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Lumley Castle

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • It's a 14th-century courtyard castle set in nine acres of parkland
  • The Grade I-listed property has flagstone corridors lined with busts, and a bar with gilt paintings and floor-to-ceiling bookcases
  • The cities of Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland are all within 25 minutes' drive

"Very comfortable feel. Plenty of places to sit and relax. Staff very helpful and friendly."
Sep 5, 2018 - Scarborough, United Kingdom
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Lumley Castle sits on a hilltop above a wooded valley in County Durham. Now a 4-star hotel, the 600-year-old fortress retains "a real sense of theatre", says The AA Hotel Guide 2018 -- "you are left in no doubt that you are in a proper castle".

Chester-le-Street town centre is less than 10 minutes' drive or a 30-minute walk away. It's home to the Riverside Ground cricket venue and an 11th-century church, as well as shops and restaurants.

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, is 20 minutes' drive away, as is the Penshaw Monument -- a 70-foot-high replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens -- which has panoramic views and features on Sunderland Football Club's emblem. Newcastle and Sunderland are both around 25 minutes' drive of the hotel.

Durham Castle and Cathedral -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- and the 13th-century estate of Crook Hall and Gardens, are 20 minutes' drive away. The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is 30 minutes' drive.

Dining options include the Library Bar, the Black Knight Restaurant (for à la carte lunches and dinners) and The Barons Hall, which hosts Elizabethan-style banquets followed by a disco in the castle dungeons.

Courtyard Doubles are in the building adjacent to the Castle. Castle Double rooms are in the Castle building and are accessed via a spiral stone staircase. All rooms are individually designed and have décor in keeping with the property's medieval feel. Wi-Fi is free.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: There is no extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(27 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Lumley Castle Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Very comfortable feel. Plenty of places to sit and relax. Staff very helpful and friendly.
Other Comments
Downside, not enough light in bedroom and nowhere to put toiletry bag in bathroom.
Ann Sep 05, 2018 Scarborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely setting near to the venue we were visiting.
Other Comments
Room 92 in courtyard was tiny, in the eves with low ceiling and dark period colour decoration which only made it feel smaller and confined. also no wardrobe to hang clothing.
Susan Sep 03, 2018 Crook, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely surroundings plenty of atmosphere friendly and efficient staff.
Linda Sep 01, 2018 Ilkley, United Kingdom
Other Comments
We asked at 15.30 for a table in the restaurant and was told there was nothing available until 21.30 which was too late. We decided to order from the bar menu at 19.40 and 45 mins the food came to the table but was freezing cold. The meals were replaced and came out hot 20 mins later at 20.45. We were provided with a drink whilst we waited but the food should have been taken off the bill.
Tony Aug 31, 2018 HopwasTamworth, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Room was very tiny, only space for an adult to wake sideways. At each side of bed. Only one chair in room. Had to pay an extra £100 to upgrade to larger room. Service and food options in dining room poor. Extremely slow service
Susan Aug 30, 2018 Bridlington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely property, Good value with Travelzoo. Would stay again Ample breakfast Staff - mainly lovely staff but slight exasperation with one of the waitress (long blond hair) which although she tried hard she just couldn't get it right at breakfast - wrong toast (brown not mixed) delivered at wrong time (alongside cooked breakfast instead of after as requested).
Other Comments
Wonderful. Would return
Samantha Aug 30, 2018 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent food, fabulous setting.
Other Comments
Good location for visiting the surrounding area
Joanne Aug 29, 2018 Blackburn, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Ambiance and evening meals
Paul Aug 27, 2018 Littleborough, United Kingdom
Other Comments
The castle is very comfortable and cosy but is kept in a very traditional way as after all it is a very old castle. People should bear this in mind and not expect total modernisation.
trevor Aug 25, 2018 Bolton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
On the outskirts of town in lovely grounds and gardens.
Other Comments
Nice rooms.comfortable beds and friendly staff.
Derrick Aug 24, 2018 Louth, United Kingdom

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