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Leadmill House Workshop

(Ref. 21469)

Copley near Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • walks (31)
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75 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at Leadmill, very peaceful but within easy reach of towns, castles and walks."

    The cottage is lovely, equipped with everything you need and very nice and warm. Would definitely book again if visiting that area in the future. Thanks for the treats, very much appreciated

    Reviewed by CarolynOct 2023

  • "A nice cottage."

    Quiet setting. Wasn't made aware another cottage was adjacent with them walking past, but no real issue other than caused the dog to bark. Could have done with 2 sofas as the seating area was a bit formal. Kitchen equipment needs a bit of inventory. No kitchen knife to chop or prepare food, just a bread carving knife. Also no decent sized casserole dish . When raining a constant and repetitive noise (similar to someone banging a saucepan with a spoon) and guttering overflowing at front if bedroom window, both disrupted sleep one night, so would suggest a maintenance review to see if gutters blocked or if something was loose on roof (rear if cottage behind bedroom). Otherwise pleasant stay. For us, there was nothing nearby, no pubs open for a meal drink without driving some considerable distance. No phone signal at all.

    Reviewed by WendyOct 2023

  • "Excellent holiday cottage, can't fault it in any way."

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2023

  • "We couldn't have chosen a more ideal location."

    The accommodation suited us just fine and the owners were pleasant, unobtrusive and helpful. The walks through the woods, being on the doorstep were wonderful for us and our dog. The only suggestion that I would make is that all your accommodation should include a basic first aid kit. My husband fell and cut his arm and luckily I had brought a kit with me. Without this I would have struggled.

    Reviewed by AngelaSep 2023

  • "Fantastic property, location and hosts."

    Very strongly recommended. If booked, or maybe there are four in your party, have a look at Leadmill Piggery Ref 1077164 which is next door and maybe rent both. Thank you Amanda and John. We had never visited Teesdale before but will surely do so again.

    Reviewed by BrianSep 2023

  • "Sad to say I LOVED THIS LITTLE HIDEWAY An amazing place."

    Sad to share as its a little gem of a place Amanda n John who I've next door (owners)fab people very friendly but keep themselves to them selves unless you need them. Loved it will book again

    Reviewed by ColinAug 2023

  • "Lovely property in beautiful location everything you need provided and well laid out."

    The owners John and Amanda were very welcoming and couldn’t do enough for us. The property is ideally situated for walking or exploring the country side and only a short journey to Durham

    Reviewed by ChristopherAug 2023

  • "Property in lovely surroundings with variety of walks."

    Owners very welcoming and friendly. We enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by BrendaJul 2023

  • "Good property, deceptivey spacious, clean and comfortable - well equiped - everything as expected."

    Dedicated parking space. Owner friendly and helpful. A quiet, relaxing setting - good to sit out in the evening and enjoy the view. Generous welcome pack much appreciated. Dog friendly with interesting local walks. Would be very happy to return for another holiday.

    Reviewed by IanJun 2023

  • "The cottage was just lovely and the owners are very friendly and helpful."

    It's well equipped and we had everything what we needed. The bath tub is perfect and it was great to have relaxing bath after busy day. The bed is big and very comfortable. We managed to see High Force Waterfall and stayed there for dinner. We visited Durham Cathedral and also spent a day on the sea side in Crimdon Beach, which is dog friendly all year round. By accident we were accommodated in the Piggery (cottage next door) but through the panoramic window we could see the bunnies eating the grass and a squirrel stealing the strawberries - yes, we had a great time! Thank you!

    Reviewed by MalwinaJun 2023

  • "A relaxing week in this peaceful cottage."

    We enjoyed watching the birds from the patio windows. Cottage was well equipped, comfy &warm. Great walks from the doorstep. The owners are friendly &helpful but unobtrusive Lots to do in the area. Especially enjoyed The Bowes museum. We loved getting away from it all for a week of rest and recuperation.We will be back I’m sure.

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2023

  • "We enjoyed our week, good value for money and very friendly and helpful hosts."

    We had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay. A good base to explore the area. We particularly enjoyed Raby Castle, Durham Cathedral and The Bowes museum.

    Reviewed by CarolineApr 2023

  • "We had a super stay."

    We had everything we needed. Watching the birdlife from the doors was superb especially two Great Spotted Woodpeckers on the telegraph post. Lots to do nearby, Hamsterley Forest, Low Barns Nature Reserve, High Force and Low Force with many walks and footpaths too. All in all a great week, thanks.

    Reviewed by JackieApr 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage with amazing walks on your door step!"

    Would definitely stay here again!

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage!"

    We have been visiting Sykes cottages for over 20 years and this is definitely one of our favourites. Comfy, warm, lovely location. There are woods for the dogs to run in, although ours is too old for that now but he enjoyed his little outings sniffing the rabbits. The cottage was well appointed and laid out. The sofa was a lovely surprise. So comfy! Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland are lovely places to visit and Durham is only half an hour away. We would love to visit again in Bluebell season.

    Reviewed by JsneMar 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage and surroundings."

    Reviewed by BelindaMar 2023

  • "We loved the cottage - lovely, warm and cosy."

    The surroundings were great with loads to look at close by.

    Reviewed by SarahFeb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need."

    So peaceful and quiet. Only down side was no mobile reception.

    Reviewed by MargaretFeb 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage, extremely peaceful and in a lovely location"

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2022

  • "What a fantastic find."

    Leadmill House workshop is a cosy, comfortable, home from home cottage. Just need to take yourself and food. (Linen, towels and cleaning materials provided. ) Our first Christmas away from home & family. Beautiful scenery and lots of lovely walks and waterfalls also close by. We thoroughly enjoyed our 7 nights there so much so we have re-booked for June 2023. Great communication from host, who are available if required but leave you to enjoy your break uninvasively. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful, relaxing break away. Thank you so much Amanda & John. Happy New Year to you both. We are now counting down the days to our next stay.

    Reviewed by JeanetteDec 2022

  • "A wonderful cottage, Has everything you could possibly need."

    I have never had remote controlled window blinds before , let alone remote controlled heating, We slept really well in the double bed, was very comfy. The cottage was spotless.The owners are wonderful people Who are there if you need them,but are not intrusive . There is a lovely small patio, The surroundings in the forest are lovely to look at and although I was told you cannot get a mobile signal in the bungalow , When I went on the veranda I got a tesco phone signal and my husband got a vodafone signal, There is also free wi-fi at the cottage, What more could a person want. Its an ideal place for walkers and cyclists..

    Reviewed by VeronicaDec 2022

  • "2nd Stay at the property, lovely friendly welcome, cosy cottage and has everything we needed."

    Can't wait for next stay :)

    Reviewed by LeanneNov 2022

  • "Fantastic property for me and my dog."

    We had an amazing time and there’s so many great walks nearby. Never been to Durham area before and we will certainly be back! Many thanks. Tom

    Reviewed by ThomasOct 2022

  • "We had a fantastic 3 night stay at the Leadmill House Workshop, such a great cottage with everything you would need, the size was great and very clean, the little extras were very appreciated."

    The area is so peaceful with walks on the doorstep and a great bit of history. Very accessible for surrounding attractions. We would thoroughly recommend the cottage and we would love to return.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2022

  • "An enjoyable week in a comfortable cottage set in very peaceful surroundings with lovely walks on the doorstep and also within a short drive away."

    The property owner, Amanda was very welcoming and helpful. We didn’t experience any issues with the television reception and were able to watch catch up too, without disruption. Would recommend the property.

    Reviewed by CraigJun 2022

  • "Could do with shelf in bathroom, and pillows a bit on the hard side"

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2022

  • "If you enjoy piece and quiet ,beautiful scenery ,set in woodland, only sound you hear first thing on a morning are the birds singing,beautiful well maintained place to stay ,very comfy bed,lovely host's with nothing too much trouble,lots of places to see lovely walks,,then this is the place for you,can't wait to return ."

    Reviewed by JeanJun 2022

  • "Thanks so much to Amanda and John for everything they do to make visiting Leadmill House Workshop such a joy."

    The accommodation is beautifully maintained, comfortable and in a great location. This was our second visit and we very much look forward to returning very soon. Thanks for the wonderful welcome, great accommodation and peaceful environment.

    Reviewed by TrevorMay 2022

  • "Had a wonderful holiday, bungalow spotless, location beautiful sitting on the balcony looking at the forest listening to the birds, recommend a bird book with you."

    . so much to see and do plus beautiful scenery. Only drawback the TV , your lucky if you can get it working, one minute reception next minute off for hours but you have to remember your in a valley. Would I go back? YES Definitely.

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2022

  • "This home is lovely clean well fitted out lots of space."

