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Barforth Hall Cottage in Gainford, Durham

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sleeps 2
1 room
1 bathroom

Barforth Hall Cottage description

Holiday home
Barforth Hall Cottage is a stone-built cottage situated in a rural location, one mile from the village of Gainford and within reach of Barnard Castle. This ground floor cottage sleeps two people and has a four poster king-size double with sitting area and electric fire, a bathroom and a kitchen/diner. The cottage also has off road parking for two cars and a patio area with wood-fired hot tub. With many walking and cycling routes in the area, as well as plenty of attractions to enjoy, Barforth Hall Cottage makes an excellent base for a romantic retreat.

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?


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Rural location

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Miss Thomson
May 2015
The owners of the cottage were friendly and helpful, and the cottage itself was lovely and a good base from which to explore the area. Perfect for a nice peaceful break.
Mrs Buckley
October 2015
A very relaxing holiday with lots of attractions nearby to visit.
Mr Terry
June 2016
This is a great cottage with lovely facilities. We enjoyed the whole holiday. We will definitely be coming back again!
May 2015
Arrived on 25th May amazing cottage beautiful 4 poster bed ,Huge TV and a stunning hot tub which we used every night chilling with a glass of wine ,looking at the stars , brilliant !!! Very friendly and accommodating hosts. The alpaca's are great fun so are the horses in field backing onto the cottage , they are very friendly and nosey. The cottage is in an ideal setting, The location is ideal for touring the local area , with some spectacular waterfalls nearby within a 1hr drive . A brilliant time spent here , will definitely be back.!!! Geoff & Su Kent
Michelle S
February 2016
We've booked several cottages for weekend breaks away as we find them really relaxing and enjoy the peace and quiet away from it all. We always envisage pub meals, log fire, old world style cottage. This cottage was a bit different... We approached via a long single track road which leads down to the farm buildings. We were met by the friendly owners who saw us into the cottage and let us know that they were just nearby if we need anything. The cottage is clean and tidy and the 4 poster bed is massive and very comfortable. There was a small two seater sofa (not quite big enough to sprawl out on but adequate for sitting to watch the large TVs which had satellite channels and a selection of DVDs. We tried to walk to the village but after trying several attempts across the waterlogged fields, even in wellies we realised this wasn't going to be an easy task at this time of year so turned back. There went our evening walks to a cosy pub. But maybe that was a good thing. We went in the car to Barnard Castle and stocked up on wine and food and enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the cottage instead. We tried to use the hot tub but after a few hours of waiting for it to warm up we concluded February is obviously far too cold and the water being like ice to start off with. Our phone signal disappeared on approaching the cottage but there was adequate wifi signal in the cottage to keep in touch with the outside world if you want to. I think we chose the wrong time of year for this particular cottage but still enjoyed our weekend. The scenery and area around the cottage are beautiful and plenty of places to visit close by. The cottage is worth going to just for the bed. Honestly the most comfiest I have ever slept in!
Miss Smith
April 2015
I liked everything about this place, it was nice and relaxing. The people who greeted us there were nice genuine and really friendly, made you feel welcome!
Mr Barr
May 2015
The location was lovely and the accommodation was first class with a huge four poster bed and fantastic hot tub which we used every night whilst sipping wine and looking at the stars. A truly relaxing experience with friendly and accommodating owners, plenty of information in the cottage for exploring the local areas. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend this cottage and of course will be re booking in the not too distant future.
Mr Warburton
April 2015
The owners were very helpful and friendly. The hot tub was amazing and easy to light. A very relaxing holiday due to the location of the property. If anyone wants to get away from the rat race and chill in the hot tub looking up at the stars this is the one for you. Our black lab loved it, loads of walking and swimming in the river. We will be back soon.
April 2016
