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Allam Cottage

(Ref. 1014462)

Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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59 Customer Reviews

  • "Visited in November and everything was perfect for us."

    Easy access, lovely and warm cottage. Extremely clean with all the facilities we could need. Nic and Tracy had kindly left a welcome pack which was very much appreciated and Nic phoned the morning after our arrival to make sure we were comfortable and ask if we needed anything. Would certainly recommend

    Reviewed by Vivian5.0Nov 2023

  • "A lovely clean comfortable cottage, a home from home, we had a lovely relaxing week at this delightful little cottage."

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a great stay in Allam cottage."

    It was in a great location, very quiet but a quick and easy walk into town, or down to the river for a walk. The cottage was comfortable and spotlessly clean, and well equipped (with sharp knives!) and we had a marvellous week. Only minor point to be aware of are that the duvets and pillows were feather, which may not suit everyone, and some coat hooks in the hallway would have been useful for wet coats. That said this didn't detract from a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had lovely stay at Allam Cottage despite the challenging weather."

    Nic and Tracey are generous hosts and the welcome pack was much appreciated. Allam cottage is very comfortable and set in a very peaceful part of Barnard Castle yet close to local amenities. It is ideally located to explore the local area its many attractions such as Raby Castle and the High Force waterfall. We really enjoyed the Kynren show at nearby Bishop Auckland which is well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by William5.0Jul 2023

  • "Another Fantastic Holliday in this Cottage."

    The cottage is lovely and clean and in a great position for walks with our dog. The Owners are fabulous and left a special birthday welcome pack for us.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage which was just as good and to the same high standard that we experienced on our previous visit."

    Brilliantly positioned within barnard castle the cottage offers a quiet but convenient position to take advantage of the facilities this lovely town has to offer

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a 5 night stay at Allam cottage and it was amazing."

    A lovely little cottage, beautifully furnished, amazing bedding and very well equipped. The location is excellent, very central to all the restaurants bars etc and lots of local walks right on the doorstep. X

    Reviewed by Angela5.0May 2023

  • "Another enjoyable week at Allam cottage."

    A pity there isn't a bit more outside space but you can't have everything!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2023

  • "Really lovely cottage ideally located for local amenities."

    Lovely walks and market town within minutes of doorstep. The cottage itself was immaculate and the owners have catered for everything and a wonderful welcome pack which was very unexpected! The attention to detail is above other places I’ve visited - the bed linen and towels are good quality. Lovely furnishing, it’s done like a home. Would visit again.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Apr 2023

  • "A fabulous find!"

    Allam Cottage is beautifully presented and in a great location. Really clean and the beds were comfy. Nic was really communicative and the welcome hamper was a real treat!

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in lovely location."

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a really nice stay at Allam cottage."

    Lovely beds. Excellent kitchen facilities. Shower fine. Good TV slightly marred by a patchy internet signal. Great to be in a town with loads of doggie walks literally on your doorstep. Lots of eating places close by. One very slight caveat was that we found the sofas a little low. If my elderly parents had turned up they might never have got up with a lot of help! But overall really nice and I would happily stay there again if in the area. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Feb 2023

  • "A wonderful home from home, wanted for nothing"

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Dec 2022

  • "Our stay at Allam cottage was just wonderful it really was home from home."

    It was one of the of the nicest holiday lets we have stayed at , thank you Nick and Tracy for making it so special.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Dec 2022

  • "It was excellent going to book for June it's good value and 2 car parking spots that was good"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2022

  • "Thank you so much Nic and Tracy for another wonderful stay at Allam Cottage."

    Tip top. Absolutely spotless and such attention to detail. Warm and cosy on entering on our arrival. The welcome basket once again most appreciated. The cake was yummy !! Well done you two. Linda and Solomon xx

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Dec 2022

  • "Everything was very good; it was great to have two parking spaces (though we only needed one)."

    We felt looked after by the owners who messaged or texted to make sure all was well. Quiet area and close to the Desmesne for canine comfort breaks!

    Reviewed by Julia4.7Nov 2022

  • "Excellent location home from home could not ask for more."

