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The Byre at High Watch

(Ref. 17537)

Lanehead, Wearhead, Weardale, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent cottage, clean and has everything you need."

    Couldn't fault it and will definitely recommend to friends and family.

    Thank you so much for your review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2023

  • "The Byre at High Watch is a lovely cottage with all the required facilities and great views of an untamed valley."

    Perfect for a relaxing holiday. Our host was kind, caring and considerate.

    Many thanks for your kind feedback. We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cosy property."

    Owner Was very welcoming and friendly. Beautiful views surrounding property. Plenty of wood provided for the fire too and was easy to use. Would recommend holiday to those who are looking for a quiet escape to the rural countryside.

    Many thanks for your kind feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2023

  • "What a wonderful little cottage!"

    Warm, comfortable and in a great location. I highly recommend a trip to Killhope Mine which is only 5 minutes away and a true hidden gem! Thank you for such a great stay and warm welcome.

    Many thanks for your feedback and it's great to know that you enjoyed your trip to Killhope Mine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable and clean cottage."

    Pretty much central for visiting different areas. Enjoyed our stay very much.

    Thank you for your great feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.7Oct 2022

  • "Michael gave us a warm welcome and showed us around the property."

    The Byre met our expectations, well equipped, comfy and clean.

    Thank you for your great review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Oct 2022

  • "Thanks very much Mike."

    Really enjoyed our stay. It was lovely to be able to lock our bikes and you made the whole process simple. Will definitely be back if we return to Northumberland. Cottage was very comfortable.

    Thanks for your review Claire. It was great to have you staying and we look forward to you staying again when you're back in the area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a very pleasurable stay at the Byre."

    The cottage is lovely, well equipped and in a fantastic location. The scenery around is very beautiful and we really had the feeling of being away from it all. The owner Mike was great, very friendly, with lots of useful information and very accommodating. Additionally we had two bikes and we were able to leave them in locked garage when we went out, which was very convenient.

    Many thanks for your feedback. So glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2022

  • "A lovely property, this was our second time at The Byre."

    Mike and Jane are wonderful hosts, not in your face but easily contactable and full of local knowledge and recommendations.

    Many thanks for your feedback. It’s really encouraging that you enjoyed your stay with us once again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2022

  • "Its nearly in the middle of england so left for the lakes and right for sunderland ect."

    Reviewed by Fred5.0Oct 2021

  • "A very peaceful location but within easy access to all of NE."

    Cottage very comfortable and well equipped. Jane and Mike excellent hosts available if required but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay in a beautiful location and lovely property, we will definitely return."

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2021

  • "Our second visit and we'll be back."

    Lovely comfy cottage. Very comfortable beds. Lovely views. Very kind hosts. The cottage is very homely - spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Hosts go over and above to ensure we are happy without being intrusive.

    Reviewed by Gerard5.0Jun 2021

  • "Superb cottage in every way."

    Everything we could possibly need was there, including all cleaning materials. Covid -19 precautions were 1st class and we felt very safe. Our hosts were charming and made us so welcome, with a lovely pot of tea and biscuits on arrival. This spot is a haven of peace and quiet in wonderful countryside.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Byre."

    The cottage had been cleaned to a very high standard and from the moment we arrived, we felt comfortable and able to relax. The views and surrounding countryside were truly stunning and it was all on our doorstep! The owners had thought of everything to make the cottage a comfortable, enjoyable and safe place to stay. We wish we had booked a longer visit and we would definitely consider staying there again.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Sep 2020

  • "The scenery in the North Pennines is glorious and this comfortable cottage has wonderful views."

    As listed, the kitchen is well equipped but small whilst the rest of the cottage is very spacious for three people. There is a large floor standing boiler in the kitchen which gives excellent heating and hot water to both properties but does make things a bit awkward. To find The Byre from the north east just go up Weardale to Lanehead and turn in to the left just after the tractor sign - the listing makes this more complicated than it is. The tea tray was laid out for us on arrival with nice biscuits and there is milk in the fridge, coffee, salt and pepper and stock cubes in the cottage. Wi-fi was sporadic but is good enough for e-mails and finding out about local attractions. The Alston to Penrith road is closed for five weeks so if you plan to go to the Lakes from here you will have to find another way. With excellent double glazing and trees planted along the road traffic noise is reduced but you will hear motor bikes particularly at the weekends and Bank Holidays - they love the Dales and sound like they are coming through the property! The highlight for us was seeing a red squirrel by the garage - first time in a lot of years. The owners are friendly and welcoming but take warmer clothes and rain wear as the weather can be as spectacular as the scenery!

    Reviewed by Mavis4.7Aug 2020

  • "We arrived at the cottage with the intention of exploring the local area during our stay however we found the cottage so comfortable that we hardly ventured out."

