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“Peaceful cottage in beautiful position”
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Barnard Castle, County Durham, England

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Caroline...
Kingston upon Thames
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Peaceful cottage in beautiful position”
Reviewed March 7, 2017 for a stay in March 2017

This L-shaped cottage is much bigger inside than the front suggests, and has been well laid out to provide all you could need and lots of comfort (- sloping ceilings make getting out of the bath a bit of an adventure). Fascinating photo album of the renovation of a building that goes back 400 years. Also a wealth of pictures and articles on the walls with some interesting history. The river was high and fast when we were there, and provided a great backdrop. A really lovely place for a quiet break.

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undine18
Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
“Lovely cottage”
Reviewed August 7, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Very nice and very clean cottage which is located in a beautiful landscape. HIghly recommended to those you are looking for a peaceful place.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Nothing to complain
Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 8, 2016
So pleased you enjoyed the peace and tranquility at Boot and Shoe. Hope you stay with us again when you are visiting relatives in the Durham area
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Atalle
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Wow fantastic location and outlook”
Reviewed August 13, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Had a lovely week at the boot and shoe cottage, fantastic location very quiet and peaceful and the view of the river really special.
The cottage was well furnished and cosy good to have a utility to put boots and coats, the only down side was the lack of storage for our food in the kitchen but after a bit of a re jig managed to free a shelf to put our groceries.
I would recommend the cottage as the location is great for many outings.
The chickens are great fun as well and the eggs were delicious kids enjoyed cottage too, good time by all.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: small double bed and no storage in kitchen
Traveling group: Other
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lanark
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154 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Please keep this gem a well hidden secret!”
Reviewed July 6, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This was our sixth visit over ten years or so and we just love this place. Barnard castle is a lovely market town with plenty of buzz, the walks from the cottage are fantastic, the river on the doorstep is priceless and the wildlife spotting opportunities second to none. Kingfishers, otters and lots more on this visit. The cottage itself is comfy and well equipped and Rachel is the perfect host in our book - in other words she leaves you to your own devices! People were swimming in the river but we weren't that brave....

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Liked best: Sitting by the river
Liked least: Having to go home
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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William W
York, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location”
Reviewed October 19, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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This was our second 4 night break this year in this lovely cottage and we will be back again for sure. The views over the river are stunning and to sit on the bench in the back garden at sunset with a glass of wine is absolutely lovely. Back inside the cottage in the dining area looking out of the windows you can spot birds of many varieties feeding from the bird table. The cottage is faultless and very well equipped, wanting for nothing. We have fallen in love with this place as it is so comfortable and cosy and very relaxing.There are lovely walks on the doorstep and further afield and we had some lovely countryside drives but we always looked forward to coming back to the cottage at the end of the day because it is so homely and welcoming. Just to add, the owners live next door and very nice they are too. Can't wait for next visit.

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Dorking
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A Cosy Gem on a Beautiful River with Plenty of Wildlife and Walks About”
Reviewed June 30, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We booked Boot & Shoe cottage a bit last minute as we decided we wanted to spend some time near family on holiday in Richmond, Yorkshire. We must have been lucky as the guestbook shows that this little place is booked almost year round and we could see why.

The owners - who live next door - have done a marvellous job renovating the cottage which previously has been in the hands of one owner for many years - offering all the comfort you need whilst remaining many quirky original features.

Aside from the interior of the accommodation - which is very cosy with an open fire and a small kitchen/diner opening up to a small garden - it was the amazing location on the wild river Tees that really made me feel away from it all.

On the first night I saw an otter swimming past while I was eating my dinner. Every day we saw kingfishers flying low over the water and in the morning we were treated to a woodpecker and it's young one eating from the birdfeeder. The only noise waking you in the morning are the sheep talking and once you venture out the front a flock of happy ginger hens is your company.

We made lovely day trips from Wycliffe but made equally nice walks from the cottage. There is a pub you can walk to along the river in the next village who's landlord is so funny he should be on Live at the Apollo.

All in all a lovely place to stay that I'd happily recommend to anyone.

Note to future visitors: we found the descriptions to where to find the key a bit puzzling once we were actually near the property and phone reception on the spot is patchy so you may want to make sure this is super clear before you head off.

You can add Wi-Fi but you have to arrange it on the spot and you pay for it. Personally we loved being disconnected for a week ;) Seeing the tick boxes below on pets - we read there is a kennel for dogs although I guess if your dog is trouble with sheep it would be more fair to leave it home. Older travellers that walk well and love nature will have a great time here - if you have to be very close to shops and health facilities you may find it a bit remote.

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Liked best: The beautiful location, wildlife and cosy atmosphere of the cottage.
Liked least: If there is wi-fi in the area - just add it - in fact we were glad to be disconnected.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children People with pets
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Management Response
Feb 21, 2016
There is now no charge for wi-fi, however we ask guests to request the code from us - some guests would rather not know it!
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William W
York, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Tranquil and relaxing !”
Reviewed March 19, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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person found this review helpful

We have just spent a lovely 4 night stay at the boot and shoe cottage and we just wish we were able to stay longer. This place is something special. The lovely spacious rooms with lots of littlle " nooks and crannies" was so cosy that we really would've been happy spending all of our time just in front of the the fire and relaxing. As it was though we walked miles over the lovely countryside of the Pennines Way and the River Tees . There is much to explore and we can't wait to go back in the summer and do some of the things we couldn't do on this visit. There is nothing to want for in the cottage,it is so well equipped and the comfort of the double bed and good quality bedding makes this place of a very high standard. It is great to watch the owners chickens roaming around and the all birds that come to the feeder in the garden .To sum it up if you are looking for a restful holiday with lovely walks and superb views then this is the place for you.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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