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Blackburn Cottage Barn

(Ref. 925002)

Wolsingham, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (18)
  • lovely (13)
  • location (13)
  • great (13)
  • views (10)
  • well (10)

33 Customer Reviews

  • "Stunning location and very quiet; only sounds were birds and sheep."

    Lovely house, well maintained and clean; we'll definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely fabulous."

    Spotlessly clean, very well equipped, everything you need and more. Stunning views. Wonderful location. Will definately return.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay at Blackburn cottage barn."

    Great location for walking and biking from the doorstep, secure little garden for the dog, comfy beds, warm and cosy place to relax. The cottage had everything we needed. Surrounded by lots of wildlife. Although a lovely little place, it does need some TLC and a bit of time spending on it eg bathroom upstairs lights not working so had to keep the hall light on at night, husband had to change some bulbs in the kitchen as half the lights not working.

    Reviewed by Gina3.8Oct 2023

  • "Arrived to dirty sofa and chair in lounge."

    Upstairs toilet lights not working.We heard a crashing noise and discovered the heater,the owner had described as faulty prior to visit,had literally fallen off the wall in the bedroom We had two electrician visits and I had to text owner several times.This property needs some TLC.Some of the kitchen equipment needs replacing-the saucepans and frying pan are very battered. Such a shame.We have visited the property several times because of the location.But this is second time we have had to act as caretakers on our paid for holiday.

    Reviewed by Catherine1.6Sep 2023

  • "The cottage is located in a beautiful peaceful setting, surrounded by nature but also close enough to lots of local days out and activities for all the family."

    The children loved watching the rabbits from the window and it is in an ideal spot for walking, running and cycling. The property provides almost everything you need for your holiday and the beds were really comfortable but there were just a few small improvements which would take it from good to excellent. When we arrived, there was less than half a toilet roll in the cottage, which for a property that can sleep 6 and isn't close to a shop, isn't really suitable. Thankfully we had read some other reviews which mentioned this and had taken some with us. There's a washing machine, but no powder or tablets, and a dishwasher which also had no tablets, and providing these little extras would make such a difference. We also found the bathroom extractor fan wasn't working, the light above the cooker and under counter lights weren't working, and throughout the stay there was a faint smell of drains, which we assume is from the septic tank. Whilst these things wouldn't prevent us from staying again, they would be welcome improvements that would make the property even more welcoming.

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.4Aug 2023

  • "Highly recommend a week here."

    Myself husband and Bella the dog had a fantastic week lots of walks nearby lots of visits from a barn own a deer and rabbits lovely views of the sun rising and setting fantastic place 5*

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage is amazing and the views are spectacular."

    Very warm on a sunny day and cool on evening. Would defo come back to this cottage.

    Reviewed by Kal-el4.4Jun 2023

  • "A great property in a great location - Perfect!"

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Great layout and position, fab views all round and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. It was warm and comfortable and just what we needed this time. There are a few small signs of wear and tear which are to be expected and the housekeeper is aware of these seeming to be on the case for remedying. Nothing that diminished our enjoyment. The surrounding area is lovely. Our walk to Hamsterley and back was a great day out. Wildlife fantastic - lots of grouse and pheasants, rabbits, a fox and moles all seen in some capacity. The locals at Hamsterley advised of more rarer wildlife including adders, toads and a specific mouse! Some farming practices in the area seemed strange to us city folk but when googled made a little more sense. Time without WiFi was refreshing with tree climbing, sword(stick) fighting, twister and monopoly entertaining the kids (and adults) well. A bird feeder would be a fab addition for the nature fans. We found bird seed under the sink and a chaffinch and wren joined us when we put some out. Totally recommend this cottage for a rest and escape.

    Reviewed by Abby4.1Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and very well placed for some good walking."

    Very quiet place. Just take some essentials when you go because we had to buy washing liquid/ toilet rolls/hand wash/ bin liners/ oven trays. There's a slight leak in the hall way overhead windows which the owner is aware of. But its nothing major. In all its a great place and we will be going back at some point

    Reviewed by Kim4.4Oct 2022

  • "We had a great week at Blackburn Cottage Barn, the location is fairly remote which is exactly what we wanted, and we had fun exploring the local area."

