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Thursday, 30 June 2016

A Blissful Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - A Review

The South Causey Inn near Beamish in County Durham is a gem of a pub that you simply must add to your list of places to visit this summer. It only took us around 30 minutes to drive there from our home in Northumberland but it feels like another world. Quietly tucked away in the middle of Beamish Valley, you'd never believe you were only 6 miles away from both Newcastle and Durham city centre. This independent establishment is warm, friendly and an ideal place to spend an afternoon, evening or if you are lucky, a night away. 

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham

A Unique Overnight Stay in the Tree House Suite


There are over 30 bedrooms to choose from at South Causey Inn ranging from comfortable court yard rooms to the Hadrian's Wall Villa, a French Boudoir and even a converted London Bus. Last month we stayed in the Tree House suite which is a unique feature room with lots of luxury included. Honestly no expense has been spared and if you a looking for a luxury get away, I can highly recommend booking this suite.

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Tree House

Your 'shed bed' is not only quirky but also exceptionally comfortable and the perfect place to lie and watch the world go by. There is a hidden tv built into the four poster frame which is perfectly placed for snuggling up and watching your favourite movie with a loved one. 

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Tree House

The suite has it's own living area with lots of homely touches including a working gramophone, chesterfield sofa and traditional telephone. There is a wide screen tv in this room too and Steve was more than happy with this spot as a place to watch the England match. You can order room service food and drinks to be delivered to your room from the pub (prices were very reasonable) and there is free and decent wifi. Honestly they really have thought of everything here. 

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Tree House

Our bathroom was OH SO LUXURIOUS with his and her washbasins, a very fancy power shower and the piece-de-resistance a double jacuzzi bath complete with a waterproof remote control that operates the tv that is built into the bathroom wall. I think this is probably the first time I've ever watched The Chase lying in the bath! haha (TMI???).

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Tree House

The South Causey Inn have their own exclusive passport scheme - if you stay in a feature bedroom 7 times, you'll receive a complimentary 8th stay. This offer is very tempting and I already have my eye on a few bedrooms......

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Tree House


Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Tree House

As a special treat, if you are staying in a feature bedroom, the lovely staff will send over a few little treats once you have settled in with their compliments. I was undecided whether to include this in my post or not as it was such a lovely surprise and I didn't want to ruin it for anyone but I really wanted to show how the staff go above and beyond and look after you well. 

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Complimentary champagne and canapes

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Complimentary champagne and canapes

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Converted London Bus
I have my eye on staying in this converted London bus next.

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham

The beer gardens at South Causey Inn are sprawling and beautifully maintained. There is lots of outdoor seating and space for kids to play and I bet at even a hint of sunshine the tables start to fill up with happy customers. 

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Beer Garden Flowers

I only really started appreciating flowers and plants when I hit the age of 30, it's not something I was ever bothered about in my younger days however now I just can't get enough. It's funny what age does to you! The South Causey Inn brews their own gin using berries from their gardens and patrons are free to wander around their kitchen gardens. I would 100% recommend doing this as it is so peaceful and tranquil. A real escape from day-to-day life. Just look at the colours!

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Beer Garden Flowers

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Beer Garden Flowers


Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Beer Garden Flowers

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Beer Garden Flowers

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Beer Garden Flowers

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Mr Rip
Meet Mr RIP

The South Causey Inn is dog friendly (yeah). I may or may not have spent a good hour trying to capture a shot of the resident dog Mr RIP. OMG I wanted to take him home. He is so full of character. There were lots of other four legged friends around during our visit and dogs are allowed in the bar area and snug where food is served (this isn't an issue for us - in fact it's a plus). Dogs can stay overnight at a supplement of £20 and they may well receive a special goody bag when they check out too. 

Lunch at South Causey Inn


The lunch menu at South Causey Inn is available Monday-Friday from 12noon - 5pm and at only £9.95 for three courses is a REAL bargain. The inn is nice and cosy inside with traditional features, roaring fires and comfortable sofas. It's very welcoming and I was so content that I could actually nearly fall asleep in the bar after our lunch.


The staff are a real credit too and happy to chat to you about what you're up to and give beer recommendations if needed. 

