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“Fabulous place smack in the middle of Darlington” 5 of 5 stars
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Houndgate Townhouse
11 Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Darlington
London, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous place smack in the middle of Darlington”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Room 2 - huge bath in the room - massive double bed - beautifully decorated - absolute winner.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houndgate T, Owner at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this review, January 24, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I am glad you appreciate the effort we've gone to with the decor, staff and food and beverage offer and that you enjoyed your stay in room two. We are in the process of expanding out wine list so hopefully next time you visit there will be a greater selection on offer. We look forward to welcoming you back in future.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

The Houndstreet Townhouse was a very pleasant surprise. We came for a wedding and it was booked for us, so I had no expectations.Turns out it's a real gem-a Georgian townhouse very tasteful done to high specs with charming, obliging staff. The breakfast was excellent : great produce, well presented and perfectly cooked. It was also one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in, to the point that I took down the name of the mattress and bed linen! Miller Harris bath products, fluffy towel robes ....what's not to like ? For £90 a night it was a bargain -I'd come back and use it as a base for exploring the area

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Houndgate T, Owner at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this review, January 23, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I am glad you enjoyed the finishing touches such as the Miller Harris bath products in your rooms and also the quality of the breakfast and service provided. Our very comfy mattresses are made a company based in Cumbria called Sealy. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you again in future.
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Verona, Italy
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Hotel was very nice and good service. Food was excellent. Nice to see how the Naturalstone which originally came from our factory ended up in beautiful table tops processed by our client F. Jones. The only negative was no parking place, but for the rest was absolutely perfect. Definitely to taste the food!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CharlieSkelton, General Manager at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our hotel (and tables!). With regards to the parking issue, unfortunately it's a problem that many town and city centre hotels have to contend with. However, there is a large public car park situated behind the hotel which is free in the evenings and available at a reduced charge on weekends.
I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you again in future
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Benidorm, Spain
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Stayed over Monday 2nd December.
My friend booked us in this brand new hotel for the night.
So pleased that she did what a gem of a place, the only way to describe it is lovely everything was just perfect.
The staff were great and the night receptionist / barman Jonathan had lots of skills and Even more
Patience putting up with us all until the early hours.
Breakfast served with a smile and very good too.
If you are in the area try you won't regret it .

Room Tip: We had room on 3rd floor but I'm sure they will all be of the same standard.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CharlieSkelton, General Manager at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely review. I will be sure to pass your comments on to the rest of the team and I hope that you will visit us again soon
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Leeds, UK
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Small, smart boutique hotel. Newly opened with just a few teething problems.
Lovely bar and restaurant area.
Beautiful room, with lots of extras: dressing gowns, slippers, shaving accessories, toothbrush and toothpaste, sewing kit and so on.
All food freshly made and beautiful, substantial portions.
Downside:
No vegetarian evening main course option
Waitresses had little knowledge of the dinner menu
No tea or caffe making facilities in the room
Breakfast offered the smallest bottle of juice and only allowed 1 as part of the price.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CharlieSkelton, General Manager at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback from your recent stay. I'm sorry if you felt that some aspects of your visit were not up to standard and I will certainly work hard to address the problems you have highlighted. As you mentioned, there are a few teething problems, which is true of any new business, but I am pleased that you have brought it to our attention as it is feedback such as yours which helps us to improve on the service we offer. We have now introduced a vegetarian dinner menu and training is ongoing with regards to our staff's product knowledge. I hope that the small issues that you encountered during your initial visit will not deter you from visiting us again in future
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

My partner and I stayed at the Houndgate and had a fabulous stay!! (a good recommendation) The food was amazing and the room was unique and full of character. The bed was so comfy and the large standalone tub was a great experience. Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful stay - we will be back xxxx

Room Tip: Go for the rooms with the standalone tub- amazing!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CharlieSkelton, General Manager at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a glowing review! I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay and I will certainly pass your comments on to the rest of the team. We look forward to seeing again in the future
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Very nice new hotel , stayed on a Monday night and despite being the only guest the staff were very attentive and the food was amazing . Very warm and friendly welcome . Would highly recommend staying and next time I am in Darlington I will definitely be back

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CharlieSkelton, General Manager at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you for the kind feedback from your recent visit. I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay and I hope that we will see you again soon
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Additional Information about Houndgate Townhouse

Address: 11 Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > County Durham > Darlington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Darlington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
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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