The Ancient Unicorn Hotel
This charming Hotel based just outside of Barnard castle is steeped in history, we have single, double and larger suites available to stay in. Hot tubs rooms as well as pet friendly rooms. Breakfast is included in your booking and we have a bar and restaurant on site for guests.
Situated in the beautiful village of Bowes, close to Barnard Castle, the Ancient Unicorn offers the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful, unspoilt countryside of Teasdale. Just a couple of minutes from the A66, we’re also the ideal location for an overnight stopover for guests travelling to and from Scotland and the Lake District.
Suite Luxury Ensuite
Luxury suite with double bed and ensuite with shower & bath
Twin room. Budget, Shared Bathroom
Two single beds sharing a bathroom with one other room. Bathroom on same floor
Double room. Budget, Shared Bathroom
Budget Double Room – Shared Bathroom with one other room. Bathroom on floor below.
Double room. Comfort, Ensuite with Bath
Double bed room with ensuite with bath.
Triple room. Family, Ensuite
Our family room comes with one double bed and one single bed.
Twin room. Comfort, Ensuite
Two single beds with ensuite with shower
Double room. Comfort, Ensuite with Shower
Double bed room with ensuite with shower.
This historic building is full of character and warmth, to ensure our guests have a cosy and comfortable environment to enjoy and relax in. The building is steeped in history – Charles Dickens was a guest in days gone by and based some of his writing on the places he discovered whilst visiting. Another famous visitor was the artist William Turner, who painted some landscapes in the local area.
When you stay at the Ancient Unicorn there is plenty to explore and do!
The surrounding countryside is stunning – changing with the seasons and you can walk for miles and see no-one. The Pennine Way passes through Bowes so you can take in part of this historic route, exploring the ruined castle in the village.
Travelling just a bit further, the 3.5 miles into Barnard Castle, this historic, quaint market town with its massive ruined castle is set alongside the River Tees.
So whether you’re just passing through or stopping for a week there is plenty to keep you occupied right on our doorstep!
Road from By Car (1.0 miles)From the A1 – at Scotch Corner, take the westbound A66 towards Brough and Penrith. Drive for approximately 15 miles and take the left-hand turn towards Bowes and Barnard Castle. After approximately half a mile you will enter Bowes. At the mini-roundabout go straight ahead and the Ancient Unicorn is a short distance ahead on the right hand side.
Air from Newcastle Airport (50.0 miles)Newcastle airport is just over an hour away from us. There is also Teesside airport, which is about a 40 minute drive.
Train from Darlington (20.0 miles)Darlington Railway (The Railway Station) is the closest train station, approximately 35 minutes drive away
Cleaning and safety
- Professionally cleaned
- Contactless check-in/out
- No staff present
- Free WiFi internet
- Housekeeping – weekly
- Express check in
- CCTV in common areas
- CCTV outside property
- Limited parking
- Cooked breakfast
Activities and Experiences
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Excellent hotel – very clean and hosts were polite and helpful. Excellent powerful shower and comfortable room.
Really friendly, very clean and comfortable.
A lovely old building with lots of history. The rooms opened onto a courtyard. Lovely to sit outside.
Pleasant place to stay in the midst of beautiful countryside – very clean and tidy room.
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