Get To Know The Squirrel Family

Squirrel Hotels

A family owned business based in the North of England

The Squirrel Hotels Group comprises four hotels offering quality accommodation, good food and warm hospitality.

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The hotel collection began with the purchase of the Bells Hotel and Golf Club in the Forest of Dean and has since grown to include three other hotels, The Netherwood in Grange over Sands, The Morritt Barnard Castle and Hall Garth Darlington.

North of England Estates Limited, the parent company of The Squirrel Group was first established in 1934 and is currently run by its board of directors with Mr. DC Mckeag at the helm as its Chairman.


Mr DC Mckeag’s father was a member of parliament for Durham between 1931-1935, a soldier in both the Great War and the Second World War, as a soldier and a member of Durham City Golf Club. It was during his time as a member of the Durham City Golf Club that North of England Estates Limited was founded following a failed bid by the farmer to sell the land, known now as Mount Oswald to the members who refused.

William Mckeag along with Alderman Pattison and Alderman Jefferson, who were closely associated through the political world, became concerned that Durham would lose the benefit of a local golf course so they founded North of England Estates Limited and then offered to lease the site back to the members.

The focus of the company is now on the development of the hotel collection to offer guests an experience that represents good quality and value with plenty of luxury touches.
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The Netherwood is a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian Mansion standing in 15 acres of woodland and landscaped gardens with breath taking uninterrupted views across Morecambe Bay.

A stay at the Netherwood offers all the charm of an elegant manor house combined with essential facilities and luxurious comforts.


Welcome to Hall Garth Hotel, golf and leisure, with a stunning period property at it’s heart and modern extensions increasing the capacity of the hotel Hall Garth Darlington offers both traditional and contemporary guest experiences. Standing in 70 acres of parkland that includes an acclaimed Par 73 golf course and leisure club this wonderful hotel is also conveniently located just off the A1 at junction 59.

The Morritt Hotel

The present Morritt dates back to the late 17th Century when there was a farm on the site. Some of the farm outbuildings were used until this century when they were converted into the hotel and surrounding buildings.

Through the 17th Century and the rise of the mail coach, Greta Bridge was the second overnight stop for the London-Carlisle coach, bringing with it a considerable number of visitors.

There were three inns at Greta Bridge, including The George, situated on the bridge on the other side of the river, and the New Inn, which is now Thorpe Farm.

The Bells Hotel & Çountry Club

The Bells Hotel combines traditional, elegant style with convenient modern facilities to ensure your stay is as relaxing and welcoming as possible. Staffed 24 hours a day, we’re always on hand to provide you with a warm welcome, no matter what time you arrive.

The Garage Spa Inclusive Spa Packages

Explore the full range of spa packages available at The Garage Spa, with half and full day spa packages available and a special twilight experience there is something for every schedule.     

Luxurious Facilities at The Garage Spa

With a full compliment of indoor and outdoor facilities, couples rooms and relaxation areas, there is something to suit all tastes and requirements at The Garage Spa.

Treatments & Wellness

The Garage Spa offers a range of treatments to nourish your skin, relax your body and still your mind. Indulge in pampering pedicures or immaculate manicures and leave us feeling rested and restored.

Relaxing Spa Days at the The Garage Spa

Whether you need a full MOT or just a pit stop, the Garage Spa offers a selection of spa packages that are guaranteed to leave you feeling recharged.
The Garage Spa is now open for Spa Packages and treatments, our opening days are Thursday – Monday

Spa Stays

Rest and relax a little longer, book an overnight stay at the Garage Spa and Morritt Hotel. Sometimes the best way to totally recharge is to get away from it all and the Garage Spa and Morritt Hotel provide the perfect combination for a mini break away.

Seasonal Offers

Indulge in some time out just for you, relaxing spa treatments, unwinding in the indoor hot tub suite, secret spa garden or quiet lounges. After a Garage Spa experience you will leave with a renewed sense of wellbeing.

Contact Us

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Greta Bridge | Nr. Barnard Castle Co. | Durham. DL12 9SE



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