The Old Dairy

Gainford near Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales (Ref. 9202)

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Cottage features

  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
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The property

A beautiful, stone-built cottage situated in the centre of the pretty village of Gainford, near Barnard Castle in the heart of Teesdale. This Gainford cottage has been lovingly restored whilst retaining many of the original dairy features including sash windows, stone and slate flooring. Perfect for a romantic retreat, this Gainford cottage contains a large four poster bed, an en-suite shower room and a delightful roll-top bath on the ground floor. To the rear of this Gainford cottage is a pretty patio area with table and chairs ideal for alfresco dining. This charming Gainford cottage makes an ideal base from which to explore the nearby Yorkshire Dales or Moors and coast, plus there are a host of historical abbeys to visit with Durham and Ripon just a short drive away. A wonderful romantic cottage in a delightful village.


One four poster king-size double bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower and basin. Ground floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC. Fitted kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with electric fire.


Gas central heating with electric fire in sitting room. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair. Off road parking for 1 car on a first come, first served basis, additional roadside parking available. Enclosed patio with furniture. Two well-behaved pets welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shops and pubs 2 mins walk, golf course/health spa 2 miles.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Surpassed all expectations”
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    • “The day after our wedding, my husband and I travelled over to stay at The Old Dairy. We wanted a quiet break with our two dogs in a quaint cottage near to decent attractions - this was just perfect. Others have said it, but the photos just cannot do this cottage justice. The restoration job the owners have done is remarkable throughout: there are wonderful original features whilst everything is cosy and comfortable. On going upstairs I think we both uttered an involuntary 'wow'! The welcome gifts of homemade produce, wine and dog biscuits along with flowers and fruit was a lovely touch and immediately made us feel at home. We really appreciated the owners' information file, which told us everything we needed to know about the cottage and local area. I can't imagine a single need which wasn't catered for from the pint of milk in the fridge to the DVD selection. Gainford itself is lovely, with incredibly friendly locals and all the things you need on your doorstep. The butcher shop next door also sells fantastic fruit and veg and bread so that couldn't be more convenient. We enjoyed a different country walk each day with our two Greyhounds and found the pub opposite to be fantastically welcoming. There's a wealth of places to visit just a short drive away so we were never at risk of being bored. The owners have provided plenty of leaflets and information so even if, like us, you didn't have time to research the area beforehand you won't be stuck for ideas. We hadn't been at The Old Dairy a night before we were vowing to come again when we can. After a week there is still plenty more to do.”

    Mitch-holloway, August 2014

    • “Excellent stay”
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    • “Warm welcome, great welcome treats including for the dog, very nicely decorated and in a great location - we thoroughly enjoyed our stay - thank you”

    MissVal2014, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom, August 2014

    • “A superb cottage - thoroughly recommend it”
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    • “This was such a fantastic break from when we were met by the owners and given a tour of the cottage to that moment when we reluctantly posted the keys back through the letterbox and began the journey home. It's a wonderful cottage; you know the type...where you feel comfortable, at ease and well looked after. A home-made loaf, bottle of wine, sweet chilli jam and fruitcake were all waiting on the kitchen table and as extra welcoming touches, they got full marks. From the four-poster bed to the small, enclosed garden off the kitchen, there were delights to mark this out as a great place to come to unwind. Everything worked how it should - even to the point where we inadvertently tested the smoke alarm when grilling the sausages from the butcher next door. The cottage is centrally located in the village across from the Cross Keys pub - a friendly local with Cornish Doom bar ale on tap and the outstanding pizza from Stable Hearth at the back of the property. Local walks along the river Tees or to neighbouring villages like Ingleton, Piercebridge or Winston make this an idyllic spot with plenty on the doorstep and you can hop in the car to the likes of Raby Castle or Barnard Castle. There is no phone signal in the village - which may or may not disconcert you - but for us, it wasn't a problem and seemed to sum up how we could disconnect from the stresses of work and the normal things that tug at our attention. Overall, wholeheartedly recommend both the cottage itself and the friendly village to anyone looking to relax and explore this corner of County Durham.”

    Beanpole_traveller, Leeds, United Kingdom, July 2014

    • “Amazing!!! Definetly Recommend”
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    • “I found this cottage to be absolutely stunning. Every little detail was though of. And the welcome package was a real treat. Loved the décor and feel to the cottage and the owner was very polite greeting us. Loved the fact it was within walking distance of the local shop & pub - all the locals were very welcoming and lovely to chat too. Great walks along the river and local areas. Only 20 minutes drive and you are in the Yorkshire Dales. Which I loved. Having holidayed here as a child it was great coming back to the area. Cannot recommend this place enough.”

