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Crakesmire House

Headlam near Gainford, Northumberland (Ref. 1069660)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • 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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13 Customer Reviews

  • "Recently returned from a great week staying at Crakesmire House."

    A lovely house, much larger than we imagined. Very clean, comfortable and extremely well equipped. Set in a beautiful rural location with lots of lovely walks close by and further afield. The owners John and Lesley were very helpful and dealt promptly with a minor issue we had. Would highly recommend.

    Thankyou for the lovely feed back and comments. We are glad storm Arwen didn't spoil your stay and you managed to explore the area. Lesley& John :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by JuliaNov 2021

  • "We are just home from a lovely weeks visit."

    The property is absolutely stunning and is situated in a gorgeous rural location. Lesley and John are amazing hosts and have thought of everything you will need for your visit. It deally is a home from home. Photos on Sykes do not do this place justice, it is a lot bigger than you think. Would not hesitate to recommend, and would love to visit again.

    thankyou for your lovely comments. we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay :) Lesley & John Property Owner

    Reviewed by KatieNov 2021

  • "Fantastic property ,the pictures really dont show the size of the property and the great furnishings"

    Thankyou for the lovely comments. we aim to make your stay a positive comfortable experience. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GrahamNov 2021

  • "Lovely property - really spacious and lots to do nearby including the lovely Raby Hunt restaurant and Headlam Hall in the village for spa and food but do noon ahead!"

    Owners were really helpful and helped us to sort out an extension cable so that we could charge our electric car. Lovely cake and goodies on arrival - much appreciated!

    Reviewed by SarahNov 2021

  • "The owners was available to contact throughout our stay."

    They were friendly and so helpful nothing was a bother. Everything we needed and more was available which exceeded our expectations and made our stay so enjoyable. Will definitely book again

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2021

  • "Outstanding property."

    Extremely well equipped and comfortable. Quality of venue exceeds expectations. All that was missing was a good local pub!

    Reviewed by TonyOct 2021

  • "Just a very beautiful, comfortable place to stay, Short on nothing, Everything thought of!"


    Reviewed by HelenSep 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful rural location."

    Excellent spacious accommodation. Very well equipped property, especially the kitchen where we cooked locally sourced food . Could fault it.

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage with loads of room."

    Garden was lovely. Owners were very helpful but not intrusive. Lovely location.

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2021

  • "The best holiday."

    The house was even better than expected, whatever you needed it had! Great location for day trips, helloes by the beautiful weather. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by LaurenJun 2021

  • "Stunning cottage, beautiful location so peaceful."

    Lots of lovely walks from the cottage and a short drive away. Lovely pub in the nearby village. This cottage is everything and more you could wish for your holiday. The owners are lovely and really helpful. Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by AntonyMay 2021

  • "Had a wonderful time!"

    We will be back!

    Reviewed by ClaireMay 2021

  • "Superb. Only reason this property had no reviews when we booked is that it is a new listing."

    In May 2021 we were only the second guests ever to stay. We had no cause to worry - hosts Lesley and John have got it spot on. This glorious house was their home for 20 years so is much more attractive than a commercial holiday let. High-end fittings and furnishings combine with a large and stylish house. There are 3 places to chill out - in the huge social kitchen with TV, dining table and sofa, in the large living room with TV and enclosed wood-burner, or in the balcony above the living room, where there is also a range of books and games. Wifi is good allowing movie streaming on Netflix or Amazon Prime (use your own log-in on the TV). If you are into entertaining there's a separate dining room as well as large kitchen table. The setting is beautiful. In a working farm with horses, and the owners' dogs (they live in a freshly renovated barn) there is a public footpath alongside the property. We enjoyed taking our dogs along the public footpaths across fields to Gainford - a lovely nearby village on the River Tees with a corner shop and fish and chip shop. There a downstairs shower in the utility room to use for the dogs - a super touch! In the fields around the property there are lots of lovely horses, and rabbits abound. North of the property is Ingleton with a pub there serving Italian food which is excellent as is the friendly service. Within about 200m of the house is Headlam Hall and Spa - with a bar, bistro and golf course. We dined there a couple of times, and being able to do so inside will make it even better. On arrival there were nice welcome touches including tea, cafetiere coffee, milk and sugar. (Bring your own shower gel and shampoo). Despite living in Belfast, we hope to be back to stay here again. But getting a slot may be hard given how popular it will be. As hosts new to the game, Lesley and John might as well have been at it for years

    Reviewed by AdrianMay 2021

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The property

Nestled in the quaint village of Headlam, near Gainford, is this superb barn conversion, Crakesmire House.

This welcoming cottage is an ideal choice for families or a group of friends looking to discover this rural area, sleeping up to six guests with contemporary furnishings within a traditional farm building.

Step into the entrance hallway and pop off walking boots and hang jackets before following the original slate flooring to the spacious kitchen/diner.

Here you can sit at an armchair and keep the chef company whilst they get to terms with the appliances, including a range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, along with a whole host of crockery, utensils and ample working space to prepare hearty meals.

Gather in the dining room to enjoy a sumptuous supper, toasting to a wonderful getaway as you share laughs and memories with your loved ones.

The sitting room has been designed with a woodburning stove fitted within the fireplace, a Smart TV and ample seating, while just above rests an inviting mezzanine snug area where you can enjoy a quiet read away from the group.

Retire to one of the three bedrooms for some rest, choosing from either the master double with en-suite shower, standard double or a twin, all featuring plenty of storage for your things and more carefully chosen decorations.

Kick start your morning with a refreshing shower in the bathroom, before popping on your walking gear to tackle the surrounding countryside․ When returning use the handy shower in the Utility room to clean up any mud from yourself and your pets.

The village of Gainford is less than two miles away and is 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 sourcing the ingredients for a home-cooked meal or searching for a quick and easy takeaway, all bases are covered.

Treat yourself to an afternoon at the magnificent Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa, where an excellent spa offers a wide selection of treatments to replenish you, fresh ingredients are locally sourced to create delicious meals in the restaurant and a breath-taking golf course amidst the Durham dales is a welcome challenge for those avid golfers.

For those looking to brush up on local history, head to the historic market town of Barnard Castle to see the famous Bowe Museum and High Force Waterfall or why not visit some of your high street favourites in the bustling town of Darlington.

Further afield rests the walled city of York, the Lake District, North Yorkshire Dales and at the east coast, Saltburn.

At the end of the day, return to Crakesmire House and recharge your batteries for the next adventure.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be double on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • Utility room with shower
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Mezzanine snug area
  • Oil central heating with two woodburning stoves
  • Range cooker, microwave, 2 x fridge/freezers, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Highchair and Cot available
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed lawn garden and patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.7 miles, pub 1.8 miles

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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