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The Granary

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



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
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138 Customer Reviews

  • "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 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 GraahamDec 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

  • "The comfort, cleanliness and location of the property is outstanding."

    The views from every window are breath-taking. The walk-in modern power-shower was much appreciated by all of us, especially the three teenage grand-daughters! The cottage is a pleasure to return to after a day out. We would not hesitate to re-book another holiday here as it is truly one of the best properties we have ever stayed in.

    Reviewed by IrfanJul 2016

  • "We liked the very friendly and helpful owners."

    We also liked the quiet and peaceful location and very comfortable cottage.

    Reviewed by ValerieJun 2016

  • "The cottage was well equipped and comfortable."

    We loved the beautiful countryside setting it was so relaxing to sit in the garden and enjoy the panoramic views and listen to the sound of bird song.

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2016

  • "I feel the three star rating of the property is misleading as we have stayed in a number of 4 star rated properties that are not as good as this!"

    The property is excellent and the owners warm and welcoming. The views from the gardens and the conservatory are wonderful. The cottage is an ideal base for visiting a beautiful and interesting area of our country.

    Reviewed by WilliamApr 2016

  • "This is a beautiful cottage and should be rated as 4 star not 3 star."

    We had a lovely and comfortable holiday. The views from the cottage were fantastic. My two little dogs made themselves at home as soon as we got into the cottage. The fenced off garden was brilliant. The owners could not have been any more friendly and helpful.

    Mrs EllershawMar 2016

  • "Lovely cottage in superb location with helpful owners."

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2015

  • "We loved the wonderful country views from the cottage and garden."

    The cottage was well equipped and cosy providing a relaxing break for all the family.

    Reviewed by JanetSep 2015

  • "The cottage was better than 5 star and the owners where very helpful with the area."

    We could not expect more of the accommodation and the access to things to do in the Durham area.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2015

  • "After having spent several years visiting the UK and staying in many cottages, The Granary is up there with the best of them."

    The owners were great hosts, the cottage was faultless, and the area and views were wonderful. We felt very privileged to have stayed there.

    Reviewed by SandraAug 2015

  • "The views from every window were fantastic and the owners were very friendly and helpful."

    This was our second time visiting and we are already thinking of a third visit.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2015

  • "The cottage was really lovely with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside."

    It was extremely comfortable inside with plenty of space for the four of us. This is a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by NickJul 2015

  • "Friendly and helpful owners."

    The cottage is in a nice location with a good feel to the property. I felt relaxed and at home there from the start.

    Reviewed by GillianJun 2015

  • "Wonderful accommodation."

    The location was so peaceful and had beautiful views. The owners were so friendly and helpful, which went a long way to making this a great holiday. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by ValerieJun 2015

  • "The Granary is comfortable and well-equipped for four to five people."

    The owners are courteous and helpful. The house is in a quiet and tranquil setting with pleasant views of the surrounding hills, but we were surprised at the number of interesting places we could visit within a short drive.

    Reviewed by DerekMar 2015

  • "The cottage was beautiful, the owners friendly, helpful but not intrusive."

    The log fire was particularly appreciated to add to the cosiness on a November evening. The bed was very comfortable, all in all a real home from home. We will definitely be back and we are already recommending the cottage to friends and family.

    Reviewed by ChristineNov 2014

  • "Warm cosy, welcoming, friendly and generally an excellent standard."

    This has been our our second visit and will not be our last.

    Reviewed by MariaOct 2014

  • "It is such a peaceful place."

    It is well appointed, and the owners are thoughtful and make you so very welcome, yet they are never intrusive.

    Reviewed by PatOct 2014

  • "The cottage was really nice clean and very well equipped."

    In a good location. We look forward to going back there again in the future.

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2014

  • "A lovely comfortable home with great thought given to details."

    Near to great walks and tourist sites.

    Reviewed by KathleenSep 2014

  • "The views from every window were breathtaking."

    We were made to feel very welcome. The cottage was so quiet but near places. We visited relatives but still found time to go for walks and do the "tourist thing."

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2014

  • "Very nice property in a lovely location."

    Owners are also very nice and extremely helpful.

    Reviewed by BarrieJul 2014

  • "Cleanliness, comfort and cosy."

    So peaceful and quiet with beautiful views.

    Reviewed by RuthApr 2014

  • "Spending time in a quiet, beautiful area but within a short driving distance of towns/cities/museums where there was plenty to keep people of whatever age happy and busy."

    Reviewed by AlanApr 2014

  • "The owners were very welcoming and helpful."

    The cottage was roomy, well appointed and comfortable. The location was ideal for us set in open country with wonderful views.

    Reviewed by MartinMar 2014

  • "Beautiful views."

    Friendly helpful owners. The fire was laid when we got there. Warm and cosy property. Lovely walks. Perfect - we would love to go back.

    Reviewed by TrudyNov 2013

  • "The cottage was spacious, well maintained, very comfortable and in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by LouisJul 2013

  • "The cottage was cosy, comfortable and clean and the owners were very friendly and helpful"

    Reviewed by GillianMay 2013

  • "Excellent cottage, well equipped, comfortable beds and furniture and a high level of cleanliness throughout."

    Friendly owners and plenty of leaflets about local tourist attractions, lots of games for children and books. One of the best cottages we have stayed in and an excellent price.

    Reviewed by EmmaApr 2013

  • "We would like you to keep it a secret as it was so good."

    Reviewed by PhilDec 2012

  • "The cottage, the owners and the lovely views."

    Everything in general.

    Reviewed by ThomasSep 2012

  • "The hosts and the cottage were 1st Class, could not ask for anything better in an area with lovely views."

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2012

  • "Peaceful location and beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by LynnSep 2012

  • "Out in the wilds, this is a beautiful cottage in a peaceful situation, with very helpful and charming owners."

    The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could want, in fact a home from home.

    Reviewed by BarbaraAug 2012

  • "Best equipped cottage I have ever stayed in."

    Fantastic views from every window and the conservatory. The owner was ever so friendly. A very enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by RobAug 2012

  • "The Granary was delightful."

    It's position gave wonderful views from every window and the owners were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Overall the cottage offered everything you could wish for in a holiday home.

    Reviewed by BarryJul 2012

  • "Lovely situation and views, very peaceful and the owners were friendly but unobtrusive."

    Our dog was made welcome and walking was available. The local village met all our needs for shopping, eating out etc. Altogether a very enjoyable week - we hope to return.

    Reviewed by ChrisJun 2012

  • "The cottage and the owners were fantastic."

    Eggs from the hens were great. Altogether wonderful!

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2012

  • "Very comfortable cottage with lots of little extras."

    Lovely views from all the windows.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2012

  • "A very cosy and welcoming cottage, in beautiful scenery."

    The owners were friendly and welcoming, but unobtrusive. The cottage was near to interesting and attractive places and also near enough to shops. We chose the property as it was close enough to Newcastle to spend some time with our oldest son who is at university there.

    Reviewed by JennyFeb 2012

  • "Nicely furnished and the setting was fantastic - views from every window."

    Friendly owners and could not fault anything.

    Reviewed by AmandaFeb 2012

  • "Really friendly owners."

    A very nice property, well maintained and it had everything we could ever need for a comfortable stay. We really enjoyed our stay there. Would highly recommend this property to anyone.

    Reviewed by ShafqatJan 2012

  • "Gorgeous cottage with everything that you need."

    It was warm and cosy and we loved it!

    Reviewed by JanetDec 2011

  • "The cottage was equipped to a very high standard and the owners were very helpful and friendly."

    I would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by BarabraSep 2011

  • "Absolutely gorgeous cottage."

    Had everything we needed, With superb views of the surrounding countryside. A relaxing time had by all.

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2011

  • "A spacious, characterful cottage in a truly peaceful location."

    Reviewed by SandraJun 2011

  • "We liked everything about the cottage."

    We were all out a lot of the time but it was lovely coming home to a great place. we are the first ones to have the cottage after the winter. Warm friendly service from the owner, we hope to come back again soon.

    Reviewed by MavisMar 2011

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, isolated but not remote, beautiful log fire, well situated for visiting Hadrian's Wall, Tees Valley, Newcastle and Durham City."

    Fantastic views from almost every room. Very friendly owner living next door.

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2010

  • "It was excellent value and a very comfortable cottage."

    We were handy for Diggerland and Beamish which my grandson (OK we all) enjoyed. A particular asset was the owners horse and pony in the field and chickens in the yard. We were also allowed to take our dog with us. It exceeded our expectations.

    Reviewed by LaurenceOct 2010

  • "Coming 'home' to The Granary after a long day out."

    .. It was so comfortable and cosy - all three ladies were so sorry to leave it to come back home. Our hosts were the nicest, kindest couple. Even a welcome dish of fresh eggs awaited us. I could go on, but there is no other word other than fabulous. Even this is not sufficient. Not sure of the Tourist Board Star Grade, but it deserves the highest, plus distinction.

    Reviewed by JoanSep 2010

  • "A lovely clean, warm and comfortable cottage which made it easy to relax in."

    Very friendly and helpful owners but not intrusive. Peaceful and beautiful setting with lots of attractions in the surrounding area to visit.

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2010

  • "Excellent location for Durham/Northumberland."

    A very comfortable cottage with very welcoming and caring owners.

    Mr HeathJun 2010

  • "Good base for so many attractions of all types."

    Warm welcome. Beautiful views.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2010

  • "A fairly remote cottage at altitude with very friendly landlords."

    Reviewed by RobertFeb 2010

  • "The friendliness of the hosts, the wonderful position of the cottage, the wonderful open fire and abundance of fuel for it."

    It was perfect. I just wish that I didn't want to praise this cottage and couple so highly as it may make it more difficult to book this cottage next time!!

    Reviewed by MarkDec 2009

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    Cosy, well equipped and very comfortable. The owners were the perfect hosts. There are plenty of things to do in the area and the weather was very good.

    Reviewed by JanetSep 2009

  • "Pleasant, comfy surroundings."

    No road noise, just peace and tranquility. Friendly, helpful owners. Perfect.

    Reviewed by LoisSep 2009

  • "Friendly and very helpful owners."

    This was very comfortable cottage in a delightful setting. Close to Durham and Beamish, which provides an excellent day out.

    Mrs CrutcherAug 2009

  • "Ideal surroundings, tranquil settings and good location."

    Log fire, conservatory, garden. Whole cottage was as anticipated from website, that is why we booked it.

    Reviewed by KeithJul 2009

  • "The owners were very friendly and welcoming - a lovely cottage in peaceful surroundings - the conservatory was the icing on the cake."

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2009

  • "We spent a wonderful few days in the Durham area - loads to do, beautiful scenery, very warm welcome (including posh chocolate biscuits!"

    ) , fantastic log fire with unlimited fuel. All combined to make a really relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by ChristinaOct 2008

  • "Another great holiday in a lovely area."

    Cottage is very good and owners welcoming and helpful. Near to many of the best locations in the area.

    Reviewed by LennieAug 2008

  • "Everything."

    Beautiful cottage in outstanding countryside, peaceful, lots of places to visit. Nice and cosy.

    Reviewed by Keith & SarahAug 2008

  • "The perfect property if you like peace and quiet."

    The days out are very varied, there is enough for all ages. The nearby Lanchester has all you need with two good pubs and the owners were the perfect hosts.

    Mr CollinsJun 2008

  • "The owners were very friendly, helpful and informative."

    Mr & Mrs GrindleyMay 2008

  • "Superb cottage."

    Beautifully decorated. Good location for a variety of activities. Ponies and horses very popular with the children.

    Reviewed by JennyDec 2007

  • "The cottage surpassed all my expectations."

    The location is lovely. The owners were friendly but not intrusive. There was a ready supply of wood for the fire so even in October the house was cosy. I enjoyed my stay very much and would like to visit again.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2007

  • "A good location, friendly owners but not intrusive, had a good time, will be going back again, thanks for a great cottage."

    Reviewed by GeoffreyApr 2007

  • "Our fourth time there (daughter at University just down the road)."

    Same lovely welcome. Very nice warm cottage - and plenty of logs to burn as well. Vindolanda on Hadrian's Wall is stunning even in February.

    Reviewed by PeterFeb 2007

  • "Excellent location and one of the best cottages so far."

    Nicest hosts yet. Cosy and comfortable with added homely touches - this cottage made our Christmas special!

    Reviewed by SimonDec 2006

  • "This was our third holiday in the property."

    The owners were as welcoming as always.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2006

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely area."

    The owners were also very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2006

  • "Lovely country location."

    Animals on the farm/in fields to watch. Conservatory a real plus. Appreciated the open fire and fuel provided, also plums and blackberries just outside the cottage to which we were invited to help ourselves.

    Reviewed by NevilSep 2006

  • "A very peaceful location, ideal for recharging the batteries."

    A safe garden for children. The owners were very helpful. There is lots to do in the wider areas as well as close by.

    Mr DickinsonAug 2006

  • "A very relaxing holiday in a well kept cottage."

    The owners are very welcoming.

    Mr GriggsJul 2006

  • "The owners were exceptionally welcoming."

    They even provided a bottle of wine to celebrate our son's graduation. The cottage was delightful and the countryside all around was spectacular. We would happily return!

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2006

  • "Beautiful views from every aspect."

    A well-equipped, spacious property, with welcoming hosts and lots to see and do in the area of County Durham.

    Mrs HousemanJun 2006

  • "We loved the peace and tranquility of The Granary, a complete world away from normal hectic life."

    The children loved the owners' animals and all the things to do in the area. Our thanks to the owners for making us so welcome and looking after us during our stay. We hope to go back next year, this time for 2 weeks!

    Reviewed by Stephen & SarahMay 2006

  • "A very nice cottage with very friendly owners situated next door."

    We always had plenty of firewood, that the owner chopped for us. A good situation, very quiet and peaceful with the village only a two-minute drive. Highly recommended to anyone who is thinking about staying there.

    Reviewed by StevenDec 2005

  • "The hosts were welcoming and friendly."

    Nothing was too much trouble for them. The cottage was a true home from home. The hosts went to the effort of putting up a Christmas tree and decorations to ensure that our Christmas in England was a warm and homely one. I could quite easily live there full time! Full marks to a cottage (and hosts) that I would happily recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Peter & JulieDec 2005

  • "...great views from every window"

    . The owners were excellent hosts. Everything we needed was there.

    Reviewed by HelenNov 2005

  • "Nice welcome."

    More than enough logs for the fire. Excellent setting. Huge amount to do nearby, especially recommend Killhope Lead Mining museum - even two teenagers had a great day there.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2005

  • "A lovely cottage in beautiful surronding with very friendly and helpful owners."

    The home grown eggs were particularly welcome and lovely.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2005

  • "Nice quiet location with enclosed garden."

    Plenty of things to do in the area.

    Reviewed by KatyJul 2005

  • "An immensely kind and thoughtful welcome."

    The hosts are always very helpful. This was in the middle of a cold February and a log fire had been laid and the cottage was already warm when we arrived. The cottage is very well stocked with all the necessities for a comfotable and happy stay and, while retaining a traditonal feel, is up to date with all its equipment and decor. There are lovely views from most windows and a very nice conservatory(with heating!). The property is quiet and secluded yet within an easy drive of good pubs and many local attractions. There is plenty of literature available if you don't know the area.

    Mr GriffithsFeb 2005

  • "The cottage was exceptionally warm and comfortable."

    We had a lovely relaxing time. The owner made us very welcome.

    Reviewed by MarionDec 2004

  • "Wonderful welcome - the cottage decorated for Xmas."

    Food laid on for breakfast after our planned (very) late arrival. Excellent situation with undroken country views.

    Mr MannDec 2004

  • "The cottage really was lovely and cosy, with a very friendly cat!"

    It made an excellent base for exploring the local area, and the owners were very friendly.

    Reviewed by KarenNov 2004

  • "A view from every window and a roaring log fire."

    Who could ask for more?

    Reviewed by AnthonyOct 2004

  • "There are plenty of walks with our dog around the area without going too far out."

    The Brown Horse pub let us take our dog into the bar for food, but the Punch Bowl @Satley will not let dogs in. Plenty of space for us and our son and daughter in law along with their 10 year old son.

    Mr GriggsAug 2004

  • "Very comfortable"

    Reviewed by TAug 2004

  • "The owners were excellent hosts and we thank them for making us feel so much at home, they could not have been more helpful and friendly, we look forward to returning in the future."

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2004

  • "Young children catered for at the cottage."

    The cottage is an excellent retreat from a "hectic life" but also a wonderful base to explore from.

    Reviewed by AndreaJul 2004

  • "We liked it so much our parents booked up to go on our recommendation."

    A place for total chill out. Great for kids too, as plenty of space, outside area and entertainment from the hens, ponies and cats.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2004

  • "Lovely cottage, great views, fantastic log fire on a cold October evening."

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2003

  • "The views were spectacular from the cottage."

    The owners were very welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2003

  • "Standard of accommodation was exceptional as was the thoughtful and friendly welcome of the owners."

    Lovely rural and peaceful setting with nearby animals that were a joy to watch. An excellent place to stay. Very clean, exceptional cottage.

    Reviewed by LesleyAug 2003

  • "The view from the conservatory was amazing, you could sit for hours just looking down the valley and we had excellent weather which made it even better."

    The owners who live next to the cottage were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by JeanMay 2003

  • "Peace & quiet."

    Friendly, having a few animals around helped with entertaining the children. Lots of space, felt safe regarding the children. Easy driving distance to attractions for the children.

    Reviewed by DawnApr 2003

  • "Owners very helpful & their chickens and cats visited the garden."

    Good all round views - a lovely position.

    Reviewed by M AApr 2003

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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.


  • 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.

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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
  • Last minute
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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