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Shepherd's Cottage

Holwick near Middleton-in-Teesdale, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 609)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine

Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "What a find, isolated cottage, beautiful location and walks from the door."


    Reviewed by BrendanApr 2022

  • "Had a great stay at holwick we were greeted by our lovely hosts great cottage great position fantastic walks right from door we will hopefully be back."

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "Great little hideaway, very comfortable and cosy in a beautiful setting, everything you needed was there and the hosts were lovely."

    wifi would have cheered the stepson up a bit but it didn't bother me. I would recommend to anyone and will come back as we only stayed 3 nights so lots more to explore in the area.

    Reviewed by JuliaMar 2022

  • "What can I say one of the most enjoyable holiday moments I've ever had it was the most peaceful and tranquil setting in the middle of a sheep field with gorgeous views from every window amazing walks right from your door into the dales."

    The landlady is a sheep farmer and her husband at the young age of 80 still tends to the sheep everyday without fail it's very lovely to see especially coming from the hustle and bustle of inner city.very friendly people very beautiful place would highly recommend and I will definitely will be going again

    Reviewed by JayneJan 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic holiday in a great location."

    I will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by JamesJan 2022

  • "A cottage we have returned to about 8 times over the years."

    Love it here. Extremely warm and cosy in winter months and a great place for bbq's in summer. Secluded and peaceful, with only sheep for neighbours. Owners very helpful if needed but unobtrusive. 200 yard walk down the field and you are on the Pennine Way along the river Tees. Spectacular scenery, especially in October/November when the leaves are a myriad of colour. Wish we lived there.

    Reviewed by GeorginaJan 2022

  • "Shepherd's Cottage is a little jewel: although small, the space inside has been beautifully and cleverly used and there was plenty of space for our family of 5 (with 3 teenagers!"

    ). We had a wonderfully relaxing 3 nights over New Year: we were warm and comfortable, and didn't miss anything (the absence of WiFi or reliable 4G was an added bonus). The location is wonderful, with walks from the doorstep along the Tees to the impressive nearby waterfalls, and the owners were very kind and responsive. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by PatrickDec 2021

  • "We loved it."

    A perfect cottage, quiet and secluded in a wonderful location. The cottage was very comfortable and had all we needed for a week away.

    Reviewed by JudithNov 2021

  • "The peace and quiet , and lovely walks for us and the dog"

    Reviewed by SoniaOct 2021

  • "Nice cottage, great location when campsite near by is closed."

    After booking and paying in full were surprised to be informed we had to take our own towels ,when bed linen was provided. Recommend the farm kitchen for a meal. Lots to see and do in the local area.. owners very friendly..

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2021

  • "Fantastic "escape" cottage which is set in the most spectacular location."

    Owner was extremely helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2021

  • "The Shepherds cottage was perfect for us as parents needing a quiet rest and also for the children as they had so much space to run free, fly the kite, paddle in the river, watch the lambs and wildlife etc."

    The Penines way on the door step with the waterfalls and the bridges over the river made our holiday. Barnard castle was our go to town to enjoy ice creams, hot chocolate cafe treats and the castle. We had everything we needed plus the little things waiting for us which tend to be forgotten in the holiday groceries shop. The cottage was warmed up ready for our arrival. We had a brilliant time. Our time in the Shepherds cottage will always be remembered as a fantastic, comfortable, and relaxing family holiday. Thank you. p.s. A travel cot, highchair and stair gate would be a great addition to the house then we might just book again!

    Reviewed by LucyMay 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage this was the perfect relaxing holiday we were looking for."

    The owners were very friendly and we were left to enjoy the cottage as a home from home. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by PaulaFeb 2020

  • "Such a great place for total secludedness and wonderful veiws great walks from the door"

    Reviewed by NigelFeb 2020

  • "We have visited this cottage since 2012 and we still love to come to stay."

