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October Cottage

(Ref. 946074)

Middleton-In-Teesdale, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map

5.0

Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

Features

  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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66 Customer Reviews

  • "October Cottage is a great place to stay."

    We were blessed with good weather but the central heating and woodburner would make an autumn or winter stay comfortable. The cottage had everything we needed and Middleton is a charming village. It has good food options close by and a section of the Pennine Way is a few hundred metres from the door. A special mention to Faye; her attention to detail ran to the hand delivery of a Welcome Pack and the shower plug which she had taken away to ensure its cleanliness. I don’t recall ever staying in a cottage where the owner has done that before. The acid test to any stay is would you return? We definitely would.

    Reviewed by Ainslie5.0May 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, clean and tidy , lots of walking on the doorstep"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2024

  • "Absolutely stunning cottage- spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated, warm, cosy and the beds were super comfortable."

    Had absolutely everything you needed. My youngest loved playing out in the garden and myself and my husband enjoyed having a pot of tea outside the front taking in the views. Evenings were spent by the log burning fire in the cosy living room after a bubble bath in the beautiful bathroom. The village was perfect and had everything you needed-we loved Kaylees bakery. Perfect location for exploring- we loved low force, high force, gibsons cave and the woodland area with waterfall that was just around the corner from the cottage. We didn’t want to leave- highly recommend to anyone and would definitely book again in the future. Thank you Faye for the perfect stay.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Mar 2024

  • "Great property."

    Immaculately clean. Great response from the owner, very helpful. Everything we could need from a holiday home.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Feb 2024

  • "What a gem!"

    This property is furnished to a really high standard and very clean. Cosy feel and well equipped. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Libby5.0Jan 2024

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage, everything we needed all provided with a few extra little touches."

    Reviewed by Colleen5.0Dec 2023

  • "Really lovely warm and comfortable cottage Perfectly placed in the village"

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Nov 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our week in Middleton in Teesdale, and October cottage was pretty perfect in every way."

    It was great to have smart televisions which seems quite unusual in our experience. We are hoping to come back again next year as one week definitely wasn't enough in this beautiful area.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "October cottage was perfect thank you."

    We loved our stay in such a lovely cottage and village. The cottage was comfy, cosy and clean. The bed was so comfortable. Bathroom facilities very good. Lounge was perfect to relax in after a busy day walking. Didn’t light the already prepared stove as we were lucky with the weather. The local butcher McFarlanes never failed to deliver. Thank you for the welcome milk and Prosecco

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is our second visit to October Cottage and I don't think it will be our last."

    The property and village are both wonderful and perfect to relax. The surrounding area provides plenty of opportunities to explore and discover some wonderful places.

    Reviewed by Byron5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely property, great location."

    Very clean and well maintained. I would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Jul 2023

  • "So beautiful."

    The cottage, the town, the views from the cottage. I could go on. The little touches were the best: a pint of milk in the fridge; a bottle of wine on arrival; loads of towels; basic condiments Overall one of the best holidays we have had. Also love the north it’s the best part of England

    Reviewed by Tania5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fabulous house so cosy beautiful decor , faye was so nice and nothing was a ..."

    Fabulous house so cosy beautiful decor , faye was so nice and nothing was a problem for any requests we had , we really enjoyed our stay great location too we will definitely be back x

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage perfectly situated in the centre of Middleton in Teesdale."

    Clean, well maintained and loads of utensils if you needed them. Milk in fridge for arrival and a bottle of bubbles. Lovely back garden with shared access to very friendly neighbours who were happy to share information on the local area. We loved the huge shower and beautiful views to the hills. Fantastic deli/cafe on the doorstep. Loads to do locally and the most scenic countryside on the doorstep. Would love to return.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at October Cottage ."

    The cottage is absolutely beautiful,comfortable with everything you need ,in a lovely idyllic area with plenty to see and do locally and far . This cottage is perfect ,we would highly recommend staying here for a relaxing break we hope to be back soon !

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage in a beautiful location."

    Cottage was modern, clean and well equipped - perfect stay

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "Great stay well equipped clean well maintained, nice gardens and view from ..."

