5.0★ (34 ratings) Sykes rating Sleeps 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms 1 Pets No Show on map Features Off road parking Open fire Pub/shop < 1 mile Washing machine Dishwasher Broadband / WiFi Reviews & Ratings Accuracy of the listing Cleanliness Comfort Facilities 34 Customer Reviews "Absolutely beautiful property decor amazing everything you could ask for and ..." Absolutely beautiful property decor amazing everything you could ask for and more ideally situated for both shops cafes and restaurants and also on the doorstep for many walks Reviewed by JaniceJun 2022 "The apartment was delightful, extremely well equipped, clean and comfortable, all of which was very much appreciated." Lots of local information was provided, the parking space was very useful and everyone was friendly and helpful. The location was perfect for walking into town, to the Bowes Museum, which is wonderful and for riverside walks in all directions. Reviewed by PatriciaJun 2022 "The most amazing place to stay,fully equipped and beyond." The welcome from Heidi was a nice touch,all in all far exceeded our expectations. LOVED IT !!!!!!! Reviewed by IanJun 2022 "Beautiful apartment, adjacent to Barnard Castle centre." Helpful and charming owners. Reviewed by KathMay 2022 "The apartment at St Mary’s Close was beautifully appointed, modern and with every appliance necessary." The owner had given a lot of thought as to how the apartment should look with colour and artwork. It was conveniently situated for easy access to shops and riverside walks. We enjoyed our holiday here very much indeed. Reviewed by RosemaryMay 2022 "WE STAYED FOR A WEEK THE PROPERTY WAS SPOTLESS EVERTHING YOU NEEDED WAS PROVIDED FOR YOUR STAY." GOOD SHOPS AND RESTRANTS TO EAT AT NEARBY. WE WILL RETURN AGAIN. MARGERY Reviewed by MargeryApr 2022 "Stunning property with excellent attention to every detail." The owner really cares about providing a comfortable holiday experience , everything is chosen with that aim and reflects an amazing taste for interior design. Reviewed by AnneApr 2022 "We had such a wonderful time - Host was absolutely lovely, and the apartment was better than even described (which is hard to understand, as the listing is gorgeous as it alrrady is!" ). Could not reccomend this place enough if you are heading to Barnard Castle - walking distance to pretty much everything, Host has also take the time to include reccomendations on all of the nearby food places for guests within the welcome pack! Everything was spotless on arrival, and host was very open to assisting wherever possible - She could not do enough for you! So pleased you enjoyed your stay at St Marys. Thank you for your review which helps others decide where to stay. We are pleased you enjoyed exploring Barnard Castle ! Property Owner Reviewed by GenevieveMar 2022 "Absolutely stunning apartment, Heidi was a brilliant host, not at all intrusive but there if we needed." Spotlessly clean, excellent location, just perfect. Reviewed by KevinJan 2022 "Beautiful place to stay." Very clean, modern, perfect in every way. The owner was friendly and kept in touch. The neighbours equally welcoming and friendly. Perfect location with easy access to the town etc. You will not be disappointed and I will definitely be rebooking at some point in the future. Reviewed by WendyDec 2021 "Fabulous apartment, close to town centre by foot." Very comfortable and well equipped. Beautifully decorated and furnished. Heidi was a very helpful host, checking during the week that we had everything we needed. Reviewed by LynnNov 2021 "The accommodation was beautiful, immaculately clean and very well maintained." Everything we might need for a comfortable stay had been thought about and provided. Although we were staying self catering we felt we’d had a fabulous 5 star treat! The location is perfect for the shops and restaurants in Barnard Castle and for the Bowes Museum all within easy walking distance. There are also some lovely walks right from the doorstep. Fabulous stay! Reviewed by GayleNov 2021 "This property is outstanding." It is really modern and clean with great attention to detail. It is ideal for 2 people in a fantastic location and we hope to return one day Reviewed by JaneOct 2021 "Exceptional apartment and Barnard Castle and surrounding areas are stunningly beautiful." Reviewed by GillianAug 2021 "A lovely place to stay." Fully recommend without hesitation. Reviewed by PhilipJul 2021 "Great apartment, great location." Reviewed by LewisJul 2021 "We had everything we needed in the apartment." Heidi was an excellent host who was always available but not intrusive. The accommodation was excellent; very stylish and modern within the old school building. All facilities were good quality. Not cheap but worth the cost for a short stay. Our first visit to Barnard Castle which didn't disappoint and surrounding area was fabulous too. Reviewed by GeoffreyJul 2021 "I think Sykes should cut back on the number of emails, offers, and other information that have nothing to do with the actual booking." These seem to come at a rate of two or more per week. With the exception of specialist organisations such as Landmark Trust I search for accommodation based on location and facilities rather than whether they happen to be be Sykes or anyone else. The accommodation was excellent and I would book again if returning to the area. Reviewed by StuartOct 2020 "Had a lovely stay." The cottage is beautiful and the area is great for exploring even during some tighter 'tier' restrictions. Reviewed by AmyOct 2020 "From start to finish Heidi was excellent." Gave us important information about the stay and the leaflets in the cottage help us plan the week without any problems. I would recommend this property as it was a good base for either just relaxing time or a busy walking holiday. I know we will be back soon. Reviewed by SimonOct 2020 "Central location of the apartment meant that we could walk to all cafes and restaurants in Barnard Castle when we stayed locally." There were very many places to visit in the immediate location, and with relatively short car journeys you had both the North Pennines of Teesdale and Weardale; and also the Yorkshire Dales in which to walk. The apartment was superbly fitted out, and the owner was very helpful both before and during our visit. Reviewed by SteveSep 2020 "A very very small gripe is the front entrance door is a bit of a fiddle but once you have been in and out a few times you master that small problem." Other than that its a great place to stay in comfort and quiet close to the town and near to a very good Italian,Capri. Valentine's restaurant in town also very good. My wife and I really liked this place. Reviewed by AllanAug 2020 "Lovely place to stay." Thoroughly recommended. Reviewed by MartynAug 2020 "A wonderful restful break." The owners were so friendly and helpful. We can’t praise them or the property enough. Thank you. Reviewed by ElaineFeb 2020 "Great location in the centre of Barnard Castle." The apartment is very clean, cosy & warm with everything you could want, a real “Home from Home”. Reviewed by JaneOct 2019 "The apartment at St Mary's Close was excellent and the owner Heidi was so friendly and helpful." We were immediately made welcome and Heidi gave us useful information about the locality, the shops, the restaurants etc in the town. The surrounding area was beautiful with many attractions to visit. We would definitely love to visit this area again and hopefully stay in the same accommodation as we felt so at home there and liked it so much. Reviewed by ManselOct 2019 "The apartment is lovely with every facility that you could wish for." It is also very convenient for the centre of Barnard Castle and yet so quiet too. Heidi is very welcoming and friendly. We really enjoyed our holiday. Reviewed by KathrynOct 2019 "So very convenient for all facilities Barnard Castle has to offer, quiet with a great welcome from Heidi along with many tips about the area." Well worth another visit. Mary and David Fife. Scotland Reviewed by DavidSep 2019 "Lovely flat, well equipped and presented, and very well positioned for exploring Barnard Castle, County Durham and the wider area." Heidi is very welcoming. Reviewed by JuliaSep 2019 "We've stayed in many holiday rentals but none as stylish and classy as this!" Very well equipped, ideal location and Heidi made us very welcome and was really helpful. We would definitely book again. Reviewed by PeterAug 2019 "Stephen and Kath Staffordshire August 9th 2019." Our one weeks stay in this apartment was simply wonderful. Heidi goes above and beyond to make you welcome providing lovely touches including fresh flowers. The apartment is of a very high standard and is filled with quality fixtures and fittings, everything and more is provided to make a perfect and enjoyable stay. The area offers lots of interesting options, the Bowes Museum and the Firkin Alley are well worth a visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and defiantly look forward to our next stay. Reviewed by StephenAug 2019 "We had a fabulous time here, lovely accommodation really beautifully done, great location, and the most friendly owners ever." There is lots to do nearby including exploring the little town, art gallery and cafes, then venturing further for walks and cycling from the door. We will definitely come back as it was so relaxing and a mix of town and country suited us great. Reviewed by RuthAug 2019 "The apartment was very spacious and furnished with lovely, quality items." It was very well equipped and Heidi has obviously gone to great length to think of everything her guests would need. Barnard Castle is a great location and we enjoyed some fabulous walks nearby. We hope to return soon! Reviewed by EmmyJul 2019 "2 St Marys is a beautiful apartment, it is in a quiet spot, and a 2 minute walk to the hub of Barnard Castle." Walks around the area are from the doorstep, or travel little further afield to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Dales. The apartment is furnished and presented to a high quality, we had a lovely time exploring the town and the Dales, and will definitely return to 2 St Marys so we can do some more. Reviewed by KarenJun 2019 Show more Summary One bedroom: 1 x double Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC Open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove Utility/cloakroom with basin and WC. Gas central heating with woodburning stove Electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, washing machine, TV and WiFi Fuel and power inc. in rent Bed linen and towels inc. in rent Private parking Sorry, no pets and no smoking Shop 0.3 miles and pub 0.2 miles Note: Property has an open glass landing area overlooking the living room Note: Property sleeps a maximum of 2 people Note: No children The property Nestled on the outskirts of the market town of Barnard Castle, in the dale of Teesdale in County Durham, is this stunning converted apartment. The apartment is part of an historic unique old school building dating back to 1892 and was Barnard Castle’s second National School. The architect and builder was Joseph Kyle who was also the contractor for the Bowes Museum. The school eventually closed in 1977 and the building became derelict before it was rescued and converted into housing in 1992. Internally, the property has been recently renovated into a brightly decorated apartment for couples looking to explore this historic town and its stunning countryside scenery. Step through to the wonderfully spacious open-plan living area, housing a range of high-quality furnishings including a corner sofa, where you can sink into the cushions and spend your evenings relaxing in front of the woodburning stove, for that added bit of warmth. The kitchen rests behind and has a set of modern fitted units and sleek worktops with ample preparation space for cooking up a storm for your partner! Gather around the large dining table to enjoy your meals over a well-deserved glass of champagne. Follow the steps up to the first floor, boasting a wonderful double bedroom, with built-in wardrobes and a range of contemporary furniture to store your personal items. The bathroom offers a fitted bath and shower over, so you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub after a tiring day. Barnard Castle is an excellent choice for a holiday, as it has a large number of tourist attractions that are a must-see, as well as easy access into both the North Pennines AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park for many countryside sites and walking trails. There are many stunning walks to enjoy from the doorstep of this apartment. Barnard Castle has many historical sites to offer visitors firstly its grade 1 listed castle ruins dating back to the 12th century. Several families developed the castle before it was passed to Richard III. Step out of your apartment and straight into the churchyard of a stunning church dating back to 1130. St Marys Parish Church has several stone decorations commissioned by Richard III during his time in the town. You will find his boar’s head badge on several buildings in the town including the church. The high street is just a short stroll from your apartment and boasts an eclectic mix of shops many of them independents, cafes, pubs and many other historically significant buildings such as The Market Cross and The Witham, which dates back to 1846. The Witham now functions as the towns Art & Leisure centre and has a gallery, theatre, café and shop. You can enjoy a stroll down The Bank, which is well known for its antique shops and artisan businesses. The Bowes Museum is within walking distance and houses an eclectic collection of antiques, ceramics and artwork. It has nationally acclaimed visiting exhibitions as well as its permanent collections. Well worth a visit you can easily spend a whole day at the museum taking a stroll through its woodland gardens and enjoying lunch at it’s café. There are a number of notable attractions in the area, Egglestone Abbey is an abandoned abbey, with much of the 13th century church still remaining to this date and has beautiful views across the picturesque River Tees. Raby Castle is a short drive and is the home of Lord Barnard. This 14th century castle is worth visiting when staying in the area and hosts many interesting events throughout the year. The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors National Parks, Durham, Newcastle and the East coast holiday towns are all accessible from this apartment as day trips. It makes a fantastic base to explore all there is on offer in the North East. View on map About the location BARNARD CASTLE Staindrop 6 miles; Richmond 13 miles; Darlington 16 miles; Durham 20 miles. The market town of Barnard Castle is situated in the unspoilt countryside of Teesdale in County Durham. It stands on the site of an ancient Roman fort which crosses the river. The medieval ruins of the castle still tower over the river and are well worth a visit. Known affectionately as 'Barney’ by residents and visitors alike, the town boasts cobble streets, yards and back lanes, which were first laid out in the 12th century. The nearby Bowes Museum is well worth a visit and a wonderful way to spend a day wandering around this beautiful building and experiencing the fascinating exhibitions. Beautiful walking country is right on the doorstep of this lovely market town, with woodland walks and cycle routes and the Lake District, the Pennine and Teesdale Ways, and the River Tees and magnificent waterfalls at High Force are all within easy reach. Region Information Yorkshire Cottage Holidays Note: Property sleeps a maximum of 2 people. Note: No childrenBookings from the 28th December must be for 7 nights only.