Welcome to Millstone House

Escape to the Picturesque Village of Staindrop


In line with the Government's latest guidance we are delighted to advise that Millstone House B&B will re-open on Saturday 4th July 2020. 

Millstone House B&B has acquired the 'We're Good To Go' Industry Standard mark meaning that our business has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

With just 3 double bedrooms, it is relatively easy to maintain a social distance at Millstone House. In addition to our already stringent cleaning regimes, we have put in place heightened disinfection plans to ensure all frequently touched areas are regularly disinfected. Guests will have access to hand sanitiser and antibacterial products for that extra level of reassurance.

For social distancing purposes we are requesting that all guest bookings are made online during this time. We will be in touch to ask for a fixed arrival/departure time to ensure all guest arrivals and check-outs are staggered.  We are continuing to serve cooked breakfasts between 8-9.30am (unless otherwise requested), guests can choose to stagger the time that they have their breakfast so that they are the only ones dining in the breakfast room. All food will be served directly to the table by a server wearing appropriate PPE. 


Gary and Helen look forward to extending you a very warm welcome.

Millstone House is an award winning, high end, adult only Bed and Breakfast, which can be found on the outskirts of the historic and picturesque village of Staindrop in County Durham.

Whatever your reason for visiting County Durham, you are sure to have a great time. Guests who have already stayed at Millstone House B&B have done so for a whole host of reasons including:

  • Celebrating a special occasion
  • Taking a well earned break without the kids
  • Relaxing
  • A walking challenge
  • A chance to get back to nature and discover stunning landscapes
  • Durham University Freshers Week/Open Day/Graduation Ceremony
  • Taking a mini break
  • Honeymoon stay
  • Reunion
  • Genealogy Research
  • Local Fine Dining
  • Visiting local attractions and places of interest
  • Exploring the regions fascinating history
  • Business trip/retreat

There are many great destinations on our doorstep, for example, Raby Castle is only a 3 minute drive, inside 10 minutes you can find yourself visiting places such as Barnard Castle, a 20 minute drive will take you to Bishop Auckland or Darlington and the City of Durham is only half an hours drive away.

If it is a weekend treat or a longer relaxing getaway you are looking for, then Millstone House is the perfect setting for your tranquil stay in our luxurious Bed and Breakfast. 

Millstone House can also be used as a great base for visiting an array of amazing places further afield including the natural splendour of the Yorkshire Moors, the Lake District, the Durham and Northumberland Coastline. If you fancy a bit of retail therapy York, Ripon, Harrogate and the Metrocentre in Gateshead are all within an easily commutable distance by car. 

We are ideally located for visiting fantastic local attractions like the spectacular Kynren (June/July-Sept), Raby Castle and the High Force Waterfall, Locomotion at Shildon, the Bowes Museum, Beamish - the Living Museum of the North all of which attract visitors worldwide. Great local events are also held at Raby Castle, The Witham in Barnard Castle and The Scarth Hall in Staindrop. We currently have vouchers offering greatly discounted rates on selected local attractions (please ask for details).

There is ample free on-site secure parking. All of our bedrooms are located on the groundfloor (see our accessibility guide at the bottom of the page for further information).  

Although we love all our four legged friends, it is with regret that we do not accept any pets at Millstone House.

Check-in time is between 3pm to 6pm on the day of arrival. If you are unable to arrive between these times please confirm with the hosts before making your booking to ensure your requirements can be met. On the day of departure we kindly request that your room is vacated before 11am.

Good To Go Industry Standard Mark - We are following COVID-19 Guidelines Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Award 2020
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Millstone House offers three large luxury bedrooms, en-suite facilities, TV, free WIFI, hairdryer, luxury toiletries, bathrobes and super king sized beds.

Bedroom One

This west facing bedroom overlooks a garden shrubbery, where you may see our resident Hens roaming freely about their home environment.

Bedroom Two

This south facing room looks out over unspoilt views of the lower Teesdale Countryside.

Bedroom Three

Just like bedroom two, this south facing room is delightful catching the morning sun and looking out over unspoilt views of the lower Teesdale Countryside.

Amazing Standards and Hospitality

Stayed two days for my birthday. Definitely not long enough for this beautiful place. I have no hesitation in recommending this 5 star B and B. Many thanks Helen and Gary. Hopefully we will return in the not to distant future.

