What our Guests Think

"Delicious stay. Thank you." Linda & Chris.  July 16



"We had a wonderful relaxing stay.  Great hosts.  Kynren [a historical son et lumiere fantasia nearby at Eleven Arches, Bishop Auckland] was awesome." Malcolm & Debra.  July 16



"Very nice service.  Food was amazing. Room and beds comfortable, the shower was great.  Overall 5 stars." Lucia.  July 16



"Lucia has said it all! But also wonderfully relaxing.  Jill & Rupert are great hosts.  Really find it difficult to leave. See you again (as you well know)". Lucia's mother, Alcia. July 16



"Peaceful surroundings. Attentive hosts. Relaxing and enjoyable 3 days." Claire & Chris.  July 16



"Very much enjoyed our stay. Appreciated the efforts gone into the guests' folder & green approach." Mike & Fergal.  July 16



"A lovely place, warm and friendly reception. A wonderful stay." Ursula & Wolfgang.  July 16



"Very comfortable, nice welcome, pleasant stay, thanks." Bob.  July 16



"Marvelous, charming room/ Bliss, lovely hosts!" Gerry.  July 16



"A delight.  Thank you. Very welcoming & peaceful." Tim.  June 16



"A lovely early welcome - with afternoon tea - delightful.  Rooms are superb" Ann and Andrew.  June 16



"A very comfortable and enjoyable few days. Wonderful breakfasts!" Stephen & June.  June 16



"Wonderful location, welcome and room, could not have asked for anything more. Excellent & thank you" Neelam and Indiejeet.  June 16



"Thank you for your very warm welcome, delicious food, and sharing your home with usWe will certainly return!" Bill & Margaret.  May 16



"Excellent, thank You!" David.  May 16



"A great stay in every way and even better thst we were able to purchase some home-made goodies!" Nigel & Fiona.  May 16


"Thank you for a very comfortable stay.  Everything great - except the snow [snow in April]." Ron en Janneke.  April 16


"A lovely warm and welcoming stay. The breakfasts were amazing. Thank you!" Lesley & Trevor.  April 16


"A very enjoyable and comfortable stay. Very nice breakfasts!" Brian & Clare.  March 16


"Had a fantastic stay. Food excellent, bed soft, dog happy." Douglas & Lynne.  March 16


"Very well looked after; lovely breakfast & cumfy bed." Sheila & Charles.  January 16


"Lovely, comfortable stay. We hope to come again. Thank you." Carol & Michael.  January 16


"Superb B&B, very welcoming, excellent breakfasts & lots of walks for Paddy! (the dog)." Judith & Jim.  November 15


 "Many thanks to Jill & Rupert for such a welcoming, comfortable stay. Everything was wonderfulwith many thoughtful touches. We will certainly recommend to friends." Richard & Rita.  November 15


"The best in accomodation - the owners lovely. Definitely felt like home. Comfortable bed. Great service. Thanks." Ross & Bev.  October 15


"A warm welcome and another lovely stay. 5* accommodation! Thank you" Ruth & Robyn.  October 15


"Very nice stay.  Made very welcome. Lovely rooms. Would come back again." Mr & Mrs R.  October 15


"Thank you for a lovely stay. We really enjoyed having our wedding anniversary here." John & Paula.  October 15


"Thank you for a very comfortable and welcoming stay. We will definitely return!" Liz & Ellie.  October 15



"Thank you for a lovely stay. All wonderful.  Eddie & Poppy [dogs] say thank you too!" Stuart & Judy.  September 15



"Back again - why would we want to stay anywhere else!" Nick & Jean.  September 15


"Wonderful, comfortable stay. Welcoming hosts did not mention [Australian debacle in Ashes] cricket!.Thank you, Jill & Rupert.  We plan to return" Barry & Sally.  August 15


"Excellent in every way - really enjoyed it. Many thanks. George & Whispa [dogs] loved it too xx." Barry & Sara.  August 15


"Fabulous B&B - lots of lovely thoughtful touches. And GREAT Breakfasts!" Karen.  July 15


"Oh, it's very good and such a lovely place." "Fabulous place, lovely people." Libby & Andrea.  June 15


"Thank you for a very comfortable stay. We hope to be back." Ron & Pam.  June 15


"As good as it gets. You have restored our faith in Wolsey Lodges - many thanks." Don & Mary.  June 15


"Thank you, Jill & Rupert, for creating a wonderful warm & welcoming atmosphere. I've thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Wonderful home and ace breakfasts! Hope to come back." Jan.  May 15


