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The Back House

(Ref. 981909)

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


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage, beautifully decorated well managed, decorative was in keeping with property."

    Having the hot tub, was an extra touch especially if you have children. Good location to get to places Barnard castle is stunning.

    Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback Kirsten. I appreciate you are busy and had to return to work soon after your break. It’s a pity the weather did not hit the score level of pleasant! Hope the weather on the forthcoming holiday hits excellent for you! Hope to see you all again and you can do a day trip to York! Best Judith. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirsten5.0Jul 2023

  • "It was sheer bliss to be staying at Judith’s cottage!"

    We had everything we needed and more! It’s a beautifully decorated cottage, very cosy and comfortable (the beds!!!) The kitchen was incredibly well stocked and by arrival we found some very delicious home baked goodies made by Judith. That made us feel so welcome! Also, we had great fun in the hottub. The surroundings are beautiful, there is lots to do like Raby Castle, the Bowes museum, walking from Low Force to high force waterfalls, etc etc. In the street there is a small supermarket which is open 7 days a week. Very convenient! We would definitely recommend with all our heart!

    Hi Victoria, Thank you so much for the kind review. It was lovely to meet you all, and Chippy! Badger keeps looking for her... I’m glad you enjoyed the stay so much and hope your second week is going well! We all hope to see you again! Best Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jul 2022

  • "The house provides the perfect holiday experience; scrupulously clean, tastefully furnished and comprehensively equipped."

    The provision of a welcome pack of homemade cakes and of basics, such as milk, coffee and tea are thoughtful touches on one’s arrival. We would certainly recommend the property to others and hope to return ourselves in the future.

    Dear Glenda, Many thanks for leaving such a lovely review. It was kind of you to take the time to do so. I am delighted you enjoyed your week and hope to see you again! Very best wishes, Judith. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glenda5.0May 2022

  • "The Back House is one of the most comfortable and welcoming holiday cottages that we have stayed in."

    Judith, the owner, has obviously put a great deal of thought into creating the perfect holiday home. Staindrop is a lovely village and perfectly placed for exploring this beautiful area, with walks direct from the door.

    Dear Jo, thanks for taking the time to leave a review; and such kind comments. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and experiencing all four seasons in a short week... Perhaps you will return to walk more of the Teesdale Way in the near future! Best wishes, Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great host helped maked sure everything was perfect for the stay."

    A lovely comfortable place to stay , highly recommended

    Thanks Bruce. I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and that Amy settled in so well at Durham. Best wishes, Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Sep 2021

  • "Just had a wonderful week at Back House."

    The cottage exceeded our expectations. It was exceptionally clean, well equipment and decorated to a very high standard. We were greeted with homemade goodies which were very much enjoyed. The bonus to this cottage is Judith, Richard and Badger. Excellent hosts who made us very welcome. Would definitely return.

    Many thanks Jenny for the kind review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and made so much of things to see and do in the area. Of course the weather helped you too! Please send regards from Richard and myself plus "spotty dog" to the rest of your gang! Best Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2021

  • "This is the best cottage I have ever stayed in."

    It is scrupulously clean, comfortable and charming. The bedrooms are lovely and super-comfortable and the wood burner in the sitting room is a gorgeous feature. The kitchen is big enough to feel spacious for chatting and cooking and is extremely well-equipped. Everything has been carefully and prettily decorated. Although the garden area is relatively compact it is still a sweet spot for sitting or eating outside. The surrounding area is wonderful with so many interesting and beautiful places to visit. The holiday was made very special by the extremely kind welcome from Judith, who provided delicious home-made cakes, organic wine and milk, fresh eggs from the farm and many other thoughtful touches. She really went the extra mile to make my stay a happy one. I am already looking forward to going back! Gillian

    Hi Gillian, Hope things are ok with you and the badgerhound. Thanks for the lovely review. I was glad you enjoyed you time with us. It was great to meet you and your friends. Look after yourself, Best Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at the Back House."

