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Old Assembly Rooms

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Bishop Auckland, County Durham
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The Old Assembly Rooms is conveniently located for exploring Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area with its many footpaths and cycle routes.

The Old Assembly Rooms is packed with character and original features, and is on three levels. The property is quirky, interesting and unique. On the first floor, there is a spacious living room with plenty of windows overlooking the bustling high street of Fore Bondgate. The kitchen is traditional and well-equipped, with contemporary appliances. A long corridor leads to a quirky twin bedroom, a family bathroom, and a single bedroom at the rear of the apartment. On the second floor there is a double bedroom with kingsize bed. Stairs lead up to the third floor which boasts a super double bedroom, full of original features and decoration. The Old Assembly Rooms is certainly a quirky choice of accommodation, and really does feel welcoming, warm, and comfortable with its home from home familiarity. Conveniently located for the town centre shops, and sitting directly above a café, which is open daily from 8am, the Old Assembly Rooms offers the perfect location for guests wanting to explore the local area. A bustling town with a variety of shops, Bishop Auckland has much to offer. The town has a good mix of restaurants, cafes, shops, pubs and historic buildings. Bishop Auckland Castle, Deer House and Park, is only a short walk away and offers events all year round, and is certainly worth a visit. The Town Hall boasts a 210 seater theatre, art gallery, library and café and is open all year round. The shows incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects, making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word! Known as the Gateway to Weardale and perfect for families, friends, walkers and cyclists, Bishop Auckland is surrounded by walking paths, cycle routes and trails that cross through the area, and into the heart of County Durham. Only a 15-minute drive away, guests will also be able to explore the popular area of Hamsterley Forest, which is a fabulous 2,000 hectare oasis alongside a sheltered valley. Guests really need a full day to explore and enjoy the forest, watch the wildlife, walk the Gruffalo Trail, and cycle along the woodland trails. It is also perfectly located for a day trip into the city of Durham, Barnard Castle, Staindrop, The Durham Dales, The Yorkshire Dales, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Gateshead for the Metrocentre. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

First Floor:
Living/dining area:
With electric coal-effect fire, 40" Freeview TV and DVD player.
Kitchen: With gas oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
Bedroom 2: With single bed.
Bathroom: With corner bath, shower cubicle, and toilet.
Separate toilet.
Second Floor:
Bedroom 3:
With kingsize bed.
Third Floor:
Bedroom 4:
With kingsize bed.

Electric central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Public car park, 200 yards, at cost. No smoking.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Green Scheme
    Green Scheme

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/05/2018
    lovely property and very central. We worried about parking but this was not an issue. There is a multi storey across the road and a long stay car park in the opposite direction both a short walking distance from the apartment. The multi store car park you can pay £6 for the week and the long stay was very cheap at £3.50 for 18 hours !! The property is on 3 levels and all the rooms are large and comfy with comfortable beds. Only slight issue is there is only 1 bathroom but there is 2 toilets. The owners met us on arrival and supplied bread and milk and wine - all good. At night there are bars near by and you could hear music from them but it stopped around 1 am . Lovely town and lots of nice shops and walking round about. Went a day out to Beamish and the weather was great and had a fab time. Definitely worth a visit.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 04/05/2018
    Used as a base for touring the area there are many places of interest within easy reach

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    Second visit to the old assembly rooms and glad we did, Sam and Lesley were as usual great hosts. The apartment is a great size and well situated for touring the North East.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 02/04/2018
    Stayed easter bank holiday wkend. Not ideal for family weekend break due to the noise from bars below and the single rooms being on bottom floor down long corridor far away from double room on first/second floor. Music from 11pm, car exhausts constantly driving round the block and kick out from 1am very noisey! Area very run down. Apartment and owners lovely can't fault that.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Many thanks for your comments, there is no bar underneath, it is a café and this closes at 4pm. The layout of the bedrooms is as described on the website, long corridor etc. Also described is that the property overlooks the bustling high street and Easter weekend was very busy. The property does have double glazing. As to being rundown, the town centre is undergoing a £150 million makeover.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/09/2017
    Very comfortable beds. Lovely spacious lounge/dining room. Great welcome with bread,milk, fruit and wine in fridge!Great place to stay if going to Kynren - caught the shuttle bus and were back "home" within 20 minutes of it finishing.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 07/08/2017
    Great place to stay and perfect for our needs (namely, staying indoors in comfort). Not recommended for families however due to the noise from the nearby pub. However, we would stay again. The flat has superb character and very spacious rooms. Kitchen is modern and well equipped. The owners are extremely helpful and this is not to be underestimated. Thank you for a great weekend Sam and Lesley!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2017
    We loved the old assembly rooms and will definitely visit again. The accommodation is clean and spacious and perfect for large family groups. The owners really couldnt do enough and were kind and extremely helpful.

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