"Thank you for a lovely couple of days. Your home is wonderful!!! Hope to return." Colin & Karen.  May 15


"A lovely warm welcoming home. Well worth its Gold status. Breakfast excellent." Carol & Roger.  May 15


"Thank you for your hospitality. Delicious gluten-free options! We will visit again and tell friends." Srdja & Enna.  May 15


"Thanks for a lovely stay. Delicious home-made jam, biscuits, bread, etc!!" Jean & Alan.  April 15


"Perfection in the detail, and every detail is perfect. Thank you both." Maris & Phil.  April 15


"It must be the most comfortable B&B I've ever stayed in. Loved the special little touches. Thank you." Carol.  April 15


"Very comfortable and a nice place to spend the night. Thanks." David, Marion, Amy & Joanna. March 15


"A very comfortable rest.  Thank you." John. March 15


"A very special thanks for all the extra help you willingly gave to my (stroke-bound) husband. Everything super. Thank you so much" June, Bill Christopher & Dan.  February 15


"Lovely stay.  Will recommend & will be back with our dogs next time.  Many thanks." Lynn & Terry.  December 14


"Excellent hospitality making an enjoyable stay.  Well worthy of the various awards." Jim & Judith (& Paddy, the dog).  November 14


"Amazing, warm hospitality.  We wanted for NOTHING! Thank you so much. We will certainly come again!" Mel & Margaret.  November 14


"Thank you for making us so welcome & comfortable & well-fed.  You thought of everything!  We'll be back." Jane, David & George.  October 14


"Lots of treats - unerringly scrummy - I hope the Lotus behaves and thank you for looking after us so well." Alasdair.  October 14


"We loved the 'eye for detail' touches everywhere.  And the delicious breakfast!" Esther & John.  October 14


"Good to be here again - and even better to go home with a pot of Jill's home-grown/home-made gooseberry jam!" John & Alcia.  October 14


"This is our second visit here.  Wonderful stay again. Lovely hosts, delicious breakfasts, beautiful setting. Perfect B&B! Will be back next year." George & Georgia.  October 14


"Lovely house.  Lovely room. Lovely people. Lovely stay. Thank you." Barrie & Barbara.  September 14


"Thank you for making us so welcome.  A lovely house in a beautiful setting, & great food. Perfect" Foina & Marcus.  September 14


"Thank you for a most comfortable stay with a delicious breakfast and a friendly welcome." Chris & Diana.  September 14


"We are delighted to be here; you are so welcoming and the accommodation is first class - breakfast is still to come!." Judy & Brigid [BTW, they enjoyed the breakfast too...].  September 14


"Jill and Rupert are very welcoming and thoughtful hosts.  Enjoyed a very comfortable few days. Many thanks." Barbara & Melanie.  September 14


"Just right: so many lovely touches and a really good stay on our way home.  Thank you for being so thoughtful about what we could need." Maggie, Philip & Bertie (the dog).  September 14


"Such a lovely comfortable stay, thank you for the special soda bread.  We will miss the wonderful views" John & Jane.  September 14

"A very enjoyable stay.  A lovely house in a pretty area" Mr & Mrs S.  September 14


"Not just all the creature comforts and tasty breakfasts, but beautiful garden and floral arrangements in the room" Fran & Gavin.  September 14


"A lovely, relaxing couple of days in a very comfortable home.  Thank you" Lynn.  September 14


"A lovely homely and friendly B&B. Hope to return for a longer break. Many thanks for a warm welcome, Jill & Rupert!" Simeon & Kathy.  August 14


"Warm & friendly hospitality.  Accommodation excellent & very enjoyable breakfasts. Hope to return - many thanks." Campbell & Agnes.  August 14


"Very comfortable room, lovely breakfast, wonderful location." Rogan & Kerry + Scoobles (the dog!).  August 14


"Ab fab.  5 star act & hospitality.  Highly recommended. Jill & Rupert really brill.  Fab Breakers" Christopher & Lynne.  August 14


"Great hospitality, and lovely friendly welcome.  Thank you!" A & K.  July 14


"Lovely stay, lovely people, stunning views.  Friendly & very relaxing.  Will be coming back.  Thank you." Steve & Gaynor.  July 14


"Thank you both once again!  Great fun & food - thanks for the restaurant recommendation also. The girls really enjoyed the garden too." Alcia, John, James, Seren & Lucy.  July 14


"Another comfortable stay." Liz & Kevan.  July 14


"Well done, Rupert & Jill.  You survived the twins! We all enjoyed and will see you soon." Alcia & John.  July 14


