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County Durham

If you’re looking for a peaceful ‘away from it all’ holiday where you can re-charge your batteries amongst beautiful countryside, County Durham is for you; providing untouched rural landscapes and a rich historical backdrop.

Any cottage holiday in County Durham would not be complete without a visit to the historic city of Durham. The city is renowned as one of the finest historical and cultural cities in the UK, with its magnificent cathedral and castle world heritage site. Enjoy its medieval architecture, cobbled winding streets, unique shops, pubs and restaurants.

The Durham Dales forms The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an area of open heather moorland, rivers and dales, wonderful wildlife and ancient stone villages; just perfect for days out walking and touring. Include a visit to High Force waterfall where you can combine a lovely woodland walk with the magnificent site of the waterfall where the River Tees falls over the falls in two stages, creating a wonderful natural, all-year round spectacle.

Head eastwards for days out at the Durham Coast, with a coastal path, quiet beaches and imposing headlands. A great way to unwind amongst nature as it was intended, with the wind in your hair and great uninterrupted view out across the North Sea.

For a the perfect family day out Beamish Museum fits the bill, where you can discover what the north east was like in times gone by. Set in 300 acres of countryside this is a working, living museum giving a real sense of what life was like all those years ago.

From riverside strolls to tackling parts of the Pennine Way and with quiet country roads to challenging off-road climbs, County Durham offers lots of opportunities to explore by foot or bike; suitable for both novices and experts alike!

Despite its rural character there’s plenty to keep visitors fully occupied during their stay, with a wealth of things to do and places to see in this enchanting corner of England.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in County Durham.
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  • Low Cornriggs Farm - Nelly’s Cottage

    Cowshill, nr. Alston

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 31147

    Situated in the beautiful and picturesque Weardale Valley, Nelly’s Cottage (ref 31147) and Alice’s Cottage (ref 31148) offer outstanding views across some of the most scenic countryside that the county has to offer. Located high up on the hillside and surrounded by working farmland, these detached holiday properties, adjacent to the owner’s home, really are the perfect location for guests wanting to really explore the local area and beyond. Perfect for guests of all ages and abilities, both cottages have been sympathetically designed to accommodate wheelchair users and guests with limited walking ability, and they hold a Visit England Level 3 Disabled Property accreditation. Beautifully renovated and furnished to a very good standard, both cottages offer exceptional comfort and facilities. All on one level, guests will find a spacious and well-presented living room, with views across the surrounding hills and countryside. Each has a large, well-equipped kitchen, perfect for enjoying a well-cooked evening meal. Alice’s Cottage has three bedrooms, which include one single room, one twin room and one double room with an en-suite shower room, as well as a large family bathroom with a shower for the disabled. Nelly’s Cottage also has three bedrooms, one of the twin bedrooms has an en-suite shower room with facilities for wheelchair users. Low Cornriggs Farm has won two Green Tourism Awards from the North Pennines Tourism Partnership, which are awarded to an enterprise which makes a ’positive contribution to tourism and the environment in the North Pennines’. Perfect for guests who enjoy a walking or cycling holiday, there are plenty of public footpaths and cycle paths that lead directly from the cottages and through some of the most magnificent countryside and beyond, offering visitors views of hills, dales, waterfalls and much more. There are also plenty of attractions within a close radius, which include Killhope Wheel, the lead mining museum which is a a favourite of families of all ages, Weardale Museum and High House Chapel, Weardale Steam Railway and Locomotion, and the National Railway Museum at Shildon. For guests wanting to travel a little further afield but still remain within an easy hour’s drive, the opportunities are vast. The cathedral city of Durham, with its castle and university, is only 27 miles away, Cumbria and the Lake District can be visited within an hour’s drive, as can Northumberland, Hadrian’s Wall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Alnwick. For romantic breaks, walkers, cyclists, families, couples or groups, Low Cornriggs Farm really is perfect for everyone. Shop 11/2 miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 2 twin, one with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower and toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • Rivers Edge Cottage

    Shotley Bridge

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: MLW

    This delightful detached single-storey barn conversion, set in a leafy glade in an idyllic peaceful setting by the river (permits available), enjoys its own attractive garden in the owner’s grounds. Totally refurbished and equipped to the E.T.C. ‘4 Star’ standard, it retains much character, beamed ceilings and unique features including a circular bathroom. Beautiful countryside (with many cycle tracks nearby) surround this is the ideal holiday location. Beamish Museum, Metro Centre, Newcastle city centre, Hexham, Durham close by. Northumberland coast within a 1-hour drive. Shops 1 mile.

