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Crook Hall & Gardens

Frankland Lane | Sidegate, Durham DH1 5SZ, England
+44 191 384 8028
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First visit to Crook Hall and Gardens

We had a short trip to Durham overnight and then took in Crook Hall and Gardens. This gem of a... read more

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douglassearl
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Lovely afternoon tea next to garden.

Lovely afternoon tea next to garden. Friendly and relaxed. Enjoyed peaceful outside setting, table... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Yorvik82
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York, United Kingdom
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Crook Hall is a Medieval Manor house built circa 1217 and is one of the oldest inhabited houses in Durham City. Home to the Bell Family since 1995, the Medieval Hall merges into a Jacobean Manor house which in turn merges into a Georgian Town house reflecting its development over the centuries. The Hall provides a spectacular backdrop to the 5 acres of stunning gardens. Visitors from all over the world come to share in the timeless magic of Crook Hall and leave inspired by these idyllic English gardens. Afternoon Tea is served in the beautiful Georgian Drawing Room. We are open from Sunday to Wednesday and welcome visitors throughout the year. We have two modern self catering apartments available in the heart of Durham City. We are a unique, historic wedding venue providing exclusive use of a beautiful and romantic setting. Our Licensed Garden Gate Café is open 7 days a week from 9:30am - 5pm serving breakfasts, light lunches and refreshments along with wines and local ales.
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Frankland Lane | Sidegate, Durham DH1 5SZ, England
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+44 191 384 8028
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a short trip to Durham overnight and then took in Crook Hall and Gardens. This gem of a location - why have we not been here before. Had a conversation with the volunteer gardeners and bumped into the owner Keith who made us...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely afternoon tea next to garden. Friendly and relaxed. Enjoyed peaceful outside setting, table service. nothing too much trouble- thank you.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Crook Hall yesterday despite the dreary rainy day we had a lovely afternoon. We started with tea /hot chocolate for the girls with cake and scones. All of which were very tasty a a fab start to our walk around the hall. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

On a.very rainy afternoon, the welcome, service and afternoon tea was just lovely. A blazing fire was welcoming on a cold wet day. Our waitress kindly walked us through the garden, to the side gate, in the rain, to make it more manageable for our...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely place, friendly staff and just a delight to be there even on a wet and cold holiday Monday. Food was very good and plenty of it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We received our Afternoon Tea vouchers as a gift from our daughter last year and were becoming concerned they would expire, no problem when I rang up to enquire. We booked our afternoon tea at short notice (they like 24 hours notice) but the staff...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On Sunday I visited Crook Hall tea rooms for their "St Patrick's afternoon tea" and it was just delightful, the weather was bitterly cold that day but the tea room was warm and cosy with a lovely real fire burning away when we arrived, the...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Crook Hall does great marketing. From the website, we had the impression that we could spend quite some time wandering through the different wings of the house and that it would be historically interesting. We knew that we wouldn’t be spending time in the gardens...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Crook Hall is an easy enjoyable stroll along the river from the centre of the city. It was a bright, winter’s day when we visited and we loved the gardens and house. There were lots of snowdrops out which were lovely and the gardens are...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Myself,daughters and friend visited for afternoon tea as a birthday treat. What a beautiful place from the gardens to the house, the staff and afternoon tea. You just can’t fault it. The whole experience was faultless. An unexpected treat was a plate with happy birthday...More

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Michelle L
8 October 2016|
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Response from Ferryhiller | Reviewed this property |
According to their website there is nothing on that week. Not sure about buses but it's all central Durham so it's walkable...
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Sharon H
14 July 2016|
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Response from Janetruthe | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Crook Hall does have a lovely apartment to rent, if you google crook hall and gardens you'll see it on their website.
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lorraine17w
11 June 2016|
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Response from CrookHallGardens | Property representative |
yes in the café
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