Dowfold House was built by the Pease family, who owned extensive coal and coke interests in and around Crook.  It was, we believe, built for the local mine and coke-works management.  I plan to put various articles here about the house, for those who are interested.  

This, in fact, was "kick-started" by one of our guests, a Mr John Gibson, who, while doing some other research, took time out to check out the historical antecedents of Dowfold House (or South View, as it was then called).  You can read his article HERE.   As he put it: "We had a great stay with you and really enjoyed your hospitality, and the comfort of the Pink Room, very nicely redecorated. I mentioned at the time of our stay that I would try to find out some more about the history of Dowfold House, and as I recently had access to a large quantity of material relating to County Durham, I took the opportunity to do just that."