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“Perfectly charming pet friendly holiday cottage”
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The story of Swallows Nest
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The story of Swallows Nest
A trio of hens catching the sun. Free range eggs are plenty during spring and summer
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42 reviews
The story of Swallows Nest
A trio of hens catching the sun. Free range eggs are plenty during spring and summer
Dedicated parking right outside your door,
Warm and cosy, the log burner in Swallows Nest is just the thing.
Cosy ambiance
Two of our gorgeous horses. Come and give them a lovely groom
Farm machinery at its very best. Boys and their toys eh?
Our farm is a full working livestock business where we believe in happy animals
You simply cannot beat our glorious Teesdale countryside. This is of our own farmland.
Horses grazing happily in our fields
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Barnard Castle, Durham, England

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stevensco...
Lymm, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfectly charming pet friendly holiday cottage”
Reviewed 14 October 2017 for a stay in October 2017
1
person found this review helpful

The cottage has a rustic charm. It is fabulous. You will not need to bring a thing with you, its all there in this perfectly equipped cottage. The cottage has also been adapted for anyone with mobility issues which makes it much more inclusive, a lot of thought has gone into this. The location on the grounds of the working farm in an area called Low Lands is idyllic. Across the road is a vast area of common land with a fascinating history. We walked our dog for miles, she loved it and crashed out in front of the log burner each night. Alison and Keith were very accommodating, not at all intrusive and offered to take us around the farm. Two miles down the road we enjoyed a fabulous Sunday lunch at The Sun Inn, very reasonable price, huge portions. Less than 15 minutes away Sainsburys and Tesco Extra made it an easy trip to stock up. There is a farm shop on the way to the shops, Broom Mill, worth a visit, lovely breakfast and the meat at the farm shop is excellent. We visited The Beamish Museum, Bowes Museum, High Force Waterfall and the drive over to Middleton in Teesdale was stunning. We will look forward to our next visit to Swallows Nest Cottage. Thanks again Alison & Keith.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 Oct 2017
Thank you for such a glowing review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Swallows Nest and had such a good time visiting our local area. Cockfield Fell is a fantastic place to walk and explore and we are so lucky to have it right on our doorstep. We love having guests here and are glad that it shows in the little finishing touches that turn a good holiday cottage into a fantastic, warm and welcoming one. We are looking forward to your return in the future. Many thanks again.
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emmacr0wt...
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Another wonderful week”
Reviewed 3 September 2017 for a stay in August 2017
2
people found this review helpful

We have been going to the cottage for 3 years now and every year we thoroughly enjoy it. The perfect time, making wonderful memories with my children. Alison and Keith are fantastic hosts and the place is just lovely. We will be back again next year.

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Management Response
3 Sep 2017
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the farm, cottage and us too!! We love having you and your boys come to stay. You are a lovely family, great fun and good company. We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year. Many thanks again, Alison.
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CarlSuckl...
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great wheelchair access”
Reviewed 12 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017
1
person found this review helpful

Lovely cottage, made to feel very welcome by Alison and Keith and the kids loved looking round the farm and playing football with Glen (the sheepdog)! Being a wheelchair user access for me was great. We had a wonderful time not even the poor weather could spoil our holiday. Cannot fault, would love to come back

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Management Response
14 Aug 2017
Thank you so much for your super review. We are really pleased that you had a fab stay and as you say, even the damp weather didn't stop you from enjoying the farm and the surrounding area! The cottage is as accessible to all as we can make it and we try very hard to ensure that every guest is as comfortable as they can be-I'm glad that we succeeded with you all too :) We would love you all to come again and look forward to a return visit in the future. Regards to you and your lovely family, Alison
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BexG
Nottingham
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fabulous Cottage”
Reviewed 28 July 2017 for a stay in February 2017

Had a fantastic time at the cottage. My eldest boy loved the farm and had a go at feeding the chickens. Alison was very welcoming. Toiletries are provided along with various food in the cupboard. Suitable for disabled/ less able. We will be back.

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Management Response
30 Jul 2017
Thank you for your lovely review, we are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that O had a good time feeding the hens! Next time, maybe he would like to feed some of the cows and become a farmer during his stay? We enjoyed meeting you all earlier in the year and are look forward to welcoming you all back to the farm in the future. Thank you again for your super review.
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Roam68988...
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Accommodation”
Reviewed 23 February 2017 for a stay in February 2017
1
person found this review helpful

We are staying at the cottage as a base for canoeing in the local area. Perfect for a group of three adults. We would normally use a YHA hostel, but there was no availability and the option of an affordable cottage seemed a good alternative.
The cottage is warm, comfortable and well equipped. It is good value for money and we have enjoyed our stay. Our hosts have been welcoming and communication good. If we come back to the area we would certainly stay here again.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
24 Feb 2017
Thank you so much for your super review. We are really pleased that you have all enjoyed your stay in rural Teesdale and that you have found it a good base for exploring our beautiful countryside and rivers. We would love to have you stay here once more in Swallows Nest and look forward to seeing you all again in the future.
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Plainduni...
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very comfortable and relaxing.”
Reviewed 22 February 2017 for a stay in February 2017

Great place to just chill out, everything you need to relax and have a proper rest. Off the beaten track but ideal location for getting out and about; we have Durham Cathedral, Newcastle river front and Hamsterley Forest penciled in for our next visit and I never miss a chance to poke around Barnard Castle.

My husband was ill while we were there and Alison and Keith could not have been more helpful. As a result we spent most of our break in the cottage and found we had everything we needed to cook and be comfortable. It was fun watching the chickens, pheasants, rabbits and birds while the powder snow came down and the log burner glowed- magic.

I have already recommended Swallows Nest to my sister and several friends and will be back later in the summer.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
23 Feb 2017
Thank you so much for you wonderful review of Swallows Nest. You are right, although we are tucked quietly away in rural Teesdale, we have an absolute plethora of wonderful things to do and see right on our doorstep. I think we sometimes forget how much there actually is! What a horrid time for your husband to be ill and I can only be thankful that we are on the farm so that we could support you. We are so pleased that he's on the mend. We are really looking forward to your next visit when you will be able to see more of the area. Many thanks again, Alison.
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Frances R
2 reviews
“Perfect holiday retreat”
Reviewed 7 February 2017 for a stay in January 2017

Our third visit, with our 4 for next year already booked.
The cottage is equipped with all essential items as well as those none essential but useful things, The slow cooker is a godsend for days spent walking, returning to a lovely cooked meal without the effort of cooking.
Alison listens to the feedback from her visitors and acts on any critique. The purchase of a slow cooker being one of them,
A couple of places to visit: Tunstall Reservoir a lovely place to walk round as well as Hamsterley Forest, (great for kids too)

Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
8 Feb 2017
Thank you so much for your glowing review. In response, I would like to say that we do try our very best to equip the cottage with the little things that might just make the difference between a good holiday and a special one. We're delighted that you have booked your 4th visit here and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Many thanks again for taking the time to write your lovely review it means suh a lot to us, Alison
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