— Kenneth and Barbara - Cumbria - 13/09/2020

Luxury Experience

We had a wonderful two nights stay at Millstone House B&B. The location is very tranqil with bedroom views over freen fields. The owners Gary and Helen have thought of every detail and were very happy to ensure we had a relaxing time. Our room was spacious, clean and well equipped with very comfortable chairs and a superking size bed. The breakfasts were amazing and we enjoyed sampling the cooked traditional breakfasts (best sausages I've ever tasted and my wife had a great vegetarian option) and the excellent pancakes and salmon & scrambled eggs. All the ingredients are very high quality and expertly cooked. This is best run B&B we've ever visited. All the comfort and quality of a luxury hotel but quiet and low key as the B&B's with most character should be. if you are looking for a quiet, comfort and excellent breakfasts you won't find a better B&B.

— Jason and Yumei - Durham - 13/09/2020


Home from a weekend stay in the best bed and breakfast ever. Every detail has ben addressed and double checked, the whole experience was a joy. Breakfast was an experience to be savoured and enjoyed - forget about the diet - we did. Gary and Helen have worked hard to make their B&B what it is - the very best in excellence. Well done to them both.

— Denise and Ron - Yorkshire Dales - 01/09/2020

Simply Fantastic

The hosts were amazing, the property fab and they have thought of everything. Food was fresh and presented really well. Nothing was too much trouble. A real gem.

— Emma and Martin - Worcester - 01/09/2020

Perfect Stay

We loved our stay at Millstone House, it was such a beautiful clean place with really quiet surroundings. It was a place where we could disconnect from outside world and relax. The rooms were really clean and beautifully decorated. The attention to detail to make the guests stay comfortable is excellent. The breakfast was amazing. The hosts are lovely. Everything is done and handled professionally, they are following all the government guidelinesfor covid and we actually felt safe during our stay at Millstone House. The pictures on the website don't do justice, its a beaut place and we are definitely going back. Thank you for such a lovely bank holiday weekend Helen and Gary. 

— Natasha and Miran - South Yorkshire - 31/08/2020

Highly Recommended

Just came back from a 3 night stay at this excellent bed and breakfast, you are made to feel to welcome by Gary and Helen, the whole place is immaculate, the rooms are large and tasteful no expense spared. Came back every day to a piece of beautiful home made cake. I agree to all the previous reviews. One of the best place we have stopped and hope to go back soon.

— Susan and Alan - Preston - 24/08/2020

An Absolute Masterclass in B&B Management

Gary and Helen have 100% cracked this! It's so refreshing to have the tiny details addressed but with a personal touch that I've genuinely never experienced before. The rooms are a superb size and the specification is of the highest quality. The beds are home-from-home comfortable and the view and immediate surroundings are superb. Breakfast is a luxurious and personalised experience with every whim catered for and the cooked food remaining hot until the last mouthful. Our diet was temporarily abandoned to allow for breakfast and one Helen's delicious home-made cakes each day. We had such a relaxing stay with no unwelcome road or 'neighbour' noise; in fact hardly any noise at all. These folks deserve every success and I'm thrilled that they survived lockdown to be able to continue with what is obviously their passion and pride-and-joy. We'll be returning very soon as there is lots to see and do in the area that we didn't get a chance to experience. One final note, the price of the stay completely belies the exceptional quality.

— Rachel and Damian - Barnsley - 23/08/2020

Wonderful Stay

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful stay here. Gary and Helen really welcomed us and shared all their knowledge with us about the area. The room was spotless and well sized with lots of high-end gadgets, overlooking the hens and the beautiful shrubbery. Our favourite part of our stay was the breakfast as it really set us up for the day! You can tell Gary and Helen are extremely passionate about their BnB and it shows in their attention to detail. Thank you both!

— Emma and James - Sheffield - 22/08/2020

Third Stay Here

This was our third stay here (for 3 days in Aug 2020) so we'll not repeat our previous reviews! Everything was just as good as on our earlier visits. The breakfasts can't be beaten. Friendly, welcoming hosts and a sparkingly clean B&B. 

— Isabel and Philip - Licolnshire - 19/08/2020

Amazing B&B

We had a welcome break during Covid measures and felt completely safe while visiting this amazing B&B, thanks to Gary and Helen who were brilliant hosts. It is obvious that so much thought and care has gone into the design of the building resulting in high quality accommodation, which made our stay perfect. The breakfast menu offered a wide range of quality dishes freshly cooked which were unbeatable. We couldn't have found a better place or more welcoming hosts. Thanks Gary and Helen.

— Pat and Les - Sunderland - 17/08/2020