- Off road parking
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
Reviews & Ratings
77 Customer Reviews
"Our second stay at this cottage."
absolutely no issues a truly perfect place. Thank you Mrs & Mr Clark
"Thank you for your welcome and our stay in your delightful cottage."
Fantastic views and ideally located for exploring Durham and the dales.
"A fantastic week in a beautiful location in a comfortable cottage with friendly helpful hosts."
Wish we'd found it before
"Was a really lovely home from home."
Very well equipped.sitting in the conservatory watching the birds was wonderful .the local fish chip shop was well worth a visit .we enjoyed Beamish,Seaham,south shields,Rocker beach ,Durham and a river trip so much to do need another trip thank you for a wonderful stay
"The owners were extremely friendly and helpful."
They had fantastic knowledge of things to do in the local area and even if our dog was allowed. The setting is absolutely beautiful and tranquil, we had a fantastic stay.
"Absolutely lovely place to stay , ideal holiday cottage to use as a base to travel to the mass of amazing places to visit or simply just to get away and relax in a true home from home ."
Super hosts thank you Gavin and Chrissie
"We had a lovely stay and the property suited us perfectly."
It was a really peaceful location with good proportions and made for a great base to explore the local area. Really friendly owners who made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived.
"A lovely holiday home with beautiful surrounding countryside."
It has everything you need for a comfortable home from home holiday. Chrissie and Gavin, the owners, are a lovely couple and are there to help if needed but are not intrusive. Plenty of places to visit.
"Excellent accommodation, hosts next door are helpful but not intrusive."
"It's the second time we've stayed here - the first was 12 years ago and we'd always remembered it as one of the comfiest and most relaxing places we'd stayed so it was lovely to return and find it was every bit as good as we remembered!"
A really peaceful place to relax and recharge the batteries.
"The week started with a warm welcome from Chrissy, the cottage is very cosy and well equipped, everything has been thought of, home from home."
Beautiful views of surrounding countryside. Plenty of attractions nearby. Would definitely book again.
"This is our second time staying at the Granary."
Lovely, comfortable accommodation in a great location. Friendly hosts. Would 100% recommend.
"This will be the fourth time we have stayed here and enjoy the location, the solitude and the quality of the house and the lovely woodedn furnishingings."
We have already booked for next year
"Once again a fantastic stay at the cottage, Chrissie and Gavin are wonderful hosts with everything ready for our arrival."
The cottage is warm, inviting and so relaxing, sitting in the conservatory with a cup of tea is always a highlight.
"This was one of the best holiday cottages in which we have stayed."
We much appreciated the choice of decor. It was warm, spotlessly clean and very well maintained. The view was spectacular.
"A lovely little break in a beautiful cottage!"
"A beautiful cottage well maintained, very comfortable with everything you need."
Gavin and Chrissie made us feel very welcome. Will definitely book again when we next return to the area.
""Thank You" Chrissie & Gavin for a super cosy stay at the Granary during the freeze!"
This didn't prevent us from sightseeing due to the main road being at the end of the drive. We enjoyed the Granary for its cleanliness, comfort, fully working amineties and of course the great location. "Waking up to the view of the countryside, covered in snow, as the sun rose glowing over the far hills was an added bonus and being toasty warm says it all". The Cottage is in easy reach to many major tourist attractions either historical, for a fun beach day or just exploring the beautiful surrounding landscape.
Comfy bed , good shower, nice and quiet location good heating system for getting dried out and log burner for additional warmth in the cold winter temperatures.lovely and clean and everything worked .dog friendly .bliss!
"A very warm welcome and another very comfortable stay at this delightful location."
"A very comfortable cottage, well equipped and warm."
The weather wasn’t kind to us but we were cosy in the cottage. Gavin and Chrissie were very friendly and helpful. Olive, the dog, loved the enclosed garden and the woodpeckers and blue tits kept us entertained. We’d be more than happy to come back.
"Lovely acomadation very quiet and relaxing"
"Had another wonderful stay at the cottage, it really is a home where you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet."
"We have just returned from a wonderful week's holiday at The Granary."
This was our second visit this year. Having been a customer of Sykes for many years, this is the only time we have felt the need to return to the same cottage and we hope that it won't be the last time we visit The Granary. This cottage has everything you could ask for and so much more besides. Thankyou Chrissie and Gavin for your warm welcome and for all you do to make this cottage so special. We hope to see you again, Pam and Keith Simpson
A warm, comfortable and spotlessly clean cottage. Birdwatching in the comfort of the conservatory a morning pastime - a pair of woodpeckers regular visitors and a squirrel running along the drystone wall a delight to see. Many visitor attractions within a short driving distance. The Knitsley Farm Shop def. not to be missed (brownies to die for!) Waldridge Fell a great place for walkers (a dog's delight) and, for those who appreciate art, the gallery at Spennymore houses the Norman Cornish room. The Rock brothers superb landscapes and seascapes are also on display as well as work by many other wonderful artists. Doggie walks galore and no shortage of dog friendly eating establishments. The Woodlands Tearooms and Nursery at Edmondsley offers a special canine menu which includes doggie ice-cream!!! Not for our Romanian rescue tho'! The perfect hosts and have thought of everything you could possibly need to enjoy your holiday. Drive up to the cottage has been resurfaced NO potholes.
"We booked the Granary so we could catch up with old friends nearby, but as it was the week following the passing of our Queen, we did spend a lot of time at the cottage catching the televised cover."
It was so cosy and comfortable, Gavin and Christie are delightful and very helpful. We would love to return one day when we have not lost a monarch and can truly explore the area.
"Absolutely lovely cottage in a fantastic setting."
The views from the cottage are like looking out of every window at a painting. Clean, comfortable accommodation with very well equipped kitchen. Friendly hosts who are there if you need them, but otherwise just leave you to enjoy your holiday. We went to Hadrians Wall, Durham, Seaham, Beamish and more, all very easily accessible from the cottage. We plan to go back again next year! Thank you very much for a wonderful stay!
"Great week away , a very comfortable cottage and well equipped , the views are wonderful so if you want to get away from it all this is the cottage."
It is only a few miles from the lovely town of Lanchester with greek and italien restaurants both tried and tested for lunch and also to be recommended. The owners Chrissie and Gavin were lovely and welcomed us giving a helpful briefing on the cottage and the area. In summary a great week away at a lovely cottage which was in a beautiful location, will be returning!
"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!
"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.
"As usual, everything was absolutely fine."
Very clean and very comfortable.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"This is the third time we have stayed at the Granary and each time has been consistantly good"
"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.
"Could not be better"
"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.
"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.
"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 ❤️
"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.
"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
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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
"Very cosy cottage and owners were really lovely nothing too much trouble."
Made you very welcome.
"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.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Lovely peaceful location."
A home from home.
"The location is even better than the photo suggests and a very warm welcome from the owners."
"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 :-)
"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
"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.
"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.
"Lovely cottage in a stunning location"
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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
"The peace and quiet, no traffic noise , very little light pollution, very friendly helpful owners …."
a lovely peaceful stay
"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
"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!
"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.
"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.
"We were made most welcome & the hosts were very friendly & informative."
We would most certainly consider rebooking in the future..
"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
"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.
"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.
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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.
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.
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.
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