Houndgate Townhouse

Darlington, Durham

You don’t often find a small hotel so beautifully put together - playful art, crisp design, stylish rooms and lovely food all wait


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


This is a deliciously hip hotel inside a beautiful Georgian townhouse. It’s the sort of place the word ‘boutique’ was coined to define: small and friendly with good food and lots of style. It’s subtle, cleverly conceived, a design hotel with a level of craftsmanship you rarely find in small hotels. It’s a very welcoming place, too, a cool little café/bar where you can pop in for coffee, grab a bowl of soup or come down for cocktails before dinner; the Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea is not to be missed. Potter about and find a mirrored ceiling in the chic bar, a stylish restaurant with green leather booths, then a terraced courtyard for lunch in the sun. Rooms are excellent: comfy beds, beautiful linen, smart TVs, robes in sparkling bathrooms. Two have a free-standing bath in the room, another a panel of original wallpaper that was discovered when refurbishing. Bistro-style food waits downstairs, perhaps beetroot with goats cheese and grapefruit, pork belly with a herb jus, peanut butter parfait. Don’t miss the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, a jewel of the North. Durham is close.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Complimentary access to the local swimming pool and gym available.
12pm onwards on Sundays.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £5. Afternoon tea £16. Dinner, 3 courses, £25.


Nightly price
from £90
Singles from £72 Cots & extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
6 Twin/doubles
From £90
2 Four-posters
From £135


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Natalie Hambleton

  • The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle holds paintings by El Greco, Francisco Goya, Canaletto, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and François Boucher. The 18th century Silver Swan automaton inspired (Darlington-born) fashion designer Giles Deacon's S/S 12 collection.
  • The Head of Steam railroad museum is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which was the world's first steam-powered passenger railway. Locomotion No. 1, which hauled the first train onto the line is on view here.
  • Savour a Vanilla Éclair or Lemon Meringue Tart at Robineau, a patisserie in the Cockerton area of Darlington. Frederic and Jane, the owners, met in the pastry kitchen at The Connaught.
  • Take a trip back in time at Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum, which tells the story of the people of North East England during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian periods. Make sure you visit the sweet shop for Cinder Toffee or Liquorice!
  • Take a stroll in West Park, the first new park in Darlington in 100 years, and admire the contemporary Corten sculptures by David Paton, with text from poet W.N.Herbert, based on Darlington's agricultural and industrial heritage along with native species.
  • An Englishman's home is his castle, and Lord Barnard kindly opens his up to the public at Easter and from May to September every year. Along with the medieval architecture and the art inside, the wild deer at Raby Castle are worth a look.