"110 out of 100.  Friendly relaxing stay. Wonderful breakfast and comfortable room.  Hope to return." Christine & Margaret.  June 14


"Most Welcoming. Fabul;ous breakfast.  See again for sure!" Chris & Gray.  June 14


"Wonderful stay again. We look forward to returning to stay again.  Thank you so much." Christine & Richard.  June 14


"Returned at last - and even better than we remembered it from last time." Nick & Jean.  June 14


"Outstanding hospitality in every way.  Thank you, Jill and Rupert.  Best wishes." Keith & Vanessa.  June 14


"Home from home.  Excellent as always." John.  May 14


"Made to feel very welcome, even with 15 minutes from booking to arriving.  Lovely room, clean and bright.  Glad we came to stay. Thank you." Ceri & Peter.  May 14


"Many thanks for your warm hospitality throughout our 5-night stay.  We particularly appreciated all the little extras." Barry & Helen.  May 14

"Superb B&B. Very clean, excellent breakfast, lovely hosts." Ann & Malcolm.  May 14


"Lovely location, lots of attention to detail.Nice touch: home-made biscuits! Lovely hospitality; lovely breakfasts. Thank you." Jayne & Kevin.  May 14

"A great British guest house at its very best. Thank you for a wonderful stay." Charles & Mary.  Apr 14

"V. comfortable - lovely surroundings inside & out!" Alan & Liz.  Apr 14


"Welcoming and interesting hosts, good food (especially Rupert's bread!) in a house that I want to take home with me... A short but relaxing & very enjoyable day." John & Alcia.  Apr 14


"Our first visit of many. Wonderful hosts, great rooms and what a breakfast!" Matt & Sylvia.  Feb 14


"Lovely & friendly.  Great cup of tea in very elegant room. Perfect on a winter's day!" Hannah & Ognen.  Feb 14


"Another lovely welcome on our return visit - coffee, mince pies and a lovely fire.  Lovely room too - looking forward to the breakfast!" Ruth & Alan.  Dec 13


"Fantastic setting and comfort - and even better breakfasts!" Kathryn.  Dec 13


"3 great days & Lumiere nights! Allowed glimpses of the Upper Pennines and a day at Beamish.Dowfold House & hosts, Jill & Rupert, excellent.  Thank you." The Ratcliffs.  Nov 13


"Lovely rooms; log fire in living room, nice cup of tea & home-made biscuits on arrival." David & Frances.  Nov 13


"Both had a lovely stay.  House, hosts and Heidi all great." Sylvia & Doug.  Nov 13


"Lovely stay. We all enjoyed it, including the dogs." Family B.  Oct 13


"Lovely welcome. Very comfortable night. Splendid breakfast. Thank you!" Tom & Jane.  Oct 13


"Thank you for sharing your home - We had a wonderful, too short, visit!." Kris & Keri.  Sep 13


"Two very enjoyable days.  When we are in the area next year, this will be our port of call.  Many thanks." Keith & Barbara.  Sep 13


"Needless to say we will bw back this year.  We so enjoy coming here.  Many thanks. Excellent." Christine & Richard.  Sep 13


"A lovely restful night, and a delicious breakfast.  Thank you." Marion & Stewart.  Sep 13


"A lovely restful night, and a delicious breakfast.  Thank you."  Elizabeth & Paul.  Sep 13


"Lovely stay.  Great bed, great breakfast!"  Gill & David.  Sep 13


"Lovely home atmosphere; great hosts.  Thank you for making our short stay special."  Bob & Judy.  Aug 13


"Does "Thank you" say enough?"  Sil & Ernest.  Aug 13


"We've had a great stay in your lovely house.  Many thanks for everything - your attention to detail is superb."  Margaret & Dierdre.  Aug 13


"Very clean and comfortable. Extremely pleasant hosts. We'll certainly be back - many many thanks."  Mary & Mike.  Aug 13


"1st class establishment, but run informally to create a home from home - many thanks."  Rob.  July 13


"Lovely Victorian house & garden.  Enjoyed our stay very much and welcoming hosts."  June & Jonathon.  June 13


"Very comfortable & dog friendly.  Lovely extras - books, sweets, toiletries etc.  And v. welcoming!."  Linda.  June 13


"Beautiful rooms; wonderful breakfast; a very pleasant stay!"  Margaret.  June 13


"The height of comfort & attention to detail. Very peaceful stay"  Christine.  June 13


