The Heathers

Ruffside near Edmundbyers, Northumbria (Ref. 911982)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
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Ruffside Cottages

Edmundbuyers 2.5 miles. These seven luxury cottages are surrounded by stunning countryside in the charming hamlet of Ruffside in the heart of County Durham, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each of these Ruffside cottages has been thoughtfully converted from the former 19th century, stone-built mining offices and each cottage has been tastefully furnished and decorated, retaining character and charm. With a variety of accommodation across these seven Ruffside cottages, up to 35 people can be accommodated and there is plenty of flexibility for all party requirements. Positioned around the green and the children’s play area and with stunning views over the Derwent Reservoir, each of these Ruffside cottages has its own outdoor seating area and shared use of the communal gardens, social area and games barn. Why not take some time to enjoy some of the exceptional countryside walks? Explore the delights of the Wear Valley, Five Pikes and The Pennine Way, or follow the River Tees from Forest-in-Teesdale to Middleton-in-Teesdale passing Low Force and High Force, one of Britain’s most spectacular waterfalls. There are plenty of mountain bike tracks and hacks for all abilities and numerous riding centres for horse lovers. Nearby Derwent Reservoir has three excellent picnic sites, and easy access trails with bird hides, nature reserves and fishing opportunities for those who prefer the slower pace in the countryside. If outdoor pursuits are not for you, there is still plenty to see and do with Barnard Castle, Rokeby Hall, Bowes Museum, Beamish Museum and Durham Cathedral all just short drives away. With so much to see and do in the area, these Ruffside cottages make a great base for a holiday any time of year.

The property

This luxury Ruffside cottage is set over two floors with a curved staircase leading to three luxurious bedrooms with top quality furnishings and two bathrooms. The ground floor is a delight with a spacious open plan living area boasting heavy oak dining furniture, a contemporary kitchen and sumptuous sofas which you can sink into after a day spent discovering the magnificent North Pennines. At this Ruffside cottage, the double arched windows overlook the green and the village making it a delightful retreat at any time of the year. Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 911707, 911981, 911984, 911985, 911986 and 911987, together they sleep 35.


Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x king-size double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x single. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire. Shared use of on-site games room with TV, table hockey and pool table.


  • Eco underfloor heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, Blu-ray DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, Wii, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio area and shared use of communal gardens, social area and games barn
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Check-in 4pm.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “We will never tire of this AMAZING place”
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    • “I have now lost count of the number of times we have visited this extraordinary place. We try to do it twice a year and sometimes the weather can be a bit wild, but if you love serenity and peace, this is for you! The cottage is exceptional, of a very high spec. There are many things to do if you do want to leave the sanctuary of the complex, including a more than generous supply of leisure vouchers to the nearby Slaley Hall. We simply adore it here. Our children are aged between 4 - 13, and all of them love the games barn onsite which has Wii, air hockey, TV/DVD (+ library of dvd's) toys, books, SPACE and great views. We have also taken friends with us who loved it too. Very highly recommended.”

    Anne S, Hull, September 2014

About the location


Consett 10 miles; Hexham 11 miles; Corbridge 12 miles; Durham 21 miles.

Edmundbyers is a quaint, traditional village situated south of the River Derwent, nestled in the foothills of The North Pennines and surrounded by heather moorlands, fields of grazing cattle and sheep, streams and woodland. From the village of Edmundbyers there are plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling, golfing, sailing, fishing and simply appreciating the quiet natural beauty. Edmundbyers consists of about forty cottages scattered around the village green, a Wesleyan Chapel, pub, restaurant and deli. Only four miles away is the delightful village of Blanchland. Dating back to 1165, Blanchland is reputed to be one of the prettiest villages in England, famous for being the film location for many of the Catherine Cookson novels; it is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.

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