What it is: A boutique eight-bedroom hotel in the heart of Darlington.
Highlight: The delectable afternoon tea with a glass of champagne in the hotel restaurant.
With parts of the building’s history dating back to Saxon times, this Grade II listed townhouse is stylish inside and out with exposed brick walls and hand-picked furniture. The airy bedrooms are decorated with bright and floral colours, and the deluxe rooms boast four-poster beds, wet rooms, freestanding baths, and a bottle of champagne on arrival.
Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF
01325 486011 www.houndgatetownhouse.co.uk