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Sunny Cottage

(Ref. 943950)

Staindrop, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Arrived found the cottage to be clean and tidy No toilet roll supplied on arrival lucky we had brought x 1 limited firewood and fire lighters for fire and matches (these matches) appeared to have been there since the mid eighties we had to go & buy matches logs for fire & 2024 matches as it was still chilly in April."

    The oven was unclean there had been a previous meal cooked on the grill with the tin foil still in place and this needed cleaning before we did any cooking. Whilst we know about the rustic feel to cottages Various items we found were poor. Heating / no control is on central heating - it came on automatic such at 2am created v warm main bedroom which meant I had to use the other twin room as my wife was too hot - the boiler was very noisy in operation so take ear plugs. We think there is a general update needed in this property the kitchen looks tired and the cupboard doors are not fitting properly. My wife’s 60th birthday weekend we left a bit disappointed really.

    You seemed very disappointed with our generous welcome fuel pack and offer of more logs for the stove and decided to reflect that in your review. The matches provided are certainly less than 40 years old as they were successfully used by previous guests. The kitchen and central heating are both very recent and in perfect order with detailed instructions and I also texted offering assistance.It must have been gutting to spend the special birthday on your own because you couldn’t turn the radiator off. The boiler is very well sound insulated. We clean the grill pan and provide fresh cooking foil for every new guest also spare loo roll in bathroom cabinet - free Prosecco for next year’s birthday though ! PS loved the way you removed your lipstick every night on the new white towels Thanks ! Property Owner

    Reviewed by John2.5Apr 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage in a great location."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Feb 2024

  • "Beautiful liiitle cottage very clean every thing you need for a lovely stay nice little friendly village"

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Dec 2023

  • "We enjoyed our Christmas week at Sunny cottage despite the poor weather."

    It was warm and welcoming and had everything we needed. The wood burning stove was particularly enjoyable. Our hosts had very kindly decorated the cottage with a lovely Christmas tree and left us some very pleasant treats. We would definitely recommend sunny Cottage as a base for visiting beautiful Teesdale and will be returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a stunning area."

    Cottage was clean and extremely comfortable with all the utilities needed to enjoy the stay. The log burning stove was an added bonus, we had it lit every night whilst we were there.would definitely stay in Sunny Cottage again.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2023

  • "We enjoyed a pleasant week at Sunny Cottage in the characterful village of Staindrop, even though the weather wasn't great."

    Can recommend the cafe. There were plenty of indoor places to visit nearby and Richmond and Bishop Aukland are well worth the short drive. The owner is readily available by text, if needed, and was very helpful in finding and returning an item we left behind.

    Reviewed by David4.1Sep 2023

  • "Had a brilliant time at Sunny cottage, great area for getting out & about, the cottage had everything, including things we had forgotten to pack , tea bags , coffee, sugar etc."

    It was lovely coming back after a day out, settling down with a glass of wine , also complimentary, watching a film. Went to the local pub which was so nice and the people were very friendly, would definitely recommend and go back again, thanks to Mike & Fiona .

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Sep 2023

  • "Our dogs could get out of the garden under the gate a bit worrying with the busy road at the back of the cottage."

    We would of liked to be able to keep the bedroom window open it was very hot but the sash window wouldn't stay up.toilet roll holder & hand towel holder in the bathroom are hanging off the wall so didn't use them.

    We were unaware of your issues with the gate and window as you chose not to inform us of a problem - we would have been delighted to assist ! A couple of the bathroom fittings were slightly loose but perfectly usable Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie3.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage full of character, we loved the log burner after days out walking."

    Quiet and lovely village, close enough for a trip into the Yorkshire dales. A very enjoyable stay. Kerry, Simon and Holly the dog ❤️

    Reviewed by Kerry4.4Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with good amenities, in an excellent location for visiting local attractions."

    Would thoroughly recommend. Quite a busy road going through Staindrop but you don’t hear any traffic at all in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a charming village."

    Everything you could need for a most enjoyable stay. Barnard Castle on your doorstep, Durham, Richmond the Dales and the coast within easy reach. We didn't have the best of the weather on our stay but the cottage and the surrounding area ensured this didn't stop us from having a great week away. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, perfectly set in the middle of the village with lots of walks nearby."

    Lovely little courtyard that is a little suntrap. Walk around fields right across the green from the cottage, perfect if you have dogs. Hosts were lovely and kept in touch with information, handy information booklet and leaflets provided. Everything you need for a quiet break away.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.1Jul 2023

  • "The property owner was was advised of all issues including health and safety."

    He said he was sending his housekeeper who lived next door,however a school girl around 15 -16 arrived I suspect not the housekeeper. She said not a word agreed with our finding, was showed photos also. And was extremely nervous this was totally unfair and not the housekeeper at all. Her mother remained next door. Our weeks stay amounted to 3 days as conditions were to bad to stay. I did contact Sykes who also done nothing. I will not be using this company again, which is a shame as previously had accommodation booked with them with no problems. The landlord is well known in the village for treating people in this way, only after the money I suspect. I could go on but suspect it will fall on deaf ears.

    Neither Sykes or myself still understand what the guests issues were with Sunny Cottage as she could not provide any details or evidence of a problem - except the lack of a fire extinguisher- which was on top of the fridge right next to the stove. We take safety issues seriously and she gave us no opportunity to assist. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynda1.3Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely visit to Sunny Cottage."

    It is a cute little property, cosy and well appointed with a lovely wood burning stove. The garden is a wee sun trap. The village and surrounding area is stunning with loads of good walking.

    Reviewed by Katherine4.1Jun 2023

  • "Sunny Cottage is a beautiful cosy Yorkshire stone cottage in a very picturesque setting."

