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Durham Country Cottages - Kestrel Cottage


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Haswell, near Durham, County Durham
Grade 4 Star rating
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Nestled in 18 acres of grounds with walks from the door this is a great base for exploring Durham, Newcastle and the Heritage coast.

Quietly nestled away in rural County Durham, Durham Country Cottages are in the most fabulous location for exploring the north east counties of Durham and Northumberland and the city of Newcastle. Only a few miles away from major transport links, yet set in almost 18 acres of the owner’s, unspoilt grounds these three cottages, Bramble Cottage (ref UKC1820), Kestrel Cottage (ref UKC1821) and Hazel Cottage (ref UKC1822) really do give guests the best of both worlds. All three cottages have been finished to a good standard and offer light, spacious and airy accommodation and a baby bath and steriliser are available on request. All on one level and ideal for the less mobile guests, you will find an open plan living room and kitchen area with wooden floors, underfloor heating and French doors leading out to a fenced patio area. The views from each property are super and look out across open fields and countryside. Perfect for couples wanting to enjoy a romantic break, families wanting to get together, or friends looking to enjoy a reunion or celebration. For those who enjoy walking or cycling, there are numerous established public footpaths and walks that lead from the grounds and out into the nearby villages, including the old mining villages and communities of Shotton, Peterlee, Easington and Blackhall Colliery. The Durham Heritage Coast can be reached in under a 15-minute drive and is only an 8-mile walk away for the energetic wanting to enjoy an afternoon at one of the fabulous beaches that line the north east coast, including Seaham, Crimdon and Easington beaches. Shotton Airfield hosts the only skydiving school in the north east so be sure to book ahead if a skydive is to be part of your holiday!

Just a 10-mile drive away takes you to the historic City of Durham. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the City of Durham is filled with a variety of historic sites and popular visitor attractions that are centuries old. Durham Castle and cathedral must be visited to appreciate the awe inspiring architecture. The Gala Theatre is located in the centre of the city, making the cottages the location for guests wanting to enjoy a theatre trip as part of their break. Packed with top quality restaurants, bistros, cafés and bars, Durham is a thriving city with plenty of entertainment at any time of the year. The incredible Lumiere Festival takes place every second November, or then annual book week, jazz festival, arts festival, miners gala and many more free attractions, as well as the weekly farmers’ market. Many of the university colleges and campuses can be found within a 10 mile radius of the cottages, and this is the ideal base to get to know the university and visit friends and family who might be attending one of the graduation ceremonies. The top class county cricket ground of Durham County Cricket Club is also only a 20-minute drive away, great for enjoying a test match or concert. The very popular Beamish Living Museum is a 30 minute drive away and makes a good day out for families of all ages. The Angel of the North statue is just a 30-minute drive away, while Newcastle and the Metro Centre are 45 minutes by car. Beach 8 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
The properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 12 guests.

All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space: With wooden floor and French doors leading to fenced patio area.
Living area: With 30" Freeview TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With breakfast area, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Wet room: With shower and toilet.
Separate toilet.

All properties: Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Worktop freezer available on request. Front courtyard. Rear patio with garden furniture and barbecue. Access to 6 acres of unspoilt grounds (shared with other properties on-site). Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Bungalow
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair Access
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Ground Floor Wet Room
    Ground Floor Wet Room
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2018
    Wonderful area. Very welcoming owners. Always there if we needed anything. Will go back

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/05/2018
    Fantastic cottage, Jean and Amy are very welcoming and tell you lots of places to visit. A good place to be based, there are so many places that you can visit from here.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/03/2018
    I stayed at Kestrel Cottage with my 96 year old mother in law. I had chosen the property for its wetroom, bedrooms all on one level and it's proximity to Durham. The cottage far exceeded all my expectations. It is much bigger than the photographs suggest, bathrooms, hallways and living area are very spacious. Everything is very new, tasteful and not worn out or shabby. The beds are really comfortable and the linen is good quality. The main living room is south facing so it's light, and bright. The views from the two full length windows are stunning, open fields and countryside. We were visited every morning by two friendly goats at the fence by the patio. Most afternoons we watched parachuters descending to an area about a half a mile away. All most entertaining. We could park at the door which was very helpful as my mother in law couldn't walk too far. In the wetroom there are handles to aid the not so steady. The owner kindly brought us a proper shower seat too, which was so useful. Even though very early in the year we found a lot to do in the area. Durham is nearby, we went several times. I highly recommend the Oriental Museum, we visited the botanical garden, cathedral and castle. The Hartlepool maritime museum was excellent. We went to Gateshead quay. Just a couple of miles away we went to the big outlet shopping centre and the coastal towns and coast road are on the doorstep. All this to do, and then at the end of a busy day out the cottage was a relaxing, warm and welcoming home to come back to. Jean the owner was friendly and helpful, she lives nearby but wasn't intrusive at all. The welcome pack was extremely generous, including eggs, bread, milk. Kestrel Cottage was an excellent choice for our holiday and we were delighted with everything we found there.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2018
    Really lovely cottage with everything you could want, and in a nice peaceful location. Very welcoming and generous host too, which made our stay even more pleasant. Just a pity the weather was dreadful, but it was February after all, and it didn't detract from our enjoying our short stay in this wonderful cottage. Would be more than happy to return for a longer stay, and can't recommend this cottage highly enough.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/01/2018
    We absolutely loved this place. The hosts were fantastic. The area was great and we will be back again in the summer.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    Please do not be put off by a lack of reviews and photo's as the cottages have only been open since June this year. We planned a family holiday renting all 3 cottages and from the moment we spoke to the owner Jean to arrange arrival details we knew we had chosen the right place to stay, she was so lovely and friendly. When we arrived we were given the warmest welcome by Jean and her daughter Amy. The cottages are amazing with fields all around which are home to goats, lama's and cows. Each cottage is furnished to a very high standard and much more spacious than they appear on the photo's which do not do them justice. They are very well equiped and spotlessly clean. If you do feel anything is missing Jean is only a phone call away and only too happy to help. The welcome packs are amazing with fresh bread, scones, every flavour of jam you could ever want and a lovely bottle of prosecco. We will definately be back as there is so much to see in the area and could not have found anywhere better to stay. Thank you so much Jean for making our break so pleasurable. Your hospitality was second to none. We really do feel like we have made a new friend. We have been already, and will stay in touch.

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