Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester Le Street
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Lumley Castle Hotel
No ordinary hotel!!, or was that motel??from BaddyPurt
Loved Lumleyfrom lovetotravel1704
t like old hotels until this onefrom neilyork
s an affront to the castle, history and customers alikefrom A-non-o-mouse
Staff seemed indifferent - felt sorry for most of them just as you might for anyone who has to dress in a badly fitting theatre costume in order to perform their job.
Moved to a room within the castle itself which was better, but still nothing about the interior was tasteful or really in keeping with any discernable historical period. I think it was supposed to be Victorian, but it was distinctly Hyacinth Bucket/Naff in quality and execution – also very tired looking to top it off. Still it is clear that this is enough to please some people – astonishing really, but there you go.
So expensive and bad value though, you can't excuse it in my humble opinion.
Stay in Durham Castle instead. No brainer.
Beware of the courtyard rooms!!from Rob74
The restaurant wont allow you in if you're weaing jeans and all of the staff (inclusing the cleaners) were in period dress (think Beefeater)which looked absolutely ridiculous and most of the staff seemed thoroughly pissed-off! If you're into 'themed' events and we know that many of our American cousins like this kind of stuff then you'll have a great time. If you're into historic buildings but not looking for a truly naff experience, we recommend you give this place a big miss!
s siter hotelfrom H.D.Snowden
It was just as wonderful as I hoped it would be as I had booked a 2 night stay here to surprise my husband for Valentines Day, Feb 2005.
Unfortunately, due to my late booking I missed out on the King James Suite, but we were placed in a lovely room within the Old Stables, just across the courtyard. The room was beautifully decorated in a gothic/classical style with dark seducing colours and rich fabrics.
The 2-person corner bath was set up several steps within the main bedroom area on a raised plinth with a velvet privacy curtain, great for watching TV whilst surrounded in bubbles supping champers!
In the evening of our first nights stay we first had pre-dinner drinks sat in front of a roaring open fire within the main hotel lounge, part of the 'bar' area was also set within the library area. This was then followed by a meal in the cellar restaurant. It was a beautiful setting with a stone gothic arched ceiling, excellent food and a lovely atmosphere.
On the morning of our checkout, we ordered breakfast to the room, as we weren't quite up to socialising in public after too much champagne the night before! The continental breakfast was delivered in two individual 'boxes' which contained an array of treats to satisfy any appetite.
I can fully recommend Lumley Castle for that extra special treat where oppulance and luxury are well worth paying for!
A real treatfrom eddiemercx
This is a fantastic hotel!!!!from triphell
This will hold a fanastic memory for me because my boyfriend proposed to me the night we stayed there. He knew I'd be embarrassed doing it in the restaurant so he did it in the room as we were all ready to go out. I just did not see it coming and he had the ring and everything so it was unreal!
We had a yummy meal there too that night and champagne even though I was as high as a kite all night and kept giggling and grinning at the staff, they probably thought I was mad. The Black Knight restaurant is lovely, quite dark but very romantic, we chose from the Table d'hote menu and it was beautiful. It was a very warm night so we sat out in the gardens and drank until midnight. David even thought he saw something behind a window which was in complete darkness, I think it was a ghost but only cos I love spooky places and was willing for it to be something. This is a fabulous hotel, which I agree with other peoples reviews can be very dark but it is perfect for it is a very old castle after all and wouldnt look right with bright lights everywhere.
The breakfasts were also lovely the next day and you can have a choice of many hot cooked meals aswell as the cold buffet of cereals, fruits, bread, cheese and muffins.
We have since booked our wedding reception for Lumley Castle next Christmas. It is a bit pricey compared to other hotels but I think it's well worth it and it holds special memories for me and I will come back time and time again and recommend to everyone.
I've also been for christmas functions and cannot fault it.
We love lumley castlefrom micmac75
This is a beautiful, unique hotel. Some of the hotel corridors are dark , but this is in keeping with the 'castle' theme.
The king James Suite is magnificent, with 2 large rooms and a whirlpool bath.
The Castle feature rooms are smaller, but furnished nicely. The do not have showers though, just large baths.
The staff are polite and on our wedding day helped it to be a perfect day that we will never forget.
Top Local Tips for Chester Le Street
Beamish - 5 minutes from Lumley Castle Go if you have time. This attraction is spread over a big site, although once you have paid your entry fee the trams and buses are free, hop on/off at each place to visit. What a great way to go back in time and see how things were. Also has a coal mine which we went down (not too far underground but needed to bend down at certain points so no good if you have a bad back) but very interesting. Fresh bread and scones baking in the old ovens in some of the properties you visit, smells lovely but you are not allowed to taste or buy due to H&S. There is a coffe shop in the main building, and also nr the Farm area around the site. The old town is not as big as it looks on the telly, but there is an old fashioned sweet shop where you can buy Pontefract Cakes, Poor Bens etc, and a real working pub.
dress code We really wanted to dress up in costume for the banquet but decided not to as there was just the 2 of us,we were glad as we made the right choice as nobody was,i would only dress up if there was a big group of you going.
Elizabethan Banquet For parties of four or more, the Lumley Elizabethan Banquet is excellent value for money and a great, fun alternative to dining in the Black Knight Restaurant. Nb. pre-booking is essential not least because the banquets do not occur every night of the year.
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- Address: Chester Le Street - Chester Le Street - England - DH3 4NX - United Kingdom
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