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Garden Cottage

(Ref. 1021694)

Ovington, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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87 Customer Reviews

  • "This is our 3rd consecutive year at Garden Cottage."

    Always great communication from the owners. It is in a lovely, quiet location, handy for days out, as well as local walks. The cottage is well equipped with a real 'home from home' feel making it very easy to relax. The enclosed garden is perfect for our dog and to sit out with a BBQ in the evenings, listening to birds and seeing the sunsets. We will be back next year.

    Reviewed by Jewli Elizabeth5.0Jun 2024

  • "Third stay at garden cottage booked again for later in the year."

    Love the area, the friendly people, stunning walks and activities. The garden cottage is perfect for us and our two dogs , Mel and Adrian are fantastic hosts , the cottage is so well equipped and furnished , very comfy bed. Great bathroom and plenty of hot water, enclosed garden for dogs , definitely avail yourself of the pub opposite! Great people and beer! Cottage has lovely touches that make it homely and make you feel very welcome and that they are pleased you are there . Great hosts . We have been going to Sykes cottages for 11!years up to 7 times a year and garden cottage is in our top 3 if not the top! Highly recommend it . Can’t wait to go back . Thankyou Mel and Adrian .

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0May 2024

  • "A lovely cottage the owners have obviously sat down and thought carefully about what they wanted to achieve and then executed their plans."

    They have thought of every little detail, very impressive. We would recommend the cottage to anyone.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2024

  • "This is a very cosy old Dales cottage that has been substantially modernised and improved in recent years, but without losing its character."

    It is very dog friendly and we specifically liked the properly secure rear garden, in which we felt our dogs were safe, unless you have one trained to police standards and capable of completing an assault course !! The owners were happy to answer queries prior to our stay, without having to go through Sykes, and were only at the end of a telephone in case of further queries or problems during our stay. The only gripe is that the upstairs wooden floor is noisy, but that could be called character ! We would be happy to stay there again. One point for those with an arthritic dog, we would suggest taking a few mats to put down on uncarpeted downstairs floors, in order to prevent excited skids.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2024

  • "Very comfortable and cosy, lovely quiet village with friendly people."

    parking for the car was good. the enclosed garden at the rear was a safe haven for the dogs and "walkies" with easy reach, thank you for a great week.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Apr 2024

  • "Great little cottage, clean and well presented."

    Dogs are secure in the garden area. Everything you need with WiFi, smart TV, coffee machine, parking off road. Area is great for exploring and walking and pub just across the road. Very quite. Fantastic property for a relaxing break away with the pooches.

    Reviewed by Sonya5.0Mar 2024

  • "Garden cottage was the cleanest holiday property we have stayed at."

    Beautifully maintained, and very spacious for two. Also extremely dog friendly, not just dog tolerant, with a secure grassed back garden. Our only slightly negative comment, and it does sound very petty,( but also very annoying), was the horribly squeaky upstairs floors!!! The bathroom, which is huge with a super efficient shower, and ‘half’ the bedroom floor!!! When we say squeaky, it really doesn’t do it justice!!! Not sure what’s going off with them, but they really are very bad!!!! That said, we would return and had a lovely week regardless of the awful weather. Off road Parking was perfect.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Mar 2024

  • "Very well equipped cottage, with the most comfortable bed ever!"

    We found the additional information email really useful the week before. The cottage is very dog friendly with enclosed garden, walks on the doorstep and water bowls and treats provided.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Feb 2024

  • "This cottage is just beautiful, clean, everything considered for a lovely holiday."

    We had a really relaxing week, would thoroughly recommend!

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Feb 2024

  • "It was our second visit here."

    We love the cosy cottage and the enclosed back garden for the dog. Thevillage pub,’ The Four Alls ‘ is a lovely bonus.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Jan 2024

  • "Excellent cottage with all you need for a comfortable stay for you and your 4 ..."

    Excellent cottage with all you need for a comfortable stay for you and your 4 legged friends - highly recommend its location for Yorkshire and surrounding areas

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely, clean, quiet cottage, light and spacious - perfect for two."

    Very well equipped for self-catering. We loved having the coffee pod machine and the roaring wood fire when it was snowing outside!! Communication from the owners was excellent. Well located for days out. Our highlight was the Green Cow reservoir and the walk to Cauldron Snout in the snow - spectacular!