    Staindrop is a pretty village, with lots of great places to visit around. Judith is a wonderful host and the facilities and comfort of the house are exceptional. Personal touches like fantastic homemaking and chilled wine on arrival, made the start of the holiday very special. We had looked forward to this holiday immensely, as it was a chance to reunite as a family after lockdown. The Back House didn't disappoint in any way and proved the perfect setting for a very happy holiday.

    Hi Sarah, thanks for the great review! Hope the return to work after the school holidays went to plan and that your classroom numbers are not decimated. I particularly liked the comments about Badger in the guest review book!! Best Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Back House is a beautiful cottage in a great location."

    The hosts Judith and Richard were so friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. On arrival Judith provided home made cake and cookies which were delicious. There was also milk and a most welcome bottle of wine in the fridge. It was very clear that a lot of thought had been put into providing everything that you need for a self catering holiday. It really was home from home with a taste of luxury. We had a great time and will definitely return.

    Hi Karen, Thanks for the kind review. I am happy you enjoyed your stay and made the most of all the sights and things to see. Hope all the family are well and in particular the big fan of Badger!! Best Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a very warm welcome from Judith and we felt at home and very comfortable straight away!"

    Hi Fred, thanks for taking the time to review the cottage. I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Best Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frederick5.0Jun 2021

  • "House was well equipped and clean, bedrooms extremely comfortable."

    Beautiful throws available for cosy nights in the pergola. Fab welcome pack with fizz and home baking. Judith was a lovely host and would thoroughly recommend a stay in this lovely village with plenty of dog walks near by.

    Hi Andrea, thanks for your nice review. hope all is well with you and Mr Baxter. I am glad you enjoyed the area. Best Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage!"

    Had everything we needed, perfect location, would definitely go back!

    Hello June, thanks for the great review! Hope all the family are well. You were lucky with the weather and that always helps! Keep well. Best Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by June4.7May 2021

  • "This was a beautiful, comfortable cottage in one of the prettiest villages in the Dales The rooms were spotless, and large and airy."

    Everything you could possibly need was provided. Beds comfortable, and very good quality bedding. Judith was very welcoming and left us with fresh milk and eggs, as well as scones, cakes and cookies, all very welcome. Lots of lovely scenery around to explore, and the nearest town Barnard Castle is very lovely. Highly recommended

    Thanks Jacqui for your kind review. Hope work is going well and you are not rushed off your feet. I am glad the break gave you all a chance to recharge after the challenges of the last 18 months. Best Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0May 2021

  • "A particularly comfortable cottage, spotlessly clean, providing a home from home, situated in surrounding farmland and a picturesque village, with lovely walks right from the doorstep."

    Judith was extremely welcoming and clearly takes the comfort of her guests very seriously. The cottage adjoins the owners' home and courtyard, with a separate Pergola with seating for the use of guests.

    Thanks Janet. You were our first guests after reopening and it was helpful to have such pleasant people to help us get back into the swing of things. We have not drawn breath since you left! Hope all is well and that you continue to enjoy your P/T working. Best Judith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Apr 2021

  • "Our must have things when we book a cottage are that it has to be dog friendly, have good wifi, a log burner, put and shop within walking distance and stunning surroundings."

    The Back House does not disappoint on any of these points. The owner, Judith, was so welcoming and friendly and it's obvious that a lot of thought and details has gone into the decor of this beautiful home. On our arrival Judith had left us a lovely homemade cake and scones, fresh free range eggs from their own chickens, milk and prosecco - we were spoilt! There was even a dog bed and bowls for the pooches. The cottage was spotless which is so reassuring in the current Covid climate. There is a secure area outside the back door where you can let your dogs out, it is a paved area with no grass which our dogs aren't used to but they soon got the hang of it and it wasn't an issue at all. Staindrop and the surrounding area are stunning, there's so much to see and do and plenty of off lead walks for the dogs. There are a few shops within a short walk of the cottage - Spar shop, newsagents, butchers, and also a pub which unfortunately we couldn't make full use of as the second lockdown came into place whilst we were there. There's so much we haven't had chance to explore yet in this beautiful part of the country and we will certainly make a return visit to the Back House to continue our adventure.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Oct 2020

  • "As a family of 4 with 2 teenage girls, this cottage was perfect!"

