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Balkcote Pet-Friendly Cottage in Romaldkirk, Durham

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sleeps 2
1 room
1 bathroom

Balkcote Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
A splendid Teesdale cottage, this unique property is a ground floor wing of a stone-built detached barn, only one minute from the village centre on the edge of the charming village of Romaldkirk. Carefully renovated and distinctly styled, the cottage, all on one level, has been well appointed throughout to provide good quality comfortable accommodation in a tranquil location, just the place for that romantic hideaway. An open-plan living room opens out onto a tranquil garden, while the kitchen provides all modern appliances and a comfortable dining area. Just beyond the cottage are a myriad of scenic walks and nature trails, whilst the superb pub with its award winning food are just a minutes stroll, as is the lovely village green.

Romaldkirk has to be one of the most delightful villages in Teesdale. It has all the main ingredients for a typical "chocolate-box" village with its greens, old stone built cottages, a beautiful old church and two pubs, one an AA Pub of the Year for England winner in 2003. Romaldkirk is surrounded by the outstanding Dales countryside and this makes the village an excellent base for walking and for touring around the Northern and Yorkshire Dales. There are fantastic fell, flat and river walks and cycle rides all from the doorstep and if you want to journey further afield then the Northern Lakes and the cities of Durham and Newcastle are an easy drive. Just a 10 minute drive away is the historic market town of Barnard Castle with many cultural and historical attractions all under the protective watch of Bernard de Balliol's stunning 12th Century castle.

From heather-clad moors and limestone scars, to market towns and the steady pace of country life - the sublime Dales await you! Where else in Britain is it as satisfying to sit and do nothing as it is to explore the numerous pursuits on offer?

Oil central heating. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, CD player, small library of books. All fuel & power inc. in rent. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for one car. Rear patio with furniture, lawned garden shared with Ref. 2895. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 3 miles, award-winning pub 1 min walk. Note: This property sleeps a maximum of 2, & is suitable for adults only.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Near pub

