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Elm Cottage

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Wolsingham, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "Probably the finest cottage we have stayed in."

    Very comfortable with everything you need. Shower bit small for " larger" person but able to manoeuvre myself in and out. Area great for walking dogs with couple of pubs nearby.

    Thank you so much for your feedback and great to hear how much you loved your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely well-furnished cottage,comfortable beds,with everything needed for a relaxing holiday."

    Cottage well situated for all locations in the Durham dales.Village has local shop, three pubs (Bay Horse Hotel very good Sunday lunch but must book very popular) Black lion good beer no real food menu.and also community pub former working men's clubAlso fish and chip shop(average),Chinese takeaway and Italian restaurant. Local butcher very good also coffee shop

    Thank you so much for your great feedback and glad you enjoyed both the cottage and Wolsingham. . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "Love this cottage it's so clean and comfortable and in the perfect location."

    Thank you for leaving such positive feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Aug 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay at Elm Cottage, very neat and tidy and well equipped."

    We took our dog (Cockapoo X) and although we pack extra blankets and towels, the additional "old towel" for the dog was very welcome after a muddy walk along the Pennines. I'd recommend that as the shower room is very tight, making it into a wet room, but perhaps that couldn't be done? I'd also recommend some black out blinds in the bedrooms, as the street lamps outside seem quite bright. (That may just be me, I like it dark, dark to sleep, but had no trouble getting any, bed was comfortable and it was quiet). Having some proper sofa covers would be excellent for those of us with dogs. It can be a squeeze in the car when taking large blankets everywhere. While we can keep our dog off the furniture when necessary, there's nothing to stop her jumping on while we're in bed. Otherwise this is a beautiful place to stay and well situated near many walks and attractions. The welcome book was very well thought out and written with everything we could possibly need. We hope to return again and explore more of the local area. Thank you!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback and suggestions. The downstairs shower room does have the potential to be reconfigured to give more room, something we will certainly consider for future. The bedroom darkness Is not one we've picked up on before, but we are staying at the cottage this week and we'll certainly have a look at this, thanks for raising. Also thanks for the suggestion of sofa covers. We provide large throws for the sofas for where owners have pets to keep them covered. But we'll have a look at if these are sufficient and what's easiest for our housekeeper to wash and put out for the next guests. Hope to see you again soon. Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Aug 2023

  • "A very nice quaint cottage for a quiet break"

    Thank you for your great feedback. Hope to see you again. Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2023

  • "Love this cottagey in a beautiful little village."

    Thank you for your return visit and lovely feedback. We hope to see you again soon. Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely warm, cosy & well appointed cottage with secure front & rear gardens ideal for our dog, real sun traps they were!"

    Comfy beds, lots of kitchen storage, washer, dryer & dishwasher in utility. Right in the doorstep for lots of country & riverside walks, heritage railway too for all you train buffs. Unfortunately the nearest pub closed the day we got there! But there are 2 others in walking distance & a fab Italian restaurant, coffee shop & bakery. Chinese takeout excellent too (cash only-there’s an ATM in the village tho). Hamsterley forest worth a visit, a bit further afield to the coast at Blyth & of course Barnard Castle & the Bowes museum a must. Would definitely stay again at Elm Cottage

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. Great to hear that you & your dog really enjoyed yourselves, hope to see you again! Best wishes, Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Mar 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our stay we were warm and everything nice and clean,cottage bigger that we expected."

    ...shower was nice and hot ,but very cramped and bath huge,(taps turned opposite way.nearly thought we needed a plumber..)was very private and quiet back and front garden enclosed...lots to do and visit without having to travel far.Shops and pub on doorstep.would visit again...

    Thank you for your great feedback and we'll have a look at the shower arrangement in the 2nd bathroom. Lovely to hear you really enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again soon. Best Wishes, Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Mar 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Elm cottage."

    The property was spotlessly clean, warm and comfortable. Though we did very little cooking during our stay, preferring to eat out at local restaurants, the kitchen had everything we would have needed. Parking was a concern before we arrived with no specific area provided for the property, however, there was always space available in the area suggested by the owners. Would recommend to others

    Thanks you for the lovely comments and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back at some point in the future. Best wishes, Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Mar 2023

  • "Just stayed at this beautiful cottage for 5 days and it was clear from the start the owners took great pride in their cottage and put their customers in front of making profit."

