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The Granary

Lanchester near Durham, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 892)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great week at the Granary!"

    ! It is roomy and very clean. We particularly enjoyed the conservatory and the views and the children loved playing in the garden. It is the pleasure of being in a farm with all the modern confort. The bathroom is high standard and even the wifi (which was said to be poor) was good enough downstairs to allow me having a zoom meeting. The owners are very nice, we felt really welcomed (and appreciated the welcome pack, thank you!!) Among the things we did from the cottage: visiting the beautiful town of Durham and renting a boat there for a little cruise on the river, going to Beamish, visiting National Trust properties, enjoying the coast: we had the great surprise to see dolphins from Durham coast, it was amazing!

    Reviewed by FabienneJul 2022

  • "If you want peace & quiet with open views of the countryside and not a car in sight then you need to stay The Granary."

    The owners who live next door have done an amazing job, the cottage is beautiful & fully equipped with everything you could possible need. We spent a lot of time in the garden watching the abundance of wildlife that came to visit and the sheep. The cottage has lots of information of where to visit but if your unsure Chrissy & Gavin at hand with advice. We loved it and so did our dog Snipe in the enclosed garden. We’d definitely like to go back, we haven’t been to this area before and it’s stunning with so much things to do for everyone.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2022

  • "As usual, everything was absolutely fine."

    Very clean and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by ValerieJun 2022

  • "We have just had a wonderful holiday at The Granary."

    The cottage was beautifully furnished, extremely clean, impressively well equipped and extremely comfortable. It is very well located for visits to many places of interest and the cottage is a lovely place to return to after a busy day with amazing views from every window. We would like to thank the owners very much for their thoughtfulness and hospitality and we sincerely hope to return one day. Pam and Keith Simpson

    Reviewed by PamelaJun 2022

  • "The cottage is very roomy and has a lot of good features that we liked."

    The wildlife visiting the feeders just outside the windows was a bonus. If you like to be in the country, this is the place for you. Access to places of interest is easy. The hosts are very nice and can give you lots of information if you want it.

    Reviewed by RichardJun 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a peaceful setting."

    The owners are very lovely people and made us most welcome. Their was tea and coffee and a packet of delicious biscuits waiting for us on arrival. it was a wonderful break for us and suited our needs perfectly. we most certainly will book with them again.

    Reviewed by AngelaMay 2022

  • "Very peaceful and quiet, comfortable cottage without being like a showroom where peace & tranquillity is definitely the order of the day."

    Would be happy to recommend and will be looking at booking again. Thanks to our hosts for a comfortable break.

    Reviewed by ChristopherApr 2022

  • "We had a fantastic week at the Granary."

    Lots of full and half days out within easy driving distance, with supermarkets and takeaways close by and the Knitsley farm shop a must visit. The cottage itself was beautiful - the photos don't give it or the views that you get from every window and the garden justice. We will be back.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2022

  • "This is the third time we have stayed at the Granary and each time has been consistantly good"

    Reviewed by NicholasMar 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely and better than expected, the owners who are next door are also lovely."

    Leaving you to enjoy your stay but available if anything is needed otherwise which is comforting to know. The views are very understated, they are amazing, we were lucky to see them in all weathers. The weather was not kind for our stay so we intend to go back to the area and would definitely stay here again, in dryer, warmer weather we would be able to enjoy the property and surroundings to more of their potential. The only thing I would say, is the property is located in a remote area, for us this was great, but if you wanted to walk to a local shop or pub it would be a long way. Definitely recommend the property and area.

    Reviewed by MicheleFeb 2022

  • "Could not be better"

    Reviewed by GordonDec 2021

  • "We are local to the area and stopped at The Granary whilst our home was having renovations."

    The Granary is excellent and has everything you need in the way of facilities. There is plenty to do in the area with villages, towns, shops and cities being easily accessible. We would highly recommend a stay at The Granary.

    Reviewed by MartinNov 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, so comfortable."

    Surrounding area is stunning. Owners very welcoming and at hand if you need them. Would highly recommend this holiday cottage with charming character.

    Reviewed by Lynn BridgetNov 2021

  • "Fabulous week at The Granary, could not fault it."

    Thanks to owners Chrissie and Gavin for your help, advice and recommendations. Can’t wait to come back ❤️

    Reviewed by SallyNov 2021

  • "Great cottage, great location, great hosts."

    Weather a bit dodgy but managed to keep 3 kids happy with places to go. This was our 2nd visit and we plan to come again.

    Reviewed by NeilOct 2021

  • "It has been an absolute pleasure to stay at The Granary."

    Chrissie and Gavin welcomed us warmly, gave us local recommendations and tips, but did not intrude in any way. You wouldn�t know they live next door! Their cottage is an absolute credit to them. Cosily furnished, well equipped, with the added bonuses of a conservatory and garden from which to gaze peacefully at the wonderful scenery and a log burner for chillier nights. The only noise you can hear is the birdsong. The cottage is ideally situated for Durham (use the Park & Ride which is excellent), Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum, Beamish Country Living Museum and Locomotion at Shildon. Lanchester itself has all the local amenities you need, including Ravello�s excellent Italian restaurant, with a choice of larger supermarkets within easy driving distance. Once again, Sykes has a real gem on offer. We hope to visit again and cannot recommend this cottage highly enough

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2021

  • "Spent a lovely break at The Granary."

    The owners made us feel very welcome, the accommodation was extremely clean and well equipped. The setting is beautiful and we only wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you!

    Reviewed by LeeJul 2021

  • "Is was our fourth visit to The Granary and it was all we hoped for."

    Extremely comfortable, peaceful with charming hosts. Have already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by ValerieJun 2021

  • "My father and I have just spent a very enjoyable week at The Granary."

    We had a very warm welcome from the owners Chrissie and Gavin who live next door. We found the cottage very comfortable and well equipped with quality furnishings, bedding etc. The Granary is in a lovely quiet location with many places to visit within easy reach. There are great views from every window. We particularly enjoyed sitting in the garden and conservatory watching the antics of the sheep in the adjoining field and the wide variety of birds visiting the bird table and garden. We were sad to leave but would definitely love to return.

    Reviewed by LynneJun 2021

  • "Amazing cottage to stay at, so peaceful."

    The owners are on hand for any issues and very friendly and really helpful. The cottage is extremely well equipped with everything you could require and more. The garden is great to sit out in, enjoying the views and listening the array of birds in the area and of course the neighbouring sheep. I would say though that whilst WiFi is available, it is serviced from satellite in the owners property so is only really available in the kitchen of family bedroom.it may be advisable to take a WiFi dongle with you with a data package especially if you have WiFi mad kids. There is really good data connection on EE powered networks. Certainly enjoyed our stay and will return hopefully in the future

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2021

  • "Very cosy cottage and owners were really lovely nothing too much trouble."

    Made you very welcome.

    Reviewed by AnnMay 2021

  • "We had a lovely time at The Granary."

    It was very clean, quiet and peaceful. The cottage was very well equipped and was just like being at home but in a much more beautiful setting. The weather wasn't with us so we missed the "dark sky" experience but we did enjoy watching a wide variety of birds from the conservatory each day.

    Reviewed by ElizabethMay 2021

  • "The Granary is Idyllic, a pretty cottage with everything and more you could need for some time away to either relax or visit places."

    . Both Chrissy & Gavin who live next door were very informative about the area, and although they live next door they do not impose on you. We were so lucky with the weather, glorious sunshine for most of the week. It was lovely to sit in the garden looking out to lovely green fields and hearing the sheep in the background. 1 Point I would point out is that although there is a washing machine & pegs (In the draw in the front porch) their is NO washing line (Although Chrissy did say we could use there's) Perhaps they could consider putting a rotary clothes line in the cottages back garden Would we return th The Granary, Absolutely

    Reviewed by GlynisApr 2021

  • "Amazing cottage in an amazing location."

    Visited the week before the second lockdown. Felt very safe. Cottage was cleaned to a very high standard. The cottage had everything we needed, the kitchen was very well equipped, lovely set of saucepans. Owners were lovely although attached to them they do not bother you and are very friendly and welcoming. Cottage is very warm and cosy and owners can supply a large basket of wood for a very small charge. I hope to return soon if they will have us back.

    Reviewed by AnnaOct 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage in lovely setting, very peaceful and idyllic for us."

    Property was immaculate and everything we could possibly need for our comfort. We look forward to returning next year. It was the perfect escape after all the lockdown.

    Reviewed by MSep 2020

  • "The cottage was absolutely fantastic."

    Well equipped (loved the mugs) and clean. The owner very welcoming and helpful. Views from the windows (especially with the sun rise) almost breath-taking. Kids loved the horse in the field. It is in a good proximity to many interesting places. I would not recommend Beamish Museum during COVID-19 restrictions unless you have already purchased a yearly pass and are revisiting. Durham is a stunning place to visit and so are few castles and abbeys from English Heritage in the area. Overall we had fabulous time and will be rebooking the cottage in the near future.

