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Walkers are Welcome Middleton in Teesdale
"Surrounded by the natural beauty of Teesdale, our cosy Cottage for two is your perfect get-away to relax and recharge" 


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!  



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.





Based in the North Pennines
Dark Sky Friendly Durham
Small, yet fully functional kitchen with oven, hob, microwave and fridge c/w freezer compartment.
Our super-king size bed can be split into 2 singles if required. There is a spacious wardrobe area.
Electric shower over bath with heated towel rail. All towels included in the rental price.
Multi-Fuel Burning Stove
Owl Cottage is heated solely by this magnificent and highly efficient multi-fuel burning stove. All logs and coal are provided in the rental price.
The 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.
Nestling 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 Force
One 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 Abbey
The 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 Road
This 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.
A 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 Force
Low 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 Museum
The 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.
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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 for you to discover.  With tumbling upland rivers, wonderful woods, welcoming friendly villages, intriguing imprints of a mining and industrial heritage, distinctive rare birds, animals and plants you'll need to visit more than once.   To see what Teesdale and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer you on your next holiday, just click on the gallery below.  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



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

18 Town Head,


Barnard Castle, 

DL12 0RN

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Durham Dales

This area of Teesdale is a protected landscape, is recognised as a Global Geopark and is one of the most remote areas in the country and is a wonderful place to escape and take in natures beauty.

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