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Garden Cottage

Ovington, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 1021694)



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Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "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 LizNov 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 ChrisOct 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 GraemeOct 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 DavidSep 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 MatthewSep 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 LindaAug 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 RuthAug 2021

  • "Second stay in Garden cottage."

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

    Reviewed by RowenaJul 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 TeresaJul 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 ColinJul 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 AndyJul 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 RobertJun 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 SandraMay 2021

  • "Best ever Sykes cottage"

    Reviewed by WainApr 2021

  • "Absolutely lovely little cottage."

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

    Reviewed by DavidSep 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 DavidSep 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 JohnSep 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 JosephSep 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 AnnAug 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 MelanieAug 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 AlanJul 2020

  • "Cottage lovely ."

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

    Reviewed by BrigitteJul 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 PaulaMar 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 AndrewMar 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 CatherineFeb 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 SteveFeb 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 PeterJan 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 JocelynDec 2019

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

    Great village pub serving excellent food with a warm friendly atmosphere

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2019

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

    Reviewed by KimDec 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 LindaNov 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 EmmaOct 2019

  • "Excellent all round"

    Reviewed by KevinSep 2019

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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.


  • 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 11am

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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.

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