What does the Spirit of Teesdale mean to you?

Perhaps it’s the stunning countryside, the high moorland or the rich meadows. Maybe it’s dramatic features like High Force or one of the iconic landmarks such as Bowes Museum, Raby Castle or the Market Cross in Barnard Castle. Is it the people? Traditional sheep farmers, shopkeepers or entrepreneurs?

Whatever the Spirit of Teesdale means to you, we think you can take a great photograph that captures this theme and enter our photography contest.

Today (Friday, September 19th) is the closing date to send your photographs and judging will take place early next week.

If you’ve been thinking about entering but haven’t quite got around to it, now’s the time to send your best picture to relax@themorritt.co.uk.

We’ve received some great entries so far that really demonstrate the huge amount of talent in our region. The photographs also show off our beautiful area and make us quite proud!

Enter today! What have you got to lose?

If you’re lucky you could win one of our fabulous prizes including a relaxing overnight spa break with dinner, an indulgent day at The Garage Spa, or dinner in our 2 AA Rosette-awarded Gilroy’s Dining Room.

You’ll also be doing your bit for charity as the best 12 photographs will be made into a calendar to raise money for St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington.

Chocolate Surprises on the Menu During National Chocolate Week

It seems like there are awareness days or weeks dedicated to everything and anything at the moment. From World Tourism Day (September 27th) and World Teacher’s Day (October 5th), to National Sandwich Day (November 3rd) and World Toilet Day (November 19th) – it looks like everything is covered!

But our favourite awareness weeks are focused around food and we were delighted to learn about National Chocolate Week between October 13th and 19th this year.

To mark this occasion, we’re putting some amazing chocolate-themed dishes on our award-winning menu.

If you’re a chocoholic, you wont’ want to miss our special menu which is also running alongside the regular a la carte menu in Gilroy’s Dining Room and the Dickens Bistro. It’s full of interesting surprises and twists on a chocolate theme including a venison and chocolate course. That’s not as odd as it sounds and people have been incorporating good quality chocolate in savoury main courses for years particularly in Mexico, South American and the Middle East.

Our chocolate menu runs from October 13th to 19th and booking is essential on 01833 627 232 or relax@themorritt.co.uk as we expect this event to be extremely popular.

Unexpected! Dessert Club is a Sight to Behold

Do you like a pudding? Visitors to our monthly Dessert Club certainly do as they get three delicious sweet treats and a glass of dessert wine (or tea/coffee) for only £15.

Every month is different as you choose a taster dessert for starter and last course from the Gilroy’s Dining Room a la carte menu. And if that wasn’t enough if a treat, our talented chefs create a show-stopping main course – which is also a dessert!

Guests at our last event were thoroughly impressed with the puddings presented at Dessert Club.  They told us they loved all the different textures and clever presentation.

Our desserts really are a sight to behold and bring something unexpected to the table.

Take a look at some of the photographs we took during the last club for a flavour of what to expect.

  • Dessert Club
  • Last Wednesday of the month
  • 12.30 pm to 2.30pm
  • Gilroy’s Dining Room


To book your place at this mouth-watering event, give us a call on 01833 627 232 or email relax@themorritt.co.uk.


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Germaine de Capuccini Day at The Garage Spa

Germaine de Capuccini is Spain and Italy’s top selling skin care range with treatments and products for all types of skin. The premium products and treatments are found in the most exclusive salons and spas throughout the world and are offered by the most highly trained therapists in the industry.

To celebrate introducing Germaine de Capuccini products and treatments at The Garage Spa this September we’re holding a very special, one-off half-day spa package on our first day.

By coming along to our special event on Thursday, September 18th you’ll be one of the first people to try out Germaine de Capuccini at The Garage Spa.

This half-day package is only £20 and includes a huge number of special treats!


Space is limited so book early by calling The Garage Spa on 01833 863 100 or email service@thegaragspa.co.uk.

20th Anniversary Celebrations in Living North East

Guests partied the night away at a 1920s themed ball at The Morritt in July to celebrate the owners’ 20th anniversary at the hotel.

Some wonderful photographs appeared in the social pages of several newspapers and magazines, showing off the guests and their amazing fancy dress, including the full page spread below from Living North East’s September issue.

Living North East - September 2014

Photographs from our 20th anniversary ball in Living North East


Back to School with The Garage

Summer is coming to an end, the days are cooler and the nights are already starting to draw in… Kids are going back to school and after a hectic school holiday you deserve a bit of relaxation and some “me time”.

Ease yourself back into work gently by spending a few blissful hours at The Garage Spa.

Throughout August and September, we’re offering you a wonderful “Back to School” half day spa package for only £85. The package is packed-full of relaxing treats including a 55-minute treatment. You can choose from a Deep Relax Massage or Classic MOT facial – both of these treatments have been chosen for this package as they are truly soothing.

If that’s not enough, you’ll also spend 15 tranquil minutes on the dry float followed by a delicious cream tea.

Of course you don’t have to go “Back to School” – or work – to enjoy this papering!