    The themed bedrooms are incredibly plush with thick carpeting, very large and comfy beds which make it feel that you are in the best hotel! The owner made us Brownies and a fabulous Victoria sponge as well as stocking up the fridge with milk and wine, not forgetting fresh eggs from the hens roaming in the Yard. The TV is a good size and the woodburning stove kept us cosy in the evenings. As there is so much to do in the area, we are going to book again for next year!

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4Oct 2020

  • "Having had holiday cottages for 32 years and just retired from them this year we booked Back Cottage last minute and wasn't disappointed."

    It was beautiful and so clean, warm and comfortable. We had everything we needed for a great stay and Judith and Richard could not do enough for us. We were greeted with wine and some of Judith's delicious brownies and fruit loaf We didn't want to leave. This is how holiday cottages should always be. Thank you Judith & Richard xx

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Sep 2020

  • "Amazing cottage."

    Much bigger than expected. Spotlessly clean. Really comfortable beds. Judith left us lovely homemade cake , scones and wine.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Our staycation this year was fabulous, it was home from home, the area and ..."

    Our staycation this year was fabulous, it was home from home, the area and location was ideal, will definitely book again to stay here Love The Rundle’s

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Aug 2020

  • "Wonderful host who was very welcoming and friendly."

    A very peaceful and restful cottage.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Aug 2020

  • "What a pleasure it was to stay in this beautiful house!"

    Everything was of a very high standard - we loved the clean, peaceful decor with tastefully themed rooms, the well equipped kitchen, the bedrooms all with kingsize beds, and it could not have been more spotlessly clean on our arrival. The owner was friendly and helpful, and we were welcomed with fabulous homemade cakes, and milk and prosecco in the fridge. In our opinion this was one of the nicest holiday cottages we have stayed in - highly recommended.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2020

  • "Wow - what an amazing place!"

    We absolutely loved our week staying at the Backhouse. With the recent covid restrictions we were a little apprehensive about going on holiday but with all the practices owner Judith has put in place in regards to her guests safety, we knew all was going to be OK. The place itself is beautifully decorated, comfortable and immaculate with everything you need for your stay - including some extra special treats :) The location is fabulous too with walks from your doorstep or only a short drive away, High Force, Barnard Castle and Teesdale are all within a short driving distance.....a beautiful part of the country. We're already planning our next stay here!!

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Jul 2020

  • "Wow, what a stunning property with excellent decor , it was even better than the pictures online!"

    We loved the themed rooms, stag, pheasant, highland cattle....very tastefully done. All furnishings of a very high standard and well equipped, my only thing I would have liked to see was for us ladies ,bigger mirrors in the bedrooms, Judith was a perfect host, and we were greeted by a very tasty chocolate cake ...not one bit was left ...thankyou Cottage is very well equipped and is in a great location for Barnard castle, Raby castle , other sites/places and as its set back from the road is very quiet, A great 4 nights

    Reviewed by Linsey4.7Feb 2020

  • "The location and cottage is beautiful."

    We loved our visit so much , this was our 2nd New Year here, we were not disappointed. The owners Judith and Richard make you feel so welcome. I would highly recommend this cottage as a place to stay.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Dec 2019

  • "The house was beautifully clean, comfortable and warm."

    There was everything we needed for our stay and more.

    Reviewed by Grahame5.0Nov 2019

  • "2nd visit, exceptionally clean property, very warm and cosy."

    Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2019

  • "A fantastic property with owners the same."

    For us, and this is a subjective comment, we would have preferred a separate shower as opposed to a bath with a shower over. Wifi was not fantastic but again coming from an urban area we understand the deplorable lack of investment in rural areas with connectivity. None of the above is a 'deal breaker' but we do like to be 'honest' The beds were the best we have ever slept in......and we have slept around !!! Suffice it to say we would not hesitate to return can speak too highly of the property,owners,village and area.......a small piece of our wonderful country.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2019

  • "Back House in Staindrop is a stunning holiday home."

    Luxurious furnishings, everything you need is in the cottage. The owners are lovely and friendly and will help with any requests you may have. WiFi and Netflix available for you to enjoy a film or two if you wish and a log burner for cosy colder nights. This is by far the loveliest cottage we have ever stayed in. 10/10. The village of Staindrop is quaint, with two castles to visit one in Barnard 20 minutes away and Raby castle just up the road which homes heards of deer and highland cattle. We will visit this stunning holiday home and area again.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Aug 2019

  • "The Back House was an absolute delight."

    There was a lovely welcome when we arrived at the property as Judith, the owner, had left us cakes, eggs, etc in the fridge. Both Judith and Richard were very friendly and really made us feel at home. There were lots of information leaflets on places to visit in the surrounding area and the village of Staindrop was charming and well worth a look round. Probably the best Sykes Cottage we have stayed in and I'm sure we will make a return visit in the future.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jul 2019

  • "This was a gorgeous holiday home decorated to a really high standard and kitchen had everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    The hosts Judith and Richard were very welcoming and left us an amazing welcome pack including delicious homemade cake and scones. A good location for travelling to many places of interest nearby. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Shirley4.7Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was beautifully decorated, with a high standard of cleanliness."

    The cottage is beautifully placed to explore North Yorkshire / North East, with plenty of places to visit locally.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2019

  • "Beautiful house decorated to a very high standard."

    Everything you could possibly need is supplied. Very friendly, informative hosts who live next door. We were welcomed to fresh scones, homemade jam, a lovely cake, butter, bread, milk, tea and coffee and even a bottle of Prosecco! Doggy friendly home though they are not allowed upstairs. Also note there is no enclosed garden therefore if you do need to take you dog out in the middle of the night, it's a matter of harnessing up with the lead to take them for a stroll down the lane, rather than quickly letting them out. The lovely town of Barnard Castle is less than 10 minutes away and lots of bigger shops such as Aldi, Sainsbury's etc. in Bishop Auckland 10 minutes in the other direction. We highly recommend Back House.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Mar 2019

  • "My wife and I have stayed in a great many holiday homes, but Back House is simply the best!"

    The accommodation is extremely comfortable and spotlessly clean! The furnishings and bedrooms are superb. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you could possibly need. The homemade cake waiting for you in the fridge is amazing, although there was only the two of us it did not last long!! Fresh free range eggs, country butter bread and milk awaits visitors. The hosts Richard and Judith are amazing too, we were lucky enough to help with a couple of lambing's which was a life long dream. So if you stay here your dreams could also come true. We would not hesitate to recommend "Back House" and we look ford to staying here again very soon. Thank you for a wonderful stay, we hate to leave!

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jan 2019

  • "Brilliant service from Sykes and The Back House was absolutely fantastic, Judith & Richard have provided a beautiful cottage with everything that you could think of included."

    All furniture & facilities are of the highest quality including all the dog friendly facilities. The welcome food pack was an absolutely lovely thought, homemade jam, cakes, bread and a lovely bottle of fizz to wash it all down. The themed bedrooms are furnished lovely with the most comfortable king size beds we’ve ever slept in, even the dog preferred the Back House dog bed over its own !! The cottage is perfect for just chilling out in front of the lovely log burner or as a base for a walking holiday. Having stayed in numerous cottages over the years this is definitely the best one yet, we enjoyed it so much we immediately rebooked it again.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Dec 2018

  • "We had a fantastic week in the superbly furnished and equipped property."

    The owners were very friendly and the wine, mince pies and yule log waiting for us on arrival were brilliant. We loved the location with plenty of great countryside dog walks right from the front door. We can't recommend the place highly enough.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Dec 2018

  • "Second visit for us."

    Love the back house. Great welcome. Really clean and comfortable. Really enjoyed the log burner this visit, plus the festive treats and decorations. Thank you and I’m sure we’ll be back.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Dec 2018

  • "Great holiday cottage, fantastic welcome pack and great comfy beds."

    Decor of cottage was exceptional. Hope to return.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Nov 2018

  • "This cottage was lovely, so well furnished and everything was a very high quality, including the delicious welcome pack."

    It was warm and the beds were comfortable. We had amazing weather which helped but there were so many places to visit and lovely walks in the area.

    Reviewed by Marianne5.0Oct 2018

  • "Excellent welcome pack, lovely themed rooms, really warm and comfortable."

    You couldn’t ask for more from a holiday home.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2018

  • "My brother and I together with his dog had a wonderful stay at the Back House."

    It is a fabulous property, very spacious, beautifully furnished and decorated, very very clean and very dog friendly. We were slightly worried before we arrived as there is a review on Trip Advisor claiming it is not suited to dogs. This is incorrect. It is a great property for dogs, you just have to put on a lead to walk them rather than letting them run loose which is what the other guest must have wanted to do. The rabbits that were mentioned are feral so they will be hopping about in the countryside, the previous guest seemed upset there were rabbits running around in the paddock next to the house. There are miles of lovely walks from the back door and the dog enjoyed the stay as much as we did! He was provided for and supplied with a bed, blanket and towels by the Owners. Judith and Richard were very good hosts and Jeanette their lovely helper as very kind. When I lost my mobile Judith helped me contact my daughter. We liked the village Tea Shop , it is good value with a decent menu. There is lots to do round and about. Definitely plan to return.

    Reviewed by Nadia5.0Oct 2018

  • "Absolutely wonderful cottage, with all the facilities you could wish for."

    Cottage location was also excellent with easy access to many visitor attractions.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2018

  • "Absolutely gorgeous cottage, tastefully decorated, comfortable beds, immaculately clean."

    Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2018

  • "The Backhouse was the most amazing and luxurious holiday rental we have ever stayed in, we all loved the house and themed furnishings."

    Judith and Richard were extremely helpful and we were made to feel very welcome and the house was well equipped with everything we needed and more. Loved the welcome basket with treats and the Home made cake and scones were amazing and a chilled bottle of prosecco was a lovely surprise. Dogs were made to feel welcome as bed, towels bowl poo bags and doggy treats were provided. Please be aware dogs not allowed onto sofas or upstairs and cannot be left alone in the property. Lots of great places to visit nearby. Would not hesitate in recommending the Backhouse as it exceeded all our expectations. Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Siobhain5.0Aug 2018

  • "It was a lovely holiday cottage."

    Judith and Richard made us very welcome. The cakes and wine on arrival were splendid. The cottage was a very high standard and had everything we needed for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2018

  • "Great Cottage in a great location"

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Aug 2018

  • "Pictures on the web site do not do the property justice all the rooms are large and tastefully decorated with good bed linen and towels,pillows and beds are to a good standard and more then comfortable to sleep on and they don’t make any noise when having a good night of passion Kitchen had everything you needed to prepare and cook a good meal The lounge more then comfortable with a beautiful fireplace."

    Judith was more then helpful we felt like family with her warm welcome

    Reviewed by Marty5.0Jul 2018

  • "The Back House is a beautiful holiday rental."

    Everything in the cottage is of an excellent standard and nothing has been missed that a visitor might need. The village is near Barnard Caste and Teesdale with Durham and Richmond also nearby. We went with our dog and also found the house very suitable for him with plenty of walks on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 3 x super king-size beds with high TC linens (zip/link can be twins on request at time of booking please)
  • Highchair and Travel Cot Available (Please bring your own linen for Travel Cot)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC.Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Offers a 6-person luxury hot-tub
  • Gas central heating and full DG
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, DVD player, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Sage Bambino coffee machine, please bring your choice of coffee,grinder available
  • Fuel, power and wood burner including a starter pack
  • Bed linen and towels plus hot tub towels and gowns
  • Please bring suitable footwear if using the hot tub
  • Allocated off-road parking for 2 cars in private area, parking accessed next to cottage through farm parking area (not working area)
  • Secure bike storage
  • Access to sheltered courtyard which leads to a fully screened private pergola area with hot tub and seating for 6
  • Additional seating area, also enclosed and screened with luxury sofas for 6
  • Two well-behaved dogs over 6 months welcome at no additional charge
  • Please enquire if 3 dogs are included in the group
  • This is a no smoking property
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.3 miles Catering can be arranged on request
  • There is no EV charging available at this property, the nearest EV charging is 3.5 miles on the outskirts of Barnard Castle

The property

The nearest town to Staindrop is Barnard Castle, which has been named by the Times as one of the best places to live in England. It was described in various press articles as a 'beauty spot' - come and see for yourself and admire the new English Heritage blue plate that was erected for the infamous visit by Mr Cummings! The Back House is a very pretty Grade II listed building quietly located off Front Street in Staindrop, some 5 miles from “Barney”. The local public footpath system starts from the access lane to the property and includes circular routes. The Back House is part of a historic coaching inn next to the owner’s property; the accommodation is very spacious and features a large sitting room which offers a warm and welcoming space with plush sofas and a delightful woodburning stove resting in the original 18th-century inglenook, backed by a beautiful stone wall. The property’s rooms are bright and airy, and all overlook the south-facing courtyard with a lovely raised planted area. Socialise in the splendid kitchen with quality fittings together with ample room for six to cook and eat together at the beautifully restored table The cottage is very well finished with Karndean floors, Voyage fabrics and stunning velvets with Farrow and Ball paintwork and is simply a haven for families and friends seeking a high-quality retreat. Step upstairs to the three bedrooms; all featuring super-king-beds, perfectly polished and tastefully decorated with coordinating high TC linens, cushions, and upholstery – should you wish for alternative sleeping arrangements, the zip/link beds can be twins on request (NB please request at time of booking) The bathroom is large, very fresh and airy, whilst the ground floor cloakroom benefits from a WC and basin. Step outside into a lovely south-facing courtyard area with raised flower beds.

The area is well planted.

There is a fully enclosed and screened seating area with sofas for 6, this leads to the charming enclosed and private screened pergola area.

This features a luxury 6-person hot tub, and provides seating with cashmere throws and cushions for added warmth when the weather is not at its best.

There is a 6-person outdoor dining set of table and chairs to enjoy al Fresco dishes. Staindrop is a pretty village with a large conservation area and one of the long greens typical of County Durham. The oldest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Mary are Anglo-Saxon, built in the 10th or 11th-century. The church contains monuments including effigies of members of the Neville family. The village is situated near to the historic market towns of Barnard Castle and Richmond both with many independent shops and multiple restaurant and tea shop options. The magnificent Raby Castle is approximately 1 mile from the front door of the house. A new adventure playground, The Plotters Forest, designed and built for real adventurers, is very popular with younger guests – Charges apply; please check the Raby Castle website for availability.

The Castle is open to the public and boasts a top-rated tearoom as well as a wonderful gift shop; activities take place in the grounds throughout the year.

The walled gardens are magnificent, whilst dogs on leads can be walked in the stunning deer park for a small charge. The dogs in your party are also have an adventure field, just 5 minutes in the car!

Guests staying for more than 3 nights can book a session at the field.

Please enquire for full details after booking. The renowned Bowes Museum is close by, together with its famous silver Swan automaton.

Durham city with the twin attraction of world heritage sites Durham Castle, and the cathedral is 15 miles away.

The cathedral is recognised as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Europe. Also to the north is the unique Beamish Museum, which offers access to a preserved example of everyday life in urban and rural Northeast England at the time of industrialization in the early 19th-Century.This attraction is very popular with guests. The Back House is also a great choice for those who love the outdoors, with ample walking, birdwatching, and cycling opportunities nearby including the National Cycle Route 715. The Back House has achieved “Dark Skies” status and provides night binoculars and guides. The Back House is a truly unique base which offers a memorable holiday break for the whole family looking to explore the area. A digital guide to the property is provided before you arrive to help you have the best time during your stay.

Details include where to walk, eat, visit and lots more. Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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 any Stag/Hens or similar parties.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter