Lumley Castle Hotel
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... Tynemouth Village, a sweet little place dominated by a castle and priory ruin om the headland (just the place to make one despair if sent here unwillingly).
The Captain and Navigator used the lunch break for some serious cartography.
Cath has been searching for the last bus to Wallsend but is still to find it. None of them seem that full here. (Bernie can explain - its a rhyming slang type thing from the Hunter - "as full as the last bus to Wallsend"
Ferry is definitely the way to go to Europe (saves that long drive South plus cost of fuel) providing you can go out of season and early in the week (price doubles nearer Friday)
Very relaxed at both ends, Wait in the queue, have a sandwich lunch and tea in the van and be guided in by ...
... over to TGI Fridays close by also. Omg, it was so good to see David after all these years. What an amazing man. Totally loved by me and my kids. A long day driving to London tomorrow. Starting to wish I'd organised to drop the car off here and train to ...
... with reserved seats and tables.i waznt inpresed. Once ine new castle we checked i to the hostel and brought a pizza for 2 pound. Cheepedt pizza in the world. It wad good too. We then looked for accmidatio. The following night and our bad lucked continued. Ther was a marathon race o. Sunday and everything was booked out. So we looked at options Sheppo court a train back to ...
... will be leaping through my chest to make their escape. It's scary exciting, I'm nervously giddy. I can't wait to wander down Beale Street and along Music Row, to see world famous artists and total unknowns, to sip cocktails and drive through dry counties. I know millions of people travel every day and a couple of weeks in America for them is no big deal but for me.....despite all the bravado, tenacity and confidence I can put on in the boardroom......it's ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.