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Cleatlam near Staindrop and Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 897)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Sauna Sauna
  • 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

Reviews & Ratings

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64 Customer Reviews

  • "Great location and lovely property."

    Could have done with a "guide" folder maybe - just with hints / tips re TV, appliances and how to deal with rubbish - collection days, segregation etc

    Reviewed by JoOct 2021

  • "Millstone was every think we wanted warm and cosy in a nice setting we would return"

    Reviewed by DavldOct 2021

  • "Beautiful spot."

    Excellent accommodation. Well equipped. Friendly & relaxed landlords who were no nuisance but yet readily accessible. And to top it all we had good weather!

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2021

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at Millstone."

    The play area was a big hit and it was lovely to have the private courtyard at the back. The kids loved being able to pop round and see the cows on the farm. The house was lovely, had everything we could possibly need. We even found a surprise toy cupboard which was great! The house was in a beautiful location and we will definitely be booking here again.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2021

  • "Great location."

    15 minutes away from Castle, Waterfalls, restaurants, pub, 40 mins from Durham. Plenty big enough for 7 people. Would stay again. Kids loved horse in next field, watching the sheep and hearing the cows!

    Reviewed by TristanAug 2021

  • "A beautiful part of the country and a well equipped, comfortable place to stay."

    We had great fun visiting castles, museums and waterfalls. Grandson loved making friends in the play area and we enjoyed walks with the dog

    Reviewed by GuyAug 2021

  • "Pleasant rural location, close to farm and countryside and handy for many attractions, most within a 40 minute drive."

    Disappointed with the general state of the kitchen and downstairs bathroom, needs some tic and general repair (kitchen cupboards and dishwasher were loose or not fixed correctly).

    Reviewed by JenJul 2021

  • "The area was very nice with a lovely out look."

    The cottage was well equipped. The owner was very friendly. Supermarket was not too far away.

    Reviewed by ValerieJul 2021

  • "The property generally was fine in the broader context re location, size and most facilities, but was not without issues re description and service delivery ."

    The property was described as having a FOUR POSTER BED in main bedroom which it certainly did not have . Equally the adjoining property went further in also not having one and actually showing a picture of it . During our stay the boiler broke down so had no heating or hot water for at least a 12 hour duration.Wi fi was in the latter couple of days of our stay very intermittent. There was no lock on the back door which caused some concern re security . The owner was aware of this but felt was not a major issue . Some minor issues of cleanliness in main bathroom

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "Everything was perfect"

    Reviewed by DetelinaDec 2020

  • "I am always happy booking with Sykes ."

    However this property was rather grubby . The jacuzzi bath had stains all round it not to mention other people's DNA ie hairs in the jets. The mattress in the main bedroom has seen much better days and the mattress in the twin room was stained also . Sadly the local footpaths aren't great . My partner and elderly dog got set on by the dog belonging to the property the footpath crossed . Luckily no one was hurt but the people don't even apologize or try and stop the incident . Never had anything happen like this before .

    Reviewed by HeatherOct 2020

  • "We found ourselves alone in a 7 bed property due to Covid restrictions and thought it might feel too big, but Millstone manages to combine grand with cosy."

    We particularly enjoyed the open plan first floor living area with spectacular views.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2020

  • "Absolutely amazing place to stay, watching the farmers do their work (omg so hard in the weather we had to endure) and the farm animals/wildlife was great."

    Lovely villages nearby were so quirky and took you back to lifestyles we are losing due to larger shopping facilties that produce mass foods that are nothing compared to the butchers and smaller local produce producers.

    Reviewed by LorraineFeb 2020

  • "Very spacious ,quiet ,peaceful ,not the best weather but a lovely location ..."

    Very spacious ,quiet ,peaceful ,not the best weather but a lovely location ,great facilities ,American fridge ,sauna ,barbecue ,spa bath all included lovely friendly people

    Reviewed by KevinFeb 2020

  • "Owners friendly and helpful without intruding."

    Great area to explore. Two boys thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by GlennOct 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for a large family and toasty hot."

    In fact, so warm that we turned off the central heating - all week. Fabulous location next to a working farm but no noise at all. Great location for a trip to the Metro Centre at Newcastle and we loved Barnard castle (couple of miles away) which has lots of boutique style shops, a Morrisons and a small Salisburys. A total bargain holiday, with a lovely bottle of prosecco in the fridge and included use of a sauna and spa bath. I think we may come back here - we liked it that much. Thanks.

    Reviewed by JackyOct 2019

  • "Excellent family accommodation everything you could think of covered for both ..."

    Excellent family accommodation everything you could think of covered for both kids and adults lovely location nice and quiet

    Reviewed by StephenMar 2019

  • "Very homey extremely spacious with an excellent view."

    We really enjoyed our stay thanks very much

    Reviewed by CarlFeb 2019

  • "The cottage was a lovely place to rest and relax, myself and my family had a great time."

