What To See

The current site we now know as Rockliffe Hall came under the ownership of Alfred Backhouse in 1851 and major developments began. The estate consisted of three separate buildings: the mansion house, PIlmore Farm and Hurworth Grange (to the west of the farm).

Soon after gaining ownership, Alfred swiftly commissioned fellow Quaker. Alfred Waterhouse to rebuild and re-landscape much of the main building and the estate. It was during this period (1851-1863) that Pilmore House first became recognised as the Rockliffe Hall Estate.

The estate is dotted with rare and exotic trees collected by the Hall’s former owners and keen botanists, the Backhouse family.

Quiet Space

A hidden gem in the North East of England, Rockliffe Hall is a five star luxury golf and spa hotel offering an award-winning spa, an 18 hole championship golf course and a wide range of restaurant options which cater for all palates and purse strings.
Whether you are looking for a romantic break, somewhere to celebrate a special occasion, a unique wedding venue or a place to do business, this world-class resort is a memorable destination.
Set in the quiet village of Hurworth, on the edge of the County Durham and North Yorkshire border, Rockliffe’s location is perfect for discovering the treasures of Durham city, the drama of the North East coastline and the rugged beauty of the North Yorkshire moors.
Or, with five star leisure facilities at your fingertips, forget the outside world and enjoy everything that this country retreat has to offer. Relax or be active, celebrate or focus on business, the choice is yours and the pleasure is all ours.

What We Offer

Welcome to the whimsical world of Mischmasch, inspired by much-loved children’s author Lewis Carroll who grew up in nearby Croft. Every adventure requires a first step, so come on in and discover the wonderland of curiosities. Mischmasch is open daily from 9am during daylight hours.
Please note from time to time the area may be closed for private events. We welcome all hotel residents, diners and members to enjoy this facility ~ little ones may want to bring a change of clothes. Please note the Curious Cabins are for hotel guests, members and private events only.

Opening Times


Contact Us

All enquiries please telephone +44 (0)1325 729999

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