The Funky Monk brings ecclesiastical elegance to Durham

Durham city’s newest accommodation offering – The Funky Monk – has opened its doors to guests.

The serviced apartments on Victoria Terrace have been developed by Ramside Estates – which also owns Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa; Hardwick Hall Hotel; Bowburn Hall Hotel; and The Impeccable Pig restaurant and rooms.

The former flats have been transformed into three one-beds, one two-bed apartment and a three-bed penthouse, each with state-of-the-art kitchens, huge living rooms, dining areas and free-standing copper baths. Two of the apartments have their own hot tubs, with one also having a sauna.

A short walk from the city centre, guests can also enjoy the property’s unique artwork, featuring the mythical Brother John, who is the titular Funky Monk. His story is told throughout the building, thanks to a number of specially commissioned paintings which see Brother John enjoying everything from well-known fast food to images that come alive at night.

John Adamson, owner of Ramside Estates, believes The Funky Monk will be a huge asset to the city and wider region. He said: “We’ve been working on the project for some time to ensure it would be exactly how we wanted it and we are thrilled with the result. The sense of fun and uniqueness which has made The Impeccable Pig such a success is what we’ve tried to replicate at The Funky Monk. We’ve kept in mind that Durham is a historic city and that’s reflected in the design and the décor, but at the same time it’s the epitome of luxury. We are sure anyone visiting the area for work or leisure will find it the perfect place to stay.”

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