Just back from our week stay. Disappointed first view of the outside nothing like the picture just a hanging basket with 2 artificial flowers in. The cottage is roomy and nice and clean. Very large comfy bed. Think it would benefit from 2 chairs instead of the small settee which was cramped and not very comfy. We were not left a welcome pack which has always been the case in all the other properties we have stayed in. The surrounding areas are lovely with lots to do and see.
April 2015
Agree with previous review.difficult to lock and unlock front poor and some not working.pans not clean and need replacing these should have been addressed prior to our visit.also kitchen utensils need replacing blunt knives etc.also lack of usefull visitor info.booked for 1 week left after 3rd nights. Could be a much better place with just a little more attention.shower and heating very good .small uncomfortable settee needs replacing.
Dominique F
May 2015
Had such a lovely stay at this country cottage!! Perfect place for a romantic break - the bed is huge and so comfortable, there are fabulous walks in the surrounding countryside (which is beautiful) and the hot tub is AMAZING!! There's also a donkey and two llama's in the fields around the farm! I had friends staying at Barforth Lodge which is a 12 bed cottage just next door which was also excellent! Will definitely return here with my family later in the year!
March 2015
Let me make it clear from the start, this place is not bad but it could so easily be great. So we arrived, the instructions sent were pretty spot on and SATNAV IS USELESS!! The property is a sb- divided cottage with front living room/bedroom, kitchen and a bathroom. First impressions aren't great, there is what appears to be a recycled double glazed front door, it doesn't fit with look of the cottage and it's not brilliantly fitted either. This wants ripping out and a sympathetic door fitting, same with the front window. Inside is a nice size room with a wooden floor. There is a massive 4 poster bed, it fills the room. It's is VERY comfy and a good nights sleep is certain, but it's just far to big for the room. This leaves little space and so an old two seater settee is all there is left plus an enormous TV, sizes need rebalancing!! A double bed, a nice NEW 3 seater settee and smaller TV is needed all the other furniture can go. The room needs painting in magnolia with an accent wall, the awful chandelier and wall lights need changing for modern understated fittings and put on dimmers, nice! The heating is electrical oil fired wall heaters, these work brilliantly and are not the cheap versions either the best heating solution for none gas supplied sites I've seen, well done. There is permanent hot water as well, piping hot such a rarity normally. There is a nicely fitted kitchen with all you need, even a washing machine, I'd swap that out for a half dishwasher myself. Now water pressure is an issue as it takes time to fill the sink, an up front pump might help, but tbh, two people aren't going to be bothered by that very much. Now the only two little issues with the kitchen are; the sink overflow is not connected so I flooded the under sink unit before realising and my single biggest bug bare, clearly a feed was put in for an extractor hood, not only does this form a little pig tail at the kitchen ceiling but it has good old insulation tape making it "safe". ugly and not safe. The finish is ok but could be better! The bathroom is okay, shower, bath, sink and toilet. There is somewhat of a mish mash of tiles they don't go together and are poorly laid on floor and walls, paint on them and looks just a LOT DIY. The bath is pointless a nice wet room would have been nice, it's far to big as well. The shower needs a water pump fitting as there is no pressure!! The heat in the bathroom is from the towel rail, what an amazing bit of kit!! Does a brilliant job. On to the reason we came here, the hot tub. It's not the usual plastic box, it's a pine? bath that is wood fired! Lighting it is dead easy but you need to stoke and stoke it, didn't bother me in the slightest, eventually after much stoking and stiring we had a lovely couple of hours. Now the wood provided only did the one night, I picked up some more the next day at Barnard Castle which again lasted just one night. The wood needs to be rapid burning so old timber and small logs are best. I'm sure the owners have plenty of timber but there is no phone signal up there and I didn't really want to be knocking on their door at 9pm! It's great fun thou. So to summarise,we had a smashing weekend in the North East in a beautiful location and a Hottub! the place just wants finishing properly inside and out. It has great potential but just needs a knowing eye to oversee it. I'd definitely stay again, but in its present state I wouldnt pay what I paid for three nights!
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