Restoration & refurbishment work completed
We are pleased to report that the major renovation of the Main Hall has been completed on schedule and we are delighted with the results and have had some fabulous feedback to date.
The work has covered just about every single room in the whole hall across all three floors with new carpets, decor, curtains, furnishings, bathroom suites, plumbing system and more. All of our period antique pieces have been retained though not necessarily in the same place and the design has been very much about classic understated country house elegance.
The work has been carried out by skilled local tradesmen and where possible we have used local suppliers.
Green Tourism Award
Headlam Hall has received a 'Silver' grading following a recent assessment by Green Tourism. We are very pleased with this award but will be doing what we can to work towards gold in the future.
It is a challenge to make a 17th century grade 2 building perfectly 'green' but we are carrying out significant investments to move in the right direction. Over the next few months our refurbishment programme will include a new more efficient water system, improved insullation and more energy efficient lighting. This is on top of work all ready carried out in recent months in the Coach House Suite.
Our policy of locally sourcing our food also helps our rating as this not only ensures fresh, traceable produce but also reduces travel miles. We currently re-cycle all cardboard and bottles and will belooking at better waste management in the near future.
New Coach House Suite Opens
The newly styled Coach House Suite at Headlam Hall is now open. This includes our main ballroom, the Stable Lounge, Coach Room Bar, Gallery, Snooker Room and there are also 9 bedrooms in this building and all have been subject to a major refurbishment.
The ballroom has always been a beautiful room so we have just given it a refresh with clean and simple design so that it can be individualised for your own event. The colour wash lighting around the room can be set as normal warm white or any colour of your choice to create the look to suit the occasion. We now have three stunning chandeliers, two of which are antiques from a French chateau!
We have created optional openings between the ballroom and the Stable Lounge so that these two rooms can better link together if required and the entrance lobby has been enlarged with a panelled wall and a more contemporary feel to the toilet facilities. The Gallery which can be used in conjunction with the ballroom or as a meeting room has also been given a more sophisticated look as has the snooker room.
Winter Restoration & Refurbishment
We are undertaking significant investment in Headlam Hall this winter and the main part of this work will be taking place between 11th January and 5th February 2016.
Golf Club Championship
This annual championship was held in glorious sunshine on Sunday 6th September. The men's champion was Gerald Wardle with Olly Shepherd (course greenkeeper!) and Kevin Taylor tied in second place.
The ladies champion was Marion Robinson who beat Catherine Dods after a very tense sudden-death play-off hole having both scored the same over the 18 holes. Congratulations to all!
Headlam Hall goes French!
We are pleased to have been accepted as a new member of the Chateaux & Hotels Collection, the first UK member outside of London.
The brand brings together more than 500 establishments in 16 countries, the majority based in France and Italy. Presided over by Alain Ducasse since 1999, the Châteaux & Hôtels Collection promotes independent hotels and restaurants founded upon diversity and authenticity to offer guests real charm under the brand signature “Le charme, le vrai".
2015 Christmas Brochure Now Available
We have just launched our 2015 Christmas brochure for those of you looking to plan ahead. It includes dates for our new 'Snow-ball' party nights in December and information on other events including our fantastic New Year's Eve Ball.
You can view the dowload be clicking here or request for a hard copy to be posted out.
Wedding Exhibition at Headlam Hall
Our annual wedding exhibition will take place on Sunday 29th March between 2 pm and 5 pm.
This will be a great opportunity to see the fabulous setting at Headlam, speak to members of our team about holding your wedding with us and also to meet a number of our key wedding suppliers such as photographers, florists, wedding car hire companies etc.
Entry is free of charge.
New Wedding Magazine
We have printed our first in-house wedding magazine which includes some great photos and information on holding your special day at Headlam Hall. The publication also features a number of our trusted suppliers with tips and trends in wedding fashion.
The magazine is available from us by request or can be downloaded by clicking here.
Golf Course Award
We are delighted that to have been awarded 'England's Golf Range Mark' accreditation for our coaching and practice facilites. Furthermore, we are the only facility in Durham to hold this award.
Our 10 bay covered driving range, practice chipping area and putting green give resident PGA Professional, Steve Carpenter, the perfect place to provide coaching to all levels and ages of golfer. Have a look at the 'golf perfect gift' if you are looking for a present for the golfer in your life!
Wedding Prices & Information for 2015 Now Available
Our 2015 weddings & banqueting menus and events brochure can now be viewed and downloaded on our website - click here. This gives you all the details with regard to holding your reception at Headlam Hall and for 2015 we have introduced discounted facility hire for off-peak periods along with a new "Intimate Wedding Package" for smaller receptions in the Drawing Room.
For all weddings from 2015 onwards we will also be offering a complimentary 1st wedding anniversary night at Headlam Hall for couples holding their reception with us. A great opportunity to come back and relive the memories a year later!
Headlam Golf Club Championship
The annual club championship competition took place on Sunday 7th September with results as follows:
Men's Champion: Kevin Taylor (score of 76)
Ladies Champion: Jane May (score of 85)
Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who took part.
Wedding Open Afternoon
Sunday 21st September, 3pm - 6pm.
Looking for a wedding venue? A great opportunity to come along and see the delightful Edwardian Suite set for a wedding reception and to talk with a member of our wedding event team. You can also enjoy a walk around our beautiful gardens. Please note that there are no exhibitors at this event.
St Teresa's Hospice
Headlam Hall is delighted to officially adopt St Teresa's Hospice as its nominated charity. Through its customers, Headlam Hall has supported this Darlington based charity for a number of years through events such as the annual 'In-Between Ball' and various golf competitions.
For more information on St Teresa's Hospice visit http://www.darlingtonhospice.org.uk/
The photo shows Victoria Ashley (left), Director of Clinical Services at St Teresa's and Angela Lowe (right), Manager of Headlam Spa.
Fancy a Spot of Fly Fishing?
Headlam Hall have teamed up with Olly Shepherd of Mount St. John Sporting to provide guided fly fishing on the nearby scenic stretches of the river Tees. Olly is also a fully qualified instructor for people of all ages and abilities. If you have never even touched a fishing rod before then fear not, Olly will guide you every step of the way to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience.
Either half days or full days are available to book and you will be collected from the hotel with the river just 5 minutes away! This really is a great way to spend some time in the peaceful surroundings of the countryside and the river Tees is regarded as one of the best fly fishing rivers in the country. For more information including rates click here.
Spa Terrace Improvements
Guests of the spa can now enjoy the outdoor terrace area whatever the weather thanks to a new electrically retractable awning.
This means that come the winter months we can give you a nice blanket to lie outside and enjoy the fresh air whilst sheltering from the rain. Perfect after a treatment or stint in the sauna!
Chef's Tasting Menu Experience
For a dining experience with a difference this is well worth consideration....
Head Chef, David Hunter, will liase with the party leader over dietary requirements but beyond that the 10 course tasting menu is a surprise to unveil itself on the night!
You will be dining in a private room with the chefs themselves serving your food along with a little explanation on what they have put on the plate.
The cost is £50 per person and party sizes of 6 - 10 diners are catered for. This experience is only available on selected nights and by prior arrangement so please call (01325) 730238 for details.
New look Stable Lounge
We have just completed the refurbishment of the Stable Lounge with a completely new glazed frontage, new carpet and sliding doors opening onto the extended terrace. Located next to the Edwardian Suite this delightful room is perfect for reception drinks for wedding receptions and dinner dances. It can also be booked for afternoon tea parties and used for informal meetings.
Headlam Herald 2014 edition 1 out now!
Our first Headlam Herald newsletter has just been printed and includes information on what is happening at Headlam and in Teesdale over the coming months.
