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Bell House Barn

(Ref. 957972)

Staindrop, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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82 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful house, well thought out and lovely views."

    So quiet and peaceful. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Feb 2024

  • "Had an absolutely wonderful stay, perfect for our family get together and birthday celebration."

    The house was immaculate with a very well equipped kitchen. The views are beautiful and the dog/kids loved playing in the paddock. We were warmly welcomed by Angela who was on hand throughout our stay, yet everything went so well. We would certainly return and recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Jan 2024

  • "Lovely property with plenty of space for all of us."

    However not quite the level of luxury we were hoping for given the expense. The lack of soap, shampoo etc from the bathrooms was surprising and disappointing. Happy with the free cake but the lack of coffee pods was a real shame, especially as the local shop didn't stock them. At least leave a few to keep everyone going until we go to a supermarket.

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Dec 2023

  • "We have just returned from Bell House Barn."

    The property was amazing just like previous reviews had stated. It was clean and tidy and had everything that you needed for a weekend break. We took our dogs and the paddock was perfect for the pooches to stretch their legs. We also found recommended walks in a folder which we tried and enjoyed then relax in the hot tub was needed. Thank you Angela who maintained the property during our stay. We will definitely be retuning soon.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay, lovely setting and beautifully clean."

    We all said we could of happily stayed longer!

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Oct 2023

  • "Absolutely stunning property!"

    We had an amazing weekend in this gorgeous house. Easy to get to in a beautiful peaceful location ❤️

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2023

  • "The Barn was exactly as advertised and the four days spent there absolutely wizzed by despite the fact we did absolutely nothing other than admire the fantastic views."

    Little Dog who came with us is still recovering from exploring the gardens round the building with the added bonus of his own paddock as well If we had a property like this would certainly not be renting out Thank you

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7Sep 2023

  • "Bell House Barn was exactly as shown on the website."

    Very clean, tidy and well looked after. Housekeeper Angela very friendly and helpful. There were 7 of us including 2 teenage boys who loved playing football in the paddock. Beautiful and spacious garden with views to die for! No proper hanging space in 2 upstairs bedrooms which was a bit awkward. Really recommend this gorgeous house to anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Aug 2023

  • "The property was absolutely stunning and matched every picture on the site, its was incredibly clean and stocked with all the normal things you'd expect plus a well stocked kitchen that had plenty of pans, cutlery, cocktail jugs."

    The views are incredible and every day we saw various birds, rabbits and hares around the surrounding fields which just made it a really special experience waking up each morning, or when sitting in the hot tub and watching the sun set. As well as all the lovely walks in the area that was quite a but to see and do if youre willing to drive. Barnard Castle was just a 15min drive away, as was High Force waterfall. If your up for a longer drive you a can do a day trip to either York or Whitby which take about 1hr 20mins, both of which we did. All of this was amazing but the one thing that really made this trip was Angela the host; She was there waiting for us when we arrived and was immediately made us feel at home with her big smiles and easy going personality, she had us laughing from the get go. She showed us everything we needed to know and was always available on text if we needed anything, twice on the holiday I messaged her, one of which was after 9pm, and both times she replied immediately despite this not being her full time job. She has by far been the best host ive ever dealt with and I hope she's still there when I come back, as I will definitely be coming back!

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful house and grounds."

    Stayed for 7 nights and we cannot think of anything more that could enhance our stay. The sunny weather was a bonus too so if anything sun loungers would have been handy Housekeeper could not be more helpful and we look forward to returning later this year. Bell House Barn is in our top 3 UK holidays Excellent location for dogs who loved every minute too

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "Amazing accommodation for family Christmas get together."

