Lumley Castle Hotel

B1284, Chester-le-Street, DH3 4NX, England

This is a real Norman castle, right down to the dungeons and maze of dark flagstone corridors—one room even has a bathroom hidden behind a bookcase. Antiques and rich fabrics lend the rooms a sumptuous feel. Those in the courtyard annex are less expensive, but also less atmospheric. Join in the merriment of the Friday and Saturday Elizabethan banquets (£35; two goblets of wine and two of mead included!) or dine in the modern and surprisingly inexpensive Black Knight. The hotel is just east of Chester-le-Street, about 8 miles north of Durham.

PROS

  • great for antiques lovers
  • festive meals
  • good value for such a historic place

CONS

  • it's easy to get lost down the winding corridors

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Intimate
Countryside
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0191-389–1111

HOTEL DETAILS

59 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals

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