    Looking to book again for next year.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Nov 2022

  • "Our second visit, everything perfect again."

    So quiet and with all amenities on the doorstep. Will not hesitate to return again.

    Reviewed by Glenda5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a lovely week in this wonderful cottage."

    It was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed - and more - for our holiday. It’s in a great location for walks into town, along the river and further afield. Lovely quiet area and we all slept well. 10/10 from Barney the Lurcher

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location, great communication with the owners and lovely cake made for us on arrival."

    We all had a fantastic time in and around Barnard Castle exploring the sites. Spent some great days out at Wensleydale and beamish but lots to do local also. A real home from home feel to the cottage. Will definatley be returning. Thank you so much. Chris

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, everything we needed for one weeks stay."

    Welcome hamper very much appreciated. Well situated for access to town centre and walks with our four legged child on the doorstep. Play area for the grandchild just round the corner too! Plenty to see and do in the local area. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Aug 2022

  • "Allam Cottage was excellent."

    The house was very clean, comfortable and well equipped. It’s location was perfect and we were able to explore Barnard Castle itself and do many walks from the cottage. We only took the car out once during our stay as there was enough in walking distance to explore and enjoy.

    Reviewed by Mrs5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very good property, clean, good position in town, and good facilities in the cottage, even cool on the hottest day for 30 years."

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Jul 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean and in a great position for walking up to Barnard Castle high street and there are also nice walks for the dog on the door stop. We have already booked again for next year

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Jul 2022

  • "The location within Barnard Castle was Ideal, set within an enclosure of similar ..."

    The location within Barnard Castle was Ideal, set within an enclosure of similar properties, reserved parking and the sound of the wild birds (black birds) made for a relaxing stay And the town within walking distance, and can recommend the Three horse shoes for Sunday dinner and lunch Plan to return next year

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.4Jun 2022

  • "Excellent cottage in a great location."

    Easy walking distance to town centre and the river. Everything about the cottage was great. It had everything we needed and was spotlessly clean. Really helpful information pack and a very good welcome pack. Would certainly return ourselves and recommend to other people.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable stay with very thoughtful owners."

    Cottage is finished to a high standard and well equipped. Location is great for walking in the North Pennines and handy for the amenities in Barnard Castle town.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jun 2022

  • "Super cottage."

    So very comfortable. Ideally placed in Barnard Castle. Very quiet and relaxing. Attention to detail paramount. No hesitation whatsoever in wishing to return at the next given opportunity. Already confirmed for later in the year. Many many thanks. Linda and Solomon

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2022

  • "Allam cottage is a comfortable home from home."

    It is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac right on the edge of the town centre. Shops, take-aways, cafés and church are all within easy walking distance, as is the Bowes Museum which is superb. There were no problems with the parking spot.

    Reviewed by Angus5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage very clean I would definitely recommend had all that you need ideal location very comfortable x"

    Reviewed by Norma5.0Mar 2022

  • "The house was very much a home from home."

    It had everything we needed, it was warm, comfortable & very clean. It was just what we needed for our week away. The owners were very friendly and helpful. There was a welcome hamper waiting for us when we arrived which was very much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Feb 2022

  • "This cottage was beautiful."

    It was immaculate and attention to detail was second to none. There was a lovely little food hamper my hubby said the freshly made scones were beautiful. Would definately recommend. Communication between owner and us was very good

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Feb 2022

  • "An excellent cottage, spotlessly clean and so cosy and welcoming."

    The owner couldn't have been more helpful. Superb.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage enjoyed our stay, good facilities and welcoming a credit to the owners !"

    Reviewed by Leonard5.0Jan 2022

  • "A lovely find, quiet and so close to main streets."

    Everything you needed all spotlessly clean. We enjoyed everyday and will not hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by Glenda5.0Jan 2022

  • "Excellent property."

    Far too many emails received from Sykes !

    Reply from Sykes: Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry you found there to be too many emails from Sykes relating to your booking. As discussed on the phone, these are sent in an effort to address the questions we often get from guests when they have booked but, as a seasoned traveller, I understand you may not have found them as useful as others. We are so glad you enjoyed the property otherwise and I am sure the owner would love to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.7Dec 2021

  • "When we arrived at the cottage we were welcomed by a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and the whole cottage was lovely and warm."

