Top Choice for The Vale of Durham

The Briar Rose was chosen as the place to stay in the Vale of Durham. Our excellent reviews from our guests can be viewed on Trip Advisor. Those on our website are taken from our visitor book.



Bloggers get a taste of Durham produce

As part of Taste Durham Month, regional bloggers and attendees of the Taste Durham Afternoon Tea Media Showcase at the South Causey Inn have been sharing their experience of the event.
On the food offering across the county, Debbie Stokoe from The Avant Garde blog said: “We’re spoilt for choice for fantastic restaurants, bakeries, distilleries, breweries and culinary experiences in Durham, and it’s about time we start shouting a bit louder about what we have to offer”. Read her full article here > 

Source:  Visit County Durham

New Treasure Trove tour for Durham city

Quirky historic stories, fun facts and amazing Instagrammable locations! For the very first time, Durham, along with 14 of England’s top ranked historic cities and the City of London, have come together as England Originals from England’s Historic Cities and are previewing their five new, hassle-free, easy to book itineraries aimed at international visitors. England Originals is one of a number of exciting new projects to benefit from funding from UK Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund which is administered by VisitEngland. Read more >

Special deals for October & November

High Force Nov 2010 Mike Ogden autumn
High Force Nov 2010 Mike Ogden autumn

The summer holidays may now be over but there are still plenty of good reasons to take a short break to the north east of England. Soon, nature will be giving us a fantastic display of colours as autumn sets in, and where better to see this display than in our northern dales. With magnificent backdrops a photographic feast awaits.

Autumn Durham
Autumn Durham

As the nights draw in our sky gazers will be treated with some spectacular sights. The northern dales have some of the darkest skies in Britain. Annually a skygazer festival takes place and a variety of places within the region.

Sky-watching - Milky Way
Sky-watching – Milky Way

There is no such thing as bad weather only bad cloths, it is often said. So long as you have good cloths then you can enjoy the awe of nature in this beautiful part of the UK, irrespective of the weather.

For those inclement days there are plenty of exhibitions taking place at the numerous country houses, estates and museums of the region, with a warm welcome inside.

Bookings at The Briar Rose will be given a special offer discount off published prices for October and November.

  • 3 nights normal £221  special offer £199
  • 4 nights normal £245 special offer £220
  • 7 nights normal £350 special offer £300

To claim this special deal type in AUTUMN when making the booking online. This offer is only available when booking directly and is not available via any of our agents.


Festivals Galore

The summer of 2018 has been amazing here in the north east. The sizzling weather combined with all the ongoing outdoor festivals in the region have been a true feast for visitors to the area. Earlier this month the annual Tall Ships Race visited Sunderland, providing a magnificent spectacle for visitors. There are still lots of other events ongoing through the summer and autumn months for visitors to enjoy. Follow us on Facebook for regular updates on whats going on in the region.

Tall Ships festival – Sunderland, July 2018

Certificate of Excellence for 2018

We have just heard that The Briar Rose has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for 2018. We have received this award for a second consecutive year thanks to the excellent reviews left by our many satisfied guests.

New beds for 2018

As part of our continuing improvement strategy based on customer feedback we are pleased to inform you that our guests will now enjoy the comforts of a Myers back care king size bed in the master bedroom.

Guest Bedroom
Master Bedroom with King Size Bed

The guest bedroom has also had a face lift and now contains a quality double bed.

Guest Bedroom
Guest Bedroom

A fold away bed is still available on request for a fifth guest .

New for 2018: Fully Refundable Bookings

Is there uncertainty as to whether or not you can take a planned trip. Fear not.  In conjunction with our much improved terms and conditions regarding refunds and our new low flat rate deposit, we are following in the footsteps of the hotel sector and have introduced an optional fully refundable pricing list. This can be viewed alongside our standard pricing list on our website. Please note these options and terms and conditions are only available when booking direct. There’s never been a better time to book this highly rated holiday and short term let.

2018 Prices and Terms and Conditions

Front Garden

New for 2018: Low fixed deposit, attractive cancellation rates.

Based on our customer feedback we have made some significant changes to our booking and cancellation charges which are now probably rank alongside the best available  in the industry (and are significantly better for the customer than any offered by our agents).

A deposit of only £50 is required to secure a booking, irrespective of the length of the booking.

50 Pounds

Full details can be  seen on our revamped terms and conditions