Dowfold House Luxury Bed & Breakfast
Low Jobs Hill
Dowfold House Luxury Bed and Breakfast provides a warm welcome, and a truly pampered guest experience, in our – Green Tourism Gold Award-rated – Victorian home. Our delightful gardens – and our rooms – have stupendous views over the North Pennines. A traditional full English breakfast is served each morning, with fresh local produce. Take afternoon tea in our lounge, or on the patio. On cold winter’s evenings, snuggle into our comfortable sofas around an open wood fire.
WE do take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, and are always looking for new ways to do better. We generate electricity with solar panels, and heat our home and our water with a bio-mass boiler. All the water for the garden comes from our nine water-buts, while our home-grown produce is sustained by our four compost heaps. We make all our jams from home-grown fruit; we cook with home-grown herbs; we grow our own apple-juice and tomatoes; our honey comes from our own bees; we even manage to grow lemons and grapes for the breakfast table! Anything we can’t produce ourselves we source from local sources – bacon, sausages, black pudding, dairy products, smoked fish – even the flour for our home-baked breads – come from local sources.
Directions to Dowfold House
You will probably be travelling along the A1(M). There are two ways to reach Dowfold House. You can drive along A1(M) to Durham City (Junction 62) from the north or the south, or if coming from the south you can take the A68 turning off the A1(M) before reaching Durham City (Junction 58). Both ways are described below.
Directions to Dowfold House from A1(M) From Durham City – Approx 20 mins
Take A690 marked Crook. Go through Langley Moor, Meadowfield and on to Brancepeth. As you leave Brancepeth there is a turning on the right marked to Tow Law. Take this turning and continue along this road until you eventually come to a T-junction. Turn right and just after the 30 mph limit sign, but before the sign for Stanley Crook, turn left. The route indicated is to Crook, Bishop Auckland and Crook Golf Club.
This narrow lane is Low Job’s Hill (not currently labelled) and is quite hilly! As you go down from the summit of the last hill (with a gradient warning sign) you will go past a turning called Church Hill on your right. Dowfold House is the first house on the right past the Church Hill turning. There is plenty of parking (end on to the stable block, please) and don’t feel shy about stopping in front of a garage door, it’s only very rarely that they are used as garages!
The route above is the quickest route and very scenic. However on dark evenings the longer, less picturesque, route may be preferable as it involves fewer turnings and is perhaps easier to follow.
Follow the directions above heading out of Durham on the A690 go through Brancepeth. Do not turn right after leaving Brancepeth but keep on travelling along the A690. Go through Willington, through Helmington Row and into Crook. Just after the Crook sign, there is a pub on the right called The Colliery. Go past The Colliery and then take the next right hand turn into Low Jobs Hill (marked to Tow Law). The road dips down and then climbs. Continue along the road passing the Golf Club on your right, the cemetery on the left. Dowfold House is the last house on the left. (If you go past a left hand turn called Church Hill you have gone too far!!). The “Dowfold House” sign at the gate should be illuminated after dark.
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We are approximately 4 miles from the A68
Leave A1(M) at junction 58 – marked A68 to Corbridge. Follow the signs for Corbridge and stay on this road as you go around the next roundabout (also marked North Pennines and Weardale). You will pass through the villages of Royal Oak and Hummerbeck and then come to West Auckland. At West Auckland you need to turn left and then first right to continue to follow the A68. You will pass through the village of Spring Gardens and then you will come to Toft Hill. The A68 takes a sharp left hand corner here. Continue along the A68 passing Hamsterley Forest on your left, through the village of Fir Tree to a roundabout at the junction of the A68 and the A689. Take final exit marked Crook (a right turn), and follow this road to the centre of Crook. Then follow the directions below from Crook.
From Crook Market Place, go straight on, taking the A690 towards Durham, passing the Fire Station on your right. Climb the hill towards Helmington Row and as you reach the summit take a left hand turn (marked to Tow Law) into Low Job’s Hill. Continue up the hill passing the Golf Club on your right. Dowfold House is the last house on the left hand side. There is a stone plaque announcing “DOWFOLD HOUSE” on the wall by the gate. It is illuminated by night
The nearest bus stop is in High Jobs Hill, opposite the Colliery pub, and is 15 minutes’ walk. The bus (from Durham) also stops in the town centre of Crook, also a 15-minute walk, but steeply uphill. Busses to Bishop Auckland, Darlington and Stanhope can be caught from the Market Square.
There are stations in Bishop Auckland and Durham. Bishop Auckland is about 5 miles (10-15 minutes by car), while Durham is 9 miles (20-25 minutes by car), and there are always lots of taxis waiting to meet the trains from London.
Traveline North East www.travelinenortheast.info provides comprehensive timetable and fare information for all local bus, metro, train and ferry journeys throughout the North East. Tel: 0871 200 2233.
There are plenty of local taxi firms, and we have a list. We can make a booking for you, if you’d like us to.