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Witton Castle, Bishop Auckland

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Witton Castle is a much-altered 15th-century castle, which is the centrepiece of a holiday and caravan country park at Witton le Wear, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham. It is a Grade II* listed building.DetailsSir Ralph Eure obtained a licence to crenellate his manor house in 1410 and created the castle. The castle was held by Royalist Sir William Darcy during the English Civil War. He compounded for the return of his confiscated estate which was sold by his descendant Henry Darcy to William Cuthbert in 1743. The castle later passed to Hopper but was severely damaged in a fire which in 1796 destroyed most of the castle interior.In 1816 William Chaytor of Croft Hall, Yorkshire purchased the castle estate for £78,000 and restored the fabric and rebuilt the interior in modern style. The estate was rich in coal and Witton Park Colliery was sunk in 1825. Sir William Chaytor served as High Sheriff of Durham in 1839. Members of the Chaytor family lived at Witton until the mid 20th century.
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  • 6 of us stopped a few days beautifull walks only touched what was available grounds were very well kept never saw any litter the castle is wonderfull staff were very warm and welcome reasterant food w...  more »
  • This must be one of the best caravan parks in the country, a beautiful site, a great castle and surrounding area, well maintained with helpful and friendly staff. That said we used to have a caravan o...  more »
  • A hidden beautiful place in amongst the woods. An outstanding historic castle full of character. Two bars one newly refurbished restaurant which serves fantastic freshly made food prepared by a great ...  more »
  • Terrible caravan park from an owners perspective. Extortionate site fee's but no facilities. Great outdoor space with stunning views and the park is clean and tidy in fact that is where the one star rating is used. Customer service terrible. Facilities, always coming soon. Castle not open most of the time, no restaurant or shop as advertised. If, by chance it has now opened, don't count on it for long. A few weeks is the record. Shop/cafe? Don't make me laugh! A pretty trailer park is all this will be and expect lies and promises about the facilities being updated. If that's the case I would sack the builders. (See reviews dating from 2011 and still in 2017 not open?) I am stuck with a caravan on there as you will probably read from previous owners that they will give you next to nothing back.
  • Great place. Beautiful surroundings. No illegals here thats for sure 😁 🇬🇧
  • Top class place off highest quality interesting historical castle in peaceful grounds
  • Yes it's a nice caravan park and it's kept lovely and the staff can't do enough for you when you buy a van BUT if you decide to sell it they will rip your eyes out and return for the sockets.I bought my van for 20.000 had it 4 yrs spent a further 1000 on it and when I went to sell it privaely they stopped me in every direction and they ended up buying it back for 1.500. The same happened to my mother she spent a total of 28000 and they bought hers back for 7.500.So be very careful if you decide to sell your van .
  • Great family friendly park with Castle setting. Lovely place for country holidays

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