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The Granary

Durham, Northumberland (Ref. 951105)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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60 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice cottage."

    Well presented. Made for a great holiday

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2022

  • "The Granary is beautifully appointed, equipped and very comfortable, and certainly didn't disappoint in any way."

    The beds were the best we had slept in at a holiday cottage! The chocolates, Prosecco, milk and eggs on arrival were very welcome. Eggs were wonderful. My grandchildren loved feeding the alpacas and horses morning and evening. Tracey and John were delightful hosts. We won't hesitate to return and can't recommend highly enough.

    Reviewed by JudiJul 2022

  • "Absolutely wonderful - an immaculate property ideally placed for lots of great sightseeing."

    We can’t wait to come back.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2022

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our week at The Granary."

    The property was in a great location, surrounded by open countryside, beautifully clean and very comfortable. The hot tub was an added bonus and we much appreciated the welcome goodies provided by the owners on our arrival.

    Reviewed by BarbaraJun 2022

  • "What a fabulous house."

    So comfortable, well equipped and homely. We loved the hot tub which was great after a long day exploring. We can highly recommend the little Chinese takeaway in the village. Thank you so much for the Prosecco and the chocolates also the eggs and milk. There are some great walks from the house itself so you don't have to drive anywhere if you don't want to and the alpacas are very entertaining! We can highly recommend this beautiful house

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2022

  • "Just one word “FABULOUS”"

    Reviewed by DerekMay 2022

  • "What a fantastic stay at The Granary, we had an absolutely wonderful time."

    Lovely comfy mattresses, great showers, a perfectly equipped kitchen, and impeccably clean everywhere. Hot tub was hot on our arrival and logs ready for the stove in the lounge. The area is very peaceful and calm, with pleasant walks and a local shop down the road open til 10pm. Our hosts were incredibly welcoming and accommodating, we can't thank them enough. We definitely recommend staying at The Granary, 5 stars!

    Reviewed by CamilleApr 2022

  • "Amazing accommodation, every detail thought about, very clean and tidy."

    Great location for Durham and Newcastle. Really secure garden for dogs. Nice quiet area with two pubs in walking distance. Hope to visit again some time.

    Reviewed by StephanieApr 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay here and are looking to book up again for next year already."

    Everything was clean and tidy and the house was stunning. We had a great level of privacy and there was someone on hand for if/when we needed them. Also, even though we didn't get to see the dogs we loved the alpacas and horses, we just didn't want to come home!! Thank you so much :)

    Reviewed by NatalieMar 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage excellent setting"

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2022

  • "We had a wonderful 2 night stay and are rebooking for November."

    Accommodation was beautiful and exceeded expectations. Location and facilities excellent. Lived the hot tub and log fire. Couldn't have wished for more.

    Reviewed by TracyMar 2022

  • "A beautiful property in such a lovely setting."

    Owners very friendly, will definitely be a returning guest

    Reviewed by JulieJan 2022

  • "Such a lovely holiday home with everything you need."

    We had a lovely Christmas week complete with beautiful decorations. Wood fired hot tub was a bonus enjoyed by all! Super local walks and great enclosed garden for our dogs. Durham is so near with some great restaurants and beautiful walks along the river.

    Reviewed by Lesley-annDec 2021

  • "Lovely place would recommend it xx"

    Reviewed by SarahNov 2021

  • "Our stay at The Granary was everything we expected and more!"

    The house is fully equipped with everything you’d need, and it was gorgeous! The owners were lovely and welcoming, and the surrounding areas were beautiful. We loved the family of alpacas which are right next to the house! The house comes with recommendations for the surrounding area which is so helpful if you aren’t local. Will definitely be booking again. Thank you so much for our stay.

    Reviewed by ErinNov 2021

  • "Excellent property, first impressions when you open the main door - wow."

    3 large en suite bedrooms, large kitchen diner and lounge. Welcome choccies and fizz were much appreciated. Good location for visiting both the coast (Seaham and Whitley Bay) and inland attractions like Beamish museum.