If you would like a copy posting out just drop us an email with your address or alternatively it can be viewed on the 'downloads' page of our website.
Sauna & Steam Refurbishment
We have just had our steam room, sauna and drench shower refurbished to ensure that our facilities remain in first class condition.
This comes just a month after replacing our 3 treadmills in the gym with the latest models from Technogym.
Headlam to partner NRM Locomotion for historic event
Headlam Hall has been appointed the prize draw and accommodation partner for the National Railway Museums 'Great Goodbye' at Locomotion Shildon in February 2014. This event sees the historic final gathering of all 6 A4 locomotives.
See http://www.nrm.org.uk/planavisit/events/mallard75.aspx for details of the event.
HHGC Club Championship
Our annual club championship took place on 8th September and was well contended under fair conditions.
The result was a mirror of last years competition with Phil Urwin taking the men's title and Jane May winning the ladies. Well done to them both for back to back wins!
Relish North East & Yorkshire
Headlam Hall head chef, Dave Hunter, was once again invited to submit a recipe for this cook book featuring the regions top chefs. The photograph shows Dave at the launch with Rose & Crown head chef, Henny Crosland, who was also featured.
Dave's recipes include a panfried fillet of halibut with smoked aubergine, confit chicken wing, baked heritage carrots, brown shrimps and chicken jus as a starter and a s a main course a panfried loin of venison with textures of shallot, fondant potato, wilted wild garlic and a venison jus.
The book is available to buy at the hotel for £20.
2 AA Rosettes
Congratulations to our Head Chef, David Hunter, along with his team in the kitchen for picking up the 2 AA rosette award for their food. Well done to the restaurant team as well.
Headlam Spa included in Europe top 10!
We are delighted to have been included as 'one of the top 10 spa hotels in Europe' from Tripadvisor. This unexpected accolade puts us in some very glamorous company of spa hotels across top European destinations such as Austria, Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Switzerland.
The foundations of a good spa experience come from a dedicated team and a fabulous setting which we certainly have here in Teesdale!
New & Improved Guest WiFi System
We have just completed the installation of a new guest WiFi system at Headlam Hall. This new setup gives a better coverage across all bedrooms and meeting rooms as well as providing a faster service.
We hope that both our business and leisure customers will enjoy the benfits of this investment - stay at Headlam, stay connected!
Top 'Taste Durham' award for Headlam again!
We were delighted to be awarded the Taste Durham Highest Quality Assured and the Local Champion award at a presentation event in Durham on 28th January. The award was presented by celebrity Chef, Martin Blunos, to our own Head Chef, David Hunter (photographed on the left).
This is the top accolade available in these awards which are judged from a mystery visit looking at food quality, venue, service and the promotion of local produce. Well done to the whole team!
Headlam branches out up the dale!
We have recently purchased the Rose & Crown at Romaldkirk, a delightful 12 bedroom coaching inn in this picturesque village just 15 miles up the dale from Headlam. It has enjoyed an excellent reputation over the years and shares many core values with Headlam such as great accommodation, locally sourced food, friendly staff and a charming building so we felt it would be a very nice addition to our hospitality operation. See http://www.rose-and-crown.co.uk/ for details
Reception Team in Hotel Cateys Final
Congratulations to our hotel reception team who have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2012 Hotel Cateys Front House Team of the Year. Just to be in this final group of four for this prestigious national awards is an acheivement and hopefully we can go one better at the awards ceremony in London next month.
HHGC Club Championship Results
It was our annual club championship competition on Sunday 16th September with 30 golfers entered.
Men's Champion: Phil Urwin (72 shots)
Ladies Champion: Jane May (89 shots)
HHGC Hurley Cup Results
Sunday 10th June saw the 8th anniversary competition for the Hurley Cup. Conditions were damp but with very little wind and a field of 47 golfers. There was a two-way tie for 1st place and it went to a five hole count back to determine the victor!
