Sixty - One Durham

Sixty - One Durham

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Sixty-One, Durham is a 4 star boutique country hotel nestled in the North East of England, 15 minutes from the magnificent city of Durham and all that it has to offer. From 4 star accommodation and relaxed dining to exclusive use gatherings. We pride ourselves on bespoke weddings in our beautiful grounds and Venue 61. Come to eat, drink, celebrate with us — and make yourselves at home. This former 16th-century estate, set in spectacular grounds and gardens, has been discreetly modernised to retain many of its original features. Noted for the excellence of its food (booking recommended), the comfort of its accommodation and the friendly customer focused staff Hallgarth Manor is a real favourite for customers looking for conferences, business meetings, wedding celebrations and leisure breaks.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Room features
Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
VIP room facilities
Clothes rack
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Iron
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Classic
Languages Spoken
English
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4.0 of 5 bubbles436 reviews
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Sixty-One Durham garners a blend of feedback, with guests frequently commending its historic charm, comfortable and tidy accommodations, and the relaxing atmosphere it offers. The hotel's proximity to Durham's city center and its picturesque rural setting are also popular among guests. However, opinions on value and room quality show some disparity; while some visitors feel the pricing is justified by the food and amenities, others consider it steep. Additionally, the service, though generally praised for its warmth, has had instances of inconsistency.
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Cleanliness
Mixed
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Inconsistent
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PaulaBen wrote a review Feb 2020
Barton, United Kingdom289 contributions98 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just enjoyed a lovely night away with my daughter in this friendly & welcoming hotel. We had a delicious cream scone tea on our arrival, stayed in a very comfortable twin room with a spacious & stylish bathroom (great shower!), had dinner in the restaurant (really nice food & very generous portions) & then a cooked breakfast the next morning & all for just £129! It was their Dine & Unwind deal & was amazing value for money. A really enjoyable stay & we will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Leigh Taylor, General Manager at Sixty - One Durham
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Thank you for your kind comments! We can’t wait to welcome you back to hallgarth manor soon!
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donelgit wrote a review Jul 2021
Nuneaton, United Kingdom232 contributions52 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 3 nights in clean comfortable room with insufficient storage for stays of more than 1 night IMO. Bathroom was new but minor details could have improved it .e.g. tray for toiletries in shower and the tap stretching over the sink made swilling your face awkward.
Covid rules meant no cleaning or fresh towels during our stay and had to ask for tea, milk etc. at reception when these items have been left outside the door at other establishments.
Food could not be faulted. Well presented and for a hotel, very reasonably priced (they would be pub prices in our area).
Restaurant and orangery furnishings definitely need an upgrade and music from the bar could be heard in our room but this was turned down when requested. The fault lies with the interior designers who thought putting speakers in the bar ceiling (thus, under the floor of the bedrooms) was a good idea. Nuts.
Would we stay again. Yes, even if it was just for the food.
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Date of stay: June 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Shaun S wrote a review Oct 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent two nights in the Sanctuary Suite for a mini-break with my girlfriend.
The room was perfect, even better than I had expected considering how cheap it was. Also, it was situated in a quiet village 10 minutes from Durham city centre: a perfect area for a quiet night, good walking, and easy access to a stunning historic city.
I looked for flaws to understand the costings and I could only come up with three minor issues:
1. You could hear the music playing in the bar/dining area downstairs, loud enough for lyrics to be discernible. However, it was switched off at a reasonable hour.
2. The carpet in the room was a bit scruffy.
3. The coffee machine didn't have the correct coffee pods however, I had breakfast at the hotel and my cup was refilled as many times as I could've wanted.

On the plus side:
The shower room was gorgeous, just as expansive as the photos make it look. being able to shower next to my girlfriend but without compromising on water temperature was a joy. The toiletries provided were high quality and felt nice on my skin, I didn't use the ones I brought with me.
The bed was comfy, allowing a good nights sleep. The room also got dark enough to sleep well.
However, for both of us, the bath was the dreamiest aspect of this stay. We could both relax in it and watch films together, whilst enjoying the chilled prosecco already waiting for us in the room. I have never felt so relaxed or been able to stay somewhere so pleasantly decadent.
There was also a mistake made on my part to do with billing and the staff, especially Christine, have bent over backwards to help remedy it.

