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High Thearns

Middleton-In-Teesdale, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 955251)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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Reviews & Ratings

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was an excellent base for exploring the beautiful area."

    The owner Sally- Ann was extremely friendly and helpful and the welcome basket was very thoughtful. Excellent facilities in the cottage which was also very cosy in the wintry weather.

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2021

  • "High Therns is a beautiful place to stay, very clean and comfortable with high quality beds and fixtures and fittings."

    The owner has provided all you could need and it shows that she really cares about her property and making it as comfortable as possible with no expense spared .We had a lovely time and would highly recommend a stay at High Therns.

    Reviewed by SuzanneOct 2021

  • "High Thearns is cosy, warm and stylish."

    It is furnished to a very high standard and extremely clean . This property is beautiful inside and out as the scenery is spectacular . There was excellent communication from the owner who was very friendly and accommodating . Exceptional furnishings , kitchen ware and linen. We had a fantastic week and highly recommend this property . Mrs Timson

    Reviewed by AngelaOct 2021

  • "Really comfortable and very well appointed cottage."

    Sally Ann was very welcoming and helpful. The kitchen was massive and we enjoyed sitting around the large table or relaxing in the snug area, looking out onto the countryside. Everything was very clean with plenty of space and equipment. Cottage very handy as a base for exploring Teesdale.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at High Thearns."

    The house was amazing, really comfortable with fantastic views. An added bonus were the hens and fresh eggs.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2021

  • "A really lovely cottage,we felt very comfortable and at home there."

    The sun shone most of the week and it was nice to sit outside and watch the fields being cut and hay being baled and taken in Enjoyed collecting the eggs and visits from the hens and resident Cockerel.All in all a fantastic week and we are certainly looking to return next year.

    Reviewed by JaniceJun 2021

  • "We had a wonderful holiday."

    The cottage was beautifully decorated, well equipped & very clean. Everything was well maintained. The outdoor space & views were beautiful & we particularly enjoyed sharing the garden with the chickens & collecting their eggs each day. Sally Ann, the owner, was very friendly & helpful. The perfect holiday, thank you!

    Reviewed by EmmaMay 2021

  • "High Thearns is in a lovely location."

    Handy for the centre of the village but with open views across fields.

    Reviewed by IanMay 2021

  • "Such a comfortable, homely cottage, really well equipped for self catering."

    Beautiful views across the fields from the patio; we watched some gorgeous sunsets. Doorstep access to loads of walking and a short ride on the main road links to lots of quiet lanes and off road cycling.

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2021

  • "The area was unknown to us but it proved a great base to visit many interesting places."

    Middleton in Teasdale is a delightful village with great little shops including a superb butchers , cafes and handicrafts shop. We also enjoyed a take away meal from the Foresters pub. Everyone was helpful and so friendly including the owner of the property, Sally Ann . The property itself was spacious, tastefully furnished and we quickly felt at home. The views were beautiful and the good weather meant that could enjoy the outside terrace. We are looking forward to visiting again in the future.

    Reviewed by JacquelineApr 2021

  • "Cottage very clean and well equipped, within 5-10 mins walk of village."

    Middleton is only small but does have everything you would need, from a Co-op to independent butchers and a couple of take-aways along with two reasonably priced pubs serving food. Owner very helpful, and easily contactable. Plenty of walks able to do from the cottage (low force and high force). Other walks within reasonable driving distance (High Cup Nick, Cauldron Snout). Around 12 miles from Barnard Castle. Overall a lovely cottage in a lovely location. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2020

  • "High Thearns is home from home, it has everything you need and more, it is spotless, comfortable and location is fantastic!"

    I would definitely return and recommend. It is a hikers paradise so many places to walk, it certainly is a place of outstanding, unspoiled natural beauty. Or if you wish to just relax away from city life then it's perfect for that if you get the weather the patio setting is fabulous. Thank you to Sally-Anne aswell who made us very welcome, and gave us a few tips on where to head to

    Reviewed by JasonAug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, excellent location, great holiday had by all, thank you!"

    Reviewed by JanetJul 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in lovely little village."