    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 cast 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!

    One step to entrance. Spacious beamed living room with sofa-bed (for +2) and electric fire in feature fireplace. Farmhouse-style kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. TV. DVD. Combi microwave oven/grill. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with terrace and sitting-out area. Parking. No smoking. Ground floor facilities. NB Sitting-out area overlooks the river.

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  • The Dales

    Stanhope, nr. Frosterley

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 31293

    Perfectly located in the popular village of Stanhope, The Dales is a charming 19th century stone terrace holiday cottage, which offers comfortable accommodation to guests of all ages. Nestled in the heart of Weardale, Stanhope is the ideal base for guests who enjoy walking, cycling, hill running or rambling, as well as those wanting to just enjoy a leisurely stroll through some of the most splendid countryside that the county has to offer. Bustling with small shops, pubs and places to eat, Stanhope is a thriving town that guests will find plenty of places to enjoy the local produce, or take a dip in the open air swimming pool that is so popular with tourists and locals alike. Surrounded by moorland in the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, guests will find Stanhope the ideal spot from which to start their exploring. There are multiple established walks, public footpaths, bridle ways and cycle routes that run directly through the village and out into the nearby valleys and fells and unspoilt natural woodland. Guests will be able to glimpse at close range an abundance of local wildlife, flora and fauna that populates this magnificent area. Also perfect for guests of all ages, families with children will find plenty to enjoy at nearby Hamsterley Forest with it’s popular Gruffallo trail, picnic areas and children’s play area, as well as many tracks for mountain biking and cycling.
    All within an easy hour’s drive guests will be able to explore Killhope Lead Mine, Beamish Living Museum, Durham City with it’s historic castle and cathedral and the Durham Dales Centre, which are great attractions for families and really are worth a day out. Stanhope is also the current terminus for the Weardale Railway, a heritage railway that operates primarily at weekends all year round and runs from Bishop Auckland, with Stations at Frosterley and Wolsingham. A little further afield but still within easy driving distance, guests will be able to visit the natural beauty of Cumbria and the Lake District, the Durham Dales, Northumberland and Newcastle. Well-decorated and well-furnished throughout, The Dales offers cosy and comfortable accommodation. Ideal for families, couples or groups of friends, The Dales will suit guests of all ages. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. 40’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Syke Cottage

    Mickleton, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W8609

    Panoramic views of the Northern Dales

    This is a truly delightful semi-detached cottage boasting a wealth of exposed beams and Yorkshire flagstone floors, with views over the Northern Dales. Nestling in this Upper Teeside village, the holiday cottage promises a warm and cosy welcome from the woodburning stoves. Explore the surrounding area with Barnard Castle 8 miles and Bowes Museum 6 miles. Walking in the immediate area includes the Tees Railway Walk, whilst the Pennine Way is close by at Middleton-In-Teesdale. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and stone floor. Kitchen. Conservatory with French doors. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 bunk, all with wooden floors. Bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburners in living/dining room, oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. NB: There is a covered pond in the garden.

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  • Yarker Lane Cottage

    Mickleton, nr. Barnard Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: 7193

    Wonderful views

    This converted barn has produced a larger than average cottage which can accommodate up to six people. Situated in the Upper Teesdale Valley, the holiday cottage provides a wonderful base for touring this area of the Northern Dales, with wonderful views - ideal for walkers. Enjoy the local pub, just 600 yards, renowned for its food. The cottage has many attractive features, including exposed stone walls, Velux roof windows in bedrooms, and is fitted with all modern conveniences. Shop 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Study with double bed. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with Velux. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Attractive garden with paved patio and chairs. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Vale Cottage

    Sunniside, nr. Wolsingham

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E5615

    With wonderful views over the county’s rolling hills, this detached barn conversion is located within the owner’s equestrian centre (livery available on request). Inside, the spacious, open-plan living area incorporates a dining area and kitchen, ideal for family get-togethers. The holiday cottage is perfectly located for walking the fells and Durham Dales with footpaths direct from the cottage and for cycling and horse riding along the disused railway tracks and nearby Hamsterley Forest. The historic city of Durham with its cathedral, castle and lovely riverside walks is only 10 miles away, while Barnard Castle (20 miles) is home to a 12th-century castle and Bowes Museum. Beamish Open Air Museum is an interesting day trip (14 miles). Golf and fishing can also be found nearby. Shop 1.5 miles, pub serving food 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms with wooden floor: 2 double, one with ensuite wet room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating (underfloor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Bike store. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Tanfield Leith Farm Cottages - John Wesley Cottage

    Tantobie, Stanley

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: MRA

    These two delightful holiday cottages (Refs MRA and MRB), each with its own history, are tastefully converted from former barns dating back to the 1600s. Retaining character and charm, they lie in a peaceful setting overlooking countryside with many cycle tracks nearby. Ideal walking and fishing country, yet close to famous attractions - visitors can step back in time at the Beamish Open Air Museum or visit the Metro Centre (a shopper’s paradise), Hexham (with its glorious abbey), Durham City (a city of contrasts, with its fine cathedral and designer shops), or the Northumberland coast, which are all within an hour’s drive. The medieval castle of Raby has a 200-acre deer park and is a firm favourite with visitors. An ideal location to explore all the surrounding AONB. Shop 500 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 cast 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!

    Adjoins owner’s home. Open-plan living/dining room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in feature black fireplace, limestone slate floor and large modern kitchen area. Open stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, each with TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and tiled floor.

    • High chair
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • Stereo/CD

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Shared tumble dryer
    • Shared freezer in outbuilding
    • Shared courtyard with own patio, terrace and furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Auckland Cottage

    Wolsingham

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 26689

    These delightful semi-detached cottages are holiday homes situated in the heart of County Durham, located near the idyllic countryside village of Wolsingham, in the Durham Dales. Each cottage offers you the remoteness of a country retreat with shared indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, there is also a games room with full size snooker table. There are limited private pool sessions available which can be booked directly with the owner - please call when you book the property. Whether you choose to take in the scenic countryside that County Durham has to offer, or are looking for a quiet retreat, this is an ideal holiday base. Just minutes away are Tunstall Reservoir and Hamsterley Forest, with bike riding, horse riding and many other activities. Kilhope Lead Mining Centre and Beamish Museum are close by, as is a real snow ski lift. Located around 30-minutes from the historic city of Durham with its World Heritage site status, cathedral and castle. The National Railway Museum at Shildon, High Force Waterfall, the Metro Centre, Newcastle Airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport, Diggerland and Newcastle town centre with its cultural attractions are all within easy reach. Visit Hadrian’s Wall, Lake District National Park and the beautiful north east coastline. Fishing nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    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 cast 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!

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite toilet, 1 twin with additional single, 1 single.

    Travel cot. High chair. Courtyard, garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from spring.

    All properties: Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £5 for 2GB. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m; depth 2m x 0.9m), please book private sessions directly with the owner at the time of booking. Shared hot tub and sauna. Shared games room with snooker table and games. Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: There are steps and a lake within the grounds.

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  • The Granary

    Eggleston, Barnard Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: MJP

    In the heart of Teesdale, on the edge of the North Pennines in an AONB, this detached character cottage stands within the grounds of Eggleston Hall, famed for its nursery garden and association with the TV series Ladette to Lady. There is a gift shop and café/bistro in its grounds. Many original features add to the character of this holiday cottage. A haven for nature lovers, walkers and fishermen, with High Force waterfall, Bowes museum, Raby Castle, Barnard Castle and town of Richmond nearby. Shop 6 miles, two pubs, one 200 yards.