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Mrs Henry
July 2016
This is a lovely property - compact but ideal for us. The owners were friendly but not intrusive. We will go back.
Mrs Maxwell
October 2015
A lovely cottage in a very idyllic village location. Great access to local areas and walks. Dog friendly garden. We would definitely recommend Balkcote and would love to go back again.
Mr Armitage
August 2015
We liked the peace and quite of the lovely village of Romaldkirk and the cottage setting. We loved the little cottage itself, it is cosy and quirky, spotlessly clean and fitted out to high standard.The owners were friendly and kind.
Mrs Smith
April 2015
A well maintained lovely village location. A snug cottage in an Idyllic setting, it was extremely well equipped, with a lovely orchard garden to relax in. Had good links to many walks and was close to other towns. Would recommend this cottage for a super relaxing holiday.
Mrs Sylvester
March 2015
The accommodation was lovely, same as the location. We would definitely recommend to family and friends and will return at some point in the future.
Mr Sharp
March 2015
The village and surrounding areas are rural and peaceful. The owners were helpful and polite and the place itself was lovely. It was exactly what I wanted and would recommend it.
Mr Downey
May 2015
The whole package. It is in a fantastic location with the accommodation being just perfect for 2 and a dog.
Mrs Marshall
November 2014
The cottage had beautiful views over the countryside. It was very very cosy and warm, small but had everything needed. The central heating was very efficient, always plenty of hot water and most of all, a very comfy bed.
Mr Lord
October 2014
The property was located in a wonderful village and was to a good finish and whilst small, was perfectly suitable for two people. The owners, were very welcoming. We enjoyed our week there and would recommend it as a good base for exploring the area and beyond, and would consider staying there again, if we were planning to explore the area further.
Mr Davies
August 2014
Lovely location, very friendly and helpful owners. Ideal for a relaxing break with lots to see and do.
Mr Stretton
May 2014
The cottage is set in beautiful surroundings with a lovely garden. The property is a little on the small side but not enough to spoil our stay. The owners were extremely accommodating and gave us a really nice welcome. It is rather quiet there so we were able to fully relax and enjoy the surroundings. Barnard Castle nearby is a lovely town with lots to offer. We can recommend this very highly and would have no hesitation in going back there.
Mr Ashton
November 2013
The cottage was of a high standard, and the landlords friendly.
Mr Fluhrer
November 2013
Cottage was well located for walks and visiting local towns. Nice old railway line walks between local villages
Mrs Webzell
April 2014
The owners were so friendly and welcoming. The garden was ideal for our energetic collie. It was set in a very peaceful village but well-placed to visit surrounding Dales etc.
Mr Knott
May 2013
Beautiful location and setting, very peaceful. Accommodation ideal for a short break and very well equipped.
Mrs Martin
November 2013
Great walks from the cottage into the surrounding areas. Very comfortable cottage.
Mr Fitzpatrick
May 2013
Excellent cottage, great location and just what we needed for a relaxing break.
Mrs Colenutt
November 2012
We have booked before with Sykes, a very good service. We love the Yorkshire Dales lovely walks and peaceful. The people are very friendly. The holiday is also for my dog and she loved it too. Thank you.
Mr Bamforth
November 2012
There was a variety of walks from the door. The cottages was spotless and ideal for two and a Labrador. The owner was helpful, telling us about where to walk our dog off lead and recommending good dog friendly country pubs.
Mr Higgin
July 2012
We were so relaxed. We enjoyed the walks and even our dog enjoyed her holiday!
Mrs Lean
September 2012
We had a wonderful time and the cottage was perfect for our needs. Our hosts helpful. The cottage was really well equipped.
Mrs Hayes
July 2012
Very friendly and very helpful hosts. A well designed, well equipped cottage in beautiful, peaceful surroundings.
Mr Hopkinson
August 2012
The cottage is an excellent place from which to explore the area by car or on foot. With the enclosed garden and layout it was dog friendly.
Mrs Rushworth
June 2012
The property was excellent in every way. The garden was lovely to sit in and the owners couldn't do enough for us - really nice and friendly.
Mrs Williams
July 2012
The cottage was lovely and had everything you could wish for and had everything you needed. The owners were lovely and very helpful and we hope to return again in the future. Excellent and very dog friendly - I would highly recommend
Mr Hubbard
April 2011
A great place to stay with easy access to places. A great cottage with great hosts.
Mrs Lawlor
September 2011
A very relaxing break. The location was idyllic and perfect for exploring the surrounding areas. The cottage was very cosy with everything you would need. Very friendly hosts who made us feel very welcome. Very dog friendly, our two dogs had a great time and we all loved everything about it. We will highly recommend to friends and family.
Mrs Sorley
August 2010
Peaceful location, lovely outlook, really friendly hosts and locals(pubs as well as people!) Everyone we met along the way on our trips out, was so friendly and helpful. Our German Shepherd dog had a great time and quickly found the way to the local pub!!!
Mrs Fisher
April 2011
Balkcote is in a beautiful setting. The owners were extremely welcoming and took the trouble to provide us with a few essentials.
