We welcome you to our 16th Century Coaching Inn located in the beautiful Teesdale area, a stone’s throw from the Pennine Way: for sale

We welcome you to our 16th Century Coaching Inn located in the beautiful Teesdale area, a stone’s throw from the Pennine Way

Bowes, Durham, United Kingdom


750 000 EUR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Operations Director - South Africa & Africa - EC Mobility
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address: Cliff.jacobs@ecmobility.hk
Type: Inn
Bedrooms: 12
Bathrooms: 12
Showers: 12
Parking: 12
Yield: Not Disclosed

Bowes is a village in County Durham, England. Located in the Pennine hills, it is situated close to Barnard Castle. It is built around the medieval Bowes Castle.

Geography and administration

Civic history

Bowes lies within the historic county boundaries of the North Riding of Yorkshire, but along with the rest of the former Startforth Rural District, it was incorporated into the non-metropolitan county of Durham for administrative purposes on 1 April 1974, under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972.

The A66 and A67 roads meet at Bowes.


The Roman name for Bowes was Lavatrae. A Roman fort was located there, which was re-used as the site for Bowes Castle.

The place-name 'Bowes' is first attested in a charter of 1148, where it appears as Bogas. This is the plural of the Old English boga meaning 'bow', probably signifying an arched bridge.

The village church is dedicated to St Giles.

The only pub in the village, The Inn is reputed to be haunted by several ghosts. This 17th-century coaching inn famously played host to Charles Dickens as he toured the local area. Dickens found inspiration in the village academy, which he immortalised as Dotheboys Hall in Nicholas Nickleby, and the graves of two of the people who inspired characters portrayed by the great author can be seen in Bowes churchyard to this day. William Shaw (1782-1850) was the headmaster of The Bowes Academy, and is said to have been the model for Wackford Squeers in Nicholas Nickleby – they share the same initials. And George Ashton Taylor, who died in 1822 aged 19, apparently inspired Dickens to create the character of Smike in the same novel.

From 1861 to 1962, the village was served by Bowes railway station.

The village is also home to possibly the smallest former working men's club in the country. Now known as Bowes Social Club, it is run by volunteers and is often used as a venue to raise money for local events.


Bowes has a single primary school at the centre of the village, Bowes Hutchinson's C of E (Aided) Primary School.

Notable people

Thomas Kipling (bap. 1745, d. 1822), dean of Peterborough, was born in Bowes.

John Bailey (1750–1819), mathematician and land surveyor was born in Bowes.

Richard Cobden (1804–65), manufacturer and politician, was schooled in Bowes.

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Charles Dickens was a guest in days gone by and based some of his writing on the local area.  Another famous visitor was the artist William Turner, who painted some landscapes in the local area. 

Now the building will give you a warm welcome whatever the reason for your visit and we can offer these facilities for your enjoyment:

  • 12 guest bedrooms, 10 of which are en-suite and the remaining 2 with a shared bathroom.   4 of the rooms are available to book by guests with well-behaved dogs (available by advance booking)
  • The Hotel Bar,
  • The Restaurant and Coffee Shop
  • Guest’s lounge
  • Delicious, seasonal menu of home-cooked dishes
  • Hearty English breakfasts
  • Or hire the entire Inn for business meetings, family celebrations, etc

Please pay us a visit and let us offer you some traditional Teesdale hospitality, whether it’s for a quiet cup of coffee, a pint or two of real ale or a home-cooked meal, a good night’s rest, or even to see one of our legendary ghosts! Whatever the reason for your visit, we will do our best to give you a warm welcome.


At our Inn, we have 12 newly refurbished rooms.  Four are in the front of the main inn – two fantastic character doubles with en-suites and two smaller rooms (one double, one twin) which share the house bathroom. Across the cobbled courtyard, there are 6 more rooms in the converted stables (5 doubles and 1 twin, all with en-suite) plus two more rooms in the cottage (one double and one family room – both en-suite). We have five rooms which are dog friendly.

Breakfast is served in the Inn daily, freshly cooked to order from local produce, and evening meals are available in the Restaurant or in the Bar in front of the warm fire.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea at our Inn will take you back in time as you are seated in our 17th-century building with old-fashioned cake stands, china cups and crisp white table linen. Once seated we let you peruse through our drinks menu which includes many teas, cafetière s of coffee, latte’s and also cold drinks if you prefer.

Served with your drinks we present you with a stand of delicious warm scones served with clotted cream, preserves and butter and also sandwiches and savouries.

Then to follow, there’s gorgeous homemade cakes just like Grandma used to make!


Our Inn is an ideal venue for business with its location just off the A66.  We’re easily accessible but rural and quiet so ideal for your business needs.

We have hosted a variety of business events, including private business lunches, training workshops, Christmas celebrations and many more.  Being so close to the A66, we have many returning business travellers, who enjoy our warm and relaxing environment whilst they’re away from home.

Private Functions

Our Inn is available to hire for private functions and is ideal for family celebrations.

Food can be tailored to suit your taste and budget – you could even bring your own chef! Or maybe book the whole building for your special event, we have 12 comfortable guest rooms at your disposal.

Route 66

If you’re driving along the trans-Pennine route of the A66, why not slip off the main road for a well-earned break.  We’re only a minute’s drive off the main road but we’re a world away from the traffic and we can revive you with a delicious home-cooked meal or you can put your feet up in front of a roaring log fire and enjoy a cup of Yorkshire tea or barista-style coffee.

Everyone is welcome and there’s something for everyone.

You may even decide to stay the night in one of our lovely rooms!

What to do

When you stay at our Inn there is plenty to explore in the beautiful, unspoiled area of Teesdale. The countryside is stunning – changing with the seasons and you can walk for miles and see nobody.  The Pennine Way passes through Bowes so you can take in part of this historic route, exploring the ruined castle in the village or just soaking up the stunning views from the bench by the castle.  A dream for photographers and artists!

Travelling just a bit further, the 3.5 miles into Barnard Castle, this historic quaint market town with its massive ruined castle is set alongside a fabulous bubbling river.  It’s well worth taking some time to wander around the streets, enjoying the coffee shops and traditional old shops. If you have a whole day to spare you have to take in the Bowes Museum, which is a massive French Chateau packed full of amazing artifacts collected by the family over their travels.

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283


Skype: cliff.jacobs

Web: https://www.exquisitehotelconsultants.com

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