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The Old Smithy

(Ref. 1062818)

Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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13 Customer Reviews

  • "It was just as advertised no problems we had a nice stay Thank You"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2024

  • "Had a gorgrous stay at the property, adequate space and equipment for everyone, very comfortable beds and Barnard Castle is a lovely place to visit."

    My only critisism of the property is that the front room is quite cold. with just one small radiator and the door onto the street directly in the room we found it so cold. Perhaps install an electric fire in there?.

    Reviewed by Kendra4.7Nov 2023

  • "The previous guests were still at the property when we arrived at 5pm Property ..."

    The previous guests were still at the property when we arrived at 5pm Property dirty and not cleaned Very poor to non working wifi

    Reviewed by Emma1.3Sep 2023

  • "Had a three week stay which was enjoyable."

    That said there was an issue with the cleanliness. Mainly the kitchen. We are not people to bother others so just bought cleaning bits and sorted it ourselves. Upstairs was clean, as we say it was the kitchen. If the owners would like some feedback then crumbs on the top of the toaster. The utensil pot was greasy on the outside, not washed for a long time. The hob had not been completely taken apart and cleaned. And the floor was quite grubby, especially under the breakfast bar. However we know we left it all done. The court yard and its enjoyment by people who stay it is not clear enough. The courtyard belongs to one of the neighbours and is not for the use of The Old Smithy. You can sit around the edge of it though and have ample space under the arch to sit out. Do not be put off as I am sure the owners will address the above and the location is fantastic for exploring Barnard Castle.

    Reviewed by Paul3.4May 2023

  • "Had a wonderful stay at the Old Smithy!"

    I stayed with 7 other family members and the house was super spacious even with all those people. Each room is beautifully appointed and has its own personality and the kitchen is very big too when making food for the whole family. The games room downstairs is a nice touch and the younger ones in our family enjoyed it especially! The host was also really hospitable and super quick to reply to any texts and even checked in with us an hour before we arrived to make sure we were okay. We couldn’t find any hand soaps or shampoos/body washes provided or any condiments such as salt, pepper. So please ensure to bring them with in case. 10/10 stay will likely be back next time we’re up this way!

    Reviewed by Lucas4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had an amazing stay at The Old Smithy for my mams 60th birthday."

    Before arriving the owner called me who was so lovely! She gave me information about the house and the surrounding areas for dog walks, shops ect. The cottage itself was clean, tidy and very spacious. It fit our party of 8 and 2 dogs in quite nicely. We had a lovely welcome gift of wine and chocolates which we were not expecting. It is a 2 minute walk to Morrisons and just a few extra minutes to reach the shops/ pubs. There are a few walks around the area which i wish i had more time to check out but the loaction is perfect. There is a parking space under the arch which you can just say fit 2 cars in, the street was quite full of parked cars but if you find a space parking is all free. Free wifi however, we could not connect so i had to message the owner for the password. She replied immediately to help. All in all, the stay was great. I cannot fault the house or the owner! Would definitley stay again

    Reviewed by Janine5.0Mar 2023

  • "Excellent stay, friendly approachable owners."

    Wonderful hosting skills, nothing was too much trouble. Great location in central Barnard Castle. Don’t let the vicinity of Morrisons put you off, access is through a cute little courtyard. Living room is a little on the small side for the number of bedrooms but it comfortably fit 8 adults, 2 dogs and a toddler. Games room is a nice touch. Would stay again!

    Reviewed by Dominic5.0Dec 2022

  • "We usually book a holiday for Christmas every year and we've honestly never had an experience that was as lovely as that we've enjoyed at The Old Smithy."

    From the beautiful bedrooms to the great family lounge, the games room, and the lovely kitchen the house has all that you need for a really excellent family trip. A special thank you to our hosts Zoe and Nick who were available when we needed them, made our Christmas extra special with all of their little touches and decorations, and could not have been kinder or more helpful. The only reason we'd hesitate to recommend The Old Smithy is that it means it'll be as popular as it deserves to be - and that means it'll be harder for us to book up a return visit. This really is a fantastic holiday cottage and a great place to explore lovely Barnard Castle and the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Dec 2022

  • "We’ve had a horrible stay."

    On arrival we were very surprised by the outside and location of it as it’s not as advertised. The photo is showing a rear door which isn’t used as a door at all making out like that’s the entrance in the photos. On entering the property we could see straight away that the house hadn’t been cleaned to a reasonable standard, toilets, bathroom floors and bins were filthy with mud all over, bedrooms and living room were thick of dust and muck even causing us to sneeze all the time and one of our party had an asthma attack! We had to go and buy cleaning products and take the time to clean. Carpets marked and dirty to the point where we wouldn’t let anything on the ground, walls full of dirty marks. No sweeping brush or vacuum. The cellar which is advertised as a games room is what I can only call a hazard with the stairs and smell of damp and not very nice down there at all. Outside there is no area for children and dogs which is a huge surprise when you’re welcome to take 3 dogs and it said in the description there was a patio area. There is a large bench blocking the front door which is just an eyesore and filthy and took up so much room. There was a stuffed crow which was hideous and not in the pictures along with a huge stuffed fish in a glass cabinet on the living room wall! Not a great use of the space at all, the layout of the kitchen was so tight and not being able to eat together or even facing one another was far from what we expected. pictures did not give an accurate expectation of the limited space. The place is not at all suitable for 8 people and 3 dogs. We couldn’t wait to leave!!

    The photograph are chosen by sykes, which are being reviewed. In regard to the cleanliness, if this was raised during your time at the property we would have acted on this and re-cleaned the property. However, we have addressed this and have a new cleaner. The piece of crow art has now been removed. The bench has been resolved and shouldn't have been blocking the door. There is enough room for three dogs, but we will reduce this to two dogs welcome and third on request. The patio area is limited so would recommend taking dogs on walks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne1.3Apr 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable accommodation."

    Plenty of room for all the family. Really cosy evenings with subtle lighting and cosy sofas. Beautifully fitted kitchen and lots of glasses and plates. Great little games room. Beds were all really comfortable and a really clean and modern bathroom. Highly recommend to anyone holidaying in this beautiful part of the country.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Oct 2021

  • "No washing machine as listed on the site, which was a major issues for us as we didn’t have enough clothes for the week!"

    We never book accommodation without a washing machine. The owner told us it was Sykes is fault. Also within an hour of us leaving the house on the last day we were accused of leaving dog poo and breaking a bed. We are yet to see evidence of this which we know doesn’t exist! Disappointed in how Sykes accused us without asking for this evidence. We have used Sykes before and been happy but this has left a bitter taste.

    Thank you for bringing the washing machine issue to our attention, you'll be pleased to learn that one has recently been installed. Please accept our apologies as this was not something under our radar. With reference to your comments about the damages, these were documented with Sykes and due to us shopping around, we managed to reduce costs significantly to avoid yourself further costs. Best wishes, The Owners of 17 King Street Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne2.5Aug 2021

  • "Inaccuracies in listing eg no washing machine…which was annoying with 4 small kids."

    Listing also says that the cottage accommodates 8 people and whilst there are enough beds, there are not enough chairs for everyone to eat/sit at the same time.

    Reviewed by Kate3.4Aug 2021

  • "We loved the location of the property as it was central and within walking distance to the town and the castle."

    No parking facilities but we never struggled to find a parking spot on the street out the front of the property. The living room was missing a lamp or two as was pretty dark but we just moved a bedroom lamp in there to brighten it up in the evening to make it more cosey. The decor in the house was fab! We had fresh new towels delivered to us on arrival and milk and bread left in the kitchen which was so thoughtful. I would definitely recommend this property

    Reviewed by Charlotte3.8Jun 2021

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 2 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Lower-ground-floor games room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome, with a third welcome on request
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile Please note: This property only accepts Saturday check ins, if you would like to request another day to check in please contact Sykes Cottages - 01244 345700

The property

Settled in the historic market town of Barnard Castle, County Durham, is this fantastic, terraced house, The Old Smithy.

Enjoying a superb location within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the town’s local amenities and attractions right on your doorstep, The Old Smithy is a wonderful dog-friendly choice for a couples, friends, and families.

Step into your new home from home, where you will find an inviting sitting room with plush sofas and a TV, a perfect space for relaxing with loved ones after an adventure filled day.

Continue through to the spacious kitchen/diner, featuring a beautiful central island and all the appliances you need to whip up family favourites, ready to enjoy over bottles of celebratory fizz.

Head down to the lower-ground-floor, where you will find a games room, equipped with a handy washing machine, and a pool table so you can challenge your loved ones to a game.

Follow the stairs up to the first floor, where you will find a contemporary bathroom, so you can indulge in a leisurely soak or shower at the end of the day, before retiring to one of four beautifully appointed and generous bedrooms, three doubles, one with en-suite shower room, and a twin.

Explore the town, where you can visit the remarkable Barnard Castle, enjoy wildlife rich walks through the Deepdale Nature Reserve, tour the Bowes Museum, home to the 247-year-old Silver Swan, test out your swing at the excellent Barnard Castle Golf Club, or treat your loved ones to a meal out at the popular Three Horseshoes, Valentines Restaurant, and Capri restaurant, followed by drinks at Crobar.

Continue onto Staindrop, where you will find the esteemed Raby Castle, surrounded by a deer park and features a café and shop, or venture further to Bishop Auckland, where you will find a magnificent castle, a fantastic golf club, and the renowned annual event of Kynren, an award-winning outdoor theatre spectacular not to be missed!

For scenic hikes and walks, venture into the North Pennines AONB, where you will find the stunning waterfalls of High Force and Low Force, Cauldron Snout, and the scenic point of Cross Fell which views of the Lake District at its top.

For a taste of city life, take a day trip to Durham, home to an impressive cathedral, the National Trust – Crook Hall Gardens, Durham Castle, and the Michelin Star restaurant of Finbarr’s.

Experience the Yorkshire Dales like never before with a stay at The Old Smithy.

The surrounding grounds of this property is limited , dogs will need to be walked rather than let out in this property.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Staindrop 6 miles; Richmond 13 miles; Darlington 16 miles; Durham 20 miles.

The market town of Barnard Castle is situated in the unspoilt countryside of Teesdale in County Durham. It stands on the site of an ancient Roman fort which crosses the river. The medieval ruins of the castle still tower over the river and are well worth a visit. Known affectionately as 'Barney’ by residents and visitors alike, the town boasts cobble streets, yards and back lanes, which were first laid out in the 12th century. The nearby Bowes Museum is well worth a visit and a wonderful way to spend a day wandering around this beautiful building and experiencing the fascinating exhibitions. Beautiful walking country is right on the doorstep of this lovely market town, with woodland walks and cycle routes and the Lake District, the Pennine and Teesdale Ways, and the River Tees and magnificent waterfalls at High Force are all within easy reach.

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The surrounding grounds of this property is limited , dogs will need to be walked rather than let out in this property.

Please note: This property only accepts Saturday check ins, if you
would like to request another day to check in please contact Sykes Cottages - 01244 345700

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas