Hamsterley 2 miles.
A detached, stone-built, 17th century converted cow byre, on the owner's non-working farm, in a rural location close to Hamsterley Forest in the heart of County Durham.
This single-storey cottage has been tastefully furnished to provide comfortable accommodation for friends or small families wishing to explore this beautiful area.
The sitting room has a warming woodburning stove and comfortable sofas, which are great for curling up and relaxing on after a long day cycling or walking.
Two cosy bedrooms, consisting of a double and twin, a bathroom and fitted kitchen with handy dining area, provide you with all you could want for a break in the countryside.
To the front of this County Durham cottage there is a paved area with furniture, ideal for alfresco dining or a glass of something cold after exploring the surrounding area.
The River Wear and open rolling fields are just a short stroll away, great for getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and there are lots to see and do in the area.
Situated between this lovely holiday home and Bishop Auckland is The Kynren Project, offering spectacular evening performances showcasing the history of the area from Roman times to the present day.
Other attractions in the area include Hamsterley Forest, which is renowned for its challenging cycle trails, Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum, High Force and Durham Cathedral.
A little further afield are the delights of the Northumberland Heritage Coastline, or you can simply enjoy countryside walks from the doorstep of this cottage, or practice your new-found astronomy skills in the field in front of the house.
This charming cottage is perfect for a relaxing County Durham break .Note: This property is next to Ref 955576, together they sleep 8.
About the location
Barnard Castle 8 miles.
The village of Hamsterley sits on the brow of a hill between Teesdale and Weardale, on the edge of the North Pennines. Boasting an old village pub, where basic provisions can be purchased, the village is just two miles from Hamsterley Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which covers 2000 hectares of mixed woodland and has an abundance of wildlife. The Forest Visitor Centre, complete with tea rooms, provides visitors with a wealth of information on the many activities available in the forest, including splendid walking, cycling and horse riding trails to suit all levels of expertise. Cycling enthusiasts will be well catered for with the Hamsterley Forest mountain bike downhill trail which has some of the steepest slopes in the UK, together with miles of cross country routes. The forest runs alongside the Bedburn Beck for four miles, providing access to grassy picnic sites and a play area for children, and also stages a wide range of events and activities every summer, from wildlife watches to theatre performances, and the Dark Skies Events are coming to the forest, with introductions to astronomy from trained instructors. With Raby Castle nearby and the delightful market town of Barnard Castle, with its medieval castle ruins and delightful cobbled streets, just 8 miles away, this is an ideal holiday location. The ancient cathedral city of Durham is also close by and is host to a number of events throughout the year so it is well worth checking what you can see while you are in the area.