Jill and Rupert Richardson (and our dog, cat and bees) look forward to welcoming you to this lovely, comfortable Victorian house with its delightful gardens. As a small, high-quality bed and breakfast establishment, we aim to provide a comfortable, welcoming, peaceful home for you to enjoy; and we do GREAT breakfasts! - full of local produce.
As a recent, regular, guest put it: “Jill and Rupert at Dowfold House are a class act. They offer bed and breakfasting in grand style, but somehow make it friendly and intimate.” It's a brilliant encapsulation of all that we try to do.
We're proud of our green credentials, but aware we need to do more. "Green, but without the hair shirt" is our motto.
And, from Dowfold House Bed & Breakfast, there's plenty to do. From railway rides to walks and cycle rides; from gardens to more strenuous pursuits. There's something for everyone.
- Number of Rooms / Units
|Room / Unit Type||Room / Unit Tariff*|
|The Green Room||from £90.00 to £95.00 per person (breakfast included)|
|The Pink Roon||from £95.00 to £100.00 per person (breakfast included)|
|The Red Room||from £90.00 to £95.00 per room (breakfast included)|
*Single occupancy of any room from £60 per night.
The Twin en suite may be configured with a third bed (£35/night) and/or SuperKing bed (£10/night) extra cost
- Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme - Gold 2017
- Regional and Miscellaneous Green Leader Platinum Award 2016
- Visit Britain We're Good To Go 2020
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- GreenLeader Platinum
- Very Good4
- Lesley RLincoln, United KingdomFab place in a picturesque settingWednesday, 25th September 2019We only stayed here one night on the way back from Alnwick. We were the only guests that night and were made so very welcome by Jill and her husband. As we checked in she gave us tea and scones. The... Read full review
- W7386KJrichardwTrip Type:FamilyLovely house lovely peopleMonday, 13th January 2020Stayed for one night while visiting son in Durham and from the moment we got there we couldn’t have been more welcomed, the tea and scones were a lovely touch. The room was beautiful and the... Read full review
- stevebV7382BVAthens, GreeceTrip Type:BusinessSimply a really nice place to stay.Wednesday, 15th January 2020Wonderful hosts, lovely rooms, comfortable bed and excellent breakfast. Ideal quiet location, convenient to access Durham, Newcastle and the North East, along with the wilds of Weardale and the... Read full review
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Bookable Product Facilities
- Colour television in all bedrooms
- DVD Player in all bedrooms
- Hairdryer in all bedrooms
- Non smoking rooms available
- Radio in all bedrooms
- Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
- Serve breakfast - Our delicious breakfast is FREE to guests; many of our guests bring in family or friends to join them for breakfast, at £10/head
Children & Infants
- Accept children (Minimum age) - 0
- 24-hour minimum vacancy between guests
- 2m distancing in place
- Advance booking essential
- All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
- Clear signage
- Contactless check-in
- Contactless check-out
- Contactless payment only
- COVID-19 measures in place
- COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
- COVID-19 risk assessment completed
- COVID-19 staff training completed
- Deep cleaning between visitors
- Face mask essential (provided)
- Face masks available for visitors
- Face masks required for staff in public areas
- Floors clearly marked for social distancing
- Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
- Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
- Individually wrapped toiletries
- Meal times must be booked
- Online booking possible
- Open now
- Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
- Queuing system
- Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
- Socially distanced spaced seating
- Staff required to regularly wash hands
- French spoken - On parle francais assez bien
- German spoken - Etwas Deutsch gesprochen
- Italian spoken - Un poco
Parking & Transport
- On site parking - FREE to guests; feel free to leave your car here if you wish during the day.
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Visa accepted
- Central heating throughout
- Garden/patio for guests use
- Ironing facilities
- Pets accepted - We love dogs - they bring such nice owners! 2 dogs per room (£2.50 per dog per night). Stabling for horses can be arranged - please ring.
- Real log/coal fires
- Separate guests' lounge
- Staff Fluent in Languages - Other - Francais, Deutsch, italiano
- In countryside
- Non smoking establishment
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Historic building linked to the County Durham coal mines and the Pease family. See more on our web-site
- WiFi Available
- Cyclists Welcome
- Marketed as green/environmentally friendly - We have a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme, and seek to help our guests enjoy local produce and to visit other Green-rated attractions in the area. We recycle like mad and hope our guests will want to as well.
- Marketed to any other specialist market - We are particularly popular with parents of students at Durham University. We also offer a very warm welcome to those wishing to visit friends and family in the area; lots of people come here for this and find it very convenient. House hunters find us conveniently central for County Durham
- Special provisions for cyclists - In an area attractive to cyclists. Can offer secure inside location for cycles overnight.
- Special provisions for lone female travellers
- Special provisions for walkers - In an area attractive to walkers, walking maps available. A drying room is here for those damper moments!
- Walkers Welcome
Travel & Trade
- Wi-fi available
Bookable Product Facilities: The Pink Roon
- Size in square meters
Bookable Product Facilities: The Red Room
- Size in square meters - 16
|2021 (1 Jan 2021 - 19 Dec 2021)|
* Open all year (except Christmas/New Year), but, having only three rooms, we fill up fast! Book early to avoid disappointment.
Map & Directions
From Crook town centre, head along the A690, direction Durham. You will go up a long hill (Wheatbottom). At the crossroads at the top, turn left into Low Jobs Hill (signposted 'Tow Law 5'). We're about 700 yards along on the left - the last house. If you reach Church Hill you've missed it! (shows on some sat-navs as Hillcrest).
Public Transport Directions
From Durham - 8 miles. Bus from Durham City to Crook market place. Walk from market place up Church Hill to Low Job's Hill, or call us and we'll pick you up.