Would I change anything about the stay?
The only thing I might change would be the fact that I could hear music downstairs. In reality it was not a major issue at all and, oddly, it provided a reassuring masking sound which meant I wasn't aware of anybody else in the hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Leigh Taylor, General Manager at Sixty - One Durham
Responded Nov 3, 2020
Thank you so much for your lovely review. I have took note of your comments regarding the minor issues and will take action on those points made. We do hope you choose to stay with us again in the future to once again enjoy a relaxing stay and have a lovely bath. Christine will be overjoyed with your comments made, as am I. We look forward to welcoming you in the future back to hallgarth manor.
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MasonRed wrote a review Jul 2021
London50 contributions53 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked b, b, and Em in April 2021 and looked forward to a few days at a four star country hotel, eating nice food. How wrong we were.
The first and only meal we had during our stay included a huge slab of lasagne which had completely dried up.
Breakfast consisted of a buffet (cereal, yoghurt and long life croissants.)
Everything else ( table allocation, main breakfast, drinks … hot and juice, toast, butter, sweetener, white sugar etc) were delivered by one apparently inexperienced member of the waiting staff.
Our “deluxe” room was in the attic and lacked adequate lighting. An initial request for an additional bedside light fell on rather cynical ears and only when the request was made to a different receptionist was another light found.
On arrival we were asked whether we wanted our rooms cleaned and said we did. Yet we arrived back one evening to discover our room had not been touched. The same helpful receptionist (Ann) insisted on cleaning the room herself whilst we waited downstairs with a complimentary drink for the inconvenience.
This is such a shame because this could be a jewel in the Durham countryside.
The star is for the extremely young inexperienced staff who all did their best in difficult circumstances. Nothing for the management who were conspicuous by their absence or the owners for apparently failing to inform guests that the hotel is in administration and has been for sale since August 2020.
I know that COVID has done untold damage to the hospitality industry and Hallgarth Manor that clearly relies on events.
However I think that treating guests with such cynical contempt does nothing for its future reputation and prospective and current employees.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid dinner
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SussexBloke wrote a review Feb 2022
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom496 contributions162 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had two nights here and if the measure of a stay is - was the food good and did we sleep well? – then it was just the job. The kitchen stayed open slightly later than it might have done for a good, tasty and satisfying evening meal. And the two breakfasts we had were lovely – I had the full English – large and fulfilling. My wife enjoyed her porridge. All staff were friendly and efficient – not at all stuffy. The room was fairly well appointed if a little basic – TV worked well, kettle for tea/coffee, good shower and the bathroom was very clean, bed was large and very comfortable. I hate those flimsy plastic ‘glasses’ wrapped in plastic (feels and is cheap and nasty) – and so it was good to have real glass glasses in the bathroom. Our room was at the top of the stairs on to the first floor and we wondered about noise from other guests – almost all of whom had to walk past the door. As it happened, although there was some noise, it didn’t intrude much and we had a very good night’s sleep. So – as I say – if the basic measure of a hotel is good food and a good sleep – then this is a good hotel. Add that it’s in a rural setting and an attractive building – all good.
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Date of stay: January 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Room 5 overlooks the garden - good; but is at the top of the stairs so noise travels into the room.
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Andrew wrote a review Aug 2021
Selby, United Kingdom5 contributions9 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We had booked two nights at the hotel to attend the wedding of my wife’s best friend.

Upon entering our room, we noticed a number of issues. We had been put on the 2nd floor up some very steep stairs in a room with a window that was not child safe, despite giving the hotel plenty of notice that we had our 15-month-old daughter with us. The room was barely big enough for a couple, never mind a travel cot, again which the hotel was aware of in advance. The carpet in our room was heavily stained and didn’t provide us with much confidence that the cleanliness of the room was up to a good standard, especially with a child who would be playing around on it.

