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Arrow Cottage

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Witton-le-Wear, County Durham
Grade 5 Star rating
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A beautifully furnished 18th century cottage, complete with large enclosed garden and games room, ideal for families or friends celebrating a special occasion.

Set in the heart of the ‘picture-postcard’ Anglo Saxon village of Witton-le-Wear - steeped in history with its 12th-century tower, Norman church and views of the 15th-century Witton Castle, where fishing is available on their beautiful lakes. This attractive large house (built circa 1780) provides spacious living accommodation for families and/or friends to get together or to celebrate a special occasion. Adjoining another property, Arrow Cottage has lovely gardens together with river walks and the renowned Low barns Nature reserve nearby where visitors can relax and unwind, making this a tranquil and peaceful holiday retreat. Arrow Cottage is a 5 bedroomed family cottage, with rooms set out to cater for family groups of 10 adults, 5 children and/or 2 babies/toddlers or combinations thereof to a maximum of 17. Perfectly located to explore this magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - starting in the quiet picturesque village, which has two good real ale pubs on hand. The Wear Valley area is noted for its outstanding natural beauty and diversity of wildlife together with beautiful breathtaking scenery, peppered with small villages bustling with hospitality for locals and visitors alike. Hamsterley Forest, with its pathways, cycleways, bridleways and numerous sporting and leisure activities, lies 4 miles to the west. Durham city is 15 miles away with its majestic cathedral, cobbled streets, eateries and galleries. Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park and fine medieval interior is a short drive, while Beamish Museum, one of the largest and most interesting working museums of its kind, can be enjoyed by the whole family, and is only a 30-minute drive. The local towns of Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland are within easy reach, with Auckland Castle and Bowes Museum being excellent tourist attractions. Shop 1½ miles, pubs in village.

Beamed living room with decorative cast-iron fireplace, wooden floor. Beamed dining room with decorative cast-iron range, wooden floor. Step down to large well-equipped kitchen with electric range, slate floor, and door to patio. Sitting room with open fire, wooden floor, door to patio. Steps down to beamed games room with TV, slate floor and access to garden. Separate toilet. Stairs to double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1 child) with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Two further double bedrooms, each with decorative fireplace; one with high beamed ceiling, 5ft bed and additional single bed (for +1 child), one with 5ft four-poster bed, additional bunk beds (for +2 children) and wooden floor. Twin bedroom with decorative fireplace additional single bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with cast-iron claw-foot bath, bidet and toilet. Walk-in tiled shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel included
  • Electricity and full central heating included (October-March £50per week, £25 per short break)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Three cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Three TVs
  • Three DVDs (large library)
  • 2 electric ovens
  • Electric hob
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed south-facing garden, patio terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garage (for 1 car); parking (for 1 car); extra roadside parking (3 cars)
  • Cycle storage
  • Games room with sofa, pool table, darts and various games/toys
  • No smoking

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Stairgate
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath
    Walk-in Shower/Bath
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
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    Celebration Houses

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/05/2018
    Loved the cottage, had lovely weekend with all my family. Children found lots of games to play mostly outdoors and we enjoyed sitting out at the rear of the cottage to eat our meals. Cooking facilities are good, plenty of equipment. Comfortable rooms, very clean. Superb

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    Arrow Cottage is really warm & cosy & really family friendly, it has everything you need & more, every aspect is catered for, as soon as you walk in the door it has a good welcoming vibe to it, we were a large family party of seven adults & five children & there was ample room for us all, kids enjoyed the games room which was equipped with a pool / billiard table, football table, computer games & console/tv, plenty of board games, kitchen was brilliant...there’s everything you need... a lovely relaxing place to be....

