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The Back House

Staindrop near Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 981909)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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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/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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  • JackandSally0115
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    “Lovely cottage in a beautiful location”

    Our must have things when we book a cottage are that it has to be dog friendly, have good wifi, a log burner, put and shop within walking distance and stunning surroundings. ...

    Our must have things when we book a cottage are that it has to be dog friendly, have good wifi, a log burner, put and shop within walking distance and stunning surroundings. The Back House does not disappoint on any of these points. The owner, Judith, was so welcoming and friendly and it's obvious that a lot of thought and details has gone into the decor of this beautiful home. On our arrival Judith had left us a lovely homemade cake and scones, fresh free range eggs from their own chickens, milk and prosecco - we were spoilt! There was even a dog bed and bowls for the pooches. The cottage was spotless which is so reassuring in the current Covid climate. There is a secure area outside the back door where you can let your dogs out, it is a paved area with no grass which our dogs aren't used to but they soon got the hang of it and it wasn't an issue at all. Staindrop and the surrounding area are stunning, there's so much to see and do and plenty of off lead walks for the dogs. There are a few shops within a short walk of the cottage - Spar shop, newsagents, butchers, and also a pub which unfortunately we couldn't make full use of as the second lockdown came into place whilst we were there. There's so much we haven't had chance to explore yet in this beautiful part of the country and we will certainly make a return visit to the Back House to continue our adventure.

    - JackandSally0115, November 2020
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The property

Barnard Castle has been featured heavily in the press and social media as Dominic Cummings came to visit during the lock down. It was described in the press as a 'beauty spot' - come and see for yourself, and admire the new English heritage blue plate that has been erected for, Mr Cummings. The Back House is a very pretty Grade II listed building quietly located off Front Street in Staindrop.

It is part of a historic coaching inn adjacent to the owner’s property and the accommodation is very spacious and features a large sitting room which offers warmth and comfort with plush sofas and a delightful woodburning stove resting in the original 18th century inglenook, backed by a beautiful stone wall.

Rooms all overlook the south-facing courtyard with a lovely raised planted area.

Socialise in the splendid kitchen with quality fittings together with ample room for 6 to cook and eat together at the beautifully restored table.

The cottage is very well finished with Karndean floors, Voyage fabrics and Farrow and Ball paintwork, and is simply a haven for couples and friends seeking a high quality retreat.

Step upstairs to the three bedrooms; all featuring super-king-beds and are perfectly polished, tastefully decorated with coordinating high TC linens, cushions and upholstery; should you wish for alternative sleeping arrangements, the zip/link beds can be twins upon request.

The bathroom is large, very fresh and airy whilst the ground floor cloakroom benefits from a WC and basin.

To the outside is a charming enclosed and private gravelled pergola area, cultivated with plants and flowers varying in height, texture and colour.

Sit here enjoying the afternoon sun or perhaps eat your evening meal at the outdoor dining tables, the pergola offers a pretty shelter.

There is a lovely courtyard area planted with lots of pretty items and featuring raised flower beds.

Staindrop is a pretty village with a large conservation area and one of the long greens typical of County Durham.

The oldest parts of the Church of England parish church of St Mary are Anglo-Saxon, built in the 10th or 11th century.

The church contains monuments including effigies of members of the Neville family.

The village is situated near to the historic market towns of Barnard Castle and Richmond both with many independent shops and multiple restaurant and tea shop options.

The magnificent Raby Castle is 1 mile from the front door of the house.

The Castle is open to the public and boasts a top rated tea rooms as well as a small gift shop, whilst dogs on leads can be walked in the stunning deer park for a small charge.

The renowned Bowes Museum is close by together with its famous Silver Swan and the house is also convenient for the awesome outdoor Kynren Event held during August and September, which is an epic tale through 2000 years of North East history.

Durham city with the twin attraction of world heritage sites Durham Castle and the cathedral, is 15 miles away.

The cathedral is recognised as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Europe.

Also to the north is the unique Beamish museum, which offers access to a preserved example of everyday life in urban and rural North East England at the time of industrialization in the early 19th Century.

This is a very popular destination with our guests who rate the experience as 5* for all the family!

The amazing buzzy city of York is 25 minutes by train from Darlington, the station together with the well-known National Railway Museum is located in the centre with only minutes walking to many of its key attractions.

York also offers a huge range of shops and eateries at all price points.

This property is a great choice for those who love the outdoors, with ample walking, birdwatching and cycling opportunities nearby including the National Cycle Route 715.

This unique base offers a memorable holiday break for the whole family looking to explore the area.


  • 3 x super king-size double (zip/link can be twins on request) Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC, ground floor cloakroom
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Entrance hall with further seating.
  • Full risk assessment for cleaning and disinfection of cottage for changeover completed on 16.06.2020 - protocol cleaning and disinfection in place and enhanced staff training completed
  • Gas central heating and also heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee maker (please brings your own capsules),DVD player with a selection of DVD's, large selection of books and a some board games,Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Allocated off-road parking for 2 cars in secured area, parking accessed next to cottage through farm parking area (not working area, parking only)
  • Secure bike storage
  • Gravelled private pergola area with seating as well as access to sheltered walled courtyard
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome at £25 per dog per holiday
  • Sorry no puppies, or dogs under 12 months
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Sorry, the property is not suitable for children under 5 years old
  • Shop and pub
  • Note: Catering can be arranged on request Note: latest BT WIFI has been installed February 2020. Note: Property provides a welcome pack with freshly baked items

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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.

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Note: latest BT WIFI has been installed February 2020.

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