South Causey Inn – stay in a luxury double decker bus
The South Causey Inn, is a hotel with more than a few surprises up its sleeve. Set in the beautiful Durham countryside in the Beamish Valley, the hotel has premium accommodation to suit every taste. Including some very unusual options!
I was lucky enough to stay in their original converted 1960’s route master double decker bus. Fully refurbished the bus has a luxury bathroom downstairs and a bed room with a view on the top deck. This accommodation is really something special. The vintage vehicle has retained many of the original features including windows, refurbished bus seats, and other bus related paraphernalia. The bus has got a few London destinations on its side, and the front door is actually a replica of No 10 Downing Street!
South Causey – luxury accommodation!
Inside the bus, the decor is rather luxurious. Rich burgundy velvet covers both the padded head board and the ceiling. A state of the art music system is built in to the bus and there is a TV on both decks! The bus is surrounded by its own delightful private space and garden and there’s even an outdoor hot tub! Sitting in the hot tub with a glass of Prosecco surveying the summer sky is very relaxing. It’s a world away from ‘On the Buses!’ – a 1970’s comedy show which I happen to have a penchant for.
Waking up with a 360 degree view out over the beautiful local countryside is a real treat. You can even have your breakfast delivered to your bus door if you are feeling lazy.
The top deck of the bus is a bit of a challenge for tall people and the stairs are pretty steep so you need to be able to manage a bit of a climb if you want to stay here, but it’s all a lot of fun.
Events at the South Causey Inn
The South Causey Inn has a large airy restaurant and a separate bar. All the staff are extremely friendly and welcoming. There’s lots of choice on the menu with different offers on different days, and you certainly can’t complain at the size of the portions!
The South Causey Inn used to be a riding stables, and the old stables have now been converted into luxury themed rooms. These rooms have have their own private hot tubs too. Weddings are extremely popular here with the old indoor riding school now being a huge luxury wedding venue and there are two other areas in the hotel which can be used for weddings.
Also available at South Causey is the ‘Hotspot’ an area in the beautiful grounds that guests can hire for parties and events. The area has its own on site bar inside an old Bedford TK fire engine!
Antiques at South Causey Inn
And it doesn’t stop there! On site around the corner from the hotel is Raine & James, a huge vintage and antique emporium. The shop is full of a collection of the most amazing and extraordinary items. The owner of South Causey is Susan Moiser. It is her husband and daughter Harriet who run this antique Alladin’s cave.
Everything from fairground memorabilia, to vintage weaponry and a real German machine gun can be found here. You really need to have a good look around as there is so much to see. I spotted a model shark’s head, a Chu Man Chew gum machine, piles of vintage luggage, type writers and even a stuffed crocodile!
There’s always something going on here at South Causey. On Tuesdays there there is a small craft and farmer’s market where I purchased some delicious sweet raspberries and some trailing fuschias.
Afternoon tea at South Causey Inn
If you are looking for an amazing afternoon tea then look no further. You can have a classic luxury option (upgrade to include Prosecco!) or you could try a Gentleman’s Afternoon tea with a more savoury manly selection, although I think that would be my preferred choice. Could I still have one I wonder, despite my gender? There is even a vegan option, a gluten free option and a children’s one too! I did actually get the chance to sample some of the delicious local produce used in the afternoon teas at last year’s Taste of Durham event which was held here – yum!
South Causey Inn even has its own gin! Gin is distilled on site and the Gin’s brand names are based on the resident dogs – Rip the Bull Dog, Eddie the Lab, and Lady Cumberland the sausage dog. Seasonal Gins are made here too. Rhubarb Gin is made with rhubarb home grown in the South Causey gardens. Other botanicals are cultivated in the garden which are also used in Gin production.
I can highly recommend a fun stay in the double decker bus at South Causey Inn, but there is a lot more to this lovely place in the heart of the Durham countryside. It’s only 30 minutes away from Newcastle and about the same from Durham City itself. A definite summer destination for 2019!