"Feel at home, away from home in the heart of the Durham Dales"
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US
Welcome to our holiday cottage! Owl Cottage is a fabulously cosy, home from home quirky dales cottage dating back to 1863. Today it is owned, fully managed, cleaned and maintained by us, Claire and Mike McKeever. We have sympathetically refurbished and styled Owl Cottage retaining plentiful original character and charm, complemented by an eclectic mix of vintage, up-cycled and high quality modern furnishings, making this just one of the reasons Owl Cottage in Middleton in Teesdale is your ideal getaway destination.
Owl Cottage is idyllically positioned in a sublime spot just on the edge of the village of Middleton in Teesdale, in The Durham Dales, away from the hustle and bustle of village life, yet within a short walking distance of a wide range of village amenities. The village boasts a Co-op, dog friendly cafes, pubs, restaurants and an award winning fish and chip shop. chemist, craft and antique shop, book shop, butcher's and should you need one, a doctors surgery.
This relatively undiscovered part of the North Pennines AONB makes Owl Cottage your perfect base if your passion is for the outdoors. Step outside the front door to acres of accessible countryside, miles of quiet rural roads, an abundance of rare wildlife, flora and fauna and one of the best places in the UK to enjoy the dark skies. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the northern lights.
These are just some of the many reasons why you should make Owl Cottage in Middleton in Teesdale your next holiday destination, whether it’s to discover and explore, or just relax and absorb its peace and tranquility. But shush, don’t tell everyone or they’ll all want to come …
What are you waiting for? Come and see for yourself!
STEP INSIDE OWL COTTAGE
Downstairs in Owl Cottage the open plan living room is solely, yet excellently heated by a highly efficient multi-fuel burning stove. Cosy up on the settee with your favourite tipple, snuggle down to watch your favourite movie on the Panasonic Smart TV or just Netflix and chill. This is perfectly accompanied by a compact but fully functional modern kitchen with dining area made for two, ideal if you prefer to cook a meal rather than dine out in one of the excellent restaurants Middleton and the surrounding villages have to offer.
Upstairs leads you to a sumptuous super king-size bedroom. Wake each morning to outstanding views across the dale, enjoy a cuppa whilst you contemplate your day’s activities. Adjoining the bedroom is a luxury modern bathroom with shower over bath, fluffy towels, heated towel rail and complimentary luxury hand-wash and lotion.
FACILITIES AT OWL COTTAGE
KitchenSmall, yet fully functional kitchen with oven, hob, microwave and fridge c/w freezer compartment.
BedroomOur super-king size bed can be split into 2 singles if required. There is a spacious wardrobe area.
Multi-Fuel Burning StoveOwl Cottage is heated solely by this magnificent and highly efficient multi-fuel burning stove. All logs and coal are provided in the rental price.
StarGazingThe Milky Way over High Force. In the Durham Dales and North Pennines AONB your eyes can feast on up to 2,000 stars at any one time; the furthest object you can see with your naked eye is the Andromeda Galaxy – a vast island of stars very similar to our own Milky Way. If you wish to go stargazing one evening, please let us know and we will provide the equipment you need.
Middleton-in-TeesdaleNestling by the banks of the River Tees, Middleton-in-Teesdale, boasts a good choice of friendly independent shops ranging from a Co-op, antique shop, book shop, craft shop, hairdresser, award winning chip shop, local DIY store, quality butcher’s, pubs, cafes, restaurants and a monthly farmers' market.
High ForceOne of the most spectacular waterfalls in England in the heart of the Durham Dales. From its rise as a trickle, it spectacularly drops 21 metres into the plunge pool below.
Eggleston AbbeyThe charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons', picturesquely set above a bend in the River Tees near Barnard Castle.
Remains include much of the 13th century church and a range of living quarters, with traces of their ingenious toilet drainage system.
Beck RoadThis magnificent walk through Raby Woods is literally across the road from Owl Cottage, ideal for leisurely dog walks along Hudeshope Beck. The road leads you to ruins of the Skears Lime Kilns dating back to the early 18th century.
KirkcarrionA tree-covered burial mound or round barrow, known as Kirkcarrion or Caryn's Castle. The name is said to derive from the burial of a local chieftain called Caryn, with the original name of the site being Carreg Caryn.
Low ForceLow Force tumbles over the Whin Sill, a layer of hard dolerite rock (known locally as whinstone). The Whin Sill formed 295 million years ago from molten rock, which cooled and solidified underground.
Today, after millions of years of erosion it is exposed as rocky landscape features at Low Force, High Force and other places in Upper Teesdale.
Bowes MuseumThe Bowes Museum is a magnificent building which stands proud in the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts. Purpose built in the 19th century by John and Joséphine Bowes. Sadly, they both died and never saw its completion.
EXPLORE & DISCOVER
Whatever your leisure interests may be, you'll find everything from castles and museums to waterfalls and reservoirs. The superb surrounding countryside provides a stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows waiting to be discovered. Tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming friendly villages, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial heritage, distinctive rare birds, animals and plants and much, much more. To see what the North Pennines AONB has to offer you on your next holiday, just click on each picture to explore further. We're also just a stones throw away from the historic city of Durham, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
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“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