The High Force Hotel in scenic Upper Teesdale has completed the final phase of a six-month refurbishment programme led by Lady Barnard and designed to enhance its country inn heritage.

Work on the ground floor bar, dining and reception areas was completed during the autumn and introduced traditional framed art prints, period furniture and the Raby Estate tweed to the interior décor scheme. The final phase of the programme completed last week, has transformed the hotel’s six boutique ensuite guest bedrooms, each one individually decorated to include antique pieces of furniture.

Claire Jones, Head of Leisure and Tourism for Raby said; “The High Force Hotel is in such a breathtaking location opposite England’s highest waterfall and within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and our ambition has been to create a restful and stylish rural retreat in this very special place.

“We were keen to retain the heritage features of the building, whilst adding modern touches to bathrooms and guest bedrooms, creating a cosy but traditional feel,” she added.

Just a stone’s throw from the magnificent High Force Waterfall and with miles of country walks through
scenic Upper Teesdale on the doorstep, the High Force Hotel is well known for its warm welcome and
wholesome food.

The fully dog friendly hotel is part of the Raby Estates and is run by enthusiastic managers Andrew Lindsay and George Dunn, along with their dog Toby. Andrew and George have been heavily involved in the refurbishment and developing the new menus.

Andrew said: “The new look bar, restaurant and reception areas have gone down really well with customers and we have established quite a reputation as a Sunday lunch destination, with visitors enjoying a stroll across to the waterfall either before or afterwards.

“We have also had excellent feedback from our first overnight guests in our refurbished rooms and we are looking forward to introducing them to more visitors, both old and new over the coming months.”

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