Tucked away in one of Barnard Castle’s historic yards, Raven Cottage enjoys a secluded, peaceful position and yet is only two minutes’ walk from the bustling market place of this charming town with its exceptional mix of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Perfect for couples or a small family, the cosy, stone-built cottage has been completely redecorated to the highest standard, combining contemporary chic with the expectations of modern living.
The cottage has a stunning fully-equipped kitchen/diner with new appliances, including an oven with an induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
The cosy sitting room has French doors leading to a totally private, secluded courtyard garden – a perfect sun-trap for al fresco dining.
Upstairs there are two country chic bedrooms – a double and a single – and an inviting bathroom with a generous bath and overhead shower.
Raven Cottage is ideally situated for walkers and cyclists wishing to explore the beautiful countryside of Teesdale, or for those seeking a more leisurely stay in one of the most historic and delightful towns in the region.
Barnard Castle is known as the Gateway to Teesdale – the dramatic and inspiring valley of the turbulent River Tees.
One of The Guardian’s top ten towns in the UK to visit, Barnard Castle has the character of a traditional market town combined with the buzz of an eclectic collection of designer clothes and interiors shops, cafes and restaurants, and a well-deserved reputation as the antiques centre of the area, with dealers ranging from quirky upcycling traders to TV antiques expert David Harper.For art lovers, the jewel in the crown must be the Bowes Museum, built in the style of a French chateau and housing an internationally-acclaimed collection of European fine arts, ceramics and paintings.
The castle, from which the town gets its name, is an English Heritage property open to the public and was an important powerbase for Richard III, whose white boar emblem can be seen in various buildings in the town.
The thriving Witham arts centre offers a critically-acclaimed programme of music, theatre, film and comedy and the town’s Castle Players stage a hugely popular Shakespeare production in the grounds of the Bowes Museum each summer.
The town is a great base for walkers – from gentle strolls along the banks of the Tees, exploring the ruins of nearby Egglestone Abbey, to the more challenging stages of the Teesdale Way.
Local attractions include High Force, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, Raby Castle with its deer park, and the cathedral city of Durham.
Further afield, the Lake District and the city of York are within easy reach, but if you are looking for a complete rest, you could simply park up the car and find everything you need to keep you entertained and enthralled within easy walking distance of your holiday retreat.