    Bell House Barn was everything we expected and more. From the minute we arrived we were greeted with a warm, friendly welcome from Angela who ran us through all the ins and outs of the house and its facilities. A lovely welcome pack with prosecco, fresh bread, chocolates, Yule log, truffle, coffee as well as milk in the fridge got us off to a good start before our shopping arrived later that evening. It was also nice to have a Christmas tree and some festive decorations too. The house itself had everything we needed for 8 adults, a one year old and a dog. Big comfy sofa (too comfy for some as it was difficult to get out of). Kitchen was ideal with plenty seating, TV, sound system and enough dishes for home made meals. Extra toilet off the kitchen with washing machine was a bonus in addition to the two bathrooms. Bedrooms were all comfortable and nicely decorated. Underfloor heating kept the property warm and cosy and each room could be individually heated to your desired temperature although we really didn’t need to change it. The hot tub was a bonus and even in December was lovely sitting in there looking at the stars. The paddock at the side of the house was brilliant for the dog she loved going out there for a run and every time we opened the back door she ran right to the gate ready for her run about. Nice to have some treats and a toy and ball left for her too she loved the squeaky bone (thank you). Surrounding Area A short 4 min drive to the village of Staindrop which was lovely, nice for a wee walk. There you will find a pub, Spar shop, newsagent, butcher and coffee shop (which unfortunately was closed due to it being Christmas). Barnard Castle is about 10 mins in the car and lots of little quaint gift shops and places to eat. Can recommend Penny’s for coffee and cake, The Three Horseshoes for lunch or dinner. Lovely walk around Flatts Wood. Mainsgill Farm Shop (20 mins drive) is well worth a visit wish we had found it sooner. Lovely café, plenty in the gift shop, homewear, clothing, food etc. Outside play area although was squelching with mud when we were there. Lots of animals for the kids. Overall we had a fantastic stay here over Christmas and will be recommending to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Dec 2022

  • "Amazing place to stay, well equipped with everything you will need, it's like home from home."

    House keeper friendly and always available if needed. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely spacious house with great grounds and hot tub."

    The real gem is Angela, who is an absolute star and she made our stay. From her friendly welcome, to being able to drop her a line if we had a question, nothing was too much for her. Thanks ever so much!

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Bell House Barn."

    The house is a home away from home with every detail thought about, and the hot tub is such a brilliant touch which is well positioned to enjoy the surrounding views. Angela was lovely and a welcome face to have around, very helpful and friendly - a real gem! The kids had so much space to play games or just chill out. It’s so peaceful and tranquil there and all of us didn’t want to leave - we will definitely be booking to come back one day. Thank you for a such a memorable holiday!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2022

  • "A wonderful barn conversion, with some of the best facilities we have ever seen ."

    A delightful housekeeper who is very helpful, and nothing was to much trouble. The situation was ideal for many walks and places of interest . The hot tub was a lovely feature and very relaxing . All in all a great experience for us all

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2022

  • "Bell House Barn is a very nice and Cottage for a perfect holiday."

    Reviewed by Rainer5.0May 2022

  • "Honestly had a fabulous time and will probably take our family back if we get a chance… The photos don’t do the property any justice it was a really great place to stay filled with top quality fixtures and fittings throughout."

    . Ang the housekeeper was great also…… There are some fantastic places to eat as well!!! Cross keys and Hamsterley is top quality

    Reviewed by Tom5.0May 2022

  • "Bell House Barn is a truly lovely and beautiful barn set in a charming countryside location."

    The accommodation is extremely comfortable and well appointed. The gardens and adjacent paddock are so peaceful and incredible useful if you have dogs in your party. The views from the property are excellent and the hot tub is a luxury with some of the best views of the surrounding countryside. The area is great for walking and sightseeing. The barn is so clean and very comfortable. The welcome hamper is a lovely touch and Angela the housekeeper is so friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble. We have booked again for next year, our only hesitation was the steep increase in price for next year, but we decided it was worth it for such a lovely, peaceful relaxing holiday. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Apr 2022

  • "Had a fantastic stay, property was clean and spacious."

    The outside area was perfect as we had gorgeous weather would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Mar 2022

  • "All round a brilliant holiday accommodation."

    Couldn’t complain!! Gorgeous property, facilities brilliant and such a peaceful break away! Any issues Angela is very speedy to assist and help resolve any issues. 1000% recommend and would definitely stay again!!

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jan 2022

  • "Stunning house and grounds fully equipped for perfect getaway."

    We couldn’t recommend it highly enough!! Thank you for a wonderful stay!

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Jan 2022

  • "The property was lovely and location just perfect for us and the dogs!"

    ! Maybe a bit pricey for this time of year though so wouldn’t return for this reason only.

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Oct 2021

  • "Bell House Barn far exceeded our expectations."

    The quality of the fixtures and fittings was superb. There were so many extra little touches- they really had thought of everything. Thank you for making it a fabulous weekend.

    Reviewed by Liesel5.0Oct 2021

  • "This holiday let is by far the best we have ever stayed in."

