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Barforth Hall Cottage

Gainford near Barnard Castle, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 915731)

4.3

Good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Hot tub
  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was lovely and the hot tub great."

    Only issue was not knowing where we could and could not go on the property. Could do with a map of the farm, showing guests where they the paths lead.

    Reviewed by RossJun 2022

  • "My partner and I booked this cottage to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and what a great decision it was!"

    Instructions to find the cottage were clear (Once we'd arrived the first night using directions provided we just sat nav'd to "Boat Lane" which took us straight to the road we needed to be down). The cottage itself, despite being on a working farm is fantastically peaceful, it was clean and had a great rustic feel about it. All facilities within the cottage were adequate, we had pretty much everything we needed, including plenty enough fire wood to fire the hot tub for the few nights we stayed. It's in a great location, you get to see the animals on the farm, including the beautiful horses to the rear of the cottage as you soak in the hot tub, along with being close enough to places of interest / shops / fuel stations. During our short stay we went to High Force Waterfall, Durham and Barnard Castle whilst allowing ourselves time to really enjoy the peace and quiet you get in this location. Our only gripes..(and these are very much not deal breakers!).. would be the water pressure from the shower (it's a bit trickly and not quite the power shower experience us southerners are used to!) & when firing up the hot tub we were provided with 1 right handed heat protection glove to use for opening the door and adding wood, which would suit a right hander however a poor "lefty" like me has been left with skin stripped off my knuckle from scalding it. (So if you're a weirdo like me and are left handed, take some gloves!) Aside from that (and these gripes were very miniscule), my partner and I had a fantastic break and re-charged the batteries just the way you want to in an area like this, 100% totally recommended and we will definitely look to come stay again.

    Reviewed by JordanApr 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage and very secluded loved it!"

    Just what we needed a few days of just walks and no noise

    Reviewed by CarolMar 2022

  • "We had an absolutely fantastic time."

    The hosts couldn’t have been more helpful. Whenever we needed anything they were straight over to help us out. The cottage itself is immaculate and very well decorated. We found the bed and sofa to be comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook for ourselves and the bathroom was amazing. I read a review that said there was not a shower - there definitely is a shower and a bath as well. The hot tub is fantastic. It was so relaxing! The animals on the farm are a bonus. We asked the hosts if we could have a look around and we were told we that we could feed the goats (hosts advised what they could and could not eat before we fed them). The only thing we could think of that would have made the stay even better would have been Netflix but this is not necessary at all and Dvds are provided. Our overall experience was great. We didn’t want to leave! I would 100% recommend to anyone I know and would like to return in the future.

    Reviewed by EmmaFeb 2022

  • "Property is in a great (isolated) location for those looking for this type of secluded retreat but which is in striking distance of all that North Yorkshire has to offer."

    However, we were disappointed with some aspects and in general this all comes down to a lack of attention to detail: 1. First impressions are very important. On arrival, the front windows, with their brown peeling paint, set the wrong tone. And the boot room just lacks a bit of a welcoming atmosphere. 2. The bed in the main room is comfortable enough and huge, but the pillows are noticeably thin and cheap. 3. A mirror for the dressing table would be a plus. 4. The overall cleanliness was OK but there was dried food on the countertop by the sink, plenty of cobwebs in most corners, dirt behind the bin etc. 5. The blown window on the back door again makes a poor impression. It is difficult to lock and looks like it has been ripped out of another location and hurriedly stuffed in to the gap. 6 The hot tub is great, once you've mastered the burner, as is the view from it. A cooker lighter would be useful to avoid singed fingers. 7. The washing line is three bits of line tied together...again, not a deal-breaker, just the impression it makes. 8. The back yard would look so much better if it was jet-washed periodically. 9. The gaps in the rear fence (did they run out of wood?) have been filled with an old iron gate nailed in place...impressions again. 10. The bathroom is excellent, although the fitting seems to have been done in a rush? Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Barforth...but a few tweaks could make this an excellent property.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2021

  • "The accomodatuon is on a farm, and therefore trekking dirt in is constant and there is also a lot of dust and cobwebs, however we took cleaning stuff with us and used it to tidy as we go."

    The location is very quiet and secluded with little around, this was perfect for us as we literally wanted to switch off, however you have to be prepared to drive down a single track lane to get anywhere. We had a lovely time relaxing doing nothing and chilling in the hot tub. Hosts were there if we needed anything instantly but not bothering us at all! Thankyou for a fabulous stay- can’t wait to see if we can get back up there again!

