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Witton View Cottage

Hamsterley near Durham, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 955576)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Electric car charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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13 Customer Reviews

  • "Access road, really bad."

    3rd night double bed frame collapsed so on settee in middle of the night. That was fixed by farmers son. 4th day 5pm notified of a waterleak, water switched off . No water from 5pm until next day. Next day the farmer managed to repair, same afternoon shower over the bath broken valve so no shower or bath. Kitchen, poor frying pan lost all of its non stick. No where to put groceries just had to be left on the bench. No breadbin either. Internet only in sitting room and kept going off. I left the property on Friday morning instead of Saturday as my daughter was fed up with the whole set up. Mike and his son were very nice people they did their best even spending hours filling the pot holes in the access road but I didnt want to go in and out more than once a day, its truly horrendous on entry going down the bank even when filled in. My experience of the week I cant recommend. I,ll spend more time asking around in future.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2022

  • "The cottage was very cosy and comfortable, and had everything we needed."

    The patio at the front of the cottage was lovely. Very peaceful with good views over the countryside, and a sunny spot to sit when the sun was shining. The owner was very friendly and helpful. We found some lovely local walks and days out, including Low Barns nature reserve which has a nice walk around a lake and lots of bird life, and also has a little cafe. We would also recommend the deer park in Bishop Auckland, and tea and scones at the Fifteas Vintage Tea Room in Bishop Auckland, where they play 50s music and the waitresses wear 50s dresses.

    Reviewed by JaneSep 2021

  • "A spacious, well equipped converted barn in a beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2021

  • "Very well-appointed cottage, deep in the Durham countryside."

    Apart from one morning when it rained, much enjoyed having breakfast outside overlooking the fields. Friendly owners, a pleasure to chat with.

    Reviewed by PhilipJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in fantastic quiet rural location."

    Really loved the large farmhouse kitchen & layout of the property. The owners were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by LesleySep 2020

  • "Beautiful location, perfect for walking and biking."

    Surrounded by wildlife - we especially loved the resident barn owl outside the kitchen window. My family are all over 6 foot and so they had to get used to ducking the beam in the kitchen. Owner was very friendly and helpful but left us to get on as we wished. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by RachelAug 2020

  • "We visited Wilton View Cottage on the first week we could travel and stay overnight as Covid 19 regulations were relaxed."

    The week commencing 6th July. The whole experience from initial booking to returning home was excellent! Big thank you to Michael for the informative phone call prior to our arrival which illustrated his professionalism in his role as “host “ The directions were exact and the arrival procedures smooth.All covid related information was relayed well. We felt completely safe. The cottage was lovely, bigger than we expected from the photos! Very comfortable bed, large bathroom, cosy lounge and the kitchen diner was huge and more than fulfilled all our needs. We were a couple and dog. We had mixed weather for July so only sat outside a couple of times but the peaceful position and beautiful setting of Edge Knoll farm just made the holiday. Ideally positioned for trips to Durham ,Richmond and Barnard Castle you can’t go wrong. We walked a couple of times up to the pub in Hamsterley and sat outside with our dog . Many beautiful walks from the cottage in all directions. We explored villages along both the Wear and the Tees Valley and again found some enjoyable walks. Would have no hesitation in recommending here for a holiday. Thank you Michael

    Reviewed by HilaryJul 2020

  • "Great retreat."

    Very peaceful location. Michael was a formidable host, who helped me at every step when required, but never overbearing. The pictures don't do the size justice. 2 double rooms, a large living room, proper bathroom and huge kitchen. Everything was just spot on for me.

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2020

  • "The photos, whilst accurate, didn't really do justice to the property, which was lighter and more comfortable, in reality, than we expected (and it already looked good enough to want to stay there, or we wouldn't have booked it!"

    ). The hosts were friendly and keen to make us feel welcome without being over solicitous. The only thing we both remarked on was that a few teabags, a pint of two of milk, a few more dishwasher tabs and some hand soap would have been nice. I have no doubt that if we'd asked for it, it would all have been forthcoming, but it is always even more lovely if those things are already thought of, and provided on arrival. Both the courtyard garden and the terrace were particualrly enjoyable sun traps and there was a wealth of butterfly life on the white buddleia, which was lovely to see.