    Has to be seen to be believed. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by TheresaFeb 2020

  • "Great facilities and very cosy."

    especially loved the log burner and the fabulous kitchen. Bed was very comfortable. If we were going to that area again we would definitely book High Thearns

    Reviewed by SharonJan 2020

  • "Just perfect."

    Fantastic location, clean, comfortable, spacious, well equiped. Fantastic value. Will definately visit again.

    Reviewed by SteveDec 2019

  • "High Thearns was a superb Cottage with wonderful facilities."

    The lounge was cosy and very comfortable, the kitchen area was fully equipped and had the added advantage of being big enough to accommodate an armchair and a sofa so that we could all gather together while preparing and cooking meals. The beds were extremely comfortable and the general decor and attention to details was exceptional. We were there in the winter but the outside and general outlook would be great in the summer especially for children. We liked the nearness of the village facilities and the ability to go walking without getting your car out. The owner was particularly helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. Would love to go back again.

    Reviewed by JulieDec 2019

  • "Brilliant holiday great cottage lovely location great family holiday everything ..."

    Brilliant holiday great cottage lovely location great family holiday everything you need and more in the cottage it was delightful owner left a lovely welcome pack cosy nights with the log burner on pick your own fresh eggs it really was a perfect retreat

    Reviewed by NormaOct 2019

  • "Beautifully renovated cottage to a very high standard."

    Sally Ann had thought of everything!!! Scenery wonderful , cottage warm and comfortable. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2019

  • "Faultless in every way."

    Reviewed by DerickSep 2019

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at High Thearns."

    The cottage was in a beautiful location, it was very clean and comfortable and was excellently equipped. We enjoyed collecting the eggs from the chickens and sitting, relaxing on the terrace. Sally Ann the owner was very friendly and helpful. She answered any questions we had and offered suggestions of places to visit and places to eat. Would definitely recommend a holiday at High Thearns and we intend to return there in the future. Thank you

    Reviewed by MaxineAug 2019

  • "Sally Ann really went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed."

    Compared to others we’ve stayed in, this cottage was exceptional in every aspect. Very comfortable and cosy and having good facilities within walking distance was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by MargaretAug 2019

  • "Well appointed cottage which was 'home from home' in every respect."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful and made a point of greeting us just after our arrival. She was more than happy to familiarise us with the surrounding area places to go , where to eat etc etc. Nothing was a trouble to her. The area is a great place to get away from it all with some great walks, drives and fantastic scenery. Plenty to do within an easy driving distance . Perhaps not the place to go with very young children but our 10 year old step granddaughter loved it.

    Reviewed by CharlesAug 2019

  • "We thought the cottage was very attractive both inside and out and very comfortable."

    Sally Ann went out of her way to help in any way she could if there were any problems, Our stay there was very enjoyable and there were interesting places to visit both nearby and farther away. However, we were surprised to find that the cottage was behind some other houses as the photograph on the internet gave the impression that it was standing well away from other properties ie nothing in front except perhaps the road. This did not detract from the enjoyment of our holiday as we were not inconveniences by this, especially as the patio outside the kitchen gave us wonderful views over fields and the surrounding hills and countryside. Unfortunately the driveway up to the bungalow was quite difficult to walk on as it was on a slope and on an uneven composition which for anyone with walking difficulties was a bit tricky. Nevertheless. overall our holiday was very enjoyable.

    Reviewed by M PJul 2019

  • "High Thearns is one of the nicest cottages we have stayed in."

    The location is great for days out sight seeing and my son's took advantage of the fly fishing in the beautiful river Tees. The cottage is extremely clean and has everything you could need plus a lovely garden. We had a fantastic time and would definitely return one day. Thank you to Sally Ann!

    Reviewed by TinaJul 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable, clean and well equipped cottage with everything you need and more."

    Very warm welcome from the owner. Tranquil location friendly chickens and sheep willing to greet you in the adjoining field.

    Reviewed by LynneJun 2019


    Reviewed by TerenceMay 2019

  • "A lovely, well-cared-for house that has been a joy to stay in."