    Thank you for your feedback, glad you had a lovely stay. Sorry to hear there was a few cleanliness issues with the property. We will feed back these comments to the owner and get them resolved. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RhianAug 2021

  • "This cottage is on a working farm."

    Our cottage there was spotlessly clean with gorgeous views both front and back. It is very quiet and restful. There are stacks of interesting places to see nearby.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "We loved the cottage!"

    Very roomy for two people, much bigger than we expected with a huge four poster bed. The hottub was really easy to use, just make sure you keep the fire going. It takes about 3 hours to get to 40 degrees from cold but heats faster if you’ve had it on the night before. The location of the cottage was great with beautiful places to visit all around. Some of the places we visited were barnard castle, the forbidden corner, Durham, high force waterfall and wetherriggs rescue farm. The dogs and cat were really friendly and Ralphie the llama, who is right opposite the cottage door, will come racing up to you, but will spit! We had a lovely time and will definitely be back in the future.

    Reviewed by EmmaJul 2021

  • "Very enjoyable stay."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by BarryJun 2021

  • "Hot tub leaking , no proper instructions to which level to fill water to , the hot tub wasn't even full up when we arrived which is pretty poor business running especially for £400."

    00 for 2 nights , I wanted a nce soak in tn the morning but had leaked so much it was empty , fingerprint

    Many thanks for your feedback. It is a shame that we were not made aware that you had an issue with the hot tub during your stay. If we had known we would have assisted you during your stay. The hot tub is now working and there are instructions in the information pack that tell the guests what level the water must be before the lighting works Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkApr 2021

  • "We’ve just had the most amazing week in this little cottage."

    We found the bed extremely comfortable, the hot tub was fabulous, absolutely loved having Llamas at the front and horses at the back. Paula and Jason were wonderful hosts, and we adored our friend Jess the Collie.

    Reviewed by LyndaApr 2021

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage."

    Warm and friendly owners. Everything we needed for a well needed break and more. We explored all of the surroundings by foot, needless to say we walked miles, used the hot tub morning and night....took a while to get it up to temperature but once we'd sussed it out it was plain sailing and what incredible views we had from it. Was lovely and quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Thoroughly enjoyed the farm animals ( even witnessed a lamb being born). Will most definitely return. Thank you for our stay

    Reviewed by AmandaApr 2021

  • "Lovely a peaceful"

    Reviewed by LisaOct 2020

  • "Fantastic quiet location so perfect"

    Reviewed by DarrenOct 2020

  • "Very quiet, Comfortable & cozy cottage with wood burning heated hot tub which was a real bonus"

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2020

  • "Sykes have taken no responsibility for my holiday and the lady at the cottage has ignored my emails."

    My money has been taken but I did not stay at the cottage as it was awful.

    Reviewed by DeanaAug 2020

  • "Barforth Hall Cottage is 'as it says on the tin'; read the listing and this what you get."

    We chuckled after a brief worry after reading reviews post-booking... however, future parties, please have some common sense when reading the reviews. Of course it is on a farm, which means you need to access it via a farm track and not a dual carriageway. As for cow noises of a "deafening volume"- never heard any of the animals really- maybe the odd neigh when in the hot tub! As for someone's disgust at the smells... could not smell the animals and that is surely part of the rural experience. Paula and Jason are fabulous hosts and it was such a shame to see people disrespect their business lands and cottages; most holiday cottages will not have owners nearby whereas we were lucky to meet Jason and his dog after they had a hard day on the farm, as well as be able to get some tips about the local area. Jason and Paula were extremely friendly and helpful; whilst running their farm they are happy to stop for a chat but will also leave you to your own privacy but equally are on hand should you need them. We went for a wander following their advice and we are so pleased they recommended the local pub, The Brownlow Arms- a three mile walk. The hot tub is a wood-fired hot tub; it does NOT leak... wood expands and contracts with moisture and heat, and these guys know exactly how to operate these effectively! We had plenty of wood to enable a hot tub session every evening and still had wood to spare. Easy to operate, quiet and with scenic views to boot. We took LOTS of extra bits as previous reviews had said items were lacking in the kitchen! What a waste but luckily we had the car. This is NO disrespect to the owners but us being prepared based on reviews. There is enough to cook basic meals for two- if you want to be Gordon Ramsey on holiday then yes you will need to bring some equipment! We used bulk cooked frozen meals from home, the Brownlow Arms which we could not recommend enough and the nearby supermarket. They do have teapots, cafetieres and even a champagne bucket! We did find taking plastic wine and gin glasses highly beneficial for using in the hot tub!!! The cottage is well situated to accessing a number of great areas of interest! We visited Barnard Castle, Beamish - The Living Museum of the North, White Scar Caves to name but a few! There are llamas who we met...Rafa enjoyed his daily apple but prefers the ladies and apparently bananas! He can spit so be warned, but I still found this amusing when he did it to Tim! Paula and Jason (I presume) own a number of cottages which are grouped together, so you could come as an extended family (which we hope to explore as this is the half-way point for us in Norfolk and my brother in Scotland). Cottages are dog friendly and the views are beautiful. A great break from busy life! Thank you so much for our experience on what should have been our wedding week and start to our honeymoon. We loved our time with you and cannot wait to revisit (maybe with more family members!).