    Reviewed by MelissaAug 2019

  • "Michael the owner who lives on site is a great guy full of knowledge about the area."

    He's very friendly and helpful. The property was very cosy and clean and large. Would definitely recommend and stay there again.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Far larger and more comfortable than expected. We had a very private area to sit out in the evening. Very highly recommended.

    Reviewed by AnnJun 2019

  • "As a family of three (2 adults and an energetic toddler) with a dog, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Witton View Cottage and would love to have stayed longer than just a week."

    The cottage is in a beautiful, quiet setting but within easy reach of numerous sights and areas of interest as well as local shops and supermarkets. The accomodation is very spacious and comfortable and had everything we needed (including cot, highchair, and washing machine etc). Although a little bumpy, we had no issues using the road leading to the cottage in our non 4x4 car. We highly recommend this as a place to stay if you are looking for somewhere to stay in the area and in close reach of the Pennines. The owner, Michael, is very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the local area and was able to provide us with some great suggestions of places to visit.

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2019

  • "We had a fabulous week the location and the property were ideal."

    Very friendly owner in Michael. He gave good recommendations on places of interest.

    Reviewed by CeliaAug 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area (seats 2)
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage and cleaning area
  • Shared courtyard and private patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles
  • River Wear 5 mins walk
  • Note: Although all ground floor, there are two steps up into the kitchen
  • Note: There are sheep and horses in the surrounding fields
  • Note: The approach road to the cottage is approximately 0.6 miles of unpaved farm road, as long as the road is taken very slowly it can be used by everyday vehicles
  • Note: A 10% discount is available on entrance to The Kynren Project by prior arrangement with the owner. There is a pet supplement of £25.00 per pet per week. property now has an electric car charging point
  • it is a British 3 point plug specific for the purpose and is on a meter paid directly to the owner

The property

Hamsterley 2 miles.

Two miles from the village of Hamsterley, just outside the North Pennines AONB, Witton View is a charming, 17th century stone cow byre conversion on the owner’s non-working farm.

The property is an excellent base for friends and families, with Hamsterley Forest less than four miles away, and the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors also within easy reach.

Inside is bright, modern accommodation with picturesque views of the surrounding fields.

The sitting room is a great place to relax after a long walk, and the kitchen is a social hub where everyone can gather to chat and plan the day’s adventures over breakfast.

Two pretty bedrooms provide a comfy night’s sleep; one has twin beds and the other has a double bed, with a wicker chair in one corner by the window so you can read in peace or simply enjoy the view.

Outside is a shared courtyard and a private patio with table and chairs, ideal for alfresco dining in the sunshine!

There are country walks in abundance in this part of the country, with the River Wear just five minutes away providing total peace and tranquillity.

A trip to the area is not complete without a visit to the Kynren Project, with mesmerising shows telling tales of life in the area from Roman times to present day!

Cyclists have plenty of cycle routes to explore and those on foot can visit Durham Cathedral, Bowes Museum and Barnard Castle.

There is so much to see and do in the area, you’re sure of a wonderful holiday.

.Note: This property is next to Ref 904978, together they sleep 8.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £125.

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About the location


Barnard Castle 8 miles.

The village of Hamsterley sits on the brow of a hill between Teesdale and Weardale, on the edge of the North Pennines. Boasting an old village pub, where basic provisions can be purchased, the village is just two miles from Hamsterley Forest, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which covers 2000 hectares of mixed woodland and has an abundance of wildlife. The Forest Visitor Centre, complete with tea rooms, provides visitors with a wealth of information on the many activities available in the forest, including splendid walking, cycling and horse riding trails to suit all levels of expertise. Cycling enthusiasts will be well catered for with the Hamsterley Forest mountain bike downhill trail which has some of the steepest slopes in the UK, together with miles of cross country routes. The forest runs alongside the Bedburn Beck for four miles, providing access to grassy picnic sites and a play area for children, and also stages a wide range of events and activities every summer, from wildlife watches to theatre performances, and the Dark Skies Events are coming to the forest, with introductions to astronomy from trained instructors. With Raby Castle nearby and the delightful market town of Barnard Castle, with its medieval castle ruins and delightful cobbled streets, just 8 miles away, this is an ideal holiday location. The ancient cathedral city of Durham is also close by and is host to a number of events throughout the year so it is well worth checking what you can see while you are in the area.

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