4.9★ Sykes rating 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom Pets No Features Off road parking Ground floor bedroom Open fire Garden / Patio Cot available Highchair available Washing machine Broadband / WiFi Reviews & Ratings Accuracy of the listing Cleanliness Comfort Facilities and Maintenance Search All reviews cottage (37) lovely (21) location (18) great (15) clean (15) comfortable (14) 48 Customer Reviews "Lovely cottage." Immaculate in every respect. Very helpful owners. Great location for trips in the Durham area. Reviewed by Caroline5.0★Oct 2023 "Grove Cottage is a delightful property." Beautifully appointed, scrupulously clean with friendly owner. I left my mobile phone behind and Mrs Simpson sent a message on the day I left ,offering to post it up to me. Would highly recommend and would certainly return. Reviewed by Margaret5.0★Sep 2023 "We had a great holiday and the cottage is truly lovely." However, for anyone considering booking, please note that it is not in Northumberland, but County Durham. Places like Alnwick are about a 2-hour drive away, not on your doorstep. I have twice informed Sykes of this, thinking they'd care that their listing was inaccurate, but both times, a representative has just said it is correct elsewhere in the listing (hidden away). Really strange attitude to have been informed of an inaccuracy, and refuse to update it. Perhaps it's because Northumberland is more of a tourist magnet than County Durham? Reviewed by Stuart4.4★Aug 2023 "It was nice knowing we were returning to Grove Cottage each evening." Comfortable and relaxing. Reviewed by Terence5.0★Jul 2023 "Excellent cottage we really enjoyed our stay." An area I have travelled through many times, but never really spent any time there! Reviewed by Malcolm5.0★Jun 2023 "We had a lovely break at Grove cottage." Nice and peaceful. Found it to be a good location to visit Barnard Castle, North Pennines and Durham. We had young baby, so washing machine and tumble dryer in the outbuilding was super useful, as was the use of the cot and high chair. Had an issue where we lost the key and the owner was very helpful and quick to resolve. Thank you for a nice break! Reviewed by Peter5.0★Sep 2022 "Very comfortable cottage." Well equipped. Owner, Lisa very helpful. Spotlessly clean and fabulous bath towels. Enjoyed our stay very much. Reviewed by Julie5.0★Sep 2022 "Great quiet place to stay, in middle of no where so unlikely to get disturbed." We used as a base to drive to: Durham, keswick, herbal gun company, high force waterfall, Warwick castle and other sites. Owner does not want arrivals before 5pm and must be out by 10am. Property as stunning as owners. Will post pictures on TripAdvisor Reviewed by Ian3.8★Aug 2022 "A last minute trip and what a find!" Exactly what we were looking for. Spotlessly clean and in a wonderful location. Would highly recommend Reviewed by Sara4.7★Jul 2022 "Beautiful cosy cottage in a very quiet scenic setting ,all amenities provided , exceptionally clean , lovely welcome gift of biscuits and wine , a lovely inviting home for your stay after visiting local attractions by car and from walking 20/25 mins to local pub , local cheese making cafe , Lisa was lovely and friendly , will definitely visit again , visited by car raby castle , binchester fort , barnard castle and beamish fantastic and luckily fantastic weather , a thoroughly relaxing break from work and my daughter on her summer break from university, outstanding!" Reviewed by Anne5.0★Jul 2022 "This cottage was excellent." Well placed for exploring the Durham Dales & Barnard Castle. Highly recommended location and cottage. Thank you. Reviewed by M5.0★Jul 2022 "Very comfortable accommodation, well situated for great days out." Reviewed by Carol5.0★Jul 2022 "Excellent cottage comfortable and very well equipped lovely location friendly owners all in all Can't fault this cottage." Reviewed by Brian5.0★Jun 2022 "Great property with thoughtful welcome pack provided,owners on site for any help or advice if needed,good location for many Durham attractions." Reviewed by Pete5.0★Mar 2022 "Second visit to this property." Lisa and her family are lovely, nothing is too much trouble. The property is amazing… Clean, warm and comfortable. Thank you for the wine and stuff, it was much appreciated… Reviewed by Colette5.0★Nov 2021 "Great find." Lovely clean and cosy cottage. Great location for Raby castle and Beamish museum. Reviewed by Lisa5.0★Oct 2021 "We really enjoyed our week in this lovely comfortable cottage which is well situated for visits to Barnard Castle, High Force, The Bowes Museum and various scenic dales walks." The cottage was well equipped with everything we needed. The owners were very friendly and helpful and we highly recommend a stay here. Reviewed by Hazel5.0★Sep 2021 "We had a great time Grove Cottage was well presented and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay." The cottage is situated near to lots of places of interest in beautiful countryside. Nothing was to much trouble for the owners who were very helpful. Reviewed by Yvonne5.0★Aug 2021 "Wonderful stay at Grove Cottage, the cottage is so comfortable, clean, spacious and well equipped." We met the owners on arrival, who were very friendly, and left a lovely welcome package. The surrounding area is quiet and nearby attractions such as High Force, Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum are easily accessible, the scenery driving around was beautiful. I would definitely recommend this Cottage to others. Reviewed by Laura5.0★Aug 2021 "Had a very enjoyable stay at The Grove." Extremely clean and well equipped. Beautiful views of the countryside around. Quite a few things to do in the local area but check ahead to see what is open due to the current restrictions as most need booking. Reviewed by Louisa5.0★Jul 2021 "We were in the location to enable us to visit friends and family so it was lovely to come home to a nice comfortable cottage in the evening." Reviewed by Patricia5.0★Jul 2021 "Great location to explore the area." Lovely accommodation. Very friendly and welcoming owners. Reviewed by Nigel5.0★Jun 2021 "Very nice location." the owner so friendly. thanks. Reviewed by Shahriar4.4★May 2021 "Beautiful welcoming cottage, great location, you're no more than a few minutes drive fro Raby Castle or the shopping centre nr Bishop Auckland." The cottage was very well equipped and even had a welcome pack of Wine, Milk, snack plus the essential Tea, Coffee & sugar. Reviewed by Darren5.0★May 2021 "Grove Cottage was just perfect for us (a couple with a baby)." It was very well equipped, had super comfy bedding, and despite being on a working farm was virtually totally silent. There were great clothes washing facilities in the outbuilding, and our infant enjoyed meeting the friendly family cat who liked to hang around. Lisa was very nice and accommodating, it was a great stay. Reviewed by Nick5.0★Apr 2021 "The Owner was so helpful, couldn't of done enough for us and the property was perfect." Reviewed by Wayne5.0★Apr 2021 "The cottage was beautifully presented, cosy and well equipped." It was one of the nicest cottages we have stayed in. Reviewed by Caroline5.0★Oct 2020 "Lovely cottage but not in Northumberland as listed." Very clean and cosy. My only problem was I asked for logs for the log burner and didn’t receive them. I tried to ring the owner twice but no answer and because of the covid situation could not approach the farm. Nice little stay visited some lovely places highly recommend Raby Castle and it’s grounds Reviewed by Dawn4.4★Sep 2020 "Lovely, modern cottage." Owner was very friendly and helpful. Reviewed by Charlotte4.1★Aug 2020 "Lovely place quiet great get away cottage beautiful plenty to do in the area ..." Lovely place quiet great get away cottage beautiful plenty to do in the area will be coming back for definite and be bringing grandkids great couple who own the cottages provided everything you need Reviewed by Mary5.0★Mar 2020 "The Cottage itself its absolutely lovely, the host fantastic and in a great idyllic location." The log burner in the winter months is lovely! Me and my partner went for her birthday and just wanted to relax, and this is certainly a great space to do exactly that! The only issue i had, which I believe is a Sykes problem, not the owners, it list this property ad being in Northumberland, which it is not. A bit misleading, but maybe I should've double checked before booking. I would expect a place to be where it states it is, however. Reviewed by Jay4.7★Feb 2020 "Fantastic, comfortable cottage" Reviewed by Ben5.0★Oct 2019 "You should be aware of what was listed as included." We had to request the DVD player,which had a short HDMI cable & had to be mounted on a pile of books to reach the wall-mounted TV.Also, we were advised by Lisa Simpson that there was no CD/radio provided, which was contrary to your description as part of the package. Poor lighting over the dining area. No information pack was provided regarding the equipment in the property (kitchen information was found in spare cupboard, not obvious) and there was limited tourist leaflets to be found & these were located in the Utility Room across the yard. Reviewed by Andrew4.1★Aug 2019 "Grove Cottage has everything one needs in an excellent rural location." Reviewed by Angus5.0★Jul 2019 "We loved this cottage and the friendliness of the owner." There was a lot of attention to detail. (The only thing I wanted was a wooden spoon!) My friend who was in the smaller bedroom said it would have been nice to have a simple pull out bracket to hang a few items, but we did appreciate the coat stand in the lounge. The beds were the most comfortable I have ever had on holiday. Delightful spot, absolutely LOVELY and would thoroughly recommend. We had never been to the area before and found some really lovely places to visit - some by car, some by bus. Would definitely go back. Reviewed by Janice5.0★Jun 2019 "Lovely comfortable cottage, well catered for and lovely and clean" Reviewed by Hilary5.0★Jun 2019 "Great base for visiting other near by places, very friendly and hard working host's, lovely clean and well equipped cottage." Reviewed by Susan5.0★May 2019 "It’s our first time with Sykes cottages and must say how well organised the company is - keeping you at all times well informed." - thank you. We thoroughly enjoyed our weeks stay at Grove Cottage. The cottage was immaculate and very comfortable. A big thank you to Lisa for the welcome pack which was very much appreciated and for her care. An additional plus was meeting Dora, the farms cat. We would definitely return. John & Lynda Reviewed by John5.0★Mar 2019 "Lovely cottage great location ideal for family we have booked to back for Easter holiday" Reviewed by Donna5.0★Feb 2019 "Gorgeous cottage, clean, everything thought of by the owner." Great location for lots of sights and attractions. Enjoyed by entire family (cottage was especially appreciated by the 3yr old and 6yr old who loved their ‘farm holiday’). Would highly recommend. Reviewed by Laura5.0★Feb 2019 "A lovely cottage." Very welcoming on arrival. Couldn’t fault a thing. Very clean and everything you needed. Enjoyed a week there and will certainly return next year.10 out of 10. Reviewed by J5.0★Aug 2018 "Good location, friendly owners, beautiful cottage" Reviewed by Edward4.7★Aug 2018 "The location of the cottage is brilliant!" ideal for so many interesting places to visit,so many in fact we did not have the time in a week to visit them all.The cottage itself could not have been better,everything you may have needed and more.The owners made us feel so welcome,we will return for sure. Reviewed by Pamela5.0★Jul 2018 "Cottage was perfect." Very clean. Reviewed by Paula5.0★Jul 2018 "The cottage was very clean and comfortable." We had everything we needed. Reviewed by Mary5.0★Jun 2018 "Cottage listing was very good." In reality the property we booked was not done justice by the photographs. Everything from hospitality of owners through location and local attractions was tremendous. Reviewed by Martin5.0★Sep 2017 "Absolutely gorgeous barn conversion." Would highly recommend! Reviewed by Graham4.8★Feb 2017 "The cottage was lovely and the owners were fabulous-really helpful." Reviewed by Mary5.0★Aug 2016 There are no reviews featuring this term Show all reviews Show more Hide all Summary All ground floor Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with multi-fuel stove Shared external utility. Oil central heating with multi-fuel stove Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent Bed linen and towels inc. in rent Cot and highchair on request Off road parking for 2 cars Shared enclosed patio area with furniture and BBQ Sorry, no pets and no smoking Shop 1.3 miles, pub 1 mile Note: Two steps up to front door Note: No electric point to charge electric cars. The property This delightful semi-detached cottage sits in the small village of Butterknowle. A stylish bathroom complements the two comfortable bedrooms where youre sure to have a great nights sleep, whilst the open plan living area is adorned with original beams and trusses and offers a cosy place to share stories beside the multi-fuel stove. A luxurious touring base surrounded by beautiful scenery. Note: This cottage is attached to Ref. 920251 and 996441 together they sleep 10. Copley Bent Cottages Three beautiful barn conversions on a working farm and set next to the owner’s home in the little Durham village of Butterknowle. Converted with great attention to detail, these single-storey cottages have been lovingly finished to provide the perfect destination for those seeking a countryside break with a luxurious touch. Each has an open plan living area offering a sleek fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area with multi-fuel stove for chilly evenings, all set beneath a pitched roof exposing original beams to combine character features with an elegant design. Outside is a pretty shared patio to the side with furniture, barbecue and a relaxing water feature. Why not settle here with a glass of wine after a busy day and enjoy the simple charms of the surrounding countryside, watching over the owner's distinctive Belted Galloway cattle in the adjacent field? There’s plenty to see and do in the surrounding area, including nearby Hamsterley Forest with its tall pines, classic woodland walks and challenging cycle routes. Raby Castle is also a must visit, along with the stunning waterfalls at High Force and Cauldron Snout. The market town of Barnard Castle, with its charming cobbled streets and impressive Bowes Museum is nearby, plus a short drive brings you into the heart of Durham, with its majestic cathedral. Booked together with friends and family, or individually as a romantic, rural retreat, these two superb cottages are sure to delight. View on map About the location BUTTERKNOWLE Barnard Castle 7.6 miles; Bishop Auckland 8 miles; Darlington 15 miles. Set between the pretty market towns of Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle is the sleepy little village of Butterknowle, near to Hamsterley Forest. Head West to spend the day in Barnard Castle, set on the site of a Roman fort, where the medieval castle ruins still tower over the River Tees. The town boasts quaint cobbled streets, yards and back lanes, which were first laid out in the 12th century, along with rows of attractive, old stone houses. The town centre hosts an arts complex should you be in search of a bit of culture, whilst there’s a range of independent shops to peruse, where you’re certain to find the perfect holiday keepsake. A short drive eastward from Butterknowle brings you to bustling town of Bishop Auckland, elevated above the River Wear and known as the Gateway to Weardale.On the outskirts of the town you can wander the ancient stones of the Binchester Roman Fort, the largest in the county. Beautiful walking country is right on the doorstep of this village, with the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just a few miles away, whilst an array of interesting towns and a wealth of historic attractions can all be found within an easy drive.