Cosy, dog-friendly Durham Dales Cottage for 2



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.

Facilities at Owl Cottage

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Dark Skies

We-re officially Dark-Sky Friendly

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What Middleton has to offer

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, doffed caps, and 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 is a hoot.



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.

Outside Space

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.

Quality in Tourism

We proudly achieved the Safe, Clean and Legal Accreditation via Quality in Tourism in 2020.  This reassures our guests of our commitment to maintaining standards and legal requirements.



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.

Whistle Crag Middleton in Teesdale

Whistle Crag

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.

Based in the North Pennines


If you’re used to city living, you probably give the heavens little more than an upward glance. Light pollution means you’ll be lucky to spot more than a handful of stars.


Out here in Teesdale, it’s a different story. With few towns, more sheep than people, and low levels of light pollution, County Durham boasts several areas designated as Dark Sky Discovery Sites. 


Early spring and late autumn are the best times. On a clear night, you can stare at the sky and watch the Milky Way multiply before your eyes. 


You’ll find the Discovery Sites at:


Balderhead Reservoir

Burnhope Reservoir

Cow Green Reservoir

Grassholme Reservoir

Hury Reservoir 

Selset Reservoir

Tan Hill Inn

Grassholme Observatory

Just a couple of miles away, Grassholme Observatory offers you a universe of stars using high-tech instruments and computers that’ll take you on an inspirational journey. Open from Wednesday to Sunday.

The Northern Lights

Thought you’d need to head to Norway’s North Cape to see the world’s best lights show? Think again. Get lucky and you can catch the Northern Lights right here in the Durham Dales. 

Need help stargazing?

Visit County Durham has recognised Owl Cottage as Dark Sky-Friendly. Help yourself to our binoculars, red-light head torches, and stargazing maps. Make a night of it with our friendly owl and settle in with a flask, folding chairs, and blankets.

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 It’s just a short stroll past rows of stone cottages into Middleton-in-Teesdale. It’s an ancient market town with everything you need and some things you just want.


Make sure your fridge is full. The Co-op’s just five minutes on foot or one by car. Stock up on meat at McFarlane’s butchers.

Book your Durham Dales holiday cottage today

UK holidays have never been so popular. So act fast to secure your best dates in your Durham Dales holiday cottage. 


You’ll come to Owl Cottage for the hillwalking, the waterfalls, the wildlife, the castles and the museums, but you’ll come back again for the warmth of the people and the spirit of a bygone age.


“An excellent cottage, immaculately clean and tidy.  Very cosy and warm with an effective log burner and a good supply of fuel.  Great area for walking and dog friendly.  Local pubs and restaurants are to be recommended.”

Mr David Buckingham 08/02 - 15/02/19



Thank you for visiting our website, we do hope you like what you see and it has inspired you to want to visit Teesdale and book a stay with us.  If you have any questions at all, please use the contact form or just email, call or text using the information below. 

We're always happy to help!  Look forward to welcoming you to Owl Cottage very soon.

Claire & Mike McKeever

Town Head,


Barnard Castle, 

DL12 0RN

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