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The Conifers

(Ref. 935226)

Ovington near Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "We returned to The Conifers again this year, because it is clean, comfortable and well looked after."

    It is in an area where we continue to find new things to do without having to drive for hours to get there. The owners have always provided us with welcoming treats and checked in person, to make sure we are OK. I would recommend The Conifers to any couple who love being outdoors and need a warm, snug retreat at the end of whatever they have been doing.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2024

  • "Very clean and comfortable Bed very comfortable."

    Great duvet Cottage a little cold on arrival but ok when we knew what to do with the heating A very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely cottage in lovely area."

    It was clean and warm and had everything we needed. Lovely welcome gifts from owners.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Mar 2024

  • "The cottage was as described when we booked."

    It was very comfortable, clean, homely and well equipped. The information pack that awaited us was really helpful to us in finding the nearest supermarket, pub/restaurants etc. The location of the cottage in a small village in such a beautiful part of the country is well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Patricia Anne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Just a lovely relaxing cottage a great week away"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Aug 2023

  • "The owners kindly left a welcome pack for us, which was very thoughtful."

    The cottage was delightful. It was cosy and practical. The sofa was comfy as was the bed and pillows.The sun in the courtyard of a morning was a delight to see. The cottage is in an excellent location for those wishing to escape from the noise of traffic. We very much enjoyed our stay and will be returning next year.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Jul 2023

  • "A lovely cottage."

    Very helpful and friendly owner. Nice pub opposite good food again friendly people. Will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Sandta5.0Jul 2023

  • "Bed was hard and uncomfortable, Lounge needs a coffee table not a tray, washing line unusable."

    Booklet info out of date. Provided a base for visiting the dales.

    Reviewed by Michael3.4Jun 2023

  • "Beautifully presented, well equipped character cottage set in a peaceful location, the ideal spot for a relaxed break for two."

    Cottage is spotlessly clean, comfortable and well equipped with the added bonus of a very private walled rear garden (just lacks more comfortable seating!) Located in a very peaceful setting in the village of Ovington, with a great local pub just across the road. Hosts were friendly and welcoming and offered lots of ideas on where to walk locally. Recommend without hesitation and we sincerely hope to return again some time soon.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "My Wife and I have just enjoyed a brilliant week staying at the Conifers, if you are looking for a relaxing break I would recommend staying here."

    It has everything you want and spotlessly clean . There was a welcome pack and fresh flowers on the table , we will definitely return. The Four Alls pub in the village does excellent food and Dave the landlord is very friendly.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2022

  • "Cosy cottage in a very pretty and quiet village."

    The cottage has everything you need with high quality kitchen equipment and furniture. Spotlessly clean. The hosts were very nice. One of the storage heaters didn't work, Ian, the host, fixed it promptly. The welcome goodies were very much appreciated. Nice private courtyard at the back. We didn't try the pub in the village but was told it was very welcoming. Nice walks from the cottage. Close to Barnard Castle and Richmond both worth checking out. Kiplin Hall near Northallerton is a little gem. Good base to explore County Durham and parts of Yorkshire. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was comfortable and very clean."

    Everything in kitchen was available. My only issues were the heating which we sorted with owner. We could have done with another set towels. Also a larger fridge or put fridge higher up as had to go on my knees to see inside. Don't understand why books and games were removed as there was dvds and maps available.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Sep 2022

  • "Had a lovely time at the Conifers."

    The cottage was spotless and exactly what we wanted for a relaxing break. Would recommend and will book again in the future.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Aug 2022

  • "In whole the cottage was perfect."

    Setting is idyllic so peaceful. The welcoming tray and flowers were very much appreciated. Ideal for exploring the surrounding area and beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by Melinda5.0Jul 2022

  • ". Lovely property very quiet and rural location. From cottage courtyard enjoyed watching all the birds"

    . Cottage has all you need and is a cozy retreat for two. The location of Ovington was new to us. It was a brilliant base for accessing coast ie Staithes and for places like Muker and Keld. In the national park. High Force waterfall only 30 min away too. Great spot for touring.

    Reviewed by Juliette5.0Jun 2022

  • "Things that would improve your holiday let would be to upgrade the wifi, the back windows need adjusting so they lock, a kingsize bed would make a difference and also maybe have a picnic basket and blanket available."

    It is a sweet little cottage in a lovely areaand we both look forward to staying again.

    Reviewed by Ruth3.8Jun 2022

  • "The cottage is ideal for 2 people to share a peaceful getaway in a very quiet area."

