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Excellent
42 reviews
River views
Open countryside
Cottage private car parking area.
We are dog friendly
Friendly neighbor.
River view
Lounge wood burning stove with a warm welcome.
Well equiped kitchen
Dining area
Entrance hall
Ground floor spa shower.
Ground floor wc and wash hand basin.
Lounge
Time to relax
Relax
Main bedroom with super king size bed.
Main bedroom
Twin bed configuration if preferred.
Breakfast in bed is always a good start to any holiday.
En-suite shower room
Front view
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2
Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England

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Chris B
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfect Place”
Reviewed August 1, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Such a beautiful place to unwind and relax after work. Spent a month or so in the cottage didn't want to leave.
Such an idyllic location. Everything about Plumb Tree is great. Would definitely recommend and am looking forward to my next visit soon.

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Management Response
Aug 3, 2016
Thank you Chris , you're a great guest who always treats the cottage with such respect .Of course it goes without saying , you're welcome back any time
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952Jacque...
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful County Durham”
Reviewed July 27, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

If your looking for luxury, peace & quiet then this is the place for you.
The owners have Lovingly restored this little hide away with the luxury of a five star retreat.
The only down side is the secrets out and we may have trouble securing our next booking!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 2, 2016
Thank you so much Jaqueline , it was great to meet you and your lovely daughter and I was delighted to hear your appreciation of not only the cottage but also the area , which is so often overlooked . Thanks once again for leaving the cottage in such good order, it was sparkling when I walked in and I really appreciate it . My very best wishes to yourself and Maia hope to see you soon , Bev
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Mancheste...
Manchester
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful, peaceful, private, romantic riverside bliss!”
Reviewed July 10, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Everything about this place is perfect. It's totally private and surrounded by gorgeous views of the river, fields and rolling countryside. The garden is huge and the burbling of the River Wear which passes right by the cottage is wonderfully relaxing. Bev, the owner is delightful, a welcoming, kind and thoughtful host who has really thought of everything you might need and more. So many comforts and treats were found, from the to-die-for welcome truffles and wine to a booty box of essentials, and a great range of DVDs, books and games to keep you entertained. The property is furnished to an incredibly high standard, there are so many pretty details, from the flowers to the cute crystal doorknobs to the linen...

The living space is cosy with a wood burner and Bev has provided everything you need to get it going. The wetroom is fantastic, the bedroom has a humungous and very comfortable bed, and there is tons of cupboard space so you can really make yourself at home.

Outside there is a proper BBQ and plenty of charcoal. It's so lovely to sit outside with a bottle of wine and some tasty food and watch the river.

Most importantly in my opinion, I have to say our huge Irish Wolfhound puppy was welcomed with open arms by Bev who clearly adores dogs. Bev even gave him a welcome salmon skin treat and a box of biccies, plus bowls, towels and a feeding trowel! This is what I mean when I say Bev has thought of EVERYTHING! He had a great time running around and could sleep comfortably and safely in the hallway.

The location is perfect for exploring the beaches, castles, and beautiful landscape of the North East, and of course the cathedral. Bev is on hand to offer advice and has provided all the information you may need on the local attractions and amenities, and there is wifi should you need to get online.

Don't hesitate to book - although a warning... you may find it TOO nice!

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Liked best: Riverside location
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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PippaRose...
Coventry, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“5 Star....Simply Stunning”
Reviewed June 15, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

From the moment we arrived in to the drive, we wandered around saying wow at everything. The cottage is simply stunning and nicer than some 5 star hotel we have stayed in. Our trip was to celebrate our 7 year anniversary and we wanted a place by a river and in a peaceful location with things to do in the local area. Plum Tree Cottage exceeded all expectations. I could write on and on about how lovely everything is and still not cover it all. The beautifully kept gardens, the view to the river, the chic and stylish décor, beautiful welcome touches of chocolates and a welcome note, the blankets on the sofa, all of the utensils and kitchen equipment were exactly what you needed, the huge bed (best nights sleep ever), the gorgeous bathrooms (even the towels smelt beautiful) and the books, DVD's and games provided......so many thoughtful touches and so well designed. It really was a home from home. Love the homemade touches down to the use of haberdashery to hang the pictures and the wicker wreath that hangs on the stairs. So much to be admired. If that wasn't enough, the welcome and farewell we received from Bev & Mark was just the icing on the cake. Such wonderful and attentive hosts. The only thing was we just didn't want to leave. If peace and relaxation in the most luxurious and sumptuous surroundings is what you are seeking....look no further. This is top of the list and will remain my most favourite place to stay for some time....not sure how we will top this stay so will have to come back instead!! Thank you so much Bev, what a wonderful thing you have created xxx

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Smashed a glass by accodet and felt horrendously guilty!!
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blueskyLa...
Lancashire
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Perfect!”
Reviewed June 8, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We stayed for a couple of nights in early June with our two dogs. This is a beautifully appointed cottage in a fabulous location. Lots of nice touches provided by Bev as mentioned by previous reviewers and extremely comfortable for relaxing after a long day's walking.

A definite 5-star experience and one that we will repeat as soon as possible.

Thanks again to Bev for everything, a perfect host.

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Liked best: Everything
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Helen J
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic!”
Reviewed May 31, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We have just got back from a stay at Plum Tree Cottage, it was a fantastic experience from beginning to end. The owner was an absolute pleasure to deal with and attended to our every need, we where welcomed with wine chocolates and even a treat for our dog.
The cottage itself is truly delightful, decorated to an extremely high standard and the owner has thought of everything you could possibly need to make your stay 5 star. The view from the cottage is stunning, we sat out having dinner over looking the river, then lit the log burner and enjoyed our cheese and wine next to the fire.
I can not express enough how truly fantastic Plum Tree cottage is , we had the best nights sleep in the beautiful king size bed, listening to the river.
We have already told all our friends and family about this hidden gem and we are booking to go back next month.
We where waved off by Beverly which was just the perfect ending to a blissful stay!

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Liked best: Everything was 5 star!
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Jun 16, 2016
Thank you so much Helen I really enjoyed meeting you both and of course little Truffle . You were super guests and took great care of the cottage which I really appreciate . Great to know your stay was so pleasurable and I hope to see you again soon .
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Paul H
1 review
“A real home from home”
Reviewed May 19, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

A real home from home cottage in it's own private grounds which really does have everything which we needed, including being dog friendly. We were celebrating and had pre-booked Champagne on our arrival and were not disappointed as we were greeted by the friendly owner, everything was perfect, our dog even got treats. The cottage was warm, very comfortable and so cosy. The decor was very relaxing and of a very high professional standard throughout with quality soft furnishings and lighting which gave a very classy, comfortable ambience throughout. We lit the log burner and never looked back it was so cosy. The kitchen area is very well provided for with lot's of worktop space and essentials (huge fridge/freezer) and a dining area which has a wonderful cosy bench seat, which was ideal for reading the Sunday newspapers and for using my laptop. Upstairs the bedroom was so comfortable with ample hanging space in the built-in wardrobe and drawers for everything else. A great ensuite with large shower and a fabulous view looking up river from the sky light opening window. Parking was so easy in the grounds of the cottage. I was so relaxed listening to the river and watching the wildlife which visited it. The location was ideal for us as we visited Hamsterley Forest and Weardale and there are 2 good pubs in the village of Witton Le Wear (5 minutes walk) one pub serves food which we enjoyed. We like to 'get away from it all' when we rent a cottage and this little gem has it all, highly recommended from us. We'll be back soon.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
May 20, 2016
Hi Paul, thank you so much for your kind words, it's so great to hear that your stay was everything you wanted it to be .As I said to you at the time it's important to me to make sure your stay was happy , positive and remembered fondly . You were fantastic guests { many thanks for leaving the cottage so neat and tidy } and you Sheila and Millie are very welcome any time .Best wishes Bev
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