    There was an excellent welcome basket and some fresh baked scones which was a lovely touch. Everything had been finished to a very high standard. It was like home from home. My husband loved the log burner!

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week at Allam Cottage."

    It was beautifully furnished and was lovely and warm during out Autumn stay. If you enjoy cooking, the kitchen has everything you could possibly need. It’s only a few minutes walk into town and there were fabulous dog walks right from the door. The owners left us an amazing welcome gift which included freshly baked scones and jam - absolutely delicious. We are planning to visit again next year. Barnard Castle has some lovely little boutique shops and lots of places to eat. An ideal place to spend a relaxing week.

    Reviewed by Carron5.0Oct 2021

  • "Well equipped cottage in perfect location for walking the many footpaths in and around Barney."

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2021

  • "This cottage is a little gem, a short walk from the town, next to open fields and the river Tees."

    Many attractions within a short car ride. We had a lovely week and would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great cosy cottage in a brilliant location."

    Good for visiting all areas within the dales and the coast. Barnard Castle is a great Market Town with a good variety of pubs, shops cafes and places of interest.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage spotless, the outside area, was a little small for us, table, and chairs, supplied but garden is, short of space and doesn't catch the sun, we do like, to sit out in the evening."

    Someone also parked in the parking space for 2 nights, luckily there were 2 spaces. Everything else perfect we would stay again. Hosts kept us, fully informed and made sure we had settled in and everything was OK. Lovely welcome pack left as well

    Reviewed by Trevor4.7Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely week in Allam cottage."

    The cottage is very comfortable and extremely clean. The owners Nic and Tracy are great and were there if needed as evidenced by Nic driving across to rectify a slight problem we had with the shower which was entirely my fault! We liked Barnard Castle too, nice little market town with plenty of walks. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2021

  • "Cottage was very clean and in a great position for exploring the area with a lovely little river and park within walking distance great for all age children although we didn’t have our grandchildren with us on this occasion we kept saying they would love it."

    Close to town so easy to stock up on supplies or eat out.Cottage had everything you would need for couples or family holiday.Parking is great 2 designated spaces and nobody else parked in them. Great contact with owners and very clear instructions on access to property.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Jul 2021

  • "A super cottage, situated in a quiet courtyard but close to the town."

    Spacious, comfortable and well-equipped accommodation with a generous welcome pack! Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jul 2021

  • "Allam cottage is a beautiful cottage in a truly wonderful area."

    Every thing you need to make your holiday special has been thought of, including a welcome basket of home made scones a bottle of wine and other lovely things to get your holiday of to a great start. We cannot recommend the cottage enough and would love to return at some time in the future.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a wonderful time at Allam Cottage!"

    The cottage was very clean, and the bedrooms were beautiful! I can highly recommend staying in Barnard Castle at this lovely cottage, especially if you have a dog, because there are plenty of fantastic walks close by.

    Reviewed by Sharron4.4Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was in a perfect location and was also furnished etc to a very high standard."

    The welcome basket was a lovely touch. The owners were very friendly and very helpful as I had left something behind when we left and posted it to me the next day.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0May 2021

  • "The Sykes booking process was very simple and we were kept informed before, during and after our holiday."

    Cannot fault the service. The holiday accommodation was really lovely with top of the range furniture and furnishings. The cottage was centrally located with both the river and the shops being only 5 mins walk away. The cottage owners had done a tremendous job with cleaning the property (stayed during the Covid-19 pandemic) and we felt safe. They left plenty of cleansing products too. We appreciated the hamper of wine, beer, scones, sweets and flowers. The owners called on the phone to see if everything was ok with the property and I felt nothing was too much trouble for them. They were not at all intrusive and do not live locally. Would we return - without a doubt.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0May 2021

  • "A great short break away relaxing."

    Lots of good walks and heritage to explore on your doorstep. The cottage was lovely, ideally located to the town and the hosts fantasic. Bonus - dog friendly!

