After a stunning renovation which transformed this building’s past life as a gentleman’s adobe into the imaginative, playful and luxurious guest house and residence that it is today, you’d have a difficult task finding a more elegant, grand, or unusual place to spend a night of comfort and extravagance than Forty Winks in Durham, which was recently featured in The Sunday Times’ Top 100 Hotels in Britain.
Step into Edwardian splendour and marvel at the delightfully quickly and magnificent décor, where classic period design blends with a creative concoction of the eye-catching, intriguing, and eccentric. With a surprise behind every door, you won’t be able to pick your favourite part of this one-of-a-kind house of wonders. Whether it’s the dapper-looking, top-hat-wearing giraffe, the leopard-print staircase, or the early 20th-century brass-and-copper diving suit helmet that has been fashioned into a unique lantern, you won’t know whether you’re trapped in a vivid dream or you’ve disappeared into the pages of a Lewis Carroll book. Durham’s best-kept secret, a night within these whimsical walls is a theatrical treat for all.
Just a short stroll from the city’s maze of narrow cobbled lanes and overlooking the River Wear, with captivating views of Durham’s majestic cathedral and castle, Forty Winks stands proudly in its place within South Street’s handsome and historical architecture. Just outside the door and you’ll find plenty of peaceful and idyllic leafy walks and winding paths along the river. Combined with the unique character of the house, this makes for the perfect location for a romantic retreat from reality.
Each and every room, from the hall and study to the lobby and dining room, has been designed with such an eye for detail you won’t have seen anything like it outside of the pages of a home and lifestyle magazine for the wealthy, and the master bedroom wouldn’t look out of place in Buckingham Palace. With two sparkly chandeliers, white floor-to-ceiling columns, ornate mirrors, a golden bed frame, cosy sofa, and large bath at the foot of the bed, you’ll feel like royalty. And for just £160 per night, living like a king or queen has never been more affordable. Ideal for idyllic trips or just as an indulgent treat, all the rooms at Forty Winks are perfectly presented, blending the past with the present to create a cosy and comforting experience you’ll wish to return to again and again.
Within easy travelling distance of Forty Winks, you’ll also find the incomparable The Rabbit Hole, a 1920s-inspired Shanghai jazz supper club, and Zen, a casual Thai restaurant in a serene, chic, and stylish setting.
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