Myself & three golfing mates had won a round of golf at the fabulous Matfen Hall golf course near Newcastle. Last week we took advantage of the better weather to play this round but, having travelled some distance to get there we wanted another venue to play the following day. Another golfing buddy suggested this hotel and course. He was not wrong, having driven down from Matfen we checked into high quality rooms with all the amenities of an 5 star resort. We had been given our £25 per person voucher for the Rib/Steak restaurant (I had pre-booked DB&B and a round of golf) and we had sufficient time to take advantage of their courtesy transport (Thanks Colin!) for a quick look at the small city of Durham and have a couple of swift pints before attempting the steaks.
Any serious meat eater will not be disappointed with what is on offer. The four of us selected the chateaubriand between each pair served most efficiently by one of the senior waiters who was due to take up a new post on the hotel management. Washed down by a couple of bottles of reasonably priced fine red wine and a post dinner drink in the well stocked bar we retired to large and comfortable beds. Breakfast followed a good night's sleep, then on to the golf course. They have 27 holes currently with another 18 in construction. You have to know that all four of us are seriously well travelled golfers. The design and condition of the course attached to this hotel is far and away the best we have ever played. It is right up there with the very best if private members courses. Congratulations to whoever thought of and more importantly paid for this, it is stunning. Sadly we only had time for 18 holes BUT as someone once said in a film 'we will be back!'
Similar to other reports they have got everything right at the Ramside, especially the golf course. Thank you for a short but great stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Durham's only silver awarded AA rated and 4 star hotel. Set in a unique location, surrounded by 350 acres of private grounds with two 18 hole Championship golf courses, a purpose built luxury on-site spa complex, four bars and award-winning restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramside Hall Hotel And Golf Club
- Ramside Hall Durham