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Cleatlam near Staindrop and Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 896)


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  • Icon/Feature/Four-poster Bed Four poster bed
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Really spacious lodge, and extremely well kitted out with kitchen utensils, games, books, sugar, fairy liquid etc."

    The play park and toys outside were fabulous for our 2 year old. Close to Raby Castle which is worth a visit. The views are beautiful and it is wonderfully quiet. The bedding desperately needs to be refreshed though. It was aged and felt unclean. There were a couple of areas like this. The lodge was also unbearably hot on arrival yet no heating appeared to be on. The only way to cool it down was to open the windows which wasn't ideal due to the farm smells. We expected these and weren't too bothered but would have liked to be able to close the windows. All in all, it is a lovely property, would recommend.

    Reviewed by ScottSep 2021

  • "Lovely and peaceful, a great place for relaxing and a central position for days out."

    Reviewed by TeresaJul 2021

  • "Friendly owner, great location."

    Reviewed by JimApr 2021

  • "Amazing accommodation."

    So spacious and well equipped

    Reviewed by FranOct 2020

  • "An absolutely amazing stay for the whole family."

    Everything was above and beyond our expectations. We were met with a very friendly owner who gave us some very knowledgeable information about the area. It was clean and tidy and well equipped. We will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by LinseyJul 2020

  • "We were visiting family so we could look after our two little grandsons and wanted somewhere to take them rather than traipsing round museums etc and this turned out to be perfect."

    Huge rooms for them to gallop around in and an outdoor play area as well. On our second day, they were absolutely rapt looking out of the window watching sheep being herded, horses wandering about and also farm vehicles. Toys were left out for them and the huge TV was a source of constant pleasure, needless to say! When they had been returned for the evening, we could relax on the two big sofas and the bed was big and comfy. The price was great, the owners friendly but not intrusive and all in all, it was lovely. The central heating was possibly the best and most efficient ever and the constant hot water also a big bonus. Just two little points, not niggles exactly, but in the interests of honest feedback - firstly, the kitchen floor needs a really good clean. It has ingrained dirt in front of the sink and cooker which is a bit off-putting, also there was a garlic skin under the table and as I am allergic, I know for sure it wasn't ours! I used to own a company doing holiday let cleans and I would not have passed this job of work. Other than the floor, though, everything was clean enough. The other thing is that when the adjoining unit is in use (as it was on our last night) smells of food come through the connecting door, as does a howling draught when their front door is open. A draught excluder would probably fix that and it didn't bother us, but I can see that some people might take exception. The cleverly designed units don't have adjoining bedrooms, so there was no disturbance after bedtime. But all in all, fabulous!

    Reviewed by CarolJan 2020

  • "Generally we were happy with the property and found the owner to be most welcoming."

    There were only one or two minor adjustments we would like to see, such as a screen for the over bath shower, and perhaps some more kitchen utensils. The "Big girls pop" was most appreciated. We hope to return sometime soon.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage, in picturesque setting."

    Couple who own the place were very friendly and helpful. We had a small issue late one night with a toilet and they were straight round to fix things. Little park was great and kept the children entertained, it also allowed them to make some new friends as there are 4 cottages in total sharing the little courtyard.

    Reviewed by JillianApr 2019

  • "Butterwick was the perfect restful base from which to explore the beautiful countryside of County Durham and North Yorkshire, and the small village of Cleatlam and nearby Staindrop were also marvellous places to walk an energetic Spaniel!"

    Reviewed by Justin.mooreAug 2018

  • "Kitchen & kitchenware not clean nor was bath & kitchen was store for a large ping pong table which was odd IMO."

    Be careful of temperature of hot water pipe at point that it meets on-off taps: extremely hot- it burns if accidentally touched

    Reviewed by TerryJul 2018

  • "It was a bit remote for are needs"

    Reviewed by CarolSep 2016

  • "This was a lovely converted barn; it was comfortable, cosy and in a beautiful part of the country, with lots of sightseeing opportunities within easy reach."

    It was thoroughly enjoyable and we received a warm welcome on arrival.

    Reviewed by MichelleAug 2015

  • "Wonderful properties which enabled us as a family to be all together for the first time for some years."

    Loved the area. The more active members made good use of the variety of waterfall walks and other activities. Friendly hosts. Introducing our grandchildren to the pony was much appreciated. Sauna and spa bath well used throughout (especially by the walkers)! Lovely facilities, lovely people, good pubs in the area, what more could anyone ask?

    Reviewed by IreneMay 2013

  • "Easy access to lovely open countryside, and lots of historic sites too."

    Very friendly hosts and dog-friendly environment. Very much enjoyed staying in the barn and seeing the activities of a small farming community.

    Reviewed by BettySep 2010

  • "Very pretty barns, set out nicely with plenty of space."

    Reviewed by AlisonMay 2009

  • "We particularly liked the fact that we were able to open up the 2 adjacent properties, Butterwick and Millstone, into each other and have a huge house for 8 adults and 2 young children."

    Our grand-daughter loved the farm and was able to feed chickens and lambs and ride a pony. The small childrens play area outside was a great success, as were the numerous toys for all ages inside the house. Adults appreciated the jacuzzi bath and sauna and found the cooking and dining facilities brilliant for large family meals. Overall a brilliant holiday.

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2009

  • "It was much nicer than the pictures suggested!"

    Owners appear to have furnished with 'quality' rather than flimsy furniture. Lovely quiet village and owners very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by ROct 2008

  • "Lovely cottage, warm welcome from the owners."

    Peaceful relaxing venue. Well placed for access to tourist attractions / places of interest in the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

    Reviewed by SamanthaSep 2007

  • "Was a 4-star property - felt like it should have been 5-star!"

    An excellent property - we stayed there before 4 years ago when it was brand new, and were impressed by the way it still felt like new 4 years later. It oozed quality. Owners living next door, very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2007

  • "The location, accommodation and hosts exceeded expectations."

    Mrs GoldsmithJun 2007

  • "An excellent base to tour the area, very peaceful."

    Reviewed by GlennJun 2007

  • "Everything about the property was excellent - a very comfortable and enjoyable holiday."

    Reviewed by CatherineApr 2007

  • "The location of the barns, the space in the property, particularly the kitchen and the bedrooms, and the friendliness of the owners."

    Reviewed by RebeccaApr 2007

  • "Good walking area-unspoilt countryside."

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2006

  • "Very welcoming, very children friendly."

    Lots for the children to do at the property, and safe for them to play outside with friends. Very spacious.

    Reviewed by Graeme & JuliaJul 2006

  • "The house is made up perfectly."

    Everything is fine.

    Reviewed by MargretJun 2006

  • "Spacious and comfortable high quality accommodation, peaceful location and a good base for exploring the area."

    Reviewed by MicheleFeb 2006

  • "A fantastic property in a fantastic location, the owners were so helpful and friendly we could not have wished for a better holiday."

    Reviewed by AntonyOct 2005

  • "The accommodation exceeded our expectations, the owners were very friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by Paul & TriciaJun 2005

  • "Very high standard of furnishings made it a very comfortable and enjoyable stay."

    The owners were very friendly.

    Reviewed by DaveMar 2005

  • "The cottage and location were superb, it really was home from home."

    The standards of furnishing/equipment together with the cleanliness meant that we were able to unwind and relax.

    Reviewed by PhilAug 2004

  • "Very welcoming family and village neighbours."

    Relaxed atmosphere. Bottle of wine, teabags etc great on arrival - little touches make all the difference. It makes a pleasant change to go to a holiday home where you are not paying to have fewer facilities then you do in your own home. This cottage was equipped to live in, rather than just exist in.

    Reviewed by DanielAug 2004

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Strathmore Barns

Staindrop 1.5 miles. Situated on a working farm, on the edge of the sleepy hamlet of Cleatlam, Strathmore Barns comprise the imaginative conversion of old stone byres and barns, set around a central courtyard. Care has been taken to convert the buildings to provide high quality holiday properties, retaining original features and character. Picture windows provide visitors with wonderful views over the lower reaches of the Teesdale Valley. Cleatlam itself offers wide greens (often with ponies put out to graze) at its centre. Guests will enjoy a wide range of facilities, with a play area for children and relaxing areas for adults. With the owners on hand to ensure a warm and comfortable stay, these properties are in the ideal location for exploring nearby Teesdale, Durham and the Yorkshire Dales. Note: The properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 22 people.

The property

On two levels, this property offers upside down accommodation, taking advantage of the views of the surrounding countryside.

Superbly converted, with a spacious feel, this property provides accommodation every visitor will enjoy.

Note: Butterwick and Millstone can be offered together to form a single unit accommodating 10/12, with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

This is done by way of opening up a solid wood soundproof door between the two cottages, ensuring complete privacy when the units are taken separately, and a cosy atmosphere when taken together. Please note that Property Reference 896 and 897 will sleep 12 as one unit.


  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x family room with king sizebed and single bed with en-suite shower room, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower on taps, basin and WC
  • Well-equipped ground floor fitted kitchen with separate dining area, stairs from hall to first floor sitting room with electric stove-effect fire and lovely views.
  • Central heating/hot water from eco-friendly wood-chip farm heating system with electric stove
  • Electric cooker, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, WIFI, TVs, video/DVD, music system
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Sunny and sheltered shared courtyard to front, with garden furniture
  • Designated play area for children (adult supervision required)
  • One well-behaved pet welcome, charged at £20 per pet
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub etc in Staindrop, 1.5 miles.

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About the location


Barnard Castle 5 miles; Durham 20 miles.

The pretty Teesdale village of Staindrop has always been closely associated with the fortunes of nearby Raby Castle and its owners. The Castle (open to the public) is one of the most grand in England. Enlarged and beautified over the centuries, the medieval heart remains and a walled garden and 200 acre deer park add to the splendour. Staindrop has many interesting shops, pubs and cafes set round its long village green. The popular market town of Barnard Castle is 5 miles away, with its castle, the Bowes Museum, plus of course its wide range of shops and tea rooms. Walkers will enjoy the many walks around Teesdale.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

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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