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Nov 2023

  • "Love garden cottage second time there and have booked for two weeks next year !"

    Cosy, well equipped, really clean and welcoming and great hosts. Location perfect with beautiful walks and places to go and see. Enclosed garden a bonus with dogs .

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0Nov 2023

  • "Garden cottage exceeded my expectations, clean, comfortable and dog friendly."

    Set off road in a quiet village the cottage is one of the nicest properties I have had the pleasure to stay in. I would highly recommend and certainly return in the near future.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Nov 2023

  • "This was our second visit, and once again a very comfortable and well thought out cottage."

    The enclosed rear garden was excellent for our dog Roger. Plenty of places nearby to visit . Good food at the Four All's Pub in the village. We highly recommend this cottage Jane Whitehead

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage good value and very clean will go again"

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Oct 2023

  • "A fantastic stay at an even better property in a beautiful village."

    With Garden Cottage there wasn't anything the owners had not considered and provided for. A property which catered for dog owners but you would never know a dog had been on the premises; the cleanliness was outstanding. Wonderful to have so many walks directly from the property. A truly memorable week in a lovely part of the UK.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Sep 2023

  • "Couldn't really fault anything at Gareden Cottage."

    Lovely quiet village and the local pub is fantastic with very friendly hosts.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "Stayed at your properties before,great experience."

    Look forward to staying at another place of yours.many thanks John and frankie .

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely relaxing stay with our 2 yorkies."

    There are lots of picturesque villages and market towns to visit in the area. The local pub was lovely serving excellent food. The accommodation was well maintained, rooms a good size giving a real feeling of space. Garden was secure even for our small girls, a nice feeling of privacy for the week. We will look to return.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jul 2023

  • "Well pleased with the cottage and facilities, also a lovely location Thanks"

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great cottage in a lovely village, spotlessly clean the dogs felt very welcome and really appreciated the garden."

    Everything here you could possibly want, we had a perfect week. Thank you Mel and Adrian, we would love to return soon

    Reviewed by Celia5.0Jun 2023

  • "So loved the cottage."

    Even phoned lady to say one greeted us to say hello and make sure it was us but we ok with that..bed and property so fab so much spacual and our dog loved the garden so safe and secure.but if you have a dog that can jump a 4ish foot fence without a run up it's not good..quite a long drop other side of low fence.we felt happy there...Will have to say thow in the oven was a baking tray with last customers tinfoil and food left in oven plus all baking trays had waste food crumbs on them and one of them was so so rusty should have been washed and or thrown away.i did write this in visiters book with a v.good review.please don't not go there it is so clean and fresh having said above comments..we loved it there.WOULD GO BACK.

    Reviewed by Bernard4.4Jun 2023

  • "In word "Faultless""

    Reviewed by David K5.0May 2023

  • "Great cottage and ideal for our dog with enclosed garden"

    Reviewed by Robin5.0May 2023

  • "A fantastic, cosy, well equipped and very clean cottage ."

    Secure garden an added bonus for the dogs. Fabulous area and lots to do. Hosts very welcoming to us all and treats for us and the dogs ! . Locals very friendly and the local pub a treat , you feel like part of the community immediately ! Have booked again for November .

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great Cottage fully equipped,very good location."

    Quiet village with a very good pub.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was our 2nd visit to Garden Cottage, last year we came in July in the heatwave so we didn't appreciate the local walks as much as this year."

    Very well equipped cottage everything you need, lovely bed & bed linen. Great hosts, good communication, the biscuits for us & dog treats are welcome upon arrival. Totally enclosed garden for our dog and BBQ which we made use of through the week, weather was lovely

    Reviewed by Jewli Elizabeth5.0Apr 2023

  • "Cottage easy to locate, plenty of room to park up outside garage doors."

    Accommodation just as described, everything you need for a comfortable weeks stay, lovely and cosy. You will get to not notice the squeaky floorboards upstairs!!! Fantastic stay, great walks, exploring castles and local area hotspots. You must eat at the 4 ALLS, superb food and the owners so friendly, plus the locals aint bad either! Nice one Dave and Christine, top marks. Loads of snow on the last day made our holiday very interesting but top marks to the owners for thinking of everything, great cottage. We would love to return and stay again. Paul & Diane. Hull.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2023

  • "Gorgeous, spacious and tastefully furnished cottage."

