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Self Catering in County Durham - Gainford

Barforth Hall Dairy
County Durham

Barforth Hall Dairy, Gainford, County Durham

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Sleeps a maximum of: 5

Pricing From: £300.00

This end-terrace cottage near Gainford sleeps five people in two bedrooms.

Barforth Hall Dairy is a single-storey pet-friendly cottage in a group of former farm buildings near Gainford. The cottage sleeps five people and has a double bedroom, a twin room (with two double beds) and a family bathroom. The kitchen has a dining area and there is a sitting room with a woodburning stove. Outside is off road parking, a wood-fired hot tub and free stabling available at the stables next door. Barforth Hall Dairy is well placed for enjoying walking and cycling, or for touring this lovely area.


Very Lovely Place
We booked a little trip away with the dog in tow and after a couple of wrong turns, a blocked impassable bridge and the sat-nav not registering the road we were on, we arrived at the Dairy, Paula greeted after I called to get further directions.. she was friendly and on hand for anything we needed. At the back of our cottage we saw horses in the field and to the front there were goats and llamas, all set in a beautiful farm land. Now the hot tub was full of water I thought I would start the fire, if you have no previous experience with wood fired hot tubs, be warned, it can be quite a process! Friday night was not a night in the tub, after a re-think of strategy, Saturdays water temperature was much more pleasing! We played some of the board games on offer in the cottage but a mark down here as one of the games was missing a bunch of pieces and the deck of cards was incomplete! Hardly ruined our time though, all in all, very tidy place, lovely area and would visit again.
Joe H

Never a problem
Yet again another amazing stay there's never nothing is ever a problem for the owners they there 24/7 thanks again can't wait to be back
Stekagresh G

Charming farm cottage in a wonderful location
Have just spent a wonderful week exploring the Yorkshire Dales, Moors and County Durham from this charming cottage. Whilst it is remote and set within extensive farmland, it does not take a lot of time before you are out on a main road to explore further afield. The cottage is well signposted and the location instructions were clear from the advert - down a long but well maintained farm track. Having met oncoming traffic coming down this road, there is more than enough space either side to manoeuvre your vehicles past each other (despite a previous reviewers insistence to the contrary). Upon arrival we were greeted by farm animals, and a comfortable and clean accommodation which was well presented as per the advert photos. Having booked this property we researched the hot tub before we arrived. Yes initially it will take 4 hours to get to temperature, but the more you use it the less time it takes to get hot as the wood insulates the water. Far more ecologically minded than a conventional hot tub. There are plenty of instructions within the property upon arrival as well. The heating and shower runs off solar panels as well - again a big ecological selling point. An extra bonus for us was the very secure garden for our dog which meant we could all enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside without worrying that he could do a Houdini. The only downside for us was that the footbridge we could see was impassable even on foot - meaning that the village of Gainford was in effect several miles away. This however is out of the property owners hands as they do not own the bridge. Also the broadband speed is limited, so don?t bank on streaming - but enough speed to keep an eye on emails and general web browsing. All in all this is a wonderful property and I?d be happy to return again - and probably will.
Alyx R

Recent midweek break
Yet again 100per cent service and adored our stay we will highly recommend staying here thanks again for being made welcome

This is an isolated cottage which in our view was not on a working farm although there are animals about. The cottage was basic, dirty, and the flooring was very uneven throughout which was a hazard for my elderly mother. The shower had a high step to enter which was awkward for her. There is no shop within easy walking distance and after a long drive to get there , there was a small box of maltesers as a welcome gift but no welcome pack such as bread. milk etc which we have had in other cottages. The log fire had a broken glass front and in my husband's opinion was unsafe to use. There were numerous cobwebs and dirty grouting in the bathroom. There were a lot of flies which we spent the week trying to kill, it must be awful in the summer. I never saw the owner during the whole week we were there and to use the hot tub would have meant stoking it for about 4 hours so we didnt bother. I would not return.
Susan C



Parking Space
Linen provided
Towels provided
Washing Machine
High Chair


Double Beds

Family Beds


Electric central heating with woodburning stove
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
Fuel and power included in rent
Fuel for hot tub and stove supplied on an honesty box basis
Bed linen and towels included in rent
Cot and highchair on request
Off road parking for 2 cars
Patio with wood-fired hot tub and furniture
One well-behaved pet 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

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Approximate Location

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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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