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Crook, near Durham, County Durham
Grade 5 Star rating
Pets 2
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This luxurious detached holiday cottage, complete with beautiful gardens and a games room, provides superb accommodation for celebrations and family gatherings.

Nestled away in the peaceful countryside of County Durham, and with a beck running through the grounds, Stodowa is the perfect property for guests wanting top quality accommodation in a fabulous, secluded location. This detached, contemporary barn conversion has five spacious bedrooms, two of which offer en-suite facilities, making it ideal for celebrations or a family get-together. There is a large entrance hall, and both the beautiful living room (with vaulted ceiling and large stone inglenook fireplace), and the oak-framed garden room (with full-height glazed windows to all elevations) are very well presented, with a bespoke wooden staircase and galleried landing with super views across the fabulous rear garden. A separate dining room has access to the outside hot tub via feature double doors. The kitchen boasts high quality fixtures and fittings, and has granite work surfaces as well as up to date appliances, including an Aga. All the bedrooms have hairdryers, dressing gowns, slippers and iPhone clock radio docking stations. A great bonus for families with children of all ages is the games room, complete with pool table, Freesat TV, DVD player and magnetic dartboard. Surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens and with parking for up to five cars, this stunning property really is the ideal choice for a luxury family holiday.
Bishop Auckland is just 3 miles away, and the city of Durham is 12 miles. Right on the doorstep, guests will be able to explore Low Barns Nature Reserve, one of County Durham’s most important wildlife sites. Hamsterley Forest, 4 miles, is a delightful 2000 hectare site of popular walking trails, including the Gruffalo Trail, as well as cycle trails, orienteering and plenty of spots for a picnic. Packed with history and attractions, and all within an easy 10-minute drive, each destination offers guests a variety of different places to explore. There are many established public footpaths that lead directly from the house, along the beck and through the hills and dales of County Durham and Weardale Valley. Cyclists, ramblers and leisurely walkers will find many walks and cycle paths for guests of all abilities, that will take you towards Escomb, 2½ miles, with its church that was the earliest Saxon church in Britain, Witton-le-Wear, 2 miles, Staindrop, 9 miles, and Barnard Castle, 15 miles, with its weekly farmers’ market and super selection of pubs, restaurants and shops. Shildon National Railway Museum is perfect for train enthusiasts and is just 5 miles away. Witton Castle in Witton-le-Wear offers fly fishing, bird sanctuary, historic castle and beautiful grounds. Stodowa is located just 3 miles away from Bishop Auckland, home to the annual Kynren Eleven Arches Spectacular Show and the start of the Weardale Railway which hosts the Polar Express each November and December. For guests wishing to catch a glimpse of over 200 deer that wander the grounds, head to Raby Castle, just a short drive away. Staindrop, a village next to Raby Castle, is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and offers tea shops, cafés and a local family butchers.
The cathedral city of Durham can be reached within a 20-minute drive, making Stodowa ideal for guests visiting friends and family who are based at Durham University with all of the main campuses within easy reach. A current World Heritage Site, Durham is home to many popular tourist attractions including the Lumiere Festival, Jazz Festival, book week, arts week, the theatre, castle and cathedral as well as many designer boutiques and shops.
Further afield, the coast can be reached within 35-40 minutes; Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the intu Metrocentre are 45 minutes; York with its delightful setting is 1 hour 15 minutes; and even Bamburgh and Holy Island are 1 hour 45 minutes away. Shop 1½ miles, pubs and restaurant 2 miles.

Stodowa is situated only a short drive away from Bishop Auckland which will play host to the magical Kynren Eleven Arches Spectacular from July to September 2017.

Kynren - an epic tale of England, is set to be a historical extravaganza with a cast of over 1000 people and set over 7.5 acres of County Durham. It promises 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 a true spectacle in every sense of the word!

Ground Floor:
Entrance hall:
With separate toilet and stone floor.
Living room:
Galleried with wood burner, 40" Freesat TV, DVD player, CD player, beams and oak floor leading to...
Garden room: With oak floor.
Dining room: With beams, oak floor and French doors leading to decking with wood-fired hot tub.
Kitchen: With breakfast area, oil Aga, electric oven and hot plate, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, beams and stone floor.
Games room: With wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player, pool table and magnetic dart board leading to....
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed, bio-ethanol pot-bellied stove, beams, wooden floor, door to external staircase, and en-suite with shower over air bath, toilet and tiled floor.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed, beams, wooden floor and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With double bed, beams and wooden floor.
Bedroom 4: With double bed, beams and wooden floor.
Bedroom 5: With twin beds, beams and wooden floor.
Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating (underfloor in garden room), electric underfloor heating (in en-suite of bedroom 1), oil, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and fuel for wood burners and hot tub included. Highchair. Welcome pack. External gym with treadmill, bike and weights. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, various decked areas, wooden seating area, garden furniture, barbecue, pizza oven and firepit. Wood-fired hot tub for 6 (private). Bike store. Electric car charging point. Private parking for 5 cars. No smoking. Please note: The raised decked area overlooks a stream. No hen or stag parties. This property has a security deposit of £250.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Hot Tubs - Private
    Hot Tubs - Private
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Gym
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Celebration Houses
    Celebration Houses

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 10/08/2018
    Absolutely stunning property and very friendly owners. They have thought of everything and the perfect place to stay with family and friends.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your lovely comments. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/07/2018
    Had the best holiday at stodowa such lovely owners who ensure you don’t go without! Would definitely stay here again.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your lovely review, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us ,it was lovely to meet your family, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/06/2018
    Lovely weekend away- owners lovely and welcoming- our children loved the cakes that were made for them and my 2 yr old and 3yr old loved the spa slippers! Nice little touch. Children played in the lovely garden all weekend- didn’t spend much time in the actual house itself but when we did we gathered in the kitchen- many happy memories made for my 40th birthday. Will hopefully return soon

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    Fantastic property which we have enjoyed staying in, would love to stay here again if we had the opportunity. Owners are loverly people who take the greatest effort to ensure you have the best stay possible.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    Excellent place to stay

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/05/2018
    Beautiful house with a large garden . Excellent facilities and very helpful owners. I would recommend the property to friends and family.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 21/05/2018
    We had the best weekend at Stodowa! The cottage is absolutely stunning in the most picturesque setting. We had everything we needed (and more), Neil and Marie met us at the cottage and made sure we knew how everything worked.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 26/02/2018
    A fabulous home, perfect for couples, most relaxed we have been in years

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 19/02/2018
    A beautiful house in the country. We had a lovely stay and the hot tub was a particular highlight (although only 6 people maximum can be in it at a time).

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9.7 out of 10 – based on 27 reviews collected by Reevoo
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