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Lunch menu

Steve decided to go for one of his favourite treats - a big slab of homemade corned beef pie. Served with proper homemade chips, peas and a jug of gravy. It's fair to say his lunch was an epic feast. I can't believe the value (this dish is part of the three courses for £9.95 lunch special). The portion sizes were huge - so big in fact that Steve couldn't manage dessert. 

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Lunch menu

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Lunch menu Corned Beef Pie


I ordered a trio of burgers from the main menu (£10.95) which featured a Game Burger with my favourite Northumberland Cheese, a Lamb burger with feta and a Cheese Burger. Again, huge portions and I couldn't get enough of the homemade chips and onion rings they were served with. For me, nothing will ever beat a Fat Hippo burger but these versions were a pretty decent effort and I would order again. 



South Causey Inn Tuesday Markets 


Did you see my post about the South Causey Inn markets which happen every Tuesday from 10:30am-2pm? Entry is FREE and there are a wide range of local stalls, food items and crafts for sale. I am planning to visit in the summer holidays with the kids to show my support (always important to shop local) and I know my three will enjoy a children's meal in the pub afterwards (especially as they include a free slush drink). I can't wait to introduce them to  the resident South Causey animals.........

South Causey Inn Animals


Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Animals Pigs

A visit to South Causey Inn is like a trip to a mini farm but without the cost. There is a wonderful array of animals for you to say hello to including some very friendly pigs and their piglets who I think may be the happiest pigs I have ever met. 

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Animals Pigs

There's also a duck pond, chickens wandering freely, rabbits, a cockerel and more....... They're all located in the pub gardens and free to say hello to. I bet they are a real favourite with visiting toddlers. 

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Animals Geese


Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Animals Chicken

Retiring for the evening


Did I mention that most of the feature rooms come with their own private deluxe hot tub? Such a nice place to relax under the stars.

Overnight Stay at South Causey Inn | County Durham - Hot Tub





At night the Tree House lights up with twinkly lights and it all feels very magical indeed. 


Breakfast at South Causey Inn



Breakfast was included in our room rate and is served in the South Causey Inn restaurant. You can help yourself to as much tea and coffee as you'd like before moving onto a hot breakfast and then finishing with fruit and pastries. Some items did run out (we must have visited at peak time) but they were quickly replaced and one table were even told they could order a batch of croissants fresh from the kitchen oven if they waited an extra 5 minutes (rather jealous I ate too much and didn't have room to do this myself!)



A quick word about Christmas


Believe it or not, people have already been searching North East Family Fun for Christmas and Christmas at South Causey Inn sounds fantastic. As well as festive markets there will be Santa Sunday's, Choirs, Festive Brass Bands and more. Check out their full Christmas diary of events here.


As we checked out, the South Causey Inn were preparing for a wedding and it did make me rather jealous that I wasn't part of it (anyone else love a good wedding). We did have a few tiny niggles during our stay such as there still being a lot of building work being carried out finishing the new rooms during the day (which was rather noisy at times and not ideal when you are trying to relax in a hot tub) and the builders decided to use our private courtyard for their cigarette break before they aplogised and realised we were actually using the room. Hmmmm! This work is almost complete though so the noise and distractions won't be for too much longer. 

The South Causey Inn really is a wonderful place to visit and stay. It is warm, comfortable and filled with friendly, attentive staff.  I can't wait to return to visit their Tuesday market soon. 

Room Rates Vary. Check out the South Causey Inn Website for more information and give them a call for their best rates - 01207 235 555


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  1. The food is such good value for money! Those rooms look lovely x

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    1. We're going to return at Christmas time with the whole family. Can't wait x

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  2. Oh wow! I don't even know where to start! This looks amazing - I'm desperate to go and stay on that bus - definitely going to look that up! I also quite fancy some corned beef pie for breakfast! Love that you get a hot tub too - wow! I need to start a staycation list I think!

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    1. The bus looks amazing doesn't it! Your list seems to be getting longer not shorter x

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  3. What a beautiful place, and really quirky too. I love all the old style decorations.

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  4. This place is so unusual! The outside looks lovely and bright with the greenery around the windows and the flowers are beautiful, I've started appreciating them recently as well! I think it'd be great to stay in the bus, children would really love it too. The piglets look so cute, I might try to head here on Monday whilst I'm off :)

    Great post, thanks for sharing
    Ami x

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  5. This is the sort of place my husband and I would love to stay, it looks lovely, I really want to go there (but would leave the dogs with my parents). I also would want to come home with a piglet, yes I really do want a pig :) x

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    1. hehe who doens't :D They are too cute x

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  6. What a fin and quirky place to stay! All of that food looks delicious too.

