History & Heritageof Redworth Hall Hotel
From stately home, to luxury hotel
Originally constructed in the 1690s as a family home, Redworth Hall Hotel has seen to be known as a Grove, House and Hall throughout its lengthy history, before going on to become a school, and later, a hotel as it stands to this day. As a result, it brings a rich cultural heritage to the area that it sits within.Get In Touch
A family manor
The original Redworth was constructed as a family home for George and Eleanor Crosier and their five daughters. However, history states that there has in fact been two additional Redworth’s standing on the same site in the centuries that followed. The oldest house of the three can still be seen from the Knot Garden, with its Roman Doric doorcase and sash windows boasting antique pride.
Robert Surtees, grandson of the Crosiers, returned to Redworth after a dramatic falling out with his father in 1744. Seeking revenge, Surtees used his wife’s money to buy up Redworth House and set about turning it into an 18th century mansion, known as Redworth Grove. This iconic redevelopment is where the current hotel’s restaurant gets its unique name and elegant exterior.
Sadly, following World War II, the North East Surtees family were faced with large inheritance taxes and were forced to sell their property to Durham County Council. The authorities turned the stunning property into a residential school, which remained until 1987, when it was converted into a 17-bedroom hotel and extended to its current size.
To This Day
Redworth Hall Hotel stands as one of County Durham’s most picturesque places to stay, and being situated just a short distance from main motorways and the Durham dales, everything is at your fingertips. At an initial first glance, the building looks Elizabethan or Jacobean with its stone bay windows, leaded casements and tall chimneys, but the beautiful property is the result of an 18th century overhaul that screams classic elegance.