    Great stay well equipped clean well maintained, nice gardens and view from front, handy for shops , could not have wished for more

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0May 2023

  • "The cleanest and best maintained cottage I have ever stayed in!"

    We took oven gloves, bin bags, tea towel and toilet roll as most places don’t have enough but we shouldn’t have bothered, this place has absolutely everything we needed, including milk in the fridge and a bottle of Prosecco! The bed sheets are the softest I’ve ever slept in although the beds are quite firm (not necessarily a bad thing if that’s your preference). Little side note, the water gets scalding hot when you’re washing up so take care! Lovely village and the cottage is very well placed to access the shops and pubs. We expected to struggle to park on coronation weekend but we got parked right outside. Faye text on our first day to make sure everything was ok and seemed lovely!

    Reviewed by Lindsey4.7May 2023

  • "Our stay at October Cottage was fantastic, we couldn't fault the cottage which was cosy, spotlessly clean, very comfortable, beautifully presented and very well equipped."

    A special mention goes to the comfy beds and the wood burning stove :) We also loved the quiet location in the village, which has a few little shops, cafes and pubs, and the easy access to many walks and places of interest. Very highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0May 2023

  • "The best holiday house we’ve stayed in."

    Couldn’t fault it. Very comfortable house with everything you’d need. Excellent location.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, great location"

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Mar 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage with everything you need for a relaxing holiday."

    Great location for exploring the local area and a short stroll to the local pub, fish and chip shop, delicatessen and supermarket.

    Reviewed by G5.0Mar 2023

  • "A very comfortable and beautiful cottage in a lovely place."

    The cottage was just as described with everything we needed for our stay. Middleton-in-Teesdale has many walks on the doorstep and a variety of places to eat. Friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Feb 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay at this wonderful cottage."

    It was Home from Home . It had everything you needed . It is central to all amenities. Lovely shops ,cafes and pubs . People are all so friendly all speak in passing. We met the owners who were really lovely and so helpful ,we had a slight problem with the heating and they were there in minutes and sorted it for us . Would definitely recommend and we would certainly go back there .

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in the centre of the village close to the cafes, shops, pubs and fish and chip shop."

    Plenty of walks, both long and short, from the doorstep. Cottage had everything we needed and the log burner was great on the frosty nights! Xx

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Jan 2023

  • "This is one of the nicest properties we've stayed in."

    It was so cosy and welcoming. One of the main reasons we picked it was because of the fireplace which we made good use of. Faye was so friendly and welcoming and answered questions we had both before and during the stay. The perfect host!

    Reviewed by Megan5.0Dec 2022

  • "Very comfortable, well presented warm cosy cottage."

    Everything you need is on your doorstep. No problems with parking. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely warm comfortable cottage right In the center of the town ."

    The cottage was furnished in a lovely modern way with a separate toilet downstairs ( always handy ) . Middleton has an interesting range of shops and eating places . We were only there for a few days but enjoyed a couple of great walks in the beautiful countryside . I would highly recommend this cottage .

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic property right in the centre of the village."

    We were very comfortable, excellent heating and lots of hot water. Parking no problem and nice wee shops (plus Co-op) in the village. Lots of walks right on the doorstep. The owner was communicative and very helpful. We'll likely book again!

    Reviewed by Catriona5.0Oct 2022

  • "Highly recommended ."

    ...Lovely cosy, immaculately clean and well appointed cottage in a lovely village with pubs, cafes, shops and great walls from the doorstep. October cottage was perfect for our stay, furnished and finished to a high standard throughout and a lovely welcome pack. We will look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2022

  • "We found October Cottage to be very comfortable, clean and well equipped for our break."

    We appreciated the finishing touches to this renovated property and found its location in the village and surrounding countryside very convenient for exploring this lovely area of Yorkshire. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return some time.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Many thanks, we both had a wonderful stay in October Cottage."

    The property was immaculate and perfect in every way. We enjoyed two good walks from the front door and others round about, visting the falls on the Pennine Way. We had a glorious day out in the Lake District and a to be recommended dinner in Forresters restaurant. Just perfect!

