Windlestone is a small Parish comprising approximately 209 residents. It is situated on the old Great North Road on the edge of Chilton in County Durham. The Parish comprises Rushyford with its much patronised Eden Arms Hotel which has served local residents and travellers alike over many centuries and Windlestone Park including the magnificant Windlestone Hall which was in the hands of the Eden family from the time of Queen Elizabeth I. In 1920 the Hall became the Wayfarers Benevolent Association Headquarters and over the years has also been used as a Prisoner of War Camp, a refugee centre and a residential school used by Durham County Council. The park was laid out in the late 18th century with the addition of terraced gardens in the 19th century. The park and gardens contain a number of features, parkland and formal gardens. The Parish of Windlestone is quite fragmented stretching as far as Skyecroft Kennels and Cattery at Old Eldon.
Windlestone is located in the Parliamentary Constituency of Sedgefield and is served by Durham County Council and Windlestone Parish Council. The Parish Council has only a small Precept of £4,500. Funds are used to cover the cost of repairing and maintaining three Parish Council owned Street Lights, Public Seats and two Parish Noticeboards. The Parish Council also considers local planning applications making comments to the local authority, Durham County Council as appropriate. The Council endeavours to carry out routine surveys to determine public opinion on matters of interest in the local community and is keen to hear residents views and opinions on local issues. The Parish Council is also keen to apply for external grants where appropriate to help improve the area.