Providing free WiFi, parking on-site and a garden, the sustainable property of Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast, offers rooms in Crook, 26 km from Beamish Museum and 38 km from Sage Gateshead. This 4-star bed and breakfast offers luggage storage space and a housekeeping service. The bed and breakfast provides garden views and a picnic area. At the bed and breakfast, all units are fitted with a desk. A flat-screen TV with streaming services and DVD player are available in some units. The units in the bed and breakfast are equipped with a hair dryer and a CD player. Guests at the bed and breakfast will be able to enjoy activities in and around Crook, like hiking. Guests at Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast can enjoy cycling and fishing nearby, or make the most of the sun terrace. Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is 38 km from the accommodation, while Stadium of Light is 38 km away. The nearest airport is Teesside International Airport, 39 km from Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.9)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Free parking available on-site


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Room type
Number of guests
1 extra-large double bed
2 single beds
1 extra-large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 3+
This property has made huge commitments towards sustainability by subscribing to one or more third party sustainability certifications.
Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Crook
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  • David
    United StatesUnited States
    Ample parking was available. The hosts are helpful, considerate, and lovely people to stay with. There are many small touches throughout the house and the room that made me feel welcome, including fresh cut flowers in the room and in the common...
  • Jonathan
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Quiet setting, clean and comfortable, lovely breakfast
  • Verity
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Beautiful property in a stunning location. The hosts go out of their way to make your stay perfect. The breakfast is AMAZING. Great place to stay for visiting Durham.

Hosted by Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast

Host review score

Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast
Jill and Rupert Richardson (not to mention our dog and two cats...) 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 - and 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 - and I half-wish I'd thought of it myself, although it sounds better from a third-party. Our rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, all with ensuite facilities, while our home & gardens offer plenty of opportunity for relaxation - or wickedly competitive croquet! Guests love it here. We're proud of our Bed & Breakfast's green credentials, but intensely aware we need to do more. "Green, but without the hair shirt" is our motto. And, from Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast, there's plenty to do. From railway rides to walks and cycle rides; from gardens to more strenuous pursuits. ...
Escaping the rat race, Jill and Rupert bought Dowfold House several years ago as a going concern. Much tender loving care has since been lavished - and it shows. B&B guests, many who return regularly, appreciate Rupert’s background in baking and catering and Jill’s natural affinity with hospitality and attention to detail. Jill is the gardener, while Rupert enjoys singing with the local choral society. Environmental issues are close to their hearts and the household is run with a green ethos making it a gold winning environmentally friendly Bed and Breakfast.
Dowfold House is a lovely Victorian house in a quiet rural location overlooking Crook, right at the heart of County Durham, with wonderful views over Wear Valley and beyond to Weardale and the North Pennines. Built in 1860 for Joseph Pease, local mine owner and first Quaker MP, the house has some historical interest. It is an ideal place to stay when visiting the North East of England. Durham City is just a 15 minute drive away and we are just a few minutes from the A68.
Languages spoken: German,English,French,Italian

Property surroundings

Facilities of Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast
Great facilities! Review score, 9.6

Most popular facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Breakfast
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Alarm clock
  • Garden view
  • View
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.
  • Horse riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible).
  • Electric vehicle charging station
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Luggage storage
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Pet bowls
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Wake up service/Alarm clock
Languages spoken
  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian

House rules

Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 17:00 to 19:00


Until 11:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children older than 1 year are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

1 - 2 years
Cot upon request
£6 per child, per night

Prices for cots are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cots are subject to availability.

Age restriction

No age restriction for check-in. (Only children 1 and older are allowed)

Mastercard Visa Cash Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed


Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.

The fine print

Please notify if you wish to check-in outside of the check-in times of between 17:00 and 18:00.

Please inform Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

Legal information

This property is managed by a private host. EU consumer law relating to professional hosts might not apply.

FAQs about Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast

  • Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Golf course (within 3 km)
    • Horse riding

  • The prices at Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Check-in at Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast is from 17:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

  • Room options at Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast include:

    • Double
    • Twin

  • Yes, Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast is popular with guests booking family stays.

  • Dowfold House Bed and Breakfast is 0.8 miles from the centre of Crook. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.