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The Turnip Barn

Witton Gilbert near Durham, Northumberland (Ref. 952973)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Great stay."

    Clean, comfortable and spacious accommodation. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2022

  • "Probably the Best Cottage we have stayed in ,the Facilities were first class !"

    ! The walks from the doorstep were lovely and your not to far from Durham (Make use of the Park and Ride absolutely brilliant !!!) Chris the host is really helpful with suggestions of what and where to go .Bet it would be Fantastic at Christmas with the Log burner going in the Lounge !!!

    Reviewed by StevenApr 2022

  • "We have been to the Turnip Barn twice now and will be looking to go again either later this year or early next."

    Lovely cottage we had a great holiday with the dog.

    Reviewed by JanetMar 2022

  • "The most perfect accommodation we have ever had."

    Beautiful old building, immaculate and stylish with every little comfort thought of. Friendly and helpful owner nearby. I wouldn’t change a thing.

    Reviewed by PaulineJan 2022

  • "Amazing property, had everything we needed and more."

    Owner so helpful, always at the end of the phone if needed. If I could make one recommendation, it would be to have a hot tub in the garden like the neighbouring properties. We had the pleasure of using a neighbouring one but for convenience, it's own hot tub would have been the icing on the cake for us. We loved our stay, our dogs loved it too and we'll definitely be back!

    Reviewed by RichardDec 2021

  • "This accommodation is beautiful and has fantastic facilities."

    It is perfectly positioned for touring County Durham. We stayed in early December, and the barn was beautifully decorated with a Christmas tree. The owner was really helpful and made us feel very welcome. We will definitely be booking the property again.

    Reviewed by SallyDec 2021

  • "Beautiful property and comfortable accommodation."

    This is the second time we have been to the Turnip Barn and it won't be the last

    Reviewed by SueDec 2021

  • "Beautiful barn conversion, perfect location for dog walking and sightseeing."

    Hosts couldn't be more helpful.

    Reviewed by ElaineDec 2021

  • "The house was really well stocked with everything you need to make it feel like a home from home."

    It was also completely spotless!

    Reviewed by LucySep 2021

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Turnip Barn ."

    We would recommend it whole heartedly. It has everything you need and the garden is totally safe for dogs. We will be coming back!

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2021

  • "The Turnip Barn is a brilliant holiday cottage."

    Clean, comfortable, excellent facilities, comfy beds, great communication from the owners, there wasn't anything that wasn't 5 stars. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2021

  • "The Turnip Barn has been renovated to an outstanding level with beautiful furnishings and excellent facilities."

    A really wonderful find - we would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by SharonJul 2021

  • "Beautiful peaceful cottage, excellent furnishings and very well equipped."

    Sunny garden until late evening. Countryside dog walks on the doorstep and local pub serving good food. Surrounding area lots to see and do.

    Reviewed by HeatherJun 2021

  • "The Turnip Barn is fantastic; very clean, comfy beds, fabulous showers, great downstairs space in both the kitchen and the lounge and a secure garden for our 2 dogs."

    Chris, the owner, is friendly and helpful. There were good walks right from the door and lots to do in the local area, both coast and country. We had a great holiday in a lovely place.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "We loved the Turnip Barn, the facilities and furnishings were of a very high standard."

    I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the accommodation, would love to return. Great pub down the round and lovely country walks.

    Reviewed by WendyMay 2021

  • "Such a beautiful place!"

    Everything was so clean and fresh. The barn itself has been converted to the highest standard, I would most definately recommend staying here. The pub around the corner (The Travellers Rest) serves gorgeous food, is dog friendly in the bar area and the staff are brilliant. The owner is on hand if you need anything but isnt intrusive in anyway...we would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by JoanneOct 2020

  • "Turnip Barn exceeded all our expectations."

    It was spotlessly clean, very well equipped with everything you might need. The furnishings were of a very high standard, beds very comfortable, showers really good and plenty of hot water all the time. Hand sanitiser was provided with plenty of cleaning cloths. We all felt very safe. The enclosed garden was ideal for the dogs. We would like to return when we are allowed to travel and would recommend this property whole heartedly. A bottle of Prosecco and chocolates was an added bonus.!!! Thank you to Chris and Julie.

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2020

  • "The arrival and property details were absolutely accurate, the Turnip Barn was everything we expected."

    We had a warm welcome from the owner Chris and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2020

  • "The spacious house was beautifully presented and very well equipped."

    We loved the old beams and high ceilings. The choice of decor was stunning. The owners have put a lot of thought into how the different properties on the site work together, allowing plenty of space for parking, even with more than one car per property. Our back garden was really lovely with good furniture and a large barbecue. Furthermore, it was clean and secure for our dog to run around and play. We booked this quite late after having another holiday cancelled but we were not disappointed. We traveled extensively in all directions and really loved the coast and the Teesdale area is breathtaking. We will be back!

    Reviewed by AprilAug 2020

  • "Excellent accommodation and Host would recommend Turnip Barn ."

    Great location being 10 mins drive to Durham and some super local walks. Village pub is less than 10 mins walk and serves good food.

    Reviewed by DaveJul 2020

  • "The barn was spotlessly clean."

    The living space is beautifully furnished and very spacious. The kitchen is very well equipped. There are lovely walks from the house which meant we hardly used the car. A very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by CatherineJul 2020

  • "I’ve never stayed in anywhere that was as immaculately clean as this."

    Nothing missed at all

    Reviewed by LouiseJan 2020

  • "This was a beautifully equipped, charming, cosy yet spacious, excellently designed and decorated home."

    We could run out of superlatives! A very well-provided for property that met all needs.The interior design was very tasteful and the addition of the Christmas tree and decorations added to the warm feeling. Very warm welcome from the owner. Safe and secure garden for our dog. We enjoyed looking out of the bedroom window to see horses and llamas in the nearby field, which disappeared for the next morning, so was it a mirage? Lots to do locally. We would recommend this whole-heartedly, it exceeded our expectations and deserves more than a 5 star review.

    Reviewed by AngelaDec 2019

  • "We enjoyed our stay and loved the downstairs area as a family."

    The log burning stove gave the room great atmosphere and warmth. Only recommendation would be to bleed the radiators as they made a bit of noise and with 5 of us we needed more hot water for bathing. These comments are aimed to be helpful and not a criticism as the place was enjoyed by us all

    Reviewed by CarolDec 2019

  • "Turnip Barn is a beautiful barn conversion."

    It was exactly as described but the many extra touches provided by the owners made it feel like a sumptuous and very comfortable home, not a holiday let. Plus, there were walks from the doorstep, alpacas and horses in the fields behind the property and a welcoming pub nearby! We would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by MoiraDec 2019

  • "The cottage was well-equipped and finished to a very standard."

    It was a very comfortable place to spend a week in the winter.

    Reviewed by MayNov 2019

  • "Lovely house."

    Spotlessly clean. In a great location just a few mins away from Durham. Owners were lovely. Had a lovely holiday would thoroughly recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by PaulaOct 2019

  • "My family and I stay in a holiday rental in the U."

    K. at least once every month, We have very high standards and The Turnip Barn exceeded them all. Our trip this time consisted of two 39 year olds, our 11 year old son, and our mums (64 and 76), we stayed for 1 week. The barn is probably the nicest holiday rental we have ever stayed in (and there have been A LOT of very good ones). Well equipped kitchen and utility, huge living area with board games and books to use. We can’t fault a thing about the property or it’s location. The owners are both very friendly too. We are already planning to book another break there soon.

    Reviewed by AlanaAug 2019

  • "All we hoped for and more."

    Facilities were fantastic. Everything we needed and more was provided, including a lovely welcome pack. Everything was clean and bright. Loved it. Made our holiday amazing. Thanks

    Reviewed by GillianJul 2019

  • "Fantastic welcome and very good customer service with regards to a heating query."

    We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it!

    Reviewed by LynnMar 2019

  • "We booked both The Turnip Barn and The Granary."

    Both cottages were fantastic and provided everything we needed for a family celebration. The owners of both cottages added some really lovely special touches to our stay. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2019

  • "A stunning barn conversion, great attention to detail, and spotlessly clean."

    Turnip Barn is even better than the pictures portray. Set in stunning countryside, with excellent walks for the dogs. Two brilliant pubs in the village. And Chris Holmes and his family so helpful and welcoming. Can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by JosephJan 2019

  • "The turnip barn was fantastic."

    Every need was met.

    Reviewed by ValerieNov 2018

  • "Beautifully furnished, very well equipped, warm, and dog friendly."

    Dog friendly accommodation that is so delightful is hard to find. Enclosed garden, lots of parking, friendly owners, great.

    Reviewed by FionaOct 2018

  • "The Turnip Barn Cottage was absolutely fantastic."

    It is gorgeous inside and out. Has the most lovely decor and facilities. Showers and beds are magical. Fabulous welcome pack left for the doggies and hoomans! Owners are brilliant. Made sure we were in safe and sound and checked we were all OK during stay. Essentially went above and beyond. Great if have dogs as the walks that are literally on your doorstep are awesome. We honestly had the best break here. Would recommend this cottage to everyone.

    Reviewed by TammieSep 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely and extremely well furnished and we immediately felt at home."

