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The Hay Barn

(Ref. 1061870)

Murton, County Durham, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Thank you for making us so welcome."

    A lovely comfortable stay and some nice walks.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Mar 2024

  • "Fantastic stay."

    The Hay Barn was really well equipped and comfortable for our few nights away. The walk from the barn around the fields was perfect for a young puppy to burn off energy. Thank you for a great time.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Had everything we needed. Owner was really friendly and helpful. Had a great stay.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a great time at the Hay Barn, the accommodation and surroundings were absolutely perfect."

    The attention to detail such as a welcome pack and car charging were second to none. I can see us potentially booking for Nov’24 if they’ll have us back !! Thank you

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2023

  • "Loved it! Hopefully will visit again xxxx"

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful property with all the essentials and plus some!"

    Thoughtful touches such as milk, tea and coffee and even cake provided - plus a bottle of bubbles was a lovely surprise! Fabulous position and lovely to wake up to chickens crossing the farm lanes and lovely walks.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fabulous accommodation in a great location for exploring the Durham coast."

    Beautifully clean, very spacious and comfortable. So many thoughful touches - the warm doggy towel in the utility room was enjoyed by our pup after rainy walks! Thank you Jo & family - we loved it and will be back again soon.

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful Barn conversion ."

    Perfect for a group of friends staying like us . Very friendly welcoming owner . We will be booking again for next year .

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2023

  • "I would highly recommend The Haybarn."

    It has been beautifully renovated and is a credit to the owners. The property is equipped with everything you could possibly need and is fresh and very clean. We had a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Aug 2023

  • "The most wonderful stay was just magical, the host is an absolute treasure cannot recommended this place any higher worth every second and fantastic value for money."

    Reviewed by Zara5.0Aug 2023

  • "Had a wonderful week with family in this delightful cottage."

    The main room with kitchen dining living room is well equipped and large enough for everyone to be around watching tv whilst cooking and chatting. Bedrooms are also a high standard. Location is great for beeches or Newcastle city and some good fish and chips places. The cottage is in a very peaceful location on a farm with some lovely walks. There was a comprehensive manual with many recommendations we found very helpful.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "Had another lovely stay in The Hay Barn, it was our 4th time in the last couple of years and the only property we have ever been back to."

    Everything you need for a relaxing stay in a peaceful setting, very handy for outlet shopping, Seaham beach and many other attractions. Jo and Richard are very helpful and always make us feel welcome, but never intrude. Our dogs love it, lots of great walks, just be sure to bring wellies and clothes for all seasons at the moment, ample muddy paw towels are always available!

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2023

  • "What an amazing property We have a small dog and found it a challenge to find anywhere close that would accommodate him This cottage was perfect He was downstairs only and didn’t feel left out as there was a huge living and kitchen area Got spooked by the chickens but that was all Lovely walk close by to tire him out I’m simple words PERFICK !"

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2023

  • "Exceptional property!"

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property was of a very high standard and the facilities very luxurious."

    We had a fantastic stay

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Dec 2022

  • "This a comfortable and well resourced property in a scenic spot."

    A peaceful and very enjoyable stay was had by all. It is very well positioned for exploring the north east and beyond. The dog absolutely loved the local walks from the door step as well as those at the coast just a short drive away. The thoughtful and friendly owners, who live nearby, are not at all intrusive. I can safely say after renting holiday lets regularly over the past 20 years this was one of the very best! I would return in an instant!

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Dec 2022

  • "This was our second stay at The Haybarn and will not be our last, it's a cosy place and very convenient for the places we like to visit."

    Our dogs are welcome and there are plenty of walks for them just outside the door. The owners are onsite and very helpful if you need anything and are not in any way intrusive. We got lucky with the weather and greatly enjoyed the cold snap and the log burner in the evenings. Great place to stay!

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Dec 2022

  • "Don’t often leave reviews but have to take time out to give Jo and her barn a easy 5 stars The accommodation was spotless clean and is very well equipped with everything you would need Comfy large beds, spacious and homely."

    Love the stove Whilst Its on working farm we had a peaceful stay Would definitely stay again and recommend Thanks for having us Jo and Thanks for the warm welcome gifts very appreciated

    Reviewed by Carl5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had an amazing time at the Hay Barn wonderful property it had everything you need and more."

    Jo had left some lovely treats for us and was so welcoming to her lovely property. We would highly recommend the Hay Barn it’s so handy for visiting Durham and Sunderland and surrounding areas. Spotlessly Clean and so comfy to relax in too.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2022

  • "This is a fantastic place to stay!"

    ! Beautifully decorated throughout and everything you need is provided, lovely quality bed linen and soft towels along with anything you’ll need from a kitchen

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Oct 2022

  • "Absolutely wonderful property with all you could want and more!"

    The little welcoming touches were unexpected but very much appreciated. Would definitely stay here again!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great location Super cottage Spotless Very well presented Will return"

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hay Barn."

    We were very comfortable. In fact we didn’t want to leave. Loved the cottage, loved the location and most of all loved that it was Reggie friendly. I don’t go anywhere without my dog. First class and already looking to re-book.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property and lovely host."

    Great amenities and I think I had the best nights sleep that I’ve ever had away from home! Great central location too.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Aug 2022

  • "The HayBarn was a fabulous and faultless holiday location that we were sad to leave and hope to revisit!"

    The location was quiet and pretty but local to plentiful facilities and attractions. The kitchen was furnished with every utensil we could have wanted, the bedrooms were both spacious and comfortable. The accommodation was clean and tastefully decorated throughout - providing a perfectly calming holiday environment. We visited with our dog, who had country walks on the doorstep, and a safe enclosed patio to watch the world go by. Jo was the perfect welcoming host, leaving us to get on but on-hand to answer questions and share local knowledge. The provision of tea and coffee, welcome afternoon tea treats and dog biscuits were lovely touches that rounded off the whole experience. I can't recommend the HayBarn highly enough.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2022

  • "A modern, comfortable and well-equipped barn conversion which we all loved."

    We had a very relaxing stay enjoying the walks from our front door, visits to numerous sandy, dog-friendly beaches and trips into Durham and Newcastle.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely loved our stay here."

    We stayed for one week in June 2022. There were 3 of us and we had ample space. The accommodation is beautiful, very well thought out and done to a high standard. Very clean and comfortable, highly recommended. The owners live next door but unless you need them they leave you to your holiday which we appreciated. They do have hens who visit regularly though especially if you feed them

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely property, well maintained, tastefully designed and comfortable."

    The setting is idyllic (the road is a bit noisy) and it was a lovely time of year to be there with the lambs and the new shoots. The country park was a big plus for us as we could really easily go for a walk with our dog. The owner was very friendly and left lots of lovely treats for us, including some fabulous fresh eggs from the resident chickens. A couple of things in the kitchen would help - a colander and few more baking trays (smaller ones). I would overall recommend the accommodation.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Apr 2022

  • "We come to the area several times a year to visit our family in Seaham but wanted to have a longer stay to explore the area."

    Haybarn Farm was the truly perfect accommodation. The Barn is simply beautiful . So comfortable and spacious with everything you could possibly need catered for. Sited on a working farm its idyllic. Jo & Richard are perfect hosts & actually allowed us to see new born lambs born that day. The chickens visited every day which delighted our granddaughters. Watching the horses frolic in the field from our patio was our favourite thing. We did explore the beautiful area Bamburgh Castle & others too many to mention here but returning to the barn was always such a pleasure.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Hay Barn."

    The owners are very welcoming and hospitable. They are generous hosts and want your stay to be perfect. The weather was kind at a time we don’t usually go away and the Hay Barn was warm, comfortable well equipped. I can’t remember the last holiday we had with towel rails that worked! If you’re hesitating about a visit to the Hay Barn, don’t. Just book and enjoy your time there. We will definitely return soon.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Mar 2022

  • "Top notch accommodation, lovely hosts and a fantastic part of the country to visit."

    Highly recommended. Oh and the chickens are hilarious.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time at the Hay Barn over Christmas."

    We greatly appreciated the extra touches, like Christmas decorations and fresh milk, juice, eggs and treats. The space is perfect for a family, with three very comfortable bedrooms, modern bathroom and a beautiful kitchen and living area. The firewood and log burger were greatly appreciated during cold cosy evenings. Nice walks right from the doorstep and good public transport links to Durham and Seaham. Highly recommend a stay here, we will certainly be back!

    Reviewed by Franziska5.0Dec 2021

  • "We just spent a lovely week at The Haybarn, everything you need is provided, we are a couple with two small dogs."

    There was a thoughtful welcome package and the place was warm and welcoming. It's a working farm and Jo and Richard, the owners, are about but not at all intrusive but it's nice to know, should you have a question. Everything about the property details is provided, all the information you need is sent to you after booking and is also in the house. Even towels for dirty dogs are available

    Reviewed by Penny4.4Dec 2021

  • "A fabulous place to spend a weekend."

    Welcomed with Prosecco and a cream tea. Better than a 5 Star hotel. Excellent value for money.

    Reviewed by Grant5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had a great time at the Haybarn."

    Beautiful house, impeccably clean, very well appointed plus super comfortable beds. Jo and Richard made us feel welcome and the file with tips of things to do in the area is very useful. We had a fantastic time a hope to be back soon!

    Reviewed by Alexia5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful house."

    Very clean and comfortable. Finished to a high standard. Lovely welcome pack and amazing eggs from the farm’s chickens. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Oct 2021

  • "We really enjoyed the holiday."

