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The Ashes

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Low Dinsdale, County Durham
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 3
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For an active break there is much to keep you occupied or simply enjoy the tranquil grounds or a drive in the Yorkshire Dales.

Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds

Set in beautiful, tranquil grounds of 130 acres, including a section of the River Tees with fishing rights and an arboretum with over 240 species of trees, this superb detached former granary situated on a working farm, has been creatively converted to provide a spacious holiday home brimming with character. Near the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this charming house is perfectly located to tour the Yorkshire Dales, Northumberland with its majestic castles and magnificent beaches, and the Lake District is an hour’s drive away. Close by is the picturesque village of Neasham with a friendly pub and riverside walks, whilst Durham Tees Valley airport is only 4 miles. The owner, who lives on the estate, can organise many activities for visitors by arrangement including rough shooting, canoeing (canoes not provided), deer stalking (at cost), fishing (foc), cycles for guests use, horse riding and badger and bird watching (70 species seen). The appealing market towns of Richmond, Yarm and North Allerton make an interesting day out. Stabling and paddock available (for 1 horse, at cost). Shops, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with slate floor. Beams throughout. Sun room with flagstone floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 4 double bedrooms (one 5ft), two with additional single, one with en-suite wet room with toilet, each with beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room and kitchen included. Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large, private courtyard and furniture. Shared use of 130-acre grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Pond and fountain in the courtyard.

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  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2018
    Really enjoyed staying here, lovely to have the fire lit when we arrived, it was very cosy. Kitchen could be slightly better equipped e.g. scales and oven gloves are essential.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 29/12/2017
    Lovely house and good location. Could do with some maintenance then it would be perfect. Sofas need replacing and courtyard needs cleaning up. A cosy warm house.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 11/12/2017
    A good venue for a family celebration. Great facilities and warm.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    Cottage very well renovated with beautiful use of wooden beams from the owner's woods. In an idyllic position, very peaceful. At desk you could hear owls hunting and badgers and foxes barking. Would like to stay at the Ashes again when visiting Co.Durham.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    The Ashes is a lovely cottage and great for a family get together if you have children and a dog. The owner, Des, was friendly and helpful. The bikes he let us use were a hit with my 3 boys. Its a good base for the coast, yorkshire and the lakes. Just a few things to be aware of before booking, the kitchen wasnt very clean when we arrived, the courtyard and BBQ could do with a jet wash and the showers are not the greatest. I would imagine it was stunning when first renovated and if the above mentioned were sorted out then it would be again. All in all we had a great week.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 14/08/2017
    It was quite disappointing that the house was so dusty and grubby as it was in a beautiful location. The 'courtyard' did have a fountain with pond in it as advertised but this was empty and the whole courtyard area was in a state of neglect. The house had so much to offer and although we had a great weekend due to the company we were all disappointed at the standard in comparison to other properties we have stayed in. The owner was very pleasant and helpful but it really does need a professional clean and tidy up.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 01/05/2017
    owner des very helpful perfect for kids and dogs

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 17/04/2017
    Lounge furniture dated and in need of tlc. But overall suited us with 7 adults, 2 young children and 3 dogs. Plenty of space to relax but take your own batteries for the remotes.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 03/04/2017
    Lovely cottage set in the countryside, lots of space inside and out.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2017
    Lovely house, full of character. Ideal place for a large family or group of friends. Suitable for dogs and has an enclosed, secure concrete area. Pub is around a 2 mile walk.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/03/2017
    Loved it here :) Grounds are amazing. The owner is very friendly and helpful. The house is spacious and had everything that we needed. Only a couple of gripes were that the kitchen and downstairs living areas could have done with a deep clean. The cottage does not have its own wifi as advertised but the satellite signal comes from the owners home which is 100 meters away. So one room upstairs facing his home picks up the wifi sometimes. Being away and not having it is fine but if you are really needing it be aware of this. Life without it can be a positive thing though. These issues did not detract from our stay as the property itself is beautiful and full of character. Really enjoyed it and sad to leave. Thank you :)

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