    It is very well maintained, with all modern facilities, and was very comfortable. It is very well placed for travelling out to many other areas to explore, and also close to plenty of local attractions. There was a lovely welcome pack awaiting us when we arrived, with tea, coffee, biscuits, etc and a nice little bottle of gin to be sampled. The village is only small, but the local pub, The Four Alls, was very welcoming and the owners, Dave and Christine made us most welcome, as did the locals who drink in there too. We will most definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "This was our second stay at The Conifers and it was just as good as we remembered from last time."

    It’s a lovely, clean & comfortable place for a week in a lovely part of the UK. We enjoy walking and managed to do several countryside walks from the cottage, without too much on roads and also ventured further afield to Upper Teesdale, to do a few miles of the Pennine Way. We knew we would be able to relax and recover in comfort at the end of each day. There are plenty of other attractions, like Bowes Museum and Raby Castle within easy reach, so a week soon flies by. Thanks again for a lovely place to stay and the gifts of food and drink, that were left for us in the kitchen.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2022

  • "The Conifers is a lovely roomy cottage with high ceilings throughout in a quiet village which is an excellent base for many tourist attractions within easy reach."

    It was good to meet Ian as we much prefer to be greeted by an owner face to face. The Four Alls Inn across the road serves wonderful home made food and our host Dave was very wekcoming.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage in a pleasant peaceful village."

    Ovington is a great place to explore the north of England, in the seven days there we visited Barnards Castle, Richmond, Durham, Raby Castle and gardens, Whitby, Brough Castle, Beamish, The High and Low Force Falls and Villamora and Sycamore Gap on Hadrian's Wall. The Cottage itself had everything you could possibly need. We had great contact with the owners who left teas, coffees, cookies etc. All in all we would return without hesitation and would recommend it to anyone. Iain and Pauline Frazer

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0May 2021

  • "The Conifers is excellent."

    The village is delightful and the food and welcome at the Four Alls is splendid

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2021

  • "As a coffee lover I was a bit left out as there was a tea pot/cups/bags/strainer but nothing for coffee."

    I did take fresh coffee but was no cafetière or means of making it or no granules in the welcome pack. All else wonderful hopefully just a constructive comment.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7May 2021

  • "The Conifers was a cosy retreat at the end of the day spent exploring a hither too unknown area."

    Reviewed by Ella5.0Sep 2020

  • "A delightful, clean, well equipped cottage in a very quiet location, but close to several towns for shopping and tourist days out."

    Also very close to the Teesdale Way and some very pleasant walks along and above the river valley. Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Upper Teesdale are also within easy driving distance for walks in wild country, where interesting traces of old lead mining are everywhere. A very enjoyable holiday, made better by excellent late season weather.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2020

  • "Starting with Ian meeting us at the door in such a friendly and helpful manner our holiday began well."

    It was lovely to meet an owner who engaged and gave us practical instructions without a list of don’ts.The cottage is presented beautifully and is warm and cosy in fact a real home from home.Having just moved house and had such a busy few weeks prior to arrival , the beauty and quiet of both the cottage and village was just what we needed to recharge our batteries.The Bowes museum was such a delight to visit with a wonderful collection of things to admire ,a lovely tea shop and such friendly staff and the road to Kirkby Stephen across the dales was magnificent.A wonderful cottage in a wonderful part of the country and had we been less tired there were plenty of places to visit and enjoy so thanks again Ian and Maureen for the use of your delightful cottage.

    Reviewed by Brida5.0Sep 2019

  • "The conifers cottage was really lovely."

    Fantastic location and a really comfortable and clean cottage. 10 out of 10.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2019

  • "The Conifers is a beautiful well maintained cottage extremely spacious and well equipped, couldn't have asked for more for our short break."

    Wellcoming pub serving tasty food just over the road highly recommend.Ian was a really welcoming host nothing to much trouble.Nice leisurely walks around the village beautiful scenery to help you unwind. Plenty of places to visit that are just a short journey away.Look forward to visiting again.Ian if you read this another big thank you for a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2019

  • "Loved the personal touch of the hamper treats and fresh flowers on the table when we arrived ."

    It’s the best and highest accommodation we have ever stopped at.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2019

  • "Everything you needed, comfortable bed, lovely patio to sit in."

    a very quiet village, Central to Scotland, Yorkshire Moors, and Dales.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage is very nice, spacious, warm and quiet."

    Best of all, it is not in someone else's garden and has it's own private back garden It is located in a nice village with a pub just down the road and there is a lovely rambling path from the village. Ovington is quite well located to several National Trust properties including Fountains Abbey, Rievaulx, Gibbside, Ormsby Hall (a hidden gem) and Mount Grace Priory.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0May 2019

  • "The conifers was a cosy quiet cottage ,exceptionally clean and well equipped ..."

    The conifers was a cosy quiet cottage ,exceptionally clean and well equipped ,the goodie basket was much appreciated and lovely to have fresh flowers will be going back ,

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely spacious, and very well equipped cottage."

    Made very welcome and appreciated the items left for us, milk biscuits chocolates and flowers.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2018

  • "The Conifers is a nice little one-bedroomed cottage on the main road through the hamlet of Ovington."

    It is all on the ground floor. It was very clean and the kitchen was well equipped.The hamlet was very quiet and well located for exploring the northern part of the Dales and towns like Richmond. It is about an hour's drive from places like Fountains Abbey, Hawes etc. The bed was firm but very comfortable. The shower was not as strong as we would have liked but adequate for the 3 days we were there. The TV was tiny by modern standards but a good selection of DVDs was available. The owners had kindly provided some milk and tea for our arrival. Parking is on the very quiet road outside the cottage. We counted 3 cars go past between 8am and 9am one morning!! The pub opposite is pleasant with decent beer and the owners are very friendly. It is not open every day. There is no shop in the hamlet.

    Reviewed by Brian4.1Aug 2018

  • "From the photo I was expecting a smaller cottage, but it was surprisingly large and well equipped."

    It was clean, comfortable and located in a quiet, small village with a friendly pub and the town of Barnard Castle is 15 minutes drive away and has everything you need. All in all one of the best cottages we’ve stayed in, highly recommended

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jul 2018

  • "The Conifers was in a peaceful village but with easy access to lots of places to visit."

    Raby Castle, excellent; the Bird of Prey Centre at Walworth and the Organic shop & cafe and Roman site at Piercebridge all brilliant and close. Durham (45 mins away) worth a trip to Crook Hall on the edge of the city and the cathedral and surrounds all good. Take a ride over the dales to escape everyone else and be amazed at the space and beauty. "Hannah's meadow" near Hunderthwaite is a story worth visiting, especially early July when the wild flowers drift across the unspoiled meadow. We strongly recommend the cottage as a perfect place to be for a holiday.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2018

  • "In terms of space for two,people, this is the roomiest cottage we have ever experienced."

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a pretty village with easy access to the Dales and Barnard Castle."

    Friendly and helpful owner.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage so peaceful and quiet"

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0May 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, very welcoming owner."

    Milk and biscuits etc left for us on arrival. Plenty of unrestricted on road parking.

    Reviewed by John4.7May 2018

  • "Excellent small cottage, well equipped, comfortable, great location for sightseeing in the area around Barnard's Castle."

    Reviewed by M5.0Sep 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in a small beautiful village definitely would go back"

    Reviewed by Shirley4.2Apr 2017

  • "We chose this cottage as it was in an ideal situation for us to be able to visit relatives in the area."

    It is a very nice cottage with everything we needed. The owner was charming and had left tea, milk & biscuits & sparkling water. There were fresh flowers on the table, all very welcoming. We will certainly visit again in the Spring.

    Reviewed by Sally4.8Nov 2016

  • "The only missing element for this booking in Ovington is the lack of the Internet."

    Reviewed by Edouard5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Unrestricted roadside parking
  • Enclosed front lawned garden
  • Rear walled courtyard garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 4 mins walk
  • Note: No children or infants allowed
  • Note: there is no car charging at this property.

The property

The Conifers, an early nineteenth century stone-built cottage of character, is located in the peaceful, small picturesque rural 'Maypole' village of Ovington, near both the ever popular market towns of Barnard Castle in Teesdale and Richmond in North Yorkshire.

Full of character and charm, this cottage dates back to the 1800s and is perfect for that well-earned, romantic break.

Set over one floor, you will find at the front of the cottage a cosy sitting room and a double bedroom overlooking a pretty lawned south-facing walled front garden.

To the rear, the spacious kitchen/diner is a real highlight, with French doors that open out onto an enclosed walled courtyard garden; a delightful space to sit and enjoy a glass of wine in the sunshine.

Also completing this lovely cottage is a stylish bathroom.

Ovington has a picturesque green and a short walk from The Conifers is the fantastic traditional pub, The Four Alls, which serves home cooked food and cask ales.

Barnard Castle with its cobbled streets and the Bowes Museum is a 15 minute drive away, with Richmond a 20 minute drive, where at both you will find a bustling high streets full of pubs and restaurants, along with charming, independent shops.

The Pennine and Teesdale Ways, the medieval Raby Castle with deer park and magnificent waterfalls at High Force are all nearby.

Further afield brings you into the heart of Durham, with its majestic cathedral standing high above the River Wear, and with the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the top of the Yorkshire Dales National Park within reach means that there’s plenty to see and do.

A delightful cottage from which to explore Teesdale and beyond.

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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.

Note: No children or infants allowed.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas