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Park House Cottage

Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 951368)

4.4

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Upon arrival at the cottage the front door handle fell off in our hands - which was an indicator for the rest of the cottage."

    Not worthy of the 'three ticks' and definitely not work the £800+ paid for the week we had booked for. The cottage was filthy upon arrival, and we spent the first hour or so cleaning it ourselves especially as it appeared that the kitchen worktop, hob and microwave had been cleaned with the same cloth used on the floor - everything was covered in a layer of grime and dog hairs. All glassware, crockery and cutlery had to be put in the dishwasher before use as there were food remnants left on them. The oven doesn't reach temperature so we wasted food as a result. No bread bin to hide food from all the flies. Fly papers were suspended from the kitchen ceiling NB these need to be changed between guests as they were absolutely disgusting! Blinds in the bedrooms were broken, the window was broken in the twin bedroom (which we were warned about by Sykes approx 10 mins before our arrival), door handles were falling off - which we also fixed, no wheelie bin for rubbish near the cottage. The decor - the finish is so bad it's difficult to understand how this has been signed off by Sykes as suitable. In short we feel robbed and would like an explanation from Sykes as to how they see that this cottage is worth the £852 weekly fee - a more realistic price would be around £500 per week if some of the basic issues around cleanliness and maintenance were addressed! I have a list of issues if you're interested in seeing them Sykes?

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time and the fact that the cottage is on a working farm was a delight to us."

    The welcome pack was very nice and their highland steaks were very tasty, overall a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Park House Cottage, Every thing was provided for your stay, including a lovely welcome pack on arrival, it was clean."

    comfortable, and so very quiet, The property is set on the owners working farm, so access to the cottage is up a short gated track from the road.(no issue with pot holes). The views from the cottage are amazing, plenty of parking space and enclosed area if like us you have a dog. Would definitely recommend, especially if your looking for a quiet retreat, amazing views yet only 10 minutes drive to Barnard Castle.

    Reviewed by RoyJun 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful, we had a fabulous stay."

    The cottage was clean, cosy and really homely. The welcome pack was amazing and a lovely touch. We got to meet the owners who are lovely, really friendly and full of knowledge of the local area and had a fab knowledge of great things to go and do or see.

    Reviewed by ClaireMay 2022

  • "Great welcome pack and really helpful owners."

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Park House Cottage."

    The owners are very friendly and provided an amazing Welcome Pack! The cottage is cosy and very peaceful. It is situated in beautiful countryside, but is within easy reach of amenities at Barnard Castle.

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2022

  • "Great cosy cottage well stocked and clean with fantastic views."

    Very welcoming owners with a wealth of information about local places to visit. Courtyard was good safe place to let the dog out. All made a for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2022

  • "The listing pictures for this cottage are from years ago and does not reflect what the interior and exterior look like now."

    The sofas are worn out and have throws on them, which appear to need laundering! There was no towels left out, the ones we found were thrown in a wardrobe that looked like ‘dog towels’. We had to dry some that was left in the washing machine! A new toilet brush wouldn’t go amiss either. The bed linen looks grubby as though it had been washed with something muddy. After saying all this, the cottage is lovely and spacious, beds are very comfortable the kitchen is well equipped, just needs a bit of ‘tlc’.

    Hi We have just bought a new sofas while you was there plus bedding and towels so everything looks alot better now . Thankyou Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2022

  • "The cottage could do with a good clean."

    The dirt track to get to the cottage was full of potholes.

    Reviewed by ElaineMar 2022

  • "Lovely stay."

    Very peaceful and in a beautiful location. Cottage was very comfortable and clean. Fabulous welcome pack. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by DeniseFeb 2022

  • "Lovely place and cottage."

    Nice kitchen. Comfortable bedrooms. Easy to communicate with the owner. Will be back again!

    Reviewed by AmitabhNov 2021

  • "Beautiful location, great welcome basket, lovely cosy cottage."

    One point to improve, arrival directions should specify have to go through gate & up farmtrack.

    Reviewed by MoragOct 2021

  • "The cottage was well-presented with very comfy beds and sofas."

    Bathroom was clean and modern - couldn't ask for more. The kitchen had everything we needed and the welcome pack was amazing. The location was perfect, very peaceful and the enclosed courtyard was perfect for our dogs. We had a very relaxing stay with superb views!

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2021

  • "Very friendly owners of property."

    lovely location. everything very clean and tidy. Gave us a very generous welcome pack including their own home reared beef which was fabulous. Beds were very comfy and the place well equipped. we would happily recommend it and return there.

    Reviewed by RosemaryOct 2021

  • "Very nice place very good hosts"

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2021

  • "A nice little cottage in a great location with super views attached to a working farm."

    Kerry and Andy, the owners, were very welcoming and really friendly. There was a very nice ‘welcome pack’ of wine, tea/coffee, chocolates and steak from the farm on arrival.The cottage is really ideal but could do with a lick of paint soon and the TV reception and Wi-fi can be a bit iffy sometimes due to the location but this didn’t affect our stay.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "Really friendly owners and plenty of walks from the door."

    WiFi is not the best but 4g is very good. Well equipped kitchen. Really enjoyed our stay and dogs loved it.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2021

  • "It was fantastic."

    Wonderful place. Lovely hosts. Amaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by JoJul 2021

  • "Excellent facilities for us and 2 dogs."

    Hard floors throughout except bedrooms and all on one level. Resulted in stress free stay. Easy to exercise dogs morning and evening . Appreciated welcome pack especially steaks and eggs !

    Reviewed by PennyJul 2021

  • "Super friendly hosts, wonderful views and really comfy beds, lovely shower and plenty of hot water at good pressure."

    Would benefit from a thorough clean, and a living room upgrade. Also internal door mats and a hoover. Duvets were generous with lovely bedding but really high tog, too much for summer.

    Reviewed by AnnaJul 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful place, superb host's very accommodating"

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2021

  • "Park house cottage is a lovely well equipped cottage, the owners were very welcoming, with an exceptional welcome pack, the kitchen and bathroom were clean, how ever there were areas that needed improvement the entrance back door and surrounds were quite dirty, in the lounge the two sofas were very soiled and need replacing, the French windows and surrounds needed cleaning, in the main bedroom there were cobwebs, the bathroom was lovely but could do with a non slip mat in the bath for when you are showering, also need a bath mat to step out on to save floor getting wet, fortunately we had brought our own towels so was able to use provided ones as a mat, out side there was a lovely yard but unfortunately had been neglected with the central raised bed full of weeds, weeds all around the yard."

    How ever we did enjoy our stay and would return again, there just needs to be some TLC and thought to presentation.

    Reviewed by MaureenMay 2021

  • "The family are so lovely and very welcoming, they offered help at any time if we required any."

    The beautiful welcome pack of their own meat was delicious and we bought more to take with us when we left. The view from the glass doors was amazing, we watch rain and snow sweep down the valley and watched the sun return from inside the warm cottage. We would definitely return, and we wish these lovely people all the best for the future

    Reviewed by PatApr 2021

  • "Accommodation great, scenery from our cottage, lovely hosts, welcome pack exceptional, lovely break with plenty of places to visit, walks, plus places to eat out if required."

    Reviewed by JanetOct 2020

  • "Brilliant hosts and the cottage is really comfortable."

    In a beautiful location with stunning views. We had a well needed rest and it was worth driving 300 miles for.

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2020

  • "Very friendly owners."

    Nothing to much trouble. Very generous welcome pack. We would happily return in the future.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2020

  • "The cottage is level2 and has amazing views."

    The hosts are very welcoming and the welcome package was amazing with some of their own produce. The beds are comfy and worked well for our family of four (plus dog). The only feedback I have is that the WiFi only works in the kitchen as it tags on to the box in the main house next door. Also, no one had hoovered under the coffee table in the lounge before our visit and the toilet hadn’t been wiped clean at the back of the seat. If it hadn’t been for these couple of things I would give it a 100% score.

    Reviewed by KatharineAug 2020

  • "Very friendly welcome by lovely hosts in this rural location."

    Comfortable bedrooms both light and bright although the bottom sheet on the double bed was fairly worn. Beautiful far reaching views from the lounge which was fairly basic and both sofas most definitely need replacing. That said this is a new venture for the hosts who are lovely people and we would recommend the property if you're looking for a chilled out break away from the hustle and bustle of a busy lifestyle.

    Reviewed by CathrynJul 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage with our spaniel, beautiful views lovely walks all around, didnt visit any pubs as just recently opened due to covid but recommend Chinese golden gate, the cottage has everything we wanted and more, beds so comfy and very clean, living room nice size for the 3 of us with fantastic view hosts who are fantastic people couldnt do enough for you go out there way to make your stay comfortable, secure court yard so our spaniel could run around safetly lovely to see and hear all the animals from been on a working farm, we definately be returning and would recommend this cottage to friends and family so chilled and relaxed."

    Reviewed by David And JulieJul 2020

  • "We enjoyed it here, staying 3 nights."

    All was new, comfortable and clean. The kitchen worked really well for our cooking (we entertained the mother-in-law). We did some drives together, one towards Middleton finding plenty of small lanes, reservoirs, sheep, beautiful sunny views and even drumlins near a place called Holwick.

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2020

  • "Very comfartable cottage great setting views spectacular."

    Very warm welcome from the owners , tea coffee milk and even a bottle of Wine. Overall a great break would recommend to couples who like a great setting and peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2020

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Summary

  • All ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x queen-size, 1 x twin (zip/link can be super king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room.
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, WiFi and TV
  • Fuel and power included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking
  • Private back courtyard
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub and shop 1.2 miles

The property

This beautifully presented, picturesque cottage is located in the town of Barnard Castle in County Durham, and is attached to the owner's farmhouse on a working farm.

Park House Cottage is ideal for families seeking to explore County Durham's breath-taking scenery and historical landmarks, with a perfect combination of both a contemporary and rustic-style home to come back to.

Stepping into the property, you will be welcomed into the sitting room, which includes two sofas, a coffee table, and a TV, making the ideal space to unwind after long walks.

To the right of the hallway is a stylish, contemporary kitchen and dining room, complete with an electric oven and hob, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, and a dining table with six chairs to gather around for family time after a day of exploring out in the open.

Following out from the kitchen, a well-furnished twin bedroom with zip/link beds, bedside cabinets, a wardrobe and countryside views can be found to the first left of the hallway.

A homely master bedroom can be found straight up ahead, which includes a queen-sized double bed, bedside cabinets, a wardrobe, a large mirror, and also includes idyllic countryside views to wake up next to everyday.

A stylish, tiled bathroom can be found to the end of the hallway, which includes a shower over bath, hand basin, WC, and heated towel rail.

The property features a private courtyard with space for outdoor family activities and also includes a secure gate for pets.

The town centre and all its amenities are just 3.9 miles away from the property, where you'll find a wide selection of pubs, and restaurants to suit all ages and tastes.

To keep you busy while staying at Park House Cottage, there are several must see spots nearby, including the historic 16th-century built Barnard Castle and bridge, and the Bowes Museum, which features a selection of art, relics, and antiques.

For all things leisure, the cottage is surrounded by open fields, wildlife, farm animals, and various walking paths and cycling routes.

Within 3.2 miles will bring you to Barnard Castle Golf Club and Teeside Leisure Centre, which includes exciting facilities for all the family such as a skateboard park, a climbing wall, and a selection of indoor sports activities.

Park House Cottage is the perfect rural retreat for families looking for their next adventure and wanting to explore the marvellous surrounding areas such as the Yorkshire Dales.

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About the location

BARNARD CASTLE

Staindrop 6 miles; Richmond 13 miles; Darlington 16 miles; Durham 20 miles.

The market town of Barnard Castle is situated in the unspoilt countryside of Teesdale in County Durham. It stands on the site of an ancient Roman fort which crosses the river. 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. Beautiful walking country is right on the doorstep of this lovely market town, with woodland walks and cycle routes and the Lake District, the Pennine and Teesdale Ways, and the River Tees and magnificent waterfalls at High Force are all within easy reach.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas