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Crook Hall & Gardens

Frankland Lane | Sidegate, Durham DH1 5SZ , England
0191 384 8028
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Ranked #3 of 23 attractions in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
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English first
Derbyshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This truly is a secret garden. Sub-divided into a number of small gardens, it is excellent and will interest gardeners and non- gardeners alike. The limited part of the old house which is open is of interest. The tea room was very popular, and on our experience, rightly so.

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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments . We want to retain that secrecy you mentioned even though we are becoming more well known . The layout tries to create a situation where visitors have seen things which others may have missed. I hope you return and see some of the bits you missed on your first visit. Thank you for your... More

Newcastle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

It is well worth a visit to Crook Hall and Gardens - a beautiful gem that makes you feel as if you are miles away in the countryside and not 5 minutes walk from a city centre! Stunning gardens, a maze, a building that has parts that are medieval, Jacobean and Georgian, quiet areas to sit and relax and lots... More

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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments. It was my birthday the day you posted your comments and I was visiting a famous garden in the south of England I am delighted at that time you were posting such nice comments about our gardens. I believe our gardens will be nationally famous in the years to come. Thank you for your... More

Colchester
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Spent the afternoon wandering the gardens and had an afternoon tea which was homemade and delicious. All served by friendly and attentive staff in an idyllic environment. Will definitely return soon

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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this review

It was my birthday today and what a lovely present your comments were. I was visiting a garden in the south of England and it was a delight you were visiting mine and describing it in such a way. Thank you More

Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I was lucky enough to be invited to a wedding here and it was just stunning. Beautifully tended gardens and superb service. Can't imagine a more beautiful, typically 'English Garden' place to be. Lovely food too.

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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback. A guest at a wedding here must be wonderful it's hard work as a member of our team on wedding days. I was pleased you described it as an English garden I have the vision to create the hall and gardens as the epitome of the English garden to rank alongside those great... More

Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Gardens not at their best because of the season but interesting layout. House and teas great. Try and find the ghost.

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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments .We always appreciate feedback from our visitors. I was so pleased you enjoyed your visit. I was curious as to when you visited the gardens. We have worked hard with a planting scheme which provides colour throughout the year. Some months it's camellias others it's roses and others it's dahlias. We try to give the... More

Tyne and Wear
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Recently visited Crook Hall Garden for the first time, admission charge high for a small area. The gardens are lovely but a walk round is complete in just an hour. The outdoor cafe seemed a good idea but food offered was most disappointing . Soup and a roll proved to be just soup but when questioned, the waitress offered a... More

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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this review

So sorry your visit did not live up to your expectations. Thank you for your feedback.We all remember the day. We serve home made soup and rolls but on the day in question we were under pressure from the very large numbers of visitors. Unusually we ran out of our home made rolls but our soup was still in demand... More

Newcastle United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I can't believe we weren't aware of Crook Hall before now, what a truly magical and serene place, and right in the city centre. The excellent customer service began even before my husband and I arrived, in fact months before booking our sparkling afternoon tea for two - I dealt with a lady called Maggie who was very pleasant to... More

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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely words. I am delighted you found your Sparkling Afternoon Tea so enjoyable. I have been elsewhere and come away disappointed however we have borrowed ideas from the best and believe we have created something very special.Our staff work so hard to make our ideas work. Thank you again for your feedback and we look forward... More

Durham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Had a wonderful time with family afternoon tea in the beautiful Georgian Dining Room with fantastic cathedral views over the gardens. The food was amazing with a wide variety of freshly prepared items. Nicola , the events manager was really helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The cost was good value for the excellent food and also included entry... More

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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We all loved being part of your celebrations. The Drawing Room is ideal for such a party. I am so pleased you enjoyed your day. We look forward to many of you returning for another visit. Thank you again More

Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Crook Hall. We were allowed to wander freely around the Hall and gardens soaking up the peaceful atmosphere. The gardens were a mass of colour and very well presented. The Hall is seeped in history and my imagination was running wild trying to picture the original inhabitants of the hall. Our visit ended in... More

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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and support. Those scones are wonderful. Living on the premises is as you say both peaceful and tranquil but I do need to keep control of my scone intake! Thank you again. More

Durham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Have visited these gardens several times as they are so beautiful regardless of the time of year that you visit. There is so much to see and appreciate in the gardens. I love to wander here, take deep breaths and just 'be'. It is hard to believe that when you are in these gardens, you are in the middle of... More

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CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this review

What wonderful feedback. Your comments reflect the vision we had when we open the Hall and Gardens 16 years ago. To create a refuge from the busy city with beautiful surroundings,lovely food and brilliant staff. So pleased you enjoy your visit. Thank you More

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