    Reviewed by SherryAug 2020

  • "Beautiful part of the country, tranquil and relaxing."

    Nothing to much trouble for the owners, really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by CarolynJul 2020

  • "Although we had a nice time I think the check in time could be earlier considering it takes quite awhile to get the hot tub going."

    .a knee pad would be a nice touch too as you are kneeling down near the wood burner quite a bit..could be better signposted too as you get onto boat lane..wasn't sure if I was going onto someone's private land...the WiFi is not brilliant either but I'm not sure if that's just to do with the area?? Apart from that it was a nice break...thank you

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay. We need to have check in no earlier than 3pm to allow time for cottage cleaning and replace water in the hot tub. For it to be earlier we would need check out to be before 10am. I send an email before guests arrive to ask them to follow directions Sykes have given them as signs can be easily missed and sat nav is not the best in this area. This seems to get guests here. I will look into your suggestion of a cushion to kneel on when doing the hot tub. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanFeb 2020

  • "We absolutely loved our holiday, we had the best time."

    Host was extremely friendly, Ralphy was until he spat at me! Hahaha. The only one problem was trying to get to the little town, we needed to cross the bridge as we were only walking and couldn't drive, however the dogs were guarding the gate and the area was labelled private land! But really anyone driving this wouldn't be an issue and didn't at all effect how amazing our experience was.

    Reviewed by LisaDec 2019

  • "Really good service from the team at Sykes when I spoke with them on the phone."

    Barforth Hall Cottage was largely as expected and had most of everything we needed. Notable exceptions are a peeler and grater in the kitchen, but was comfy and cozy. This is a nice spot to get away from it all. The cottage is in a farm and it was lovely to be around the animals. It was largely quiet with little noise, but it was possible to occasional hear cows mooing from the barn next door. The bridge to Gainford is not readily passable and the pub in the village isn’t open during the day so would recommend a drive to Piercebridge instead. We didn’t have any trouble operating the hot tub - expect to have to tend it regularly and use a couple of bags of wood to heat it.

    Reviewed by RebeccaNov 2019

  • "Just Beautiful ..."

    Just Beautiful Just come back from a 3 night stay for a surprise birthday treat for my partner and it was fabulous, I asked Paula if she could get some Prosecco and chocolates on arriving in the cottage which she did, we went with our 8 month old son and there was a high chair and cot which was brill, a carton of milk in the fridge ready for us, the on look in the morning is picturesque horses and pheasants, our son loved seeing the alpacas and goats, on the night time we went in the hot tub it couldn’t have been more better just chilling relaxing while there’s just fields to look on to, thru the day we went into Barnard castle about 15 minutes in the car lovely town which has a beautiful Bowes museum that we visited, and had lunch, on the Sunday we went to the fox inn restaurant for Sunday dinner and the meal was great best beef ever, all a can say is Paula and her husband are lovely and that we will definitely be back great little place to visit

    Reviewed by SamanthaNov 2019

  • "A lovely spot to get away from lifes stresses."

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2019

  • "Absolutely stunning views, quite and just what you need for a relaxing get away."

    Paula and Jason were very helpful when needed. Sitting in the hot tub watching the sunset was amazing!

    Reviewed by MandySep 2019

  • "Lovely place so peaceful, but so far out, cottage needs a bit of TLC needs to have a deep clean, and some fly screens at back door flies where really bad, yes it's the countryside but they seem to come in from somewhere in the cottage as well."

