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Originally built in 1560 on the site of an earlier medieval castle, with sheltered courtyard gardens

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

One bedroom and one bathroom. Sleeps two guests. Two designated parking spaces.

Scargill Castle nestles in the beautiful Teesdale landscape close to the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District National Park and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Built in 1560 on the site of an earlier medieval castle, it has recently been restored from a crumbling ruin into a delightful retreat for two, combining historic character with all the cosiness and comfort of the 21st century. Private parking leads through a gate into your own sheltered courtyard gardens, created from the old Tudor manor house.

From the garden, the arched entrance hall leads into a dining hall with long oak table; take a moment to admire the ornate roof beams carved from oak trees felled over 400 years ago! From here you can wander into the sunny kitchen which overlooks the Tudor gardens.

The stone spiral stairs lead up to the living room with oak floors and a wood burning stove set within a Tudor fireplace. Two deep set windows pierce the ancient thick walls and overlook the Tudor courtyard gardens to the east and the rolling landscape of Teesdale to the west. Further up the spiral staircase is the romantic bedroom with double bed on an oak floor adorned with Persian rugs. The rich colours reflect the Tudor love of golds, reds and rich greens which are highlighted with mood lighting enhancing the exposed timber beams above. Windows to east and west provide views of the walled garden and the high moors beyond.

This holiday at a glance

Sleeps two guests.

One bedroom and one bathroom.

Wood burning stove.

Enclosed, courtyard gardens.

Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome at the property (small additional charge per dog).

The property is situated on the edge of a working farm so please keep your dogs under careful control when outside the castle grounds.

Two designated parking spaces are available.

Minimum of a three night stay.

Additional features

Ideal for a Romantic Retreat.

Roll top bath.

Window seat.

The historic building means that surfaces can be uneven and rooms are spread over 3 floors with the bedroom on the top floor and the bathroom on the ground floor.

Original exposed, roof beams.

Garden furniture, barbecue and herb and vegetable garden.

For an extra special treat why not get local cook Rachel Markham to make you a Tudor meal at Scargill? Click here for details.

Stone floors to ground floor with underfloor heating, central heating, solid oak floors to first and second floors, antique furniture.

Digital TV, DVD player, iPod Dock.

Microwave, fridge/freezer/ dishwasher, electric cooker.

Laundry room in external byre with washing machine and tumble dryer.

Attractions and nearby amenities

Among many of the excellent places to eat and drink is The Morritt Arms at Greta Bridge, an 18th and 19th century coaching inn, but the quirkiest and a ‘must visit' is the Milbank Arms in Barningham, one of only eleven pubs in England which still have no bar!

Barnard Castle has a number of eating places - why not try Blagraves on The Bank, once a stopping off point for Oliver Cromwell? Further afield, the picturesque village of Romaldkirk has the Rose and Crown for delicious lunches and evening meals or just enjoy a drink in front of the roaring fire.

Scargill is very rural with beautiful walks from the front door, many linking with the Pennine Way. Maps will be provided so that you can find your own route. Teesdale's landscape was painted by J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Girton, John Sell Cotman and Thomas Herne and it inspired the poetry of Sir Walter Scott and the less appreciated poetry of local man Richard Watson. You are also within a short drive of the Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District and the North Pennines where amazing walks abound.

More Details

Property Manager
Rural Retreats Holidays Ltd
Speaks English
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We've had a lovely, relaxing stay here. What you have achieved is really impressive and I have enjoyed looking through the articles and photos to see how the place has changed. We came here to relax in front of the fire with a book - well kindle and we've done just that, with the occasional walk out with our dog. He was very happy with his treats - thank you, and we were very happy with ours too - it really made our stay extra special. Hope we can come back again soon.
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Barnard Castle in Gilmonby

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Ground Floor: Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bathroom with roll topped bath and steam shower cubicle
  • Bathroom with roll topped bath, separate steam shower cubicle, antique wash stand and WC.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • First floor: Double bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Double bedroom with a double bed
  • Stone spiral staircase continues to the top floor bedroom with 4 '6 bed, exposed beams and beautiful views.
  • Television
  • Garden
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
Stone floors to ground floor with underfloor heating, central heating, solid oak floors to first and second floors, wood burning stove, antique furniture, Digital TV, DVD player, iPod Dock. Microwave, fridge/freezer/ dishwasher, electric cooker. Laundry room in external byre with washing machine and tumble dryer. Garden furniture, BBQ, herb and vegetable gardens. Private parking.