    The setting is idyllic so peaceful and stunning views. The hot tub was very clean and the whole family thoroughly enjoyed it. The extra paddock area was fantastic for our dog and she loved chasing the kids around it. We did sadly have an issue with a wasps nest in the main garden so was unable to use it to its full potential but Angela and the owner were trying to rectify this it didn’t bother us in the hot tub, but we had to keep the doors from the house to the garden closed. We used the charcoal bbq but unfortunately the previous people who used it had not cleaned it after use nor had they the coffee machine, so we did have to clean a few bits before use. However the rest of the property was spotless the bedding towels and soft furnishings are of very high quality (as are the beds… so comfy) The couple of issues mentioned above were sorted quickly and it would not stop us booking Bell house barn again, it’s absolutely stunning the pictures don’t really do it justice.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely family stay at Bell House Barn."

    The garden and paddock were perfect for kids and dogs, whilst the hot tub was great for the adults. Very clean property and Angela was a friendly and attentive housekeeper.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great house in an idyllic setting."

    Angela was very helpful and is there should you require anything. We asked about a Chef and Angela got this sorted for us. Lee was amazing and a great addition to our fabulous break. What more do you want whilst on holiday; someone to cook for you! Can’t wait to go back and throughly recommend

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was of excellent standard , very clean and well maintained, beautiful views from the cottage, and in an very quiet rural location."

    Angela the housekeeper was so helpful and kind , thank you Trevor for the welcome pack of goodies and Prosecco for my wife’s birthday, very thoughtful. We are going to visit again , the property is so outstanding in so many ways, loved the hot tub .

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2021

  • "Cottage very high standard."

    Housekeeper very helpful and was very quick to answer any queries that we had. Surrounding area beautiful and would definitely rent this place again

    Reviewed by Natalie4.7Jun 2021

  • "An amazing property set in the most idyllic surroundings."

    Very much a safe haven for the kids. The property had over and above what we needed as a home from home. Kitchen fully stocked and lots of room to not get under each others feet. Angela the housekeeper is super friendly and very helpful. I would definitely return with the family. Lots of lovely places to visit on the doorstep too. A great location

    Reviewed by Amy4.7May 2021

  • "We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our second stay at Bell House Barn, it’s a lovely place to relax and recharge."

    We love the fact that there is so much outdoor space (our Labrador had a great time exploring) and the surrounding area is beautiful with far reaching views, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, peace and quiet. All home comforts are catered for inside the barn, everything clean and of a high standard, lovely. We would definitely like to book again, secure in the knowledge that we can chill out from the moment we arrive. Angela is a lovely lady and very efficient caretaker.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0May 2021

  • "Fantastic accommodation and service from Sykes will definitely be back"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2021

  • "This was the cleanest holiday cottage that we've ever stayed in - it was immaculate."

    Angela the housekeeper went out of her way to help and answer any questions that we had. The cottage had everything that we wanted and was well equipped throughout. It was simply a joy to stay there and we would love to return.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Apr 2021

  • "Really high standard property with excellent TV and sound around the house."

    Totally enclosed large garden with it's own field and a lovely hot tub. The house and grounds are yours for the week with no neighbours which makes it special.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "The barn was stunning and set in beautiful surroundings."

    It has all you need including an open plan kitchen, dinner and a hot tub which was a huge bonus. Angela, the housekeeper, was really helpful and was at hand to answer any of our queries throughout our visit. A lovely lady! We would definitely recommend this place.

    Reviewed by Danielle4.7Aug 2020

  • "Bell House Barn was a fantastic property to stay at."

    The inside was spacious, immaculately clean and wonderful comforts (which were thoroughly appreciated due to awful weather during our stay) We loved all the extras that make a holiday special such as the welcome hamper and robes and slippers. Angela was the perfect person to welcome us and was extremely helpful.. The hot tub was a hit with the family and great to have a roof /dry area with the weather as it was. The outside space was lovely too. I imagine it would be great to sit out in the sunnier evenings. Plenty to see locally we loved Barnard Castle and walks along the river. Highly recommend . We will be back

    Reviewed by Angharad5.0Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic week away with the family."

    The barn is absolutely beautiful very well maintained and clean. Would highly recommend staying here great base for trips. Staindrop is walking distance from the barn however its on country roads so not ideal with young children

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Aug 2020

  • "Bell House Barn is a lovely house set in beautiful countryside."

    The owner's attention to detail and the standard of furniture and fittings is the best we have seen in our many cottage holidays. Angela, the house manager, was very attentive and prepared the property and hot tub to the highest possible standard.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had such a wonderful stay at Bell House Barn!"

