3-Day Christmas Break

Treat yourself to a special gift this year and spend Christmas at The Morritt.

The Indulgence Spa

Enjoy an overnight stay with spa use, cream tea and 3-course meal.

Festive Season

Spend your Festive Season with The Morritt this December.

Traditional Ale Week

This year’s Morritt Traditional Ale Week takes place from November 7th to 14th.


The Spirit of Teesdale

We’re celebrating 20 years at The Morritt in 2014



To celebrate their 20th anniversary at the Morritt Country House Hotel in July 2014, owners Barbara Johnson and Peter Phillips held art and photography contests to find artworks that captured the essence of one of the most picturesque parts of County Durham – The Spirit of Teesdale.


Barbara and Peter sought to do something special to celebrate being at the hotel since 1994 and thought a permanent artwork would be perfect. As a family-run hotel set in beautiful Teesdale countryside they wanted something that encapsulates what the area is all about, and celebrates local people and artists.


The Spirit of Teesdale Art Commission

Artists and sculptors living within 20 miles of the hotel vied for a £1,500 commission to produce a piece in celebration of the owners’ 20th anniversary at the hotel.


The winning proposal by sculptor Ewan Allinson was chosen by a panel of specialist judges including David Harper, TV antique expert and local celebrity, Emma House, Keeper of Fine Art at The Bowes Museum, Paul Denham, local artist from Raby and Richard Hindle, owner of the Gallerina art gallery in Darlington.


Ewan’s winning sculpture is now built in the hotel gardens and guests are welcome to come and view it and enjoy interacting with the piece.

For a full explanation of the inspiration behind the sculpture and more photographs, download and read this highly informative article by Ewan.

Read the winner announcement press release (June 6th ,2014).

Read the launch press release (April 7th, 2014). 


The Spirit of Teesdale Photography Contest

Following the success of the Spirit of Teesdale art commission, a great contest for photographers located within 20 miles of The Morritt Country House Hotel was held in September. The challenge remained the same – find the perfect image that captures The Spirit of Teesdale.

The deadline for entries has now closed and the shortlisted photographs will be displayed at an exhibition on Sunday, November 9th during which the winners will be announced.



Art Commission

Visit the Spirit Of Teesdale sculpture in the hotel gardens.



Photo Contest

Lean more about our Spirit Of Teesdale photography contest.


20th Anniversary

Celebrating 20 years at The Morritt in July 2014.