27 rooms from £125 per night
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“A handsome, creeper-covered coaching inn, set back from a main road and surrounded by fields. Some rooms are decorated in dark wood four posters and thick textiles, others are modern, light and airy. All are comfortable. Reviving weary travellers with its excellent restaurant and quirky spa. ”

“A handsome, creeper-covered coaching inn, set back from a main road and surrounded by fields. Some rooms are decorated in dark wood four posters and thick textiles, others are modern, light and airy. All are comfortable. Reviving weary travellers with its excellent restaurant and quirky spa. ”

Hotel Review

A classic coaching inn, this is the perfect stop-over when travelling between Yorkshire and the Lake District, or between Scotland and the south: close to the A1, and right beside the A66. And it’s got pedigree; Charles Dickens, it’s said, stayed here when researching ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ for which he took inspiration from a school at nearby Bowes near Barnard Castle. A large and handsome Georgian building, it’s comfortably traditional with plenty of leather Chesterfields, hunting prints and a formal, panelled dining room. The food, however, is surprisingly contemporary and inventive - strong on local sourcing and with nice touches such as quirky amuse-bouches - and well-deserving of its two AA rosettes. The bar bistro serves more standard pub dishes. Even if you eat in the dining room, do check it out for the entertaining murals of Dickensian characters. Another surprise is the spa. On the site of an old garage, it has a motoring theme - Formula One facials, for example - and a funky style, with hot and cold plunge pools, an outdoor hot tub and a shepherd hut’s sauna. Bedrooms are fresh and simple with country-pine furnishings; those in the courtyard or with open beams have the most character. Although you can’t avoid traffic sounds from the A66, there are pretty gardens to relax in, and walks across the surrounding fields. The French-chateau-style Bowes Museum, with its breath-taking art, decorative art and textile collections, and the antique shops of Barnard Castle are a 10-minute drive while the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales are around an hour away.
Recommended for
  • Country Escape
  • Located between the Tees Valley and the Yorkshire Dales: the best of the British countryside.
  • Spa breaks
  • The quirky 'Garage Spa' boasts modern amenities and indulgent treatments.
 

Written by Helen Pickles

Recommended For

  • Country Escape
  • Located between the Tees Valley and the Yorkshire Dales: the best of the British countryside.
  • Sights nearby
  • Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and Egglestone Abbey are all within easy reach.
  • Spa breaks
  • The quirky 'Garage Spa' boasts modern amenities and indulgent treatments.
  • Local markets
  • The market town of Barnard Castle is lined with antique shops.
  • Great walks
  • The North Pennines are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Other Activities
  • Afternoon Tea is a treat for sweet tooths.
  • Roof terrace
  • Wedding license
  • Family Suites
  • Country House
  • Conference facilities
  • Free wifi
  • Restaurant
  • Boutique
  • Inn
  • Quirky
  • Village
  • Child friendly
  • Disabled access
  • Wellbeing
  • Luxury
  • Four poster beds
  • Spa

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Bar
  • Safe
  • Roof terrace
  • Wedding license
  • Family Suites
  • Fireplace
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Meeting Room
  • Cots available
  • Massage
  • Conference facilities
  • Free wifi
  • Wifi
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Child friendly
  • Sitting Room
  • Room service
  • Disabled access
  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge
  • Four poster beds
  • Spa

Activities

  • Sights nearby
  • Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and Egglestone Abbey are all within easy reach.
  • Local markets
  • The market town of Barnard Castle is lined with antique shops.
  • Great walks
  • The North Pennines are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Other Activities
  • Afternoon Tea is a treat for sweet tooths.

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