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  7. Oh my life I need to stay here!!!! I'm going to send the link to my other half as a gentle hint. Sam what a fantastic review of a clearly brilliant and quirky place to stay. Love it.

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    1. It's so lovely - I can't wait to return x

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  8. I love places like this which seem to be in the middle of nowhere. We always opt for somewhere like this May bank holiday but sadly this seems a little too far. x

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    1. Individual and Independant places are definitely usually the best aren't they x

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  9. This looks like a lovely place and the grounds, room and food look lovely.

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  10. I am obsessed with little quaint places, especially covered in ivy.
    Couldn't be more beautiful if you tried.
    The bathroom looks so relaxing and could take a good book and spend hours just unwinding.

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    1. The bathroom was HUGE and definitely a huge plus x

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  11. Oh my gosh, what an awesome place for a short getaway. I love the aesthetic of the bedrooms there!

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  12. Oh my goodness what an absolutely beautiful looking place and all those animals! Looks like my perfect holiday location. x

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    1. It was wonderful - wish I was back there now!

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  13. This looks and sounds like a great place to visit. Already booking Christmas? I need to get organised! R

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  14. Looks amazing. We shall definitely try it out next time we visit Beamish

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    1. It's fab Safron I think you'd love it x

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  15. Oh my goodness, how quirky and fabulous1 I love staying in places like that when we go away. It's so much more fun! The London bus obviously appeals to me ;)

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  16. The food looks yummy. I am really eyeing those wine glasses.

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  17. My two would absolutely love it there - especially the tree bed. What a great thorough review.

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  18. That shed bed!!! Love it! Especially with the built in TV - don't think I'd ever leave! :)

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    1. I wish I didn't have to - it was a wonderful escape from the real world x

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  19. This looks like such a wonderful place to stay, how amazing is your room! Love the quirky touches. The food looks delicious and such amazing value too. xx

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  20. how beautiful is the inn? the exterior is very attractive. everything is attractive about it

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  21. This is a fab venue for a wedding. I've been to a couple here and they don't disappoint.

    I like all the little extras you get in the feature rooms and the tree lights in yours were so cute!

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    1. Oh man I neeeeeed to gatecrash a wedding! LOL

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  22. Oh my gosh!!! What an amazing looking place! I thought that shed bed looked great... Then I saw that double Jacuzzi bath! Wonderful x

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  23. Cor that Corned Beef Pie looks incredible! I love the sound of this hotel - and not just because I want to watch the Chase in bed too!

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  24. Love the South Causey, food is always good and a bit different. I love that they sent you over some treats, that would make my trip. I've been loads to eat, but never even seen any pics of the bedrooms - they are so impressive.

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    1. They really are impressive aren't they x

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  25. Wow! I love the bunky style, especially the details in the bed. :)

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    1. There is loads of attention to detail everywhere you look x

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  26. This place looks just absolutely lovely, those flowers are stunning and I too would be wanting to adopt Mr RIP x

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  27. Kathryn Hipkin2 July 2016 at 17:41

    That looks brilliant!
    One little thing tho - not specific to this post. There are lots of dog friendly places BUT our older one, who is autistic, is absolutely TERRIFIED of dogs and altho people say 'come on, s/he won't hurt you, give a stroke' it actually makes things worse. Meltdown mode is to be avoided!
    Therefore, I would appreciate it if you were able to mention some places where dogs are definitely NOT allowed as it would be so worth knowing for us

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    1. Thanks Kathryn, I really didn't consider that before. I'll be sure to mention this in future posts :D

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  28. omg that looks amazing. what a beautiful place and so interesting too <3 stunning pics by the way

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  29. This place looks lovely, I love the look of the bathroom!

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  30. Oh wow! What a beautiful place. It looks like an idea place for some weekend chill out.

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  31. I love quirky British hotels, and this definitely fits the bill - the double-decker bus accomodation looks brilliant! x

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  32. Popping back again through #Lovenortheast i really love the look of this place especially that bus!

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I always love reading your thoughts and comments - Sam x

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