A warm Co Durham welcome in a beautiful setting!
Reviewed 16 September, 2021
Stuart gave us a warm welcome as we arrived and it was a real pleasure to meet him and his wife Kathryn, whose culinary skills were exemplary. The Bellevue room was large and luxurious with the most comfortable four-poster bed and well appointed en-suite. We stayed one night only but the setting and beauty of the house and its surrounding makes us want to return for a longer stay soon. Highly recommended.
Lovely relaxing stay
Reviewed 5 September, 2021
The food was very enjoyable and all freshly cooked. We felt the property gave that country house experience; this was all down to our excellent hosts. There was a lovely walk right from the front door too. Thank you.
A kid free night away.
Reviewed 30 August, 2021
I booked this from the website purely on the pictures and reviews left by many. And I have to say they didn't do it justice.
It was a surprise for my partner, a night away from kids and work, somewhere to relax and just have us time.
Leading up to it I had contact with both Stuart and Kathryn and they were both very accommodating and happy to please.
Satnav found it quite easily although it is tucked away so be careful. My partners comments on driving in to the forecourt are something I cannot repeat but suffice to say she was incredibly impressed.
The welcome from both hosts was fantastic, the property itself gorgeous.
When my partner entered our room Bellevue she was left speechless, not an easy thing to achieve. The four poster bed and the sumptuous bathroom, amazing. The views our over the hills fantastic.
Sitting outside having a glass of bubbly we watched the peacock and soaked in the quiet peaceful surroundings.
Our evening meal was fantastic, served when we were ready, Stuart being attentive. Breakfast equal to the previous meal.
The bed was so comfy we didn't want to get up next morning. The peace and quiet may not be for everyone but for us it was just perfect. Watching the wild rabbits, chickens and peacock was just fabulous. We have come away relaxed but sorry to have left.
To find this gem is so fortunate and I would heartily recommend everyone to book.
It really was perfect time away in such a perfect setting and we will definitely be booking it again.
Reviewed 15 August, 2021
Beautiful property in a tranquil setting. Stunning room, very comfortable bed, luxurious bathroom with heated floor, lovely garden to relax further in and delicious breakfast. Kathryn & Stuart are incredibly friendly and courteous hosts who obviously pay attention to every little detail to make your stay superb- which it was!
Luxury off the beaten track
Reviewed 14 August, 2021
This place is perhaps not what you would expect to discover in this still relatively undeveloped (as far as tourism is concerned) part of the country. Located just off the centre of the small village of Westgate (beware Satnav may not pinpoint the property exactly) 20+ miles from Bishop Auckland, this hotel commands views over the windswept, but attractive,, remote hills of rural County Durham.
Occupying the former vicarage, the conversion of the house and gardens has been a decades long labour of love. Indeed the garden, complete with rockery and summer house is still a work in progress. Rabbits, peacocks – wild ones, apparently - and cats patrol the grounds at will. Inside, no expense has been spared, with a comfortable lounge complete with wood-burning stoves for chilly evenings and conservatory where we ate dinner and breakfast,.
We stayed in Bellevue, a delightful four-poster with huge bathroom overlooking the back lawn with the rolling hills in the distance. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided together with fresh milk from a separate small fridge on the landing.
Stuart is the genial host, but really the star of the show is Kathryn who organises the pre-ordered dinner. Suffice to say her culinary skills, honed over a decade of providing such meals, would put many a restaurant chef to shame given what we sampled both at dinner and breakfast.
There is ample parking on the forecourt but, as you might expect of a property of this age, no lift but Stuart is always willing to assist with luggage.