Our History

The historic High Force Hotel is located at this beautiful location next to England’s largest waterfall, High Force. The waterfall is very famous and has regularly received over 100,000 visitors per year. What better location could there be for visiting this famous waterfall and exploring the other remarkable attractions of Teesdale, the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, Hadrians Wall and Durham City than our quaint country hotel and inn. It is an ideal base for discovery and exploration.

High Force Waterfall February 1929

The hotel was originally built in the 18th century as a hunting lodge so that the gentry could hunt deer and wild boar in the surrounding forests. Later, by the 19th century, the lodge was extended on both sides and became a shooting lodge. It was in this role that it was visited by the then Prince of Wales in the late 19th century. The inherent character of these times remains little changed with the result of the hotel enjoying a period, natural heritage feel, but with a warmth and comfort that will make your visit truly memorable.

The landlord and landlady, Jan and Kevin, are pleased and proud that this wonderful location is their home as well as their place of work… and they strive to make all their guests feel relaxed and at home and be able to soak up the atmosphere and environment of clean air, beautiful scenery, the heritage and history… but perhaps more importantly a real sense of belonging.

We hope that you will become aware of just how special this place really is. It has often been said that Teesdale is Britain’s best kept secret, and what better place to enjoy it than the High Force Hotel where Jan and Kev look forward to meeting you and making your stay extremely enjoyable.

J.M.W Turner the celebrated artist also visited the waterfall in August 1816 and painted High Force and cauldron snout.

The area has been an attraction for botanist for many years below is an extract from an article detailing ‘A Botanical Excursion In Teesdale, July 1840′ “The next morning, accompanied by Mr Thomson, the landlord of the Talbot Inn we started for High Force Inn, a distant of five miles, calling in our way at New Bigging. Thence we passed over the fields to Winch Bridge, where the Tees is crossed by a foot bridge. Here the troubled stream of the tees is confined by rocks, upon which and on the adjoining ground grow Serratula tinctoria, Cnicus heteropohyllus, Galium.

To this day it is the only place in England were you can see what is known as The Teesdale Violet.”

For more information, why not simply give us a call on 01833 622336 we will be very pleased to assist you.