    Spotlessly clean, beautiful views, a real oasis for a week in the countryside yet with so much to do on your doorstep. A 15 minute walk to picturesque woodland and a stream for paddling, 5 minutes into the village with interesting shops to explore and only a 10 minute drive to the spectacular High Force waterfall. Lambs and hens run around almost under your feet and there are fresh eggs to collect across the field at the back of the house...a great activity for little ones. To top it all off, Sally-Ann brought her ducklings over for our toddlers to marvel at, delivered extra towels, an extra high chair and a parasol when the weather was unexpectedly fantastic and genuinely seemed to feel that nothing was too much hassle. Many thanks to Sally-Ann and Andrew for your thoughtfulness and generosity. You are real gems!

    Reviewed by AmyMay 2019

  • "We have just returned from the most cosy, gorgeous holiday bungalow."

    Warm,friendly, welcome, by the owner, The place is perfect, lovely village, scenery, great walks. We will definitely, return..........

    Reviewed by MandyApr 2019

  • "This was by far the best place we've ever stayed."

    Sally Ann (the owner) went out of her way to welcome us and make us feel right at home. She couldn't do enough for us. The village is small with a few shops, but there is a nice park for the kids in Eggleston, plenty of shops and cafes in Barnard Castle and amazing walks and waterfalls nearby. The highlight of the holiday was being in the country looking out over the fields each morning and collecting fresh eggs from the chickens on the farm. Can't wait to go again!

    Reviewed by VictoriaApr 2019

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The property

A beautiful detached bungalow, a former cow byre located on the outskirts of Middleton-in-Teesdale, amongst lovely rolling countryside and yet only a four-minute walk into the centre of the popular town.

A great location with the benefit of off road parking, lovely views and a spacious garden, High Thearns is the perfect property for a relaxing break with the family or a group of friends.

Set out in an unusual and appealing L shape, you will be welcomed by a spacious kitchen/diner with a cosy Rayburn cooker, a lovely oak floor, a small snug, seating area and the added benefit of delightful views across the garden area, the attached meadow and the distant fells.

A great space to enjoy a meal together or sit out on the adjoining terrace and take in the peaceful surroundings.

There is a sitting room to cosy up in after a long day, a cosy wood-burning stove set in a stone fire surround, lovely old ceiling beams and tasteful furnishings.

From the sitting room the corridor leads to three bedrooms.

The master suite offers a king size sleigh bed, a cosy window seat and an en-suite shower room providing that little bit of luxury.

The second bedroom offers a king-size double and there is a further twin room.

The main house bathroom, modern and very stylish offers a separate bath and shower cubicle.

Outside, the spacious gardens and terracing are ideal for enjoying a drinks party, barbecue or simply taking in the rural surroundings and watching the resident chickens go about their day.

To the rear of the property is a paddock area with a set of swings and small slides which the smaller members of the group will enjoy.

The quaint market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers a range of shops, pubs and places to eat and is surrounded by superb walking country, with high open moorland as well as the famous and not to be missed High Force waterfalls.

Close by, vibrant Barnard Castle stands on the site of an ancient Roman fort, and the medieval ruins of the castle still tower over the river and are well worth a visit. Slightly further afield, the Northern Dales are waiting to be discovered and visits to medieval Raby Castle with its deer park, Bowes Museum and Egglestone Hall Gardens are not to be missed.

A great family retreat whatever the time of year.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite, walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with small snug area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil fired central heating with woodburning stove
  • Oil fired Rayburn, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, tassimo machine
  • 2 x Smart TV’s with Freeview
  • WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair provided
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Terrace with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub, shops, restaurants and award winning fish and chip shop 4 mins walk
  • Note: Free fishing rights arranged through the owners
  • Note: Friday changeover
  • Note: The property has no internal steps, but there are 6 steps leading up to the property
  • Note: Guests are welcome to collect their own fresh free range eggs from the hens on the farm

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About the location


Barnard Castle 10 miles.

Nestling by the banks of the River Tees is the pretty Pennine town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, which lies in the heart of Teesdale, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This bustling town offers a good range of shops, pubs and places to eat and is surrounded by superb walking country, with high open moorland as well as pretty wooded valleys. The nearby waterfalls of High Force, Gibson's Cave and Cauldron Snout are amongst the most spectacular sights in the district, and the nearby market town of Barnard Castle can be easily reached and offers a full range of facilities.

Region Information

Please note the property has no internal steps, but there are 6 steps leading up to the property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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