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Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street, County Durham
This is a real medieval castle with towers, battlements, courtyards, feet-thick walls and narrow passageways. Overlooking the River Wear, near Durham, it oozes atmosphere. Public rooms are packed with fireplaces, candelabras, tapestries, lashings of red velvet curtains and vaulted ceilings. The courtyard rooms in the converted stabling and mews cottages have a medieval theme in their décor, whereas the castle rooms spoil their occupants with four-poster beds and deep-set windows. The vaulted, candle-lit dining room serves a traditional British menu, and there's afternoon tea in the library bar. Elizabethan banquets and Murder Mystery weekends are popular. It's also a perfect spot for cricket-lovers as it overlooks the international Durham County Cricket ground.
Both Durham and Newcastle are a 10-minute train ride which means you can enjoy their shops, culture and attractions and then return to a 'country hotel'.
Lumley Castle is in countryside near the classic market town of Chester-le-Street, whose roots go back to Roman times.
By car: Lumley Castle is a 5-hour (270 mile) drive from London or 2.5 hours (137 miles) from Manchester.
By train: Chester-le-Street station is the closest station and Durham, with direct links to London, is seven miles away. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Anyone who dreams of living in a castle or who appreciates the quirkiness of historic buildings will love it here. It's wonderfully atmospheric - we manage to get lost on more than one occasion which adds to our childish excitement.
Service & Facilities
The inner courtyard is often ignored by other guests but is a quiet spot to relax and a sun-trap if the weather is kind.
- Free parking
- Business facilities
- Free Wi-Fi
- Dog friendly
Dogs are allowed in some of the outside rooms and in the reception area only.
Not all castle rooms are in the top category, so you can still get the castle experience for a reasonable price. We love that one of the castle state rooms has a bathroom hidden behind a secret door!
Courtyard Classic, Courtyard Superior, Courtyard State, Castle Classic, Castle Superior, Castle State, King James Suite
Facilities include: En-suite bathroom, Flat-screen TV, Complimentary internet access, Tea and coffee making facilities
Food & Drink
The vaulted Knight's Restaurant is wonderfully atmospheric with its stone pillars, soft candles and tables tucked in alcoves or on a private dais. The vaulted Knight's Restaurant is wonderfully atmospheric with its stone pillars, soft candles and tables tucked in alcoves or on a private dais.
Knights Restaurant: British fine dining, grand setting, formal atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Mains from £14.50.
Library Bar: lighter meals, seasonal dishes. Open for lunch.