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Crook Hall & Gardens

Frankland Lane | Sidegate, Durham DH1 5SZ, England
+44 191 384 8028
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Fabulous destination for afternoon tea and garden appreciation!

This was a rescheduled visit for us (thanks to the snow earlier in the year) - but we definitely... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
B4600ALclaireb
Afternoon tea

Came for afternoon tea for a birthday 🍰 lovely service and plenty of choice on the afternoon tea... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amy C
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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 4 days ago

This was a rescheduled visit for us (thanks to the snow earlier in the year) - but we definitely benefited in the end! The staff were so incredibly welcoming, attentive and accommodating - adding nice touches like an impromptu additional cake slice with candle for...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came for afternoon tea for a birthday 🍰 lovely service and plenty of choice on the afternoon tea. Great staff, who even lit a log fire to keep the room warm as it was winter

Thank Amy C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the gardens on May bank holiday in glorious weather. There was a Mary Poppins weekend for children which was certainly a huge success with lots of children dressed as chimney sweeps and Mary Poppins. Delightful! The gardens are beautiful . I loved every one...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Crook Hall today as a birthday treat for my daughter and two granddaughters. We had pre booked afternoon tea, stating that one of my granddaughters Is glutton free. The morning that we were booked for I rang to say could they make the glutton...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here one morning. What a find the gardens are amazing and you get a very good map and guide. The house is open and again it is truly amazing. Well worth a trip.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 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

1  Thank douglassearl
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

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 11 April 2018 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 6 April 2018

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

Thank Grandrea29
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 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.

Thank lawsonwsly
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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
12 June 2016|
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Response from CrookHallGardens | Property representative |
yes in the café
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