    There are lots of nice walks from the property and we particularly liked a walk back from Hamsterley through the forest. The property itself was great for our needs, although it would have been even better if toilet roll, soap and bin bags had been provided. However, it was good value for the price.

    Reviewed by Celia4.1Sep 2022

  • "2nd visit in 2 months."

    Fabulous cottage, very well equpped, very comfy bed. amazing location. Great for Walking or mountain biking straight from the door. Missing it already, will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property with gorgeous scenery."

    Good facilities in the cottage, we felt very at home. Nice little enclosed garden which was safe for our dog. A little tip, the open fields to the left and right of the public footpath evidently aren't actually for public use (farmer will quickly tell you and move you along), counter intuitively you can walk through their gates and into the fields with their sheep instead. Very pretty scenery on that walk. We had a great break here even in the heatwave. A lovely breeze kept us nice and cool.

    Reviewed by Joe4.1Jul 2022

  • "Had a fabulous stay."

    The location is just stunning. We wanted remote and we got it. Nothing to hear except moorland birds, nothing to see except thevadtbess if the moors and lovely trees. We found the cottage Spotlessly clean, comfortable and well equipped. The huge windows and garden have been a blessing in lovely weather. Walks for miles out of the door and plenty 9f great places to visit not far away.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely spacious comfortable cottage sett in stunning countryside with amazing walks from the door."

    Curlews and lapwings nesting outside the back door barn owl hunting every night great sunsets as well. Lovely area plenty to do we covered 57 miles of walking. Black grouse at Langdon beck. Wolsingham has everything you need theres a big spar shop at the petrol station. Yes as the lady put on a previous review the oven does need cleaning, information pack needs updating Bins are Tuesday we missed it they come early! Lovely cottage will deffinatly like to return.

    Reviewed by Nick3.8Apr 2022

  • "Overall, we had a great stay at Blackburn Cottage Barn."

    A great 'out of the way' location and perfectly positioned for some lovely country side walks. Take an OS map as there are plenty of footpaths, byways etc. On first inspection the cottage barn appears clean but on closer inspection it's lacking a bit of attention to detail. There were food stains down the wall in the kitchen, finger prints on the windows and the oven needs a good deep clean by a professional. Anything broken or below standard should be disposed of right away (broken coat stand or dirty, stained place mats). The cottage barn was adequately clean but the oven did make me squirm a bit! 99% of the barn is perfectly clean, but when you're paying to stay somewhere you expect it to be spotless, particularly the kitchen. The beds were comfortable, as was all of the furniture and it was super cosy in the evenings. Radiator temperature was set perfectly, shower was great as is the really deep bath. It's got great views from all windows of the surrounding countryside and if you go outside at night you get a great view of the stars. I would definitley stay again and in no way is this review meant to put people off of staying at this brilliant property! If you arrive at night, bring a torch with you as there aren't any street lights etc.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Jan 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay with walks a plenty."

    I would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Sue4.1Nov 2021

  • "An ironing board and a clothes airer would be very welcome."

    Reviewed by Veronica4.7Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful clear night skies (when it wasn’t cloudy)."

    Wouldn’t want to drive the road up to it in ice or snow unless a 4x4. Did see black grouse. House was warm and cosy. Would use it again!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2021

  • "Disappointed with the complicity of the heating system."

    Couldn't work out. Consequently was not as comfortable as desired.

    Reviewed by Leslie4.7Sep 2021

  • "A couple of v minor problems, the owner responded immediately and was v helpful."

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great location."

    Beautiful sunsets! If you want peace and quiet this is the place. Spacious, comfortable, well equipped (though maybe some new non-stick pans) Everything you need for a self catering trip. Would suit families or couples .

    Reviewed by Suzanne4.7Jul 2021

  • "Absolutely wonderful location."

    We were lucky to have fabulous weather and the wildlife seen from the barn conversion is amazing. Lovely barn door windows that open right out to give views of the surrounding countryside.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Jun 2021

  • "If you want peace and quiet this is the perfect place Loved the cottage, good size, good facilities, would definitely stay here again."

    Great walking right on your doorstep Top tip, get OS maps on your smartphone

    Reviewed by Adrian4.4Jun 2021

  • "The setting for the cottage was exceptional with views in all directions ."

    The cottage itself had everything( except wifi) needed for a comfortable stay . We were lucky enough to have fantastic weather and had the folding doors open into the garden . Would be more than happy to return for another holiday .

    Reviewed by Molly4.4May 2021

  • "It was a beautiful peaceful place to stay with spectacular views ."

    Would definately stay again

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2019

  • "The area, the Pennines, is not without reason an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty."

    In the picture you see wouden doors, but these can be opened to give way to huge windows that overlook the valley. Magnificent!

    Reviewed by Jan3.8Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was very lovely - the photos didn't do it justice and was much nicer than I had expected."

    It was also well equipped. The location was perfect - very rural with fabulous views and surrounded by sheep but close enough to facilities to not feel isolated. It was great to have the garden as some private space. We enjoyed exploring the area and found lots to do to keep ourselves busy.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in an ideal situation to get away from it all."

    Pleasant owner and only a short drive from basic shopping. Large supermarket is 6 miles away.

    Reviewed by S4.4Jun 2018

  • "We had a wonderful weekend at Blackburn Cottage Barn and enjoyed the homely atmosphere and beautiful surroundings."

    Reviewed by Andie5.0Feb 2018

  • "I think what we enjoyed most was the atmosphere of the cottage and the stunning views."

    Seated in a comfy armchair, I sometimes forgot to read on in my novel and watched the beautiful scenery instead. The cottage is very well-equipped, and the kitchen is a fantastic place to share a meal. All rooms have window seats; there was a competition about them. You can hike from the cottage through beautiful moors between sheep and cattle. But you can also reach a lot of sights within an hour or so: Hadrian's wall, Durham, the North Pennines, Weardale Railway, Beamish. The only downside is that you need a car, but this is clear from the listing.

    Reviewed by Judit5.0Aug 2017

  • "It is located near a private grouse Moor so exercising your dog is a bit restrictive."

    A really well trained dog is a must. The location is quite superb and the cottage really comfortable.

    Reviewed by Dave4.6Jul 2017

  • "There seems to be a problem with the bathroom light as it flickers and the bulb constantly blew, although, as soon as it was mentioned any work required was completed straight away."

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Oct 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x family room with 2 adult bunks
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor basin, WC and washing machine
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, radio, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.8 miles
  • Note: The access road to this property is steep, a 4 x 4 is recommended for visitors in the winter, when the road can become icy.

The property

Wolsingham 2.8 miles.

This is an outstanding, stone-built, semi-detached cottage set 900 feet up in the Hamsterley area, close to Wolsingham.

Blackburn Cottage Barn offers impressive holiday accommodation, ideal for extended families and groups of friends looking to discover this delightful area together.

With the benefit of its wonderful location within the North Pennines AONB, this cottage perches regally above the glorious surrounding countryside.

Bright and airy throughout, and offering spectacular views, guests will love to relax and unwind.

The attractive sitting room has lovely French doors overlooking the patio, whilst the kitchen/diner provides an excellent space to gather together over dinner and plan the forthcoming activities.

Both bedrooms have been well thought out with the second bedroom offering two bunk beds.

Outside, there is a spacious, enclosed patio area with furniture, offering a perfect setting for relaxing, pouring a nice cold drink and marvelling at the surrounding views and the abundant wildlife.

Birdwatchers will be particularly keen to know that this is one of the few holiday properties in England where black grouse are regularly seen from the house.

Blackburn Cottage Barn sits directly on one of the many Hamsterley Forest bridleways, giving easy access to a network of walking and cycle paths.

Bikes and horses can be loaned in the nearby Hamsterley Forest.

A short drive will take you to many local attractions including Barnard Castle, High Force and Durham Cathedral.

A little further afield are the delights of the Lake District or the Northumberland Heritage Coastline, or you can simply enjoy relaxing in your cottage.

This delightful cottage is perfect for a relaxing countryside break.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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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