    Spacious beamed living room, wood-burning stove, French doors. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen, Aga, electric cooker, dining area. Utility/storage room. Separate toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second staircase from living room to first floor: Galleried twin bedroom (for +2) leading to further twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and separate toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity fire included
    • Electricity, fan heater, oil Aga, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi available at £15per week
    • Small enclosed south-facing garden with patio, terrace, and furniture
    • 2 acres of natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Board games
    • Tennis court available on request
    • Fishing by arrangement with owner
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in grounds

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  • West Tofts

    Mickleton near Barnard Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC211011
    In a beautiful location amongst fields and meadows this detached cottage has stunning views from each window over the Teesdale countryside towards the river. West Tofts provides a peaceful retreat, where a relaxing holiday with friends or family can be enjoyed in a superb rural setting. The property is well equipped and spacious retaining beamed ceilings and a feature log effect fire for the cooler days and evenings. There are walks to be taken from the door, quiet roads to explore by bicycle. The area is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, High Force waterfall is close by. The magnificent Bowes Museum in nearby Barnard Castle has fine art treasures and within an easy drive the world heritage site of Durham Cathedral is worthy of a visit. The pub in Mickleton has a restaurant within  walking distance and nearby the market town of Middleton in Teesdale provides local shopping, pubs and tea rooms. This is also a perfect holiday property to explore Swaledale, Wensleydale and the Lake District

    Ground Floor: Property has oil fired central heating and comprises:
    Hall
    Sitting Room: With log effect gas fire, TV, DVD, CD player, radio
    Dining Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, microwave
    Utility Room: With washer/dryer, sink unit, storage for clothing, boots
    Separate Cloakroom; With WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With Queen size bed ( or twin beds on request), en suite shower, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and balcony
    Bedroom 3: With double bed
    Bathroom: With hand held shower attachment, wash basin, WC, bidet and heated towel

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. High chair available, Wi-fi access and telephone with honesty box.Enclosed garden and patio, picnic table. Parking for up to 6 cars

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  • Leny’s Cottage

    Snaisgill, nr. Middleton-in-Teesdale

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 29249

    Lovely views surround this detached, stone-built holiday home, set in pretty gardens of half an acre, opposite a wood with footpaths and abundant wildlife. It lies on a hillside above the village of Middleton-in-Teesdale, 1 mile, which has a good variety of shops, pubs and tearooms. This beautiful area has many superb walks to offer and is designated an AONB, ideally placed in the Durham Dales with easy access to the Yorkshire Dales, Northumbria with its sandy coastlines and the Lake District is just an hour’s drive away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Conservatory. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room and woodburner in kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bowlees Holiday Cottages - Durham Cottage

    Wolsingham

    Grade
    7
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: 27765

    These delightful semi-detached cottages are holiday homes situated in the heart of County Durham, located near the idyllic countryside village of Wolsingham, in the Durham Dales. Each cottage offers you the remoteness of a country retreat with shared indoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, there is also a games room with full size snooker table. There are limited private pool sessions available which can be booked directly with the owner - please call when you book the property. Whether you choose to take in the scenic countryside that County Durham has to offer, or are looking for a quiet retreat, this is an ideal holiday base. Just minutes away are Tunstall Reservoir and Hamsterley Forest, with bike riding, horse riding and many other activities. Kilhope Lead Mining Centre and Beamish Museum are close by, as is a real snow ski lift. Located around 30-minutes from the historic city of Durham with its World Heritage site status, cathedral and castle. The National Railway Museum at Shildon, High Force Waterfall, the Metro Centre, Newcastle Airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport, Diggerland and Newcastle town centre with its cultural attractions are all within easy reach. Visit Hadrian’s Wall, Lake District National Park and the beautiful north east coastline. Fishing nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    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 cast 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!

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with stone floor. 1 bunk bedroom with additional single. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double. 1 twin. 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room on request (fuel at cost). Travel cot. High chair. Wheelchair access.

    All properties: Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available at £5 for 2GB. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m; depth 2m x 0.9m), please book private sessions directly with the owner at the time of booking. Shared hot tub and sauna. Shared games room with snooker table and games. Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: There are steps and a lake within the grounds.

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