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Brancepeth, near Durham, County Durham
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Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Pets 0
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Stay in this ground floor apartment, part of the historic Brancepeth Castle, close to the UNESCO city of Durham.

All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space.

Living area: With 32" Smart TV with NowTV, Netflix and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area:
With electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge.
Bedroom 1: With single bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With double bed (access from one side only).
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

Electric heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Use of disabled shower and toilet, adjacent to property. Access to some of the castle grounds. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

Quartermaster’s is a charming, bright and sunny south-facing ground floor apartment in Brancepeth Castle, one of the oldest castles in the north. It has been sensitively modernised, with exposed stone walls and all the rooms enjoy country views across the former castle park. The origins of Brancepeth Castle go back to Saxon times, but much of the exterior you see today dates from the ownership of the famous Neville family in the 14th and 15th centuries. Hostilities between England and Scotland ravaged on for many centuries but the last battle won by the English on English soil in 1346 was planned in Brancepeth’s medieval Baron’s Hall and the army even assembled here beforehand. In 1796 the castle was bought by the Russell family and they began remodelling and adding two new towers and a gatehouse.
As its name suggests, Quartermaster’s has a close association with the time that the army was in the castle when it was used as a military hospital during World War I and later the regimental headquarters of the Durham Light Infantry. Above the apartment is the Russell’s Armour Gallery, used by the army as the officers’ mess, and these rooms were part of the kitchens that catered for the mess. The stove that sits outside the apartment was discovered down there, and now forms an item of industrial sculpture.

All on one level, the apartment is a perfect base for exploring this beautiful part of the country. The apartment has open plan living accommodation and benefits from a Smart TV with NowTV and Netflix, and there is a USB port so you can bring your own programmes to watch if you wish. The kitchen is well-equipped, with all the essential cooking appliances as well as a small supply of basics such as tea bags, fresh milk and salt and pepper. You will find a detailed handbook with information about the apartment and local area, and an extensive range of leaflets about local attractions are provided so you can make the most of your visit to Brancepeth.
There is a wealth of historic places to visit including the city of Durham, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its magnificent castle and cathedral, just over 5 miles away. Perfect for guests with friends and family who are studying at Durham University, most of the campuses and halls of residence can be reached in around 15 minutes making Quartermaster’s the ideal base for a taster week or graduation ceremony. The market town of Bishop Auckland, 8 miles, is the home of the Eleven Arches Spectacular Kynren Show, with a cast of over 1000 volunteers, pyrotechnics, a lake and fireworks, all incorporated within this tale of the history of England. The popular market town of Barnard Castle and the Georgian town of Richmond are both within a 40 minute drive. Beamish Open Air Museum is 13 miles, while Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 21 miles, boasts ’The Sage’ which hosts an extensive programme of concerts all year round. Gateshead, 18 miles, is home to The Metrocentre and is perfect for a day’s shopping trip. A little further afield is Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Hadrian’s Wall and Lindisfarne. There are numerous public footpaths and cycle paths that criss cross the village of Brancepeth and out into the countryside. The Durham and Northumberland coasts have long sandy beaches. Brancepeth Golf Club with is only ¼ mile walk. There is a small tea shop on site. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Castle
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Unique Cottages
    Unique Cottages

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/12/2018
    Great place to stay easy access for Durham and it’s a castle

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 04/11/2018
    A really special place to stay. The apartment is perfectly appointed and the location is unbelievable. Would definitely return.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2018
    Ideal for a short break but unfortunately not very comfortable for a whole week. The main bedroom with the double bed against one wall making it harder to get into and out of. No wardrobe space or chair in the main bedroom made it harder to unpack the suitcases or dry my hair. Bathroom sinks are very small making it awkward to wash and brush your teeth. Chairs in the living room were uncomfortable to sit on and the TV box kept losing its signal so you had to keep waiting for it to reconnect. Lovely location and very handy to get a bus into Durham just a shame that it was probably the most uncomfortable cottage that we have stayed in.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2018
    I am inspired with what the owner family are attempting to do at Brancepeth Castle, part of the restoration funding for which is provided for from Quartermasters Holiday let. I enjoyed the quiet location, but would have appreciated more access to the castle itself, perhaps a small tour. The cottage itself was thoughtfully and fully equipped, though somewhat shabby with its fixtures and fittings. The bathrooms were very small without shelving for toiletries, and the double bed room also very small, without hanging space for clothes. I enjoyed my time there, though I must say my husband couldn't sleep properly at nights, mostly because the duvets were very heavy weight (in summertime). Yes, I would go again - but my husband wouldn't. It is a charming place attached to a castle reeking in colourful history - but I conclude that it was overpriced for the product.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your comments, here and in our visitors' book. This was the first full summer we have been open, and we value the feedback from guests that will help us improve. As a result of your comments we have improved the lighting in the kitchen and added extra mirrors in the bedrooms. Next summer we will offer lightweight duvets as an option. There is nothing we can do about the size of the double bedroom, unfortunately, but hope that the spacious living room area compensates for this. I am sorry you thought some of the fixtures and fittings were shabby - however most furniture, for example the beds, sofa and curtains, were all brand new, and the chairs re-upholstered. Other items, such as the bookcase and kitchen table, are in good order and in keeping with the period of the flat. We were unable to provide tours of the castle in 2018 due to building work, but there is a programme of tours from April through to November in 2019.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2018
    Very nice and well-equipped cottage. We would like to stay there again. Interesting places to visit all within 30 to 60 min drive.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/05/2018
    The cottage was spotless on arrival, with every little detail you could think of catered for. The decor was lovely, although it was a bit cozy for space in the rooms. The best bit though was really the location. For a castle enthusiast like me it was amazing to go for a walk around the grounds every night after dinner to enjoy the beauty of the castle. The only draw back was the noise on the first night as there was a wedding on in the castle. You don't hear any music or general wedding noise, but the toilets/cloakroom were right overhead so the constant footsteps, doors and flushing were a lot to handle. That said, it all ended by a respectable midnight, plus James the owner had apologised in advance and left us a little gift as way of apology, which was greatly appreciated.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 19/05/2018
    A holiday let with a difference - the novelty value of staying in a castle is what first appealed to us & "Quartermasters" didn't let us down. Excellent bus services meant we didn't use the car much. Only 4 nights meant we only touched the surface of all there is to see & do in the area. Wouldn't want to stay there in the winter though!

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