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely 2 night break in October Cottage."

    Everything was as listed and we very much enjoyed our short stay.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2022

  • "Gorgeous property, great location in the centre of Middleton yet set back from road so really quiet."

    The owners have furnished this property beautifully, the kitchen is superbly equipped and bathroom luxurious, gorgeous bath and powerful shower. We loved staying here and would love to come back. Thank you

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2022

  • "This cottage is an absolute delight."

    Perfect location in the village centre ideal for the local shops and cafes, and as a base for touring the area. We loved the layout of the house, and the furniture and fixtures were all of high quality. I had some prior concerns about parking because of the central location but there was always a space nearby so it was not a problem at all. Nice welcome gifts in the fridge on arrival, very thoughtful thank you! Trying to think of any negatives but there really weren't any at all. A real home from home and only sorry that we couldn't stay for longer!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage - the furniture, fixtures and fittings, in fact, everything provided was top quality."

    There was everything we needed for a comfy and cosy home from home. Great position right in the heart of the village but it was still so peaceful! Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Jul 2022

  • "What a wonderful home to stay in and visit this beautiful area."

    The village has everything you need on your doorstep. Excellent local shops if you want to cook at home alongside two pubs that provide top quality meals. There are many walks from the village with many more a short drive away.

    Reviewed by Byron5.0Jul 2022

  • "Very comfortable character cottage which is clearly cared for by the owners."

    Perfectly clean and well equipped for 5 guests. Friendly and helpful neighbours. Modern and stylish decor. Good long garden to relax in after a day exploring beautiful Teesdale. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2022

  • "Had a great 3 day stay,at this wonderfully presented cottage,so well equipped, all you needed for a fabulous holiday,Thank you Faye for checking everything was ok on our arrival,hope to return very soon."

    Rob.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at October cottage."

    Refurbished to a very high standard, very comfortable and welcoming with homely touches. We already knew the area but once again revisited some local walks such are high/low force, much enjoyed the Teesdale railway walk Mickleton to Middleton in Teesdale. Great fish & chips in Middleton!

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Jun 2022

  • "A beautifully presented cottage in the heart of Middleton in Teesdale."

    Good quality furnishings and decor made it feel like a real home from home. The cottage was spotless and the provision of basics to allow us to make a drink on arrival was much appreciated. We had wondered whether the lack of private parking might be an issue but even over the bank holiday weekend we were able to park directly outside almost every time we went out. We’ve had a lovely relaxing break, good communication from the owners who messaged on our first evening to ensure that we were happy with everything. We would happily recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at October Cottage."

    It was warm and cosy and central in the village, as described. The cottage had everything we needed for self catering. The bathroom was great and had both a bath and a large shower unit, nice after a day walking.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0May 2022

  • "Very warm and homely property."

    Ideally situated with some very good walk on the doorstep. All the facilities in the neighbourhood including very a nice cafe, butchers, restaurants and Co-op. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage to stay."

    Had a great time.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0May 2022

  • "Our second stay - great cottage and location."

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Apr 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week in this very comfortable & welcoming cottage."

    In the centre of the small town of Middleton-in-Teesdale with wonderful walks from the doorstep & within a short drive. Everything you could need is within walking distance with great eateries, cafes & shops etc. We aim to return for another stay at October Cottage!

    Reviewed by Nigel4.4Mar 2022

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a great location."

    We felt at home immediately.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very enjoyable stay in quality accommodation."

    Convenient for shops and other facilities. Easy access for walking. Parking was available close to property but on road so could be better. Would be happy to return.

    Reviewed by George5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a fabulous stay at October cottage & enjoyed exploring the area with our 2 young children(5&2)."

    All facilities are great & when we had a problem with the hob not working someone was straight round to sort it which was much appreciated. Our only issue which is more of a personal one is the bed in the main bedroom had an extremely hard mattress resulting in myself sleeping in another room as the main bed was giving me back ache which is not ideal.