    The owners the Scott family are always so friendly and pleased to meet you. We have booked Sunday lunch in the farmhouse kitchen every time and love the home cooked food. If you have a hectic and stress full job or home life then this is the place to come. No WI-FI and phone signal is at best minimal, however let people know you are off the grid and get away from everything. Forget the weather, rain or shine get out along the Pennine way as the scenery is stunning the further you go. We love the area - Visit low and High force and the Bow lees centre for light lunch and Strathmore Arms pub for good ciders and beer and good pub grub. To sit outside the cottage patio and see the 180 degree view is fantastic if you love the outdoors Don't expect 5* accommodation as its not advertised as such but it does exactly what it says on the tin. Incidentally we have stayed in 5* accommodation yet still come back every year. I could say it was a rubbish holiday in the hope we could more easily book but that would be an injustice.

    Reviewed by StevenAug 2019

  • "It is an absolutely charming and well equipped cottage in an absolutely beautiful setting in Teesdale."

    Lots of stunning walks in the area. We will definitely go back!

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2019

  • "What an amazing cottage, lovely surroundings and beautiful views."

    The cottage was every thing as described and more. Every thing you could have wanted was in the cottage and more.It was very comfortable and warm. Mrs Scott was lovely as well very welcoming ,she had even put the heating on for us.In walking distance to the river . The children enjoyed it as well and did not want to go home. We will come back one day. Thank you for a lovely holiday Pauline, Tony,Claire and Liam

    Reviewed by PaulineMay 2019

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful spot."

    The accommodation needs updating

    Reviewed by PaulaApr 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage set in a private field surrounded by beautiful views of the pennines."

    Walking trails being a short distance away from the cottage with stunning scenery making this a great location for all ages to enjoy the countryside amd the amazing wildlife. A very peaceful and beautiful location making this a very relaxing and enjoyable break in one beautifully well kept cottage. A local country pub is a very short walking distance away with a great menu and a very friendly atmosphere making anyone feel welcome. I would like to thank the owners very much for everything they did in making our first cottage experience A Peaceful & Beautiful one. Thank You! I would like to also mention how easy it was to book through Sykes Cottages making it very easy and pleasant to book. The service received from Sykes Cottages is fantastic, receiving regular updates including extra information making everything effortless from start to finish Thank You.

    Reviewed by ShaunMar 2019

  • "The cottage is cosy, secluded and set in an idyllic location in Holwick."

    The owners are friendly and the place itself is beautifully presented,warm and welcoming. We visited during the winter months so we’re the nearby campsite was closed which gave us additional independence and peace. We would certainly visit again.

    Reviewed by LesleyFeb 2019

  • "Perfect scenery and lovely owners."

    Friendly and helpful wherever possible. Went above and beyond considering the heavy snow to make sure we were okay getting to and from the cottage. Local area is absolutely stunning and the cottage is beautifully. Pictures do not do the cottage or the area justice and must be experienced. Genuinely lovely time, Thank You.

    Reviewed by DanielJan 2019

  • "A brilliant location."

    It really is in the middle of a field surrounded by sheep. An easy walk to the River Tees and Low Force and Bowlees Visitors Centre. A slightly longer walk to High Force. The cottage is very well equipped and easy to keep warm.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2018

  • "Fabulous cottage for getting away from it all."

    Reviewed by SsarahJun 2018

  • "A very happy stay in a great location."

    Reviewed by SophiaApr 2018

  • "We absolutely love Shepherd's Cottage!"

    The cottage is beautiful, the location is stunning and the family at the farm are always extremely helpful and welcoming. There's plenty to do in the area - we had some amazing walks. The children (8,5 and 2) had so much fun and we hope to return again next year. This is a place we come back to again and again - I think this year was our 4th visit. Thank you! :)

    Reviewed by ClaireMar 2018

  • "It was a fabulous place to relax and unwind."

