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Durham's five-star hotels represent everything luxury accommodation should be: chic rooms, first-class hospitality, and outstanding leisure and business facilities. This picturesque county has long been famed for its charismatic market towns and country mansions, and is well suited to romantic getaways, business trips, and weddings.
All five-star hotels in County Durham provide remarkable attentive, yet discrete, concierge services to help you feel at ease the moment you arrive. With a dedicated team on stand-by 24-hours a day, no request you make is too big or too small.
The five-Star Rockliffe Hall, one of the most exclusive hotels in Northeast England, is a terrific country mansion where you can really experience luxury. Enjoy delicious cuisine at its restaurants, benefit from privileged access to the full-service spa, and sleep perfectly with premium bedding in your immaculate, individually decorated room.
Drive or a book a taxi to the handsome market town of Barnard Castle and visit the Bowes Museum, one of Britain's leading museums dedicated to European art. From the acclaimed works of 18th-century French Rococo painter François Boucher, to 15th-century Renaissance masterpieces such as 'A Miracle of the Eucharist' by Giovanni, the venue is one of Northeast England's great cultural institutions.
If you've only time for a short visit, you can see the museum's excellent treasures collection and observe some of its most prized possessions. Otherwise, feel free to choose a souvenir at the shop, enjoy a coffee at the elegant Café Bowes, or explore the enchanting French-themed landscaped grounds. Speaking of France, the building of the Bowes Museum is a magnificent depiction of a French château that could easily be mistaken for a royal palace.
An internationally acclaimed centre of learning, Durham University is one of England's few collegiate institutions where students are taught in individual colleges as opposed to a campus. The city also has an imposing cathedral and castle that overlook the dramatic River Wear valley and have stood for more than nine centuries.
Explore the beautiful Durham Botanic Gardens, then spend some time at Crook Hall and Gardens, another fine medieval landmark with attractive landscaped grounds. Just a short drive to the north of Durham is Finchale Priory, a ruined Benedictine priory that is more than 700 years old and has Grade I-Listed status in recognition of its exceptional historic significance.
Durham's five-star hotels provide easy access to the county's photogenic coastline, which offers plenty of well-marked walking routes where you can admire the wonderful cliff scenery and discover unspoilt coastal villages. Visit the pleasant harbour town of Seaham, which has a pristine sandy beach, a pretty marina, and several charming cafés and pubs.
Seaham is home to another exclusive five-star hotel, Seaham Hall, which offers luxurious rooms with spacious bathrooms. Relax in its full-service spa for a couple of hours, have a dip in one of the indoor pools, and enjoy delectable cuisine on site.