    The owners were lovely and very helpful.

    Reviewed by SallyOct 2018

  • "Good facilities spacious and lovely play area for children."

    Location is superb and lots of things to do in the area for children of all ages.We would have liked to have had an out door table to go with the chairs as the weather was very hot. The accommodation was also too hot upstairs as only two small windows which we had to keep open day and night.Unfortunately the smell from the cowsheds-which are directly behind the cottage was overwhelming and the cows were very vocal on several nights which kept us awake, not good when you are driving especially with two small children. Perhaps this is a one off due to weather but it appears that the cows are housed in the sheds all the time and it would be good to warn potential hirers. I live in the country side so it is not a complaint from a townie

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2018

  • "The history and quirkiness of the cottage really suited us."

    The owner was very pleasant and happy to describe the farm and the area which was beautiful. With our friends from France we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2017

  • "Cottage further away from amenities than first thought, but great place for kids."

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2017

  • "Perfect location, clean and tidy venue, walking distance to pubs - ideal for family or group booking."

    Reviewed by RApr 2017

  • "Excellent location and facilities."

    We have two young boys, aged 2 and 7, so the play facilities were perfect for them. Day trips out to the various ruined castles and the abbey gave them plenty of fresh air and adventure. The accommodation was spacious and allowed the whole extended family to get together of an evening.

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2016

  • "We had stayed here before so new what to expect."

    Owner is lovely and welcoming. Property is a really nice place to stay. Location is fab. Would thoroughly recommend. We will definitely re-book!

    Reviewed by ZendaAug 2016

  • "Millstone was a spacious property which was a good distance to tourist attractions."

    There was a luxurious jacuzzi bath and sauna which gave the adults a little added relaxation and the outdoor play area was brilliant.. We would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by CarlyMar 2016

  • "Particularly liked the peace at Millstone, it was lovely and the views just as good."

    Reviewed by IanFeb 2016

  • "Great location"

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2014

  • "We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful. The property was of a high standard, clean, very well furnished and equipped. Our toddler enjoyed it the most. There were plenty of toys to keep him occupied and happy. It was a home away from home and we would recommend to all our friends.

    Reviewed by JJul 2014

  • "This holiday cottage was in a fabulous location, it was a lovely spot in the countryside."

    The cottage was a really good size, plenty of room for everyone to have their own bit of space. The climbing frame out the front was a real bonus and provided the children with many hours of entertainment. The children loved to see all the nearby farm animals. The owners were very welcoming, friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by LizJul 2014

  • "Very comfortable holiday accommodation in a small quiet village."

    Reviewed by EricJun 2014

  • "Very spacious."

    Lovely setting, very laid back and close to High Force and Barnard Castle. A great base, close to Teeside for us so the journey, was not arduous at all. Great spa bath and sauna and ample parking. We relaxed a lot and were made very welcome.

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2014

  • "Lovely setting in a farming community."

    Accommodation very spacious and well equipped.

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2013

  • "We loved the property - it was very homely, comfortable and warm."

    We felt very at home here and would stay again. Everyone extremely friendly and the children absolutely loved it. Great.

    Reviewed by HilaryMar 2013

  • "Peace, quiet and the space in the living area."

    Reviewed by SusanJan 2013

  • "We had an excellent holiday."

    The playground was a great hit with the kids and due to the fact we could see them from the window it was used all the time we were at the cottage.

    Mrs MarshallJun 2012

  • "Great location - very peaceful."

    Lovely property.

    Reviewed by JanetteJul 2011

  • "Very family friendly - the toys and games were a bonus!"

    Extremely homely. We loved it.

    Reviewed by VickyJun 2011

  • "The kids loved the working farm and the ponies."

    The cottage owners were the nicest family we have ever met. The sleepy village of Cleatlam is so relaxing and peaceful but really close to great days out. All in all an excellent cottage and excellent holiday.

    Reviewed by DawnJun 2010

  • "The property had a really spacious feel to it and was very well kept."

    The kitchen was very well equipped for a holiday cottage with pretty much all the equipment we have at home. The spa bath and sauna were great! Our children enjoyed playing football and basketball in the back yard and there was a good play area for younger children at the front.

    Reviewed by CherylApr 2010

  • "A gorgeous barn conversion, and felt like part of the farm still!"

    Lovely cows!

    Reviewed by PhilMar 2010

  • "Home safe from a too brief stay at Millstone and Foxhole."

    Fantastic accommodation in a lovely location. Would definitely recommend although would prefer to keep secret for ourselves!

    Reviewed by HeatherNov 2009

  • "The owner gave a very warm and informative welcome and the cottage lived up to its tourist board rating."

    The views from the cottage were brilliant and the surrounding countryside tremendous.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2009

  • "For a large group the cottages are excellent, especially with opening doors to other adjoining cottage."

