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Barnard Castle, County Durham
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Situated on the owners’ working farm, this cosy property offers the perfect location to enjoy that well needed rural retreat.

Nestled within the grounds of the owner’s farm, Ashlea is the perfect location for guests wanting to explore the local area. Surrounded by fields and open countryside, with great views over towards Eggleston, Middleton and County Durham, this detached cottage is a peaceful and restful hideaway, yet only a short drive away from major transport links. With weekly and monthly farmers markets, plenty of places to eat and drink and a variety of shops, galleries and antiques stores, there really is something to offer for all tastes. Guests who enjoy a spot of history will enjoy a visit to the ruins of Barnard Castle and the ever changing exhibits at the popular Bowes Museum.
This is an ideal location for guests who enjoy walking, cycling or rambling, Ashlea is very well situated for a day walking in the Durham Dales and the North Pennines. There is a public footpath that crosses through the fields behind the cottage, along the Deepdale River and then on to Barnard Castle. For more serious walkers and cyclists, guests can take a trip to Hamsterley Forest, which consist of 2000 acres of open woodland. There is the themed Gruffalo Trail for children to enjoy and also a play area for younger guests, as well as numerous picnic tables for a leisurely lunch in the great outdoors. A little further afield but still within an easy drive a trip out in the Durham Dales and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a must, here you can explore the magnificent landscape and natural attractions, including High Force and Low Force waterfalls. Enjoy pony trekking in the area, fishing in the lakes and rivers, exploring the nature trails, sailing, canoeing, water skiing, mountain biking and golf, all located within an easy hour’s drive from Ashlea.
Ashlea has been lovingly renovated to offer a comfortable and cosy destination for you to enjoy, relax and unwind. Surrounded by fields and open countryside, the scenery and views are ever changing and can be enjoyed from all angles. All on one level, guests will find a well presented living room with a wood burner and wooden floor. The kitchen and dining room are open plan and offer contemporary, good quality fixtures, fittings and appliances, as well as a great view from the kitchen sink! There is a lovely conservatory which looks out onto the garden, and is a great spot to sit in and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings. The property offers a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a family bathroom with a double shower cubicle and heated towel rail. Well maintained, presented and furnished throughout, guests will find Ashlea a real home from home. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 mile.

All on the ground floor.
Living room: With wood burner, 42" Freeview TV, Blu-ray/DVD player and wooden floor.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and wooden floor.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Separate toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a fenced stream in the garden, 110 yards away.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    This cottage is a little gem. Spacious, clean and well appointed. Although the central heating is programmed to come on and off at certain times, you still have control over it as you are able to override the settings by means of the booster switch and thermostat. All this is explained in the cottage information guide. The owners Graeme and Ann are very helpful, informative and approachable without being intrusive. In short they are delightful. There is plenty to see and do in the area. My wife and I had a brilliant holiday. We highly recommend Ashlea and will be going back very soon.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; So glad you enjoyed your stay, thank you for a great review.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2018
    We loved our stay at Ashlea. Ann and Graeme, the owners, lived in the main farmhouse nearby and were very welcoming. There was freshly made bread awaiting our arrival. The location of Ashlea is very peaceful. The garden and conservatory overlook a pretty little Gill (Valley). There are also views over the Durham Dales from the Kitchen and one of the bedrooms. We also found that there was plenty to see and do in the area. High and Low force waterfalls and the upper Tees valley are lovely. Barnards Castle is quant and the Bowes museum is full of great art treasures. Durham is worth a visit (park and Ride) and not too far away. The Beamish open air museum is well worth a visit. Choose a good day for it if you can. Raby castle is nearby. We would come back to this peaceful area again and when we do we would stay at Ashlea as it is such a relaxing place to stay.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thanks for a fabulous review, pleased you found so much to do. Teesdale has lots to see.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 10/05/2018
    Excellent break. Perfect, quiet location. Exceptionally friendly and helpful owners. Thank you Graham and Ann.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for taking time to review our property, pleased you enjoyed your stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/05/2018
    Ashlea was a perfect home from home. We wished we could have stayed longer.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for the great review. Come again ...perhaps stay longer.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/03/2018
    Fantastic place

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for reviewing your stay at Ashlea, apologies that this is rather a late response.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 24/02/2018
    wonderfull cottage Ann and Graham great hosts

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your review of Ashlea, glad you enjoyed your stay. Apologies that it’s taken so long to respond.

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9.7 out of 10 – based on 21 reviews collected by Reevoo
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