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Thistle Close
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Thistle Close

Stone-built walls sit beneath a red pantile roof on this wonderfully converted cart shed in the hamlet of Cleatlam, in the Yorkshire Dales. The two-bedroom Thistle Close combines modern amenities with exterior and interior authenticity including brick arches, exposed beams and a four-poster bed, all sitting on a working farm.

The single-storey property includes a king-size room with four poster bed as well as a twin room. The bathroom, with bath, is sufficiently spacious for all four guests and the kitchen includes all of the modern amenities, as well as a breakfast bar and, connects to a dining area.

Character permeates the entire property, including the comfortable sitting area with exposed timbers, stove-effect electric fire, comfy lounges and large windows facing the courtyard and the wide expanse of the farm.

Central heating from the eco-friendly wood-chip farm heating system keeps the property warm and cosy, and the LCD TV, video/DVD and music system keep families entertained. Parents can relax in the sunny, sheltered, shared front courtyard as they watch the pets frolic in the garden and the children enjoy the extensive play equipment. They are also likely to spot the ponies grazing in a paddock.

Families have access to off-road parking, amenities for young children and laundry facilities, as well as shops, services and a pub in nearby Staindrop. Staindrop is a stone’s throw from Raby Castle while the market town of Barnard Castle is only 5 miles away and many walking trails can be found near Teesdale.



Thistle Close


It had everything a couple with a 2yr and 1yr old could want.

Fantastic property at a very reasonable price. Kitchen was very well equipped not many places I looked at had a tumble dryer which was a necessity for us with 2 small kids. Really spacious with comfortable seating which I have found is unusual in holiday homes. The play area outside was great. My husband who is a farmer was as happy as a pig in muck to be on a farm and had a few chats with the owner who was really friendly and showed him around his farm and suggested he visited their local contractor, which he did!! Would recommend this property to anyone even without kids or from a faming background it was a real home from home.

A FlipKey verified reviewer

Enjoyed our stay.

Cosy comfortable cottage. Very noisy early morning because of farm machinery. It didn't bother us but I think it could cause problems with others who are not used to farm life! Our Westie was attacked by two dogs from the farm opposite which was a bit upsetting. But on the whole a very good experience.

A FlipKey verified reviewer

Excellent experience

Just got back from a 3 night stay here. Wish we'd booked longer as we didn't want to come home.
Cottage is lovely and the pics don't do it justice. Well equipped and very spacious.
Lots of placed to visit but the village of Cleatlam is very very quiet which is what we loved the most.
Most definitely recommend and we will return.
The Goodwin's!


Facilities were perfect,the owners very very helpful

Mr Bramwell

Nice place, quiet and tranquil.

Mr Hart

The accommodation was superb, very spacious and to a very high standard. The layout, huge living/dining area and play area also meant it was ideal for our small children. Like a plush hotel with the freedom of self-catering - and all set in beautiful peaceful countryside. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming. We will definitely recommend this to friends.

Mr & Mrs Taylor

The cottage was excellent. We were very impressed with the facilities compared to other cottages we have stopped in.

Ms Sharman

Helpful and supportive owners. A good range of tourist information available in the cottage. A full range of manuals is available for all electrical appliances. Very enjoyable days at Durham Cathedral and the Otter Trust.

Mr Harrison

No problems. Party was happy with cottages. Owners very helpful

Ms Froud

Although the property is on a working farm it is a very peaceful location. You also get the occasional flypast from RAF Leeming. We would definitely go again. We were two couples and each couple had their own key. A very rare occurrence!

Mrs Townsend

Excellent property. The owners were considerate & helpful hosts. Great touring centre for Teasdale, Weardale, Northumberland and the Coast.

Mrs Winter

Owners friendly & helpful.

Mr Avison

We found the history of the area fascinating. A visit to Raby Castle is a must. The play area provided for children seemed excellent at the property,

Mrs Simpson

For us, the property was just excellent . Its situation was ideal giving us peace and quiet and in lovely surroundings. Also ideal for our cocker spaniel.

Mr Seaton

Exceptionally high quality property. Perfect peace & quiet location.

Mr & Mrs Simpkin

Nicest place I have ever been on holiday!

Mrs Gough

An excellent cottage, superbly decorated with everything we needed. A perfect location; very relaxing, but also close to many different places. Lovely owners - very friendly.

Mrs Minter

The property we rented was excellent and in a beautiful location which was close to many good visitor attractions such as Yorkshire Moors, Dales, Lake District and attractions such as Beamish museum, Boowes museum, Raby castle and many more. I would not hesitate to recommend this property to friends and family.

Mr Pottinger

I have to say that we were all absolutely delighted with the property, we couldn't have asked for anything nicer. The lounge was huge, and the high ceilings and great decor really added to the attraction of this property. We would recommend this property to anyone.

Mr Williams

The cottage was superb. The pictures on the website do not do it justice. The owners were very friendly and had left a very good selection of leaflets, brochures etc. of things to do in the area. Perfect if you want a relaxing holiday, or if you want to explore there are many places around, especially Barnard Castle. We all had a lovely holiday and found the cottage to be of a very high standard.

Ms Parker

Very lovely people, The Black Swan is ideal for a lovely Sunday lunch. The accommodation is situated in an ideal location for easy reach to many places of interest.

Mrs Woodeson

A good location, continuous heating/hot water, a high standard of decor/furnishing.

Mr O' Malley

Wonderful holiday, lovely cottage and lovely people.

Mrs Hughes

The accomodation was excellent, it was home from home. We all enjoyed the beautiful surrounding.The owners were very friendly. We have already recommended the area and in particular the Strathmore Barns to our friends. We will be going back again.

Mrs Berry

The cottage was spacious, clean, well-equipped. Toddlers were well catered for. Area was stunning.

Mrs Knight

The property exceeded our expectations for comfort and space and we particularly liked the 'green' hot water and heating system - not only this but the ability to separate our rubbish for recyling was a nice touch. The area was one we hadn't visited before and we found the surrounding towns and villages to be a great experience of typical Yorkshire and I am sure we shall visit again.

Mrs Walsh

The best cottage we have stayed in.

Mr Yates

We cannot recommend this property highly enough. It was absolutely excellent. Everything was thought of for our comfort and enjoyment. The garden area was excellent for the kids.

Mrs Hay

Everything. Great cottage. Lovely area. Loads to do very close by. Best winter holiday I have ever had! Will be back next year to visit all the places we didn't have time to see.

Mrs Parker

The property is beautiful, well worth its award "Pride of Northumbria"! Fantastic base for visiting surrounding area.

Mrs Paxton

Lovely location, great walking and friendly people.

Mr Parker

This was an excellent cottage. It was also ideal for my dad who is mainly in a wheel chair. This was a real home from home.

Mr Rodgers

It was a family holiday so we had all four cottages. We all really enjoyed our time there.

Mr Dunning

Fabulous barn conversion, living area was impressively spacious and standard of furnishings was excellent. The property was clean and extremely comfortable, set in a beautiful area.

Ms Pick

Very high standard of accommodation.

Mr Arkley

Cannot praise the accommodation highly enough, home from home and extremely child friendly. Nothing not to like, it was superb! Even the weather! Would highly recommend!

Mrs Lees

It was in a very good location for the surrounding area.

Mr & Mrs Hopley

The area was excellent and the people lovely.

Mrs Watkiss

The accommodation was a real home from home, comfortable and well equipped. We were on a working farm and apart from the occasional cow mooing or dog barking it was perfect peace.
The owners were friendly and helpful and I have already recommended this accommodation to friends.

Mrs Childs-Clarke

Enjoyed the location, and we were left alone and not bothered by anyone.

Mrs Whyman

A fantastic place to visit and the cottages were lovely, ideal for a large family holiday. We had 3 of them. Want to book again for next year!

Mrs Hudson

Excellent accommodation. Well worth the money. Would recommend to anyone.

Mr Richardson

Lovely surroundings in an area with plenty to see and do. The owners made us feel very welcome. We felt very relaxed in the property and would return!

Mr MaCleannan

It was a beautiful property, very nicely situated and very spacious. The kitchen had everything we needed and the lounge was very comfortable. The children's toys and little playground were really nice and my grandson loved them.


The cottage was lovely and warm on arrival, and had been decorated for Christmas, which we had not expected, but it was much appreciated. It was a good size and had all the facilities needed.

Ms Reinbach

We had a great time and the village is beautiful. Would certainly recommend. The family/farm owners are lovely and allow you to walk around the farm. Great time had by all.

Mr Goodwin

Brilliant holiday. Accommodation like home from home. Great surrounding countryside. I would stay there again.

Mrs Mantle

Thistle Close is an interesting spacious conversion of former farm buildings. It is within short distances of plenty of things to see and do, and the quiet roads made driving an unusual joy. For anyone contemplating a winter break, the excellent central heating system would be a reassuring bonus.

Mrs Reynolds

Excellent stay. Love this place and this was our second stay. We'll be back again soon.

Mr Goodwin