"A most exceptional experience.  Everything A1."  Alastair.  June 13


"A lovely home from home, all the little "niceties" that make such a difference."  Brian & Judy.  May 13


"Thank you for your kindness - I'll spread the word!"  Chris.  May 13


"Memorable stay for concert of Elijah in Durham Cathedral."  Philip & Eileen.  May 13


"Many thanks for having us at very short notice, both times.  A beautiful home with all the home comforts, and great hospitality."  Jan & Bonnie.  May 13


 "Thank you for a most enjoyable stay."  The Cs.  May 13


 "Our friends chose well!  Most friendly accommodation in a fabulous site."  Gisela & Paul.  May 13


 "When I booked the accommodation, I felt it was a bit pricey!... Now I have had a lovely stay, I realise it was well worth it!  Fantastic - lovely welcome, very comfortable room with everything I need.  Fab breakfast. Love the fresh flowers & garden.  Many thanks."  Jane (& Florence).  April 13


 "Staying with Jill & Rupert has been a pleasure.  Food excellent."  Jim & Brenda.  April 13


 "Fantastic - thank you!"  Rob & Jane.  April 13


"Thank you for a wonderful stay and thank you for making our dog, Clay, so welcome. Lovely breakfast & room, while tea & coffee on arrival was just the ticket!" Dean & Sarah.  February 13


"Outstanding in every way.  Superb hospitality, lovely room, great breakfast." Donald & Clare.  February 13


"Had a great stay.  Wish it had been longer. Lovely hospitality.  Will be back with my husband."  Avril. February 13


"Comfort and luxurious bedroom. Divine breakfast as always; great attention to detail. Thank you so much for your lovely hospitality." Ingrid & Guy. January 13


"Comfortable room. Superb breakfast. Friendly atmosphere.  What a wonderful house & impressive location."  Gerry. January 13

"Fabulous room, great hospitality, delicious breakfast.  Hope to come back soon." Vivienne & Andrew. December 12


“A wonderful escape.  So nice to be back in Crook and here at Dowfold.”  Donna. November 12


“Thank you so much for such welcoming hospitality.  your home is beautiful.”  David & Rosemary. November 12


“We have had a wonderful five days, but didn't expect snow this morning!  Jill & Rupert wonderful hosts as always.”  Angela & Mike. October 12


 “Perfect: spotlessly clean: comfortable bed: attractive sitting room with open fire and a delicious breakfast.  We hope to come again.”  Jill & Paul. October 12


“Wishing we could stay more than one night.  Thank you for taking us in.  Wonderful spot and hosts. (and SUN!).”  Tom & Laurie. October 12


“A really comfortable stay with a warm welcome.  Thank you.”  Claire & Jonathan. October 12


“Had a wonderful visit - thank you both so much - will be back!”  Simon & Beverley. September 12


“A most comfortable and relaxing stay.  Thank you.”  Martin & Margaret. September 12


“Lovely to reconnect AND excellent accommodations!!.”  Anne. September 12


“What a pleasant stay.  Many thanks.”  Barbara & Geoffrey. September 12


“Thank you for your hospitality - everything first class.”  Jane & Philip. September 12


“Lovely view, breakfast & room.  Thanks.”  Marcel & Astrid. September 12


“We have enjoyed our stay here - lovely breakfasts and very comfortable room.”  Nick & Helen. August 12


“Another fab stay. Sorry to leave, but will return. Thank you again.”  Bev. August 12


“Thank you for a lovely visit.  Everything was great. Food, room.  we will return.”  Family D. August 12


“Thank you again for our stay in this haven of tranquility.  The weather was good and the home-cooked fare excellent as ever.”  Jane & David. August 12


Outstanding.  The best B&B we have stayed in during our many travels over the years.  The hosts have a special quality that makes the guests feel at home, warmly welcome, yet VIPs.  We will look back fondly at our stay & advertise you widely.  Many thanks.”  John & Beth. August 12


“It was great!  :)  .”  Family D. August 12


“It was amazing! So nice & welcoming, everything was great!  :)  I loved it here.”  Sabrina. August 12


“Enjoyed the peace & quiet and the wonderful views. Wonderful breakfast as well.”  Derek & Irene. July 12


“Thanks for a super couple of days.  Wish it had been longer.”  Evelyn. July 12


“Thank you for making me so much at home and so welcome.  A great experience.”  Gus. July 12


“Thank you so much for a really lovely time in your home.”  Hilary & David. July 12


