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Lumley Castle Hotel
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 August 2013

We booked to feature rooms with four poster beds. Our daughters got room 46. This was the room that Shane Watson (Australian test cricketer) was put into when there was some to do about ghosts! Indeed, room 46 is where the priests tortured & murdered Lily of Lumley and dropped her body down the well.

Anyway, we also booked dinner. We enjoyed a bottle of Prosecco in the bar whilst our steak order was being prepared. I ordered a 14oz rib eye, on the bone - cooked medium to ensure that the fat seam does its job. Just beautiful (helped with a bottle of Merlot). The wife and daughters had medium rare sirloin steaks, equally excellent, they said.

Next morning, the cooked breakfast was served quickly and I had a Kipper. It was amazing - a whole kipper expertly de- boned. First class.

The staff were brilliant and were all beautifully spoken locals.

Brilliant.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

we live about 40 minutes drive from here and I booked this as a treat for my husband and I. It cost £79 for both of us b & b and we knew that we were in a courtyard room rather than the actual castle. Check in was 3pm and we arrived at 2.45, hoping we might be able to check in early, some hope!! We arrived to find 2 wedding parties milling around and a very pleasant lady on reception told us our room would be ready 'in about half an hour' (ie late but no actual apology was made for this). It was a nice day so we sat in a little inner courtyard and enjoyed 'people watching'. Husband went back to reception at 3.20, to be told it would be 'another few minutes, maybe come back in half an hour'. We were finally given the keys at about 3.55.No actual apology was made and as there were 2 weddings going on we didn't say anything. The courtyard area is lovely but the first part, what looks to be the original stable block is situated around a car park and we were apprehensive that this would be noisy (however I suspect these rooms might have been better?). But to get to our room (no 81) we went through a door in the stable block and outside to another much quieter courtyard surrounded by a newish looking building built in the style of the other older block. Our room was TINY, room for the bed and a tiny window and not much else. The bathroom was nice and quite spacious, there was an extra little 'offshoot' which doubled as a 'walk in wardrobe' but this was quite awkward to get to, having to shuffle past the dressing table to get to it. The bed was very comfortable, however we stay extensively in travel lodges and premier inns and have just spent a few days in a premier inn in London, paying £70 per night B & B for us and our 2 children and we had to admit that the premier inn room was better. We walked into chester le street (about 15 minutes) where there are lots of pubs and a nice indian restaurant called the Himalayan and then got a taxi back. Breakfast was 'nice', no more than that. I agree with the previous review that the location of the serve yourself cereals & continental breakfast was awkward. Orders for cooked breakfast were taken at the table and it was very nice but nothing special .We had to ask for butter as there was none at the table and we spent quite a long time trying to catch someone's eye to come and take our order. The lady who took our order repeated it back to us but when the breakfasts arrived, my order was wrong The dining room is lovely and it was busy but there were loads of staff, some clearing tables when we were trying to catch their eye. We both agreed that the orange juice tasted 'suspect'!! Best comparison I can give is when we were running out at home once and I tried to water it down a bit!!! We would consider going back to stay in one of the castle rooms but would not stay in the courtyard rooms.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We attended our nephew's wedding reception in the Castle and it was a lovely venue, with plenty of old world character and an interesting history that provided a genuine ambience of days gone by. Our room was in the courtyard- I suspect that these were the former stables, it was rather small and dark and there were a fair number of stairs to negotiate with all our luggage. However, it was clean and the bed was comfortable but if we were to return, we would prefer one of the larger, (albeit, more expensive) rooms, in the castle itself. The food that was served for the wedding supper was OK - the breakfast was very good- lots of choices and the restaurant itself provided a real "castle" atmosphere. Overall, an enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: If you are there during a hot spell- the second story rooms in the courtyard, are NOT a good choice...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

I booked this for myself , husband and 2 friends from Australia ,as a special treat ,
She could not believe the castle ,
800 yrs old ,We stayed in the castle , They were 2 weddings going on .
The service that the staff give us was superb, so friendly , the meals fantastic,
Breakfast had every thing you could want for
We were on the first floor our friends on the 2nd floor, Both rooms were beautiful,
The bathrooms spotless , the towels so soft and fluff,
We are thinking of returning for a banquet meal with some other friends nearer to Christmas.
No pool or gym , but I do not think they were around 800yrs ago

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 August 2013 via mobile

I've been a couple of times to the banquet nights and stayed plus I stayed on business as well. It's a lovely place to get your head down. Nice and quiet with comfortable rooms, it is expensive but I think it's worth it as a treat.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

My parents purchased the voucher for us available for a 1 night stay for 2 in the court yard so we decided to go mid week. Easy booking and checking in, friendly staff and helpful. Our courtyard room was in theme of the hotel but was in need of a little tlc but the bed was comfortable and clean. With the voucher we qualified for 20% discount off our restaurant bill so we booked in for evening meal. We were both very impressed with the food, it was absolutely delicious and very elegantly presented. The staff were friendly and attentive and approachable. We had soup and tai fish cakes for starters, chicken dishes for mains and chocolate dessert. The food was amazing, so delicious!
Breakfast is served in the restaurant which I love as the room has so much character. Menu choices were available for eg, eggs benedict etch, though for cereals, fruit juice,etc we had to go into the hall way as that's where the tables were set out. This proved to be a hustle as other were trying to pass and serve themselves and no order which was just awkward.
Overall is was a pleasant stay but would not be rushing to book the courtyard hotel room but will return for the restaurant.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

First time I have ever stayed in a castle, impressive drive up to the hotel and a late check in. My bedroom was situated in one of the outer building No 41 not the actual castle probably old stables, the room was themed on Olde world not really my cup of team but the room was spacious and well equipped.

The lock opening the bedroom door was very stiff and felt as if the key might snap and the mattress was a little lumpy...might have been stuffed with straw for authenticity !!

The bar and reception staff where all dressed in medieval dress which holiday stayers seem to love, we got to the bar at 7pm but were told a table in the restaurant wasn't available until 8pm so a bit of a wait.

The menu was great which matched the food when it arrived it was delicious and the restaurant was packed. We also stayed for breakfast and again it was great and very cheery staff.

One word of advise to the hotel....clear up your reception area behind the desk doesn't look professional when storing a vacuum and mops put in a cupboard out of site !!

Room Tip: Perhaps ask for one in the actual castle, I booked through expotel o the company and the price was o...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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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: £69 - £181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lumley Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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