    The host are very friendly and we appreciate the small touches they left milk biscuits ect. Plenty of walks for the dog near by. Also convenient for getting around to different places. Will be returning very soon thank you. X

    Reviewed by MelanieMar 2022

  • "Thre place was perfect exactly what we needed and will definitely return, the only downside is the shower is a little on the small size."

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2022

  • "An absolutely gorgeous property that is perfect for a couple and a dog!"

    It is in a lovely quiet location with a woodland walk less than a minutes walk away. Very clean on arrival with the heat already on which was great after a cold day! All the appliances and supplies you need in the kitchen with a shop only 2 miles away to stock up.

    Reviewed by KatieMar 2022

  • "Problems with Freeview and DVD player (local transmitter incident?"

    ), particularly an issue given inclement weather. Mugs could do with updating and a decent size frying pan would be useful. Front door area in need of a good clean and a little intrusive having the owners mobile home right outside your door. Local information literature in need of ‘thinning out’ and updating, and ‘property manual’ lacking information re: recycling and departure laundry expectations. Comfortable bed and living area. Property location gives access to an area of natural, raw beauty, as well as historic sites such as Durham and Barnard Castle

    Reviewed by Henry & TracyFeb 2022

  • "As the owners live next door maybe a friendly knock on the door on arrival just to introduce themselves if any issue arise."

    We had no phone reception so when the wifi went down was unable to contact the owner. Managed to send a message but got no reply so was unaware if they had received it.

    Reviewed by FrancesFeb 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage was a great first holiday with our dog, plenty of great ..."

    Lovely little cottage was a great first holiday with our dog, plenty of great walks around with a beautiful little stream on the doorstep

    Reviewed by JoshuaNov 2021

  • "The only thing is that it would have been good to have a shelf in the bathroom."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, very peaceful and quiet, be warned there are no shops or pubs within walking distance

    Reviewed by SylviaSep 2021

  • "Location poor Ceiling cleanliness Window cleanliness Paintwork throughout"

    Reviewed by GlenAug 2021

  • "Really lovely location, and very well done out conversion!"

    Very pleased and really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2021

  • "Loved staying at leadmill house cottage, some lovely walks from the door step, it is so quiet and peaceful but plenty of days out within easy reach as well."

    The owners are very helpful and friendly suggesting places to visit. Would recommend a visit if you are thinking of visiting this area. Will definitely be looking to a return visit at a later date

    Reviewed by KathleenJul 2021

  • "A very peaceful and quiet location - just what we needed!"

    A great spot to enjoy nature and the outdoors with many walks right from your doorstep. Cottage was a great size for two people and the hosts were excellent. We would certainly look to stay here again.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2021

  • "Accommodation was just right for us and our dog, with all that we needed to enjoy our evenings in."

    Thanks you for the extras it was very thoughtful. Walks were amazing and area even at this time was lovely to visit.

    Reviewed by JillOct 2020

  • "Perfect spot for a peaceful holiday."

    We have just returned from a wonderful week exploring County Durham for the first time. The cottage was great and set in a lovely quiet location on the edge of woodland, allowing us to enjoy dog friendly walks from the front door. This is also a great location for exploring Teesdale, Hamsterley Forest, and the North Pennines AONB. It was so nice to come back to the cottage after a days walking, enjoy a drink on the patio and relax in the peace and quiet. Thanks to Amanda and John for a lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2020

  • "The cottage was beautifully clean and in a lovely location."

    Great to be able to walk out from the front door straight onto public footpaths through the woods, the dog really enjoyed her walks out every day. Every effort had been made to create a peaceful, cosy environment and the biscuits, wine and milk on arrival were a lovely touch. We will definitely be back when the weather is better to make the most of the surrounding area. We would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by CatherineFeb 2020

  • "Fabulous location for exploring the area ."

    Short drive to Teeside University where I was studying . Good alternative accommodation instead of usual travelodge. Only down side was there was no phone signal in the area .

    Reviewed by AlisonFeb 2020

  • "This accommodation is in the quitest location we have visited so far, and ideal for exploring the area."

    Reviewed by IanFeb 2020

  • "A fabulous cottage in a great location."

    Kind and welcoming owners were brilliant too. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

    Reviewed by TrevorJan 2020

  • "Amanda was a great host."

    Everything comfortable, clean and warm! The milk and wine in the fridge on arrival was a lovely touch and made us feel very welcome. Perfect little break and a great price. Listing is inaccurate. My child has just turned 2 and according to the listing wouldn't have been allowed. I asked about booking again with her age and she said it was fine! She is happy for the people to bring a camp bed so children (probably just the one) would be fine. The property also has wifi for anyone put off by lack of wifi - though there is no phone signal you can make calls online. The wifi is really strong and we didnt have a problem with it.

    Thank you for your feedback, we're glad to see that you enjoyed Leadmill House Workshop. The listing for the property is accurate, the property can sleep 2 in the double bed, and the property allows an infant to use the cot. Fortunately the owner can supply a camp bed. As listed the property does have WiFi, we're glad that you had no issues with the amenities and would love to have you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HeatherDec 2019

  • "Lovely warm cosy cottage, in a quiet and peaceful spot."

    Friendly owners. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by HelenNov 2019

  • "We liked everything about the cottage."

    It had everything you needed to have a comfortable stay. The bathroom was amazing with a lovely bath and great shower. The living area is a relaxing area too and has everything to make it a lovely stay. The bed is so comfortable and we slept so well as it was so quiet. The surrounding area is dog walking heaven with great wooded areas to explore.

    Reviewed by TimOct 2019

  • "The perfect place for peace and quiet, just hearing the stream in the background, & the owl at night, perfect, and, a nice comfortable, warm cottage."

    Reviewed by NigelSep 2019

  • "Everything was as described, plus beautiful location ,& even some extras included ,will probably visit again considering price."

    Reviewed by RobertMar 2019

  • "Absolutely loved this cottage we are already looking at booking again"

    Reviewed by SamaraMar 2019

  • "We had a wonderful week in this property set in a quite part of Copley Barnard ..."

    We had a wonderful week in this property set in a quite part of Copley Barnard Castle Amanda & John were next door and said if we needed anything to let them know Treats left in the fridge for us and lovely Biscuits nice touch we had Sunshine all week and our 9 month old puppy Dottie loved the walks that were just outside the property lovely sunny patio area only problem was our puppy couldn’t see over the wall ha ha we will most certainly be back Huge Thankyou to Amanda & John for making us so welcome

    Reviewed by ChristineFeb 2019

  • "Lovely location."

    Lots of lovely walks which our dog really enjoyed. Owners very friendly and left a very nice welcome pack. Very comfortable and warm.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2019

  • "Lovely relaxing prime location,owners made us very welcome and the bottle of wine went down a treat!"

    Thank you. Nice walks on the door step which my dog loved. Will definitely recommend and will be rebooking in the near future.

    Reviewed by JacobJan 2019

  • "A really cosy place to stay, great for peace and quiet and local walks."

    Reviewed by HeatherJan 2019

  • "Great cottage , warm quiet and cosy , brill walks on doorstep, Bernard ..."

    Great cottage , warm quiet and cosy , brill walks on doorstep, Bernard Castle just a short drive away , lovely welcome gifts, Perfect new year

    Reviewed by LesleyDec 2018

  • "Peacefully situated, very comfortable and warm, well equipped for self catering."

    The photos sadly don't do the property justice, the setting is idyllic and close to lots of places of interest. Would have loved to have stayed longer and wouldn't hesitate in returning should I be visiting the area again. Thanks for the little added extras, much appreciated.

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2018

  • "Easy to find, comfortable and warm."

    We took our toddler with us and Jon and Amanda were very kind to set up a travel cot and highchair so we didn't have to bring that with us. They went the extra mile when I asked if they had an extra fridge/freezer as we were staying to attend my best friend's wedding and I was making the cake. The wine and bubble bath was a nice touch too and very appreciated after a long drive. Only things I would change is maybe some new pillows as they were rather flat and a better vaccum. I tried to vaccum the rug (it had quite a bit of dog hair on it, as did the sofa) and it had very little suction. I understand it's a dog friendly cottage so I was expecting a bit of dog hair but not to the point that my tights were covered just from sitting on the rug to play with my son. Overall a very pleasant stay, family and friends came to visit and thought it was a gem of a find too. We loved the little guide book they had made and all the leaflets from local attractions really helped us get around especially since the cottage is a black spot for phone signal and data so you can't just Google things.

    Reviewed by NicoleOct 2018

  • "Only that the owners were very welcoming but not too overbearing thus allowing us to fully enjoy our time in the cottage with no petty rules anywhere."

    A lovely quiet location, ideal for walking the dog and everywhere we went was extremely dog friendly so all in all we thoroughly enjoyed our weeks stay.

    Reviewed by YvonneAug 2018

  • "Lovely place to stay - comfortable, cosy, warm and well equipped cottage in a rural setting with some walks from the door step."