    It is clear the owners care about ensuring guests have a good stay. It was fully equipped with everything we needed and we had a fabulous holiday. Will happily recommend to family and friends

    Reviewed by Patricia Lynn5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in Ovington, the cottage is in a great village location, with plenty of local walks."

    The cottage has everything you need and is very well equipped and dog friendly. There is a local pub which opens Wed-Sat, where the food is outstanding and we were made very welcome by the owners and the locals. Barnard Castle and Richmond are close by, with that market town feel. We had to contact the cottage owners on the day we were leaving, due to a puncture on our car, which delayed our departure. We cannot thank them enough for their help and understanding. Would highly recommend and would like to return again. Neil, Sue & Poppy

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Feb 2023

  • "Super cosy little cottage; would highly recommend!"

    Extremely dog friendly and spotlessly clean. Would have rated 10/10 if there had been a washing machine - It was February and a few muddy walks were had. Great location for visiting the surrounding area. Definitely a thumbs up from us

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Feb 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage with everything you could want right down to the treats for ..."

    A beautiful cottage with everything you could want right down to the treats for the dog & throws for the furniture too, nice little secure garden for the dog, lovely and cosy in the winter with the lovely log burner, looking forward to our 3rd stay new year 2023/4

    Reviewed by Charles Colin5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely property, larger than it looks in photos."

    Very clean and everything you need to cook in if necessary. Bed was split into singles and very comfortable with quality linens. Plenty storage for clothes. Very secure garden for our small dog, he enjoyed treats left for him. Ovington is a lovely village with nice local walks. Pub very friendly with superb freshly cooked food , and lovely hosts. Ideally situated for visiting various places. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2022

  • "A very clean and comfortable cottage with a well secured garden for our dog who particularly also liked the underfloor heating!"

    Good facilities and well stocked with utensils etc. Off road parking was a welcome bonus.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2022

  • "This was a lovely property in a very good location."

    There were many places to visit and good walks in the village itself. The cottage was comfortable with good facilities and very well equipped. The garden was also lovely; we enjoyed sitting out in it and our dog enjoyed exploring it. We had a very nice meal in the local pub on Saturday evening.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Oct 2022

  • "All was going well until the Thursday evening."

    We went to put out the rubbish before the Friday morning bin collection. Only to discover that we could not exit the front of the property, the lock to the door was jammed and faulty. We then tried to open both front windows to put the rubbish bag through only to discover to our horror that they were screwed down. We immediately phoned the owner, Mel, who was very reluctant to come and deal with the situation, stating she hadn't got a car, we said get a taxi and call a locksmith since we believed that being locked in with no escape apart from the back garden, which has a 60ft drop at the end of it and no where else to go, was a fire hazard. Her advice was do not light the wood burning stove, obviously she had never heard of electrical fires. She said she would call us back in five minutes,she did with the response that she could n't get a locksmith. We told her we would somehow break down the door and wanted this dangerous situation seen to immediately. She said she would call us back again. At this juncture we managed to get two screws out of one of the windows this gave us an 18" gap for us to try and squeeze through. Someone called Adrian arrived at this time with a spare key which he tried from the outside this did not work either and agreed that the lock was broken and he un-padlocked the store room which was attached to the property and unlocked the other door two doors inside there and gave us the key so at least we could get to the front of the property. He said he would arrange for a locksmith to visit the next morning and change the lock and give us new keys, this happened however when trying the new keys they would operate from the inside of the property to Adrian called the locksmith back and he had to re-drill the key hole so that the new key would fit. We strongly urge that you recommend that the owner of this property does not screw down the windows but replaced them with window locks that you can operate from the inside which is a SIMPLE remedy. No where in the property could we find the electrical check certificates which have ALWAYS been present in other holiday cottages that we have stayed in.

    We are sorry for your experience and your disappointment in our response to it. To be fair this was an unprecedented incident which began at 8.50pm and was temporarily resolved by 9.30pm the same evening. We must clarify the following The front sliding sash windows are secured with standard sliding sash window locks They are NOT screwed shut Mr Jones exited the window in order to try the key from the outside. A new lock was fitted at 8am the following day when a locksmith was available. The back garden, although secure for dogs, can be exited for access to the neighbours garden With regard to electrical certificates Garden Cottage fully complies with all Sykes Cottages Health and Safety requirements. During the time that we gave Mr and Mrs Jones access through our garage/store they interfered with valuable gardening and cleaning equipment which we felt was unnecessary This was a very difficult experience for us due to Mrs Jones' hysterical behaviour - demanding an axe in order to smash the door down We urge prospective guests to read our other reviews Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline3.8Sep 2022

  • "A lovely comfortable well equipped cottage."

    The owners have thought of everything needed for your stay. Good enclosed garden for your dog(s). Village is quiet only 1 pub with limited opening days/hours, unfortunately no shop.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Aug 2022

  • "Our stay at the Garden cottage was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had ..."

    Our stay at the Garden cottage was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had the facilities were excellent and the cottage is very comfortable with a lovely quiet garden to sit in Mel the host was very friendly and at the end of the phone if we needed her which we didn’t as we had no issues at all we have already booked to return next year

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing, From the minute you walk into “Garden Cottage” You feel ..."

    Absolutely amazing, From the minute you walk into “Garden Cottage” You feel relaxed, and our 2 dogs love it there, The bed is super comfy and quality of linen is wonderful, Love the big shower, and love the secure garden, Can’t wait to stay again next year, Thanks…

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Jul 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a quiet but convenient village."

    The fully enclosed garden and the provision of throws for the furniture was great for dog owners. The property was more spacious than expected. The airy bedroom and comfortable mattress led to a good night’s sleep.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Jul 2022

  • "Great spacious cottage, well maintained, garden has great views."

    overall a little gem in a quiet village, ideal for a relaxing holiday. location ideal to explore surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent"

    Reviewed by George4.7Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was above our expectations, loved everything about it, good position for visiting local attractions very friendly people in village such a lovely welcoming feeling as soon as we arrived."

    Lovely and clean and lots of extra things we hadn't expected would definitely recommend the property, decor superb lovely extra touches, very well thought out, parking really good as well, pub in the village really good also.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2022

  • "Ideal cottage for dog owners,from the fully enclosed garden to dog throws for the furniture."

    The cottage is very clean and tastefully decorated.Good communication from the owner. A very quiet village with the soundtrack of birdsong. The village pub is excellent - unpretentious and welcoming. Opens Wed -Sat evenings only. Recommend the Teesdale way nearby for charming walks.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7May 2022

  • "Wonderful,tastefully well equipped cottage with wonderful private walled garden."

    Lovely vi)age with a pub but MUST book in advance as it is tiny and soon gets booked..we went 2 night to eat there..fab food and dog takeaways seem deliver nearest place to order and collect food from was barnard castle.lots of walks from door..but so,much to visit ..old churches.. ruined abbeys..castles and alot of them for free.wonderful part of the country and wonderful palce to stay.wpuld definetley sports/film and coffee machine lovely extras...thank you for our fab stay...

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0May 2022

  • "5* plus would be our rating of garden cottage and the dog would give it 10!"

    Extremely comfortable, clean, lots of space. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay perfect! We all felt genuinely welcome, the quality of bed, bed linen and towels were great. I had problems getting my husband out of the walk in shower! Our dog loved the cottage and the garden. Our mornings were spent watching, listening and trying to identify all the birds in and around the garden. A sheltered area would make it beyond perfection! The village is quiet and well located and the owners are on hand if you need them. We would have stayed for ever if we could have!

    Reviewed by Edwina5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent back garden for our dog and really comfortable property for two people"

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Apr 2022

  • "This cottage has got to be the nicest we have stayed at."

    So much so, that after the first day we rebooked for later in the year. Everything was scrupulously clean and all needs catered for. We felt at home as soon as we entered. The garden was beautiful and completely enclosed which was so reassuring in regards to our labrador. He too was made very welcome with treats provided for his arrival along with a towel and dog brush if needed. The bedroom was beautiful and the bed was enormous and very comfortable. The village itself was so friendly and very quiet. The pub in the village provided good food and was also extremely friendly and helpful in recommending places to visit. We would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by William5.0Mar 2022

  • "An excellent property with everything catered for."

    Even our dog was catered for and with a lovely enclosed garden. The surrounding areas for dog walks were exceptional

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Feb 2022

  • "A perfect cottage in the most peaceful location, it had everything space, comfort, underfloor heating, Sky TV, TV in the bedroom that had a fabulous big bed and a secure garden for the dog, the only "bangs" to be heard on New Year's Eve was someone pulling a Christmas cracker in the cosy local pub, we've booked again for November & December 2022!"