    We really enjoyed our stay there as it was such a welcoming home to come back to each evening, especially with the fire lit. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Emily4.7Apr 2023

  • "Sunny cottage is a beautiful and quaint cottage in the lovely village of Staindrop."

    Michael and Fiona were wonderful hosts and the cottage had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay. There’s lots of beautiful walks on the doorstep and you can retreat to the comfort of the log burner. I couldn’t recommend this place more.

    Reviewed by Bronwyn5.0Dec 2022

  • "My husband and I had a lovely week at Sunny Cottage with our two dogs."

    The cottage was clean, cozy and picturesque. It has everything you could possibly need. The complimentary milk and bottle of wine in the fridge was a lovely touch too.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Oct 2022

  • "Sunny Cottage is a charming and comfortable cottage in a beautiful village."

    It was a good base from which to explore the area with easy access to many interesting historic site and towns & cities.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2022

  • "We enjoyed a lovely stay, cottage as described, owners were helpful, contactable as needed- just on entering property."

    Homely cozy cottage lovely refurbished. Bed was so comfortable; kitchen well equipped. Didn’t get chance to use log burner as blessed with good weather. Nice to sit outdoors- great seating. Lots to see in easy travelling. Helpful information folder though no butcher or deli as advertised but enjoyed your recommendations. Thank you

    Reviewed by Zaneta5.0Jul 2022

  • "Nice little cottage in a lovely part of the world, and excellent value for money."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2022

  • "We really appreciated that the cottage was ready for us early and we were offered an extended check out time."

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Apr 2022

  • "We had a fantastic four night break at Sunny Cottage and would highly recommend for a stay."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Very nice property, with a lot of character."

    Stain drop is very pleasant with lots to see and do nearby. Would throughly recommend

    Reviewed by Liam4.4Mar 2022

  • "The cottage was as per the listing, providing a cosy little getaway."

    Excellent value for money and provided everything required. Mike was available via text if any issues occurred which was reassuring but not needed. Overall very satisfied and will be returning.

    Reviewed by Niall5.0Mar 2022

  • "Nice little cottage and very tidy."

    Reviewed by Dan4.4Mar 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with Corner bath, Power shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Filter coffee maker, Smart TV with Freeview and DVD PLAYER, Superfast Broadband WiFi
  • Selection of games/ guides / books and maps DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • On-street parking
  • Small courtyard with patio and seating with outdoor dining / BBQ and chiminea
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome, Small/medium dog secure patio
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: There is a step down into the bathroom, please take care
  • Note: This property only accepts bookings on a Saturday Changeover
  • May be booked with Corner Cottage (943949) next door to sleep 8

The property

Nestled on the Durham/North Yorkshire border in the idyllic village of Staindrop, you will find this charming, listed, 2-bedroom hideaway, Sunny Cottage.

Enjoying a wonderful location with easy access to Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale, as well as being within driving distance of the North Pennines AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Sunny Cottage makes for a fantastic pet-friendly dwelling for couples or a family of four, plus their two canine companions.

Step into the welcoming open-plan living space, where you can look forward to rustling up hearty meals in the well-equipped kitchen, with handy dishwasher and washer/dryer, ready to enjoy over a bottle of wine at the dining table for four.

After dinner, retire to the plush sofas where you can curl up and watch a family favourite on the TV, as the woodburning stove crackles nearby, sure to be your pooches favourite spot after a day of exploring!

As your eyes grow heavy, climb the stairs to the first floor to catch your rest in one of two well-presented bedrooms, a double and a twin.

In the morning, indulge in a soothing soak or refreshing rinse in the shower, before whipping up morning coffees to savour in the front courtyard as you watch the world go by.

Explore the local village where you will find the delightful Wheatsheaf Inn and The Country Tea Shop & Restaurant for alternative dining options, along with a well-stocked convenience store for picking up ingredients to cook up a storm in the comfort of Sunny Cottage.

Take advantage of your superb location which is just a short walk away from the magnificent 14th-century Raby Castle Park and Gardens, where you can walk the good selection of trails in the 18th-century Walled Garden, spot the local wildlife in the 200-acre Deer Park or stop for coffee and cake in the Raby Castle Stables Café & Shop.

Head over to Barnard Castle next, home to the grand Bowes Museum which offers a fascinating collection antiques, art and relics over three floors, there is also the lush Deepdale Nature Reserve for leisurely strolls, the historic ruins of the former castle and the excellent Barnard Castle Golf Club.

Venture into the North Pennines AONB, where you will find scenic walking and cycling trails aplenty leading to the picturesque waterfalls of High Force, Cauldron Snout and Summerhill Force & Gibson’s Cave.

From here you can explore the National Park where you can wander the scenic dales and find a wealth of attractions including, Pendragon Castle, Janet’s Foss, Parcevall Hall Gardens and the National Trust Brimham Rocks.

All this and more awaits with a stay at Sunny Cottage.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 943949, together sleeping up to eight guests.

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About the location


Barnard Castle 5 miles; Durham 20 miles.

The pretty Teesdale village of Staindrop has always been closely associated with the fortunes of nearby Raby Castle and its owners. The Castle (open to the public) is one of the most grand in England. Enlarged and beautified over the centuries, the medieval heart remains and a walled garden and 200 acre deer park add to the splendour. Staindrop has many interesting shops, pubs and cafes set round its long village green. The popular market town of Barnard Castle is 5 miles away, with its castle, the Bowes Museum, plus of course its wide range of shops and tea rooms. Walkers will enjoy the many walks around Teesdale.

This Property only accepts bookings on a Saturday Changeover

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas