Chocolate-box Durham boutique hotel
Five minutes from Durham's ancient castle walls, The Town House wins hands down in the romantic hotel stakes. Rooms come complete with extravagant decor and outdoor hot tubs.
Darkly dramatic rooms designed for romancing. • Outdoor hot tubs in the garden rooms. • A destination restaurant that wins plenty of plaudits.
Hit the spot
Within striking distance of Durham's castle, cathedral and city stores.
The Town House has a destination restaurant and cocktail bar, in addition to a summer terrace overlooking the garden.
Good to know
The two Loft rooms are best avoided if you don't like stairs and have heavy bags (it's a listed building with no lifts). Street parking is somewhat limited.
ClosedOpen all year
ParkingThere is on-street metered parking (free after 6pm).
AirportNewcastle – 25 miles
TrainDurham station – 15 minutes walk.
ChildrenWelcome. Cots are available.
LocationOld Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3HN, United Kingdom
11 rooms and suites
Each bedroom is differently themed, so expect the unexpected. Moodily styled in deep colours with chandeliers, velvet drapes, ornate mirrors and freestanding clawfoot baths, bedrooms have more than a touch of gothic fantasy. Three garden rooms have their own outdoor hot tubs. Bathrooms are stocked with Molton Brown toiletries, and tea/coffee trays come with complimentary chocs.
If it has to be a hot tub, you'll want one of the three garden rooms. Otherwise we loved the glamorous style of some of the xxxxxx rooms, with their clawfoot baths and extravagant decor.
Eat & Drink
Plush purples, dark wood and candlelight lend an intimate vibe to Gadd's Restaurant at this stylish boutique hotel.
You can share a slate deli board to start – laden with crispy black pudding bonbons, battered chipolatas, game spring rolls, charcuterie and a selection of dips – or try the king prawns tossed in garlic, chilli and basi butter. Other menu favourites include seared pork rib eye and home made fish cakes. Steaks are a speciality.
Served until 10am. Start the day with a mixed Durham grill, scrambled eggs and smokes salmon or maybe Eggs Benedict, plus a good selection of cereals, juices and fresh fruit.
See & Do
You're within reach of all the big city's attractions here – Durham Cathedral and the castle World Heritage Site. You can also go deer-spotting at nearby Raby Castle and check out the outstanding art collections at the Bowes Museum and Auckland Castle. Take a nostalgia trip to Beamish Outdoor Museum, where the past is brought briliantly to life, or stride out on the walking trails of the Durham Dales and North Pennines. If steeplechasing checks the boxes for you, head for a day at Sedgefield Racecourse.