    Thank you for your feedback. I’m sorry to hear that you found the bed too hard, I’ve ordered a mattress topper so hopefully that will make it a bit more comfortable. Kind regards Faye Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.1Feb 2022

  • "Superb. Lovely house - stacks of room - great location too."

    We will be back when it’s a bit warmer too! Thanks.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Feb 2022

  • "October Cottage is perfect."

    Beautifully presented & cared for accommodation making it feel like home straight away. Excellent base for exploring the local area & for country/riverside walking. Would definitely recommend it to others. Looking forward to staying again in the future

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Feb 2022

  • "Our break was really nice and the property was beautifully equipped and decorated."

    Suggestion to make even better would be to provide larger bath towels, the ones provided meant I had to clutch them around me to save my modesty

    Thank you for your feedback, I’ve now purchased some larger bath sheets. Hopefully look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thanks Faye. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at October cottage for New Year and to celebrate my 40th birthday."

    The cottage was gorgeous, tastefully decorated and cosy, we really felt as though it was a home from home, wish we could have stayed longer! The location was great as well, we enjoyed exploring Middleton-In-Teesdale and the surrounding areas especially High Force. It was so nice to arrive at the cottage after a long drive and discover it was exactly as pictured - if not better because it had also been decorated for Christmas. Only very minor criticism is the bath towels were too small so we wished we had bought our own. Other than that everything was perfect and we had a lovely week at October Cottage.

    Thank you for your feedback, I’ve now purchased some bath sheets so hopefully they’re a bit bigger, look forward to welcoming you back soon! Thanks Faye. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage a complete home from."

    Home

    Reviewed by Jude5.0Dec 2021

  • "October cottage is like a home from home."

    So clean and comfortable and the owners couldn’t have been more helpful, even after the horrendous storm in the area which affected the power to the property. A very well equipped cottage and excellent contact with the owners if needed. This was our second visit to the cottage and looking forward to our next trip there.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2021

  • "Had a glorious stay at October Cottage in late November."

    The cottage has been refurbished recently to a very high standard and is elegantly dressed and well stocked with utensils. It is perfectly positioned within Middleton in Teesdale and we had no problem with on street parking. There is a Co-op a few paces away from the cottage and Middleton is also served with other shops and eateries. Would return in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2021

  • "Gorgeous cottage in a beautiful area, renovated tastefully, very clean ..."

    Gorgeous cottage in a beautiful area, renovated tastefully, very clean couldn’t find a single think wrong ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0Oct 2021

  • "Just returned from a wonderful break up at Middleton in Teesdale."

    The cottage was gorgeous, clean and cosy with all the accessories we needed. It was also very modern with some gorgeous features such as the wood burner and bath. The location was spot on, right in the heart of the village and there were some lovely cafes and shops on our doorstep. The pizza place located next door was also lovely and we would recommend Forrester’s for some lovely food. We will deft be back to visit again soon. Absolutely loved it!

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2021

  • "On arrival the property was in pristine condition, absolutely spotless."

    I was disappointed in the welcome pack( essentials) but only because we have had such great ones from Sykes properties before. It would have been nice to have had some milk in the fridge etc but there is a shop close by, just meant we had to go out before putting the kettle on after a long journey. The property information was helpful and we referred to it on a number of occasions. A lovely private garden made a difference as we had some pleasant early evenings out there. High quality furnishings made it extremely comfortable but one gripe is it would be helpful to have a soap tray in the shower and somewhere to hold shampoo. Just tiny things though. I will definitely recommend. A lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Jill4.7Oct 2021

  • "Cottage was clean, tidy and very well equipped."

    Recently updated it was beautifully decorated throughout. The website pictures were great but the reality was superb!

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2021

  • "This was an excellent cottage, really well arranged with all that we needed for the week."

    An excellent location with a good few lovely cafes and restaurants in the village, a great park for kids and lots of lovely walks from the doorstep- would highly recommend holidaying here!

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Aug 2021

  • "October cottage is one of the nicest cottages we stayed in and we always stay in England for our holidays."

    It is beautifully presented through out and in an amazing part of the world. I highly recommend going to low force falls and walking to high force, it’s absolutely stunning, The village has 2 lovely pubs within walking distance, a pizza takeaway on your doorstep or if you want to cook the kitchen is lovely and you have a co-op on your door step. Faye the cottage owner went above and beyond for us on the day we were arriving as we we’re running late for our organised Tesco delivery but on contacting her, she not only went to the cottage to meet our delivery she put it away for us as well. We are already trying to book again.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2021

  • "What a fantastic find this cottage was."

    Beautifully decorated throughout with lots of homely touches. Loved it!! Will definitely return. Surrounding area fab with lots of walks to pick from for different abilities. Seaham Beach was an absolute delight.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, in a great location in the middle of the village."

    The beds were comfy and the whole cottage was beautifully decorated. Great village to wonder round. Only problems really was the lack of storage for groceries in the kitchen, could do with a free cupboard and thicker curtain needed for the single room. But this wouldn't put us off rebooking and recommending to Friends and Family.

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Jun 2021

  • "Very comfortable and charming cottage in a lovely village with good facilities including two good pubs and a fish and chip shop."

    Cottage was spotlessly clean and well equipped, felt very at home there and hope to return. Many wonderful walks from the door and further afield.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2021

  • "Got off to a bad start with the booking."

    ..double booked but luckily we were able to go the week after. The cottage is just refurbished and they did a good job. Very comfortable. Kitchen very well equipped (not only with appliances but also utensils). Village is excellent base for getting around. We are guessing they still have to do work on the back garden which I am sure they will make a good job of. Neighbour's friendly too. Would stay again

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Apr 2021

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms with TVs: 1 x king -size, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Downstairs WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 4 x TVs, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and one basket of logs inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Roadside parking
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, patio and seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles

The property

Find an ideal holiday base all-year-round at October Cottage, a beautifully renovated, stone-built cottage located right in the hustle and bustle of Middleton-in-Teesdale town centre, with the North Pennines AONB in sight.

Stroll along the charming town high street and into a welcoming abode, kicking off your walking boots and snuggling up in front of the woodburning stove as the auburn flames warm you up, ideal for a frosty winter's night in front of the TV.

Let the chef of the group take charge of the cooking in the spacious kitchen/diner, a quaint room with fantastic amenities to suit all your dining needs, as well as a gorgeous wooden dining table where family meals can be enjoyed.

From here, access the enclosed garden, boasting a large verdant lawn up several steps from a lovely patio area with seating, a lovely location to tuck into alfresco dining on a warm day, or to sip on a hot mug of morning coffee.

Make your way upstairs to choose between one of three stunning bedrooms, all featuring their own TV for a lazy morning or late night movie, ample storage and pretty décor.

Prepare for a day of adventure in the crisp white bathroom, boasting a sumptuous freestanding bath for a relaxing soak, as well as a separate large walk-in shower!

Step out of the cottage and into the atmospheric Pennine town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, filled with charming boutique shops, an independent coffee shop, and several eateries including a restaurant, a fish and chip shop and a charming café.

The town is in the perfect location to explore the North Pennines AONB, following the flowing River Tees over to cascading water features including High Force Waterfall, Gibson's Cave, Cauldron Snout and Low Force Waterfall, surrounded by an enchanting leafy forest for adventurous rambles.

Walkers who enjoy a challenge will love the wealth of rugged peaks, tall fells, and lush moorlands, hike, stroll or cycle up your choice of High Cup Nick, Hilton Fell, Mickle Fell, or Fendrith Hill.

Spend a day exploring the lively market town of Barnard Castle, roaming around a host of historical attractions including a 12th century castle offering breath-taking views over the Tess Gorge, as well as an even wider selection of highstreet shopping, antique stores, country pubs and fine dining, as well as the fantastic Bowes Museum and The Witham Arts Centre where you can catch a range of shows from theatre, festivals, music, comedy shows and films!

Other popular attractions worth visiting include Eggleston Hall and Gardens, Raby Castle, and the charming neighbouring village of Mickleton.

Delight in a fantastic escape to the North Pennines at October Cottage.

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About the location

MIDDLETON-IN-TEESDALE

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.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas