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High Lands Cottage

Bishop Auckland, County Durham
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming County Durham holiday home close to Raby Castle and set in a deer park
  • A cosy base for your holiday to the North East with home-comforts galore
  • Bring your bike and head to Hamsterley Forest for an exhilarating ride
Property code: 82620

Perfect for families and friends wanting a rural retreat with access to one of the areas most popular places to visit, Hamsterley Forest. So bring your boots, your bikes and a sense of adventure.

Escape to the charming village of Cockfield and make yourselves at home when you stay at this attractive, stone property with scenic views. Beautifully presented, and sleeping up to four guests, this two-bedroom holiday house is in an idyllic County Durham location for families or couples who enjoy walking, cycling and whiling away hour after hour in the scenic outdoors. Also welcoming two very happy hounds, the enticing property comes with a pretty garden and an outdoor relaxation area, where you can relax together at the end of exhilarating days out on warm spring, summer and autumn days.

Return home to Cockfield after your lively days out to relax in comfort at this stylishly finished holiday home, which has an interior design that features an understated palette of gorgeous greys. Follow the hall to find yourselves in the lounge, where you can settle on the sofas to watch the Smart TV, play games and chat about the day’s activities.

Wander through into the dining room to play games at the table and to dine together in the cosy glow of the wood burner. Take turns preparing the delicious dishes to enjoy together here; the kitchen at the cottage is a bright, modern space, equipped with everything you might need. There is even a breakfast bar in here, where you can perch quietly for a while with a glass of wine while you wait for dinner to roast in the oven.

Both bedrooms at this comfortable property are located up on the first floor, together with the family bathroom, which has a bath with a shower above. Wake up in either the king-size or the double room, refreshed from a superb night’s sleep and ready to enjoy another fun-filled day.

Take a fresh cup of coffee, or even breakfast, out into the garden, which features a pretty courtyard area to the rear and a lawn and decked relaxation space to the front. Dine out here in the evening too, taking in the delightful country views and soaking up the serenity. Watch your pups or children playing on the grass and enjoy the feeling of being far away from your busy daily lives for a few very special days. Find parking at the property on the road, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 Bedrooms - 1 king-size and 1 double
  • 1 Bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, washer/dryer and dishwasher
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs provided)
  • Roadside parking (subject to availability)
  • Shop 2.5 miles and pub 2 miles
  • TV in kitchen and Smart TV in lounge
  • Lawned front garden with decked area and courtyard to rear
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Welcome pack provided

Cockfield, in County Durham, is approximately 4 miles from the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The varied landscape here includes heather moors and peatlands, as well as dales and meadows, and swathes of beautiful forest. Nestled on the fringes of Teesdale, Cockfield is well-positioned for reaching Hamsterley Forest, 7.5 miles away. Follow walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse riding trails here; also go wildlife watching and take the children to the exciting outdoor play areas in the woods. Raby Castle, 2.5 miles from the cottage, is also a wonderful place to spend the day. This impressive castle was built in the 14th century and sits in 200 acres of verdant parkland, which are still home to herds of red and fallow deer. The castle also has a woodland adventure playground for youngsters and offers bicycle hire to those eager to explore the grounds and gardens on two wheels.

Also close to the edge of the North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales, and some 9 miles from Cockfield, is Barnard Castle, a market town with a wealth of history which was recently listed as one of the top 10 rural places to live in the UK. It is also a very popular tourist destination, known, of course, for its striking fortress. Positioned on a high rock above the River Tees, this edifice, today under the umbrella of English Heritage, was named after its 12th-century founder, Bernard de Balliol. The town itself is also popular for its host of boutique shops, cafes and pubs. The excellent Bowes Museum is also here and is well worth a visit.

Approximately 13 miles from Cockfield is Richmond, a charming market town on the borders of Wensleydale and Swaledale. This North Yorkshire market town boasts an 11th-century castle, fine Georgian architecture, an interesting Georgian theatre and a large cobbled market square as some of its many attractions. Stroll into town for a cup of Yorkshire tea at one of the many tearooms there or pop over for dinner at one of the excellent restaurants.

The gorgeous River Swale runs through the town and across the river; less than 1 mile away are the River Swale Waterfalls. You can walk in either direction along the river and deep into the countryside without having to go anywhere near the car. We also recommend exploring the restored former Richmond Railway Station which has lots to entertain young and old including a small cinema, cafe/restaurant, gallery, microbrewery and artisan bakery.

Richmond is also known as the Gateway to the Dales so expect stunning Dales scenery within minutes of leaving the town. Peppering this glorious countryside are countless attractive little towns and villages and, if you enjoy a bit of surreal entertainment, visit the quite brilliant Forbidden Corner, an attraction full of statues and hidden surprises, 14 miles away near Middleham.

The historic village of Easby, home to Easby Abbey, is 18 miles from Cockfield and well worth a visit. Set on the banks of the River Swale, the abbey is the perfect spot for a picnic in the summer months. There are lots of other fascinating historic sites to explore in the Dales and this is a superb area for walkers and cyclists with many routes from the doorstep or just a short distance away. Try a stretch of Alfred Wainwright’s famous Coast to Coast Walk, for example, which passes through Richmond.

Plan a day out in Durham too, 17 miles away. Visit the 11th-century castle, spend time at the Norman cathedral, go shopping, dine out and make the most of the many leisure facilities.

Rupert Spiers

This property is personally managed by Rupert.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by John 21st May 2021

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A comfortable, well appointed cottage, ideal for the walking holiday in Teesdale which we greatly enjoyed

Reviewed by Angela 4th May 2021

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An amazing place to stay, quiet and a lovely area to visit. Lots of country walks and plenty of farm shops and cafes as we needed outside dinning. The garden is enclosed and our little Dachshund loved the garden. The owner was quick to respond to our message and helped with our queries. Thank you for sharing your lovely cottage. We will recommend tRead moreo our family and friends. Hide

Reviewed by Nicola 30th April 2021

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A perfect cottage of high standard all round, in a great location for visiting the area and beyond. Lovely quiet location too

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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