    Firstly, Angela was extremely helpful and friendly, keeping us updated with the weather on our journey there and being immediately on hand for anything we needed. The house itself is beautifully finished with so many modern touches such as smart tv’s, underfloor heating and a fantastic Sonos speaker system throughout the house which is really unique! Everything was spotless and the welcome hamper, dressing gowns and slippers were really appreciated added extras too! The property is surrounded by stunning views and the well maintained garden and paddock is a lovely bonus. Also we have to mention the hot tub and which is fantastic and a great place to relax even in the cold February weather, a brilliant addition to the property!! There’s lots to do and see in the surrounding areas come rain or shine, we enjoyed walks to the local village of Staindrop and further on to Raby Castle and we were able to easily visit the High Force waterfall from the property. Overall, I’d recommend Bell House Barn to everyone and we are already looking at dates to come back and visit again! Thank you very much!

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Feb 2020

  • "This property is just amazing!"

    If relaxation and luxury is what you are looking for this is the place to go! We have never been as impressed with a holiday home, the original features mixed with modern technology is out of this world! The cottage has a Super surround system with speakers throughout The house! You can even connect to the system to play all your favourite music! The cottage is located in amazing surroundings, with beautiful views from every room.We found an array of leaflets with all the perfect places for families off all ages to visit. Overall an amazing place and wonderful service would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Feb 2020

  • "A beautiful house in an idyllic setting, this should have been the perfect family setting for some relaxation and tranquility."

    Due to visiting friends in York prior to our stay, we made an early request directly to extend our stay and arrive on the Sunday to avoid a hotel stay. This was agreed without any issues for an additional cost, sadly we now wish we had just booked a hotel. We arrived to a beautiful house, with a thoughtful welcome basket. However, we then had a really uncomfortable couple of days as the house had obviously not been occupied prior to our arrival and had not been prepared. We arrived with our two young children on a cold stormy afternoon, it was bitterly cold, there was very little hot water and were told the hot tub would not be ready until the Monday as it wasn’t up to temperature. We contacted Angela who was helpful and came out to the property, and bought some electric heaters. We spent two nights remaining cold under extra throws and blankets, and could not have a bath until Tuesday evening (2 days after arrival) as the bathrooms were so cold. From then on the property warmed up )though be warned the upstairs rooms were still not warm), we had hot water and our stay was more comfortable - however, when you pay £1200 for 5 night stay, this is not the standard to expect. There was little attention to detail - no dishwasher tablets, no spare toilet roll so we had to go and buy these, and there were lovely candle holders by the bath but empty tea lights. The property is isolated up a long drive and we were not informed of any visitors, so imagine our surprise when in the space of two days a window cleaner, and a gardener arrived! Neither of which knocked out of courtesy to let us know who they were or why they were there, fortunately my husband warned me that the window cleaner was by our bedroom window before I stood by the window unclothed after a shower or this would have been mortifying. These property upkeeping visits should bot be done when people are letting out the house, I strongly advise in future they are done on change over days or with prior consent, particularly given the property is so isolated - we had no idea who these men were at first, and it left us unsettled. On reading reviews, this may not be a common experience- but unfortunately the poor preparation of the property had a big impact on the comfort of our stay and did not reflect the cost of our stay by far. The property itself is generally well cared for and clean, the outside gated field is perfect for children and dogs. Can I please strongly recommend a tumble dryer be purchased!! For such a high tech, well equipped house - this is lacking, with extra loads of washing due to unwell children and hot tub use- drying clothes in cold wet windy weather was an absolute nightmare!

    Bell House Barn is a unique luxury barn conversion in an idyllic setting where we try and do our upmost to make it both a pleasant enjoyable and memorable stay, on this occasion not the way we wanted but the amount of returning guests and positive feedback we do receive makes us strive ever harder. I am so pleased that the welcome pack hit the spot, as we understand that some of our guests travel a lot of miles to get to the Bell House Barn and we want them to enjoy every minute. I am sorry to hear you had a negative experience but bearing in mind you turned up in gale force winds at the height Storm Denis, after speaking to the housekeeper the house was totally prepared for yourselves. There had been other guest who had just left earlier that same day with no heating or hot water problems whatsoever, and other guests are now in there with no problems with either. It was a real shame that your children were ill on the first evening though I know Angela ran about bringing you fresh bedding and towels taking the others away, as well as bringing heaters to try to make your stay more comfortable and was always happy to offer any assistance where possible. After reading the exchanged messages there seemed little problem and you being ever so thankful. I can only assume you are not familiar with an air source heating system and how it works, the whole ground floor is underfloor heating , each room with a thermostat which are all adjustable, bedrooms set at 17degrees a comfortable sleeping temperature bearing in mind there is also bedspreads and throw throughout the home and the other rooms downstairs are all set at 21 degrees, the upstairs bedrooms have oversized radiators which never get hot to touch not like gas central heating but there are more than adequate for those rooms. I have read the text messages between you and the housekeeper, she did bring you more heaters up as soon as she could, and checked all the thermostats that day, which she adjusted only slightly. The hot water it is set to run 24hrs so there should always be hot water, plus you were shown where the hot water boost button is on arrival if ever needed, as there is two oversized luxury baths and if both are used there may be a short fall in hot water or if you are all showering before a big night out if there is 8 of you but hasn’t happened before now, As for the hot tub not being ready, it was emptied and deep cleaned prior to your arrival as with every change over day and yes unfortunately it takes time even more so in those stormy conditions to reach operating temperature again. There are toilet rolls left in every toilet with a spare ones in the cupboard. Sorry you don’t feel this is enough. Dishwasher tablets are always supplied. The tealights were placed there by other guests and we left them more for decoration purposes, we don’t provide the tealights as they could potential prove to be a fire risk. The window cleaners are instructed only to clean the windows on a changeover days but the weather doesn’t always allow this to happen but granted they should have made their presence known. There job is difficult at this time of year. As for the gardener that’s my fault, I had requested that he plant lots of snowdrops for me for the guest to enjoy but unfortunately trans planted plants need replanting immediately or so I’m told, sorry. I take on board about your comments about the drying of towels at this time of year of year and I will endeavour to find a place for a dryer or supply more towels. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare3.4Feb 2020

  • "Location location location- views from Bell House Barn were fantastic."

    Very close to many famous landmarks eg Barnard Castle, Raby Castle, High Force ( don’t miss a visit to High Force). Couldn’t fault Bell House Barn for its facilities ( exception of a couple of big mugs for a great tea drinker like myself - we bought some from Tesco so nothing spoiled).Very dog friendly too if you want to take your furry pals along

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Dec 2019

  • "We had a brilliant Christmas!"

    A superb place to stay, very clean, warm and comfortable. Excellent interior decor, fully functioning, modern kitchen with brilliant hi-tec facilities throughout the whole of the cottage, older teenagers and parents loved the sound system. Biggest bonus was hot tub as this wasn't installed at time of booking. All members of the party, from ages 12 to 67 loved it, it's a credit to Trevor, owner, who did the conversion and Angela the housekeeper who was very welcoming and helpful. Couldn't recommend it highly enough. Hoping to get back there at some point next year.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Dec 2019

  • "It was like home from home, all the facilities you needed and more."

    The hot tub was an extra bonus. The views were fantastic and you were near a little village which was great to have a walk to. We also had a few trips into Barnard castle to visit, which was nice. I would like to say a big thank you to Trevor for making the barn so special, and to Angela the housekeeper for making us so welcome. We will definitely be back again.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Nov 2019

  • "Bell House Barn is a beautiful place to stay."

    We really enjoyed our visit and will return

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2019

  • "The house is beautiful and luxurious, finished to the highest standards."

    It is lovely and warm for winter breaks. In terms of things to do locally there is far too much for one long weekend, so we will return. We went to High Force, Barnard Castle and Raby Castle but there was a lot more available. A bonus is if you want to shop there is a retail park within 15 mins. A rural break with everything you need within 15 minute drive. Highly recommend. Advice is to listen to Ang when you arrive on how to use things. Save you time working it all out !!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2019

  • "Loved this home."

    Very comfortable. All the luxury of home and more. Great place to be for walking and places to visit. Then at the end of the day, a pop in the Hot tub is just the ticket. If you have a nervous dog with thunder you might have to turn the surround sound down or move the dog to the other room. Ours went mad with it. But we loved it when watching the films. The house also has sonos which plays music in all the rooms. Overall.. Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2019

  • "Absolutely amazing place to stay, the barn is so lovely and comfortable, and the surroundings were beautiful."

    We can’t wait to visit again!

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Oct 2019

  • "Words really cannot do Bell House Barn justice."

