Lumley Castle

A Night at Lumley Castle – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night in a castle? We sent our writer Rachel McAlley to experience an overnight stay at the historic Lumley Castle Hotel in Chester-le-Street, County Durham just before the lockdown, and she wasn’t disappointed.

A Night at Lumley Castle – Lumley Castle is a magnificent four-star hotel that dominates the landscape between Durham and Newcastle, and at over 600 years old it still stands proudly overlooking the River Wear. 

Rachel spent the night in a Courtyard Superior Room, located externally from the castle, with just a hop, skip and a jump across the courtyard. The easy-to-reach ground floor room had excellent facilities including; complimentary drinks and complimentary Internet access, flat-screen TV, DAB radio, and quaint bathroom essentials.

Parts of the castle have recently undergone a beautiful refurbishment, namely The Library Bar and Knights Fine Dining Restaurant, of which both were designed with the hotel guest in mind from a luxuriously comfortable perspective.

And, even with the new refurbishment taking place, there were still murmurs of ‘Lily, The Ghost of Lumley’ floating through the castle at night and haunting the castle’s underground well, where she was tossed into hundreds of years ago.

During Rachel’s visit there were no signs of paranormal activity from Lily, but there were signs of excellent service and wonderful food. The Library Bar offered a great cocktail menu and vast wine list in front of an open fire, plus each guest (resident or not) received a dainty dish of complimentary olives and pork scratchings prior to dinner.

Dinner at Knights Restaurant included a freshly baked mini loaf served with a delicate whipped butter and rock salt, and artichoke hearts with cream, crisp and oil (£7) to start. Main dishes included a hearty bowl of lobster risotto (£24.50), and roast rump of salt marsh lamb served with swede, burnt butter, haggis and broccoli (£21). Desserts involved a fresh, hot apple soufflé with crisp sorbet, and tuille (£9), and Belgian chocolate espresso mousse with honey, crumb, sponge, and mango (£7). The standout dish was the perfectly cooked lamb with the uniquely rich haggis.

All the staff were friendly with a relaxed ease, and were able to answer any questions relating to the menu, history of the castle, and even a few ghost stories.

There are plenty of little courtyards, corridors, and tunnels to get lost in at Lumley Castle, especially on your way back to the Courtyard Rooms, and there are plenty of wonderful pieces of art and sculptures to enjoy while getting lost.   

The rooms are spacious, relaxing, and comfortable and the beds are a haven for tired bodies that need a peaceful night in the land of Zzzz’s.

For more information about Lumley Castle, to make a reservation for the future, or to enquire about gift vouchers please visit: www.lumleycastle.com

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