The Morritt Country House Hotel & Spa
“Charming country house with modern luxuries” - AA Inspector
BARNARD CASTLE, COUNTY DURHAM
Our Inspector's View
In the heart of beautiful Teesdale, this 17th-century former coaching house, with connections to Charles Dickens, is full of character and is a popular meeting place. The bar area has two amazing Dickens murals – one was created in 2012 to commemorate the writer’s 200th birthday. The hotel prides itself on its traditional values, which is very apparent in the quality of its service, locally-sourced food and individually styled rooms. Guests can enjoy pampering and treatments in the adjoining spa.
Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 26
- Family rooms: 4
- Bedrooms Ground: 4
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Accessible bedrooms: 1
- Walk-in showers
- Open all year
- Maximum number of guests: 120
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About The area
Discover County Durham
County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.
The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2.
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