Situated on the outskirts of Durham in the Tees Valley, this striking four-star hotel provides an exceptional experience – where exquisite charm meets contemporary comfort.

Surrounded by 150 acres of historical landscape, you’ll find it hard to escape the sense of tranquility that encompasses Wynyard Hall.

With spectacular function rooms that can seat up to 240 guests and The Grand Marquee seating 650, we cater for special occasions of all sizes.

Our exclusive accommodation includes 5 elegant cottages alongside 19 bedrooms and suites; each one complete with a bespoke design. Take time to unwind in magical surroundings after the excitement of your day.

From our renowned two AA rosette restaurant, The Wellington, offering an ever changing menu of modern British dishes created with only the finest local ingredients, to our lakeside Spa, where you can indulge in a variety of beauty and body treatments, it is easy to see why Wynyard Hall is the North East’s most loved destination.

And not to mention the fact that some of the North’s most popular attractions – such as Durham Cathedral – are within close proximity. This makes Wynyard Hall the ideal base from which to explore the region, or to simply retreat from the demands of everyday life.

North East Fine Dining
Wynyard Gardens
Woodland Walk

From the beginning

Following its initial lease by King Edward I to Sir Hugh de Chapell in 1230, several prominent families owned the Wynyard Estate over the decades. However, Wynyard Hall as we know it today was not completed until 1846.

In 1813, the previous estate had accumulated a considerable fortune earned through coal mining. It was then inherited by Frances Anne Vane Tempest. Her marriage in 1819 to Charles Stewart marked the beginning of the Londonderry connection with Wynyard.

Elevation to the title of 3rd Marquess required a grand house befitting their new status.

Designed by Philip Wyatt and Ignatius Bonomi, Wynyard Hall incorporates French and Italian marble, Spanish mahogany, stone from the family quarry, and exquisite stained glass. The elaborate interior design is a reflection of the extravagant style, popular during the reign of the French king, Louis XIV.

The magnificent hall and its surroundings provided the perfect setting for lavish entertainment, fit for only the most important and influential people in the land.

Generations of Londonderrys hosted everyone from royalty to writers and artists. Subsequent holders of the title, particularly the 5th, 6th, and 7th Marquesses, developed the estate further. Unfortunately, as the 20th century rolled on, crippling death duties and loss of mining income took its toll.

After inheriting the title in 1955 at the age of 18, the 9th Marquess found himself unable to maintain the Londonderry family seat. In 1987, he sold the Wynyard Estate to Sir John Hall. As a property developer and former owner of Newcastle United football club, Sir John immediately embarked on an £8.5m renovation programme, restoring the hall and parkland to its former glory.

In 2008, with a further £3.5 million investment, his daughter Allison turned Wynyard Hall into the exquisite, four-star country house hotel that it is now.

In 2011, Sir John commissioned a group of local historians to write a book about Wynyard Hall. The History of a Great Housewas published that same year.