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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Durham, County Durham, England

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Heather W
London
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic stay with warm welcome!”
Reviewed July 21, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

My friends and I stayed at Willington Hall Cottage when visiting the Durham Gala and Kynren in the nearby Bishop Auckland this year and what a fantastic time we had, due in part to the wonderful welcome from Dot and Dave and our stay in their beautiful cottage which is attached to the main hall.

The cottage was immaculate, Dot has very high standards and the place was decorated to a very high spec. Every comfort was catered for and Dot was never far away to help if needed, though never visible if not.

The village is very quiet with some amazing walks and views and only 20 minutes away from Durham City Centre as well as some other lovely locations such as Beamish open air museum which is well worth a visit. It is near family and so on the second night we invited relatives round for dinner, the ooohs and aaaahs from them on the place never stopped and we had a wonderful evening with plenty of space for everyone to enjoy themselves.

Lovely outside space to sit and relax in very quiet surroundings. Visits to the local pubs were great, everyone friendly and The Burn was really lovely with a great quiz on Sunday evening. We couldn't have asked for more and would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to stay in such a beautiful area.

We will be back again!
Regards
Heather

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Management Response
Jul 25, 2017
Thank you for the wonderful review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the cottage provided a comfortable and convenient base from which to enjoy the local attractions and enable you to spend time with your family.
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Nigel H
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Immaculate, friendly, well positioned for Durham city and county”
Reviewed July 4, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

As regular users of holiday cottages who place a premium on comfort, we would not hesitate to put this to the top of the list for comfort and space. We booked this cottage so we could attend a graduation in Durham without fully realising just how close and convenient its position is, just off the A690. Turn left and the road takes you easily and conveniently into the city centre and several places to park. Durham is such a delightfully compact, characterful and friendly city that you can fully enjoy it from any of the central car parks. Turn right on the A690 and the countryside is on your doorstep with enormous opportunities for tame and adventurous walking. A disused colliery railway track is nearby for peaceful wandering.
If there were six stars for quality of finish in recovering a previously derelict building, this would get it. There is such attention to detail. The quality of finish is taken forward into comfort of furnishings and the spacious layout of rooms both upstairs and downstairs. First impressions as you arrive make you wonder how tight the layout might be - this is an illusion created by the low entrance profile and "catslide" roof. Look up and the height of the 'cat slide' suggests something else - you enter into a spacious hallway; the kitchen/dining room is enormous and well appointed.Food preparation is made easier with a sizeable island worktop. Sadly, most of our "down time" seemed to coincide with rain - so the garden and patio furniture could not be used. Our loss! Upstairs, there are two bedrooms (double and twin), each with ensuite bathrooms - bedrooms and bath/shower rooms are huge and made particularly cavernous by the immense height and angles where the roof-space mirrors the 'catslide'.
Even though we booked for two of us, the very friendly owners were happy with the idea that our neices might like to join us from Durham and a comfortable bed for a couple of days of relaxation.
In short, if you have ANY reason to want access to both Durham city and the countryside, this is the place to use as a base.

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Management Response
Jul 20, 2017
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing review. We worked hard through the cottage restoration project to provide the facilities and features which enable our guests to have a relaxing and comfortable stay and we are thrilled that we exceeded your expectations. We would look forward to welcoming you back to the cottage in the future.
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Chris C
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Like a beautiful Cotswold cottage set in the North”
Reviewed June 15, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Please don't take offence Dot & Dave but the pictures don't do this perfect cottage renovation justice but then I really don't think any picture could!
From the bold oak in the entrance hall to the tall, tall ceilings in the bedrooms this cottage has the wow factor in every room and we thoroughly enjoyed our short 3 day stay. It has a wonderfully large open plan Kitchen/Diner to host a large party of holiday makers.
We used this as a base before we visited friends in, close by, Durham and its great location helped us visit sites without being in the car for too long.
This little holiday home surpassed our expectations and gave our budget break away some great memories to come home with.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jun 25, 2017
Thank you for your great review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and the cottage was to your liking. We do endeavour to make our guests stay as comfortable as possible and when we receive such positive feedback makes it very rewarding. We would welcome you back if you ever visit the area again.
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Meander69...
1 review
“Excellent cottage”
Reviewed February 20, 2017 for a stay in February 2017

Lovely cottage and helpful owners. Comfortable and felt like home away from home. Could not ask for any better.

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Management Response
Jun 25, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to provide this nice review. We're pleased you found the cottage comfortable so you were able to relax and enjoy your stay.
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Reviewed November 4, 2016 for a stay in November 2016

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Traveling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
Nov 4, 2016
Thank you for your delightful review. We're pleased you found the cottage ideally located for you to visit your family and the home comforts were to your liking to help you relax and enjoy your stay.
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Reviewed October 30, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

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Management Response
Nov 4, 2016
Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay in the cottage and you are most welcome to call in and see us again.
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PaulDunst...
Towcester, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Outstanding in every respect.”
Reviewed October 29, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

Willington Hall Cottage is beautifully appointed, fabulously equipped, spacious, comfortable and quiet. The property certainly ranks among the best accommodation we have stayed in, if not the best and we would highly recommend it. Excellent!

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Liked best: Sheer quality of the property
Liked least: We had to come home!
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Nov 4, 2016
Thank you for your wonderful review, your kind words are very much appreciated. We're pleased you enjoyed your stay at Willington Hall Cottage and we hope to welcome you back again sometime.
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