“Deutschland sollte sich ein Beispiel an so einem wunderschönen und liebevoll gestaltetem Bed & Breakfast nehmen.  Einmalig.  Dankeschön.”  Katharina u. Axel. July 12


“We enjoyed staying in your beautiful house. Thanks.”  Eva & Peter. July 12


“Thank you for another lovely stay.  Beautiful house, room & surroundings.  Very friendly & welcoming.  Thank you  :)  .”  Ruth & Ruth. June 12


“Another lovely, comfortable and hospitable stay. Thank you again.”  John & Nuala. June 12


“Can't fault, a really brilliant home, must revisit - just sorry we didn't stay longer. Superb hospitality, we couldn't ask for more.”  David & Denzil. June 12


“Very enjoyable stay, with everything thought of! We will definitely visit again.”  Nigel & Ros. June 12


“The 'highlite' of our trip. So peaceful. Thank you so much.  all the best to you!”        Leona. June 12


“Beautiful.  Thank you.  Hope to have the opportunity to return to stay here & revisit Dad's area again.”  Roger & Donna. June 12


“What a joy to stay here. The comfort & style of our accommodation is superb.  Thank you for your hospitality *****”  Frank & Nora. June 12


“Very comfortable and enjoyable stay.  Back soon.  Thank you.”  John & Nuala. May 12


“A wonderful, relaxing stay. Beautiful house & delicious breakfast. Welcoming and incredibly hospitable hosts. Thank you.”  Rebecca. April 12


“A warm welcome started three days of great service, comfort and excellent hospitality.  V. V. highly recommended.”  Lyn & Mick. April 12


“Lovely home, very comfortable, nice & clean - great service provided.  Highly recommended.  Thank you.”  Nicola. April 12


“Beautiful home & rooms.  Great service. Very nice garden. Awesome view. Comfy beds  :)  . Quiet too!”  Jackie. April 12


“Melt in the mouth biscuits on arrival; lovely room & service.  what more could I ask for?”  Janet. April 12


“Excellent hospitality.  Wonderful stay.”  Mrs R. February 12


“Such a comfortable stay with you.  Many thanks.”  Mrs B. February 12


“Such a comfy bed! Gorgeous breakfast. Made to feel so welcome. Looking forward to returning.”  Deanne. February 12


“Accommodation excellent.  Great Breakfast.  Enjoyed our stay very much.”  Mr & Mrs L. February 12


“Excellent. Enjoyed it very much, in a friendly atmosphere. Thank you.” Eddie & Barbara. January 2012


“Exceptional! Absolutely faultless - the hospitality, the breakfast. We'll be back! Thank you.” Yvonne & Ian. December 2011


“Wonderful hospitality. Thank you.” A, S, G & J P. October 2011


“Very nice & relaxing time spent here - beautiful rooms - great breakfast - love to stay again.” Mr & Mrs T. October 2011


“Was welcomed politely into the gorgeous sitting room whilst awaiting some other guests. Very comfortable and relaxing.” Rob. October 2011


“A lovely overnight stay, very welcoming. Refreshments on arrival were much appreciated. Will come back again.” Shirley & Audrey. October 2011


“Very friendly and welcoming. A lovely spot and excellent accommodation. The perfect place to relax for a few days away.” Martin & Angela. September 2011


“Beautiful old house very welcoming and lovely breakfasts. Will be back.” Kath & Joe. September 2011


“Very welcoming again.” Rory & Wendy. September 2011


“Very much appreciated tea & biscuits on our arrival. Very comfortable bedroom & lovely breakfasts.” Tom & Iris. September 2011


“Lovely stay. V. relaxing. Super breakfast; felt very welcome.” Paul & Angela. August 2011


“Regret having such a short stay here. Everything is excellent. Many thanks.” Megan & Terry. August 2011


“Well worth the title of Best B&B in County Durham. always worth another visit. Many thanks.” Carl. August 2011


“A perfect place for a stop-over; a beautiful home with every possible comfort. Thank you.” Trish & Hayley. August 2011


“Once again, a very warm welcome was given. Lovely quiet room, fantastic breakfasts, an opportunity to relax & enjoy the amazing countryside, as well as meet up with old friends. Hope to see you again soon.” Joyce & David. July 2011


“Very welcome & hospitable. Food excellent, lovely relaxing stay. A joy throughout with stunning countryside and historic Durham.” Gethin & Jane. July 2011


“Thank you for the wonderful hospitality. Fantastic home and so grateful to have been able to experience this in Crook. Thanks, Jill & Rupert.” Paul & Mairi. July 2011


