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Etherley Dene Farmhouse

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Bishop Auckland
Grade 4 Star rating
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A resident personal trainer will give you a complimentary fitness profile during your stay at this large, beautifully finished house.

This beautiful, traditional stone-built farmhouse, dating back to the 18th century, stands in its own grounds boasting mature gardens and a stone-walled summer house. The buildings spread over 5000 sq feet with a unique layout built in stages over the 300 years. The combination of oak floors, wooden beams, panelled walls and a particularly beautiful dining room with a French marble fireplace and log fire gives the building an abundance of character and charm. It makes the perfect location for weekend celebrations or getaways for the whole family revelling in its size and warmth and activities including local river walks and cycle tracks surrounding the farm, golf, fishing, horse riding or simply exploring. Furthermore, after converting one of the stables into a small but well-stocked gym, the property offers the services of a resident personal trainer. From specialist advice for the keen amateur to a fun-filled, light-hearted introduction to wellbeing for the whole family, the trainer will also deliver a complimentary personal fitness profile. For the more serious, the trainer can be booked for the whole weekend, and the group will be treated to a fully personalised fitness and nutrition programme. Etherley Dene Farm is located in Bishop Auckland, the official residence of the bishops of Durham since the 12th century. The town provides many interesting attractions, including Auckland Castle with its splendid marble and limestone chapel and stained-glass windows that relate to stories of early Christian saints. Durham with its cathedral is just 12 miles and there is seasonal access to the steam railway and the glorious Durham Dales from the local station; rail enthusiasts can also visit Shildon ‘The cradle of the railways’ and its railway museum, 2 miles. The Dales and Hamsterley Forest are a short drive with cycling and walking routes (cycle hire by arrangement). In winter there may even be the chance to ski or board on fresh snow in Weardale only 25 minutes away. Quaint Barnard Castle with its impressive French-style chateau housing the Bowes Musuem is 12 miles and Beamish open-air Victorian museum is 30 minutes’ drive. Newcastle, with St. James’ Park, The Metro Arena, The Playhouse and The Sage, is within easy reach and Gateshead’s Metrocentre is less than 3 miles. Visit the spectacular World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, the majestic Northumbrian coast which stretches for miles passing Alnwick Castle, Craster, Alnmouth, Seahouses’ Bamburgh Castle and on to Holy Island (Lindisfarne). Supermarket home deliveries can be arranged but most supermarkets are within 1 mile. A garage shop is within ¼ mile. A family orientated pub serving meals is within ½ mile and a more traditional ‘drinking’ pub with TV sport is less than 100 yards.

The property is situated only a short drive from Bishop Auckland which plays host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches spectacular from July-September 2016. Kynren - an epic tale of England - promises to be a historical extravaganza with a case of over 1,000 people set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. There’ll be 14 action packed and movie-like performances of colossal and dazzling proportions. The shows will incorporate a full size lake with pyrotechnics, stunning lighting and water effects making it a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

Two steps to rear entrance. Spacious living room with gas coal-effect cast iron stove, oak floor, sandstone walls. Dining room with panelled walls, oak floors, open log fire in French marble fireplace, patio doors to garden. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area, Aga hob and oven, electric induction hob, electric oven, slate floor, French doors to garden. Snug/reading room with oak panelled walls and electric woodburner. Utility with Belfast sink. Shower room with toilet off ground floor. First floor: Four double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed, one with additional single bed (for +1), one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Large bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional double bed (for +2), one with additional single bed (for +1). Small single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower, changing area and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric woodburner included
  • Gas coal-effect stove included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • 50in HD plasma TV (sports package)
  • 42in HD Smart TV/DVD (small library)
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Gas Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Additional fridge
  • Two fridge/freezers
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture, summer house and a further field
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Hot tub £100 per stay by arrangement
  • Complimentary personal fitness profile and use of gym with treadmill, multigym, rowing machine, elliptical trainer on request
  • Personal trainer by arrangement at cost
  • No smoking
  • NB: Brook in garden (guarded by wall)

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  • Bike StoreBike Store
  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Hot TubHot Tub
  • Open FireOpen Fire
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/04/2016
    Great house with loads of space and pretty well equipped.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 28/03/2016
    The house it's self was lovely, very big and a good size for our group. As we had 4 toddlers/babies with us the steps in and out of a lot of the rooms was a problem for us and there were no baby gates provider to enable areas to be blocked off for safety. Neither of the fires had fire guards so we were unable to use them during the day as it was dangerous for the children. The property although clean looking at a glance needs a good deep clean and a bit of TLC. There were cobwebs on light fittings and between the ceiling beams, the skirting boards in the lounge weren't attached to the wall properly and kept falling over and the Summer house needs a good paint and freshen up as it looks tired. The master bedroom was very cold during our stay and an extra heater had to be brought in to warm the room up as the radiators weren't getting hot enough in that room. The rest of the house was warm enough though.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/03/2016
    Brilliant cottage with everything you could possibly need, would definitely book again

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 01/02/2016
    Visited for a family 90th birthday get-together. 15 adults and 2 children, ages ranging from 4 to 90. The property is very spacious and quirky, with plenty of room to escape if you need some quiet time. The kitchen is an especially social space and the aga was very welcome in the chilly January weather - as well as cooking sausages for breakfast, it was a boon for keeping the tea towels dry and warm! The dining room table didn't seat everyone round it, but we pushed the other two round tables next to it, so we managed to all sit together. The only slight downside was the arrangement of the bedrooms, or rather the beds in them. Two couples ended up sharing the room with two doubles, but it was okay. Just a point to note. More bathrooms would have been welcome, but it would be difficult to achieve this given the age and layout of the property. Having said all that, we had a brilliant time and would definitely consider going back if the occasion arose. The hot tub and gym were a great addition.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/10/2015
    Good size property, plenty of room you can party in the kitchen if you like, bedrooms good size, all adults but didn`it feel overcrowded. great hot tub.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/06/2015
    Yes it did meet up to our expectations and more , it was super

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/05/2015
    A great building with lots of living space even for 4 families with 6 kids between us. Close to shops and far enough away from any noise that you could be just about anywhere. Great facilities too.

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9.2 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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