Dowfold HouseBrochure Page. 13
Dowfold House, a charming Victorian house in the heart of County Durham, once the local mine manager’s residence, now offers the very warmest of welcomes. This ‘home from home’ luxury Wolsey Lodge B&B is near to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has attractive grounds with views over the Wear Valley and beyond. Ample parking is available and even overnight stabling next door for B&B guests travelling with their horse.
Drive through stone gateposts, park by wisteria clad out-houses and be welcomed by your hosts. Then enjoy tea and home-made biscuits in the cosy guest sitting room, conservatory or patio, depending on the weather. Classically furnished, every nook and cranny houses part of an eclectic book collection. Wolsey Lodge B&B guests will enjoy an award winning breakfast in the elegant dining room, which is adorned with portraits of family forebears.
The comfortable B&B bedrooms are individually furnished and all with en suite facilities and pleasant views. Quality linen, great showers, tea/coffee tray with home-made goodies, stylish toiletries and flat screen digital televisions all make for a restful stay.
Your B&B Hosts
Escaping the rat race, Jill and Rupert bought Dowfold House nine years ago as a going concern. Much tender loving care has since been lavished - and it shows. B&B guests, many who return regularly, appreciate Rupert’s background in baking and catering and Jill’s natural affinity with hospitality and attention to detail. With their family having flown the nest, they now reside with Raffie, their affectionate dog and Heidi the cat. Jill is the gardener, while Rupert enjoys singing with the local choral society. Environmental issues are close to their hearts and the household is run with a green ethos making it an environmentally friendly luxury B&B.
Just nine miles from Durham and being half way between London and Inverness, it is a great stopping off place. Those staying a while will find the area steeped in history, heritage and the most inspiring scenery. Durham Cathedral & Castle, Auckland Castle, the oldest Saxon church in the UK, Gateshead’s Angel of the North and Weardale and the wild windswept North Pennines are all easily accessible. There is much to do, see and explore for all interests.
Attractions Near Dowfold House
Durham - Cathedral, Castle, University, Botanic Gardens and Durham Light Infantry Museum; Auckland Castle, Weardale Museum, Kilhope Lead Mine & Museum, Locomotion - part of the National Railway Museum, Weardale Railway, The Durham Dales, Binchester Roman Encampment, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Raby Castle, Bowes Museum and Beamish - The North of England Open Air Museum.