    Just 1 minor detail missing is a washing machine for full week stays and after long wet & dirty walks, but otherwise this cottage is faultless!

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped, clean and comfy in a nice little village."

    The weather was kind for December and we got out on lots of walks with the dogs. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Dec 2021

  • "This is a very comfortable and well equipped cottage with a secure back garden for our dogs."

    Ovington is a pleasant village with easy access to the small towns in the area. The local pub offers excellent meals and is in walking distance (100 yards at the most).

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2021

  • "Our second stay, ideal property with all you need for a very comfortable stay!"

    Bed is extremely comfortable

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Nov 2021

  • "Amazing cottage."

    Well equipped, the owners have thought of everything. Scenic surrounds. Would highly recommend. Can’t imagine anyone staying here and being disappointed! We will definitely be rebooking.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2021

  • "As always this property was outstanding, we enjoy this lovely cottage and have ..."

    As always this property was outstanding, we enjoy this lovely cottage and have returned many times for a relaxing week away from home, it is home from home for us and our little dog, thank you

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2021

  • "This must be one of the best properties we have ever stayed in."

    Its presentation was superb with great attention to detail. To say it was dog friendly is an understatement Dogs were positively welcomed. An absolute pleasure to stay there and a credit to the owners!

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Oct 2021

  • "A marvelous week spent relaxing at Garden Cottage in the ''Maypole'' village of Ovington."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean, bright, comfortable and very well equipped. My 4 pawed friend was delighted with his Jumbo bone and the wife and I enjoyed the complimentary biscuits. I was very excited to be able to relax and watch the Ryder Cup as Sky Sports was available. The area surrounding Ovington is a walkers paradise. The 4 Alls pub in the village does lovely food (please be aware the pub isn't open 7 days a week) and serves great beers. Plenty to see and do in a lovely part of the country returning each evening to a cracker of a cottage. Perfect

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "Garden Cottage is an exceptionally elegant and comfortable place to stay, in a lovely village between Barnard Castle (our new favourite town!"

    ) and Richmond. Garden is indeed very pretty and perfect for dogs. Good pub over the road with very good, proper home-cooked food. Came back with two very happy dogs, having done lots of walking in the beautiful (and under-rated) North Pennines.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Sep 2021

  • "Garden Cottage is absolutely gorgeous."

    The cottage was very clean and the dog treats, water bowl, milk and biscuits was a nice touch. Very pet orientated, there were even throws provided to put on the furniture to enable the dogs to sit bedside you. Lots of books provided and literature on where to visit and where you can exercise your dogs in and around the village. Sky on the tv was a bonus and also the tv in the bedroom. I couldn’t fault Garden Cottage at all. The walled garden was very pretty and safe for your legged friends. The village is lovely and the Four Alls pub is a must to visit, the food, was fab, and the staff very friendly. We will definitely book again in the future. We met the hosts Mel and Adrian - what a lovely, friendly couple.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage ,in a quiet village."

    The cottage has everything you would need for your stay and is close to Barnard Castle and lots of lovely villages and towns

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Aug 2021

  • "Second stay in Garden cottage."

    Superb cottage with lovely interior. Rest of family stayed in Hall cottage. Excellent holiday.

    Reviewed by Rowena5.0Jul 2021

  • "Absolutely loved Garden Cottage, Already booked for next year!"

    We had everything we needed, Comfortable lounge, Secure garden, The best bed ever, So comfortable, Lovely big shower, Just perfect.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Jul 2021

  • "Garden Cottage was spotlessly clean, and has character in abundance."

    Garden is perfect for dogs. The pub 150m away is awesome. Great dog walks all around the area. Rivers and Waterfalls. Valleys and hills. Castles and Abbeys. Just perfect.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jul 2021

  • "This is one of the best cottages we have ever stayed in , there was everything ..."

    This is one of the best cottages we have ever stayed in , there was everything that we could ask for and the enclosed garden was superb for us and the dogs The pub across the road served some of the best pub / home cooked food we have ever eaten and we would recommend to anyone A top class cottage and village

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage located in a lovely peaceful village yet close to Richmond barnard Castle and many areas of interest all within a twenty minutes drive."

    The cottage was spotless and very nicely furnished, with everything you would need and more. Huge and very comfortable bed for a good night's sleep. Double doors that open to a nice private and totally dog secure garden. With chairs, tables and a BBQ. Our dog was made so welcome by the owners with a nice bag of doggy treats and bowl of fresh water waiting for his arrival, as well as treats left for us. The dog friendly Four Alls village pub is so welcoming and friendly with good food and selection of beers. Some lovely countryside walks can be found from Easby Abbey, egglestone abbey, Richmond Castle, Barnard Castle, and the station Richmond. All with areas for your dog to have a nice swim. Nice walk from cottage, walk past four alls pub then turn right, walk down street to the bridle way, nice flat easy walk across fields. Think our dog enjoyed the holiday even more than we did. We will be booking this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage is absolutely beautiful, garden lovely to sit in and safe for our dog."

    We loved it here and it was well placed for visiting all local attractions.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0May 2021

  • "Best ever Sykes cottage"

    Reviewed by Wain5.0Apr 2021

  • "Absolutely lovely little cottage."

    Our dog Reggie loved it. Great hosts! Great cottage! Great location! Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "Super little cottage in a gorgeous area."

    We would love to go again, next time we will cut the grass and tidy the garden and have two nights for the price of one

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent service from Sykes as always ."

    Beautifully updated cottage in a very quiet but convenient location . Well equipped and well configured with good parking conveniently situated for access to local amenities . Garden cottage is an excellent choice for a relaxing break ,deceptively spacious with a large bedroom and bathroom . The log burner in the lounge area makes for a cosy setting with good sky service on the TV . The enclosed garden catches the sun in the afternoon and is perfect for pet owners . The extra supply of logs for a reasonable charge was very much appreciated . The owners are very thorough and well organised with their welcoming email which saves having to call on the phone . Full 5 stars throughout to Mel and Adrian . Thank you John and Sandra

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2020

  • "Garden Cottage was deceptively spacious."

    it was immaculate and very well equipped. Our dog, Willow was very welcome, not merely tolerated. There were treats for her and a bowl of fresh water on arrival. We were able to let her come and go as she pleased in the enclosed garden that is mainly grass, without worrying about her. The village pub was very good and dog friendly. The cottage is well placed to explore the surrounding area and we visited Barnard Castle, Durham and Richmond. It is also an excellent area for anybody who enjoys walking with many footpaths nearby. I definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Sep 2020

  • "Garden Cottage is a really lovely holiday home."

    Small but perfect. A secure back garden for the dogs which we took full advantage of ourselves to sit out in the sunshine. Beautiful bedding, white linen and clean white towels The pub across the road makes great food and is very welcoming

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Aug 2020

  • "With two escape-artists for dogs, we needed the best secured garden we could find and Garden Cottage met this need in spades."

    There was not an inch where any dog, even a small one, could wriggle its way through the back fence and the walls were old and impenetrable, with no access from the garden to the front of the house enhancing the safety. Possibly a dog with agility training could leap the fence but I doubt it!! There is a lovely walk across fields along a bridlepath, just within a few minutes' stroll along the village main street, no stiles so our lumbering and quite heavy Labradors could plod and run along easily once we were past the farmer's fields with livestock.Anyone would think this was primarily the dogs' holiday!.The cottage was so cosy and comfortable, the furnishings of the highest standard,and the village was quiet, away from main roads though easy to access form A66. The open plan layout was perfect as it allowed us to bar the dogs from going upstairs by a simple repositioning of the shoe stand.The bedroom and bathroom were huge. Because the weather was so warm, we had no chance to try out the woodburner, and that's as good a reason as any I can think of of going back to Garden Cottage again in an autumn or winter month and enjoying again the lovely countryside of Co Durham and North Yorkshire.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Aug 2020

  • "Delightful cottage with a dog safe rear garden in a lovely little village set in a beautiful part of the world."

    Excellent home cooked food and real ale at the local pub.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2020

  • "Cottage lovely ."

    A washing machine would be an added bonus otherwise perfect ...

    Reviewed by Brigitte4.7Jul 2020

  • "The area is amazing."

    the cottage is great for our dogs the garden is the best so secure. Everything you need is at the cottag. Have been three times and hopefully will return again

    Reviewed by Paula4.7Mar 2020

  • "This is a gem of a cottage and we really appreciated our short stay."

    In addition, the village Pub went out of its way to make us most welcome. A fantastic combination!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2020

  • "Lovely welcome of cake & dog treats when we arrived."

    Garden cottage was exceptionally clean & beautifully presented, really cozy with the log burner as was sleet & snow outside. Pub over the road was fab too very friendly & welcoming & food although a basic menu was very tasty & excellent value for money. We would love to return in the future to see more of the surrounding area, as the bad weather ment we couldn't explore as much as we would have liked. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND XX

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Feb 2020

  • "This was the second time that we have stayed at the Garden Cottage in Ovington."

    It is beautifully furnished, extremely comfortable and very warm, especially noted as it was a very cold weekend. The cottage is very well appointed and very dog friendly. It was a pleasure to go back there after being out all day. Thank you I hope we can go back in the future. Jan Chamberlain

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Feb 2020

  • "The fact that there was a secure garden was a real bonus for our dogs."

    We were also pleased with the designated parking besides the cottage.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jan 2020

  • "Our second New Year at Garden Cottage."

    Beautiful little cottage in a lovely location. Garden Cottage has everything you need for a relaxing break, clean, comfortable and well equipped. The cottage is very dog friendly and the enclosed garden is a godsend. There is lots to do in the surrounding area and some beautiful walks. Barnard Castle has lots to offer. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this cottage to anyone who wants the perfect home from home getaway. We will be returning.

    Reviewed by Jocelyn5.0Dec 2019

  • "Super cosy little cottage in a good location."

    Great village pub serving excellent food with a warm friendly atmosphere

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Dec 2019

  • "This was our second time at garden cottage , and everything was just as we remembered it."

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Dec 2019

  • "The cottage felt like 'home' very cosy, well equipped, furniture very comfy & the bed was heaven."

    It was great having an enclosed garden for our 2 Jack Russells. Ovington is a lovely quiet village & would definately book again.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2019

  • "The facilities were exceptional, and the cake and dog treats were welcome."

    The throws and dog water bowl showed how dog friendly the cottage was. We enjoyed having access to Sky, and the cottage was clean and cosy. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Oct 2019

  • "Excellent all round"

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2019

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  • One super king-size double bedroom with TV (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with ground floor underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, 2 x TV with full Sky, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 1 min walk
  • Note: Babes-in-arms only
  • Note: Check in is after 4pm and check out is by 10am

The property

A charming terraced stone-built cottage located in the picturesque hamlet of Ovington, just 6 miles from Barnard Castle and close to the popular Yorkshire market town of Richmond.

The cottage has been tastefully renovated to provide first-class accommodation, perfect for a memorable romantic retreat.

This characterful property includes a delightful super king-size bed and a stylish bathroom.

Downstairs you will find a charming open plan living area featuring a woodburning stove, a well-equipped kitchen and a dining table, perfect for a cosy night in after exploring the wonderful surrounding area.

To the rear of the property is a lovely enclosed garden with furniture, ideal for alfresco dining with a glass of wine in the evening.

A short walk from the cottage, past the pretty village green, brings you to a fantastic traditional pub, The Four Alls, serving home-cooked food and cask ales.

A short drive brings you to Barnard Castle, with its bustling high street full of quaint shops, pubs and cafes, as well as the impressive Bowes Museum.

Further afield you will find the historic Yorkshire market town of Richmond, great for strolling along the cobbled high street and castle walls.

Nearby attractions also include The Pennine and Teesdale Ways, the medieval Raby Castle with deer park and the magnificent waterfalls at High Force.

A day out at Durham is also not to be missed, with its majestic cathedral standing high above the River Wear.

The stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park are also within easy reach.

This superb cottage is an ideal base for a well-earned romantic break.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1045366, together sleeping 8 guests.

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About the location


Barnard Castle 6 miles; Richmond 12 miles.

The lovely small, picturesque rural 'Maypole village' of Ovington is situated on the south bank of the River Tees in County Durham and North Yorkshire boundaries. With a village green and a traditional pub that serves homemade food and real ales, Ovington is an ideal place for you to enjoy wildlife and country walks with golf, horse riding, fishing and swimming being just some of the wide range of activities which are available within an eight mile radius. Both the charming and popular market towns of Barnard Castle (6 miles) and Richmond (12 miles) are within easy reach. Barnard Castle stands on the site of an ancient Roman ford which crosses the river Tees. 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. The Pennine and Teesdale Ways, the medieval Raby Castle with deer park and magnificent waterfalls at High Force are all nearby, and Durham, Richmond and Ripon are within driving distance.