My wife went down to reception to highlight these issues and was told by the unhelpful and patronising receptionist that the hotel was full and that the hotel doesn’t have family rooms (Trip Advisor lists this hotel as having family rooms). At this stage we would have left and gone elsewhere, but as we were there for the wedding, we didn’t want to cause stress for the bride.

The wedding was very nice, food at the hotel was good and all the staff except for the patronising receptionist were very friendly and attentive.

We were going to make our displeasure known when checking out, but the patronising receptionist was working so we opted to email the manager once we had arrived home.

I think we were more shocked at the lack of customer care/public relations in the manager’s reply to our message. The manager had the audacity to blame the bride for our room location and simply blamed previous guests for problems with our room rather than accepting the responsibility and apologising. We did contact them again to challenge their original reply, but I doubt we’ll hear from them again!

I would advise families to go elsewhere and anyone else to book with caution!
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Date of stay: August 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Karen L wrote a review Jul 2022
2 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wedding Day 7 July 2022.

Firstly i stayed with my bridesmaids on the 6 July 2022, nothing was a problem, room was a good size for 3 of us. We did not want a sit down meal just nibbles so Andy advised us we could order pizzas even though they were not on the menu and they were delicious and very well priced. It was a really relaxing night before my wedding.

We ordered breakfast on the morning of my wedding very fresh they put us in the garden room which we also used to get our makeup and hair done nice bright and big room for a big wedding party.

Staff amazing reception Christine, Margaret. Big Shout out to Emma, Stacey and Andy and also Amanda. My wedding day went so smoothly because of the amazing staff at Hallgarth.

We opted for afternoon tea and BBQ on the night everyone said how nice it was - some of the staff are young but they are professional and they also had a great time at our wedding so thank you for making our guests so welcome.

We will be back defo be back for our anniversary and for meals and afternoon tea beforehand.

Don't over look this place for a wedding honestly you will have the best day at the Hallgarth the grounds are beautiful - i was married outside and nothing was a problem.

Much love to Hallgarth Mr and Mrs Lydle
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Date of stay: July 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Sanctuary Room is a must - big double shower and a lovely deep bath in your room, over looking...
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Response from Nikki Watson, General Manager at Sixty - One Durham
Responded Jan 11, 2023
Hi Karen, Thank you for your lovely feedback We look forward to seeing you again soon
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Trevor B wrote a review Mar 2022
Sheffield, United Kingdom109 contributions68 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Recently had a short break at this hotel and there was some good experiences and some not so good.
We did not get off to a good start with a 10-15 minute wait to check in. We weren't the only guest kept waiting.
We upgraded our room and were not disappointed. Plenty of room, large comfy bed, good television,etc. The bathroom looked newly fitted with a great shower. The problem was the towels. There was a heated towel rail Inthe room which was controlled by the hotel and never switch on, consequently the towels never dried. We reported this to the hotel, who offered us fresh towels, which we accepted. On a short stay this seemed to us a bit excessive, just turn on the towel rail.
The food at the hotel was very good, well presented and tasty. The problem was the wait for it to arrive. First night no problem, three courses ordered and delivered on time. The second night our main course took 55 minutes to arrive. Not acceptable. Could it get worse? Third night the starter took 35 minutes to arrive and the main course 1 hour and 10 minutes. This is not good service. Pity because when it arrived it was excellent.
If the hotel wants a good reputation and repeat custom it must address these issues. There are lots of hotels out there to choose from. Sorry it gives me no satisfaction to write this. The staff were very friendly throughout our stay.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book an upgraded room
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jb812 wrote a review Sep 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom77 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Recently lucky enough to stay at Hallgarth manor, following my sister’s wedding. As you can imagine with all the restrictions, I was not expecting the best of evenings. However I was proved wrong due to the fantastic staff who laid on a Covid safe area for our small wedding party and also arranged in advance evening individual snacks hand delivered to each family table. The rooms have recently been refurbished and were very comfortable can recommend room 1 a deluxe room with comfy bed and large shower. Breakfast was good, and the room rate excellent value for money. A special thanks to Cassie for all her hard work sorting everything out for us.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Leigh Taylor, General Manager at Sixty - One Durham
Responded Sep 3, 2020
Thank you for your lovely review. We hope to see you again in the future. I will be sure to pass your kind words onto Cassie.
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Laura A wrote a review Sep 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We used the travelzoo offer of 3 nights B&B for us and our 2 children. It included dinner and cream tea for 2.

