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Foxholes

Cleatlam near Staindrop and Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 895)

4.6

Very good

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Foxholes is a spacious well equipped property ."

    The general information for the group of properties known as Strathmore Barns suggest views of the the Teesdale valley from the picture windows unfortunately the only view from Foxholes is of the courtyard ,parked cars and the house opposite which we found dissapointing.

    Reviewed by ChristinaJul 2022

  • "Needs a bit of TLC needs new bedding and more teaspoons and outside appearance ..."

    Needs a bit of TLC needs new bedding and more teaspoons and outside appearance would be improved if flower tubs we're not full of weeds

    Reviewed by Janice MJul 2022

  • "Overall a lovely property"

    Reviewed by RebeccaJun 2022

  • "Spacious. Lovely and clean."

    Quiet location and close to nature

    Reviewed by RachelJun 2022

  • "Pros The location was fantastic, a small and quiet village."

    The cottage was large and ideal for 2 families with a large fridge, table and sofa. Barnard Castle is close by and we also visited Raby Castle. The children's playground was a lovely addition as was the complementary bottle of chilled wine. Check in was quick and easy Cons Flies - although not unexpected, there was fly spray available and we purchased some fly papers from a local shop. I felt the cottage could benefit from a deep clean eg under the sofa, inside cupboards. We have a toddler so required a cot and highchair. Upon arrival, I had to thoroughly clean the highchair and wash the cot sheet which wasn't ideal. A minor point, we couldn't find a house folder on how to work the washing machine /tv but we figured it out. Other than this we had a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by RachelJun 2022

  • "Very welcoming host only a phone call away if needed."

    On arrival bottle a wine in fridge. The place was spoilt less very roomy. The radiators warm up very quickly and plenty hot water. Loved rain shower and spa bath. It's next to a working farm so you are a bit secluded and need to travel for shops and pubs. But lovely scenery around. There is 4 properties on the site you have a lovely Court yard it's dog friendly and have a play area for the children

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2022

  • "My two sons and I stayed at Foxholes, and we had a lovely week."

    The cottage is huge, rooms are clean and spacious. The re was a noise with the boiler which we brought to the attention of the owner. It only happened once a day, so it would seem that it was the boiler firing up for all the cottages when demand increased. She wasn't aware of it, so hopefully it will be resolved. I would also suggest that the bedding be changed to newer quilts and pillows. However, it did not spoil our holiday. All in all, a very lovely cottage. We, as a family were in the region for certain places that we wanted to visit. If we are up in that area again, we would definitely return to Foxholes.

    Reviewed by EvelynMay 2022

  • "Very friendly and helpful owners who respond immediately to any problem, however small."

    Very clean and comfortable cottage with an especially well equipped kitchen and great showers. Already booked to come back later in the year.

    Reviewed by JenniferApr 2022

  • "Thanks, it did what it said on the tin and thanks for the extra thoughts."

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2022

  • "A well presented property in a beautiful location with local facilities nearby."

    Reviewed by RichardNov 2021

  • "Enjoyed our stay at Foxholes."

    Ideal for a multi generational family. Plenty of hot water and very warm. Plenty of crockery and cutlery. The bottle of wine was a nice touch. Thank you.

    Reviewed by WendyOct 2021

  • "Warm and immaculately clean when we arrived."

    Lovely showers. Well equipped kitchen. Very comfortable lounge. Very friendly owners. Set in beautiful countryside and not far from the amenities of Barnard Castle. Slight problem with the hob as all rings seemed to be off or on full. We managed! Everything else was fine. We have booked to come back already.

    Reviewed by JenniferOct 2021

  • "Foxholes was really lovely and just as described."

    Marion met us on arrival which was lovely and there was a bottle of wine chilling in the fridge. So much to do in the area that we didn't spend too much time inside the cottage but it seemed to have everything we could have needed. The courtyard was lovely and sheltered to sit out in. The cottage is perfectly set out for 3 generations sharing some holiday time together. Thank you.

