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Tel code: 01833 | code search
Postcode: DL12 | code search
Population: 250
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Located in the Pennine hills is the small village of Bowes in County Durham, close to Barnard Castle and built around the medieval Bowes Castle. Bowes is on the Roman road through Stainmore leading to Catacatonium (Catterick) on the other side of the Pennines. The A66 and A67 roads meet at Bowes. It appears that the castle, built soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066 by Alan, Earl of Richmond, was constructed on the foundations of the old Roman fort Lavatrae indicating the strategic location. Lavatrae was the Roman name for its army station there. It was the site of many conflicts over the centuries, reporting to have been besieged by Scottish king William in 1173 and apparently so badly damaged that it needed reconstruction. Charles Dickens stayed in the 17th century coaching inn and only pub in the village, the Ancient Unicorn. He found inspiration for Dotheby’s Hall in Nicholas Nickleby from the village academy in Bowes and the graves of two of the characters portrayed by the author remain in Bowes churchyard to this day. The Bowes Museum houses one of the greatest collections of European fine and decorative arts in England and runs an acclaimed exhibition programme alongside other events.


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Ancient Unicorn (0.09 miles)

Ancient Unicorn

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Nestling high on the North Pennines, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, this historic 16th century coaching inn offers a traditional warm welcome. We serve excellent freshly cooked meals ... More

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Old Well Inn (3.78 miles)

Old Well Inn

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recently completely refurbished 17th century coaching inn nestled against the Castle wall and surrounded by antique shops, beautiful scenery, hills, rivers and historic houses. Real ale, great food and a ... More

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Marwood House (4.06 miles)

Marwood House
A grade II victorian building set in the delightful market town of Barnard Castle. Local towns within easy access are Darlington and Bishop Auckland. A central location with centre and castle nearby. The residene is ... More | visit website
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Strathmore Lawn East (4.09 miles)

Strathmore Lawn East
The Bed and Breakfast is beautifully decorated and each room consists with tea/coffee facilities, T.V in each room, central heating in all rooms and en-suite on most rooms and private washing facilities available. A hearty ... More | visit website
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Red Well Inn (4.41 miles)

Red Well Inn

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The Red Well is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty recenty refurbished to a high standard with a private carpark. We offer great food either in our retaurant ... More

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Lily Hill Farm (4.69 miles)

Lily Hill Farm
Lily hill is traditional Georgian farmhouse situated in quiet hamlet of Brignall, amidst wonderful views. 12 miles west of Scotch corner, 1 mile off A66. We are ideally situated for walking or touring dales. We ... More | visit website
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Jersey Farm Hotel (4.75 miles)

Jersey Farm Hotel

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A haven of peace and quiet, somewhere to relax enjoy good food good company and a memorable time. Jersey Farm Country Hotel has been owner run for over 28 years. From a ... More

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The Morritt (5.31 miles)

The Morritt

This beautiful hotel provides accommodation for holiday makers as well as those wanting to get away for weekend breaks. Diners are always welcome to eat in the 'a la carte' restaurant, bistro, bar or our ... More | visit website

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Rose & Crown Hotel (The) (5.35 miles)

Rose & Crown Hotel (The)
An award winning 18th century coaching inn located on the middle green in one of England's prettiest villages.

The inn has 12 bedrooms, all individually designed and with luxury bathrooms. Two of the rooms have ... More | visit website

Eggleston Hall (6.20 miles)

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