Holidays & Weekend Breaks
Short Stays at Eggleston
Eggleston Hall is the perfect location for short stay family holidays and celebrations. It’s ideal for weekend breaks, a gathering of friends, a girls get together, or a Pennine walking holiday. We suggest travelling by car. This will allow you to take advantage of the endless things to do in North Yorkshire and County Durham. Otherwise simply enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in this rural idyll.
The website Group Accommodation looks after most of our bookings. The site lists current availability and prices for short stays.
The Hall sits its own grounds overlooking the Tees. The river runs below the house. There are wonderful moorland views over the Durham fells beyond. Guests can also take advantage of the landscaped gardens, woodland and riverside walks. Teesdale is relatively undiscovered and unspoilt!
The walled gardens are open to the public. However the grounds around the house are secluded and private, solely for the use of guests. There is an excellent cafe in the converted Coach House next to the garden centre. There is free access for our guests to the commercial gardens. The house is notably the location for ITV’s Ladette to Lady (DVD’s of all 5 series available to watch!)
Extremely spacious and comfortable the house retains its character. It has the feeling of being a home from home.
What to Visit
For the energetic….
It’s just a few minutes drive to walks to see the spectacular waterfalls of upper Teesdale – High Force, Low Force and Cauldron Snout. For keen mountain bikers, the Descend Trail in Hamsterley Forest will test your nerve and skills to the full. There’s a wealth of choice for weekend breaks. We are in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Pennines, absolute heaven for walkers and ramblers.
For a more relaxed outing …..
Cultural outings should include a visit to the wonderful Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, an awe inspiring French chateau described as the V&A of the North. Raby Castle, once home to the illustrious Neville family, lies just outside Staindrop around 10 minutes drive away and contains many mediaeval items. You can see several mediaeval Neville tombs in St Mary’s Church in Staindrop.
Further afield is the old Bishop’s palace of Bishop Auckland Castle. This is currently being refurbished. During the summer months, guests must visit Kynren with its open air retelling of English history. It has a cast of a thousand volunteers. The world heritage site of Durham Cathedral is just over 40 minutes away. Its stunning new exhibition Open Treasures displays previously unseen parts of the cathedral as well as illustrated manuscripts.
In a similar vein, the monastery ruins of Egglestone Abbey, Bowes Castle and Barnard Castle are all within just a few minutes drive. Rokeby Park, a fine Palladian house is just beyond Barnard Castle and a short walk takes you to Walter Scott‘s Meeting of the Waters. Walk down the Tees for a mile and you arrive at Whorlton Bridge, a very early toll road suspension bridge spanning the river.
For a lazy outing…..
The area boasts many excellent places to eat including the two Michelin starred pub, The Raby Hunt Restaurant, just 15 minutes away in Summerhouse – though you’ll have to book well in advance. Eggleston village (a short walk from the Hall) has a fantastic local pub The Three Tuns with open fires and pool table happily catering for all ages. Other nearby suggestions for eating out would be The Crown in Mickleton – very relaxed or the Rose & Crown in Romaldkirk. Smaller groups could also try The Bridgewater Arms in Winston. There a good Italian restaurant in Barnard Castle, Il Palazzo or for pizza, try Vivo Pizzeria also in Barnard Castle.