    Small patio for sitting out with a drink to admire the woodland view. Owners are near to hand and are very helpful. Plenty of places to visit just a short ride away. A most relaxing place to unwind and explore a lovely area.

    Reviewed by LouiseAug 2018

  • "We enjoyed a few days away here."

    It is in a quiet wooded area with walks from the door. We enjoyed visiting Barnard Castle too, and had a day in the Lake District. The cottage has a combined sitting room/ dining room/ kitchen and a separate bathroom, with bath and shower, and bedroom - everything you need.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2018

  • "Lovey quiet location with great walks on your doorstep owners really helpful & we had eggs milk &wine waiting for us !"

    !! So many places to visit around the area beautiful part of the country.

    Reviewed by MaryJun 2018

  • "Absolutely amazing place."

    The owners were really nice and added some nice touches to the cottage, including a bottle of wine and lovely biscuits. Lovely walk out into the woods and fields directly out of the front door. Ideal for anyone with a dog that likes long walks.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2018

  • "Excellent in all aspects"

    Reviewed by GillianApr 2018

  • "The cottage was really clean tidy and a lovely weekend get away, hosts were more than helpful."

    Will definitely be using Sykes cottages and the host again.

    Reviewed by JordanFeb 2018

  • "Very comfortable holiday home!"

    Great for exploring the area too. Would definitely use again.

    Reviewed by AndreaJan 2018

  • "Fantastic rural retreat , cottage had everything you need to escape for a few days yet within easy reach of Bernard Castle if you want more to do, Perfect walks from the front door, Cottage was beautiful and clean throughout , warm , cosy and quiet , great place to start a new year , Lots of information in cottage on places of interest round and about and owners were on hand with friendly advice if needed."

    Great place to stay wether you want to escape or explore , highly recommend .

    Reviewed by LesleyDec 2017

  • "Cottage was in a beautiful location it had everything you needed we was left some lovely little extras."

    Location is quite, peaceful and there are lots of amazing walks. Thoroughly enjoyed the short break so did are dog.

    Reviewed by ElaineOct 2017

  • "We really enjoyed it my dog and I loved the walk up the back road threw the ..."

    We really enjoyed it my dog and I loved the walk up the back road threw the trees ,the cottage was lovely Amanda and John were really welcoming ,the milk wine etc was great

    Reviewed by MarionOct 2017

  • "Enjoyed the cottage, very friendly place, enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by RajSep 2017

  • "Lovely warm welcome and friendly interaction with owners throughout the stay."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JanSep 2017

  • "Excellent, clean, comfortable cottage in a super location."

    Owners pleasant and helpful. Wonderful walks right outside the door.

    Reviewed by IanFeb 2017

  • "The booking, key collection, holiday/location/cottage and hand back went very well thank you."

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2017

  • "Really nice cottage, clean and comfortable, owners were lovely, cottage set secluded spot with a nice open meadow in front of cottage great for walking the dog."

    Reviewed by SueMay 2015

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with French doors.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Front patio with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.3 miles, pub 1.8 miles
  • Please note: There is no supporting facility to charge Electric Vehicles at this property

The property

Barnard Castle 6.2 miles.

An attractive, detached stone cottage set in a quiet, rural enclave within upper Teesdale, on the outskirts of the small village of Copley, 6 miles from Barnard Castle.

This Barnard Castle cottage was a former lead mill workshop and lies next door to the owner's home within sight of the original lead mill chimney; a local land mark.

Long since landscaped and afforested, this Barnard Castle cottage lies in a small valley with public footpaths leading away from the door and into the beautiful surrounding countryside.

With wooden flooring and a pitched roof with original beams, this Barnard Castle cottage has been finished to a good standard and has an open plan living area with a contemporary kitchen, dining area and sitting area.

French doors lead to a front patio with pretty views of the countryside and the small wooded valley; an ideal spot to enjoy a drink and plan the next day's activities.

The local shop and pub are both just one mile away and Hamsterley Forest is also nearby, with lots of opportunities for cycling, hiking and touring in this beautifully scenic district, which include the deer park at nearby Raby Castle and the waterfalls at High Force and Cauldron Snout.

The market town of Barnard Castle with cobbled streets and the Bowes Museum is nearby, plus a short drive brings you into the heart of Durham, with its majestic cathedral standing high above the River Wear.

This Barnard Castle cottage offers a unique, romantic holiday experience for a couple wanting to enjoy the beautiful countryside of the northern Dales.

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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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas