Country pursuits and loads of rooms at this County Durham estate
This fantastic listed country House is wonderfully peaceful and relaxing. Burnhopeside Hall was built by inventor William Hedley – his ‘Puffing Billy’ steam train is in the National Science Museum – and is set in 18 acres of gardens and woodland, with a further 475 acres – and a mile of river – included in the wider estate.
The house itself is warm and comfortable. In the cooler months open log fires in all downstairs rooms make the full-sized snooker table and grand piano irresistible temptations, while in summer the grounds take centre stage, with extensive terraces, a croquet-ready lawn, a walled kitchen garden and fields hosting free range pigs, chickens, ducks and geese. This is somewhere you can stable your horses, kennel your dogs (or bed them down in your room), and generally settle in to life on the estate. Hunting and clay pigeons are on your doorstep, with winter shooting on request.
Accommodation in the main house in four large and comfortable bedrooms, all with superking beds and modern en-suite bathrooms. Two further bedrooms, both en-suite, are in a self-contained cottage at one end of the house. This has its own entrance and the rooms can be rented individually on a B&B bais, or together as a self-catering unit: the cottage has a lovely sitting room and well-equipped kitchen.
There’s further accommodation on the top floor, which can be rented as a two-bedroom self-catered apartment sleeping six, and further self-catering accommodation for 10 in a detached farmhouse villa, with five elegantly appointed en-suite double rooms, its own kitchen, dining and sitting rooms, terrace and lawn.
There’s total flexibility here. Have a dog? No problem. Three are two resident spaniels that are sure to make your dog welcome, and they can stay in your room or out in the kennels. Want a packed lunch or an evening meal? Just ask. Evening meals can be arranged in the main house for B&B guests or those staying in the self-catering properties, but advance notice is needed as all ingredients will be fresh and locally-sourced: there are no frozen meals here.
With such a range of accommodation options Burnhopeside Hall can cater for extended reunions or larger groups, or just individual travellers after a country experience within easy range of town.
Burnhopeside Hall B&B suggests:
Burnhopeside Hall is listed on the Online Travel Agent sites – such as Booking.com and Hotels.com – but they take a huge commission and will never undercut the rates we can offer to guests who book direct. Prices listed are for a single night, with discounts offered for longer stays. A phone call or email is all it takes to make a booking or find out more.
- Building of Historical Interest
- Children by Arrangement
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Packed Lunch
- Snooker/Billiards Room
- Adventure Park
- Museums & Galleries
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Places of Historical Interest
- Train Station
Price per room, per night, based on two sharing with breakfast
£120 - £145
Single Occupancy £85
Self-catering in the cottage (sleeps 4) £220 per night
Self catering in the Apartment (sleeps 6) £150 per night
Self catering in the Farmhouse (sleeps 10) £300 per night
Prices for a single night. Discounted rates will apply to longer stays.
Burnhopeside Hall is set just seven miles west of Durham City, with its University, Cathedral, Castle and Botanic Gardens. It is perfectly placed for exploring the North Pennines, the Beamish Museum (with a working replica of Hedley's 'Puffing Billy' train) and the twin centres of Newcastle and Gateshead. Hadrian's Wall is in easy reach and there are a number of golf courses in the immediate area.
"We had a superb 2 night stay here. The old house is beautifully cared for, and the rooms are well decorated, very spacious, warm and cosy. We were made to feel very welcome, and loved the relaxed feel to the place, including being allowed to walk the owners dogs along the river! Add in a comfy bed and great breakfast and we left feeling very relaxed. We hope to be back soon"
Chris, London, September 2020
Eviivo Hidden Gem Award, Booking.com, hotels.com and Tripadvisor Guest awards, Good Hotel Guide 2021.
- Bio : Christine Hewitt was born and grew up at Burnhopeside Hall when it was already operating as a B&B, so when - after a career as a barrister - she returned to her family home it seemed natural to return to hosting guests and house parties. So, after a period of major renovation, that's exactly what she did.