Lord Elliott’s tea room is a stylish place to visit for cocktails or cream teas but even better to stay for a quality holiday or short break in the heart of North East England. Durham, Newcastle and Gateshead are all within easy striking distance and if you’re a railway lover you’re in for a treat. Lord Elliott’s is in Shildon, the ‘Cradle of the Railways’ and perfectly placed to visit Locomotion: the National Railway Museum.
Lord Elliott’s provides traditional English home cooked food, soups, pies, salads, afternoon teas with dainty sandwiches, pastries and cakes, organic coffees & teas, craft beers and spirits and other delectable delights. Midlanders staying over can enjoy all this plus four newly decorated, smartly presented double or family rooms which together can accommodate up to 13 people.
Some visitors will just want to stay rapt in the railway museum, enjoying iconic engines of the past including the world’s fastest steam locomotive Mallard, a Japanese Bullet train and a working replica of the Rocket, the Robert Stephenson engine that shaped the railway system. The world famous Flying Scotsman will be on view until December 9.
Others will want to venture to the iconic attractions like the Bowes Museum, displaying priceless art and fashion, or perhaps the Roman stronghold of Binchester Fort.
Bracken Hill Farm Cottage
Set in the picturesque countryside of County Durham, this newly renovated single storey cottage was converted from a barn and provides the perfect place to relax after exploring the nearby Durham Dales.
The cottage has two bedrooms including a master with an ensuite, and both are decked with super king size beds. It’s a charming mix of old and new, with original vaulted ceilings complemented by modern luxuries like under-floor heating to keep you cosy in the winter months. A spacious open plan living area with vaulted ceiling and wood burning stove leads to a fully equipped kitchen and dining area with table and four chairs. The cottage is self-contained with its own private driveway and car park plus a secured shed for storage and bikes. The garden is known to be something of a sun trap and is equipped with patio furniture and a barbecue. This secure private garden is ideal for your canine companions.
Nearby Hunwick boasts two pubs with restaurants that are within walking distance of this self-catered accommodation. Other nearby attractions include Auckland Castle, the Bowes Museum and Binchester Roman Fort. The cottage is also well-placed to visit Bishop Auckland, where guests can book tickets to watch spectacular outdoor nightshow Kynren, an epic tale of England. Meanwhile, the beautiful historic city of Durham is only nine miles away for those looking for more eating and drinking options, or a spot of shopping.
Right in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the Miners Cottage, the ideal holiday hideaway providing guests with all the comforts of home and an excellent base for exploring the scenic north east.
Built for the local lead miners more than 200 years ago, Miners Cottage is in the small market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, only a short walk from local amenities including shops, pubs and cafes.
Miners Cottage has been sensitively modernised for the modern family. It sleeps up to four in one double and one twin room, has an upstairs bathroom and downstairs shower. There is a cosy lounge with leather furniture and an open fire, a well equipped kitchen dining room, a separate utility room, entrance lobby, gardens and a yard with secure storage for bikes and other equipment.
Comfy and practical throughout, the cottage has full central heating, wifi, two multi-channel TVs and ‘mod cons’ including a dishwasher and microwave.
Owners Richard and Helen Teward lived there until their family needed an extra bedroom but they loved the area so much they only moved a five minute walk away.
Richard says: “The Rivers Tees runs through Middleton and there are wonderful walks all around, including one to High Force, the highest waterfall in England, about five miles away.”
Oscar’s Barn and Foxglove Nook are 4 Star Gold, Rose Award winning self catering properties which team stunning views and unparalleled peace with easy access to superb places of interest like the historic city of Durham and the beautiful North Yorkshire coast.
Close to the ancient Roman village of Piercebridge near Darlington, these amazing properties rated so highly by Visit England overlook the North Yorkshire Moors in one direction and the Pennines in another. Standing in extensive gardens and nestled on a hillside with an unspoilt woodland backdrop they are tastefully decorated and fully equipped.
Oscar’s Barn is a first floor apartment adjacent to the owners’ home. Ideal for a couple or friends sharing it has a modern kitchen/diner, a full bathroom with shower and combines a lounge/bedroom with a super king sized double bed (twin on request).
Foxglove Nook is split level with a galleried lounge area overlooking the downstairs bedroom. It also features a stunning bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath and walk-in shower.
Guests receive a welcome hamper of local foods from owners Tony and Andrea Atkinson.
Tony comments: “People are amazed that we are only 12 minutes’ drive from the A1 and A66 major roads and market towns like Richmond, yet they can see pheasants, foxes and badgers regularly in the gardens.”
The Hideaway at Herrington
Guests feel like aristocrats when they settle into The Hideaway at Herrington Hill, County Durham. This splendid Georgian house was built in 1838 as a hunting lodge where the Earl of Durham could entertain. Now it has been modernised into a luxurious, dog friendly, boutique hotel for people who want to escape the mayhem and melee of modern living yet stay within easy reach of key destinations.
The Hideaway at Herrington Hill has three capacious en suite double rooms for bed & breakfast guests with a two bedroomed self catering apartment above. All are exquisitely furnished and equipped to give total relaxation and comfort.
The property lies in three acres of wooded grounds between Durham and Sunderland and is only 15 minutes’ drive from either. It is close to the A1 and A19, key routes to the many attractions of Newcastle, the beautiful Heritage Coast and iconic landmarks like the Tyne and New Millennium Bridges, the Angel of the North and the Stadium of Light. It is also handy for Doxford International Business Park, making it popular with visitors on business.
Hosting at The Hideaway is Helen McCall, who with her collie, Alfie, ensures there is always a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a delicious breakfast.
“Everybody is blown away when they see the house,” says Helen. “It really is very special.”
The Quarry Burn
Brilliantly located for exploring North East England is the Quarry Burn, offering excellent modern family accommodation proudly sporting four Gold Stars from the AA.
The Quarry Burn is a family run guest house and restaurant only nine miles from the picturesque city of Durham and a stone’s throw from one of the UK’s most spectacular open air entertainments, Kynren.
With a cast approaching 1500, Kynren runs every weekend through summer, telling 2000 years of English history and legend in drama, dance, music, mock battles, pyrotechnics and special effect. From the Quarry Burn you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy the thrills, then get a fabulous night’s sleep ready for your next adventure.
All four guest rooms at the Quarry Burn are double en suites, beautifully furnished for optimal comfort. They each have tea and coffee making facilities, smart TV and other amenities and for breakfast there is a choice of locally sourced home cooked or Continental-style fare. Many guests choose to eat their evening meals in the Quarry Burn restaurant, which offers an extensive menu at reasonable prices.
The premises are in the village of Hunwick, which has its own pub, shop and other amenities. Local attractions include the charming market town of Barnard Castle with its castle ruins and unique shopping scene delighting antique hunters, bookworms and foodies alike.
Golfers, walkers, cyclists and riders are just a few of the many people who love The Fairways as a self catering holiday base. This stand out property is the perfect place from which to explore Durham and North East England, including the vibrant city of Newcastle.
The Fairways is a modern, two bedroomed ground floor apartment in the village of West Pelton, lying below Stanley, overlooking a golf course. There is another golf course within five miles. While providing guests with a rural retreat, The Fairways is little more than a mile from the world famous Beamish Museum, only 20 minutes’ drive from the fascinating medieval city of Durham and close to the A1, providing easy access to Alnwick and the Heritage Coast.
This family friendly accommodation can be arranged into twin beds or king sized doubles as preferred. It has a comfy lounge, a fitted kitchen, a separate dining area and a family bathroom with both a bath and shower. The garden is large and lovely, the TV has satellite TV and on the travel website Booking.com couples rate the property a near perfect 9.8
Owners Andrew and Jean Airlie let the apartment for stays of two nights or longer.
“We’re right on the doorstep of the Durham Dales and there are lovely walks and cycle routes straight from the property,” says Andrew.
Perched on the Durham/Northumberland border, Bonner’s Lodge is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the Durham Dales. Owners Michelle and Ken O’Brien moved here three years ago with their two horses, three dogs and cat and opened the bed and breakfast earlier this year.
This B&B is big on service, with plenty of personal touches to make your stay feel extra special, from homemade cake or biscuits on arrival to comforting hot water bottles to warm your toes on.
The Green Room sleeps two adults with space for a cot or single fold down bed, while the Silver Room has a double sofa bed that can comfortably sleep two adults and welcomes well behaved dogs. If guests would like to bring their horse, there are stables and a field to accommodate them.
Traditional English breakfasts with homemade soda bread on the side are served to guests before they venture out to stroll along the numerous public footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes in the immediate area. The lodge is also close to the Waskerley Way, which is part of the coast to coast cycle route, while keen fishers can cast their lines at the nearby Tunstall or Derwent Reservoir, the latter of which also has a fantastic sailing and sports club according to Michelle.
There is also a small touring caravan park at the back of the property with seven pitches all with electric hook up and TV aerial point suitable for touring caravans and motor homes. With its fabulous newly completed heated shower block and chemical waste disposal point, there is everything supplied for the camper’s convenience.
“Our philosophy is ‘arrive as guests and leave as friends’. We’re all about spoiling our guests and giving them the best experience we can,” she says.
Burnhopeside Hall offers unique guest accommodation in a grand Grade II listed building oozing charm and character. It sits in stunning grounds 6.5 miles from Durham but a million miles from the workaday world.
Burnhopeside Hall holds a 2017 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor after numerous enthusiastic guest reviews and the 2017 Enviivo Award for the North East region. It was originally home to Victorian engineer William Hedley, who built the world’s oldest surviving steam locomotive, Puffing Billy.
Burnhopeside Hall has six splendid en suite double guest bedrooms and a two bedroomed attic apartment. Guests can expect every comfort and can take breakfast in the dining room, library or their own rooms. Five more en suite rooms will be available in the farmhouse this spring. Both the farmhouse and the cottage can be booked for self catering. Wedding parties can book the premises exclusively for themselves.
The grounds are extra special, featuring 17 acres of gardens and woodland merging with 475 acres of farmland with free range pigs, chicken, ducks and geese, nearly a mile of river and an idyllic walking and cycling environment.
Hospitable host Christine Hewitt grew up in this special property and loves sharing it with her guests.
“Once you leave the main road it’s like another world,” she says, “An oasis of peace and quiet.”
Riverside Retreat has wow factor in boatloads, offering guests a luxury self catering haven on the River Wear, right in the heart of the historic city of Durham.
No expense has been spared in equipping this remarkable two-bedroomed apartment to the highest standards of contemporary taste and design. Owners James Smith and Trish Handyside used a leading interiors company to refurbish it from top to bottom in sumptuous fashion with upmarket furniture, fittings and equipment in 2017.
Now the opulence and attention to detail make it the superior choice for discerning guests. The property is ideally placed for people wishing to enjoy both a picturesque setting and proximity to famous city sights like the castle and cathedral, a fabulous range of chic shops, bars and restaurants, not to mention the railway station, theatre, cinema and university.
Riverside Retreat has a comfortable open plan lounge, a kitchen/diner with and two double bedrooms with king sized beds, one en suite and the other able to be converted to a twin room if preferred. There is a beautiful family bathroom.
The property has a courtyard and a furnished balcony overlooking the meandering river and its famous weirs. There is free wi-fi, widescreen multi-channel TV with Netflix and efficient heating.
“We wanted the five star wow factor in every room,” says James, “And that’s what we’ve got.”
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