    There were lots of little extras which were very welcome including treats for the dog which were unexpected and a lovely touch. Have previously stayed in many 'dog friendly' cottages but this one is by far the best and is truly dog friendly. Location is good for visiting various places. We were part of a large family group and so we had use of the hot tub installed in the property next door. This was an added bonus which we would have missed out on had we been on our own and possibly something which the owners might want to consider adding to The Turnip Barn.

    Reviewed by StuartAug 2018

  • "Turnip Barn is by far the best self catering accommodation we have stayed in."

    A real home from home. Julie and Chris, the hosts, have thought of every home comfort including an exceptional welcome pack. We all, including two dogs, were made to feel very welcome. Would wholeheartedly recommend!

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2018

  • "Cottage beautifully converted with a lot of thought put into the furnishings, facilities & equipment."

    Very considerate friendly hosts. A very comfortable stay indeed & lovely to have pubs, shop within easy walking distance. Numerous lovely dog walks in immediate vicinity. Great location for Durham, the coast & hills inland.

    Reviewed by BarbaraJun 2018

  • "What a beautiful cottage it was just perfect ,beautiful stunning decorated to a very high standard ."

    The couple who own it are so friendly and helpful nothing is to much trouble for them .After we had booked Julie the owner sent a email asking us to let her know what time we were arriving , it did say we couldn't get in until 3pm so I asked if it would be possible to arrival earlier which Julie said would be no problem on this occasion as we were the first people to say at the cottage which was very kind .Julie was there to greet us which was lovely , she explained everything to us and made sure we were happy which was lovely . Well what can I say Julie said I have a few things in for you I thought a little welcome pack my goodness there was everything to get us started from tea ,coffee ,sugar ,milk ,biscuits ,bread ,butter jam ,bacon ,sausages ,eggs ,crisps ,chocolates ,cheese ham chutney,orange juice ,apple juice ,Prosecco all the fresh stuff was from Broom House Farm,This place is worth going to lovely place .The is everything in the cottage games to play & books to read if the the weathers bad , The kitchen has everything you need it's just like be in at home perfect .The whole cottage has been decorated to a very high standard 5 star perfect ,The lounge was beautifully decorated with two really comfortable sofas and some wonderful touches with cushions and other lovely touches .The kitchen was stunning with its high ceilings and all the wooden floors and beams and the staircase looked amazing it was in the kitchen which also was a lovely touch.All the bedrooms were tastefully decorated and all had there own bathrooms which were perfect 5 star grade all the way I could go on but I will be here all day lol There are some beautiful walks to go on we took our two dogs with us who loved all the different walks and places to go and visit ,any problems or don't know where to go Julie or Chris are happy to help nothing was to much trouble for them ,we would highly recommend this cottage to anyone and we most definitely will be returning to this wonderful cottage and look forward to seeing Julie & Chris again (perfect 10/10)

    Reviewed by SallyJun 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite bathroom, with bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric range oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Enclosed rear lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk.

The property

The Turnip Barn has been beautifully converted from an ancient listed farm building and sits on the edge of the County Durham village of Witton Gilbert.

Retaining much of its original character and with a wealth of superb opportunities nearby, make this the alluring base to return to whilst exploring this wondrous region.

Enter this stone cottage and be impressed by its sheer size, a spacious kitchen/diner welcomes you, with its impressive original timber pillar, and offers all of the high-quality appliances that you could ask for with glistening granite worktops and a fabulous dining table for all six of you to gather around each mealtime.

The ground floor also houses a tremendous sitting room, warmed by a woodburner in an attractive fireplace.

Wander up the staircase which is paired with some magnificent wooden beams and reach the first floor of The Turnip Barn.

Up here you will discover three superbly finished bedrooms, all are finished to a perfect standard and come with their own luxury en-suite facilities so you can get ready for your day in peace and style.

The supremacy of this County Durham cottage flows to its exterior, a pristine lawned garden provides a serene spot to sit with a drink.

The centre of Witton Gilbert is easily reached from here, the village offers two friendly pubs, one of which serves delicious food, there is also a convenience store.

There are also a number of beautiful footpaths and cycle paths on The Turnip Barn's doorstep, perfect for exploring with your family and your dog.

The remarkable city of Durham is very close by, a place line with idyllic architecture hosting the highest quality amenities and attractions to make the most of.Durham can be easily reached from the property, with the park and ride being only 2 miles from the property.

A few miles west brings you to the breath-taking North Pennines AONB, whilst a trip north leads you towards the bustling shopping city of Newcastle.

For a country cottage getaway of the highest standard, bring your loved ones together at The Turnip Barn Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 951105, 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
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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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