The mansion is really straight forward to get to and is only 25 minutes from Darlington. Our group was a mixture of people travelling from Manchester, York and Darlington/surrounding areas and everyone commented on it being really easy to navigate to. The key is to look for a gate leading you to the house,and once you have popped the postcode in to google maps you can easily find it. The house is great as its a little off the beaten track so has a lovely exclusive feel to it where you can have a hide from the real world for a while.
Day one: Check out is from 3pm so we were able to bring all our bags in (there were many!) at this time. We loved having a buffet tea and all brought various bits left from Christmas (diet starts Monday!) the bar area has a fridge you can put all your booze in, perfect! The rooms are spacious and light, and there are lovely solid pine beds with cosy duvets and pillows, plus pull out trundle beds which the kids loved! One room has an en suite, but with 4 toilets and 2 bathrooms with showers/bath there were never any queues! We loved lighting the log burning fire in the lounge and playing games, the house was so cosy and warm.
Day two: We started a sunny winter’s morning with a cooked breakfast and then had a lovely amble down the extensive gardens and out into the woodlands behind the house. A gentle walk takes you down through the village and in no time you reach…you guessed it a pub! This one was called the Smith’s arms and was really friendly. We then walked on to the Floater’s mill where we had a reasonably priced lunch and there was a kid’s play area which kept the little nippers entertained. The walk is around 25 minutes (we did have a few little ones with us) but they all seemed to enjoy it.
Back at the house we had a late night dip in the hot tub and a glass of fizz. Heaven! There is seating outside so if people weren’t in the tub they could socialise outside or in the large conservatory again, with loads of space provided. The little touches in this house make it truly special and there are lots of lovely candles everywhere, and quirky pictures and ornaments giving the house a real extra quality about it. Having a games room is also genius as with large groups of different interests and ages it’s ideal for having multiple things going on. For example we had a darts and pool tournament in one room, a pub quiz in another and still had a quiet space for stories with the children.
Day 3: Home time for us, this time but what a wonderful time we have shared. We can’t wait to come back to our home from home soon as it holds such lovely memories for us all and is the perfect retreat for all of us busy parents. Festive memories are made at Hideout mansion.
A warm welcome at the Hideout mansion!
The gorgeous light and spacious conservatory, the children’s room as we called it!
I always try and make sure to book several breaks of different kinds into the diary and 2020 is already shaping up to be the same! I feel as a family we all benefit so much when we have time out of our very busy schedules and make some time for each other. The blend of nature and a change of scene combine to create some family harmony…well most of the time!
The hot tub was a massive success with all and once the kids got tired was the perfect activity for us to wind down after all that walking!
We loved partnering with the Hideout mansion to review the house for them. This was the second time we have stayed there so has been amazing to get the chance to visit again with our extended friendship group and families. The house gets booked up really quickly so I recommend you contact them well in advance on dates needed. For more information check out their page here: