We have been going to the cottage for 3 years now and every year we thoroughly enjoy it. The perfect time, making wonderful memories with my children. Alison and Keith are fantastic hosts and the place is just lovely. We will be back again next year.
Lovely cottage, made to feel very welcome by Alison and Keith and the kids loved looking round the farm and playing football with Glen (the sheepdog)! Being a wheelchair user access for me was great. We had a wonderful time not even the poor weather could spoil our holiday. Cannot fault, would love to come back
Had a fantastic time at the cottage. My eldest boy loved the farm and had a go at feeding the chickens. Alison was very welcoming. Toiletries are provided along with various food in the cupboard. Suitable for disabled/ less able. We will be back.
We are staying at the cottage as a base for canoeing in the local area. Perfect for a group of three adults. We would normally use a YHA hostel, but there was no availability and the option of an affordable cottage seemed a good alternative.
The cottage is warm, comfortable and well equipped. It is good value for money and we have enjoyed our stay. Our hosts have been welcoming and communication good. If we come back to the area we would certainly stay here again.
Great place to just chill out, everything you need to relax and have a proper rest. Off the beaten track but ideal location for getting out and about; we have Durham Cathedral, Newcastle river front and Hamsterley Forest penciled in for our next visit and I never miss a chance to poke around Barnard Castle.
My husband was ill while we were there and Alison and Keith could not have been more helpful. As a result we spent most of our break in the cottage and found we had everything we needed to cook and be comfortable. It was fun watching the chickens, pheasants, rabbits and birds while the powder snow came down and the log burner glowed- magic.
I have already recommended Swallows Nest to my sister and several friends and will be back later in the summer.
Our third visit, with our 4 for next year already booked.
The cottage is equipped with all essential items as well as those none essential but useful things, The slow cooker is a godsend for days spent walking, returning to a lovely cooked meal without the effort of cooking.
Alison listens to the feedback from her visitors and acts on any critique. The purchase of a slow cooker being one of them,
A couple of places to visit: Tunstall Reservoir a lovely place to walk round as well as Hamsterley Forest, (great for kids too)
We've sadly just left Swallows nest cottage.
What a find!!!
I booked this online and Alison contacted me straight away, her emails were friendly and informative and all questions were answered immediately.
On arrival the cottage was warm and inviting, Alison arrived and showed us where everything was and how everything worked and she's right next door if you need her. The cottage is lovely, well adapted for people who have less mobility, spotlessly clean, well appointed and very comfortable, my hubby wanted to bring the recliner chair home with him. Alison provides lots of extras in the way of toiletries and the cupboards in the kitchen are packed full of little surprises, all you really need to bring is milk, bread and food. There's even an information pack provided with where the nearest supermarket etc is located.
Nothing is too much trouble for this lovely lady.
We'd like to keep Swallows Nest as our little secret, but that really wouldn't be fair on others and we've already given out Alison's card to our parents!
Will we be back? Hell, Yeah!!
Will we be recommending Alison and her lovely cottage? Definitely, in fact we already have.
Thanks for everything Alison, you really do go above and beyond, your reviews are well deserved and 100% accurate, you are an absolute angel xxx