The Garage

At a glance

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    Hotel Spa Venue

    The Garage itself is a day spa, with a walk down a short path to the main hotel, The Morritt.

  • Romantic


    With dual treatment rooms, and a Rolls Royce couple suite complete with two beds and a rainfall shower, romance lives here. Additionally you can hire out the cabriolet hot tub for private use.

  • Hen_friendly

    Group Venue

    The unusual character of The Garage makes it a fun and relaxing place for a group getaway.

  • Specialised_treatments

    Unique Spa Treatments

    Using green tea, local honey and rose petals, treatments are unique in name and content.

  • Location


    In rural Teeside, the spa’s history is influenced by its location en route from London to Scotland and close to Greta Bridge – made famous for its appearance in Charles Dickens’ novel, Nicholas Nickleby.

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The Garage

The Garage Spa, Greta Bridge, Nr. Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
DL12 9SE

Spa & Leisure

The site of The Garage Spa has a history dating back 2000 years when Roman chariots would stop and rest their horses. Race forward to the 1920s and the current building provided a place for the proud owners of ‘horseless carriages’ otherwise known as cars, to refuel and repair their vehicles

while they rested en route to Carlisle and Scotland. Today however, it is all about an entirely different kind of MOT in a thoroughly contemporary environment. There is a log-fired Shepherd’s hut sauna, as well as steam rooms, salt rooms and indoor and outdoor hot tubs.

Using locally sourced ingredients including honey and rose petals, treatments are just as unique as the premise of the venue and are suitably entitled as well; Classic MOT facials, Racing Green Tea Body Polishes, and Paintshop Pedicures are just are just a few things to get you revved up!

Hotel & Accommodation

The Morritt is situated next door to the spa, a short walk down a path away from The Garage, and is presented to the guest combining period architecture close to Durham City and Barnard Castle, with a laid-back atmosphere. Rooms offer a choice of contemporary to historic design, such as the Josephine suite, which is decked out in red and gold furnishings with an ornate four poster bed as the focal point. Traditionally a fine dining venue, recent developments have re-branded the restaurant with a new design format that fuses the original oak panelling and wood block floor with modern soft furnishings. Diners can choose to eat in Gilroy’s Restaurant or Dickens Bistro (named so after Charles Dickens, who once visited for a drink), which features a set of murals to celebrate Charles Dickens’ links to the region and complete a set originally started in the 1930s.