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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Perfect lodge with amazing views out the front."

    Unfortunately the noise from the road kept us awake at night and woke us up early. Other reviews saying it is quiet are clearly misleading.

    Thanks for the review, unfortunately the period you stayed was very windy which in turn brings extra noise , I do not feel previous guests have been trying to mislead anyone why would they. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary4.1Mar 2024

  • "Really lovely hosts, great facilities, beautiful countryside."

    I knocked one point off for the road noise but you can’t hear it when you’re in the hot tub or in the property. Bowes is a great base for exploring the very beautiful countryside, you’re pretty much half an hour max from anywhere. Lovely relaxing stay, thanks: )

    Thanks for the feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay in our log cabin Curlew. See you again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Feb 2024

  • "Perfect relaxing week away."

    Exactly as described, but views even more breathtaking. Will definitely return. Sue & Chris were friendly and recommended places to eat and visit.

    Thanks for the great feedback, it would be good to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Dec 2023

  • "Property was lovely , clean very tidy , hot tub was lovely and warm , surrounding scenery was spectacular, owner very friendly , they also gave us a bottle of procecoo to celebrate our engagement ."

    Will definitely be recommending to friends and family and definitely will be returning . Great weekend .

    Thank for taking the time to give us great feedback, we are glad you had a great stay in Curlew. And congratulations on your engagement. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leon5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cottage was excellent, the views were amazing !"

    !! The owners were helpful and friendly.

    Thanks for taking the time to give us great feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay in Curlew. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Oct 2023

  • "Extremely clean an comfortable, with amazing views, great for walking in the countryside"

    Thanks for the great feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay in Curlew. Maybe see you again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Sep 2023

  • "On entry , the log cabin has the Wow factor."

    After gazing around the interior , my eyes were drawn to the view outside . The cabin is perfectly positioned , to take in the panoramic views of the rolling fields , outside. We spent hours simply watching the array of birds , rabbits and sheep, literally on our doorstep. The icing on the cake , was the hot tub . We used it every day . We will be back.

    Thanks for the feedback, glad you had a good stay in Curlew. Look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leslie4.7Sep 2023

  • "We have just had an amazing stay at Curlew Bowes."

    We were extremely lucky with beautiful sunshine,however, this was a bonus on top of friendly professional hosts, very clean facilities and fabulous for our k9's. Our dogs were perfectly safe and enjoyed their beautiful view too! We have already elected to return. Strongly advise a stay here, locality perfect for venturing out and we certainly had nothing to complain about. Lizzie.

    Thank you Lizzie, We loved having all four of you stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again. Thank you for the lovely card too. I’m pleased to say the Swift brood have fledged successfully this weekend even with the rain! Best wishes Sue and Chris Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic, comfortable place with excellent views and relaxing hot tub."

    We will be back!! Hosts lovely :)

    Hi Sally, it was great to meet you both and thank you for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed yourselves, hope to see you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Aug 2023

  • "Absolutely fabulous week away."

    Owners were so welcoming and offered to store our frozen dog food, which was above and beyond. So friendly and knowledgeable about the area, with plenty on walking recommendations. The cabin was very clean and had everything required for a child out staycation.Would definitely come back.

    Thank you for your feedback Jason. It was great to meet you both, sorry the weather wasn’t a bit kinder to you! It would be good to see you again so you can do some more exploring. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Jul 2023

  • "Amazing lodge, very cosy, everthing you will need, amazing views with lots of wildlife on the doorstep, hot tub was a welcome bonus after a hard days walking, beautiful area lots to see and do, we will be back The owners Chris and Sue always around and have excellent knowlege of the area."

    Thank you for the great feedback, we are both very pleased you had a good stay in Curlew. Be nice to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a fabulous week."

    The photos do not do the place justice as they cannot portray the wonderful view from the property and the amazing calm way that stepping into it made us feel. Over the years we have stayed in many properties and Curlew counts as one of the best. The area is so picturesque, peaceful and uplifting. Sue and Chris were excellent hosts and could not do enough for us. We cannot wait to return.

    Thanks for the great feedback, it was nice to meet you both we look forward to seeing you on your return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2023

  • "Owners are very friendly super helpful, nothing is ever to much trouble."

    Lodge was perfect and provided everything you needed for a relaxing stay. The surrounding are beautiful and a most to explore and don't be afraid to drive and explore the coastline either. It is a break to kick back, relax and de-stress this is the ideal place.

    We are both very happy you enjoyed your stay with us in Curlew, thanks for taking the time to give feedback it helps us to make our guests stay memorable. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Jun 2023

  • "Chris and Sue made us very welcome at Curlew Lodge set in beautiful surroundings it was quite central for our stay as we were out exploring the area every day."

    It was pleasure to meet you both , we are happy you enjoyed your stay in Curlew. It’s always good when we get great feedback it makes what we do more rewarding. And thanks to Ralph he’s great. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic place and run by great couple so relaxing"

    Thanks for taking the time to give feedback, glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon4.7May 2023

  • "Stunning log cabin, gorgeous location would highly recommend."

    Thank you for the feedback we are glad you enjoyed your stay in Curlew. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martina5.0May 2023

  • "We had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay here with our 2 dogs."

    The lodge was set up perfectly by the owners who were both helpful and friendly but not intrusive. The area is quiet but great for walking and the short journey to Barnard Castle is well worth it where you can find shops, pubs and more nice walks !

    Thank you for taking the time give us such great feedback, we try very hard to make staying in Curlew a pleasant and relaxing stay. Hopefully see you again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2023

  • "Perfect base for a weeks walking."

    The lodge was spotless and everything required in the kitchen was provided. The "smart" TV struggles and buffers due to low wifi strength but that's just a minor fault. Hot tub was cleaned and maintained daily and a good pub and a rather quirky but nice social club were just a 10min walk.

    Thanks for the feedback, we have looked into the Wi-fi and hopefully it’s an improvement. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony4.7Mar 2023

  • "Excellent break at Curlew lodge The owners Chris and Sue are so nice and we’re there with the keys when we arrived It’s well equipped and very cozy The enclosed garden was ideal for our little dog to run around in The hot tub was amazing with lovely views We loved it so much we’ve booked for Xmas when we got back!"

    !!! See you then x

    We both pleased you enjoyed your stay in Curlew, it’s always nice when people take the time to give positive feedback. We look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Feb 2023

  • "The owners are lovely people, views are spectacular lots of lovely walks around the village."

    Local pub a five minute walk and Barnard Castle only ten minutes away in the car if you need any supplies. We will be booking again in the summer.

    Thank you for taking time to give us such great feedback. It would be great to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Feb 2023

  • "Had such a lovely weekend"

    Thank you for taking the time to give us great feedback, we are glad you had a good time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Sep 2022

  • "Chris and Sue are a lovely couple/owners."

    I ended up going on holiday alone with my pet but I throughly enjoyed it and nothing was too much trouble. The Cabin and views are beautiful. Lovely to of met you thank you Julie x

    Thank you Julie, it was good of you to take the time to give us such great feedback. We are both glad you enjoyed your stay in the cabin, Ted is brilliant nice to meet you both. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2022

  • "The property was spotlessly clean and well equipped."

    Private. Beautiful views and lovely walks.

    Thank you for the great feedback, we are pleased to here you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2022

  • "A little difficult to find as it isn't obvious which turn off to use."

    A little more info in the "directions" would resolve it. It's a really lovely property with lots of space and it's spotlessly clean. The property is also well equipped with everything you need - just bring food and drink (although you do get a bowl of coffee pods which was a welcome surprise) The hot tub is cleaned before every new visitor and is very relaxing with a lovely view. The view from the lounge and raised decking is really lovely too. Lovely place to sit in the early morning and evening. Finally, the host is very helpful and accommodating and nothing seems too much trouble. The only negative regarding location is the pub in the village is closed (Aug 22) so you need to travel 4 miles to Barnard Castle. Overall, a brilliant property with loads to visit nearby. The Pennine Way is only a few hundred yards away

    Thanks for the feedback, point taken re the entrance. As for the pub we looking forward to it reopening after its refit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Sep 2022

  • "The place would benefit from a dressing table with stool and some tongs in the kitchen would be good."

    Maybe a small welcome pack. Amazing place for a total chill out.

    Thanks for the feedback, your comments are noted. Welcome packs have been provided in the past but they weren’t used and got wasted. So we removed them. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Aug 2022

  • "Fantastic location and stunning scenery, owners were super friendly and hospitable towards us and our dogs."

    Hot tub is ace and well maintained, the wooden cabin is warm, cosy and everything you would want it to be. We will look forward to returning sooner rather than later.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback, we are both happy you enjoyed your stay in Curlew. Look forward to seeing you and the dogs again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2022

  • "Had a great stay in a lovely location - owners were really friendly and helpful and advised us on places to visit and walks we could go on nearby."

    Definitely would recommend to others. Easy to locate as well.

    Thanks for taking the time to give us feedback, we are happy you enjoyed your stay in Curlew. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Fabulous cabin with great facilities and spotlessly clean."

    We had a wonderful time. Thanks Jason and Sharron

    Great to here thanks for taking the time to give us feedback. We are glad you had a great stay in Curlew. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Jun 2022

  • "I spent the bank holiday weekend at this lodge with my husband and 2 dogs."

    It is a beautiful place with stunning views. The lodge was immaculate and far bigger than we were expecting. The hot tub was great. We were made to feel very welcome and wished we could've stayed longer. There are some beautiful walks close by. Bowes is very quiet so if you like walking, but not much else then this is the place. My only negative would be that there would've been somewhere closer to the lodge to let the dogs off lead. The lodge itself is very dog friendly and had a small area for them to toilet, but would've preferred them to have a run so we didn't have to get up and take them out so early. Will hopefully return soon

    Thanks for taking the time to give us some great feedback, we are happy you enjoyed your stay. Hopefully see you again . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2022

  • "Enjoyed my stay, the owner was very helpful, facilities were good and the Jacuzzi was excellent."

    Thank you

    We are happy that you had a great stay in Curlew, thanks for taking the time to give us feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by M5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great hosts, loved the property!"

    Hot tub was amazing, great facilities & well equipped. Bathroom was brilliant, loved the whole interior & design of the lodge. Super dog friendly, he had a great time as did we! There were some lovely walks right on the doorstep, highly recommended!

    Pleased to here you had a great time staying in Curlew, always good to get feedback thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great hosts and great facilities, hosts were very accommodating and were only a text or phone call away if there were any issues, which there wasn’t."

    Nice location and dog friendly. Would definitely go again.

    Great to here you had a good time even though the weather was challenging at times. Be good to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Damon5.0Feb 2022

  • "This is a lovely, well-equipped property with a wonderful aspect of the beautiful countryside which surrounds it and well situated for interesting places to visit."

    Our pup had a great time chasing the numerous rabbits in the snow. Unfortunately, our stay coincided with the aftermath of storm Arwen and we were with without power for the first three nights of our stay. It did not hamper our enjoyment too much however (a camping stove and some hot water bottles helped!) The owners, Chris and Sue were very helpful and kept us fully informed at all times. When the power eventually came back, Chris wasted no time getting the hot tub ready for us. It was much appreciated! We hope to revisit in the Spring and use it as a convenient half-way stop for a trip to Scotland.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Nov 2021

  • "Such a beautiful place to stay."

    Was more than what we were expecting. Lovely walks for the dogs and local to shops. The only let down was the bed was no overly comfortable but other than that it was great.

    Reviewed by Ashleigh4.7Nov 2021

  • "The property was lovely and clean and the bed was extremely comfortable."

    The views from the lodge were lovely. The hot tub was great after a long walk. We had a fantastic time and everything was so peaceful and just perfect. The host was friendly and helpful. We will definitely be coming back

    Reviewed by Levena5.0Nov 2021

  • "Absolutely fabulous, amazing views, just what we needed for our mini moon after a busy couple of weeks."

    We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Gail4.7Oct 2021

  • "Fantastic lodge and a great location."

    Accommodation was just as described. Hosts met us on arrival, and showed us around the lodge. Extra towels, hair dryer, limited tea, coffee and sugars were available on arrival.

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Sep 2021

  • "Chalet was lovely, with superb views, plenty of local walks."

    Owner gave us very useful suggestions about places to visit, restaurants etc. Hot tub was great. very well maintained.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely and very clean accommodation in a stunning location."

    Attentive hosts ,without being intrusive. Very thoughtfull that nessesities to get you going are provided . Coffee ,tea ,toilet rolls, dishwasher tables etc Far enough away from it all but within traveling distance of shops. I would consider booking again late or early season. It would not be somewhere I would book in hot weather . The bedroom is incredibly hot even during the cool nights we were there . If air con was installed in the bedroom ,this would be a definite summer staycation for us .

    Reviewed by Dorothy4.4Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday, Sue and Chris are brilliant hosts."

    The view from the cabin is stunning. We took our 2 Persians with us and they enjoyed the little garden. It was unseasonably hot when we visited so if you are planning on visiting in the summer take a fan. I believe they are planning on putting a freezer and washing machine in a communal area as the site isn't completed yet. Bowes village is great for a walk, the nearest town is Barnard Castle, lovely tea shops and cafes. Some gorgeous walks can be done right from the cabin as the Pennine way is literally opposite. It was a lovely holiday and we'll definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Jul 2021

  • "Such a lovely cabin and met with such friendly hosts."

    Thank you Chris and Sue had a fantastic break. Highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Jill & Dave5.0Jul 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • 1 x king-size
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Please note; This property only accepts week long bookings in August & September
  • Oil fired central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Enclosed area with decking and hot tub
  • Ample off-road parking available
  • Up to two well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Between January and March this property only accepts a maximum of 4 nights

The property

Resting in the medieval village of Bowes is this detached lodge, Curlew.

Set over a single-storey and sleeping two guests, Curlew is a ideal and desirable dwelling for your next getaway to County Durham, within easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and North Pennines Area of AONB.

Off-road parking is available before you enter the property, via the decking, straight into an open-plan living space which allows you to enjoy a home-cooked meal around the table, cooked in the amply-equipped kitchen with a handy dishwasher, or flick on the TV as you bagsy a space on the sofa.

Carrying on through the property there is one king size bedroom where you can escape to when the evening draws to a close, as well as a shower room.

For a pleasing countryside getaway to County Durham, choose Curlew.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 963702 and 963684 together sleeping up to eight guests.

If you wish to book a stay above 7 nights, please call us before placing the booking so we can understand the reason for the stay.

The Laurels At Bowes

Set in the charming village of Bowes, resting on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are a pair of well-presented, single-storey cottages, providing an exceptional self-catering experience for groups of couples, friends and families looking to explore this part of the county. The two lodges enjoy a superb interior design, containing everything you could possibly need to enjoy a holiday with loved ones. From here, you can look forward to meandering the village of Bowes, home to the medieval castle built within the perimeter of the former Roman fort and the breath-taking Mill Force. Within the village, you will find a choice two endearing pubs, where you can linger over a pint at the end of a long countryside walk. Alternatively, just a short drive away is the town of Barnard Castle, which also boasts a medieval castle as well as cobbled streets, yards and back lanes that were originally laid in the 12th century, as well as a larger selection of great places to shop, drink and dine. Within easy reach of the Bowes Museum, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines AONB, with the beautiful High Force waterfall, there is certainly lots of things to do within the area. This excellent group of lodges is sure to complete a perfect getaway to County Durham.

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

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About the location


Barnard Castle 4 miles.

The pretty village of Bowes is situated amid the unspoilt countryside of Teesdale, in County Durham. The village boasts a traditional old pub and has a long history dating back to the Romans. Its most famous landmark is Bowes Castle, built on the site of the original Roman fort soon after the Norman Conquest. Bowes also has a significant connection with Charles Dickens and Dotheboys Hall in the heart of the village is believed to have been the inspiration for Nicholas Nickleby. Nearby is the market town of Barnard Castle, whose medieval ruins still tower over the river and are well worth a visit. The town itself boasts cobbled streets, yards and back lanes that were originally laid in the 12th Century. Within easy reach are the Bowes Museum, Pennine and Teesdale Ways, the River Tees and the magnificent waterfalls at High Force.

Please note, this property is adults only.

Please be aware that this property does not accept Sunday check-ins during August or September.

Please note; This property only accepts week long bookings in August & September
Please note: Between January and March this property only accepts a maximum of 4 night bookings

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas