Traveling from DC for our older daughter’s PhD graduation in Durham (and engagement), I was looking for beautiful & spacious accommodations for our family of 5. We found it at Merrington Grange! Very comfortable and surprisingly spacious cottage with two large bedrooms each with en suite full baths, full open concept, eat-in kitchen and main room opening out onto a picturesque stone patio with blooming flower pots, table & chairs, and rose garden, complete with baby bunnies, fluffy sheep & lush green rolling fields. I couldn’t have conjured a more picture perfect country cottage only minutes from town but feeling as if we were worlds away from our urban hustle & bustle! Sue Hodgson is a brilliant hostess welcoming us with a bottle of bubbly, chocolates and of course delicious biscuits to go with the lovely tea she provides. Best of all was Sue’s hand-written welcome and congratulations note. As a family we have traveled all over the world (to every continent now except Antarctica — maybe next year) and have never received such warm hospitality in such a lovely place. We will certainly be back!!! Thank you, Sue!!!
This property in a former granary on a working farm was very comfortable, with picture-perfect views out of every window. The town of Sedgefield is very close and has every amenity needed, from groceries to fun boutiques and lots of interesting pubs and restaurants. Our host was friendly and always at hand.