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A private Dales cottage with fabulous waterfall view in lovely Barnard Castle

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

The perfect romantic getaway option: luxuriously private but not isolated.

This custom renovated luxury getaway is the perfect Yorkshire/Durham Dales area hideaway. An easy five minute walk to charming Barnard Castle, recently listed as one of the top ten rural places to live in the UK. With its quaint pubs (read Bill Bryson on the Old Well!) and intriguing antique and arts shopping, it is full of lively gentility whilst still clearly being a country town full of real people going about real lives. Situated between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines AONB (Area of Natural Beauty) and an scenic hour from the Lake District National Park, the cottage is an easy jumping off spot for hiking or just sight seeing. Lovely rural towns such as Richmond, Northallerton, Thirsk and Yarm are all very accessible for an afternoon jaunt; not to mention the great cathedral cities of York, Durham and Ripon. It is quite do-able to drive to the coast and scope out Whitby and Robins Hood Bay by driving over Sutton Bank: a pause at the top gives you a chance to view one of the UK's greatest views.

We are on the Teesdale Way and there are numerous shorter, but equally lovely, walks in all directions. The bluebell season is particularly spectacular in Flatts Woods, the local's favourite walk. A brisk hour walk will take you from your front door to the evocative ruins of Eggleston Abbey and back to your door, crossing two bridges over the lovely Tees River. High Force is a brief drive away and terrific in any season: England's highest waterfall. Biking is very popular in the Dales, but you do need to be ready for some challenging climbs. When you get back from your exertions, indulge in a spacious, high pressure shower or a lazy deep bath with plenty of hot water, then wrap up in a warmed towel: Heaven!

If you get a bit of rain, (remember this IS England) consider a day spent at The Bowes Museum, which is a five minute walk. The famous Sliver Swan automaton is here and deserves a look, but there are other interesting holdings too, as well as a nice cafe. The museum is particularly good at fashion history and has had YSL and shoe exhibits lately that were very engaging. A brief drive away is Staindrop and the spectacular seat of the the Lords Barnard, Raby Castle. York is, as mentioned above, at hand as is the fabulous city of Durham (see Bill Bryson on this too!). In better weather it is hard to beat a drive or bike through the fabulous Dales and the scenic villages that nestle amongst them. Don't forget Hadrian's Wall, and the stunning Lake District, both World Heritage Sites, are just an hour away.

Flyfishers will love the access to the Tees and birdwatchers need only sit still long enough to see the wonderful wealth of birds that cluster around the river.

Of course staying close to "home" is also a very welcoming option with wifi, flat screen TV, comfy seating with cozy throws and a wood burning stove----- a very spoiling atmosphere for just kicking back. And all these amenities are doubled so they are available on both floors. Also we have one of the most beautiful conservatories imaginable: putting you out over the rushing river in all weathers means there is always a dramatic view to enjoy at breakfast or cocktail hour.

For those who still need to be connected, we have wifi and a work basket of the basics to insure you can get through a report if needed. But we recommend using the wifi to watch a great movie on our flat screen TV instead!

This is an adult getaway because of our immediate access to a very changeable and active river. The River Run Cottage sits literally upon the waterfall, as it was originally an adjunct to the Demesnes Mill which has served Barnard Castle since the 15th century. Similarly we do not allow pets for the same reason. Unfortunately, since the sitting area and bedroom are upstairs and the lane outdoors is pretty rustic, this is unlikely to be a good choice for people with special mobility needs.

A car is necessary to get out into the Moors, Dales and Lake District, but for folks who don't drive or are a bit anxious about left hand driving, it is entirely possible to get to the cottage without a car. One would take a train that goes hourly from London, York or Edinburgh to Darlington and cabs are readily available at the station to get to Barnard Castle. Taxis cost about £35; of course, for the patient, buses also run from Darlington. From the cottage one can get to grocery stores, chemists and any other services with a five minute walk.

Dining is very accessible with numerous restaurants within walking distance and many really stellar options if you are driving, including a Michelin starred restaurant just fifteen minutes away. So many inviting pubs and restaurants focus on the local bounty without pretension or fuss: good food and drink, served with wit and charm. We will provide an up to date list for guests, with our in depth recommendations.

The Morritt Arms has a spa and is about a ten minute drive, though there are ample small salons where you can get a blow dry or manicure in town.

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Helen Young
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Helen Young

I am a retired hospitality professional and was the owner and manager of a 28 room luxury inn. I have lots of experience of travel and enjoy making a great experience for other travellers. I am assisted by Rachel who will be your onsite contact. Rachel knows all there is to know about North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Durham tourism being a quality assurance expert for attractions: in short a great resource.

Helen Young purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Helen Young chose Barnard Castle

My parents have owned this property for years and operated it as a five star B and B before retiring. We have kept it in the family because it is a spectacular setting and a lovely building that is just the right size for a private bolthole. Not to mention the wonderful mix of privacy with good walking accessibility to a charming market town. It is hard to match the loveliness of Teesdale!

What makes this cottage unique

The great old stone walls throughout add a lovely authenticity to River Run Cottage. That and updated systems that ensure coziness, a great hot bath and good internet connections. We like our comforts!

The river is literally just outside the kitchen door and our new conservatory means you can enjoy it in all seasons. The sound is simply one of the most relaxing imaginable. It is also fun to watch the kayakers tumble over the falls or fly fishermen angling for a catch. BTW we have a great resource for learning fly fishing if you are intrigued: Stuart is a great teacher and great character.