Booking was a challenge as the offer did not mention there were no family rooms and therefore they wanted me to purchase 2 vouchers despite advertising children under 12 free B&B. we were given 2 room near each other on the top floor. The rooms were clean but there was damp evident in one and both had heavily stained carpets and very poor lighting. Neither phones worked and there were no info/welcome book. There was a kettle but no tea coffee etc on arrival or the complimentary prosecco. The rooms were so hot and the radiators were unable to be turned off.

Our daughter has coeliac disease and we had contacted the hotel prior to arrival to ensure they had options for her. At dinner we were advised that they had given the gluten free menu to a bride that day but that they thought everything other than pasta was ok....i felt very uncomfortable as the liklihood of this was unbelievablely unlikely as it included breaded fish, Pizzas, pies etc. Breakfast was much better managed.

Breakfast was varied and huge portions.

The cream tea we requested to take out as didn't spend much time at the hotel. This was awful 6 small dry shop brought scones, cream and pots of jam. So disappointing.

Staff were friendly but short staffed, often the bar was empty of had people drifting around in a coat leaving/cleaning.

This hotel has some strong points but needs some TLC and extra staff. It could be great!!!

We had a good stay on a budget but definitely missed the wow factor a 4* should offer
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Top floor bedrooms if you have mobility issues. Afternoon tea. Drinks after 10
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carole1278 asked a question Jul 2022
Sunderland, United Kingdom417 contributions88 helpful votes
When booking a room and it states separate building..what does it mean
Answer from Amanda
North Shields, United Kingdom16 contributions11 helpful votes
There are rooms in a separate building from the main Hall itself. The stables. The rooms are more basic in comparison.
Answer from Claire W
Stanley, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
Hi, our bottles of wine start at £19 and go up to £30, Thanks.
mrshappy20 asked a question Jan 2018
London, United Kingdom86 contributions28 helpful votes
Good evening Can anybody let me know wha yeh afternoon Tea is like here? Thanks
Misslaurakh asked a question Oct 2017
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom10 contributions5 helpful votes
Hi I am just wondering how much a taxi would be from the hotel into Durham centre please? Many thanks Laura
Answer from maizie101009
Sunderland, United Kingdom65 contributions17 helpful votes
Hi shouldn't be any more than about £10 thanx 😊
mooo c wrote a tip Jun 2
teesside41 contributions5 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do the stay and dine! Its well worth it. "
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Barbara T wrote a tip May 2024
Sheffield, United Kingdom19 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"NB to anyone with mobility problems, I don't think there's a lift"
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Claire B wrote a tip Apr 2024
Peterborough, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plenty of free parking"
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B B wrote a tip Mar 2024
Sunderland, United Kingdom4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you like quirky buildings with stairs that twist and turn, very pretty and rooms.. you’ll love this! Food is fab! ♥️"
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Jeanette H wrote a tip Mar 2024
United Kingdom9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plenty of parking. There are steps down to the entrance door. Didn't see a lift so best to enquire if you have mobility issues."
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C$140 - C$221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
24
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sixty - One Durham
Which popular attractions are close to Sixty - One Durham?
Nearby attractions include Escape Rooms Durham (5.4 km), Durham Cathedral (5.6 km), and Oriental Museum (6.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sixty - One Durham?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Sixty - One Durham?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Sixty - One Durham?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Sixty - One Durham?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sixty - One Durham?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rio Brazilian Steakhouse - Durham, Coarse, and The Neighbourhood.
Does Sixty - One Durham offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Sixty - One Durham?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Durham Cathedral (5.6 km), Crook Hall & Gardens (5.3 km), and Durham Castle (5.6 km).
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