Welcome to the Ancient Unicorn
Welcome to the Ancient Unicorn. We hope your stay with us will be a pleasant one!
The Ancient Unicorn is a charming, traditional coaching inn dating back 400 years. Situated in the beautiful village of Bowes, close to Barnard Castle , the Ancient Unicorn offers the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful, unspoilt countryside of Teesdale. Just a couple of minutes from the Trans-Pennine A66, we’re also the ideal location for an overnight stopover for guests travelling to and from Scotland and the Lake District.
Double Room Comfort Ensuite with Shower
Suite Luxury Ensuite
William Turner Cottage with Courtyard View
Triple Family Room
Mini Unicorn Room
Double room Comfort Ensuite with Bath
Charles Dickens Cottage
Double room Deluxe Ensuite
Double room – Shared Bathroom
Twin room-Budget-Shared Bathroom
What our customers say about us
Favourite moorland resting place – Stayed here twice in May and 3 times previously. Always received a warm welcome, comfortable room and great food.
The Unicorn has a traditional period country pub atmosphere with… Read More
May 21, 2022
New Ancient Unicorn – Excellent meal at the newly refurbished Ancient unicorn tasty and fresh.
Brilliant value, great to see this historic pub back up and running.
1 minute from the A66 and right… Read More
January 20, 2023
Had a lovely stay at The Unicorn, our apartment was huge! The bedrooms and bathroom were all really tastefully decorated and beds were so comfortable. We had our evening meal… Read More
February 13, 2023
Where to find us
Things to do?
When you stay at the Ancient Unicorn there is plenty to explore in the beautiful, unspoiled area of Teesdale.
The countryside is stunning – changing with the seasons and you can walk for miles and see no-one. The Pennine Way passes through Bowes so you can take in part of this historic route, exploring the ruined castle in the village or just soaking up the stunning views from the bench by the castle. A dream for photographers and artists!
Local walks in this area
The walks near The Ancient Unicorn are perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, you’ll find something to suit your needs. The local countryside is beautiful, with rolling hills, wooded areas, and stunning river views. The historic landmarks along the way add an extra layer of interest to the walks, making them perfect for history buffs and nature lovers alike. So, put on your walking boots and explore the beautiful countryside around The Ancient Unicorn!