“Lovely comfortable rooms and excellent service. We hope to stay here again soon! ” Joachim u. Ilse. July 2011


“Thank you so much for your kindness - first class; would love to return again sometime.” Dave & Thelma. July 2011


“Excellent Accommodation. Made to feel welcome. Very enjoyable; thanks for the hospitality.” Brian & Judy. June 2011


“So happy to have found you! Could not imaging enjoying a brief stop-over more! ” Jennifer & Errol. June 2011


“Thank you for your welcome & hospitality. Beautiful setting & excellent accommodation & breakfasts. Lovely area for good walks.” Chris & Lynn. June 2011


“Our second visit - thank you for your hospitality and welcome - we will be back next year!" Christine & Richard. May 2011


“Wonderful hospitality as usual. We enjoyed our stay in this lovely part of England. Breakfast superb. Will return again.” Sue & Mike. May 2011


“Thank you for a fabulous stay, and some wonderful recommendations for dinners! Great hospitality!” Jackie & Alan. May 2011


“Lovely B&B with excellent service from Jill & Rupert. Green Room very comfortable & breakfasts great. Hope to return one day.” Bill & Betty. May 2011


“Thank you for welcoming us into your beautiful home. We did enjoy the concert in Durham Cathedral. We shall recommend you!” Ann & Gerald. May 2011


“Scrumptious breakfasts, beautiful house, excellent hosts!” The E family. April 2011


“Such wonderful hospitality & comfort. Thank you so much.” Caroline. April 2011


“First-class, best ever B&B. Polite & obliging proprietors made us very welcome over all our stay. Will be back.” Ivor & Mary. April 2011


“Jill & Rupert always welcome us so warmly into their lovely home that it's always a pleasure to stay. Breakfasts, well...!!.” Mike & Angela. April 2011


“Simply one of our best B&B experiences ever. Thank you so much, and we hope to stay again soon.” Paula & Philip. April 2011


“Enjoyed a wonderful night's sleep. Excellent all round. x.” Rita. March 2011


“Excellent accommodation, food and weather. Thank you for your hospitality.” Steve & Stephanie. March 2011

“Had a lovely, brief, stay. Very warm!” Mr L. March 2011


“A very pleasant stay' so relaxing and so quiet. Thank you so much for the hospitality.” The Cs. March 202011


“A generous welcome, beautiful house. Comfortable room, super breakfast - and such attention to detail. Thank you.” Hilary & Paul. January 2011


“Fantastic service in a beautiful house. It was lovely to be served tea in the sitting room as soon as we arrived. Wish we could stay longer.” Fraser & Emily. October 2010


“A very relaxing and enjoyable stay.” Ian & Catherine. October 2010


“Very friendly host. Clean & comfortable room overlooking Crook. Good night of sleep. Highly recommended” K.T. October 2010


“Very enjoyable stay! Everything one could wish for provided!” Alan & Linda. September 2010


“Excellent B&B: warm welcome, generous hospitality, & absolutely everything thought of. Thank you” Jenny & Malcolm. September 2010


“Wonderful location – thank you for a great stay & being so welcoming” Caroline & William. September 2010


“Thank you for making our first trip to the area very enjoyable, first class in every way. Hope you win competition – we will be back” Graham & Anne. September 2010


“Excellent stay, very comfortable accommodation. Thanks very much” Mark & Alison Gillings. September 2010


“Many thanks for making us so welcome. Excellent accommodation, food & attention. Thank you. Hope to be back” Richard & Christine. September 2010


“Thank you for sharing your home with us. For the style, the smiles and the extra miles. You make this place so special” Joyce & David. September 2010

“Many thanks for your warm hospitality & very comfortable bed. Wishing you all well for the future” Mr & Mrs S. August 2010


“Thank you for a very comfortable stay and a brilliant breakfast.” Ken & Alison. August 2010


“Thank you for another enjoyable stay” Mary. August 2010

“Thank you for a lovely comfortable stay” Elizabeth. August 2010


“Many thanks for your care and lovely hospitality. You have a beautiful home, which is super to share. Hope to see you again” Brian, Cherry, Bob & Sophie. August 2010


“We enjoyed the Green Room, the hospitality and the beauty of the area. Thank you for your attention to detail. Will recommend” Margaret & Graham. July 2010


“Thank you for an enjoyable stay in beautiful surroundings” Jayne. July 2010


“Excellent! Many thanks” Pamela. July 2010


“What beautiful rooms & lovely decorations. So quiet, so peaceful & so welcoming. Thank you” Linda & David. July 2010


“Lovely hospitality. Many thanks (see Ya)” Margaret. July 2010


“Glad we found you. Lovely place. Hope to return again.” O.S. July 2010


“Warm welcome, very comfortable room with lovely views, good breakfast. Thank you” Susan & Trevor. July 2010


“Warm welcome & lovely surroundings” Chris & Joelle. July 2010


“Great place to stay. Welcoming, great food, Lovely views. Will come again” Barrie & Ann. June 2010


“Lovely relaxing stay. Hosts great, breakfasts great, house quiet – would come again. Thank you” Tony & Brenda. June 2010


“Lovely comfortable house and warm welcome on a grey & grizzly day. Thank you” Rob, Nancy & Iain. June 2010


“Thank you very much for the comfortable room, the warm reception and the delicious breakfasts. We had a wonderful stay!” Randal & Wendy. May 2010


“(Mother & daughter) Wonderful stay. Really relaxing. Really comfortable. Fantastic breakfasts. Warm Welcome. Thank you” Dawn & Vhristine. May 2010


“A warm welcome and every comfort. Perfection” Ian & Pat. May 2010


“Wonderful B&B. Lovely hosts and a very warm welcome. Many thanks & see you again” Ray & Trish. April 2010


“We (plus 2 dogs) were made very welcome” Rupert & Elizabeth. April 2010


“Made very welcome and would love to visit again. Many thanks” Dot & Ian. March 2010


“Welcoming & comfortable in a stunning part of the country” Keith. March 2010


“Coming, as we always do, in winter, we couldn’t be anywhere nicer – warm & comfortable. Thank you both” Gwynfa & June. March 2010


“As Ever. Very Good. Will be back ” Maureen & Norman. February 2010

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"Superb B&B, very welcoming, excellent breakfasts & lots of walks for Paddy! (the dog)." Judith & Jim.  November 15





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Green Policies

Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast - Green Tourism (GTBS) Gold award


Right from the word go, we have determined to run Dowfold House as efficiently and with as little harm to the environment as possible. When we bought the house, we didn’t even know that the Green Tourism Business Scheme existed, but we have been very keen to join it so that the “green movement” is encouraged from both a domestic and business point of view.  We are continually looking to reduce our energy consumption, pollution generation and to improve our environmental habits/philosophy.

Here are some of the things we do. We know we could do more, and you can be sure we will, when we can.




  • As of July 2011, we are generating our OWN electricity from 16 photo-voltaic panels on our roof, with a nominal capacity of 3.76 KwH

  • Our electricity comes from Scottish Power under their Green Energy scheme.

  • Almost all our light bulbs are now energy saving ones.

  • We have been totally rewired and try to run as much domestic machinery during the sunniest hours when we are gathering our own or at night on cheaper rate electricity. Time switches are used

  • We switch off as many lights and standbys as possible when not in use

  • Our chimneys and flues are swept once a year for maximum efficiency.  We have a chimney "balloon" to seal the sitting room flue when a fire is not lit in the winter

  • Although it is oil fired, our boiler is modern and fuel-efficient. We are investigating the possibility of supplementing it with a biomass boiler or air- or ground-source heat pump

  • Every radiator has a thermostatic valve, and has a reflective foil backing liner

  • Hot water cylinders are lagged to the maximum capacity.

  • Our loft is well insulated.  An extra 10cm has been added in December 2010, making a total of 25 cm (10").  The new insulation is made of recycled glass bottles.  We have also constructed an insulated box over the loft hatch to prevent hot air escaping upwards

  • Small (0.8litre capacity) kettles are provided in guests’ rooms, so only just enough water for two cups is boiled

  • Flat-screen TVs have been installed in July 2010, and use far less electricity than the old CRT-based units

  • As electrical equipment is replaced, we are making sure that the new goods are A rated for efficiency.


  • In March 2010 we had “Holland” damp-proofing installed.  This is a system where ceramic devices are set into outside walls to dry them out using the principles of condensation. Dry walls equal warmer walls.  No chemicals are used in this method of damp-proofing.

  • In early 2010 we had the drive resurfaced.  The grid containing the gravel is made from recycled plastic.


  • We try to recycle as much as we can.   The council takes away glass, paper, cans and plastics. Guests are invited to recycle rubbish in the porch area between the stables and the side block of the house.

  • We are members of Freegle (where you offer unwanted stuff at no cost) and much of our unwanted “stuff” goes that way, or to a local charity shop.