    The accommodation was excellent and we appreciated the thoughtful welcome pack. The only comment we'd make is that it would be helpful to have a grab rail in the shower and a slip mat.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Sep 2021

  • "Had a wonderful time, would definitely book again, just a little disappointed not to get the scones."

    Reviewed by Patricia4.7Sep 2021

  • "This is a great place to stay - very comfortable and beautifully furnished."

    We had everythimg we needed and the welcome pack of goodies was a lovely treat. Jo was very welcoming and helpful and we had a fabulous week exploring County Durham and Northumberland. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Sep 2021

  • "We were made to feel so welcome from the moment we arrived."

    Such care had been taken to ensure we were comfortable and basic grocery items, as well as homemade scones, were left for our use. Delicious home grown farm produce was also available for purchase. The farm was in a beautiful location with walks to the local country park. The Haybarn was spacious and extremely comfortable, with a strong Wi-Fi signal...this was important as a member of our party was working during our stay. It was such a peaceful place to be based and the farm animals were a lovely distraction. Jo was always around if we needed anything, but our privacy was respected at all times. It was a delightful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Jun 2021

  • "Really nice hosts; just the right amount of contact."

    Really good, new home was perfect for us.

    Reviewed by Bill4.7Jun 2021

  • "We had a fabulous few days holiday in this beautiful barn, from the lovely welcome afternoon tea and food pack to the spotless facilities the accommodation offered."

    We wanted for nothing as all those little extras in the kitchen often not provided were there in abundance. The owners were lovely people, not intrusive but around if needed and please take advantage of the delicious eggs on offer from the ubiquitous friendly hens around the farm. We cannot recommend this accommodation enough, perfect base for exploring the surrounding countryside

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jun 2021

  • "Superb welcome - made to feel very special on our silver wedding anniversary."

    Everything is finished to a high standard and with comfort in mind and with more things planned to enhance your stay. Thoroughly recommend

    Reviewed by Nadine5.0Apr 2021

  • "The cottage was luxurious- brand new, so clean and crisp, beautifully furnished and had everything you could need, and more."

    The welcome treats were a lovely surprise and we were really well looked after by the owners. It was incredibly cosy and comfortable and we would love to stay again - we would book without hesitation. It was even nicer than it looks in the photos!

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Apr 2021

  • "A 5 star welcome to a beautiful, lovingly converted holiday house with every detail considered to make for a luxurious holiday."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Apr 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor super-king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Snug/office
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, Full SKY TV package including films, sport and Disney channels, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available
  • Designated parking for two cars (space for third upon request)
  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Front garden area with seating
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Two well-behaved pets allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 1.4 miles
  • Note: This property rests on a working farm and is next to the owner's home
  • Note: There is secure parking on the farm for a horse trailer and horse stabling facilities upon request to the owners
  • Note: Electric car charging point at property available at no additional charge
  • Note: Owner has 1x Stable available for customer use for Horse.

The property

Nestled in the Durham countryside on a working farm is this wonderful rural haven, The Hay Barn, offering six guests a luxury and contemporary escape to the north of England.

Discover beautiful modern features and stylish interiors within The Hay Barn, surrounded by idyllic open fields and settled not far from the rugged coastline.

Take in the striking exterior of The Hay Barn on arrival, being impressed by the gorgeous windows which flood the property with natural light, with space for parking two cars just next to the property including an electric charging point for hybrid/electric cars.

Step inside and begin to enjoy the delights of this beautifully decorated house, making your way into the heart of the home, the open-plan living space, where a woodburning stove can be lit on a winter's eve to warm the group as you relax on the plush seating before the TV, prep the evening meal in the amply-equipped and sleek fitted kitchen, before joining around the dining area and central island.

A handy cloakroom lies on the ground floor as does one of the three delightful bedrooms, with this one being a double room with a super king-size bed and featuring a superb en-suite shower room, making it ideal for members of the group less able or mobile.

Follow the stairs up to the first floor to find two further double bedrooms containing a king-size bed and twin beds, each boasting Velux windows in the ceiling, along with elegant furnishings, served by the lovely bathroom where a bath and overhead shower offer a wonderful space to freshen up, with sumptuous 600 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding, as well as beautiful Egyptian cotton towels for luxury bathroom use.

Find a peaceful moment away from the excitement in the homely snug up on the first floor, with a desk being ideal for those who have to bring the office on holiday with them, along with a collection of books and some plush seating to get stuck into a good book.

Enjoy the lovely outdoor seating on the front garden area for some alfresco dining or simply sitting in the sun with your canine companion by your side.

Free-range hens are always wandering around and enjoy a stroke and a little snack of bread, the farm boasts a wonderful array of wildlife and on your bird table on the patio you will spot wild birds including a family of woodpeckers, owls, little pipistrelle bats fluttering round on a dusky evening, as well as Eppleton bees living on the farm and an abundance of lovely honey available all year round.

The farm is in an SSSI area, boasting a huge range of wild flowers, birds and fauna for those of you who enjoy the outdoors; easily accessed by the wide range of footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths available directly from the farm, there is also secure and lockable storage for bikes and being on the W2W path there is easy access and a lot to explore on the doorstep.

From the property enjoy a rural walk or cycle down to Hetton Lyons Country Park for a lovely stroll along the dedicated walking and cycling trails here, around the wonderful sporting lake where Springboard Adventures offer outdoor activities, as well as a fishing lake and football pitches or Rainton Meadows, it's a fantastic place to enjoy right on your doorstep, whilst the farm works with Durham Wildlife Trust.

Choose to spend a relaxing day at the outstanding Ramside Hall Hotel and Spa, indulging in a day of pure bliss among 350 acres of private grounds with two 18-hole golf courses, a luxurious spa complex, four bars where you can enjoy an evening tipple, and award-winning restaurants for you to enjoy intimate meals after a long day.

Other relaxing attractions nearby include Seaham Hall Hotel and Spa, Dalton Park outlet with its lovely pub, cinema, restaurants, cafes and over 60 shops.

For your grocery needs, there is Morrison’s supermarket, whilst a local bus stops at the end of the farm drive, connecting you to Seaham, Dalton Park, Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle, on either the metro or train, a central location between the A1 and the A19 providing easy access to all main routes to explore the area.

The surrounding area has lots of in the way of historic attractions and places to visit; head to the eery stone remains of Finchale Priory dating from medieval times settled on the banks of the River Wear, discover the dramatic and imposing National Trust's Penshaw Monument, or head to the Beamish Museum which offers a glimpse into the past with its world-famous open-air museum.

Wrap up warm and travel to the lively harbour town of Seaham on Durham's Heritage Coast to seek out one of England's oldest churches and to admire the beautiful and dramatic cliff top views, with the pretty Seaham Harbour Marina and the North Beach worth exploring too, close to many easy access beaches, cycle paths and walks on the Durham coastline all being dog friendly.

Durham is a historic city just eight miles away, with the beautiful cathedral, botanic gardens, castle, museums and beautiful shops with ample parking as well as a huge range of shops, cafes and nightlife, and tran links up north to Newcastle, Northumberland, Berwick, Alnmouth, and Edinburgh, as well as southerly towards Northallerton and York.

Sunderland is just 12 miles away, with a beautiful coastline and marina with buzzing cafes and restaurants with the newly built Stack at Seaburn providing street food, bars, coffee and cakes on a beautiful sea front location, whilst Tynemouth, South Shields, and Holy Island are further afield.

Newcastle is 14 miles away, a buzzing city with a character of its own.

It has culture with its many art galleries, museums, theatre, castle, cathedral and waterfront location next to the River Tyne with a nightlife of its own!

The quayside is a must for restaurant and café culture and a fabulous Sunday morning market not to be missed.

Beyond Durham, is the North Pennines with stunning walks and scenery, Hamsterley Forest for walking and bike riding and north of Newcastle is Kielder Forest the largest forestry plantation in Northumberland; with great tracks for mountain biking and a hire shop, a castle and an observatory viewing some of the darkest skies in the world.

Roman links can be uncovered at the Binchester Roman Fort, Arbeia Roman Fort, and the Roman Army Museum with the best-preserved sections of Hadrian's Wall.

This stretch of area also boasts Housesteads and Chester in stunning Northumberland Countryside, with family-friendly attractions such as the local Hall Hill Farm, go-kart racing, horse riding, Shildon and Tanfield Railway, the National Centre for Children's Books ‘Seven Stories’ in Newcastle, and Harry Potter filming locations at Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle and Gardens.

A warm welcome awaits at this unique property in a spectacular location at The Hay Barn.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Seaham 3.8 miles; Sunderland 7.6 miles; Durham 8.1 miles.

The village of Murton rests in County Durham, between the cities of Durham and Sunderland. Once a mining hub, Murton is now a friendly settlement that offers guests with ample access to a range of activities and marvels of the region. Murton is home to a selection of pubs and eateries, whilst also hosting a range of shops and the Dalton Park Outlet; guests will find all they need for a self-catering stay here. Lying to the north of the village is the Watergate Fishing Lake, where keen anglers can enjoy a peaceful afternoon, before embarking on a stroll around the water; for more nature-rich sights, visitors can venture a little further away to the stunning Hawthorn Dene Nature Reserve. Seaham rests just moments away, a delightful seaside town that hosts a range of activities that are certain to pique any guest's interests, from golf and the East Durham Heritage & Lifeboat Centre, to the town's soft sands dotted along the Durham Heritage Coast. Murton makes for a peaceful base, with the bustling cities of Durham and Sunderland lying moments away, giving a guest the best of both worlds during their holiday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas