Gorgeous Cottage for 2 in the Durham Dales Countryside
Owl Cottage is a one-bed, one-off Durham Dales lovers’ retreat, as cosy as a fireside chat on a snowy night. Stretch your legs over heather-clad hills, then come home to wiggle your toes in front of the fire, pop a cork, and snuggle down to romantic evenings binging a box set on the smart TV.
This is a dog-friendly Middleton-in-Teesdale holiday cottage packed with traditional charm. And yet the vintage, the upcycled and the quirky give way to contemporary luxury right where you need it: in the modern kitchen, the refurbished bathroom and the sumptuous super-kingsize bed.
Middleton-in-Teesdale seems to belong to a time of bright-red phone boxes, of doffed caps, and of pubs, restaurants and cafés with all the time in the world for you. Owl Cottage sits on the edge of this gentle bustle, right by Raby Woods, where Hudeshope Beck beckons your boots.
Relax and reconnect with your special someone in a land of castles, waterfalls, and reservoirs, claimed only by hardy hikers who’ve kept their secret hushed. Where Dark Skies at night are a multiplying canopy of fireworks. And where you’re lulled into deep sleep by our resident owl.
Owl Cottage comes packed with original character and charisma. There’s plenty of eclectic charm in the vintage and upcycled furniture. Yet the modern kitchen and contemporary bathroom offer stylish, comfortable touches where you need them most.
The living area
The roaring wood-burner keeps the open-plan downstairs toasty all day long. Snuggle up together and settle in for a Netflix-fest on the Panasonic smart TV. Load up the cheeseboard, pop open the wine, and throw another log on the fire.
Cook fresh, local fare from McFarlane’s butchers, or load up for the week from the town-centre Co-op. It’s a compact yet perfectly formed modern kitchen with a two-seater dining area made for exploring each other’s eyes as the fire crackles.
This is a Durham Dales cottage that’ll have you falling in love all over again – with your other half, and with it. Let the hoot of our resident owl lull you into deep sleep in the super-kingsize bed. Wake to rolling views of the dale and plan your day over a lazy cuppa.
Adjoining the bedroom, the luxury modern bathroom comes with shower over the bath, fluffy towels warming on the heated towel rail, and complimentary luxury hand-wash and lotion. Bubble up and get lazy.
For starwatchers, wine-drinkers and morning-cuppa fans, there’s a bench out front to gaze, drink, and think against a sprawling view of the dale.
The Durham Dales
Your holiday cottage sits in Teesdale, which makes up the Durham Dales with Weardale. If ever an area deserved the phrase ‘hidden gem’ or ‘undiscovered secret’, this is it.
With the Lake District to the west, the Yorkshire Dales to the south and historic Durham to the north, Teesdale’s often overlooked. Yet it has all the gorgeous charm of the Dales with none of the high-season crowds. And of course, those Lakes and Dales are just a short, scenic drive away.
An easy walk with a delicious view over the dales. Drink in the drystone walls, scattered settlements and high hills reaching to the far horizon. Watch out for the Air sculpture by Victoria Brailsford.
Kirkcarrion is an iconic landmark in Teesdale. There’s reputedly a Bronze-Age chieftain buried up there among the pines, but we suspect you’ll just want to soak up the views of Lunedale and Teesdale.
Walk the five acres of ornamental walled gardens. Watch the red and fallow deer graze in the 200 acres of lush parkland. Hire bikes. Discover an absorbing collection of coaches and carriages in the coachyard. Watch hours fly by.
Potter the antique shops, cafes, and quirky independents that dot this ancient market town, then head to the castle ramparts to watch the canoes and anglers battle with the tumbling Tees.
High Force waterfall is a force of nature, plunging 21 metres over ancient rocks into the Tees below. A family-friendly half-hour hike will take you there.
Take the path from the Bowlees Visitors Centre and be hypnotised by the endless gush of the Tees over the Whin Sill.
Head out from the Bowlees Visitor Centre to watch Summerhill Force smash into its own plunge pool. Watch out for Gibson’s Cave hidden behind the frothing curtain of water.
See everyday life from Victorian and Edwardian times brought to life in this world-famous open-air museum.
Watch an epic tale of England, a journey through 2000 years of history, myth and legend. Kynren is a spectacular outdoor live show with a cast of thousands modelled on France’s incredible Puy du Fou theme park.
Once the official residence of the Bishops of Durham, second only to the monarchy in power and influence. See one of the largest private chapels in Europe, meet conservation experts, and admire the princely walled gardens.
The Tees Railway Path
Easy, flat walking along the site of the old train line. Enjoy fabulous views, a spectacular viaduct, and the lip-smacking prospect of some good pubs along the way.
£15 charge for pets per week