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Farnley Tower
Ranked #19 of 41 Durham B&B and Inns
Reviewed 11 July 2014

The staff are friendly and helpful. No trouble with noise. The place is wonderful! The town center is a 30 min walk and from there everything is at hand! Lee arrived on a Monday when the restaurant is closed so we were down about that.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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farnleytower, Management at Farnley Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2014

Dear Dily

Thanks for a fab review!
We are happy to hear you enjoyed for stay with us. Please note the DH1 restaurant is closed on a sunday and monday.

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Reviewed 11 July 2014

an old property turned into a nice fancy hotel with a lot of character, the restaurant is stunning but needs to be booked in advance as it is small, we were not lucky. We enjoyed our stay. It is not far from the centre but walking up the hill so make sure you are prepared for this

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lina C
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farnleytower, Management at Farnley Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2014

Dear Lina

Thanks for a great review!
We do recommend that guests book restaurant in advance but they do tend to have spaces available during the week on the odd occasion. Also we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Farnley Tower is a treat. If, like me, you abhor those impersonal chain hotels, all plastic and chrome, then Farnley Tower is for you. It is comfortable and the staff are wonderful; can't do enough for you. First class breakfast, too. The hotel is in a very peaceful area of Durham and has plenty of its own parking.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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farnleytower, Management at Farnley Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2014

Dear JPRHampshire

Thanks for a great review!
The staff pride themshelves in delivering a personal service to all our guests so that they can have the best stay possible. We are very glad to hear you enjoyed your stay.

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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Lovely quiet location with a 15 minute walk into Durham. Room was clean and comfortable, the breakfast was lovely and most of the staff were friendly and polite. Unfortunately these qualities were overshadowed by us not being able to get a good nights sleep after a 7 hour drive. We appreciate that the hotel is an old creaky house and that some noises are inevitable however the room doors had no devices fitted to them to prevent them slamming and this kept us awake until the early hours. The person in the room above us then continuously walked up and down their room between about 1am-2.30am which also created a very loud noise that we just couldn't sleep through. By this point, I was pretty frustrated and rang the bell in the lobby to see if the person in the room above us could have a polite knock on their door. When I described the problem to the member of staff who appeared - he responded with a very poor attitude and asked "what do you want me to do about it?". I asked if he wouldn't mind giving the person a polite knock on the door but he wasn't willing to do this (I would have if I was confident about the layout of the hotel) and said that he would just listen out on the landing. I'm afraid that I was too tired and angry by this point to do anything further and just went back to my room. If we could have moved to another hotel at this point in the morning, we would have. We will not be staying there again and would recommend a customer service course for the rude member of staff (the rest of the staff were lovely).

Room Tip: Pick a room at the top of the hotel to avoid the noise!
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

It's a shame we only came across this hotel as our son was leaving Durham after 5 years! Would (and have done so) recommend it to others. Location good, friendly staff, excellent night's sleep. Good breakfast though would have liked to have honey offered. If I was staying more than a couple of days I might have wanted a bit more storage space in the room which was beautifully large and could easily have fitted a chest of drawers. Also the (separately run) restaurant (DH1) downstairs was an amazing bonus - that was a truly unforgettable meal!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Claire P
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farnleytower, Management at Farnley Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2014

Dear Claire

Thanks for a awesome review! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.
Honey has now been added to the menu and we have also ordered another chest of draws for the room you stayed in.
The restaurant Chef Mr Stephen Hardy Also sends his thanks for your comments about his restaurant.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

A 2-day visit is far too short to enjoy the delights Durham has to offer but with excellent accommodation at Farnley Tower, we felt we had absolutely made the most of our brief stay. The welcome was warm; the room lovely; the beds were comfortable; the food excellent; the staff great! Would certainly choose the same accommodation next time - even with the hill to climb on the way there!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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farnleytower, Management at Farnley Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2014

Thanks for a awesome review! We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your return.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

Given the location, the place is very quiet, rooms comfortable and reasonably priced. Breakfast is fine, service is friendly although the coffee isn't great, so maybe I'll have tea next time. Will stay there again.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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farnleytower, Management at Farnley Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2014

Thanks for a great review, We have taken note of your comment about the coffee and have changed the brand which we use since you stayed with us.
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Additional Information about Farnley Tower

Address: The Avenue, Durham DH1 4DX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Durham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Durham
Price Range: £65 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Farnley Tower 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Farnley Tower Is a 4 star quality guesthouse. The current owners have sympathetically restored this prominent Victorian building, providing the facilities you would expect of a modern city centre Guesthouse .With its elevated position you can enjoy stunning views over Durham Cathedral and Castle, as well as the surrounding Durham countryside. Savour the culinary cuisine from the award winning restaurant DH1 adjoining the guesthouse .Free car parking on site, less than a 10 minute walk to the city centre. ... more   less 
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