Headlam Hall

Darlington, Co. Durham

The real charm of this grand country house, with sweeping gardens, terraces, oak panelling and swish spa, lies in its warm and informal atmosphere. More

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The real charm of this grand country house, with sweeping gardens, terraces, oak panelling and swish spa along with ‘a convenient location in a hamlet a few miles from the A1’ lies in its warm and informal atmosphere. ‘The staff were courteous and friendly, the atmosphere – very much country house – relaxing and congenial,’ says one reader. Run by the Robinsons, a local farming family, the creeper-covered 17th-century hall has flagged and polished-wood floors, panelled walls, an orangery brasserie, terraces overlooking walled gardens. Yet there’s nothing stuffy about the interiors, with tartan carpets and comfortable tweed-covered armchairs. There is plenty of space to relax in, from the elegant drawing room and fire-warmed library bar to the spa and gardens. Bedrooms have a modern country-house feel, and range from ones in the main hall, with original features and antiques, to contemporary spa bedrooms and more rustic mews and coach-house rooms. Don’t book one near the kitchen if fan noise bothers you. The ‘excellent’ Modern British menus offer ‘variety and value’ from slow braised belly of pork to fresh broad bean pasta. (Simon Tonking, A and T Ellis)

Hotel details

Address

Gainford
Darlington
Co. Durham
DL2 3HA
England

Telephone

01325 730238

Bedrooms

38. 9 in coach house, 6 in mews, 7 in spa, 2 suitable for disabled. 1 s/c apartment with hot tub.

Open

all year except 24–27 Dec.

Facilities

lift, bar-restaurant, brasserie, lounge, drawing room, private dining rooms, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, 4-acre garden, spa, indoor pool, tennis, 9-hole golf course, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

all day in bar, restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, under-4s free, extra bed £120, children's high tea, no under-7s in restaurant in evening.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (no charge), not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £185, singles from £155. À la carte 3 courses £52.

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Comments about Headlam Hall

Upon arrival it was good to see a familiar face at reception. The room was up to the usual excellent standard we have come to expect at this hotel. It was apparent that there had been staff changes but the longer serving members continued to transfer their enthusiasm to the newcomers with their ability to make guests feel welcome and at home. The head chef, Austen Shaw, has obviously a good team in the kitchen; the quality of the food again up to its excellent standard. No doubt the hotel has endured a difficult period during the lockdown but based upon our latest experience has reopened and continued with its rationale of providing a comfortable and homely place to stay. - Alwyn and Thelma Ellis - October 2021
Our stay could not have been better - lovely and extremely helpful staff, an excellent dinner superbly cooked, a delightful room and what a beautiful hotel in such glorious surroundings. - Ralph Wilson - July 2019
Amazing service from start to finish. The whole stay was wonderful and we would highly recommend a visit. Thank you to all the staff for making our stay a special one. - Joel Thomas Hall - March 2019

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