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Scarcroft Cottage

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Holwick, Upper Teesdale, County Durham
Grade 4 Star rating
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Suitable for holidays year round - Enjoy a roaring fire in winter or the beautiful lawned garden in the summer.

This charming, 18th-century holiday cottage, the middle of three, is set in a peaceful hamlet within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a pretty, small, forecourt garden and a larger lawned garden. There are lovely views surrounding the cottage and superb walks from the doorstep, with easy access to stunning landscapes of scars, moors, the Pennine Way and Cow Green Reservoir. The Teesdale poet once lived next door. Nearby are the picturesque Low Force (canoeing by permit), Bowlees Visitor Centre and the dramatic High Force (England’s highest waterfall). Within easy reach are Barnard Castle, Bowes Museum and Raby Castle. Beamish Open Air Museum, Durham, York and the Lakes provide excellent days out. Upper Teesdale is beautifully wild and noted for its flora (gentians, hay meadows) and its breeding birds. Middleton-in-Teesdale, 3 miles with tea rooms, inns and small shops. Pub ¼mile.

Entrance porch. Beamed sitting/dining room with open Georgian hob fireplace. Galley-style kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with brass/iron bedstead, rosewood suite, period fireplace. Twin bedroom with pine furniture. Fully tiled bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Open fire – coal at cost. Electricity and NSH by meter reading. Bed linen, towels and tea towels included. Cot (bumper included). High chair. Digital TV. DVD/CD. Microwave. Double oven. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Picnic bench and chairs. Garage. No smoking.

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  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 07/10/2017
    stayed at scarcroft three times now...instantly a home from home in a superb location...

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 16/09/2017
    Wonderful location with great walking straight from the doorstep. Nice and cosy with the coal fire. Superb pub, good food, good ales and friendly locals. Disapointing to find that electricity and coal are not included in the price and no mention of these extra charges on the website.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Love this cottage,just right for a family of 4.quiet and relaxing location with a great pub down the road.great walks from the cottage especially to high and low force.would recommend!

  • 1

    Confirmed guest, 15/04/2017

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your feedback. It's rather difficult to respond to such a poor review when there are no specific reasons given for the very low scores. The main equipment is listed in the cottage's description therefore guests can see what is there prior to booking, again without any further comments it’s difficult to respond. People generally judge the comfort of settees, chairs and mattresses based on what they are used to at home - a medium level of comfort level was aimed for in the cottage and possibly for some people this is too firm and for others too soft. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned before each let; bed linen and towels are always well ironed. Freshness of carpets and upholstery is important and a Vax carpet/upholstery washer is used 2 or 3 times a year to maintain their appearance. As regards value for money, the cottage is at the bottom end of prices for cottages of a similar size and with a 4 star rating in the region. Unfortunately (and as it turned out mistakenly) I send this guest a letter as it seemed he had brought a dog to the cottage without declaring it. He took exception to this (rightly as he does not have a dog!) and wasn’t happy that I had asked for a pet payment which should have been made at the time of booking or at a later time. I have written to the guest to explain how my error was made and to apologise for the upset I have caused him. As it happens, 12 days before the guest’s stay the cottage had its annual inspection by the regional manager and the cottage maintained its 4 star rating. There was no use of the cottage between the inspection and this guests’ arrival apart from me staying overnight on the Friday before his arrival in order to turn on more fully the NSHs. Before I left, the cottage was given a light dusting and vacuuming, leaving it just as it was when it was inspected.

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7.3 out of 10 – based on 7 reviews collected by Reevoo
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