Idyllic, indulgent and drop dead gorgeous. Elysia Agnew goes on a gin-inspired taste tour and laps up the luxury at the beautiful bolthole that is Lartington Hall.

A romantic retreat in rural Teesdale oozing with character, charm and elegance. Lartington Hall is a beautiful bolthole for a sumptuous staycation or the perfect venue for a whimsical wedding.

Worlds away from day-to-day life, this enchanting estate boasting twelve en-suite bedrooms and nestled within 75 acres of rolling parkland, really does capture the heart and warm the soul.

A contemporary take on Gatsby glamour, the interior design is beautiful and breathtaking. Flaunting its original features but cast in a contemporary clean palette, the hall combines bold, statement designs with breezy decor and paintwork. It’s light, it’s airy and there’s a real fairytale feel to the place.

The history behind this Grade II listed country house is as rich and as opulent as it looks. Lartington Hall has an important heritage in association with famous architects and historical figures including Ignatius Bonomi and Joseph Hansom, who invented the Hansom Cab for which he is famous. You’ll find a nod to this moment in history in the impressive entrance – with a Greek Temple Porte Cochère & carriage platform.

Greeted at the door with a smiling face, we’re guided through the grand corridor, up the stunning feature staircase and straight into our suite for the evening. The room features botanical wallpaper and is decorated with perfect pastel colours and white-washed decor. Opulent luxury springs to mind with the high ceilings and large windows overlooking the grounds; but it’s the en-suite bathroom that catches our attention. The bathroom suite pretty much matches the size of the bedroom, boasting twin, free-standing baths with views over the rolling countryside, twin sinks and plenty of space to relax and unwind. A plush and pretty suite to retreat, we could quite easily bed down for the evening after a soak in the bath, but our gin flight is calling.

The gin-inspired six-course tasting dinner brings friends, families and luxe people to Lartington Hall. With guests suited and booted in gladrags and gowns, a refreshing radish, apple and sea salt gin and tonic is served. Durham Gin are the brains behind the gin flight, working closely with head chef, Richard Picard-Edwards to create a unique pairing experience.

The botanical, foodie journey starts with a citrus and juniper cured salmon served with apple and cauliflower. A fresh fusion of flavours that zip through the tipple of French 75 – Durham Gin, lemon and champagne.

Next is the pressing of poached guinea fowl with Jerusalem artichokes, thyme and roasted leek. A light yet punchy dish washed down with a taste of Two Birds Gin boasting a richly scented, earthy feel.

A pink gin and tonic sorbet cleans the palate before the main course of roasted venison is served. The loin comes with salsify, pancetta and sprouting broccoli. A melt-in-the-mouth meat dish topped with star anise, damson, blackberry and ginger Durham Gin liqueur sauce. Spiced negroni is the gin flight – Durham Gin, red vermouth and Campari. A bitter, burnt orange kick that perfectly cuts through the rich venison.

The sweet stuff comes next in the form of a fromage frais and ginger cheesecake, served with rhubarb gin puree, honeycomb and sorbet. A light and simple sweet touch perfectly leading on to the rich dark chocolate tart – confit orange, cherry and pistachio. A classic chocolate fix to seal the deal, served with something really special – Durham bourbon cask aged gin.

Our fabulous gin flight feast finishes with an after dinner cocktail. The Salty Dog combines rosemary, Durham Gin and grapefruit. A perfectly refreshing finish to an exquisite gin-tasting experience at Lartington Hall.

After a slumber in our sumptuous suite, breakfast is served in the dining room. Cheery morning staff welcome us in for a relaxed, pick-me-up feast. After injecting a bit of love back into the body with fruits and juices, we opt for the cooked breakfast. A humble plate packed with Teesdale back bacon, Lartington Hall sausages, grilled vine cherry tomatoes, black pudding and fresh eggs served however you wish.

Lartington Hall is a luxurious escape from routine – it’s a plush, pretty and ritzy retreat for foodies, couples or people who just want to appreciate the finer things in life. Keep an eye out for upcoming pop-up events and exquisite experiences. Don’t be a stranger, make long-lasting relationships with Lartington Hall. Impossibly perfect and delightfully unexpected…


After several years as executive chef at the Michelin starred Lords of the Manor in the Cotswolds and at Lucknam Park near Bath, Richard Picard-Edwards heads up the kitchen team at Lartington Hall.

Returning to his northern roots, Richard is delighted to have teamed up owners, Shona and John Harper Wilkes to offer a bespoke service for weddings, events and pop-up banquet evenings like the Durham Gin Banquet Dinner. His food is something really special, and it’s a key piece in the puzzle for the luxurious Lartington experience.

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