    Reviewed by BrianOct 2021

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

    The accommodation was very clean & comfortable. We were a party of four and everyone slept well on the super king-size beds. There was everything you needed for self catering loads of pans, dishes, utensils etc. Tracey made us very welcome and we all appreciated the Prosecco, chocolates & milk for a cuppa on arrival. Our dogs had a great time too & enjoyed the enclosed garden and handy walks straight from the barn. If you visit don't forget to meet the alpacas! We hope to return sometime in the future. Lesley & Hugh Lander Market Harborough

    Reviewed by HughOct 2021

  • "Fabulous property to stay in and will book again"

    Reviewed by MelloneySep 2021

  • "The location of the holiday home was great."

    The Granary had an initial wow factor. Light and airy with comfortable sofas. On closer inspection we found a lot of dust and hairs under the sofa’s and around the fridge which was disappointing for the high standard we were expecting. The kitchen utensils were very poorly stocked as were the saucepans and crockery. Lots of chipped bowls and plates and no pasta dishes!! We were disappointed not to find a pint of milk to make a cup of tea after a 5 hr drive from Norfolk. In all the years we’ve stayed in holiday homes there has always been a pint of milk provided. It’s the little touches that make a difference. What really shocked me about staying at The Granary was the complete lack of recycling facilities apart from glass bottles. All plastics and food disposed of together something I didn’t feel comfortable doing at all. Is there not a way that the owners can accommodate recycling on a more general scale? It’s pretty appalling in this day and age.

    Reviewed by AnnetteSep 2021

  • "Amazing house - beautifully presented, with plenty of space."

    Very impressed with how clean it was. Ground floor toilet was a bonus (don't remember reading it had one in the spec), as the stairs were a challenge for the oldest member of our family. Owners were friendly and helpful (without intruding). Thank you!

    Reviewed by SallyAug 2021

  • "Accommodation perfect, lovely people and plenty to do nearby."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by StevenJul 2021

  • "There was one little niggle!"

    We ate in more than we would usually due to the current circumstances The cottage was short of good saucepans.There were two small ones and a ceramic casserole dish. The largest saucepan was unusable as the surface had significant damage. Also it could do with a sieve. Fortunately there were only three in our party so we managed. Otherwise it was a fabulous cottage, great location and would definitely consider booking again.

    Reviewed by SueJul 2021

  • "Wonderful location, beautiful accommodation and everywhere was lovely and clean."

    Reviewed by AllanJun 2021

  • "Witton Hall Farm is a great location and a dream holiday venue for those who own dogs."

    There are a variety of great walks without getting in the car and some where dogs can be off lead (but still under control). The venue provides easy access to many northern attractions and places. The Granary is a fabulous house with everything we needed. The hosts were very helpful and welcoming. The alpacas and horses were friendly too!

    Reviewed by CaroleJun 2021

  • "The granary was absolutely gorgeous, and a perfect size for the 6 of us and the dog."

    Couldn't want for anything other than maybe a few extra spoons, but I know covid restrictions meant we could only have 6 sets of cutlery it did make it tricky sometimes. The granary is situated perfectly to be able to drive or get the bus in to durham in about 10 minutes but still far enough away for plenty of lovely countryside walks. We had a fantastic time and would not hesitate to stay there again.

    Reviewed by GemmaJun 2021

  • "One word !! Stunning"


    Reviewed by JamesMay 2021

  • "Had a wonderful time!"

    We will be back

    Reviewed by ClaireMay 2021

  • "Wanted to write a long, detailed description of the cottage and the gems found in the area, but run out of time!"

    This cottage was brilliant. Luxury in all parts. The hot tub was easy to use and the garden was terrier-proof. The cold water dispenser and ice-maker were great. Well done all.

    Reviewed by SorrelMay 2021

  • "The pictures didn't really do this place justice as it was even nicer than we thought."

    It was spacious, very clean, with some really nice decorative touches and very welcoming. High spec and very comfortable and with amazing views. Enjoyed a lovely walk to Durham and access to many others straight from the door. Will hopefully be going back to explore some more

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2021

  • "Had a great time staying at The Granary, hosts were very welcoming, accommodation was beautiful, area was lovely."

    Reviewed by LauraApr 2021

  • "The Granary, was a lovely relaxing cottage in a quiet location."

    Loads of walking areas close by, and not far from local amenities. The cottage is beautiful and spacious with all needs catered for. We would recommend this cottage to others and would like to visit again during the summer as the location is ideal for venturing out to other areas.

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2020

  • "The Granary was warm and welcoming from the moment we arrived - the Prosecco and chocolates were a lovely touch."

    The bedrooms were amazing, each one like a mini suite with stunning views. The kitchen was well equipped with everything anyone could possibly need. Loved popping out to feed the alpacas, such gentle animals. Sunday lunch at the Traveller's Rest was one of the best we've ever had! Would definitely recommend The Granary!

    Reviewed by SallyOct 2020

  • "Really lovely place to stay."

    Clean and very comfortable. Friendly owner and funny alpacas. Hot tub was great too. A great holiday with our grown up family. Thank you.

    Reviewed by TimSep 2020

  • "What a lovely place to stay this truely is."

    The owners, Tracey and John, went above and beyond during our time there. The alpacas are friendly and we fed them with Carrots on a daily basis. The views are spectacular and we went on many Bike rides up and down the old railway line. The Traveler's Rest (Pub) goes highly recommended for eating, all home made and delicious! We will probably return to the Granary - I imagine this location and accommodation is gorgeous in Winter!

    Reviewed by JacobAug 2020

  • "The owners were so lovely and welcoming and the house was beautiful!"

    Reviewed by MargotAug 2020

  • "The Granary, was everything we hoped for, the owners were very informative and nothing was to much trouble for them."

    We enjoyed the bottle of prosecco which was a lovely surprise. The owner recommended the Yellow Dragon for a takeaway, which was great and lots of it. The area was very quiet and peaceful, the locals were friendly, which added to a fabulous holiday.

    Reviewed by SybilAug 2020

  • "It was an amazing place, very comfortable and spacious."

    The owners were very friendly and accommodating, and always on hand to give us tips on where to visit or answer questions. The are was amazing if you like walking and the travellers rest inn just down the road served the best food.

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2020

  • "Property was exceptionally well presented, with everything home from home, tastefully decorated, very friendly owners including the 4 legged friends for our dog Sparkey."

    Ideally located for touring the local area and the village pub food was the best.

    Reviewed by HazelFeb 2020

  • "Gorgeous house, very spacious, beautifully decorated"

    Reviewed by RebeccaFeb 2020

  • "The Granary was even better than it looks on the photos!"

    The beds were exceedingly comfortable and there was a hairdryer in each room. The kitchen had all the utensils required for cooking, the fridge freezer had an ice maker, the WiFi was good....I could go on! The location was perfect - easy walking distance of the pubs and shop and a short drive into Durham. The log burning and hot tub was quirky but quite hard work as the logs needed replenishing every fifteen minutes over several hours out in the cold! We had a fantastic weekend and would love to return.

    Reviewed by DianeJan 2020

  • "The Granary was an amazing house for socialising and getting together."

    The facilities were expectional and we didn't want to leave. Lovely setting and will return.

    Reviewed by BeverleyNov 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage ideal for exploring the Durham and Northumberland area."

    Immaculate inside and out with beautiful towels and bedding. Dog walks from the front door and plenty of information in the cottage regarding other walks and things to do. The log burner was wonderful and very cosy in the evening. We enjoyed an excellent meal at the local pub and found the little shop very useful.

    Reviewed by ZoeNov 2019

  • "The accommodation had everything you could wish for."

    Was spacious, comfortable warm and really well equipped. Surroundings were quiet and the village pub provided fantastic food. An exceptional holiday enjoyed by all

    Reviewed by KayNov 2019

  • "The Granary is superb; I have very many years experience of holiday cottages and that is up at the top of the table."

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2019

  • "The Granary is a lovely place to stay, beautifully decorated and appointed."

    The pictures don't do it justice it's a lot bigger than it looks. The beds are very comfortable and great to all have an en suite. A great secure garden for the dogs, walks from the doorstep and very peaceful. We had a lovely week and would certainly like to come back. There is plenty to do in the area and we explored a lot of the beautiful coastline. Durham is a short drive away, certainly a must to see the Cathedral. Would highly recommend the Granary.

    Reviewed by RachelSep 2019

  • "High spec accommodation."

    very friendly and attentive owners. location is excellent for walking and cycling.

    Reviewed by KenAug 2019

  • "Needs to be made clear when booking that logs required for the hot tub are not included in the price i."

    E. You have to pay cash for logs used. Also hot tub was not cleaned in any way e.g. Topped up with chlorine tablets so by the end of the week we couldn't use the hot tub as water very dirty. Apart from that lovely cottage, good area and helpful owners. Good for dogs too.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2019

  • "We loved staying at The Granary."

    It was beautifully restored and really comfortable; properly a home from home, furnished with everything we needed. Location was gorgeous and we really enjoyed the walks on the nearby disused railway and by the river. We will definitely book again!

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2019

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful."

    Completely faultless, the owners had thought of and provided everything needed and more!

    Reviewed by AbbieApr 2019

  • "We have stayed in many cottages over the last 15 years, this one tops them all ..."

    We have stayed in many cottages over the last 15 years, this one tops them all in every way, the accomodation, the safe dog garden, the walking, the Hosts were amazing and nothing was too much trouble, the hot tub was so easy to use with the logs provided, we have already booked to go again in October, we have never returned to the same location before, this time we will be staying in the cottage next door, I must stop calling them cottages as they are magnificent barn conversions, they are equipped to the highest possible standard, well done to John and Tracey truly perfect in every way

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2019

  • "What an amazing property!"

    We felt at home immediately we arrived - such a lovely place to relax for a week. The Granary is furnished to a really high spec with lots of thoughtful touches, even a bottle of Prosecco waiting when we arrived. It was perfect for our family of 5 with 3 grown up teenagers, and our dog. We loved the hot tub and tried a few of the board games in the property we hadn’t played before. We had no trouble getting the hot tub roasty toasty- just plan and light it in advance. The Shepherds Rest in the village is a short walk, dog friendly and did a lovely Sunday lunch. We enjoyed walks from The Granary of various lengths. The property is so handy for Durham and not far from Newcastle for a visit too. We particularly enjoyed the escape room at Lumley Castle, Lily of Lumley - great fun for everyone in a lovely setting. We’d wholeheartedly recommend this stunning property.

    Reviewed by FionaMar 2019

  • "Wow an absolutely beautiful property that is really well equipped and spacious."

    There was ample space for the four of us plus a dog who also loved the freedom to roam the garden. The views from the windows over the fields are amazing and watching the sunset from the garden was fab. The owners were also friendly and on hand for any issues. We would love to visit again

    Reviewed by CatherineMar 2019

  • "House was in a great location with a lovely local pub (dog friendly and serves food)."

    The house had all the amenities you could think of or needed which was good for cooking in the house. It was very clean and furnished well. We had a very comfortable week and the dog enjoyed himself. The only downside to the property was that the hot tub was a wood fired tub. It sounds lovely but it was a commitment heating it up as it took around three hours from cold and needed wood in its fire every fifteen to thirty minutes. Fortunately we have a fire at home so knew how to get one going and keep it going. I think some would struggle without this experience. We only used the tub twice because of this, and electric one would have been much better. We would return if we were to explore this part of the north again.

    Reviewed by DanielJan 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Open fire was lovely in the evening with a glass of wine Very well equipped everything you needed was in the cottage we also had lovely Christmas decorations. We were left a bottle of wine and mince pies by the owners who were friendly and very helpful. The local pub The Travelers was lovely the food was fantastic and a couple of minutes walk, dog friendly to. The hot tub was a challenge for us getting it warm was difficult. Overall we had a fantastic holiday enjoyed by all. Thank you.

    Reviewed by WendyDec 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, set on lovely grounds."

    we struggled to get the hot tub hot enough but it is winter! And the owner very nicely came and helped us. There was a bottle of prosseco, mince pies and fresh milk aswell as shampoo and all the other basics. The place is a lot bigger than the photos. We were so pleased there was a lovely Christmas tree up too! I would recommend. spotless and beautiful with comfy beds too. Thank you!

    Reviewed by AmyDec 2018

  • "Beautiful appointed barn, so clean, tidy, modern and spacious."

    The owners were very friendly and welcoming. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend

    Reviewed by TrevorNov 2018

  • "Perfect hosts perfect house perfect stay what more do I need to say?"

    Great dog walks on your doorstep and nearby pubs and food would definitely go back. It's a lot bigger than the pictures make it look.

    Reviewed by AntonySep 2018

  • "Beautiful barn conversion."

    Extremely friendly hosts who were most helpful. There were lots of unexpected extras such as croissants, milk, prosecco, fruit, flowers, amazing toiletries, games, books, all very touching. The area is stunning with plenty to do and lovely scenery and walks. We had a wonderful relaxing holiday, enjoyed the hot tub every evening and can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by DaveAug 2018

  • "Very clean, comfortable, spacious property."

    Lovely king size beds. Extremely dog friendly, even provided dog biscuits, treats, bowls and towels. Lovely big, secure garden for dogs. Park and ride two minutes away, very handy for Durham. Two good pubs around the corner, one serving enormous portions of food! Stairs a little steep for elderly, so just be careful. Will be happy to return here in the future.

    Reviewed by StuartAug 2018

  • "The cottage was fantastic and a great base for touring the local area."

    We felt at home from the moment that we arrived with an amazing welcoming pack. Every detail had been thought of for the guest's benefits. The hot tub hadn't been fitted when we booked the property so it was a lovely surprise to find out a week before we went that we had it and the towels were provided too. The owners live on site so are there if you need anything but they're not intrusive, John ensured we had a plentiful supply of wood for the hot tub! I recommend this cottage 100%

    Reviewed by SharonMay 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size (zip/link, can be twin upon request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x super king-size (zip/link, can be twin upon request) with en-suite bathroom, with bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom
  • Open plan kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • electric heated Hot Tub
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking
  • Enclosed lawned garden to the rear with Barker and Stonehouse garden furniture and a rattan table and six chairs
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: Staircase has low beams and sides are exposed.

The property

Durham 3.6 miles.

A beautiful converted farm building renovated to a high standard, sitting in the lovely village of Witton Gilbert.

Perfect for families or a group of friends, this cottage is really something special, boasting a magnificent interior with exposed brickwork and beams throughout.

As you enter, you will be in awe of the exceptional features, especially the large, high spec, contemporary kitchen.

The dining area adjoins the kitchen, and is home to comfortable seating, with double doors opening over to the lounge area - a room full of character and plenty of space.

The lounge comes with plush sofas, perfect to cosy up and get away from it all in front of the woodburning stove.

After a cosy evening, make your way up the impressive staircase and choose from the selection of bedrooms for a peaceful nights’ sleep, with a choice of two super king-size rooms, or a double, you’ll be spoilt for choice, especially as all are immaculately finished with en-suites.

Be at one with your location, by spending an hour or two in the large garden, conveniently accessed via the lounge.

For the adventurers, there is a nearby disused railway popular with both walkers and cyclists.

Why not take a trip to the conveniently located city of Durham, laced with elegant buildings and fascinating narrow streets which boast excellent shopping, eating and drinking to suit all tastes.

From Medieval castles to marvelous landscapes and scenic walks, this is property is wonderfully located for a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 952973, 952975 and 952976, together they sleep 24.

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About the location


Chester-le-Street 11 miles; Newcastle upon Tyne 21 miles;

Situated in one of the most beautiful counties of England, Durham city is one of the jewels in England’s crown. Dominated by the historic centre, a World Heritage Site, the city is home to magnificent Durham Cathedral, with its breathtaking vaulted ceiling and splendid architecture. The cathedral, the final resting place of the Venerable Bede, is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the whole of Europe. Durham Castle stands side by side with the cathedral, on a prominent hilltop site, encircled by the wooded slopes of the River Wear below. The city itself offers elegant buildings and fascinating narrow streets with excellent shopping, eating and drinking to suit all tastes. Add to that the ease of access to the rest of this historic county, “Land of the Prince Bishops”, and Durham has much to offer the discerning traveller, from Medieval castles to marvellous landscapes and scenic walks. Durham city is the ideal location for discovering this beautiful county.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas