A restful stay in a charming period house.
Low Jobs Hill Crook Durham DL15 9AB 01388 762 473
For some relaxed country elegance, put yourself in the hands of Jill and Rupert Richardson, who run lovely Dowfold House with a light but welcoming touch. It's a Victorian property of great charm – built originally for the local mine-owner – and sits high on a panoramic site in Crook, with sweeping views over Weardale and the North Pennines. Even so, you're only 20 minutes from Durham, and handily placed for onward adventures in the dales. A log fire and homemade biccies welcome winter visitors, while in summer you'll be invited to make the most of the views from the lawn. After a quiet night in one of three tranquil rooms, the Dowfold breakfast is unleashed upon you – an award-winning ensemble of locally sourced produce, homemade bread and preserves, and seasonal fruit including handpicked hedgerow berries. It's all served just-so, on polished tables and fine china, and the country-house feel extends to afternoon tea in the garden and a game of croquet.
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It's off the A690, 9 miles southwest of Durham, at Low Jobs Hill (or Hillcrest on some SatNavs).
Open all year.