    It is truly outstanding in every way! The property is beautiful both inside and outside and is situated in a peaceful location surrounded by stunning views. We found it to be very clean and well equipped with everything we could of needed there. Robes and slippers were a nice touch. The hot tub was fantastic and well maintained throughout our stay. The large paddock was very much loved by our dogs!! Come rain or shine - Bell House Barn was heaven!

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Aug 2019

  • "Fabulous place and location ."

    We were a family of ages from 17 to 87 with the dog and the place was perfect. Clean spacious with everything you could ask for. Had a large paddock for the dog which was great and loved the hot tub. Friendly welcome on arrival Couldn’t ask for anything else

    Reviewed by Allison5.0Aug 2019

  • "If we were to imagine the perfect holiday home, this would be the result."

    The property was in a lovely, secluded spot, finished to a very high standard and was extremely dog friendly - our whippets particularly enjoyed chasing about in the paddock. Angela, the housekeeper, ensures that the property is spotlessly clean and well cared for. We couldn't fault a thing - 5 stars! Lots to do in the area. We enjoyed visiting the local towns and the boys enjoyed a trip to 'Diggerland'. We also had days out to the Lake District and the Coast. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2019

  • "A delightful property in beautiful surroundings."

    Whilst a short drive from many places of interest it's location is fantastic. It's surrounded on all sides by countryside and the gardens are lovely with a hot tub and the nearest property is quite a way off. The property itself was very clean and fitted out to a very high standard. We loved the Sonos/Bose system with speakers in all rooms. The kitchen had everything with plenty of room for 5 of us to spread out. We had days out at the Beamish museum, Durham and Richmond, all within a 45 min drive. The nearby village of Staindrop had a well stocked shop 5 mins away by car. I'd thoroughly recommend this one!

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2019

  • "This is the second time we have booked this property for a group of 8 friends celebrating birthdays."

    The location, setting and amenities are just perfect in every way. We are already trying to organise the next get together and will without hesitation book this cottage again. The cottage is beautifully presented to the highest standard. We love the fact it is not overlooked or surrounded by anything other than fields for miles.

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0May 2019

  • "The property was absolutely beautiful, very comfortable and clean and in a great ..."

    The property was absolutely beautiful, very comfortable and clean and in a great location, you can tell there was a lot of hard work put in to making it so nice, just a shame the prices have gone up so much for next year :(

    Reviewed by Claire5.0May 2019

  • "Bell House Barn is a delightful place to stay."

    It is beautifully located and the house itself is exceptionally well-equipped and furnished. We stayed there as a three generation family (grandparents, parents and four grandchildren, all under 5) and found it catered for all of us comfortably and safely. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were sorry to leave - we hope to return. The housekeeper, Angela, greeted us on arrival and was very helpful and friendly. We didn't need to call on her during our stay but had we done so, I'm sure she would have been pleased to assist. This holiday home comes with our highest recommendations.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2019

  • "The pictures of Bell House Barn do not do the property justice."

    A lovely relaxing conversion that will most definitely visited again.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Apr 2019

  • "Absolutely beautiful property!"

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage is outstanding and it couldn’t have been any better."

    It’s hard to capture the size of the place and it’s ground so it’s even better in the flesh!

    Reviewed by Lyndsay5.0Mar 2019

  • "Absolutely amazing place ."

    Loved every minute of our time there . Would definitely sty again and again and again if we are ever back this way ❤️❤️❤️

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Dec 2018

  • "Bell House Barn was an amazing property with beautiful views, did not disappoint!"

    Reviewed by Louis5.0Nov 2018

  • "The house was beautiful, decorated to a very high standard."

    Angela (the housekeeper) was so warm and welcoming, lots of little touches to make us feel at home. Fantastic break, would definitely return!

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Nov 2018

  • "We would recommend this property to everyone, it exceeds all expectations a truly 5 star property and a credit to it's owner."

    We had a fabulous family holiday and will definitely be booking it again. Thank you very much!!! The Laverick Family

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2018

  • "Easy-to-use booking and all information required were easily found."

    The property exceeded expectation. A real home from home. We understand that Bell House Barn has just been awarded a certificate of excellence, which is well deserved.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Oct 2018

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    Reviewed by William5.0Oct 2018

  • "Super house, super location, unbelievable views of open country side, including Raby castle."

    First class welcome and handover by Angela. Will endeavour to return next year. Could do with a set of sharp kitchen knives!

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Sep 2018

  • "We hired this property for my 60th birthday there were 6 adults and two children and a dog."

    We were met by Angela who couldn't do enough for us, the property was immaculately clean, beautifully decorated and so comfortable. The large paddock was great for the dog and kids to let off steam. We wanted to spend some time together as a family and that's what we did.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Aug 2018

  • "Simply stunning!"

    I cannot speak highly enough of this cottage, the location and the lovely Ange who welcomed us on arrival. The cottage is absolutely beautiful, unbelievably it is actually even better in real life than the web site photographs show. It is decorated to an extremely high standard and absolutely everything has been thought of. If beautiful peaceful surroundings are what you are after then this is the place for you. Do not hesitate, book this cottage now, you will not regret it.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jul 2018

  • "What a brilliant place to stay."

    Started with a warm welcome spotless and luxurious holiday let and just got better. There was a field to exercise my dogs and a totally private and quiet garden. The accommodation is outstanding all top spec and everything there you might need. AMAZING.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2018

  • "Was a very enjoyable holiday, the cottage was amazing."

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Jun 2018

  • "A fantastic holiday away with good friends!"

    Bell House Barn was amazing! They had thought of everything. Such a gorgeous house and surroundings. Would definitely go back there!!!!

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0May 2018

  • "The property was in a beautiful location, in it's own grounds in the countryside but still close to local amenities and well located for travel throughout North Yorkshire and the North East."

    The house itself was beautiful, very well-maintained and equipped to an excellent standard. There were 8 of us staying and there was plenty of room. I would highly recommend this property - well worth the money.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2018

  • "Bell House Barn was fantastic in every way."

    The facilities were outstanding and the house was so comfortable with a lovely position we did not want to leave. I really can not praise it too much. It is the best house we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0May 2018

  • "Stunning property."

    Warm, comfortable, clean and everything you needed for a relaxing week. Great for families and dogs. Barnard Castle nearest town with facilities. Lots of driving to see places but always a pleasure to return back to the barn.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2018

  • "The property was absolutely fantastic with all the mod con's and it was so peaceful and the views were great"

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Mar 2018

  • "Bell House Barn is a beautiful, clean property."

    It definitely has the Wow factor. We took our two retrievers and there was plenty of room indoors and it was secure outside too. Highly recommend this property,and we hope to return in the near future.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Mar 2018

  • "We stayed at Bell House Barn for a weekend away."

    It was a lovely relaxing weekend, lots to do in the area, but also felt we could relax at the house and enjoy the gorgeous views. The owners of the cottage were lovely and willing to help in anyway they could to make our stay enjoyable. The house itself was stunning, clean and plenty of room for us all. I would recommend staying here and we would love to go back.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Mar 2018

  • "Bell House Barn is an immaculately presented barn conversion , perfectly situated in an extremely quiet part of County Durham just outside the village of Staindrop."

    Easy access to lots of amenities in the surrounding area.The accommodation was absolutely superb ! Spotlessly clean and well presented ! Beautifully decorated. Excellent quality fixtures and fittings.Excellent quality bedding and towels. What more could you want from a relaxing break away with the family ? Will definitely be returning in the future. Mrs Jaques North Lincolnshire

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Feb 2018

  • "Visited Bell House Barn with a group of friends over New Year and had a fantastic time."

    The house was immaculate and really lovely inside. All of the bedrooms are a good size with comfy beds and there's lots of space in social areas. The kitchen has everything you could need, the house is really warm and the sound system throughout was great. It's in a lovely location with just a short walk to the pub and lots of longer walks to do in surrounding areas. Really can't fault anything about the property and wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

    Reviewed by Azaria4.8Dec 2017

  • "Fantastic property, best we have stayed in."

    Everything is high quality, fixtures, fittings, furniture, bedding. Spacious easily sleeps and accommodates 8. Great tech including in-room sound system. Private drive, big garden and field to side of property for kids to play in.

    Reviewed by James5.0Dec 2017

  • "We came for work (so not for a holiday) but wanted to share a cottage for a week."

    We were overwhelmed by the size of that luxurious accomodation - it is really spacious and very well-equipped: E.g.a bean-to-cup coffee machine, and the kitchen is so big that the coffee is almost cold when you reach the fridge. The living room has a very big and comfy sofa, and all bedrooms are comfortably furnished, the duvets warm and cosy. There is an extra dining room and a sitting area in the kitchen as well apart from barstools. We carried the coffee table from the kitchen into the living room as there was none (might be good to have one there too). We enjoyed the drive up to the house - there are bushes and lamps all along, and it feels like returning to a stately home. A very friendly caretaker met us there and showed us everything. The cottage is just outside Staindrop which itself is worth a visit. You can easily reach Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle, Durham etc. but you will need a car. Of course, there is lots of space for parking it. The surroundings are beautiful, we had rainbows directly above the drive. Do not hesitate to book it; my experience with Sykes is that all cottages are even better than you might think from the website. I have not been disappointed so far!

    Reviewed by Judit5.0Nov 2017

  • "Excellent cottage with excellent facilities could not fault the cottage at all ..."

    Excellent cottage with excellent facilities could not fault the cottage at all the house keeper angela was a great help who showed us round the cottage 10 out of 10

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2017

  • "Just a fantastic holiday,brilliant location,fantastic cottage really clean and very well equipped couldn't fault anything."

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Sep 2017

  • "Bell House Barn is the most luxurious place we have ever stayed in, it far exceeded our expectations ."

    All the most modern up to date technology luxurious fixtures and fittings. Ultra modern furnishings, pure indulgence . If you are looking for a top end break with everything you need plus beautiful gardens to relax in this is the only place to go to. Plus being met by angela to show you around the premises an added bonus. I can't praise and recommended Bell house barn enough.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2017

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double with Jack-and-Jill access to bathroom, 1 x ground floor twin with Jack-and-Jill access to bathroom, 1 x king size & 1 x double on first floor
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, shower, basin and WC with Jack-and-Jill access to ground floor king-size double and ground floor twin bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar and comfy seating
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • All the bathrooms within this property are Villroy and Bosh
  • Electric air source underfloor heating
  • Electric oven, induction hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, Blu-ray, Blue tooth Sonos sound system in kitchen, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games.Alexa .Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned garden to rear with patio area, furniture and BBQ with Hot tub
  • Also a1 acre paddock attached to the property, ideal for children to play in and dog walking Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles and pub 1.2 miles
  • Please note this property does not accept Stag/Hen or similar parties
  • A chef can be arranged for special occasions, on request by speaking with the owner directly

The property

1.5 miles from Staindrop.

Bell House Barn is a modern barn conversion using the latest green technologies with a combination of air source heat pump solar panels and low energy lighting systems to help create a low impact on the environment.

A luxurious Barn Conversion recently renovated to the highest of standard having panoramic views over open countryside, Raby Castle and the picturesque village of Staindrop.

A regal set of stone gates will lead you up a Manor like driveway eventually revealing this distinctive Barn Conversion.

Bell House Barn has a large garden with south facing lawns, well stocked borders and large patio areas.

The grounds are ideal for spending the evening enjoying al fresco dining whilst the sun set over the idyllic countryside.

It is very spacious inside making it perfect for families and and big groups to enjoy a break in one of Englands finest counties.

A large, immaculate well equipped kitchen will provide everything you need to cook delicious meals for family and friends.

Exposed stone walls and wooden beams remind you of the barns rustic roots.For relaxed evenings in the spacious sitting room is perfect for enjoying/watching one of the DVD's on the large TV with surround sound.

A large double bedroom with King size bed and a smaller bedroom with twin beds are connected by a devine Jack and Jill bathroom suite.

Upstairs presents you with two double bedrooms finished to a very high standard and another superb family bathroom.

The Barn is situated near to the historic market towns of Barnard Castle and Richmond with the magnificent Raby Castle being close by.

The Bowes Museum, with its famous Silver Swan and Kynren Event, which is an epic tale through 2000 years of North East history.

High Force Waterfall situated in the North Pennines area of outstanding natural beauty, ensuring a great day out.

This property is a fantastic retreat for those who love the outdoors, with ample walking, birdwatching and cycling opportunities nearby including the National Cycle Route 715.

Bell House barn is an idyllic property to be enjoyed all year round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Barnard Castle 5 miles; Durham 20 miles.

The pretty Teesdale village of Staindrop has always been closely associated with the fortunes of nearby Raby Castle and its owners. The Castle (open to the public) is one of the most grand in England. Enlarged and beautified over the centuries, the medieval heart remains and a walled garden and 200 acre deer park add to the splendour. Staindrop has many interesting shops, pubs and cafes set round its long village green. The popular market town of Barnard Castle is 5 miles away, with its castle, the Bowes Museum, plus of course its wide range of shops and tea rooms. Walkers will enjoy the many walks around Teesdale.

Please note this property does not accept Stag/Hen or similar parties.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas