My husband and I have just returned from a week spent in Barn Cottage with our black labrador Bonnie. The location of this cottage is absolutely stunning and we were easily able to visit family in Durham city (50 mins), the Lake District (1 hour to Ullswater) and the Yorkshire dales (30mins). There are also any number of wonderful places to visit in the immediate vicinity from Barnard Castle, Baldersdale Reservoirs, the home of Hannah Hauxwell and we spent a lovely day walking along the Tees watching the kayaks at Low and High Force waterfalls. This last walk was followed by a magnificent Sunday lunch at the Rose and Crown, Romaldskirk, just a couple of miles from the cottage. The local pub in Cotherstone (The Fox & Hounds) does a great take out fish & chips on a Tuesday, although because of the dog we did not try their eat in menu.
The cottage itself was wonderful! It was warm, clean and cosy and so well equipped even down to teabags, coffee and condiments. There was even free wifi. A tea tray and homemade biscuits greeted our arrival and there were complimentary eggs laid by the owners' hens. Further supplies could be purchased at a very reasonable price from the wash house in the grounds. These were even labelled as to which day they had been laid. There were also homemade preserves for sale and lots of herbs in the veggie garden.
Barn Cottage is one of several cottages and they all looked every bit as lovely as ours although we did not actually look inside.
Our Bonnie was made welcome and although she had to be on a lead on the estate, a field was set aside for her to run off the lead. There were so many walks in the area though we only used the field in the morning and evening.
Barn Cottage was a haven of peace and tranquility with fields of sheep with their lambs peering in the dining room window and chickens at the front door and looking in at the sitting room window.
We did not have children with us but there was a lovely play area for the children complete with sandpit.
Chris and Emma were very helpful and welcoming but completely unobtrusive. This estate of lovely cottages is beautifully managed and run with an eye to the environment. Recycling is easily managed here.
We will definitely be back as one week was not anywhere near enough to explore the area and we would definitely recommend this area and this cottage to our friends.
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We stayed christmas week at Barn Cottage with our 4 year old and Dog, facilities in the cottage are excellent, the fun to be had on the farm is great; walking, trampoline, feeding hens, swings, streams etc etc....
Any problems the owners are on hand to sort, so nothing gets overlooked.
Highly recommend this place to stay in a fabulous part of the country.
Nearby quaint villages, and towns to browse, farm parks, etc etc and of course the beautiful countryside.