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“Wonderful local revisited”
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The Old Mill
Ranked #9 of 38 Durham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful local revisited”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

Returned to Durham in January 2014 for a friend's 60th birthday after moving to Lincolnshire in 2013. We had often eaten at the Old Mill but never stayed there. Our one night stay was superb. The room was very generous in size and extremely clean. A host of facilities - no lift, however - and good quality shower/bath facilities. The staff were very welcoming and friendly "from the off". We were confident that breakfast would be good and we were not disappointed. As much as you wanted and more! Ok, the Old Mill is a tad away from local amenities, but with a car you can be in Durham City within 10 mi9nutes or Newcastle within half an hour. OR, you could try the underestimated facilities of Spennymoor - they have a great football team (Come on you Moooors!). Well done to all at the Old Mill. Thanks Greg and Co!

Room Tip: Have a chat with Greg - the manager. A room not next to the main road would be quieter than some oth...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2014

We stayed in double room 5 for one night 9/1/14 after finding this Hotel on Booking.com
Although it looked ok on the booking site, we had only booked a night in order for me to book somewhere near the interview venue I had travelled to attend. On arrival to say that we were pleasantly surprised was the understatement ! We hadn't expected anything bad, but the photos on their own website and the booking site do not do them justice at all. The place was warm, welcoming, spotless, charming, characterful and relaxing. Our room was much larger than expected and had everything we could have wanted. The decor was modern, the fixings and furnishings so clean and comfortable I felt immediately relaxed and pampered. The welcome we received was charming and throughout our stay the restaurant, bar and reception staff could not have been more helpful, polite or welcoming- they were all an absolute credit to the establishment.
We chose to eat in the restaurant- it had been a long drive at the end of a busy day and I was glad not to have to go out again. I have no idea how the chefs manage to offer such high quality, delicious and varied/ extensive menus - we both thoroughly enjoyed our food choices and the drinks we had were great too. It is not often that we stay somewhere and cannot think of a single thing that could be improved- but this was one of those rare finds. Whilst the breakfast was delicious (again a huge range) I was nervous about the interview so didn't eat much- if I return I know I will be in for a treat!!
My only suggestion would be to update the photographs on the website, but in terms of food, accommodation and staff- this place is the best! Brilliant! Thank you very much!! An unexpected pleasure and thoroughly enjoyed.

Room Tip: Room 5 was fantastic
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2014

Bit into a gunshot fragment left in the pheasant I ordered, staff only laughed when I complained. Shot, nearly broken tooth and unhelpful staff aside - the food was average at best, the service was poor and the decor was dire. They actually had mannequins dressed up sat at a table. It was Weird. Won't be visiting again or recommending to friends.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Cheshire
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76 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2013

Stayed here for two nights to visit the Lumiere festival in Durham. Superbly clean, well-equipped rooms which were excellent value for money. Food was well priced and very good. Busy restaurant/bar with friendly, efficient staff. Nothing too much trouble and guests were well looked after. Some intrusion from road noise but nothing too drastic. Will definitely stay here again. Ideally place dfor Durham and only 25 mins to Newcastle as well.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Holmfirth, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2013

Stayed for a business trip for one night. On arrival appears to be a charming gastro pub, clean tidy and popular. The hotel rooms are clean and modern, all very good for £60 B&B.

As a gastro pub it does very well, as a hotel it lets itself down. Rooms are a little noisy and the shower feeble. Biggest disappointment is the unwelcome feel in the evening. It was very clear we were an unwelcome problem rather than guests and were kicked out of the bar at 10.30pm (10.30pm - not a typo) so it could close.

So if you want a quiet retreat and an early night - it may suit you well. Such a shame as the first impression was very good and it has potential to be great every time.

Room Tip: Go for dinner - maybe get a room elsewhere
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Coventry, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2013

We stayed here as my nephews Christening was held here. Rooms are really nice, comfortable beds, very clean and well equiped bathroom (though the shower was not very powerful).
The food we ate, a buffet in the afternoon and breakfast the following morning was very good, fresh and well cooked.
The staff were excellent and went out of their way to be helpful, the bar is comfortable and welcoming.
I would definately stay again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Castle Donington, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Booked for just one night whilst visiting family , no complaints at all , from checking in to leaving we felt very welcome all the staff were friendly and helpful . The room was beautiful and very clean and the breakfast was cooked fresh to order and again first rate ! We will definitely go back again sadly we didn't get chance to sample the evening meal menu but the choices looked great .
Many thanks

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Old Mill
Address: Metal Bridge | Coxhoe, Durham DH6 5NX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Durham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #9 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Durham
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Old Mill 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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