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8 Headlam

Headlam near Gainford, Northumberland (Ref. 1061987)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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7 Customer Review(s)

  • “Had a wonderful stay, cottage very comfortable and cosy.”

    Beautiful quiet hamlet. Owners had put a lot of thought into guests needs. Thank you.

    Beautiful quiet hamlet. Owners had put a lot of thought into guests needs. Thank you.

    - Mrs Cousins, July 2021

The property

Gainford 1.9 miles.

Settled in the charming village of Headlam in the Durham countryside, just a stone's throw from the beautiful Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa, is 8 Headlam.

A picturesque, whitewashed single-storey Grade 2 listed cottage, 8 Headlam sleeps up to four guests and has been beautifully decorated to offer contemporary style within a traditional farm building.

Step into the hallway and sit down on the antique pew to take off your shoes or boots, before heading into the comfort of the sitting room where a dramatic hague blue panelled wall is complimented by a rustic woodburning stove, along with two plush sofas to relax on and a TV in here to watch on a quiet evening.

From the rear of this room, a door leads to the handy utility cupboard housing a washing machine, and to the lovely bathroom where antique double doors open to reveal the bath, perfectly tucked away and home to a rainfall shower too, with the bathroom also home to a basin, heated towel rail and WC.

Discover a stylish kitchen/diner with pale grey units and a collection of luscious houseplants to add a certain vibrancy, you can cook up a storm using the excellent appliances here and serve up your dish at the pretty dining table.

Following a long day of walks in the countryside or a visit to a nearby town, look forward to heading into the wonderful enclosed garden and taking a dip in the bubbling waters of the hot tub, offering a little bit of luxury to your stay, afterwards sitting out on the outdoor furniture on a summer evening with drinks and nibbles, a perfect way to end the day.

Retire to one of the two bedrooms for some rest, choosing from either the master double with a TV, perfect for a morning lie in, or the lovely twin bedroom, both featuring plenty of storage for your things and more carefully chosen decorations.

The small village of Headlam is just less than two-miles from the village of Gainford where all the self-catering essentials can be found including a local shop, a pub and a fish and chip shop, so whether you're gathering ingredients for a home-cooked meal or searching for pub grub or a takeaway, all bases are covered.

Enjoy an afternoon at the wonderful Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa where locally sourced produce is used to create delicious meals in the restaurant, a fabulous spa offers a wide selection of treatments to replenish you, and a stunning golf course amidst the Durham dales is a welcome challenge for those seeking a chance to practice their swing.

Discover the wonders of the imposing Raby Castle, a 14th century fortress and grounds, home to art treasures and tapestries and all set within a beautiful deer park, before rounding off the day with a special trip to Raby Hunt Restaurant, a Michelin starred establishment serving simple yet visually stunning food.

Head out for the day to Barnard Castle, a bustling market town home to a large castle of the same name set on a high rock, this fortress overlooks the Tees Forge affording wonderful views, and is home to a sensory garden well-worth exploring, whilst The Bowes Museum is another impressive building holding an eclectic collection of antiques, art and relics to marvel at.

The town of Darlington has much to offer, from its beautiful Darlington Hippodrome built in 1907 showcasing operas, plays and live events to the Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum telling the history of the railways with their restored antique steam trains.

Along with wondrous walking country to be discovered across the Durham dales and along the Teesdale Way public footpath, guests can also venture into the North Pennines AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park which are both within reach by car.

Make wonderful memories in the Durham dales with your loved ones at 8 Headlam.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with TV, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath,rainfall shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 x TVs, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On-street parking
  • Enclosed garden with decking, hot tub, outdoor furniture and lawn
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.7 miles, pub 0.1 miles

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About the location


Barnard Castle 8 miles; Darlington 8 miles; Richmond 13 miles.

Gainford is a pretty village in Teesdale, standing on the River Tees at the boundary with Yorkshire. The village offers a scattering of Georgian houses set on an unspoilt village green, as well as a newsagents/general store, fish and chip shop and a pub, and is close to spectacular waterfalls, sweeping moorlands and magnificent castles. There is also one Michelin starred restaurant within easy reach of the village, giving the opportunity to dine out in luxury. Ancient market towns dot the area and the historic town of Barnard Castle lies within easy reach, boasting castle remains overlooking the town, as well as the impressive Bowes Museum. Built as an impressive French-style chateau, the museum houses a magnificent collection of fine and decorative art. Other places of interest close to Gainford are the ruins of Egglestone Abbey and Rokeby Hall, High Force, Cauldron’s Snout, Derwent Reservoir, and Hexham with its stately abbey, as well as the magnificent cathedral city of Durham. A little further afield the Yorkshire Dales National Park, North York Moors, Lake District, Northumberland National Park and the coastal towns of Whitby and Saltburn are all within easy driving distance.

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