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Self Catering in County Durham - Gainford

Barforth Hall Lodge
County Durham

Barforth Hall Lodge, Gainford, County Durham

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Sleeps a maximum of: 12

Pricing From: £692.00

This spacious, single-storey cottage near Gainford sleeps up to twelve people in six bedrooms.

Barforth Hall Lodge is a single-storey pet-friendly cottage in a group of former farm buildings near Gainford. The cottage has two king-size rooms, two doubles and two twin rooms, one with a standard single bed and 2ft bed suitable for children up to 10 years old, along with a selection of bathrooms and shower rooms. The kitchen has a small dining area for six and the dining room seats four at the table, although the two tables can be moved together to seat 10-12 people. In the dining room, there is also a woodburner, as well as in the sitting room where they is space for everyone to relax together. Outside is ample off road parking, spacious grounds, a wood-fired hot tub and free stabling available at the stables next door. Barforth Hall Lodge is well placed for enjoying walking and cycling, or for touring this lovely area.


Nice place but water pressure is an issue
?We booked this cottage for 12 people, a baby & a dog for a week in April and we had a great time. The views are stunning and we loved being on a working farm seeing the animals especially the lambs. There are some wonderful walks in the area and the house makes a good base for you to explore the surrounding towns and villages. The house itself was clean, warm and big enough so that we didn?t feel on top of each other. There are parts of the property which are a bit rundown but it still functions perfectly well. The only issue we found was the water, it often wasn?t very warm despite pressing the booster buttons and the water pressure meant that showers weren?t the most pleasant. We only used the hot tub twice on our visit mainly because it requires so much attention to heat up during the day and we often went out so didn?t have time to do it. The owners are friendly and on hand if you need anything.?
Chernade A

Lovely break
Just returned from a great few days here. There?s lots of space and all you need for a relaxing break. Lovely surroundings and beautiful countryside. It snowed whilst we there and was picturesque. The owners were welcoming and helpful ensuring we got back onto the main roads safely.

Stayed at the lodge with friends this week and had a wonderful time! Was really clean and comfortable and great value for money for a 12 bed cottage. Loved using the hot tub, even in the cold weather. Beautiful views and surrounding countryside and loved being able to see all the farm animals! Owners were lovely and welcoming. Would definitely stay again :)
Dominique F

Perfect place to get away from it all.
This was our third visit to Barforth and our second stay at The Lodge, where we spent a great New Year with the family, including our grandchildren. The location is amazing, tucked away in the countryside with fantastic views. The Lodge is very spacious with ample room for everyone to spend time together. It was clean and tidy and had everything needed for a self catering stay. There were games and DVD's supplied too. We received a lovely box of chocolates along with our welcome pack, which was a lovely gesture. The fact that it is dog friendly is great too, it meant my daughter could bring her dog along, he had a great time investigating the countryside. We all had an amazing time as we did on our first visit back in May. We will definitely be back for another visit (if not 2) this year. The owners are so friendly and always happy to help if needed - I cannot recommend enough.

Dirty, unprepared, expensive waste of money - so dissatisfied, we left early!
My husband booked this very expensive cottage as a surprise for my birthday. He had chosen it based on the photos and reviews. The day before we arrived, he looked at the most recent reviews and was concerned - they were 1 and 2 stars instead of the 5 stars he'd read when he initially booked it several months ago. He contacted the owner the day before our visit to confirm approximate arrival times, so they were definitely aware that we were coming but when we arrived, there were no lights or heating on - the building was absolutely freezing as was the water which is heated through solar panels, all of which took quite some time to get warmed up. There was no welcome pack of any kind - not even a pint of milk for us to have a cup of tea - we have been to much cheaper establishments which supplied bread, milk, butter etc. just to get the guest started upon arrival. Fortunately, we had the foresight to go shopping prior to arrival, we usually get settled in first and then go shopping locally. After such a long journey to the cottage, we understandably required a bathroom break - between the four toilets in the building there was only half a toilet roll! I understand that this was a self catering break but surely there should have been some preparation prior to our arrival. When we asked for more toilet rolls we were supplied with two (between seven guests including four adult males). In the kitchen I tried to prepare a meal in the gloom - only one of the light bulbs out of 5 was working - the others had clearly stopped working a long time previously and were full of cobwebs and flies. This was a consistent issue throughout the building. There were dust balls on the floor which consisted of long blonde hairs - only one member of the part was blond and that was short cropped and couldn't possibly be the source of the dirt!! It was clear that there had been a party there previously as there were bits of streamers on the chandeliers in the dining room and bits of balloons and rubbish under the table. There was rubbish under the sofa (although the lounge was the most pleasant room of the cottage). I understand that we arrived in winter but there were dead plants everywhere outside, the shed was dilapidated and in a state of total disrepair, and the hot tub... :( My husband only books accommodation with hot tubs as he feels that as we work hard to earn our holiday money, we should be able to relax when away and the thought of a romantic, log burning hot tub won him over when planning this surprise gift. The hot tub was cold when we arrived - yet another example of the lack of preparation prior to our arrival, (it apparently takes three hours to warm up), and it was full of scum. I was embarrassed to mention this to the owners but my five year old son had no such conscience and complained that it was disgusting. The owner's son came over and added more water to it, explaining that it was probably just the chlorine tablets which hadn't dissolved but when we switched the water off, the scum remained and none of us were prepared to enter the water due to this. The views and the animals were another reason he chose this venue. The views were spectacular there is no denying but the alpaca bit my son on the leg when he tried to pet it, and spat at and chased anyone who went near it or its compatriot. Maybe there should have been warnings not to approach the animals if they are so vicious? The farm dogs were great and we did spend an hour playing with them. We couldn't reach the horse field without climbing over the garden fence as there was too much vegetation covering the route to the field. There was only enough hot water for one bath per day - one couple shared bath water which was luke warm by the time the second person got in. I spent the morning of my birthday having a strip wash because the both showers were freezing cold even though we had used the solar power "boost button". By this point, we were all so disappointed with the place that we decided to leave a day early. The owner sent a text to my husband saying that she hoped that we had enjoyed our stay - he was so upset at the state of the place that he did not reply. We complained to Sykes Holidays the following day and sent them photos to back up our complaint. Sykes were mortified but did say that they had had other similar reviews. They put our complaints to the owner who said that because we hadn't complained to her at the time, she would not refund any of our money (just under ?1000 for a weekend). It has also taken two weeks for her to reply to Sykes. Sykes were more gracious and did refund ?100 as a goodwill gesture due to their embarrassment that their reputation had been so tarnished by association This venue did not live up to the photos on the website which were clearly not taken recently and was definitely not worth the extortionate amount of money charged. Pros: Beautiful views, clean bedding. Cons: Dirty house, poor lighting, no preparation or any kind of welcome pack, disgusting hot tub.



Parking Space
Linen provided
Towels provided
Washing Machine
High Chair


Double Beds

Twin Beds


Electric central heating with woodburning stoves
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 4 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
Fuel and power included in rent
Fuel for hot tub and woodburning stoves supplied on an honesty box basis
Bed linen and towels included in rent
Cot and highchair on request
Off road parking for 5 cars
Bike storage
Spacious garden with wood-fired hot tub, furniture and BBQ
Two well-behaved pets welcome
Sorry, no smoking
Shop and pub 1 mile
Note: There are riding stables next to the cottage and stabling can be arranged at additional cost through the owner
Note: Access to the property is via a one-mile narrow track, which is a bit rough in places, but isnt pot holed or rutted
Note: The tables in the dining room and kitchen can be combined to seat 10-12 people

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Stanwick Iron Age Fort - 3 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Piercebridge Roman Fort and Bridge - 3.4 miles (Roman Site) Heritage Rating

Stanwick. St John's Church - 3.5 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Raby Castle - 4.1 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Rokeby Park - 5.2 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

Egglestone Abbey - 6.4 miles (Abbey) Heritage Rating

Bowes Museum - 6.6 miles (Museum) Heritage Rating

St Mary's Church, Barnard Castle - 6.9 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Barnard Castle - 7.1 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Escomb Saxon Church - 8.4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

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