    Some cleaning products could be available to wipe down sides we had to go buy fly spray, anti bacterial spray. Hot tub needs looking at leaks terrible we had to keep filling it up in the end we couldn't be bothered to use it, yard needs tidying and maybe a bistro set of table and chairs would have been nice to sit out and have a drink. It is a nice cottage and would go back but if you are expecting 5* luxury look somewhere else.

    Reviewed by DebraAug 2019

  • "Cottage was fantastic and area beautiful however description online said pubs and villages nearby within walking distance as did the welcoming pack in cottage which is little misleading."

    We walked over an hour to reach the pub described which was closed as long as you don’t expect to be able to reach anything by foot lovely relaxing location. A personal touch may have been good although we like our own space owners lived on the land drove past several times yet we didn’t meet anyone was all by email a hello wouldn’t have gone a miss being only ones staying at that time also.

    Reviewed by LaurenJul 2019

  • "The break was very nice and the cottage was nice but the bed was slightly uncomfortable to our liking."

    Reviewed by LesleyApr 2019

  • "What a lovely little hideaway."

    Reviewed by LauraMar 2019

  • "We had a lovely few days at the cottage, lots to do in walking and driving distance."

    The facilities were great and we loved the views from the cottage. We cannot wait to rebook for next summer.

    Reviewed by SophieMar 2019

  • "Amazing, beautiful little cottage, nice remote location, bit of a struggle to get to due to the bridge closure, but that is no fault of there’s, such a beautiful week away."

    Reviewed by DarrellFeb 2019

  • "The information on your site and in the cottage file are out of date."

    There is now no access to Gainford by foot from the cottage. The access listed is now no longer available.The old railway crossing is now fenced both sides, but is still on your site and I the cottage file.

    Reviewed by PhilipDec 2018

  • "The main issue was that the route to the local village, which was advertised as a mile away, was not accessible due to the bridges being closed to access."

    This meant a 4 mile walk round. Other niggly things, the blown double glazing and broken back door, poor finish on diy and electrics. Plus it would have been nice to meet the owners or have some sort of personal contact rather than texts. Overall it was ok as a base for 2 days but not a cosy romantic retreat.

    Reviewed by CNov 2018

  • "Was extremely disappointed overall, the cottage was well below what we expected, the "Hot tub" an absolute joke, bed extremely uncomfortable,minimal utensils, no hand wash,toilet blocked and the water pressure pathetic and to cap it all off a mini firework display a few hundred yards from us which considering we only went to there to escape the fireworks for our pet dog was truly horrendous."

    What was more disappointing was the fact the owner knew this, came home early after two nights of what can only be described as an awful experience. Shouldn't be advertising a pub within 1 mile either, probably nearer 3 possibly 4 miles.

    Thank you for your comments. The toilet water had been rising slightly due to a blockage which has been professionally treated as soon as I was made aware. I do usually get good feedback about the quiet rural location and the comfort of the bed- I do understand that this can be personal taste though, as is a wood burning hot tub which is mentioned in the property description. While hand soap is not an essential item for a 3 tick property, I will also take on board your suggestion for providing that. The fireworks were held outside my control, in the local village which I can confirm is a mile away - it’s possible that with the night air the noise traveled and I’m sorry you were disturbed, but I do hope that your future travels are enjoyable. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SimonNov 2018

  • "The weekend was so relaxing,l and private, just what we needed."

    Reviewed by KimberleySep 2018

  • "Not very clean cottage in need of a good refurb , the hot tub was very poor"

    Reviewed by DeanAug 2018

  • "A very chilled and relaxing break"

    Reviewed by AlisonJul 2018

  • "Brilliant holiday !"

    Reviewed by ChrisJun 2018

  • "Directions great for arrival."

    Welcome food was lovely. Hot tub fantastic warmed lovely with logs provided. Beautiful location and we visited the nearby attractions recommend by Sykes in the car and walked from cottage. Brilliant time .

    Reviewed by AngelaMay 2018

  • "Pretty cottage hard to find at first owners were helpful with this."

    Reviewed by AlexanderMay 2018

  • "Very nice cottage, out of the way so was peaceful"

    Reviewed by TomFeb 2018

  • "What a lovely place to stay it has everything a couple could wish for."

    Hot tub in snow is fun. Waking up to lamas outside the front window and horses at the back door What more could you ask for if you want a country retreat. Owners are attentive and responsive would highly recommend

    Reviewed by OliverFeb 2018

  • "Awesome place."