    Reviewed by LornaSep 2021

  • "Foxholes is the worst cottage of the 4 cow shed a the back cows bellowing day ..."

    Foxholes is the worst cottage of the 4 cow shed a the back cows bellowing day and night no view and hard to sleep in the twin room sounds like a boiler running day and night would not stop in this cottage again sorry but there it

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2021

  • "Wonderful accommodation , beautiful location and facilities were exceptional"

    Reviewed by AdeleAug 2021

  • "We have stayed in your holiday homes a few times and trust your site to provide a good quality home."

    This cottage is in a beautiful part of England, and there are lots of great places to visit. The cottage was a little disappointing in that it was clean and fairly comfortable but we felt there was a lack of attention to detail that would have made this a 5 star cottage. It was a little bit dated and some of the kitchen equipment needed to be replaced. The oven was dirty. The tv broke part way through the week, but we did not mind that. There is a nice cobbled courtyard outside but the containers there were full of dead plants or weeds and a central water feature was full of dirty water and the fountain not working. There were a lot of flies, but the owners had installed fly killers in the electric sockets so they died very quickly. We did not mind that as it is on a cattle farm so can't be helped! However some people may find that a problem. Can't give 5 stars, but a good 4.

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2021

  • "Absolutely loved our stay at Foxholes, situated next to a farm away from civilisation, with the exception of the farm animal noise it is the perfect spot for some peace and quite and the perfect place to relax and unwind."

    The cottage, whilst a bit worn in places is clean and comfortable, has everything you need to enjoy your stay. The kitchen is well stocked with all the cooking utensils you'll need, has a massive fridge freezer to store all the alcohol and food, dishwasher and washing machine. Being so close to the farm there were a lot of flies to contend with so I would recommend taking a good supply of fly spray but that is the only negative thing I could come up with the entire week and even the flies didn't bother us too much. The cottage is also very well situated for days out and I would recommend a visit to Bowlees Visitor centre and doing the walk from Low Force to High Force (Approx 5 miles). Raby Castle is just down the road and Barnard Castle is also just a short drive away. If you are looking for a nice local pub for an even meal make sure you visit The Four Alls Inn in Ovington just call ahead and book a table before you do, this is the best local pub in the area by far and the food is amazing and extremely reasonably priced. All in all I would highly recommend staying at Foxholes if you are looking for a nice quiet, relaxing holiday, we will most definitely return when next we head back up north.

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation clean and well stocked."

    Loved having a kitchen table and a dining table and the spa bath was lovely. Would definitely return. Lots to do in the area and the 9 year old loved the play equipment.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2021

  • "This is a fab part of the UK, the barn conversions are great and well equipped also ideally situated near to many "attractions " but remember they are in a working farm."

    Reviewed by FrankJul 2021

  • "We had a really fab week there."

    So quiet but so near to activities. Love all the animals around the property. Lovely walks, and great to find farm free eggs just down the road. Everyone was so friendly, all the farmers waved one afternoon as we sat out in the sun. We are all talking about a must return holiday there. Hope to see you all soon.

    Reviewed by JayneMay 2021

  • "Would be very happy to return."

    Reviewed by ElaineSep 2020

  • "We have been before and received the same welcome from the owners."

    The owners are always friendly and obliging without being intrusive.

    Reviewed by GlennFeb 2020

  • "Beautifully quiet cottage (apart from the cows) perfect for chilling and relaxing"

    Reviewed by Janice PaulineSep 2019

  • "I HAVE ALREADY REPLYED ONCE DO YOU NOT REPLY TO FEED BACK IF SO ITS A WASTE OF ..."

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    Reviewed by EnidSep 2019

  • "Disabled access was good."

    Cottage was a good size, very clean with great facilities for a family holiday. Location excellent for local amenities and attractions.

    Reviewed by SuzanneAug 2019

  • "Ideally placed for going to all the places we wanted to go, for example the Lake District, Wensleydale and Whitby."

    It's on a working farm so we expected the country sounds and smells and were not disappointed. The perfect place to explore North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2019

  • "We visited with our exstended family 3 generations fitted lovely into this property."

    It was spacious, had everything required for an excellent base. The surrounding area was beautiful and many attractions such as Beamish, Durham cathedral, Raby castle, High and low force waterfalls, Bowes museum, and light water all within an hours drive. Reading the visitors book the only complaints people have had were of Farm smells and flies. This property is rural so do expect both. This is not a negative just reality.

    Reviewed by VictoriaAug 2019

  • "A lovely barn conversion with everything that you need."

    The owners are helpful and friendly without intruding. Would recommend to anyone. Cleatlam is ideally situated for touring places of interest we took bikes and went to Raby Castle and Hamsterley Forest.

    Reviewed by GlennJul 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped we enjoyed ourselves plenty ..."

    The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped we enjoyed ourselves plenty of room there were only 3 of us and the dog but it is plenty large enough for 6 people to enjoy very pleasant landlord and landlady on a working farm

    Reviewed by SJun 2019

  • "Very well laid out cottage."

    Lots of plates and cutlery etc. Heating is very quick to heat up and the cottage is cosy and warm.

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2019

  • "The accommodation is well suited to 3 generations and was comfortable."

    Guests coming to this venue need to be aware that there can be a strong smell ‘of farm country’

    Reviewed by MargaretOct 2018

  • "Living less than an hour's drive from the cottage we hadn't planned to do much sightseeing, but for anyone not from the area the cottage provides an excellent base for Durham, Tyneside, Cumbria, Yorkshire and the coast."

    The cottage is comfortable and warm, with plenty of piping hot water. Didn't use the spa bath but the shower was brilliant, with good water pressure. The owners were friendly and helpful - on arrival it you can't get hold of them at the farmhouse or on landline, try the mobile number as they are likely to be out working on the farm. Agree with previous reviews about the strong smell, but it is a farm, after all, and we soon got used to it. Usual mismatch of pans, cutlery etc but enough to get by with for holiday catering. Would recommend and would certainly consider staying there again.

    Reviewed by MandyOct 2018

  • "Friendly owners very kind and caring."

    Superb most comfy restful cottage.

    Reviewed by EnidOct 2018

  • "We had a lovely week at Foxholes."

    Owners very helpful.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2018

  • "Quick, easy and factual."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by VivienJul 2018

  • "Relaxing holiday."

    Property on the flat, with one small step into kitchen, suitable for elderly relatives. Good base with plenty to do and see in the area.

    Reviewed by JaneJun 2018

  • "GOOD ACCOMMODATION ideal if you have a dog as quiet road and fenced field in which to run."

    Owners are nearby and very helpful..Lots of ;hot water.

    Reviewed by John EdwardOct 2017

  • "Very friendly and welcoming hosts."

    Very comfortable property in a good location. Easy to reach lots of local attractions.

    Reviewed by RussellAug 2017

  • "Lovely cottage very spacious in a lovely and quiet location."

    Ideal for visiting many places of interest.

    Reviewed by DawnJun 2017

  • "This must be one of the best equiped cottages we have been to so far."

    If you had children there was everything you could imagine for babies upwards.

    Reviewed by MarySep 2016

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Summary

  • All ground floor. Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower room with basin, WC and picture window, 1 x king-size four poster, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with spa bath, fixed shower on taps, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Well-equipped modern kitchen with breakfast table and picture window
  • Spacious sitting room with separate dining area, featuring full length picture windows overlooking the pretty courtyard.
  • Central heating/hot water from eco-friendly wood-chip farm heating system
  • 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.

The property

Set at an angle to Thistle Close, this imaginative conversion of an old stable block offers ground floor accommodation and features full length picture windows set within its sandstone arches.

Finished to exacting standards, this is perhaps the most sheltered of the properties, featuring the pleasing outlook over the courtyard where guests can relax.

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.

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About the location

STAINDROP

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:

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