Northern Pennine Self-catering holidays in Barnard Castle would be incomplete without a trip to the renowned Bowes Museum, where North England’s best collection of fine and decorative European art can be explored. Housed in a 19th century French-style chateau, it features pieces by Goya and El Greco and the famous Silver Swan automaton. Take a wander into the town centre from your holiday cottage in Barnard Castle and you will find narrow streets packed with independent businesses. There is a variety of shops selling antiques, jewellery, vintage clothes, books and lots more. The town is also a paradise for food-lovers with family-run butchers, green grocers and a farmers’ market at the Cobbles in the marketplace.
A barn conversion set around a central courtyard on a working farm just outside the rural hamlet of Cleatlam, County Durham, Foxholes is an imaginative conversion of an old stable block, a three-bedroom farm cottage that features full-length picture windows set within its sandstone arches.
Shepherd’s Cottage boasts true charm in a stone-built conversion which sits in the middle of a field on a working farm in Holwick. Arriving by farm lane, guests will find a delightful rural cottage with two bedrooms and an upside-down design to capture the fantastic views of the Yorkshire Dales.
Stables Cottage is a comfortable and stylish countryside cottage in the Northern Yorkshire Dales near Barnard Castle. Accommodation is all on ground floor level and sleeps two to four people.
Built-in 1560, Scargill Castle epitomises country charm. The pet-friendly romantic cottage in Scargill, Yorkshire, emerges from the ruins of an old castle and features exposed beams, oak floors, a wood-burning stove, period furnishings and modern comforts, as well as seclusion and countryside views.
A delightful stone-built countryside cottage set in the Northern Yorkshire Dales, Hury Lodge in the peaceful hamlet of Hury, County Durham, offers pet-friendly holiday accommodation for small families and or couples with fully fitted kitchen and charming master bedroom.
A stone’s throw from holiday cottages in Barnard Castle, Witham Arts Centre has a busy programme of theatre, live music and comedy, as well as hosting an annual outdoor Shakespeare production by the Castle Players. Barnard Castle is surrounded by the unspoiled Teesdale countryside which inspired Walter Scott’s epic poem Rokeby. Within a couple of miles of the town centre, you can walk for miles past becks, gorges and woods without seeing another soul. The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park are also on the town’s doorstep.