    Reviewed by Lynn4.7Oct 2020

  • "This is a lovely homely cottage."

    we enjoyed our stay, it was over far too soon. We didn't want to return home. Sops are fairly close by, a very peaceful area.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2020

  • "Love the house."

    The phone call off owner was lovely too

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely clean comfortable cottage, within walking distance to the town of Barnard Castle."

    Good walks along the river nearby to Abbey Bridge and Egglestone Abbey ruins. The garden furniture shown in the photo for the cottage has been renewed with good chairs and a larger table for eating outside. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners of the cottage and they left a wonderful welcome pack for us - delicious scones and a bottle of wine!

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Aug 2020

  • "Wow, what a beautiful little cottage in such a fab location."

    They thought of everything you would need. Great nights sleep in the lovely bedrooms. The lovely little hamper, fresh scones, sweets, wine, tea and coffee, just perfect in every way.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Mar 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday here."

    The cottage was spotless, cosy and warm and was ideally situated ,close to the town and a good walking place for our dog The owners, Nic and Tracey were extremely helpful. We would love to come back some time

    Reviewed by Penelope Jane5.0Mar 2020

  • "Everything was well beyond any expectations!"

    Will definitely come back! *****

    Reviewed by Istvan5.0Feb 2020

  • "Everything was very nice, cosy and comfortable."

    We received fresh scones baked that morning which went down a treat tyvm. Also best butter and strawberry preserve. A bottle of wine and jar of mini chocs was also a lovely surprise! Furnishings and décor was very tasteful indeed with plush carpeting in bedrooms and on stairs..We didn't use the log burner as it wasn't really necessary. Thanks again and we hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was perfect everything has been thought of it’s cosy, comfortable, clean and modern and is in the perfect spot close to everything the area has to offer so couldn’t have hoped for more."

    The owners even left us a wonderful little hamper with freshly baked scones that went down a treat after a walk in the fresh January air thank you Nick and Tracy I’m sure we’ll be back!

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jan 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 2 x king-size (1 can be made into 2 single beds on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Woodburner starter pack provided
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars to the rear of the property
  • Enclosed patio area with furniture, and shed ideal for storing bikes, fishing and walking equipment
  • One small dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles and pub 0.1 miles

The property

Nestled in the charming market town of Barnard Castle, within County Durham, is this delightful end-terrace, stone property, Allam Cottage.

This heart-warming retreat has a lovely light decor, and attractive colours, making this a welcoming base for friends, families or two couples looking to explore this region.

Be welcomed into the spacious sitting room come dining area, home to two large sofas where you can sink into the soft cushions and unwind in front of the TV, with the woodburning stove to keep you warm.

Resting behind this is a wonderful dining area where you can gather over a lovingly prepared home-cooked meal and a sparkling glass of wine.

From here, you can step into the kitchen, fitted to a high-standard with wooden units and sleek granite-look worktops and offering all the necessary appliances.

Once the evening draws to a close, retire to the first floor and find two king-size bedrooms, both of which have zip and link features, which are able to be made into single beds upon request, ideal for all types of groups wishing to stay here.

A family bathroom also rests on this floor with an elegant bath and shower over, choose how best to prepare for your day.

During the summer months, take a refreshing beverage out to the rear patio area where you can dine alfresco, or simply enjoy the fresh country air.

Resting in the centre of Barnard Castle, this town offers a selection of eateries such as pubs, restaurants, cafés and tea rooms for enjoying an evening meal or a spot of lunch.

The town also has a superb golf course, home to 9 and 18 hole courses, suitable for all ages and skill levels to get involved with a friendly game.

Boasting some of the most beautiful views across the Tees Gorge, this attractive location makes for a wonderful rural escape, with plenty of country trails surrounding for walking and cycling opportunities.

For a spot of history, make sure you visit the medieval Barnard Castle, named after the town itself, and the ruins of Egglestone Abbey.

The Bowes Museum holds a collection of art and antique for some local culture.

Allam Cottage is a charming base for those seeking to explore County Durham.

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About the location


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.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas