South Causey Inn, Durham – Overnight Stay*

The South Causey Inn, located not far from Beamish in County Durham, is a real local gem. I have written a few posts already about their food but never had the pleasure of staying over. We recently took part in a clay pigeon shooting activity in the grounds which was excellent fun. It seems there is something for everyone at this family friendly hotel/ restaurant/ local bar.

I’d been the guest at a few weddings held here and was interested to learn the owners had spent a lot of money on creating a new venue within the grounds. The Old Barn is a separate building which is serviced by its own car park and affords stunning views over the Beamish Valley. I couldn’t help but be impressed as I was given a guided tour around the facilities. With its own chapel, a bar area and grand dining room which was dressed with blossoms and twinkling lights, it is perfect for anyone’s fairytale wedding. There’s been a lot of positive feedback from the brides and grooms who were among the first to use this premier wedding venue and it’s not hard to see why.

The Old Barn – South Causey Inn Photo Credit: South Causey Inn

The Old Barn – South Causey Inn Photo Credit: South Causey Inn

The Old Barn
Photo Credit: Phil Smith Photography

Photo Credit: South Causey Inn

The Old Barn Photo Credit: Phil Smith Photography

There have also been some renovations taking place in the other function rooms, including the addition of a private garden for the Durham Suite so those getting married here can have their professional photographs taken against an impressive backdrop.

After these weddings I have usually either driven or got a (very expensive) taxi back home. It seems like I was missing a trick in not booking one of the stunning rooms on offer. With over 30 to choose from there is something for every budget, but those wanting to splash out on something a little more indulgent can have their pick from spending the night on a converted London Bus, a French Boudoir or a villa straight out from Roman times. We found ourselves staying in The Treehouse recently, which also has its own private hot tub outside. Sat out under the stars enjoying a glass of bubbly, it was easy to forget we weren’t that far from home. The tranquility of its countryside location makes it feel a lot further than the mere 8 miles it is.

Of course, taking along a toddler meant this wasn’t exactly a romantic getaway, but those who struggle finding babysitters will appreciate how accommodating South Causey were. A travel cot was provided for Dinky so she could sleep at the foot of our ‘treehouse style’ bed. She enjoyed lying on the bed with me watching Netflix while eating the complimentary vegan snacks we’d received upon arrival. Nothing was too much trouble, and when we unexpectedly found the wifi had stopped working a quick called to the 24hr reception had the matter dealt with quickly.

You can order room service and the prices are reasonable, but we decided to wander over to enjoy food from the selection of vegetarian dishes the restaurant offers. I’ve never had an issue during my many visits here, as a vegan and otherwise. With a fantastic afternoon tea selection and tasty main courses like the Vegetable Curry I enjoyed during my stay, I feel dietary requirements are taken seriously here.

With a Jacuzzi bath, a very fancy shower and a TV in the bathroom I spent a lot more time than usual in there! Even Dinky enjoyed the tub, which is not something she’s usually keen on. It felt very luxurious and clearly no expense has been spared.

The bed was lovely and comfy and I had a good sleep. I did feel guilty that Dinky decided to have a bit of a wail as I worried about our neighbours’ experience. I can only apologise if you happened to be next door to us on that night!

In the morning I was taken aback by the breakfast options. With freshly made onion bread – which I couldn’t stop eating – a continental breakfast selection, pastries, cereals and hot options I was definitely spoilt for choice. I had the full vegan ‘English Breakfast’, which included veggie sausages.

If you are local and looking for a luxury overnight stay to celebrate an anniversary, South Causey Inn is definitely worth splashing out on. More information can be found on their website here.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x


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