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2009

  • "The owners were very friendly, but did not over impose, despite living next door."

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2007

  • "Great for kids with both toys indoors & the fantastic outdoor play area which we had trouble getting them away from!"

    Great for adults with spa bath & sauna, not to mention the sophisticated decor. Would definately return

    Mr & Mrs GoldthorpeJul 2007

  • "Owners were very welcoming- wine in the fridge!"

    Play equipment in the garden and books and toys in the house for wet days greatly appreciated.

    Reviewed by IanJul 2007

  • "We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Millstone, the cottage was excellent."

    The location was perfect and in beautiful surroundings, ideal for exploring North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by KirstyJun 2007

  • "Excellent cottage and location, run by a very friendly family."

    Mr CloseApr 2007

  • "Home from home!"

    There is no need to take any thing other than yourselves. Every little thing is catered for. A very secure location for little ones, and great for larger families that want to be together in the day but have their privacy during the night. Very clean and very modern, we will go again.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2006

  • "Fantastic accommodation."

    Very spacious.

    Mr KnightMay 2006

  • "The accommodation was excellent."

    Millstone cottage was more than adequately furnished and it was a pleasure to spend time there. It was very relaxing and the family were very nice.

    Reviewed by JuneAug 2005

  • "A peaceful location."

    ..and a very friendly welcome.

    Reviewed by GeorgeJul 2005

  • "One of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    The owners were very friendly, with the right approach, they let us get on with enjoying ourselves, even though they only lived next door.

    Reviewed by MervynMar 2005

  • "The standard of accommodation is 2nd to none and the hosts simply cannot do enough to make your stay an enjoyable one."

    The kids are made to feel completely at home by the local kids(and parents!) All this with the added luxury of the accommodation which cannot be faulted. I would recommend a stay at Strathmore Barns to anyone.

    Reviewed by GraemeJul 2004

  • "Cannot speak highly enough about this property and the owners!"

    Reviewed by EJun 2004

  • "The area is great to get away from it all, views from the cottage were wonderful, spa bath and sauna were also a great tonic!"

    Reviewed by BethApr 2004

  • "The views were splendid."

    The widescreen TV was a plus and the whirlpool bath...well...older bones and muscles really appreciated it! I loved the upside down layout of the house, especially as the snow drifting over the hills and dales was superbly visible from the huge window, whilst warm in the central heating! I would love to go there again and try a different season.

    Reviewed by HelenFeb 2004

  • "The pictures and property description don't do this lovely cottage justice - not only a lovely place to stay, but the surroundings are wonderful and the welcome friendly."

    A must for country lovers. Good quality beds, comfortable and spotless .

    Reviewed by AnneFeb 2004

  • "The location was fantastic for a relaxing break but close enough to towns if you wanted some interaction."

    Great place for all groups of people and very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by MarianneFeb 2004

  • "The facilities for children were amazing - garden with a park, videos, books, board games."

    And pure luxury for adults with the jacuzzi, whirlpool bath and leather settees. To be honest you dont need to move from the property but if you do strongly recommend a trip to High Force waterfall just a couple of miles down the road. Our hosts were the most helpful we have ever met after several years of staying in holiday cottages.

    Reviewed by LeanneAug 2003

  • "The friendliness of the local people, as well as the owners, made us feel totally at home."

    the peace and tranquility made for a totally a relaxing holiday. However there was plenty to see and do roundabouts should you require it. The standard of the accommodation was brilliant, everything about the cottage was superb.

    Reviewed by GraemeAug 2003

  • "Nice friendly people."

    Kids loved the climbing frame and feeding the chickens. Grown ups loved the sauna and spa bath. Quiet but close enough to Barnard Castle for supplies.

    Reviewed by PhilJul 2003

  • "First rate accommodation, tastefully furnished, that was very clean and ideal for the larger family or groups."

    The sauna was an extra bonus. Everything one would need on holiday was included. Friendly people in a good location for getting out and about.

    Reviewed by NeilMay 2003

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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

Millstone boasts its own sauna and spa bath, and is laid out in an upside down fashion, with a large picture window making the most of the views.

Finished to the same high standards as the other properties, providing a superb base for any holiday.

Note: Butterwick and Millstone can be offered together to form a single unit accommodating 10/12, linked by solid wood soundproof door, ensuring privacy when booked separately, and a cosy atmosphere when taken together. Please note that Property Reference 896 and 897 will sleep 12 as one unit.


  • Three ground floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size bed, plus single bed, with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC and separate sauna, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with spa bath, shower on taps, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Stone steps leading from kitchen to private courtyard
  • Galleried area between sitting and dining area, leading down to entrance hall.
  • Central heating/hot water from eco-friendly wood-chip farm heating system
  • Electric cooker, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, WIFI, TV with Freeview, 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
  • Shared courtyard to front, with garden furniture
  • Private courtyard/patio to rear
  • 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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