    Our children had a great time playing in the field and watching the wild life. The accommodation was very comfortable, warm and welcoming. There is no WiFi and intermittent 4G, however being digitally disconnected was very refreshing. It is a lovely place to forget the pressures of day to day life and to sleep exceptionally well! There is no light pollution, allowing us to take full advantage of the stars. The only sound of traffic came from the farmers tractor whilst feeding the sheep, but this was a welcoming sound. I would certainly recommend this property to anyone who loves the outdoors and being in the middle of no where.

    Reviewed by RowenaFeb 2018

  • "Brilliant. No other words"

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2017

  • "Lovely cottage - quiet and secluded - home from home."

    Everything we needed.

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2017

  • "Walks and scenery"

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2017

  • "Fantastic location with superb views - wonderful to be able to walk from the cottage along the river (and to the local pub!"

    ). Very friendly and helpful owners. A really great place and we definitely plan to return.

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2017

  • "Beautiful location, great pub nearby, hayfield and wildlife abundant!"

    Reviewed by EmilyJun 2017

  • "Stayed at Shepherds Cottage during October half term week 2016 as a family of 2 adults and 2 children age 9 & 11."

    The cottage is spotlessly clean and has everything needed for a comfortable stay. The owner is very welcoming and helpful. Nicely located for regular walks along the river in either direction and also a good base to explore the rest of the Northern pennines. For keen walkers, High Cup Nick is a must. Also worth a trip to Durham for a look around the city. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by RichardOct 2016

  • "29th August 2016 - 02 September 2016 This was our first visit to 'Shepherds Cottage' and what a beautiful little cottage it is too."

    It's very cosy, very comfortable, and is spotlessly clean. We particularly liked the cottage being away from it all down a very long lane, and literally being in the middle of a field. We took advantage of the peace and quiet - It was just like heaven!! The weather was very good to us too allowing us to go on a few rambles, and a few evening strolls. At the bottom of the field lies the Penine way and the river. There was a whole abundance of wildlife all around the cottage - Rabbit's - Hares - Pheasants - Bats - Every bird you could mention including the resident Owl who lives in the tree near to the cottage. I love the way that the bedrooms are downstairs and the living area is upstairs to get the benefit of the fabulous views all around. Loved the sheep casually grazing and coming right up to the fence. Also a big "Thank You" To Mr & Mrs Scott & Karen who are three wonderful people who make it all possible. We will definately be coming back !! To sum the holiday up It was perfect! A very relaxing Holiday!!

    Reviewed by JenniferAug 2016

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  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x family room with three singles
  • Three piece modern bathroom, with a shower over the bath
  • First floor spacious beamed living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with coal-effect gas stove.
  • Gas central heating with gas stove
  • Gas cooker, microwave, fridge, TV
  • Shared use of laundry room with automatic washer and dryer
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Ample parking
  • Sitting area with garden furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved pet under strict control welcome
  • Pub 5 mins walk, cafe on owners' farm open at the weekends only with other shops 3 miles
  • Please note: mobile signal can be poor in the area; please check coverage with your network provider.

The property

A wonderful stone-built detached cottage, situated in the middle of a field on the owners' working farm in the small Teesdale hamlet of Holwick.

The cottage, which is approached by a farm lane, has been skilfully created from an old stone barn and has upside down accommodation to take advantage of the lovely views.

The River Tees runs by the bottom of the field.

Comfortably decorated and furnished, this delightful barn offers superb holiday accommodation at any time of the year.

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About the location


Middleton 3 miles; Barnard Castle 12 miles.

The charming and peaceful hamlet of Holwick is situated at the end of a “no-through road” in the heart of beautiful unspoilt Teesdale. There is a pub which serves food and a farm/butcher’s shop and cafe (on the owners’ farm). The surrounding region is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty — a paradise for walkers and lovers of country life. The magnificent waterfall of High Force is within walking distance of the hamlet and the Pennine Way passes close by. There are nearby picturesque villages to explore: Middleton, Mickleton and Romaldkirk, and the ancient market town of Barnard Castle is well worth a visit. All of the Northern Dales are within easy reach and the Lake District is less than an hour’s drive away. Fishing, riding, golf and a variety of watersports are all available locally.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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