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... appetites further and we are already thinking about our next adventure to Scotland. Edinburgh and the North of England have been very interesting and provided the cultural and historical elements to our trip. All that remains now is to thank you all for reading and commenting on our blogs and to Len for providing the taxi service between Taunton and Bristol and of course a very large pile of washing! Until the next adventure... ...
... Day Twenty Four entry). We enjoyed a good chat with him as we carried on into Bellingham ( pronounced Belling- gym!), a very pretty largish village that has clearly prospered from tourism. As we were early, Peter went off to find his support team and we settled down with a tea/mocha and a newspaper for an hour's catch up. Tonight we are staying a further two miles out of Bellingham, at ...
... place, and probably worth a revisit one day. A quick stop off at the postbox (surely we still had enough time to send a postcard or two?) and before we knew what was really happening we were back on the road. Ok, so perhaps we'd spent a little longer at the castle then we really should've done. It was almost 40 minutes passed the safe crossing time! One of two things was about to happen, either: 1) The water would be too high and we'd have to stay on the island for another six ...
... many cousins etc together. Consequently we had a fabulous afternoon at Dorothy's , with cousins Dorothy, Sue and Bob, Lesley and Jennifer. Some of their children, Andrea,Jonathon and Glyn and Dorothy's grandchild Rowan. Obviously Andrea met all of them for the first time and felt very welcomed into the family. We had a great lunch, thanks Dorothy, and an even better catch up. Later in the evening we went out with most of them again to ...
... the boarder. Luckily we didn't know exactly when we'd crossed the border, if we had we may just have decided to stop and not bother crossing. A quick detour to Holy Island which seems like a great place, but we didn't get any time to properly explore due to the rising tide and the risk of being caught on the island for 4 or 5 hours, so we will do our tidal homework tonight and plan our visit for some time tomorrow. One reason we chose to stay in the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lumley Castle Hotel Durham
I intended to book here for a special occasion, (I was looking to book a large number of rooms and a function suite), but found the advise and help I got via my email correspondance so appaling that I booked elsewhere.
To me first impressions are everything, and if a hotel of this supposed standard and cost can't even respond to a couple of email queries properly then I don't waste my time offering them my business!
Too dark for us!
We stayed in this hotel in a courtyard room for two nights which was well appointed but frightingly small and dark. We had some trouble putting away our suitcases because of the lack of space. Furthermore, inside the Castle (corridors, public space) it was also very, very dark (the meeting rooms do not have windows at all!).
Breakfast was good, and most of the staff were friendly and on the outside the castle and the courtyard looked very picturesque. Nevertheless, we will not return there: it's way too dark for us!
We were treated to a night here, with dinner in the black knight resturant, by my mother for my husbands birthday, and it was wonderful. She treated us to the king James Suite which comprised of a living room with Tv, dvd, video and tea/coffee making equipment. there were also a selection of boxed games. A bathroom with wirlpool bath and shower. A sink room complete with tiny narrow arrow shooting windows, seperate toilet off the bed room and a fabulous bedroom with giant 20 foot 4 poster bed and cathedral ceilings. Included in the package she booked, in the living room we had a bottle of champange, flowers and chocolates and a bottle of mead. The hotel also did a turn down servise, and the bins were emptied and used cups/glasses replaced while we were at dinner.
I would highly recommend this hotel if you would like to stay in an authentic medieval castle that was renovated by Vanbrough. The service was unfailingly helpful and polite. I felt that the porter really deserved his tip after uncomplainingly carrying our luggage up the twisting medieval staircases! Stay in the Castle itself, rather than the extension in the converted stables if you want the best Castle atmosphere (although I imagine the extension is fine). The decoration, although slightly eccentric (maids in Victorian caps etc) made a change from the frequent blandness of hotel interiors. I particularly liked the old books, and found a fascinating children's History of England by Dickens that I am now trying to find again to buy. And of course the bathrooms are not medieval - we had a large one with a comfortable Victorian style bath. It is not too far from Durham Cathedral if you have a car which is definitely worth a visit.All in all, highly recommended.
Awsome place to stay!
I treated myself to a stay at this wonderfully medieval castle and was not dissappointed! I had one of the castle feature rooms (worth the extra tarriff) - four poster bed all decked in rich burgundy fabrics, inset windows with heavy drapes, oak panelling, claw foot tub and period furniture. Amazing! The service was superb. If your looking for that "castle" experience, stay here!
My partner and I stayed at Lumley Castle in December 2003. In a word: amazing. This really isn't an ordinary place to stay. Sitting imposingly high on a hill near Chester-le-Street, Durham it certainly looks the part and doesn't fail to deliver. The castle is immaculately turned out- all deep reds, velvet, and oak-panelled walls. Once you enter the reception area you immediately realise this is something special- the atmosphere is a wonderful (and possibly unique) combination of medieval yet luxurious surroundings. The hotel is full of dimly-lit corridors and winding staircases which may or may not lead you to the wonderful library-come bar in which friendly and polite staff seem only too happy to assist. If this were not enough, the staff all dress in period costume. Corny? Not at all- it all just seems to fit somehow.
Put simply... WOW! Never stayed in a more amazing hotel than this... Ideal for business conferences or romantic weekends away.
An old castle, with all the charm and spookiness you would expect.
There are rooms out in the courtyard which are nice and comfortable, but are not actually in the castle. Get a castle room if possible, they come in all shapes and sizes..with heavy curtains, deep medieval colours and old artifacts in the corridors. Our room was up a narrow spiral stair case. Breakfasts are superb, definately worth the visit.
Very handy if you are coming to durham cricket ground, just over the road.
Excellent hotel set within beautiful castle and grounds, sympathetically furnished. Steeped in history and good food and wine.
Best hotel in area by far.