Dr Archetti
April 2010
The cottage was extremely cosy, clean and everything was new. It was absolutely clear that the owners had put great care into even the smallest details.
Mr Richardson
June 2010
The location and cottage were really lovely, the owners whilst very friendly and welcoming are not 'in your face' and leave you free to come and go as you please. The cottage is excellently stocked and has everything you might need, including some very nice personal touches. Absolutely ideal for dog owners, so relaxing, would recommend to all.
Ms Crown
August 2010
We had a lovely stay - the setting and accommodation were fantastic. Our thanks to the owners.
Mrs Lassetter
August 2010
Brilliant location, cosy cottage, friendly hosts, didn't want to leave!
Mrs Bostock
June 2010
Our second visit. Truly superb accommodation and location. Very friendly and helpful owners. Highly recommended.
Mrs Edwards
June 2010
It was a perfect cottage in an ideal Teeside village an excellent centre for walking.
Mrs Gibbons
May 2010
Great cottage in lovely location.
Mr Kirkwood
January 2010
The people, the property and the location.
Ms Smith
October 2009
The area was beautiful, the cottage warm and cosy, with a beautiful view from the large garden. The owners were friendly and helpful.
Mr Barrack
November 2009
The cottage was beautiful, in a wonderful location, with friendly helpful owners. The village is very pretty and tranquil, with some lovely walks right on the doorstep. Highly recommended!
Mrs Pugh
September 2009
We had a lovely holiday and the cottage was lovely. It was close to good walks and places to see. The owners were very helpful and suggested local events to see which made our holiday extra special.
Mrs Welsh
September 2009
A lovely property with very pleasant owners next door.
Mrs Bradley
September 2009
Cosy, comfortable cottage. Brilliant location for walking. Didn't need to use car if we didn't want to. People friendly and helpful. Relaxing holiday.
Mrs Gibbins
August 2009
The cottage is beautiful and the location/village was wonderful. We were delighted with the garden and our 10 month old son really enjoyed playing in it. The baby equipment - cot and high chair were of a very high standard. There were lots of lovely little touches that were much appreciated. We had a brilliant holiday!
Mr Mrs Burn
June 2009
Property was in excellent condition, everything clean and tidy. The owners were very friendly and helpful.
Mr Nelson
August 2009
Its a very nice and comfortable cottage in a beautiful little village.
Mr Johnson
September 2009
Unspoilt area within easy reach of northeast attractions and countryside.
Mrs Creek
June 2009
Owners were lovely people, cottage much better than expected, lovely place. Would definitely go back there!
Mrs Bostock
June 2009
The cottage was superb, in a very pretty village with excellent surrounding county side. Very friendly and helpful owners. We don't think the whole holiday could have been any better.
Mr Kitchen
June 2009
Friendly owners added to the enjoyment of our holiday. Location and standard of property superb.
Mr Juett
July 2009
The most friendly owners made our holiday a Holiday To Remember. The cottage and village were just out of a film set. The whole experience was made even greater by the friendly greeting and openness of all. Great food at the local pub (Rose and Crown). The local shopping town of Middleton was a breath of fresh air. A HOLIDAY TO BE REPEATED!
September 2014
My girlfriend and I have just returned from a wonderful week staying here with our two dogs. The property is beautifully kept and is in a fantastic location, surrounded by walks and only one minute from a great pub (The Rose and Crown). We will definitely be returning!
Trudy v
June 2015
Althoug living/dining arena not to big....very cosy. Bedroom and bathroom very nice....every thing we needed was there. Hosts are very friendly and helpfull. Loved the area, beautiful settings.
Mr Warr
May 2009
The friendliness and helpfulness of the owners was fantastic. The property had everything anyone would need for a great holiday. I highly recommend this property not only for the above but also for the surrounding area. The scenery is stunning.
September 2012
A very well-equipped and comfortable cottage with wonderful views and lovely outside space. Slightly inconvenient not having a 'permanent' table - the gate-leg table was not ideal, otherwise very comfortable and the owners were very helpful and friendly but not at all obtrusive. Village delightful with great food at the Rose and Crown. Thoroughly recommend this cottage.
November 2010
Looked forward to our holiday for weeks - was not disappointed! The cottage had everything we needed. Very clean. The enclosed garden was a plus - especially for Roxy, our dog. Great views. We arrived on the day of the village fete - we went along and were made vey welcome.
September 2010
fantastic setting, quite & well placed to go traveling, i really enjoyed the place,
November 2010
Friendly, helpful owners, lovely cottage and grounds, handy for trips out and our GSD had a great time and a nice friend at hand, very quickly tracked my husband to the local pub. very relaxing holiday, recommended
December 2009
Romaldskirk is a beautiful unspoilt village near Barnard Castle, Teesdale. The cottage was warm and welcoming, kitted out with everything you could possible need. I couldn't have asked for a better weeks break in October. I was researching my family tree and I found the local people freindly and helpful. Teesdale is a wonderful area for walking the scenery is stunning. I will definately be going back.
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