We have televisions both up and downstairs as well as a wood burner on each floor.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Barnard Castle in Barnard Castle

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sexy free standing soaker tub! Glassed in shower with great water pressure. Exposed stone walls uplit from floor lights for added drama
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Bed can be split into two singles
  • Bedroom and Living Room are together in an open loft space. Fine Linens, great quality zip and link bed that can be used as a king or two singles (with notice). Comfortable furnishings in front of a wood burning stove. Flat screen TV.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
This property is right on Teesdale Way, a well know walking route. Moments to Bowes Museum and the downtown of Barnard Castle and its historic buildings and vibrant shopping. Short drive to Raby Castle, a beautifully managed, still thriving estate from the Middle Ages. Easy access to Durham and Yorkshire Dales for inspirational drives or walks.


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A private Dales cottage with fabulous waterfall view in lovely Barnard Castle
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Mid-May by the River Tees at Barnard Castle

  • 5 of 5

We chose the property because we wanted a quiet place where we could simply relax with a book. The conservatory and the outdoor terrace delivered in spades! We are keen walkers and the town has two excellent walks. The first by the Methodist Church starting in the centre of town, leads past the castle and down into Flatts woods. The second starts at the accommodation and follows the river to the ancient abbey ruins. Lots of other walks are available and a short car drive to visit High Force waterfall is recommended. We enjoyed lunch and a tour round the Bowes Museum, a beautiful building that would not look out of place in the French countryside. The silver swan animated automaton impressed Mark Twain when he saw it and we certainly agreed. The property has been fitted out to a high standard and we were comfortable with the arrangements.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A gem of a location

  • 5 of 5

The mill cottage is very tastefully decorated and comfortably set out. The two log fires, upstairs and down, are cosy, and were both prepared for lighting. We stayed during a Spring heatwave, so only had a chance to use one of the fires. Though the heatwave did give plenty of reason to use the power shower; which was wonderful.

The river view is incredible but can be rather loud (you get used to it). Breakfast on the sunny patio, with the river going by, is an ideal way to start the day. As is sitting with a bottle of wine in the evening (thank you for the bottle, too). In the colder months, the excellent conservatory (with heated floor and log fire) also overlooks the river.

Barnard Castle is ideally situated for sight-seeing but a choice of riverside walks starting right outside the front door allow you to take a break from driving.

On the practical side, everything has been thought of. The kitchen is also extreemly well equipped, and nice to have dish-washer capsules supplied.

A great, romantic getaway. Can't be faulted.

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage, spectacular location

  • 5 of 5

This special cottage is in a quiet, fairly isolated location, overlooking the river on the edge of Barnard Castle. Beautifully renovated, very well equipped and luxurious. Perfect for a romantic break.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exceeded our already high expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage, very warm welcome. Everyone was incredibly helpful during our stay in this characterful little getaway. The village and surrounding area was quaint with very polite locals, so much for us to do! We will definitely be back again (Hopefully with some better weather!).

Thanks again Rachel and Helen! X

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words, Danny. I did check out your weather from here in Canada where I live and I was a bit crestfallen. The UK seems to have had a longer winter than us this year! I do hope you return in balmier times, perhaps when you can use the new conservatory. Cheers, Helen
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It's fabulous , don't hesitate to book !

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful accommodation , lots of attention to the finer details to make it that extra bit special Quality throughout from the fixtures and fittings to the kitchenware, towels ,bed- linen and throws . Close enough to the town centre to walk back after a meal and a few drinks , gorgeous walks from the doorstep and so close to the river with its abundance of wildlife . Truly a special place to relax and unwind and do as much or as little as you please. Ours was a week of food and drink , castles,ancient Abbey ruins and waterfalls ,as well as pottering around the galleries in town . A great pub ( The Three Horseshoes) in town , Fernaville's Rest is a fab country Inn at Whorlton a short drive away as well as Italian and Indian restaurants in town ( amongst many more) . River Run Cottage and Barnard Castle has it all . We will be returning , Thank you Helen for sharing your beautiful hidden gem of a home with us!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words....glad you popped into Fernaville pub: with its odd deer hoof coat hooks it is quite an English country experience! We look forward to your return after you move to your new house🤞?🏻?! By then the conservatory work that you endured will be done and you can enjoy it. As the French say: a la prochaine!
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Tranquility in a stunning setting!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home in a superb position. We loved everything about our stay. Thank you Helen and Rachel for your attention to detail and making our stay in ‘river run’ cottage so warm and welcoming. We loved hearing and seeing the river running alongside the property. The cottage is a cosy, historical delight with all the mod cons. We were lucky to take hiking boots and found them necessary as it snowed and was rather slushy outside, albeit picturesque. We found people in Barnard Castle so friendly and plenty to do and see in the surrounding area. We would love to return in perhaps spring or summer for a different experience. We cannot recommend this place highly enough, as it is just as beautiful as the photos show. Once again many thanks,

Brian and Keren (kiwis)

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words! We were pleased to see you at Christmas, but yes, we offer a very different experience in the milder should consider Bluebell season: it is phenomenally pretty. See you again soon, we hope!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Newcastle International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Old Well (five minute walk)
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Many in Barnard Castle (5 min walk)

There are a considerable number of adventure activities available at Hamsterley Forest which is about a half hour drive


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £40
Damage Deposit £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.