Can't praise the place, the staff, the attention to detail, the location, the quirkiness and the quality of experience at Houndgate enough. Really good townhouse-hotel and really well run with a great team who really care about what they do.
Arrived early but were checked in with no fuss or undue delay; dinner for 6 in the evening was very good with beautifully constructed plates and really well cooked courses as a real feature. Price-wise the whole package - room, service, food and beverages were all spot on and great value in my opinion. It's a real asset to have somewhere like this in any town and Darlington is lucky to have Houndgate. Perhaps a bigger wine list would be more fun - but what's on offer and the experience of staying there makes this a great place to spend some time.
The enormous bath in our room (along with a separate and well appointed shower-room) was a great touch and added to the sense of being somewhere really quite special. I hope its well supported and thrives as its now my de facto hotel for the region.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An eight-bedroom design hotel, restaurant and bar in the heart of Darlington. This Grade II-listed Georgian Townhouse has been sympathetically restored to its former glory. All eight rooms have en-suite bathrooms, HD TV's and Miller Harris toiletries. Eat at the restaurant, 'eleven', enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine in the hound bar & lounge or simply choose to relax in the comfortable rooms. ... more less
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