1st: Ken Pybus, 2nd: Ann Robinson
Longest Drive (Men): Philip Urwin, (Ladies): Cath Dods
Nearest the Pin: M Shaw
The afternoon 'Texas Scramble' team event was won by Richard Skinner, Arlene Skinner, Ric Holmes & Paula Holmes.
View our Summer Newsletter online
If you have not managed to pick up a copy of the 'Headlam Herald' you can now view it online at http://www.headlamhall.co.uk/downloads/HeadlamSummerNews20124Web.pdf
It includes articles on summer wine, local attractions, the history behind the hotel and a seasonal recipe plus other offers and events at Headlam over the summer period.
Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award
We are pleased to have received a 2012 Certificate of Excellence from the review website, Tripadvisor.
Headlam Spa wins Spa of the Year Award!
Headlam Spa has won the Thalgo Excellence Awards UK Spa of the Year 2012. The presentation was at York Racecourse where Clare Metcalfe, Elaine Riley and Natalie Labarre proudly received the award on behalf of the whole team.
New Mobile Version of Website
We have now added a mobile version of our website which should make it better to view the site from your mobile phone. The decision was made to add this when we saw from our stats that over 20% of our website visitors where using a mobile device!
The mobile version should automatically be selected when you visit our site via your mobile but there is still the option to view our regular desktop site if you prefer.
Taste Durham Award
We are delighted to have received the Taste Durham Highest Quality Assured & Local Champion Award 2012. This is the highest accolade in this nationally recognised award scheme which is judged by a 'mystery diner' from Quality in Tourism.
Congratulations to the kitchen and restaurant service team as both elements play a part in the judging. This is the 3rd consequetive year that we have acheived the top rating.
HHGC Golf Academy
Headlam Hall Golf Course has been made an Approved County Academy Traing Centre under club PGA Pro, Steven Carpenter.
Steven has an excellent reputation for golf tuition of all ages but has acheived particular credit for his junior coaching abilities.
Relish North East Cook Book
The Relish North East cook book was launched on 9th May and includes recipes from the regions top chefs, including our own Head Chef, David Hunter. This beautifully presented book includes an introduction by Terry Laybourne and recipes from two of the BBC Master Chef Professionals finalists from last year.
It is available to purchase from the hotel or spa and is a great celebration of the regions talented chefs and superb local produce.
Headlam Wins Regional Breakfast Competition
We are delighted to have been awarded the accolade of 'Best Breakfast in Teesdale' in the Love Food North Pennine Dales Breakfast Competition 2011.
This independently judged competition looked at the overall breakfast experience including food quality, service and a commitment to local produce.
We use organic dairy produce from Acorn Dairies near Darlington, free range eggs from Kingfisher Farm at Barningham and our sausages, bacon and black pudding comes from our local butcher F Simpson & Son of Cockfield.
Headlam Hall Awarded 4 Stars!
After operating for the past 30 years as a 3 star hotel we are delighted to have been awarded 4 stars by the AA and Enjoy England (The official tourism authority for England).
Many aspects of the hotel have been to a 4 star standard for a number of years but over the past 12 months we have invested in meeting the final requirements.
It is not the stars that make a good hotel but the real guest experience, however, it is a sign of the standard of facilities that have been developed at Headlam over the years and it makes us Teesdale's first 4 star hotel!
Headlam wakes up to a Breakfast Award!
We are pleased to have won an Enjoy England Breakfast Award following a recent inspection. The award has only been won by 17% of hotels inspected in the Enjoy England scheme and recognises a high standard of breakfast service and well prepared, quality food.
Headlam Wins Gold!
We are delighted to have won the Gold Award for the North East England Small Hotel of the Year 2009. This award was independently judged and included on overnight stay by a mystery guest so is a great one to win.
This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and is an even greater honour in light of the competition in this category. We will not, however, be resting on our laurels but will use this award as an impetus to further enhance what we offer our customers.