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/04/2018
    Beautiful, fantasically equipped cottage. A real home from home, thank you for a brilliant stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 12/03/2018
    The cottage was amazing! Lovely welcome package and extremely clean! Thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Would definitely return!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2018
    Great place , especially for a large family with kids.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2017
    Absolutely memorable Christmas, oustanding hospitality and very clean , i wouldnt hesitate to recommend to anyone were booking to go back it's a no brainer

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2017
    A lovely cosy cottage with a homely feel. Plenty of space for a holiday with extended family. A great games room which the kids really enjoyed. The owners were extremely welcoming and helpful and we definitely plan to return.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you so much for such kind remarks. The cottage is always nice and cozy in winter and with lots of games and DVDs we hope its fun for all the family. Its such a lovely time to have a family get together before Christmas.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/09/2017
    Lovely cottage, lovely little village and part of the world,can recommend Victoria Inn for food 2 minute walk down the road. Cottage had everything and more.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- Many thanks for your review. We were pleased you had such a good weekend, even if cricket was not the best. Thanks for mentioning The Victoria. Lori and David took over the pub this year and have put a lot of effort in to refurbishing it and trying to get it back on track. David is a very good chef and Lori a lovely host so we hope they will continue to offer a good service for our guests as its great to be able to walk to a restaurant rather than have to drive. I hope if you are back in the area again you will make a return visit.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    Lovely cottage, with plenty of room for large groups of friends and family. Excellent kitchen and cooking equipment and we loved all the books and games too.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:-Thank you for your review, You said you liked to cook so I am happy that you found the kitchen had everything you needed to cook for your family of 12. Thank you also for taking the time to give us such a good review.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2017
    With 6 adults & 4 smallish children there was ample capacity. Also good parking on street. Little if any traffic noise. House exceedingly well equipped with books, games, TV/wifi etc and masses of kitchen kit. Probably a good winter or family get-together place. Room to eat outdoors + BBQ. Hosts greeted us warmly, provided plenty of written guidance on house and local attractions. We put the wrong bin out for the fortnightly recycling, which they corrected without mentioning it - whew! Area good for walking/cross country etc. Plenty of castles & churches, not a lot of 'National Trust' type locations, apart from Durham. Our only drawback was a 5 to 7 hour drive to get there!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- Thank you for your positive review Geoffrey, the cottage is well used for family get togethers throughout the year with winter certainly a good cozy time where families can try and escape some of today's technology and come and play some old fashioned games and even just talk. Guests should never have to worry about bins, so that was no problem at all. I note your comment about National Trust and will make a point of putting in more details, particularly their Roman ruin sites which are good family outings in the summer. Great review, many many thanks, its so important to us.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 03/07/2017
    We booked Arrow Cottage for a family reunion of 12, consiting of 7 adults, a couple of teenagers and 3 kids. I didnt actually get to meet Valerie as my brother and his family were the first to arrive. She was very friendly and most helpful in giving information about the local area and had even got the fire going for our arrival. The cottage is absolutely gorgeous and the rooms were all well appointed and beautifully decorated. The beds are comfy and we all slept very well. The room layouts are thoughtful with some king rooms including a single or bunk beds for families. The bedroom with the ensuite is located away from the other rooms and was perfect for my parents who went to bed earlier and weren't disturbed by the rest of us playing games in the dining room until late. The cottage is superbly equipped and we easily made a roast dinner for 12 as there are two ovens, and ample pots, pans and utensils. The dogs were welcome (with a few ground rules). The location in Witton Le Wear is beautiful and we took a lovely long walk one day, had a trip to the beach at Seaham, to Durham city and the train museum. We also booked for a perfomance of Kynren (July to Sept) which is highly recommended. We would highly recommend Arrow Cottage to anyone looking for a getaway with all the comforts of home.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- Sorry I did not get to meet you Kyrsty, but thank you so much for such a wonderful review. Your family were lovely and had travelled many miles for this reunion so I am pleased we were able to give you such a cozy welcome as it was a chilly July here in the UK. I am so pleased you were able to attend Kynren. It is such a spectacular outdoor show and only in its second summer. They have a five year plan, so we expect even more next year and I hope our future guests will also visit. Thank you once again for your review.

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9.8 out of 10 – based on 17 reviews collected by Reevoo
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