Lumley Castle is a fantastic hotel inside an original medieval castle.
We booked a Groupon deal (bed and breakfast + a bottle of wine and box of chocolates for £129) and it was great value. We were given a courtyard room that had a historic feel while also being very comfortable.
The grounds and courtyard are lovely to explore, just be careful that you don't end up in the background of somone's wedding photos as the castle is wedding central on weekends!
Breakfast was great, cold buffet and cooked breakfast to order - the eggs benedict were amazing!
Although the castle is about 15 mins drive from Durham itself it's well worth staying here just for the atmosphere and experience. The walk up rate of £229 per night (room only) is crazy, but if you can book in advance and get a deal, go for it!More