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Lumley Castle Hotel
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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45 reviews
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“Good value wedding venue”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Had my wedding here on a Thursday in August and stayed for another two nights. It was great, they upgraded us to a feature suite with the bathroom hidden inside the closet and everyone, including my wedding coordinators alison and pamela were attentive to my needs. My guests were all impressed wi their rooms in the courtyard, each decorated differently with four poster beds. The food at reception was average, with the exception of the duck terrine and toffee which were excellent!! But for the price tag, it was very good. Te library bar serves bar food and high tea, and breakfast at the black knight restaurant was good. All in all, it was great.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

we came here for lunch after being told about it, and the website looked great, upon arrival we were surprised to see it not that busy, ok,it was a monday afternoon, but still, with an apparent great reputation you feel its unusual for a place to be quiet, anyway, we were shown our cosy table, and we both ordered the roast of the day lunch, which was tasty it was fresh and tasty, but because it wasnt that busy and it was kind of dark, whilst the building itself is beautiful and that is worth a visit just to experience it, the lunch meant that its unlikely i would go back as it wasnt special enough, perhaps a special occasion restaurant or a place id take my friends just so they can say they dined in a castle,

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Goole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Stayed for a couple of nights whilst visiting the area, The castle is fantastic full of history and the staff really friendly without being pushy.
We stayed in a courtyard room and it was well furnished with a very comfortable bed,
The breakfasts are good and filling especially the Sir Ralph breakfast.
We did'nt eat in the restaurant so can not comment on the evening meal,
On the down side the lighting is a bit low in the corridors and rooms,

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Billingham
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

My wife and I visited Lumley Castle for her Dad's 80th Birthday celebrations in the Banquet Hall. We were a bit apprehensive prior to going but on the evening we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The Castle itself is wonderful and well worth a visit. We gathered in an underground Bar, that again is very impressive. Once all the guests had arrived we were summoned by 'THE LORD CHAMBERLAIN' who played the part with full gusto and was really very impressive throughout the whole evening. He had a good line of patter and really engaged with the guests. he was joined by others, including the serving staff who again were very good throughout the evening. This is a Team effort and we were very pleased with all they did. Once inside the Hall the 1st of 5 dishes arrived..I won't go into detail as that is part of the 'magic' of the banqueting experience. Suffice to say, we had plenty to eat - the food was well presented and delicious. We certainly thought it was worth the value we had paid for the experience. throughout the evening you are entertained by the Lord Chamberlain and his staff - again I won't go into detail, but they are a credit to the Castle and we were delighted with this. Only one small crit - sitting for 2 1/2 hours on a wooden bench was proving a bit uncomfortable - but the benches are part of the experience I suppose! All in all we had a thoroughly good evening and would be more than pleased to go back and maybe eat in the restaurant as well.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Bedfordshire
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We stayed in Lumley for a wedding over the summer. This beautiful castle was just perfect for such a happy occasion. We have been twice before, and were pleased that the staff were as helpful and professional as ever. Tony Gill the duty Manager there and his staff went out of their way to ensure our room was suitable for our needs (for 2 adults 2 children). Thank you Lumley, for a wonderful stay.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Pickering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Spent one night here and had a great stay. Very atmospheric in the castle and I liked the eclectic mix of decor and ornaments. A strange mix of staff - in the evening we ate in the Black Knight Restaurant and the waiters were very attentive and formal whereas in the morning it was the opposite. The premature and noisy laying of tables for dinner well before breakfast service was over was not great! However the dinner menu choice and food was excellent and we enjoyed the variety that breakfast had to offer.
We stayed in the stable block which was comfortable and good value but next time we would like to experience one of the castle rooms. Overall great experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2013

My husband booked this hotel to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. The views and grounds are beautiful. The hotel room was perfect and we were made to feel very welcome by all the staff. We dined in the Black Knight Restaurant, the food was delicious and portion size spot on. I'd highly recommend the Sirloin steak with pepper sauce; service was very good with time to digest between courses but not too long to wait. I liked the fact that staff wear authentic dress to tone in with the setting, this makes a change from staying in any other hotel. Even though the hotel was busy due to a wedding taking place, there were still plenty areas available for hotel residents to use. Lumley Castle is easy to find and well signposted, close to local attractions and anyone visiting the area should consider staying. Overall, staying in a castle was a magical experience and we'll certainly be going back for another visit.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lumley Castle Hotel
Address: Chester-Le-Street, Durham DH3 4NX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > County Durham > Durham
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Durham
#5 Romantic Hotel in Durham
#5 Family Hotel in Durham
#7 Business Hotel in Durham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lumley Castle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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