The 17th Century Redworth Hall Hotel, situated in the heart of County Durham around a ten minute drive from Junction 58 of the A1(M), is known locally as the haunt of Premier League footballers and an 18th century ghost. Which is the most frightening has not been recorded.
Despite many modern additions, such as a swimming pool, fitness suite and a collection of relatively newly built rooms which take the number available up to 143, the hotel retains much of its character. The reception and residents lounge, the front section of the dining room, the residents bar and the Great Hall- used primarily for functions- are all located in the original building and provide a sense of history and charm that many other hotels would envy. That said, if you’re considering a stay, you might wish to enjoy the public areas of the old building but sleep in the more modern extension.
That isn’t to say that the rooms in the old building aren’t comfortable; they come with an excellent king sized bed, spa bath and lovely views over the lawns at the front of the hotel. But they also come with very high ceilings which can make them difficult to keep warm during cold weather, and very noisy old oak floorboards outside, which announce the passing of every guest. Additionally your proximity to the Great Hall and reception areas might mean that your sleep is disturbed by other guests arriving at the hotel, or by any functions going on nearby. If you ever wondered why King Charles II wasn’t known for his love of disco music, one night in a room at the front of the building during a wedding reception would educate you!
If you’re dining, the restaurant has an AA rosette and a good reputation. The busiest service of the day-as always- is breakfast, and it is a self-service arrangement, utilising a buffet area that divides the old dining room from a much larger recent addition. But if you don’t like what the buffet has to offer, or you’d just like something different, you can order from an additional breakfast menu courtesy of the ever helpful staff.
If you’re an active type, as well as the aforementioned pool and fitness suite there are outdoor tennis courts and, for those who want to emulate Rory McIlroy but don’t have the talent, there is crazy golf on the lawn! There is also an outdoor children’s play area, and a great deal of walking available in the local area. If you are indeed an enthusiastic walker you can even bring your dog; Redworth Hall also caters for our canine companions.
Top Tips: Look out for special offers- this can be an expensive place to stay but the group it belongs to regularly offers deals. If you can, get an included breakfast. Finally, ask for a modern room rather than one in the old building- you can see the old building at your leisure, but unless you value character over sleep you’re better off with modern!
Nearby attractions: Redworth Hall is well situated for visiting the City of Durham, in which is located what is perhaps the most beautiful Cathedral in the UK, a historic castle and gorgeous river walks. The little town of Shildon- the birthplace of the railways, whatever the history books might say- is now home of an offshoot of the National Railway Museum and is only three miles from the hotel. Medieval Raby Castle, the market towns of Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle, and the beauties of North Yorkshire are all within a thirty minute drive.
Website: Redworth Hall Hotel
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