    We were made most welcome by our hosts and nothing appeared too much trouble. We had a little difficulty in the dark finding the driveway to the cottage where an indication to the close proximity of the drive to the beware tractor sign approaching from the East may have helped us but this in no way distracted us from our 4 days at this delightful residence.

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Oct 2019

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage in a stunning location."

    Would definitely recommend if you're looking to get away from it all! Will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Oct 2018

  • "Jane and Mike have created a very cozy cottage."

    The decor is complete and very tasteful. The house is very clean and well maintained, located in a beautiful landscape. We highly recommend it. Heidi and Peter from Germany

    Reviewed by Heidi5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is an excellent cottage in a lovely location."

    The knowledge of the owners of local sights was very helpful This is a must go to cottage

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2018

  • "I had problems with your web site regarding confirmation ; which caused me to book 2 cottages for the same week"

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2018

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful part of the world."

    Clean,neat and well equipped with high quality items. There is amazing attention to detail in every respect. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2018

  • "My son and I wanted a rural setting and more than delivered."

    Truly beautiful setting. Would love to return. A lovely part of the country we gave never explored before. Not as commercialised as the Yorkshire Dales, but just as stunning.

    Reviewed by Susan4.6Feb 2018

  • "Exceptionally well-appointed and well-equiped holiday cottage, with welcoming friendly owners resident next door."

    Reviewed by Neil4.6Jun 2017

  • "Unexpected welcome pack."

    Fresh flowers throughout the byre. Unlimited wood for the log burner. Lovely hosts, nothing was too much trouble.

    Reviewed by Sue4.8Mar 2017

  • "Just like the photos, perfect for us, remote but easily accessed for exploring the local area and a lovely place to relax."

    Beautiful cottage, warm and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Nov 2016

  • "Lovely cottage owned by lovely people, a really tranquil and relaxing stay."

    The property is very comfortable and well equipped with great views over the countryside. Going back next year. Mark & Audrey

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Sep 2016

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  • Mostly ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x mezzanine single above double bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer in owner's studio, available by arrangement, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs
  • Oil Central heating and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and fireguard on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Shared lawned area to the front with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4.5 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: A welcome hamper of local produce can be arranged by contacting the owner prior to your visit
  • Note: A complementary basket of logs is provided
  • Additional logs may be purchased from the owner
  • Note: There is a connecting door from the sitting room to the lobby of the owner's property
  • To ensure privacy this door is kept bolted on both sides during occupancy.

The property

Wearhead 1.5 miles.

A charming, stone-built cottage adjoining the owner's home in the tiny hamlet of Lanehead, just a short distance away from Wearhead, County Durham.

A former byre, this Lanehead cottage has stunning views over the surrounding countryside and is cosy and well furnished, providing a quiet holiday home with easy access to the North Pennines, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also a UNESCO European and Global Geopark, one of the most peaceful and unspoilt places in England.

The accommodation is all on the ground floor except for the single mezzanine bedroom which is accessed via a staircase above the double bedroom.

A compact, well-equipped kitchen and sitting room with beams and a lovely woodburner in the sitting room complete this pretty Lanehead cottage.

The lawned garden is accessed by stone steps and is ideal for relaxing with a refreshing drink whilst watching the children play.

The area surrounding this Lanehead cottage is the perfect location for walking, birdwatching, painting and sketching, cycling, touring or just relaxing and enjoying the views.

Well positioned for trips to the Northern Lakes, historical Hexham, Hadrian's Wall and Durham City with its magnificent cathedral, this cottage is the perfect setting for a family holiday.

For trips further afield from this property, guests can visit Newcastle and the Metrocentre, Bowes Museum, Beamish Open Air Museum and the magnificent Heritage Coast.

This is a lovely Lanehead cottage for a couple or small family to enjoy in the County Durham area.

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About the location


Stanhope 10 miles; Durham 30 miles.

Wearhead is a small village in County Durham at the top of Weardale. Named after the source of the River Wear, the village sits at 1,104 feet above sea level and boasts some of the highest peaks in County Durham. Wearhead is set in rural countryside with the nearest shop being 3 miles away in St John's Chapel, and further amenities can be found in the village of Stanhope, ten miles away. Stanhope is described as the "Capital of Weardale" as it occupies a sheltered position on the north side of the Wear at the confluence of the river and the Stanhope burn. The village is home to the Durham Dales Centre, offering tourist information, a coffee shop and local arts and crafts. In addition it offers a selection of pubs, specialist food stores, art gallery, outdoor swimming pool and pleasant riverside walks. Durham is just 30 miles away and Hadrian's Wall is within easy touring distance. Close by are Hamsterley Forest, Killhope Lead Mining Musem and Barnard Castle - a short picturesque drive away.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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