    Reviewed by JustynaSep 2020

  • "Lovely peaceful location."

    A home from home.

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2020

  • "The location is even better than the photo suggests and a very warm welcome from the owners."

    Reviewed by RFeb 2020

  • "Cottage was perfect, welcoming, great location for amenities & site seeing."

    We love the area. So much to do. Two fab days at Beamish. Everything we could need in the cottage, which was clean and welcoming. Our dog was welcomed and felt right at home too. Highly recommend. We can’t wait to come back :-)

    Reviewed by CarolDec 2019

  • "Staying at the Granary was a really a pleasant and relaxing holiday, the views were fantastic we found the little village of lanchester within easy reach by car with plenty to offer in the way of shops, pubs and Restaurants being The Revelio on the front and the local pub The Kings Head."

    The Owner of the Granary Chrissie and Gareth were were really friendly and very helpful definitely Home from Home,The winter views I love but it must fantastic in the Summer,A visit to Durham and its market is definitely worth a visit

    Reviewed by ChristoperDec 2019

  • "This cottage was exceptional a lot of attention was paid to little things which added to the overall cosy feel."

    We would highly recommend. Not only was the accommodation excellent but the position was outstanding. The owner who met us was very friendly.

    Reviewed by GrahamDec 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and clean."

    It had the facilities we required and the views from every window were fabulous. We were close enough to Lanchester and Durham to enjoy everything they had to offer whilst remote enough to enjoy open countryside. The owners were very friendly and hospitable. Lovely cottage, highly recommended.

    Reviewed by RobertNov 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a stunning location"

    Reviewed by AndyNov 2019

  • "We had the most enjoyable holiday."

    Very nice couple that own the cottage and made our stay comfortable. They told us of lots of things to do around the area which was extremely helpful. The cottage was well equipped, clean, comfortable and we found it a lovely place to unwind. Perfectly situated with beautiful views from every window. A real gem.

    Reviewed by TanyaJul 2019

  • "Chrissie and Gavin are fantastic hosts."

    The house was spotless and the views were spectacular (well, you sort of expect that when you are so close to the Pennines!) . If anyone is looking for a holiday in a rural setting - in a lovely cottage with all modern facilities - this is the place. And if you are traveling with little one/s - the farm animals will be great attractions! The sea is not too far - neither are the hilly terrain of the Pennines. A great place to relax. And both Chrissie and Gavin go the extra mile to make your stay memorable.

    Reviewed by DebasmitaJun 2019

  • "Our month stay at the Granary was truly special."

    The cottage was cozy and comfortable during the inclement weather and cool when warm. The sun room has a wonderful view of the pasture and hills which are dotted with sheep and cattle making our walks interesting and fun. The bed is great for the back and the water pressure is good for hot showers. A car is essential however many interesting places to visit close by. Our hosts were a wealth of information for places to shop and eat out. The site pictures do not do the cottage justice. We hope to return for another long stay.

    Reviewed by RosemaryMay 2019

  • "This was our second stay in The Granary."

    It is a lovely, clean, well presented, well equipped and very comfortable cottage in the middle of nowhere. Our idea of heaven! The owners are very friendly but leave you alone unless you ask for their input. Nothing negative to say. We'll definitely book again next year.

    Reviewed by SusanApr 2019

  • "Excellent base for the area."

    Beautiful cottage, beautiful views. Bit of a bumpy track to get in, but stick to the side and you’ll avoid the bumps. Beamish well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by NeilApr 2019

  • "The pictures on the website DO NOT give the true picture about the cottage."

    I had reservations when I booked it but as soon as you walk in, it was instantly homely and comfortable. There are lovely rural views across fields from EVERY room. The pictures were very minimalist and more internal views would be helpful.The owner was lovely and very helpful.The only negative comment is the driveway is very potholed, some TLC needed.I find that there is usually insufficient info on fridge and freezer capacity on most cottage websites. A picture of them would be helpful and also of the shower cubicle. This cottage has an awesome, large cubicle.We had a great time at this cottage and were very sad to leave, would stay again

    Reviewed by NicholasMar 2019

  • "The peace and quiet, no traffic noise , very little light pollution, very friendly helpful owners …."

    a lovely peaceful stay

    Reviewed by SharronFeb 2019

  • "The directions to the cottage were easy to follow and we were met with a warm welcome."

    The cottage was everything we expected - warm. cosy, comfortable, properly equipped, clean and roomy. It was within reach of all we wanted to do ie visit Durham, Gateshead, Beamish and allowed us the relaxing time we needed. Next time we visit the area we will be checking availability of the cottage first

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2018

  • "This is a beautiful cottage - extremely well furnished and equipped situated in jaw droppingly gorgeous countryside."

    The owners are very friendly but kept out of the way. Only very slight negatives are that you must have a car as nothing in walking distance and also, although stated as dog friendly, the owner's sheep are in fields all around the property and come right up to fence line with just stockproof mesh between the garden and them! My dog would have easily have got through!

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2018

  • "Really enjoyed our holiday at the granary peaceful lovely views and the owners are friendly and never bothered us."

    Good location plenty of places to visit. we will b going back again at some point.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2018

  • "Mr and Mrs Clark made us very welcome."

    The location is really peaceful and currently surrounded by sheep. The cottage is well set up and has everything you need.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2018

  • "We were made most welcome & the hosts were very friendly & informative."

    We would most certainly consider rebooking in the future..

    Reviewed by EdithFeb 2018

  • "This was an area we had not visited before and we enjoyed it more than we expected, nothing we wanted to see was close by but we did manage to visit 2 places we had always wanted to see."

    ..Lindisfarne and Beamish Museum ... expected to spend a day there, but went back on 3 days...wonderful place. Friendly people at the cottage, left us to our own devices which is very nice if staying attached to the owners.Would definitely go back

    Reviewed by SharronNov 2017

  • "No"

    Reviewed by BrianOct 2017

  • "The location and hosts were superb."

    The facilities were excellent. We loved the area, and it was a great stepping off point for so many places. We must go again to do some of the things we didn't have time for this time around.

    Reviewed by RichardJun 2017

  • "Fantastic location and the owners couldn't have been more helpful."

    One of the best holidays we've had, in terms of the accommodation. Nothing but praise. Wonderful.

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x family with three single beds
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove and conservatory
  • Entrance porch.
  • LPG central heating with woodburning stove in sitting room
  • Electric double oven with hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD player, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Extra fuel for fire can be purchased from owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking (access to property is via a 150m private lane)
  • Enclosed garden areas with garden furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome under strict control
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Due to rural location, internet connection and speeds cannot be guaranteed
  • Note: The owner's ponies, hens and occasionally sheep are nearby
  • All children must be supervised when near the livestock and dogs must be kept under control
  • Neighbouring farms also have livestock.

The property

Lanchester 3 miles.

A stone-built, semi-detached property adjoining the owner's home, set in open countryside, close to the village of Lanchester in lovely County Durham.

Converted from an old cow byre, The Granary is comfortably furnished offering visitors a warm and relaxing base from which to explore not only County Durham, but North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Northumbria, Roman Wall Country and the Lake District.

The sitting room offers panoramic, rural views from three sides with a south-facing conservatory to the rear, making the most of this peaceful location.

The historic city of Durham is just 11 miles away, and within comfortable driving distance are the Wear Valley, Teesdale, Northumberland, The Metro Centre, Beamish Museum and Shildon Railway Museum.

The Durham Cricket Ground at The Riverside, which features international matches, is about 30 minutes' drive away.

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About the location


Durham 8 miles; Newcastle 14 miles.

Set in the beautiful countryside of County Durham, approximately eight miles to the west of the historic City of Durham itself, is the village of Lanchester. The village took its name from the Roman fort of Longovicium situated half a mile south-west of Lanchester. Today, the Roman connection is reflected in the many Northumbrian tourist attractions along Hadrian’s Wall. Evidence of the Roman occupation in Lanchester is strong - stones from the original fort are incorporated into both local farm buildings and Lanchester’s attractive Church of All Saints, dating from Norman times. Now a thriving and substantial village, Lanchester has a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants. The surrounding countryside is superb for walking - the Lanchester Valley Walk runs the course of a disused railway line from Consett to Durham and is excellent for walkers or cyclists. With Durham City just 8 miles away, and Newcastle just 14 miles, there are many fantastic shopping opportunities within easy reach. An excellent base for Weardale and Teesdale, Cumbria and The Pennines, not to mention the historic Roman Wall Country together with the fabulous beaches and castles of the North Sea Coastline.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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