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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Latest News on Dowfold House


18th April 2015: 
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Nothing to do with Bed & Breakfast, but if you're a car enthusiast, you might like to watch this video: just click on the picture to start.  It shows Rupert driving and talking about his Lotus Elise, and was made by the good folk at AutoTrader.  Enjoy - and if you really like it you can come to stay and he'll give you a spin in it.  Any excuse...


31st July 2014: 
Wolsey Lodges R Us

Wolsey LodgesHave you heard of Wolsey Lodges? Well, Wolsey Lodges offer luxury bed and breakfast accommodation, for long and short holidays and breaks, in a network of what are probably the most gorgeous country and town houses you can find.

AND, as of today, we at Dowfold House Bed & Breakfast have passed the rigorous selection tests - and ARE one! We're very proud, and looking forward to meeting lots of guests who expect the best - and trying our very hardest to give it to them. Find us HERE and come to see us soon.

 1st April 2014: 
Our Breakfasts Are GREAT - Official

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We've been awarded the Taste Durham award for Highest Quality Assured and Local Product Champion for 2014.  The award is judged independently by Quality in Tourism (QiT), who work on over 20 such schemes in the country.

AND, with a score of 96%, Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast is rated among the top 3% of ALL eateries enrolled in QiT Initiatives in England & Wales. 

So, if you'd like to sample one of the best breakfasts anywhere in the country, just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or give us a call on 01388 762473.  We'd LOVE to see you!



 6th July 2013: Charge your electric car here - FREE


 We've installed a PODPoint charger, for the FREE use of our guests, just by the garages.  It's a 3.6Kw charging point, with a J1772 connector, suitable for (among others):

  • Nissan Leaf
  • Toyota Plug-in Prius
  • Vauxhall/Opel ampera
  • Mitsubishi iMiEV
  • Citroen C-Zero
  • Peugeot Ion

Best of all, it's FREE to guests and - at the moment - anyone who wants to drop by for a top-up.  If it's sunny, then most of the electricity will be coming straight from our solar panels, so it won't really cost us much either!

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 28th January 2013: We win top TasteDurham Accreditation

Having been inspected by Quality in Tourism - who loved our Eggs a la Dowfold (see below) - Dowfold House has been awarded TasteDurham's two highest accolades - "Highest Quality Assured" and "Local Produce Champion".   This confirms the quality of our cooking and the use of local ingredients to generate one of the best breakfasts around.  

15th October 2012: A Winter Warmer of a Breakfast


We've been practicing for months but now the Eggs a la Dowfold House can at last be released on an unsuspecting (though, hopefully, expectant) World.  Marrying poached eggs with smoked salmon and other good things, we think you'll love it.  for full details, click HERE.


8th August 2011: Dowfold House powered by the Sun...

No, NOT the Newspaper - although we do burn it whenever we can, but 16 magnificent solar panels, producing nearly 4KwH whenever the sun shines.  The Northern Echo was impressed; click HERE to see what they said about it.

29th March 2011: Dowfold House's GOLD shines even brighter...

Dowfold House The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) inspected us on 29th March and not only confirmed our GOLD Award from 2 years ago, but gave us a higher score - 86%, up from 80%.  We are of course delighted, and are aiming for GOLD Plus, once we've installed our photovoltaic generation system, and upgraded our boiler system from oil to wood pellets - both schemes are being actively pusued right now.

22nd March 2011: Dowfold House's Brilliant Breakfasts recognisedlocal food hero cert-h160

FIRST, we won the Best B&B Breakfast in Weardale, Allendale and Derwent Valley - judged by Bill Oldfield, of OldfielRegional winner cert-h160d Restaurant fame. 

THEN, we were especially surprised to pick up the Local Food Hero, for using and promoting local produce.  Judge Jilli Cliff described us as: "an inspiration in sourcing and creativity."

Of course, we're much too modest to disagree with such eminent critics.  Find out more about the contest and the judges at Love Food.Dowfold House has picked up, not one, but TWO awards at the Love Food Brilliant Breakfast Competition for the North Pennine Dales.


December 2010: We have seen the future, and the future is...  GREAT Coffee!coffeemachine

Guess who got a shiny (and BRIGHT RED) coffee machine for Christmas...?  It's a really good quality de Longhi model, and makes excellent espresso, froths the frothiest milk, and is clever enough to froth the milk at a higher temperature than for making coffee - too high a temperature "burns" the coffee and makes it bitter; too low and the froth just, er, isn't.  Clearly, we've had to test all the permutations (we do suffer you know...), and are just working through a dizzy range of different coffees to find the perfect blend for each occasion.  If you have any favourites, do let us know.

November 2010: AT LAST, we've got around to making our own bread

Given that Rupert used to be a Master Baker (with a "K"...) in his youth, it's odd that it's taken him so long to get around to adding home-baked bread to the menu.  The real reason?  He'd completely forgotten how.  As a baker he never made fewer than 100 loaves at a time - which is EASY.  ONE is almost impossible (says Rupert...).  Enter the Panasonic SD257 Breadmaker!  It is actually excellent, and we are now churning out delicious bread - using local Northumbrian wheat, stone-milled in Stamfordham and Berwick in Northumberland.  Jill says she'll never eat shop-bought bread again.  So, most afternoons, arriving guests are regaled with the scent of fresh-baked bread (we already home bake croissants and pains au chocolats, so it smells good in the morning too).  See our Suppliers page for more details on the flours we use.

12th October 2010: Dowfold House WINS at the Regional Tourism Awards FINAL!North East Award logo - WHITE 224

Dowfold House has won the SILVER Award for the Best B&B in the North-East, run by North-East Tourism.  Fantastic!  Congratulations to our fiendish competitors, St. Cuthberts, in Seahouses, who deservedly took GOLD, and to Springdale House in Redcar, who took the BRONZE.  It was a lovely evening - our table took a whole rash of awards, including Killhope Lead Mine, Cowshill, and Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester (both GOLD), as well as Blackthorn Gate Self-catering cottages at Nunthorpe, and the Barn at Beal (BRONZE), so goodwill (and other stuff) flowed pretty freely.  On the next table, fellow-member of the Weardale Visitor Network, Stanhope Tourist Information Centre at the Durham Dales Centre scooped a splendid SILVER. I've said it before, but our success is really down to our guests and the GREAT things you have said about us, online and in our Visitor Book.  It makes all the difference and we are most grateful.

Ummm... if you WANT to see us on video, click HERE (not for the faint-hearted...)

September 2010: Dowfold House makes the FINAL!

Well! We've JUST heard that Dowfold House has made the Final for the competition for the Best B&B in the North-East, run by North-East Tourism.  Fantastic!  We'll be at a smart black-tie Awards Dinner on 12th October (far too excited to eat anything...) to learn our fate.  The winner goes on to represent the North-East in the National finals early next year.  We entered in May, heard we'd been put on a short-list of 11 in July (out of 77 entrants), when we were mystery-shopped by a nice lady, and now we've made the TOP THREE!  It IS actually, all down to our guests and the GREAT things you have said about us, online and in our Visitor Book.  It makes all the difference and we are most grateful.

July 2010: We'll take ANYONE here: People, dogs, cats, newts... and now HORSES!

As of now, we're delighted to be able to offer overnight stabling to anyone with an equine friend.  Our next-door neighbour, Pat, (NEIGH-bour - geddit)? would be very pleased to offer stabling to anyone with a horse, from around £25/night (subject to availability).  If this is of interest, call us and we'll put you in touch with Pat, who can arrange what you need.

May 2010: FREE Energy-Saving Bulb

As part of our Green initiative, all guests are offered a FREE energy-saving light-bulb with our compliments. We’ve been using them for years now, and they have come a long way since slow warm-ups and glary unfriendly light. They still use about 5 times less energy than an incandescent bulb, and last for ages. [they are also getting quite cheap, so it's not THAT big a gift…].  UK-specification bulbs only; no warranty expressed or implied.

April  2010: Dowfold House goes REALLY local on biscuits!

If you thought that getting your biscuits from a local baker's was the ultimate in supporting local enterprise, think again.  Having scoured the world for biscuits, we have found the perfect partner ... in our own road.  The lady is too shy to be named online, but her biscuits have finally reached a wider audience than just for her voracious son!  Linda has been making biscuits for, well, longer than she cares to admit, and they are VERY good - and going fast.  ONLY available to Dowfold House guests - now THAT's exclusive!. 

March 2010: Durham County Council FINALLY gets round to recycling plastics in Crook

AT LAST!  Ever since we moved to Crook, we've been pestering the local authorities to recycle plastics.  For us, 'twas the final frontier - otherwise our landfill waste is minimal, what with composting, recycling, Freegling (quite legal...), re-using carrier bags until they split their contents over the car-park, and trying not to buy the stuff in the first place.  Indeed, we had gone as far as getting a private contractor to take our plastics for recycling.  BUT, they went under.  We've now been told that, from April 6th, plastic recycling is going to happen!  So, those perennial guilt-trips - plastic milk cartons from the supermarket -  will be (slightly) less so.  We were promised this over a year ago and saved up over 100 bottles in keen anticipation.  Then, cancellation (not postponement...).  With much regret our (precious?) collection went to landfill.  BUT, we're saving up again now!

March 2010: Discover Weardale goes online    WVN Logo colour

After much effort, the Weardale Visitors Network, a local band of tourism businesses, has created a new information resource,  specifically covering Weardale (essentially running from Crook up to the North Pennines).  It features attractions, activities, where to stay, where to eat, key local events and much more, and is well worth a look.  Thanks to Gary & Hazel Coppack and to Teesdale Marketing for all their help in creating what is really an excellent information resource - which continues to grow and develop.

February 2010: Durham Monopoly comes to Dowfold House

I don't know if you've seen them, but you can now get local editions of Monopoly.  There's now a Durham Edition, and we just had to get one.  It plays to the same rules, but replaces boring old Mayfair et al. with local places and features.  It's permanently set up in the Sitting Room, so come and have a go!  (No violence, though; I know Monopoly can excite fierce passions...)

January 2010: No more snow, just a SPLENDID new drive

At last! the drive is done, and it's GREAT.  Mainly gravel, it's been laid on a special grid, so that the gravel stays on the drive, not on the carpets.  It seems to work well, but early days.  What it DOES mean is no more holes in the drive, and no more puddles, as it's really free draining.  Come and see!

January 2010: The snow has "Driven" us to despair!

We were just having a nice new gravel drive laid, and the men were nearly finished when the SNOW came.  So, we've spent the past three weeks peering over (snow-covered) mounds of gravel and spoil, and navigating fearfully around various holes - and my FAVOURITE car is stuck in it's garage, with no way out.  Disaster.  We're still open, though, and the drive is usable, if not (in the least) pretty.

November 2009: THREE Nights for the price of TWO!

For double or twin-room stays of Three nights or more, completed by 31st March, we are offering a free night!  So a three night stay costs just £125 (down from £185); a four night stay just £185 (down from £245) and so on.  Book early to beat the rush!

October 2009: Now, we're so Green, we're GOLD!

Dowfold House has been awarded a Gold Award for our Bed & Breakfast business in Crook, County Durham, by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS). 

As the Assessor put it: “Dowfold House is a Bed & Breakfast in Crook, excellently located for exploring the Durham Dales and has achieved a GOLD Green Tourism Award. Much of this continued success is down to the hard work and enthusiasm shown by the owners. The business scored consistently well across the Management, Communication, Energy, Water and Waste sections. Measures of particular note include excellent resource monitoring, a well displayed visitor charter, an efficient boiler, use of ecological detergents/ cleaning products, comprehensive recycling collection and good information on local attractions.”

  • To see the full Press Release, click HERE
  • To see how Wear Valley Mercury covered the story, click HERE
  • To see how the Northern Echo covered the story, click HERE

September 2009: We WIN a SILVER Award!

We have been awarded a Silver Award for our Bed & Breakfast business in Crook, County Durham. To get this, we had to score an AVERAGE of 75% in all areas of assessment – and we got 79% - phew! 

As the Assessor put it: “Dowfold House continues to offer high levels of warm hospitality, service and comfortable rooms. It is easy to understand why there are large numbers of repeat visitors. All are welcome and made to feel at home. Best wishes for continued success and congratulations on your achievements.”

  • To see the full Press Release, click HERE
  • To see how Wear Valley Mercury covered the story, click HERE
  • To see how the Northern Echo covered the story, click HERE

June 2009: FREE entry to Durham attractions, and other offers

Some 20 attractions in County Durham are offering a range of special offers to visitors to the region.  Places such as the Botanic Gardens, Crook Hall & Gardens, the Durham Light Infantry Museum, Durham Castle, the Old Fulling Mill archaeological museum and the Oriental Museum, (all in Durham); Diggerland in Langley Park, the Castle and the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, the Play Shack in Shildon, Beamish Wild, Tweddle Animal Farm, the Tanfield Railway, Killhope Museum are offering “2 for the price of 1” entry tickets, while others such as Weardale Off Road, Joseph at Dalton Park, and the North of England Trike Tours are offering generous discounts.  Terms and conditions will apply.  We can get any of these offers on behalf of our guests, or you can download the vouchers yourselves at http://www.visitcountydurham.com/site/durham-deals 

September 2008: a GREAT new film about Durham - city AND county

For September, the EnjoyEngland web-site is featuring a lovely short film by Simon Calder, extolling a few of the many attractions offered by our fair city and County.  Click HERE and choose film 1 from the list on offer.

August 2008: We're FAMOUS!

Or, at least, we're featured in the Wear Valley Mercury, who were keen to write up our Silver award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.  Click HERE for a scanned copy of the article, and HERE to visit the Wear Valley Mercury web-site.

3rd/4th October 2008: Great North Run AND Durham University Freshers week.

As usual, demand for accommodation on this weekend is HUGE every year... and it's all gone.  People who MIGHT have space include:

August 2008: Our 4-Star status is confirmed

Following our annual inspection by Quality in Tourism, who run the quality assurance programme for Bed & Breakfasts on behalf of VisitBritain, the AA and the RAC, we have had our 4-star rating confirmed for another 12 months.  This means we have been judged as very good in the key areas of Cleanliness, Hospitality, Breakfast, Bedrooms and Bathrooms.  (We knew we were already, but it's good to have it independently confirmed).  For a full explanation of what the star rating system means, click HERE, and look under Serviced Accommodation. NEXT year, we're going for a Silver or Gold Award (for outstanding performance within a specific Star rating). 

May 2008: A New Room comes on stream

At last, our new Red Room is ready.  It features a comfortable double bed, pleasant decorations, a luxurious deep pile carpet, and a wonderful (RED) ensuite shower room with a huge shower (900 x 1400mm).  Everyone who has used it so far has RAVED about it - in a good way of course.

This means that the Blue Room is heading into well-earned retirement, prior to a thorough refurbishment.  It really does need a break.

April 2008: Fresh-baked croissants and pains au chocolat for breakfast

We've always wanted to offer fresh-baked produce in our breakfasts.  We did know of some wonderful deep-frozen pastries that we prove overnight, then bake fresh in the morning, but could we find them?  Now, courtesy of local farm shop, Lowfields, we have a secure supply.  They are at least twice as good as any others we've tried, so we are DELIGHTED - and we hope you will be too.

February 2008: The Pink Room has been revitalised

We are doing a large refurbishment operation, with new bath- and shower rooms, redecorated bedrooms and other stuff.  The first fruit of this is a shiny new Pink Room, with sink-in carpet (pink, of course...), Wilton wallpaper, and the cupboards done over in no less a shade than Pale Twine.  As for the bathroom... 

Gone is the cavernous bathroom of yore, with its delightful bath and cramped shower, down all those steps.  In its place is a bright, modern bathroom with a splendid "P"-shaped bath, which accommodates a decent-size, well-screened flat-floored shower space at one end.  Massive mirrors add to the ambience, and, well, it really is PINK.  Have a look HERE.

The rest of the refurbishment is nearing completion, and will deliver a further double room, with an ENORMOUS (900 x 1400mm) luxury shower.  A complicated new plumbing system ensures that there is lots of hot water for all the bathrooms, at decent pressure, and the overall effect is (biased comment here) GREAT.  Watch this space...

February 2008: Dowfold House HAS GONE GREEN - with a silver tint

Following our application to the Green Tourism Business Scheme, we have been assessed and found not so much wanting, as needing a SILVER award.  Needless to say, we are delighted, and determined to go for GOLD next year.  See below for further details. 

January 2008: Dowfold House goes GREEN

We have signed up to the Green Tourism Business Scheme.  This is a scheme that assesses businesses in the UK for their attitude towards and contribution to the environment, and issues different levels of award according to how green a business is.  It covers much more than just low-energy light-bulbs, or us not wanting to change your sheets or wash your towels (which we will always do on request)! 

Supporting a more sustainable tourism with the help of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) -
  • Benefits the environment by conserving resources
  • Reduces waste
  • Reduces costs through efficiencies and staff awareness
  • Fulfils customers expectations of businesses to look after their environment
  • Offers business customers in particular green certified suppliers they are increasingly demanding
  • Improves the customer experience
  • Improves the quality of the service we provide
  • Benefits the local community
  • Supports the local economy
  • Reduces congestion and pollution
  • Enhances the natural environment

May 2007: Green Room gets ensuite

The Green Room has been refurbished from scratch and makes a delightful, sun-drenched bedroom with stunning views to the South West over Weardale and Hamsterley Forest.  Carefully furnished, we've designed it to take one, two or three people in comfort.  AND, now, it has its own luxuriously equipped ensuite shower room