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All reviewsparking permittop floorlovely guesthouseuniversity citycentral locationtravelled by trainbus stationshort walkbeautiful citymarket squarecooked breakfastlocation is excellentlarge roomdefinitely stay here againbreakfast was excellenta wonderful staycomfortable bed
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

I agree with everything the other 5 star reviewers have recently posted. This is a lovely, friendly and spotlessly clean guest house. The views are amazing, beds are really comfortable, wi fi, great location, thoughtful extras like dressing gowns and delicious breakfasts cooked by Margaret. My friend and I stayed here back in August for 4 nights and as we were starting to plan our 2014 trip back because we'd had such a good time I realised I hadn't posted my review. Sorry Anne and Mike! The little garden is a delight and we were lucky enough to have good weather and enjoyed sitting out. Nothing is too much trouble for the owners. They recommended an excellent restaurant - Finbarr's. It was so good we went there twice. Other good places in the area are The Capital Indian Restaurant - top notch curry and lovely service, The Crushed Chilli Gallery in South Street (2 minutes walk) - paintings, ceramics, glass, jewellery and accessories (could not resist buying a few things there from the very nice owner) and terrific fish and chips at Bells Fish Shop. The cathedral is the most beautiful I have ever visited. We were there at the time of the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition which was sublime. We too decided not to drive and found the local train bus and taxi services were very efficient. The trip to Holy Island was truly memorable (eat at the Post Office - seriously! - it's great). This is a lovely part of the world where you always get a warm welcome. If you visit Durham - stay at The Castle View Guest House. You can't beat it for price, comfort and location.

Room Tip: We had rooms at the front on the first floor - they were very quiet and spacious. The corner room has views over to the Cathedral.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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MJ_Williams864444, Owner at Castle View Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Dear Beverley,
Sorry for the delay in our response. It is always a pleasure to see you again.
You must now be our most welcomed guest nay friend!
Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Warmest regards,
Anne

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Castle View Guest House is a 10 minute walk with luggage from the Durham Train Station. This is a tough walk going downhill for half of it and up hill for the other half, with stairs. If you are not up to a strenuous walk, suggest you take a taxi. Our room on the 2nd floor was 'very large', clean, comfortable and quiet, with free Wi-Fi. The bathroom was large, very modern, with a 2 person shower. There is no room safe. Breakfast consisted of eggs, toast, sausage, coffee/tea, juice, yogurt and fruit. Dry cereal was also available. There is a backyard terrace that you can use to eat breakfast or just take in the Castle/Cathedral view. Regrettably it was too cool during the time we were there to use this great feature.

Castle View is only a few minutes walk to the Framwell Gate Bridge and City Centre. While in Durham you can enjoy a North American doughnut shop, Krispy Kreme is located on Silver St. Durham is a nice place to walk around. Strolling along the river was great!

We stayed 2 nights here and from Durham we took a day trip to Hadrain's Wall. Train and bus service worked very well.

We toured the UK and all of Ireland over 5 weeks and this was the best/nicest place we stayed. We would definitely stay here again! Thank you Anne and Mike.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Gunnar_OShea
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MJ_Williams864444, Owner at Castle View Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

A great comprehensive review.
You were a perfect guest. We are genuinely pleased and gratified you enjoyed your stay.
Thank you very much.

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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We went back to Durham for our anniversary/birthdays weekend and were really pleased with the gorgeous B&B - it was a real treat! Very luxurious from the linens to the en suite. We had the front room but weren't disturbed by noise at all. Actually, we popped into the pub opposite, lured by the live music, and had a great time reliving our rock phase days! Right near the town centre, it's a quick walk to anywhere and easy to get back again. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Kirsty T
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MJ_Williams864444, Owner at Castle View Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Kirsty we love it when our guests get immersed in the atmosphere of the area - it's a real university experience isn't it. With all the atmosphere of a medieval city.
We always say - if your main criteria is peace and quiet why come to a vibrant centre like this.
All the best.
Mike/Anne

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

We spent one night here on the way North.
The room was of high standard and the ensuite bathroom was very spacious.
The bed was very comfortable. Our room was on the front and our sleep was interrupted by two lots of rowdy revellers! This was probably a rare occurrence as we thought the noise came from students just arrived tor the new semester!
The breakfast was very good and well presented.

Room Tip: Our room was on the first floor on the front, very spacious and comfortable.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank skyjilly
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MJ_Williams864444, Owner at Castle View Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Yes weekends are lively here but our sound proof glazed windows shut out nearly all noise.
When locked ! ! ! Silence usually reins after 11pm weekdays and 2 ish on Fridays/Saturday.
But hey you are on weekend holiday and you are young.
Best regards
Mike

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We visited Durham in September and spent three nights at the Castle View. What a great B&B! The rooms and bathrooms were exceptional in spaciousness and decor. Being within a hundred yards or so of Framwellgate bridge it is in an ideal location for walking the city. Parking spaces are available on the street out front with passes available from Anne the owner. Breakfasts were very good. I would highly recommend a visit next door to St. Margrets Church which has beautiful stained glass windows and furnishings. I would not hesitate to visit the Castle View again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Okiepeach
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MJ_Williams864444, Owner at Castle View Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2014

Hi Okiepeach !
Thank you so much for you lovely comments.
You really seemed to enjoy your three night stay soaking up the medieval environs of our beautiful city.
We have many really nice guests and I am happy to say that you are amongst them.
Maybe you could come again - I would like to think so.
Best wishes
Anne

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