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“Authentic Castle stay” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lumley Castle Hotel
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Belfast, United Kingdom
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277 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Authentic Castle stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

I must admit I didn't pay for the night in castle, though I suspect other reviewers comments of it being overpriced / expensive are probably right. But, I really enjoyed it and we got lost numerous times trying to find various rooms (though added the fun of it). The library bar was brillant, literally a serving hatch in the middle of a library. We didn't eat in the restaurant but the bar food was decent. Breakfast was excellent with a wide range available.

Room Tip: We had a room int he castle rather than courtyard, but try to avoid a room near a hall over the week...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

Expected much more for the money I paid in all honesty. At £150 per night, for a pretty small room (Room 15) and an average breakfast the next day I think it was pretty overpriced. The location and building itself is great but I wouldn't return unless I really had to.

Service wasn't particularly good, no directions to our room, no one took our order at breakfast. All in all pretty disappointing from a place that I expected a lot from.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

Had another good stay at Lumley Castle, eating in the restaurant each night the foods very good

The room was well serviced and OK for a 2 night stay "it was a bit small".. They are starting to looking a bit shabby around the edges and if this is not rectified it will become tired. Just needs a bit of a update but still keeping the period features.

Reception and restaurant staff we friendly and helpful, will stay again

Room Tip: Try and stay in the new Stable Block behind the Courtyard
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

The hotel should be complimented on its wonderful, friendly and professional staff, it was a joy to be treated so well. We had a state room ( room 49 ) whereby the bathroom entrance was via the wardrobe, a really quirky feature. However, the bathroom lacked any heating whatsoever so towels could not be aired after use and a lack of lighting could be a little dodgy when shaving.

The bar staff were excellent and had a great sense of humour yet remained professional at all times. The restaurant serving both breakfast and dinner had a good ambience but the cooked breakfasts were rather basic, bland, unappetising and poorly presented. Dinners were good but limited in choice and overpriced for a 4 star hotel. As a typical English castle the menu should show more English fayre to give visitors the whole English experience. The hotel has a captive clientele as far as dining is concerned, you would have to travel to Chester-Le-Street or Durham for alternative dining, which can be a pain.

On this occasion the hotel was not very busy so our stay was very relaxing and a great place to get away from it all. Definitely recommended!

We have stayed in the castle on several occasions over the years and attended the mediaeval banquet which is a fun occasion with a good atmosphere.

Room Tip: Spend a little more and stay in a stateroom within the castle. King James suite is fantastic and roo...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013 via mobile

Very easy to find as it stands out on top of a hill. Once there your shown to your room as its very easy to get lost once inside the castle. Rooms very comfortable food good & staff always pleased to help

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights in November whilst visiting my partners relatives in Ponteland. I had always wanted to stay in a castle but in reality was disappointed. Room very small and claustrophobic, but then this is to be expected in a castle. Meal in restaurant was excellent but it's location means this is your best option. Lots of parties and weddings meant it was noisy and busy. An experience but not one I'm in a hurray to repeat.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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whitley bay
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121 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

What a fantastic tradition ,what a beautiful setting ,delicate little sandwiches lovely little sweet treats a super thing to do .Pleasant staff,only drawback one very loud man on his mobile ,swearing just not good.Nathan on reception was very helpfull getting me lots of information about stuff for kids .thank you .love this place

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Lumley Castle Hotel
Address: Chester-Le-Street, Durham DH3 4NX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Durham
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Durham
#5 Family Hotel in Durham
#5 Romantic Hotel in Durham
#7 Business Hotel in Durham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Lumley Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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Also Known As:
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Hotel Lumley Castle
Castle Lumley
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