    A few things to improve on : Light bulbs were out Light on fire place wasnt working Batteries in remote controls werent working

    Reviewed by GailOct 2017

  • "Spent a wonderful weekend in this cottage."

    Staff were very friendly. Perfect for a quiet, relaxing break away from it all.

    Reviewed by KellyJun 2017

  • "Very helpful on arrival, had an excellent time, great facilities overall brilliant!"

    Reviewed by ChrisJun 2017

  • "Owners were fantastic couldn't be more helpful fantastic place we will Deffo be back"

    Reviewed by RobOct 2016

  • "Lovely place, lovely people- very helpful- great weekend!"

    !!

    Reviewed by HeatherSep 2016

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Summary

  • All ground floor
  • One four poster super king-size double with sitting area and electric fire
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area.
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Fuel for hot tub supplied
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio area with wood-fired hot tub and furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Note: Fishing available on land
  • Note: There are riding stables next to the cottage
  • Note: Access to the property is via a one-mile narrow track, which is a bit rough in places, but isn't pot holed or rutted
  • Please note the wood burning hot tub can take up to 4 hours to heat up and needs to started and maintained by yourself during your stay, you need to stay with the fire once it is lit
  • More information is available in the property
  • Charging of electric vehicles is not permitted
  • 1.8 mile to Winston village -pub on a bridle path and 3miles to Eppleby shop and Tea rooms tarmac lane

The property

Set out over the ground floor, the accommodation at this cottage is spacious and well presented with all the ingredients for a perfect romantic retreat.

The main living area boasts a beautiful four poster bed, a cosy sitting area, oak floor and pleasant decoration to provide an unusual, yet charming holiday cottage, and completing the accommodation is a spacious bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen/diner.

Outside, a wonderful wood-fired hot tub is a...

Barforth Hall Cottages

Eppleby 2.9 miles. These charming cottages are set in a beautiful rural location in the grounds of Barforth Hall, six miles from the village of Gainford and eight miles from Barnard Castle. They form part of a group of former farm buildings and provide an excellent base for touring this unspoilt and historic area. Featuring a variety of accommodation, these ground floor cottages provide wonderful holiday homes for couples, families and groups of friends who want to relax and discover County Durham and the Yorkshire Dales. The cottages are an ideal base for animal lovers as there are horses in stables next door, and just across the entrance is a small paddock, which is home to a family of alpacas. Footpaths spread off in every direction straight from the door, including a lovely trail which meanders along next to the river, or you can pop to the pretty village of Gainford, home to a shop and pub. There are plenty of opportunities for cycling, hiking and touring in this beautifully scenic area, with Hamsterley Forest, the deer park at nearby Raby Castle, or you can discover the waterfalls at High Force and Cauldron Snout. The market town of Barnard Castle, with cobbled streets and the Bowes Museum, is within reach, plus a short drive brings you into the heart of Durham, with its majestic cathedral standing high above the River Wear. These lovely cottages provide well-equipped accommodation in a wonderful countryside location.

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About the location

GAINFORD

Barnard Castle 8 miles; Darlington 8 miles; Richmond 13 miles.

Gainford is a pretty village in Teesdale, standing on the River Tees at the boundary with Yorkshire. The village offers a scattering of Georgian houses set on an unspoilt village green, as well as a newsagents/general store, fish and chip shop and a pub, and is close to spectacular waterfalls, sweeping moorlands and magnificent castles. There is also one Michelin starred restaurant within easy reach of the village, giving the opportunity to dine out in luxury. Ancient market towns dot the area and the historic town of Barnard Castle lies within easy reach, boasting castle remains overlooking the town, as well as the impressive Bowes Museum. Built as an impressive French-style chateau, the museum houses a magnificent collection of fine and decorative art. Other places of interest close to Gainford are the ruins of Egglestone Abbey and Rokeby Hall, High Force, Cauldron’s Snout, Derwent Reservoir, and Hexham with its stately abbey, as well as the magnificent cathedral city of Durham. A little further afield the Yorkshire Dales National Park, North York Moors, Lake District, Northumberland National Park and the coastal towns of Whitby and Saltburn are all within easy driving distance.

Region Information

Note: It may be possible to arrange matching changeover days for this property with the others in the group, if they are being booked together. Please contact Sykes for more information.

Charging of electric vehicles is not permitted

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas