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Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Called on whilst passing on the pennine way. The staff where very friendly, food excellent and the beer great too Will certainly go back at some point for a weekend stay as the hotel side looks amazing Thanks to all of the staff From Mark, Robin, Joe and three coliies

Thank Robintillbrook
Diss, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

We stayed one night at the Ancient Unicorn, breaking the journey from Scotland to Norfolk. The inn is definitely dog friendly. The bedroom was functional, but with a very comfortable bed. Our only criticism was the lack of a mirror in the room to dry my hair. Despite it being a Saturday night, there was nothing to disturb our early... More 

Thank Jill S
UK and Worldwide
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

I stayed at the Ancient Unicorn some years ago, when it was rather run down and in need of attention. It later closed, but has recently been refurbished and reopened, under new management. The hotel and adjoining buildings are arranged round a cobbled courtyard, and my room was opposite the actual hotel, with its own exterior entrance. I had a... More 

Thank Still-On-Tour
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Stayed with our dog when doing the pennine way. Very welcoming , breakfast was delicious. Room was fine and spacious - most seem to be on the ground floor which is handy when travelling with a dog. Local area has very nice walks and the castle is one 5 mins away .

Thank giraffeeee
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 June 2016

Frequented the establishment during a house move to the area, for both for accommodation and meals. The newly appointed room was in the annex and was virtually faultless, thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had various meals over a number of visits in the bar/lounge area and completely won over by the quality and quantity. Bar was by the log fire... More 

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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

My partner and I were frequent visitors to this lovely old coaching inn when it was under previous management. Our first visit under current management was a real treat. We sat in the quieter side lounge until our table was ready. It was so nice to see that some time and money has been spent in refreshing the décor and... More 

Thank 521alisonb
Durham, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Arrived to find a dog friendly bar, and suitable for older children too... A very warm and hospitable welcome from the staff and locals as well... Stayed for a leisurely lunch, which was cooked to perfection... Nicely priced menu with a good selection of main courses, and good sized portions. Will definitely visit again...

Thank Mireille J
Halifax, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 12 May 2016

The landlady was very welcoming, making me at ease and looked after. Supper and beer by a warm fire was great. The courtyard room was spacious, lovely bath, comfortable bed, everything you could need. Breakfast was excellent, to set me up for a day exploring the area. So beautiful on a lovely warm spring day with swalllows in the barns.... More 

Thank hut2n
Tweed Heads, Australia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

Friendly welcome. Beautiful room. The food is great and the Scottish chef, George, is excellent! Huge servings, just what you need after a day hillwalking. Would recommend everything about this hostelry. Wish we could stay longer,

Thank MJD1952
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

In the middle of the tiny village of Bowes near Castle Barnard. Just off the A66. This is an old coaching inn with the stables block converted to accommodation. Bedrooms in main building have been well refurbished and carpeted. new tweed curtains and upholstery very well completed. Beautifully clean. View of street with hills and fields beyond. Despite main street... More 

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  • Restaurant
  • Free Parking
  • Free Internet
  • Bar/Lounge
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We are a coaching Inn based just off the A66 with 10 letting rooms (8 en suite located across the courtyard in the converted stable block). We are dog friendly and have a traditional bar food plus a lovely coffee shop and restaurant and a room to have meetings in. A warm welcome is found all day whether dropping in for breakfast, a quick coffee or a full meal, we look forward to meeting you ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Ancient Unicorn

Address: Bowes, Barnard Castle, Bowes DL12 9HL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Durham > Bowes
Price Range: $92 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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“Great rooms, good food good price”
 of 5 bubbles U3825FTjohnc, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“rooms are in a converted stable block”
 of 5 bubbles Rory561, 20 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Stable conversion rooms are well furnished and quiet”
 of 5 bubbles pedantraveller, 20 Sep 2016 | Read review
“we called for Sunday lunch we did not stay”
 of 5 bubbles F5852WXandrewh, 24 Jul 2016 | Read review
“We had room 7, which was great with a dog. It had a double and a single bed but was quite small. There was a shower but no bath.”
 of 5 bubbles JillS3, 19 Jun 2016 | Read review
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