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Originally built in 1560 on the site of an earlier medieval castle, with sheltered courtyard gardens
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
Ballarat North, Victoria, Australia

Fantastic homely and extraordinary

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Very special for an Australian couple to experience something so unique! The facility has first class finishings and the surrounds in Yorkshire were profound for us who both have a rural background when growing up.

  • Review Submitted: 18-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Other Activities:

Scargill is perfectly located to enjoy this landscape painted by J.M.W. Turner, John Sell Cotman and Thomas Girton. It was also captured in the poetry of Sir Walter Scott and the novels of Charles Dickens. Why not visit the nearby castles at Bowes, Barnard Castle, Richmond or Raby or the romatic abbey ruins of Eggleston and Easby? Nearby Barnard Castle also has a wealth of eating places, antique shops and the renowned Bowes Museum. Scargill is very rural with beautiful walks from the front door, many linking with the Pennine Way.

Places to Visit

The Bowes Museum

Is situated in a beautifully ornate 19th century building modelled on a Fench Chateau. It houses some of the town’s best coffee in the attached cafe which also does delicious food. Entrance in the cafe and gift shop is free.


Is just on the other side of the A66 and is the home to a nationally important collection of tapestries and was the location of Sir Walter Scott’s poem of the same name. It is still a private house, but is open during the summer months for guided tours. Within the Rokeby Estate but now under the Guardianship of English Heritage is the medieval Egglestone Abbey set amidst spectacular countryside and free for all to visit.

Barnard Castle’s Castle

Under the care of English Heritage (free to members)

Bowes Castle

Within walking distance. Also under the care of English Heritage, but fee to all (

Raby Castle

Is the picturesque home of Lord Barnard. It opens is door through the summer at weekends and has a cafe and gift shop. At Christmas it has a Christmas shop. The gardens are beautiful and the wider parkland has deer roaming – see if you can spot the albino ones!

Eggleston Hall

Garden Centre, Cafe, Food Hall, The Coach House, Eggleston Hall, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 0AG. 01883 650553.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

10 minutes by car.

Lake District National Park

30 minutes by car.

North Pennined AONB

10 minutes by car.

Special Events

Barnard Castle Meet

An annual event normally held on the second bank holiday weekend in May.

Outdoor Theatre

Ever early July in the grounds of the Bowes Museum. Usually Shakespeare.

Artists open studios

Late September to early October. Pick up a programme in The Nest on Newgate in Barnard Castle.

Food & Drink

A selection of local pubs and restaurants.

The Morritt, Greta Bridge, Nr. Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 8AA

Booking for larger groups is advisable, children welcome 01833 627232

Blagraves, Blagraves House Restaurant, 30-32 The Bank, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham

Booking advisable. A great place for celebrations 01833 637668

Rose and Crown, Romaldkirk, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 9EB

Booking advisable, children welcome 01833 650213

The Crown, Mickleton, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 0JZ

No need to book, children welcome 01833 640381

Cross Lanes Organic Farm Shop, Cross Lanes Organic Farm Ltd, Cross Lanes, Barnard

Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 9SL.

Bistro night – Every Friday,

Open Mon-Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

Walks and Other activities

Property Ordnance survey map/grid reference - NZ05295 10741


Stanhope Outdoor Pool 01388 528466

Stanhope in Weardale, open 22nd June to early September

Teesdale Sports Centre, Barnard Castle, Harmire Road.

Monday 08.00 – 22.00

Tuesday 07.00 – 22.00

Wednesday 08.00 – 22.00

Thursday 07.00 – 22.00

Friday 08.00 – 22.00

Saturday 08.00 – 17.00

Sunday 09.00 – 19.30

Closed: Public Holidays

Gyms & Fitness

Teesdale Sports Centre, Barnard Castle, Harmire Road.


Barnard Castle, Harmire Road, Barnard Castle


Bowes Museum

Horse Riding

Brookleigh Riding Centre 01325 718286

Aldbrough St John, Richmond, DL11 7AQ.


Teesdale Sailing Club Ltd, Grassholme Reservoir, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Barnard Castle, DL12 0PW.


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  • Contractual booking deposit: 33.00% rent