    We recieved an email from the owners with excellent details before arriving with places to park and detailed instructions when in the cottage, never had this before. It is kitted out brilliantly. There is everything required and it has been thought about from a customers point of view, clearly taking up any issues arising and rectifying them after every visit, as seen in the guest book! Fully stocked tea, coffee, sugar, dishwashing tablets, cleaning stuff, sashet milk and all utensils required if you're wanting to cook or take out a packed lunch. Huge amount of storage, great lighting, decor is lovely, dogs welcome with easy wipeable flooring downstairs and lovely thick carpets upstairs. The children thought the bedding was divine. The colour schemes in the rooms e.g. pink bedroom looks great. Asked before hand if the bed could be split into twin beds which was set up on our arrival. Great matress, duvets and pillows often any old mattress and bedding is provided cheaply but these were really nice to sleep on. Very clean and tidy and beautiful front and back yard fully enclosed. We have really enjoyed our stay and the way you've set the smart heating etc so it's nice and cosy with starter wood if desired for the fire is such a fantastic idea. The kids enjoyed many games of chess and the big screen enabled us to watch family movies each night. Well done Tracy and Andrew, we normally use hoseasons but will definitely use sykes cottages again!

    Thank you Kirsty & family for your lovely feedback. Great to hear that you, the family & the dogs really enjoyed your stay. Best wishes, Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    I was happy with the price paid. It lacked the nice little touch of a welcome pack. Though I do understand with the prices at the local store. The produce had no indication of the price. Which I believe is illegal, so advising visitors to shop there is not helpful. I went without that evening rather then being robbed by the shop owner. The property itself is great and I would recommend it.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay Alan. We have not experienced issues with the local shop before, but sorry to hear that you were not happy with them. Our usual place of choice for groceries is an excellent Spar at the edge of the village, which we'll make sure is top of the list for any info in future. Along with our brilliant local Deli for treats - Peggoty's. Best wishes Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Oct 2022

  • "Elm Cottage was ideal for us, well placed for day trips into Country Durham, Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland and of course Weardale."

    The shower and toilet downstairs is very tight but the shower itself was powerful and the temperature very controllable. The beds were comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed and we were able to eat outside in the cool of the evening.

    Thank you for the feedback, great to hear you enjoyed your stay. Best regards, Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jul 2022

  • "What a fabulous find this cottage is."

    One of the most relaxing and comfortable that we have stayed in. From the moment of arrival ( parking was very close and really easy all the time of our stay) into the little front garden, to the end of our stay we felt completely at home. Both of the outside spaces were well kept, dog safe (patterdale terrier in this instance) and lovely for a morning brew or an evening glass of wine. The sofas and beds were comfy, the kitchen had loads of storage space, and plenty of glasses and cutlery for the two of us. The living room and dining area was a little haven of peace and quiet. The upstairs bathroom was roomy and the little shower room off the kitchen was "cosy" but the shower was really good. I don't think that the photos really do it justice. It is in a great position in the village with easy access by foot to everything, shop, restaurant, takeaways, cafe, butchers and bakers (except maybe the Spar at the Fuel station that's a good walk or a short drive really) For those interested in what's in the village There are many paths around the beautiful village for pretty walks or picnics. There are 3 pubs in the village but currently (May 2022) only one serves food and only Fri, Sat, Sun (which only really matters if you want to eat at the pub) but there are lots of places with a 15 minute or less drive to go to eat. The Chinese takeaway is good but only takes cash, The chippy only open Friday, Sat and Wed. The cafe does a really good meal and the butchers and bakers are fab The Italian is just Fabulous .. try it! Wolsingham is in a great spot for exploring the area around - or for just staying put, having a few walks and relaxing.

    Lovely feedback Wendy thank you. Glad you had a great stay. Best Wishes, Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage ,vilage has every thing you require."

    The dogs enjoyed the walk by the river

    Thank you for great feedback - glad you & the dogs enjoyed Wolsingham. Best wishes, Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0May 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay ,disappointed none of the pubs in the village was serving food and one was closed our whole visit ."

    A nice walk from cottage along the river ,the Chinese takeaway was good luckily . The park and ride to Durham was cheap and you could get a bus anywere from there.Loved Hexham and Seahouses got the boat to the Farne islands from there .

    Thank you for the feedback, really appreciated thank you. We are pleased to say that our nearest local pub (The Black Bull - 100 yards away) has now re-opened, we've visited and is serving great food including Sunday lunch. Really pleased for us & our guests! We also have a great Italian restaurant in the village - Buon Appetito - which is very popular. Best wishes Andrew & Tracy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.1Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property, great location and ideal for dogs with walks from the doorstep."

    Reviewed by Rhoslyn3.8Apr 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, perfect for our 3 night stay."

    It had everything we needed and the beds were very comfy. The village is lovely with everything we needed on the doorstep, including walks by the river for the dog and an amazing italian restaurant.

    Reviewed by Laura3.8Apr 2022

  • "Lovely holiday cottage, a new rental for the owner who was very keen to quickly ascertain what changes needed to be made to make this cottage extra special, as it is, there are some improvements to be made, but it is already a fabulous holiday cottage location is excellent in the pretty village of Wolsingham a village with two good village stores the spar just on the outskirts is great, three pubs, a fish and chip shop a great deli in Peggottys and a good coffee shop."

    The Italian in the village is fantastic and does take out too. Lovely walks from the doorstep and a little further a field is Hamsterley forest with a lovely coffee shop on site. I would love to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Mar 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link can be a twin on request) and 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and a starter pack of logs inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Communal off-road parking available close to property
  • Enclosed front garden, Enclosed rear courtyard with patio furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub are within 2 minutes walk

The property

Perched in the peaceful market town of Wolsingham, amongst the rolling landscape of County Durham, rests this charming, stone-built holiday home, Elm Cottage.

Settled on the edge of the North Pennines, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whilst enjoying easy access to a wealth of local amenities and attractions, Elm Cottage offers the perfect setting for a rural retreat.

Arriving at the property, make your way through the thoughtfully laid-out garden area nestled at the foot of this lovely dwelling before discarding of any shoes and coats as you step into the hallway.

Moving through the property, discover the well-presented living/dining room, where you can look forward to snuggling up on the sofa to enjoy a family-favourite on the TV, warming your toes with the glow of the woodburning stove in the cooler months.

Adjoining this is the well-equipped kitchen, where you'll find an array of helpful amenities to assist any budding chef, including an electric oven and gas hob, whilst a handy washing machine and dishwasher can be found in the nearby utility.

Rustle up a delectable dish and gather together with your loved ones at the dining table to indulge, over a glass of wine, or make mealtimes an alfresco affair with a sociable seat in the peaceful setting of your private courtyard.

As the day draws to night, retreat indoors and climb the stairs to the first floor where you'll find two beautifully-appointed bedrooms to catch your rest, each offering ample storage space to unpack your belongings and make yourself at home.

In the morning, enjoy a leisurely wake-up with a blissful soak amongst the bubbles in the tub with a good book in hand, or make use of the handy ground floor shower room to kick-start your day with a refreshing rinse before heading out on an adventure.

A short walk from your doorstep will bring you into the heart of the picture-perfect town of Wolsingham, where you'll find quaint, stone-built cottages housing an array of local amenities, including a handful of traditional country pubs as well as cafes, bars and restaurants, serving something to suit all tastes and budgets.

The Demesne Mill Picnic Site offers a lovely spot to refuel at the end of a stroll along the Wolsingham Circular Walk, whilst the towns indoor swimming pool provides little ones with entertainment, whatever the weather.

Any budding histories amongst the group will delight with a visit to Bishop Auckland, home to Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland People’s Museum and the Great War Memorial, whilst the ancient ruins of Binchester Roman Fort are tucked away on the outskirts of the town.

Further afield is the bustling city of Durham, perfect for getting dressed to the nines and enjoying a night on the town or walking in the footsteps of the cast of the popular movie franchise Harry Potter, with a visit to Durham Cathedral.

For an escape from the excitement, embark on an adventure through the sweeping moorland of the North Pennines, home to some of the darkest skies in England, providing a truly tranquil spot to stargaze with your better half.

Explore Northumberland with a memorable retreat to Elm Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Hamsterley 6.7 miles; Bishop Auckland 10 miles; Durham 14 miles; Barnard Castle 20.5 miles; Newcastle 22 miles.

The picturesque town of Wolsingham is a quintessentially British market town in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nestled in the beautiful valley of Weardale, the town is a popular stop-off point for visitors. The town boasts a number of well-regarded pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as convenience shops and takeaways. In the town you’ll also find an indoor swimming pool and gym, grass bowls club, several picnic areas and a recreation ground with outdoor gym and playing fields. The town has plenty of amenities, including a Post Office, library, bank, gift and antique shops, grocery shops, bakery, butchers and greengrocers. Also all major supermarkets deliver here. Wolsingham Show is held on the first weekend in September and is the oldest agricultural show in the country. Wolsingham is superbly situated to enjoy the best of the north-east and is a very popular base for walking and cycling. There are plenty of local attractions, including the Weardale Heritage Railway featuring the Polar Express, Hamsterley Forest which is ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding, picturesque Tunstall Reservoir for fishing and walking, Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Bowes Museum, Auckland Castle featuring Kynren – an epic tale of 2000 years, High Force, Beamish Open Air Museum and Hadrian's Wall to name a few.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas