About Us

Discover the secret treasures of Upper Teesdale. Looking for somewhere to stay?

We have three child and dog friendly cottages of different sizes to meet all needs. Each cottage has separate pedestrian access and their own self contained garden with other shared seating spaces from where you can admire the amazing views. We offer both full weeks or short breaks, throughout the year. Please call us for more details. It is possible to rent all three for a family event for which we have special rates. We have plentiful parking in our own car park.

Our cottages are the perfect location for those who would like to spend time outdoors, or relax by the fire. Our guests often tell us that this is the most perfect place for "R&R"! The cottages are located in the idyllic Durham Dales, a few miles off the A66, not far from Barnard Castle. With stunning views of Hury Reservoir and the North Pennines beyond, the cottages have miles of walks on their doorstep and lots to do locally. They offer the perfect balance between peace and tranquillity, and local amenities.

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The local area

 

Close to nearby market towns and villages, but in a peaceful and secluded spot, all our cottages are perfect for either a short break or week away:

  • Fantastic walks from the doorstep around Hury Reservoir and the neighbouring Blackton and Baldershead Reservoirs, with opportunities for birdwatching, cycling and fishing (permits available locally).

  • Just along the lane, near the Pennine Way, is Hannah's Meadow, famous from the TV programmes and books about Hannah Hauxwell. It is now a wildflower meadow and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

  • Baldersdale is a haven for wading birds including curlews, redshanks and snipe. On the fells you may be lucky and see black grouse. We often watch lapwings and the greater spotted woodpecker, among many others.

  • Close to the picturesque market town of Barnard Castle with its 12th century castle ruins and weekly market, magnificent Bowes Museum, Eggleston Hall Gardens and Raby Castle.

  • Miles of walks nearby throughout beautiful Teesdale and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including on the Pennine Way (less than a 1.5 mile walk from the cottage), and the Teesdale Way. We have printed information on our own favourite walks and we’re happy to recommend other local walks! There is an Ordnance Survey map of the area in each cottage.

  • Go stargazing! Hury reservoir is designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site and the stars are amazing!

  • Marvel at High Force, one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls where the River Tees drops 21 metres; Low Force, where the long stretch of cascades is just as amazing but more easily accessible, and Summerhill Force at the nearby Bowlees Centre, where you can find out more about the history and geology of the North Pennines, see local art and eat delicious cake!

  • Loads of walking, cycling and horse riding trails in the nearby Hamsterley Forest.

  • Go wild swimming or kayak on the Tees - there are opportunities for both nearby.

  • For those coming from further afield, the attractions of the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Beamish - the Living Museum of the North, Durham, York and the North Yorkshire Moors are all around an hour’s drive away.

Food and Drink

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There are independent shops and a supermarket in nearby Barnard Castle, and in Middleton-in-Teesdale there is a Coop, newsagent and butcher; so all handy for those who would like to self-cater. There are also a wide range of places locally to eat and drink, including in the nearby villages of Romaldkirk and Cotherstone. There are more eating places and takeaways in Middleton in Teesdale and in Barnard Castle