The plan was to go to this little boutique hotel, have a nice meal and then go for a night out in Durham City Centre and bed down for the night in nice surroundings.....that all changed the minute we entered our suite.
From the outside Grafton is a clean and unassuming terraced building with quaint topairy trees and shiny door furniture...the minute you enter the big front door you know you are somewhere magical. Michael Buble played softly in the background and a warm sense of feeling fills you like you've just come home. We were booked in to stay at the Castle Suite right at the top of the hotel. After a slow meander up the winding staircase admiring the fabulous black and white photographs, we put the key in the door and opened up to the most spectacular view I have ever seen. The whole of the bay window was filled with the most breathtakingly beautiful scene...the bottom of the window looked out onto a sea of fluttering tree tops and the top half of the window was filled with the amazing vista of Durham Cathedral..... now don't get me wrong.....i'm all about the love, life and labels of this world....i am practically keeping Vivienne Westwood going with my purchases.... but anyone who is not swept of their feet with the romance of such a spectacular vista.....is....well dead ! In the window was a small table and two squishy arm chairs complete with a cashmere throw, and there my husband and I sat marvelling at how serene it all was, so quiet yet awe inspiring at the same time. So what started as a quick drop the bags off and go back out... became a lets just chill and watch the world go by with a bottle of wine (or in my case...Evian) for 4 hours. We could have been anywhere in the world, yet we were only 10 miles from home....who knew. By 7 o'Clock it was time to make a move and go for our evening meal. We quickly showered (whilst watching Glastonbury...in the Shower which is the size of a new mini Cooper!!!!!) and went down for tea (dinner to you lot in the south) The dining room is small and only has about 10 tables (think ten tables in your living room...after all in it's former incarnation, this hotel was a residential property) But that doesn't make it any less grand. The menu is small, but fabulous, even with limited choices it was still hard to decide (and it's no good looking at everyone elses plates because that just makes you want it all !) The hotel don't turn the tables, which I personally love because i ofeten want to sit around and enjoy the company after a meal not jump back onto the conveyor belt and be wisked out. The food was delicious and the portion sizes excellent for the very reasonable prices. I would highly recommend booking for lunch or dinner even if you don't want to stay overnight. After dinner we made the slow crawl back up the stairs readmiring the photographs on our way back to the room. In our bathroom was a fabulous infinity bath...now if you've never tried one of these(or seen one of these)... again book the Castle Suite just to experience the bath (which is well big enough for two !!!!!) So candles on (provided by the hotel) Bath filled and gently cascading over the sides...check......chromo lighting on (in the bath)....check......champagne-like effervescent bubbles that caress your skin quietly oozing from the jets...check....Glastonbury on the TV (in the bathroom )......check.....If carlsberg made heaven this would be it ! All squeaky clean and relaxed and back to those squishy arm chairs to watch the day turn to night. The bed was fabulously soft and cocoon like...and off to sleep we went.
Breakfast was a fabulous selection of continental pastries, muffins, cereals and more fresh strawberries than you could shake a tennis racquet at , followed by a hearty Full English Breakfast minus the grease.....perfection. I was so sad to leave but came away so rejuvenated that I could well have just spent two weeks at Sandals St Lucia... but in reality I had been away from home for one night. Weeks later I am still feeling the effects of my 'ephipany' such is the magic of this little jem ! Words can never fully explain how amazing this place can make you feel. I have booked to go back again in October and again in December...just to marvel at the ever changing view (and to share a bath with my gorgeous husband). Book now people...you won't regret it...see you there ! xxx
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formerly a private residence, on possibly the best street in Durham City, Grafton House has been created with love, care and meticulous attention to detail. Not only is the interior stunning, but it is situated in a conservation area and enjoys breathtaking views of Durham Castle and Cathedral. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Grafton Hotel Durham