South Causey Inn
In brief: Luxury (and quirky) accommodation and great food in the beautiful Beamish Valley.
Our highlight: There are so many stand-out features here, but you’ve got to love the 1960s double decker bus, now a one-of-a-kind bedroom with vintage decor and its own outdoor hot tub.
Insider guide: Mid-way between Durham and Newcastle, this is a fabulous place for a breakaway, whether you’re looking for a little romance or want to spend time with the family. The range of accommodation includes the two-storey Pamper Houses with a whopping indoor hot tub, split level sleeping area and two bathrooms, the Deluxe Hot Tub Rooms with private outdoor tubs (hot tubs are a thing here), or the Courtyard Jacuzzi Rooms, and of course, the bus. All the rooms are beautifully finished and most have stunning views of Beamish Valley or the hotel gardens. The rustic dining room with its eclectic mix of furniture has an ever-changing seasonal menu, a renowned carvery on Sundays and there are regular Yorkshire pudding nights!