Just spent four wonderful days at the 5star rated Willington hall cottage.
Absolutely marvellous , spotlessly clean , everything one would need supplied , fabulous log burner , great kitchen fully equipt.
Thank you Dot .
Situated in a small village near Crook this was a great location. Great for a bus ride into Durham. Visited place with memories from my childhood having been shipped to my Aunt and Uncle for the summer holidays from the Midlands. High Force and Stanhope well worth a short drive out. Had to go to Newcastle to pay homage to St James Park having been a lifelong supporter. Newcastle is a lovely city and is especially nice around the Quayside. We chose to Park and ride which worked out fine. Whitley Bay and South Shields also held fond memories and is great for the kids. Need a whole day at Beamish, even saw the pit cottages and Band House from Hetton, the village we used to stay in. Seaham is also well worth a visit. There is a statue of a soldier returning from the great war. It is very moving... then fish and chips in Downey's best i have tasted in a long time. The cottage was perfect, tastefully very well fitted out in all departments. Clean and well equiped and well worth the 5 Star staus. Look forward to going back.
My friends and I stayed at Willington Hall Cottage when visiting the Durham Gala and Kynren in the nearby Bishop Auckland this year and what a fantastic time we had, due in part to the wonderful welcome from Dot and Dave and our stay in their beautiful cottage which is attached to the main hall.
The cottage was immaculate, Dot has very high standards and the place was decorated to a very high spec. Every comfort was catered for and Dot was never far away to help if needed, though never visible if not.
The village is very quiet with some amazing walks and views and only 20 minutes away from Durham City Centre as well as some other lovely locations such as Beamish open air museum which is well worth a visit. It is near family and so on the second night we invited relatives round for dinner, the ooohs and aaaahs from them on the place never stopped and we had a wonderful evening with plenty of space for everyone to enjoy themselves.
Lovely outside space to sit and relax in very quiet surroundings. Visits to the local pubs were great, everyone friendly and The Burn was really lovely with a great quiz on Sunday evening. We couldn't have asked for more and would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in such a beautiful area.
We will be back again!
As regular users of holiday cottages who place a premium on comfort, we would not hesitate to put this to the top of the list for comfort and space. We booked this cottage so we could attend a graduation in Durham without fully realising just how close and convenient its position is, just off the A690. Turn left and the road takes you easily and conveniently into the city centre and several places to park. Durham is such a delightfully compact, characterful and friendly city that you can fully enjoy it from any of the central car parks. Turn right on the A690 and the countryside is on your doorstep with enormous opportunities for tame and adventurous walking. A disused colliery railway track is nearby for peaceful wandering.
If there were six stars for quality of finish in recovering a previously derelict building, this would get it. There is such attention to detail. The quality of finish is taken forward into comfort of furnishings and the spacious layout of rooms both upstairs and downstairs. First impressions as you arrive make you wonder how tight the layout might be - this is an illusion created by the low entrance profile and "catslide" roof. Look up and the height of the 'cat slide' suggests something else - you enter into a spacious hallway; the kitchen/dining room is enormous and well appointed.Food preparation is made easier with a sizeable island worktop. Sadly, most of our "down time" seemed to coincide with rain - so the garden and patio furniture could not be used. Our loss! Upstairs, there are two bedrooms (double and twin), each with ensuite bathrooms - bedrooms and bath/shower rooms are huge and made particularly cavernous by the immense height and angles where the roof-space mirrors the 'catslide'.
Even though we booked for two of us, the very friendly owners were happy with the idea that our neices might like to join us from Durham and a comfortable bed for a couple of days of relaxation.
In short, if you have ANY reason to want access to both Durham city and the countryside, this is the place to use as a base.
Please don't take offence Dot & Dave but the pictures don't do this perfect cottage renovation justice but then I really don't think any picture could!
From the bold oak in the entrance hall to the tall, tall ceilings in the bedrooms this cottage has the wow factor in every room and we thoroughly enjoyed our short 3 day stay. It has a wonderfully large open plan Kitchen/Diner to host a large party of holiday makers.
We used this as a base before we visited friends in, close by, Durham and its great location helped us visit sites without being in the car for too long.
This little holiday home surpassed our expectations and gave our budget break away some great memories to come home with.