We enjoyed our stay in Pembroke Cottage very much and it gave us a chance to relax and view the surrounding area at ease. It is a great base for touring County Durham, Northumberland and other areas of the north east. We visited Durham, Newcastle and had a tour of St James' Park well worth 90 minutes of your time, even if you're not a fan, Darlington where there is a historic naval ship museum, Sunderland and the coast up to Whitley Bay. We also visited Hadrian's Wall at Homesteads and High Force near Middleton-in-Teesdale, one of the highest waterfalls in Britain. A fantastic pub is very close to the cottage called Derwent Walk Inn which serves the widest menu I have ever seen and all home cooked. We ended up eating there 3 times during the week. All in all a great base to hang your hat. No WIFI too so you can really get away from it all.
The village of Ebchester is well situated for vising Newcastle, Durham and the North Durham Moors. The cottage is in a secluded and quiet location down a little private lane within walking distance of the local pub, local shop and the River Derwent.
The cottage is well equipped, clean, tidy and very comfortable with a nice size bedroom, spacious bathroom (which would benefit from a separate shower), cozy lounge and a small kitchen. Parking adjacent to the cottage is fine.
A recommended accommodation in this part of the world. Will definitely go back again.
Loved my stay in this cottage. Very welcoming, warm, with nice little touches left by the owner. Would stay here again.
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Thankyou Caroline for lovely stay at your cottage. We felt very much at home and rested afterwards. Lots of character, nice rural views out of back windows, large bathroom with luxurious bath and well equipped kitchen. Comfy bed and lots of personal touches. We would stay there again if we come to Durham.
Durham definitely worth visiting, Cathedral amazing. Nice walk on river in Ebchester, close to cottage.
Very impressed with how quickly and easily we were able to book our stay at Pembroke Cottage, the service was very efficient and hassle free. The cottage was very welcoming and cosy, well equipped and had some lovely little personal touches. Really convenient location, but quiet and felt like you were properly away from it all when you got inside. Some nice pubs in walking and short drive distance, as well as a lovely river walk right on the doorstep. Gutted we didn't see the horses coming to say hello at the window, so we had to go and see them and feed them the apples!
We booked the cottage for 2 days but unfortunately were unable to get there for the first night due to being surrounded by floods from Storm Eva. However we did set off on 2nd day and arrived to find the front door extremely stiff to open and once closed my partner was unable to open again. When contacting the owner about this afterwards, they acknowledged the issue was there but had left no apologies or anything explanation to prepare us for this. With this in mind the you need to be aware that there is no mobile signal in the cottage if you are on O2. Had I left my partner alone in the property she would not have been able to get out till I returned.
On arrival the cottage was cold and the radiator in the bedroom had been turned off which we didn't discover till we went to bed and it was very cold. We also found that the bathroom radiator was leaking and there was water on the floor, again which the owner was fully aware of but hadn't left notes for us. It was also turned off to reduce the leak and therefore making the bathroom cold.
There is a lovely roll top bath in the bathroom but despite running only hot water into it, it was only ever mildly warm so you were unable to get fully washed in it,, and there is no shower. Again, when I reported this it was refuted it. What a shame because it is a lovely bathroom.
Despite the bedroom being cold for us, it was a lovely room, but be aware the bed does squeak annoyingly and I specifically contacted the owner about this before the visit because of a previous review and was reassured that the bed was fine, it is not.
There are a lot of details provided about local eating establishments but a good amount of them are now dated, we can however recommend the Italian in Shotley Bridge called Sale Pepe, it was amazing.
The cottage information file contained a Risk Assessment, however it was carried out in 2013, it wasn't signed off and there were no updates, this is poor. Even simple things like a bulb not working in the lounge, the torch provided not working and no hand soap in the bathroom were disappointing.
All in all I had planned a special couple of days away to propose to my partner, and due to bad weather and slack housekeeping of what could be a beautiful cottage, I really feel let down. I raised all of the above with the owners, who in my opinion chose only to justify the cottage had no issues at all, and that points I raised were ongoing and being resolved.
Not helpful in my anticipated position of marriage proposal by any means.
A perfect hideaway for country loving couples with shops & a great pub/restaurant close by serving amazing food, located right alongside the Derwent Walk. A well known beautiful stretch of former 12 miles+ of railway.
Curling up in front of the stove if cold weather arrives is delightful. As is soaking in the rolltop bath. The cottage is very well equipped for a long or quick break away.
We would love to return soon.
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