To book, just give us a call on 01833 863 100 or email service@thegaragespa.co.uk

The Relaxing Dry Float at The Garage Spa

The Relaxing Dry Float at The Garage Spa

Enter Our Spirit of Teesdale Photography Contest

Following the success of our Spirit of Teesdale art commission, we’re holding a contest especially for photographers located within 20 miles of The Morritt Country House Hotel.

As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, we’re inviting local photographers to submit a photo that captures the essence of one of County Durham’s most picturesque Dales.

The theme remains the same – The Spirit of Teesdale. All you have to do is submit an original photograph that captures this subject. It can be anything you like – landscape, portrait, action shot.

You could win one of the following prizes:

First Prize An overnight stay at The Morritt Country House Hotel including breakfast, dinner and spa use for two people.
Second Prize A luxurious day at The Garage Spa for two people including a 55-minute treatment.
Third Prize Dinner for two at the 2 AA Rosette-awarded Gilroy’s Dining Room.

12 shortlisted photographers will be invited to display their images at an exhibition and beer festival (Sunday, November 9th) at The Morritt, where the first, second and third prize-winners will be announced. During the event, photographers are encouraged to talk about their work. All 12 shortlisted photographs will be included in a 2015 calendar to raise money for St Teresa’s Hospice.

How to enter

To enter, submit one image that best captures The Spirit of Teesdale. The photograph can be any subject – landscape, portrait, action etc. Email your photograph to relax@themorritt.co.uk before Friday, September 19th.

Entries must be labelled with your name and image files must be 72 dpi and between 1MB and 3MB. You should include your own name, address and telephone number.


Vote for The Morritt in the 2015 Wedding Industry Awards

We’re delighted to announce that The Morritt Country House Hotel is nominated for Best Countryside Venue in the 2015 Wedding Industry Awards.

If you were one of the many happy couples that married here between November 1st, 2013 and October 24th 2014, we would like to ask you to vote for us – it should only take a few minutes.

Planning your wedding?

The Morritt Country House Hotel is the ideal venue for you to celebrate your special day.

Set in fantastic gardens and at the heart of Teesdale countryside, the beautiful Morritt Country House Hotel is the perfect place to spend the biggest day of your life. We’re an AA four-star hotel and have hosted more than 1,000 weddings and receptions over the past 20 years, with glowing testimonials from happy couples.

Wedding Open Day

Our next Wedding Open Day is on Sunday, September 21st, 2014 from 11am to 4pm.

  • See how your day could look
  • Experts on hand all day
  • Demonstrations from The Garage Spa

If you would like any further information, please contact The Morritt Wedding Team on 01833 627232 or at weddings@themorritt.co.uk.


The Spirit of Teesdale is Revealed

To celebrate their 20th anniversary at The Morritt Country House Hotel in July 2014, owners Barbara Johnson and Peter Phillips commissioned local artist, Ewan Allinson, to create a sculpture in the hotel gardens.

Ewan was chosen from a shortlist of local artists who entered a contest to create an artwork that captured the essence of one of Country Durham’s most picturesque dales. Winning the commission was also a celebration for Ewan himself as he celebrated his 20-year anniversary as a sculptor and was thrilled to win the commission.

The sculpture is closely linked to the history of Greta Bridge, Teesdale and The Morritt. It incorporates a dry-stone wall grove with seating and a shrine to a Roman water nymph, Neine, in the middle. A relief on one side depicts Neine and on the other there is an inscription. The grove is built out of stone from Upper Teesdale and the shrine is carved from stone from Dunhouse Quarry near Staindrop.

For more detailed information about Ewan’s inspiration and the thought that went into the sculpture, there is an in-depth article on The Morritt website.

To celebrate their 20th anniversary at The Morritt Country House Hotel in July 2014, owners Barbara Johnson and Peter Phillips commissioned local artist, Ewan Allinson, to create a sculpture in the hotel gardens.

To celebrate their 20th anniversary at The Morritt Country House Hotel in July 2014, owners Barbara Johnson and Peter Phillips commissioned local artist, Ewan Allinson, to create a sculpture in the hotel gardens.

Germaine de Capuccini is Coming to The Garage

World-renowned professional skin-care at The Garage Spa.

We’re excited to announce that some of the world’s most advanced skin-care products and luxurious spa treatments will be available at The Garage Spa from next month.

From August we will stock products and offer facial treatments by Germaine de Capuccini – Spain and Italy’s top selling skin care range with treatments and products for all types of skin.

The Germaine de Capuccini brand originated more than 40 years ago in Spain and today can be found in over 80 countries. Each product is made with carefully selected natural ingredients to give you the most luxurious, effective and results-oriented treatments available.

The company is also dedicated to caring for nature – products are produced with natural and organic ingredients, animal testing is rejected, processes that could damage the environment are avoided, and packaging is constantly evaluated to make recycling easier.

We’ll bring you more information about our Germaine de Capuccini products and facial treatments soon.

Can’t wait for Germaine?

Why not book a relaxing trip to The Garage Spa today and enjoy all the indulgent facilities? A range of day spa packages are available from £99.

Call 01833 863 100 or email service@thegaragespa.co.uk for more information.

Germaine de Capuccini