Crook Hall is one of those places on your doorstep that you always mean to visit but never get round to doing. Well yesterday we finally went there with the U3A gardening club (no we're not keen gardeners just like to see what other people have achieved and drool over them). There has been a hall on this site since the 13th century, added to in the Jacobean perios and again in the Georgian period. The gardens have an eclectic cottagey feel to them, small, secret and beautifully scented. Best of all they have a wonderful view of Durham Cathedral almost as good as that from Durham train station.