The House

The House

The House

Standing proudly in the dramatic setting of South Street’s high-end historical architecture Forty Winks packs a visual punch overlooking the River Wear in full view of majestic Durham Cathedral and Castle dominating the stunning city skyline. Perfectly placed within a short walk away from the heart of Durham’s thriving labyrinth of narrow cobbled lanes and streets, where you can discover plenty to see and do and remind us that we live in a lively small university city.

Once inside you will discover a calming sanctuary to completely retreat and relax, offering eight one-of-kind top notch bedrooms and indulgent suites ranging in size from small and cosy to large scale. Where every room has been designed for our guest’s warmth and comfort in mind with a painstaking eye to detail in keeping with the era of the house, but without all the dodgy plumbing. Living testimony that is today Forty Winks.

The front door opens onto idyllic, peaceful and beautiful leafy walks and paths winding along the river, well worth getting out of bed for, so take time for a stroll before refuelling on a leisurely inclusive breakfast and morning papers.

Also for your convenience complimentary wifi, Nespresso coffee, Teapigs and bottled water are available in your room, along with a full range of Molton Brown products to use throughout your stay.

Rooms & Suites

Cosy Crash Pads

Ideal for short stays, discreet small yet perfectly formed combining contemporary serene interiors with all the essentials. Located to the rear of the property these rooms feature king-size beds, American shutters with blackout blinds to ensure a good night’s rest for the weary traveller. Ensuite shower rooms. Family friendly – two adjoining cosy crash pad bedrooms.


Courtyard Room

Should you fancy a change or more space why not book this spacious bedroom with plenty of quirky touches perfect for longer stays. Located to the rear of the property overlooking the secluded and peaceful courtyard.



In a private home, does it get any better than this!

Ideal for extended stays or an indulgent treat. Located to the front of the property each suite is perfectly placed to gaze at the must-see Cathedral & Castle World Heritage Site and wake up to the pealing bells. Decorated with relish and flair, expect elegant touches from crystal chandeliers elaborate gilded mirrors and art adorning the walls, innovatively designed furniture old and new, with a dash of the eclectic. Ensuite bathrooms.

The Master Suite

For a truly indulgent treat spend a night in unadulterated luxury.

The living area is complimented with silk-covered tufted sofa and chairs, roll-top bath located in the generous bay window, the perfect spot to soak up the best sights and sounds Durham has to offer. 

Ground Floor

First Floor

Second Floor

House Rules

  • We insist you refrain from smoking

  • We reserve the right to ask you to leave if you are lacking in social grace

  • Do not bring anyone to Forty Winks that you wouldn’t bring to your Mother’s house for Sunday Lunch!

  • When you have reached your limit, handle yourself with style and cut yourself off, don’t make us do it for you.

  • Please speakeasy – respect our neighbourhood and fellow guests, keep your voice at a reasonable level entering, exiting and once inside.

We thank you for your understanding and help in making your stay and enjoyable memorable one with us.