Around the house
Perched atop a hill with astounding views, amidst woodland and fields lined with sinuous streams and rivers, Eggleston has everything to keep all ages entertained.
Spot a deer delicately stepping through the daffodil field, amble through the extensive grounds, take a picnic by one of the streams or work up an appetite with a tennis match (or two!). Woodland walks are a must, as are river swims – for the brave!
Indoors, enjoy a game of billiards, read a book in the sun-room overlooking the river Tees or showcase your dance moves after dinner using the surround sound system.
For the younger guests, there’s always time for a table tennis tournament, tennis matches, swimming in the river or streams, exploring the woods – or simply snuggling up with a good film in front of the roaring open fire. There’s also a secret door hidden in the house – can you suss out where it is?
As with all the best stately homes, the pleasure of a stay at Eggleston is far more than the sum of its parts. The airy spaces, the sustained architecture, the winding walking trails through the grounds, the various vistas framed, the surprise as corners are turned and beautiful artefacts emerge all within this rural idyll, offer great aesthetic thrills. With its spacious and traditional design – it’s an ideal place to host large parties for any celebrations in a relaxing setting.
Within the locality
Within the local Teesdale and Yorkshire Dales area around Eggleston, there is an abundance of things to do.
For the more athletic, there are plenty of walks for all levels, with easy to challenging cycle routes across the moors. For those looking to get outdoors (who aren’t so keen for a hard-core hike), a jaunt to the local pub for lunch is an ideal way to soak up the scenery in a more leisurely fashion.
There are many dog friendly pubs in the area that are a manageable walk away. The Crown at Mickleton is a beautiful one and half hour walk along the old railway line, with excellent food and atmosphere. Please note, booking is essential. The Three Tuns Inn in Eggleston Village is a great pit stop place on the return from a bracing walk up to Eggleston Moor, or try the old coaching inn, The Rose And Crown in Romaldkirk with its cozy open fires and bar meals.
Added to this, there are plenty of other spots to visit. The Bowes Museum, Raby Castle, Auckland Castle, Beamish Open Air Museum, High Force Waterfall, Kynren or Durham City and Cathedral to name just a few!
Places to Eat
The Three Tuns
Address: Church Bank, Eggleston Barnard Castle, DL12 0AH
Telephone: 01833 650289
The Rose & Crown
Address: The Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 9EB
Telephone: 01833 650213