  • We compost all vegetable waste from the kitchen and garden.  Tea bags go on the compost heap and coffee grounds help deter slugs and snails from tender plants.

  • Much of our printing is done on once used printed A4 sheets. 

  • We are gradually replacing old stock with recycled paper stock.


  • We are gradually fitting more water butts, currently ten, but the capacity for 3 or 4 more is there!

  • Our larger WC cisterns have “hippos” or equivalent fitted, and we are progressively converting them do dual-flush mechanisms.  

  • We encourage guests to drink tap water from a carafe (re-filled each day, with the left-overs going to the garden) in their rooms rather than environmentally expensive bottled water.  


  •  Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast - Plate of home-made biscuitsWe buy as much as we can from local suppliers and farms

  •  Much of our fruit is home grown, in season, and jam is mostly homemade.

  • We or our next door neighbour make all our biscuits for the guests' welcome tea or in the rooms.

  •  Flowers and plants in the house are almost invariably home grown.

  •  Our tea and coffee supplies come from a local merchant or are Fairtrade brands.

  • Jill's green fingers grow so much that we operate a free plant stall, where guests - and others - can help themselves to a wide range of floribunda (I think that's the right word, but it sounds great anyway)

  • We now make our own bread (mostly in a machine – which uses very little electricity compared with a conventional oven) and we do use flour from Northumberland, bought at Bradley Burn Farm Shop.  We hope you enjoy it.

  • March 11 Dowfold House won the “Local Food Hero” award in the North Pennine Dales Love Food “Brilliant Breakfast” competition

  • We are a “Taste Durham” local produce champion from early 2013

  • We are now members of “Taste Club” (www.tasteclubhq.com) and the Local Food Network (www.durhamlocalfood.org.uk)  and also the Durham Rural Community Council – sustainable local food strategy.

Wild life

  • We try to encourage the birds to our garden with several feeders around

  • We keep a wild-life log - guests are encouraged to add to it

  • There are wilder areas for other creatures to shelter and we do have a small pond, with a solar powered oxygenator

  • We also have a nascent wild-flower - well, we hesitate to call it a meadow, but it's a start, and quite pretty

  • Having an old wall around the whole property, there are plenty of crevices for wild things

  •  Litter picking, when out with the dog – we regularly fill a whole (re-used) carrier bag with rubbish.


  • We ask guests to keep the same bed linen for their stay. If longer than seven days, fresh linen will be supplied during the stay.

  •  We have a towel policy of keeping the same ones for a short stay.  When new ones are desired, they are to be put in the bath/shower tray.

  •  Where possible, laundry is dried outside.  If wet, on a pulley in the boiler room. A dessicant de-humidifier speeds up the drying – far more energy efficient than a tumble dryer, though we do use one in EXTREME situations!

  •  Most washing is done at low temperatures with non-detergent balls or “green” washing powder. 

Cleaning Products

  • Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast - environmentally friendly toiletriesWe have changed to “green” products.  Ecover and Bio.D are our favoured brands. And we buy these in bulk, refilling containers for ready use.  We like ASDA’s “Eco-friendly” washing powder.  We haven’t found another “highstreet” supermarket own-brand environmental range. However, we have found “Home Scents” based in Hexham  (www.homescents.co.uk),  and have started to use some of their products

  • Lavatory paper and kitchen roll are from recycled paper and facial tissues are made from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approved paper

  • A good deal of cleaning around the house is done with diluted disinfectant, or vinegar and water, re-using spray cleaning bottles, or vinegar and bicarbonate of soda

  • A carpet sweeper, rather than a vacuum cleaner is often used

  • Guests are asked to use the liquid soaps and washes provided rather than the miniatures

  • A choice of non-SLS toiletries, often organic, is also available.  The Naked range (www.nakedbodycare.co.uk) has no parabens, SLS, petrochemicals or phthalates and is supplied in re-cycled plastic bottles.  We also offer the Cole & Lewis range (from our wholesale hotel supplier) which is “free of SLES, parabens and propylene glycol, and is made in the UK”, supplied in bulk 5-litre canisters.


  •  We don’t live on a bus route and most of our visitors do arrive by car. However, we always send out details of public transport with our booking confirmations, bus and other transport timetables are readily  to hand in the house and we do have storage for bicycles

  • We can arrange bike hire for guests, with the bikes being delivered to Dowfold House for guests' use.

Besides the GTBS, we are members of the local Weardale Visitors Network, Visit Britain, the National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society, and are listed with the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.