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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 with 6ft bed. 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
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • Two DVDs (large library)
  • 5-ring electric Rangemaster (double oven)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • 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
  • Pets free of charge
  • 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
  • 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

Customer Comments

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2017
    Very spacious and well equipped cottage, and the owner could not have been more helpful. Witton-le-Wear is a bit lacking in facilities, but Weardale in general was a revelation - some lovely spots.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Well I cannot pretend I am not disappointed with a Review of 8, but I guess I cannot do anything to change the village and its surrounding areas, which I guess are not always going to please everyone. However, if you like a pretty village with two pubs, beautiful walks and a nature reserve on your doorstep, then I hope you will look to visit us. For more excitement, Kynren during the summer months is also a rather spectacular outdoor show to see and its only 5 minutes away. Thank you for your review, I am pleased you found the cottage fine as I always try my best to ensure our guests comfort and enjoyment.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/05/2017
    Arrow Cottage is beautiful, I cannot fault this place. the owner was lovely and made us feel very welcome. this cottage has everything you need, for both children and adults. we have a fab time

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Many thanks for your review, we are so grateful to our guests who take the time to put in a review and I thank you so much for your ratings and kind comments. We try and make sure we cater for all ages and appreciate very much when a family has had a very happy family holiday with us. I hope we will see you again. Many Thanks

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/05/2017
    Second time staying at this beautiful home from home cottage ! Owners so lovely and friendly - thank you for making our stay so special and lovely welcome goodies more than appreciated ! Love it here , we will be back x

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you so much for your booking, it was a delight to welcome you back and we were so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. It is always great to get a repeat booking, as it lets us know that we must be doing something right. I hope that you will return again in the not too distant future. Thank You.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/04/2017
    It was an amazing holdiay with family and friends. Very helpful owners and fabulous location. I love the property , so child friednly. We were 13 of us with 5 children and there was ample of space left out to accomodate more. I would 100% recommend it.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your review, we love to have families visit and try and cater for all ages, and love to hear that the children have had a great time. Look forward to hopefully seeing you again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/02/2017
    Had an amazing holiday. Cottage was superb for children. Towel rations were brilliant, no need to take any. Owners were lovely and accommodating. Welcome pack of eggs, bread butter etc lovely touch. Lots to do for families around such as witton castle and hanpsterly Forrest. Kids loved games room. Thank you

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; It was lovely to have you and your family visit Arrow Cottage and thank you for such a lovely review. Family is important to us and it great to hear you all enjoyed your stay.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 06/02/2017
    The best thing I can say is that I would return here everything you need for a relaxing holiday lovely cottage for large groups.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your review - we will certainly welcome you back - so pleased you enjoyed your stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/11/2016
    My family visited Arrow Cottage to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday. We had 7 adults and 5 children. Everyone had a fabulous time at this very beautiful cottage. It had everything you could possibly want and more - very well equipped. On arrival I was greeted by the very friendly owner Val who had a lovely blazing fire going for us and a huge welcome pack of bread, milk, fruit juice, eggs, butter, fruit and a huge box of shortbread - which was a lovely surprise. Val could not do enough for us. The cottage was very large and spacious but cosy as well and beautifully decorated. There was a lovely garden which would be great in the summer with amazing views over Weardale. The cottage had an array of games for adults and children, dvds and cds. The games room has a pool table, football table and tv with x-box and loads of x-box games. The children were very well entertained. Everyone commented that the beds were very comfortable as well. The men were happy because directly across the road is a very traditional cosy pub and another pub down the road. The owners also provided a wealth of information about the local sights and lots of information about local walks - if you are a walker it will be paradise for you. I could not recommend this cottage highly enough, can't wait to go back!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Your review is wonderful and I am so pleased that you and your lovely family had such a great time. We want our guests to arrive and be able to have something to eat and drink without having to wait for deliveries. We also love to see the children’s reaction when they see all the toys, games and DVDs. The games room has certainly been a big hit. Many Thanks; I hope you will visit us again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 14/11/2016
    Lovely cosy cottage, well stocked kitchen and games room was a hit. Beautiful furniture and luxury furnished throughout. Generous welcome pack on arrival. Owners no hassle or fuss to deal with. Neighbours took the effort to wave and say hello!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thanks for booking with us. We are in a quiet village, but a very friendly one and I am pleased you felt so welcome. Do come back again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/09/2016
    A fabulous stay in a charming and delightful cottage. Beautiful location. A very warm welcome. Would highly recommend.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thanks for your recommendation. Reviews like yours really help when future guests are looking at our site.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 26/08/2016
    Arrow Cottage is spacious, well- equipped, and a warm welcome awaits visitors. The dinning room table was filled with goodies when we arrived. The toys and games, DVd's, books and teddies for the kids were just amazing. There were lovely comfy beds, piles of fluffy towels tied up with ribbon and in the kitchen enough pots and pans to keep any cook happy. The terrace has fine views over the valley and is excellent for birthday celebrations. Julie popped over mid week to replenish our supply of freshly laid eggs...How lovely is that?

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thanks for the lovely review. We did not get to meet as we set off on holiday the day you arrived, however, I was so pleased to read how happy you were and my friend looked after you well. My friends and I like to look after the cottage and our guests to ensure a smooth and relaxing holiday.

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9.4 out of 10 – based on 20 reviews collected by Reevoo
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