I came here for a friend’s wedding and was really impressed. Great value at £99 per night on an offer. Considering you pay around £75-£100 for lower class hotels down south, very reasonable.
The grounds are lovely and if you want to go for a walk or run, the areas surrounding the golf course edges are ideal for this. The old house is not far up the hill too with an easy jog/stroll back down the hill by following the road back to the main reception.
The old fortress style building makes a beautiful back drop for photos.
We were in the 1st room by reception with a beautiful view into the gardens out of the patio doors.
The mix off old and modern complimented the cosy feel to the hotel. Some edges were a bit scuffed and worn, but this made it more homely. Plenty of coffee, tea and biscuits were provided. And it was no trouble to get more complimentary toiletries on request.
The honeymoon suite was like a self-contained flat, with beautiful decor and the walk in shower was lovely.
The reception was held in the Neville Suite, which opened up in the evening to extend to a large bar area with buffet along the back. The main room was transformed from the wedding breakfast to the night time disco room.
I found most of the staff really lovely. It’s a shame one lady (older blonde one-you know who you are!) let the rest of the team down. I found her quite abrupt when the reception drink on offer was orange juice or bucks fizz. Unfortunately, I cannot drink orange juice and asked if there was an alternative. The response was "the bar's over there!" I feel she maybe could have offered a glass of water? For which I did get myself from the bar. The young dark haired chap behind the bar was a lot more helpful-thank you. Apart from her rudeness, I can say the rest of the team were brilliant.
The wedding breakfast was sumptuous. Homemade minestrone soup for starters, roast beef with potatoes and veg followed by melt in your mouth toffee sponge. True hearty food and the portions were massive. Not your typical wedding fair. No one was left hungry!
The breakfast lounge was lovely with it's leather chairs and old fashioned air to it. A large selection of choice buffet style hot and cold.
I would recommend this for a getaway or any special occasion.
- 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