Whilst technically in Darlington, the hotel is situated deep in the countryside, but only a few minutes from the A1M, so easy to get to and convenient for lots of places to visit within an hours travel, e.g. Newcastle, Richmond, and the North Yorkshire Moors etc.
We stayed in both the main original part (the "castle"), and the West wing. The rooms in the latter are fairly small, and there is an issue with hanging space, this being limited to some hooks on a bar on the wall, and which broke off! Beds are "cosy" if one is used to a larger version. Overall though, those rooms are adequate for purpose, and reasonable value.
The rooms in the Castle are significantly better, which is obviously reflected in the price. Not only did we have a four poster bed, but the "living" part of the room was in a large bay window giving really nice views and ample space.
Breakfast was really good with a wide choice of options. Dinner can be taken in either the restaurant or the bar. We only used the bar as we didn't need a 3 course meal, and there are good enough options to cater for most needs. Chicken Parmesan there is excellent!!
Did someone say the Staff weren't friendly? Certainly not our experience, as almost without exception they were keen to help AND friendly! Take a bow, Jan, Auriele, Alex and Mary in particular!! less