Stunning parkland, a picturesque lake, mouthwatering food and country house charm - just some of the many reasons why Hardwick Hall Hotel remains one of the North East's best loved destinations.
There’s an old saying that you can’t be all things to all people, but in the case of Hardwick Hall Hotel, it proves that you absolutely can.
The elegant country house hotel, near Sedgefield, is surrounded not only by acres of parkland but also happens to have a lake on the doorstep.
Not surprisingly it’s the perfect setting for celebrations, weddings and events but it’s equally as popular as a business destination.
A suite of rooms means it is a popular choice for conferences where it can accommodate from a handful to hundreds of attendees – and that’s without taking into account its seasonal marquees which hosts up to 1500 guests at some of the region’s most prestigious charity events.
That includes the Lobster Charity Ball – this year taking place on 17 May – and the return of the annual Oyster Festival on 27 September.
And of course with great road and rail links and plenty of car parking, it makes the hotel a very attractive option for anyone wanting to organise an event with the wow factor without having to negotiate busy city centres.
Of course it’s not all about large scale events – although this is a good time to mention the popular Hardwick Festival which takes place each August and this year celebrates a decade of bringing the biggest names in music to the region.
Hardwick is also the perfect place for anyone just wanting a night away from it all, or somewhere to use as a base to explore what County Durham has to offer.
The start of the year blues is something that so many people suffer from, so a quick break is the perfect antidote to chase away the post festive season miseries.
One of the current best offers at the hotel is the Sparkling Sunday Lunch and Stay, where your stay begins at Sunday lunchtime with a delicious traditional three course meal, followed by an overnight stay in a deluxe or premier room.
To make it even more of an occasion the hotel will give you a bottle of Prosecco on arrival – plus a hearty full English before you check out the following day.
Food is very much part of the Hardwick Hall experience -whether it’s a vintage afternoon tea served in the comfort of the lounge or a gourmet getaway which includes an overnight stay, Prosecco and £50 per couple to spend in the acclaimed Rib Room restaurant.
Like its sister hotel, Ramside Hall, the emphasis at Hardwick is being able to have a solution to any inquiry regardless if its business, pleasure or leisure.
And it’s only going to get better. Plans are underway for an additional wing of bedrooms and a spa, which will help enhance Hardwick’s reputation still further as a destination in its own right.
If that’s not cause to celebrate then this definitely is – a night for up to six people in the hotel’s Celebration three bedroomed Celebration Suite complete with private terrace and hot tub, two bottles of Prosecco on arrival, platters of street food and breakfast the next day for everyone.
Prices start from an incredible £550 a night – the perfect way to experience everything this amazing property has to offer.
For further information visit www.hardwickhallhotel.co.uk