    Nancy F, Ipswich, United Kingdom, February 2014

    • “Gorgeous”
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    • “We stayed here for a week in October - it was just beautiful! So cosy with a real cottage feel to it. Would definitely come back and stay again Owners were very friendly and the welcome package was delightful - a really nice touch”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Hemel Hempstead - Hertfordshire, December 2012

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    • “The Old Dairy was a lovely property, decor was lovely and I would recommend it to my friends”

    Mrs Hanslip, Dover, November 2015

    • “The Old Dairy was just what we needed after a stressful week. It had everything and more, the owner had thought of just everything! The cottage was lovely, warm and comfortable and we just loved the roll top bath and candles. The king size bed was so comfortable. The locals were friendly, kind and helpful, and we will be coming back soon. The best holiday cottage we have had so far, we cannot wait to return! Thank You.”

    Mrs Mccabe, Morpeth, September 2015

    • “Gorgeous cottage, the web page does not do it enough justice. Having read the other reviews we can now fully understand why people have come to the cottage for their honeymoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. Perfect stay in a lovely village with lots to do just a short drive away.”

    Miss Johnson, Leicester, August 2015

    • “A fabulous location in a beautiful village. The cottage was very luxurious, everything that you could possibly need had been thought of. The villagers were all very welcoming, and there were lots of things to do in the surrounding area, a great base to explore a picturesque part of the country.”

    Mr Parker, Lincoln, August 2015

    • “The Old Dairy was cozy. The owner had considered every possibility to make you feel welcome and to enjoy your holiday.”

    Mrs Kennedy, Mansfield, May 2015

    • “The area is beautiful and the cottage had been a converted dairy and had lots of character. Also the weather was great!”

    Mrs Horsburgh, Irvine, April 2015

    • “A very cosy cottage in a peaceful location with great walks from the doorstep. Had a comfortable bed. Our dog loved the cottage and it was a bonus having the enclosed outside area. The butcher next door sold excellent produce and pizzas from the Stable Hearth across the road were fab! Lots of local information was provided by the owners. We took trips out to the coast which was just over an hour away, with glorious sandy beaches for the dog to run on.”

    Miss Molloy, High Peak, April 2015

    • “A lovely cosy cottage which was comfortable and clean, had a great holiday.”

    Miss Ormston, Newcastle Upon Tyne, February 2015

    • “The cottage was fabulous, and the welcome pack to was so thoughtful. Our dog was so relaxed and loved the river walks. Had a lovely atmosphere in the cottage, the locals were lovely too.”

    Mrs Torrance, Hastings, December 2014

    • “Loved it. The welcome package was very much appreciated. The cottage was excellent. Thank you, we had a really nice time.”

    Mr Ramsay, Bournemouth, December 2014

    • “The property has been beautifully done and lacks nothing, all the small touches are great. The layout is perfect for two people and the property is in a great location to strike out into the locality.”

    Mr Benson, Blackpool, November 2014

    • “Wonderful quiet location,very friendly locals.”

    Mrs Bartlett, Grantham, October 2014

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About the location


Barnard Castle 8 miles; Darlington 8 miles; Richmond 13 miles.

Gainford is a pretty village in Teesdale, standing on the River Tees at the boundary with Yorkshire. The village offers a scattering of Georgian houses set on an unspoilt village green, as well as a Post Office, butcher/greengrocer/bakery, newsagents/general store, fish and chip shop and two pubs, and is close to spectacular waterfalls, sweeping moorlands and magnificent castles. There are also two Michelin starred restaurants within easy reach of the village, giving the opportunity to dine out in luxury. Ancient market towns dot the area and the historic town of Barnard Castle lies within easy reach, boasting castle remains overlooking the town, as well as the impressive Bowes Museum. Built as an impressive French-style chateau, the museum houses a magnificent collection of fine and decorative art. Other places of interest close to Gainford are the ruins of Egglestone Abbey and Rokeby Hall, High Force, Cauldron’s Snout, Derwent Reservoir, and Hexham with its stately abbey, as well as the magnificent cathedral city of Durham. A little further afield the Yorkshire Dales National Park, North York Moors, Lake District, Northumberland National Park and the coastal towns of Whitby and Saltburn are all within easy driving distance.

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