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Houndgate Townhouse
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Got a great deal through Secret Escapes so thought we would have a weekend away. Deal was for 3 course dinner, dinner bed & breakfast. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay,impressed with the room and the food and surprised by the complimentray welcome cocktails.
The only small gripe is that the hanging space in the 'wardrobe' is half size being over the drawers and is nowhere near long enough to hang up a dress.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Houndgate T, Owner at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2014

Hello there. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent stay with us. We are glad you enjoyed the food, drink and room during your stay. The Superior room you stayed as part of your Secret Escapes offer does only accommodate a small wardrobe with shallow hanging space, but we will look to providing additional space for longer items. Our Luxury, Deluxe and Super Deluxe rooms all boast more space in the room and a standard depth of wardrobe. We have just launched our own Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Rates for all of our eight rooms, which may be of interest and we hope you will come back and stay with us again in the near future.

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Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at The Houndgate last weekend. We were seriously impressed with the design style and cleanliness. The staff should also be commended especially the girl who served our breakfast everything was perfect and we would definitely return.

Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Houndgate T, Owner at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2014

Hello Suzanne,
Firstly, thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review and great five star rating. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our Super Deluxe Room Two at the weekend and that you were impressed with our design and cleanliness. I will pass on your kind comments to Becca who served your breakfast. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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Reviewed June 23, 2014

Me and my husband often visit nearby Darlington for a night out (we love Foffano 's Italian restaurant in the town). First time at the Houndgate and would definitely go back. Great quality for reasonable price. Lovely decor, comfy beds (we stayed in a standard room which was great), fab breakfast with lovely touches like bottled water, nice toiletries and toothbrushes. Only negative was the noise from nearby nightclub especially at chuck-out time at 4.00am... However, I did notice that when I booked there was a "quiet room" option - so now I know why! Ask for room at the front rather than the back. Staff very pleasant.

Room Tip: Ask for room at front rather than back.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stephanie B
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Houndgate T, Owner at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2014

Hello Stephanie, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review of your stay with us. It is great to read that you intend to return and found us to be a quality establishment with lovely decor and comfy beds - our Sealy mattresses are thicker than the standard ones and we think our down bedding and comfy mattress topper make it feel as though we're sleeping on a cloud! We're also pleased you enjoyed your breakfast, the manner of our staff and our attention to detail in our rooms - complimentary still and sparkling water, Miller Harris toiletries and most extras you may need when away from home - spare toothbrush, razor, etc. Apologies for the noise disturbance during the night - we work closely with the local Council in monitoring appropriate noise levels so will pass on the information you have left here. Due to our listed building status we are unable to fit new sound-proofed windows. Many thanks for your custom and review and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

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Reviewed June 15, 2014

We had a fabulous stay here this weekend. The food was of an excellent standard, quality wise and quantity wise. The afternoon tea was more than ample. The staff are friendly, approachable and manage to be just on the right side of attentive to not be intrusive. The setting is lovely, the rooms tastefully decorated and the little touches such as toothbrushes and mini toothpaste, still and sparkling water in the room, really make you feel you want for nothing. We had a glance in the room with the four poster bed and freestanding bath which matches anything other top hotels offer. Well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Room 2 and 7 have the four poster and bath
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank pi-maker
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Houndgate T, Owner at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2014

Hello there and thank you for taking the time to leave us some great feedback on your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed the food, staff, setting and our extra attention to detail during your stay - we aim to create a home away from home so try and ensure our guests have everything they could possibly need, where possible. Rooms two and six each have a four-poster bed and freestanding bath in the room - perhaps a possibility for another stopover...

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

We travel to Darlington at least 2 or 3 times per year to visit family, normally staying at Bannatynes which does not dissapoint. I found Houndgate Townhouse on Secret Escapes and booked for a Saturday night and what a superb find. Located in the centre of town the hotel is a revelation, fantastic modern contemporary rooms, great bar area and good restaurant. Staff are excellent and this is one place we will certainly return to. One tip for a fantastic Sunday lunch try The Brownlow Arms located in the small village of Caldwell about a 20 minute drive out of town.

Room Tip: All the rooms are of a very high standard with quality furnishings, basic rooms maybe a little on the small side.
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Steven S
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Houndgate T, Owner at Houndgate Townhouse, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2014

Hi Steven, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent stay with us. Since opening last August we have been trying to let people know we are here and so Secret Escapes was a great way to let potential customers know where we are and what we do. We are glad you liked all we have to offer - the rooms, bar, restaurant and the service you received and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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