintings, the odd spiral staircase and staff in medieval costume. Full of nooks and crannies and corridors that don’t lead where you expect, it’s very easy to get lost. Rooms are spread between the castle, courtyard stabling and mews cottages. Although the castle rooms have more original features - wood panelling, deep-set window seats - all bedrooms are large and handsomely tricked out in medieval style, with richly patterned wallpapers, deep colours and acres of fabric. Courtyard rooms, many with exposed rafters, have views of the castle; mews rooms are the quietest. The largest rooms have four-poster beds or baths theatrically set on a dais behind curtains. The top castle rooms are awash with swags and pelmets, some with bathrooms behind secret doors; huge fun. Food is traditional English with a twist; as well as 21-day dry-aged steaks, for example, you might find pan-fried turbot with shellfish or guinea fowl with smoked-garlic potato cake. It’s skilful cooking but not fussy. And the dining-room is all you’d want from a castle: stone pillars, vaulted ceiling and soft candles. Don’t miss the proper afternoon teas served in the library. And if your stay coincides with an Elizabethan banquet or murder mystery dinner, well, who knows what might happen...
Recommended for
  • Families
  • Well behaved children will love the history of this 14th century castle.
 

Written by Helen Pickles

Recommended For

  • Other Activities
  • Cricket fans might wish to catch a match at Durham County grounds, located just beneath the hotel.
  • Sights nearby
  • Durham Cathedral and Castle are architecturally impressive and historically interesting.
  • Hotel Entertainment
  • Elizabethan Banquets and murder mystery dinners are all the rage at Lumley Castle.
  • Families
  • Well behaved children will love the history of this 14th century castle.
  • Museums
  • Beamish Open-Air Museum is well worth a visit.
  • Fishing
  • Catch a fish supper in the nearby River Wear.
  • Golf
  • Chester-Le-Street Golf Club is moments away.
  • Child friendly
  • All children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
  • Full of character
  • Wedding license
  • Free wifi
  • Historic
  • Antiques
  • Disabled access
  • Luxury
  • Four poster beds
  • Restaurant

Facilities

  • Child friendly
  • All children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
  • Bar
  • Wedding license
  • Fireplace
  • Meeting Room
  • Cots available
  • No pets
  • Private dining room
  • Safe
  • Free wifi
  • Garden
  • Sitting Room
  • Room service
  • Disabled access
  • Concierge
  • Four poster beds
  • Wifi
  • Restaurant

Activities

  • Other Activities
  • Cricket fans might wish to catch a match at Durham County grounds, located just beneath the hotel.
  • Sights nearby
  • Durham Cathedral and Castle are architecturally impressive and historically interesting.
  • Hotel Entertainment
  • Elizabethan Banquets and murder mystery dinners are all the rage at Lumley Castle.
  • Museums
  • Beamish Open-Air Museum is well worth a visit.
  • Fishing
  • Catch a fish supper in the nearby River Wear.
  • Golf
  • Chester-Le-Street Golf Club is moments away.

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Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Lumley Castle Hotel provides a no ordinary experience from arrival to departure. The beautiful grounds situated in the historical town of Durham oozes true British culture.

What is there to do in the area?
Lumley Castle is close to many local attractions such as the historical town of Durham and also Newcastle too. Beamish Museum and the Life Centre being popular for many guests. Being very close to the A1 ensures easy access.

What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Lumley Castle offers Full English or continental breakfasts.

Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Our most popular room types are Castle Feature Rooms. All rooms are individually designed and decorated so no two are the same.

What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms?
Yes, we can fit extra beds in some rooms and we welcome families.

What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Come along to Lumley Castle for a 'No Ordinary' experience!

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