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Jackdaw’s Perch is a two-bedroom Victorian terraced cottage with views across rural County Durham. Lovingly restored to provide comfortable holiday accommodation.
Located in a quiet village close to Bishop Auckland and the Durham Dales, two miles from Kynren.
Easy to access Durham City and the wider North East region. Excellent for cyclists/walkers and dog friendly too.
Covid19 update; Visit England 'Good to Go' accredited
Currently leaving 72 hours unoccupied before and after visits.
Pet-friendlyKid friendlyNo smoking
Booking guest should be over 25 years of age
No smoking in the house or rear yard please
No BBQs in the rear yard
One dog allowed and please do not leave your dog alone in the property
Meet the host
Hosting since October 2018
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 100%
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guests: We will be available to give you advice in advance of your stay and during. Please feel free to ask.
We know the area well, so would be pleased to share our love of the North East should you wish.
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Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom1 contribution
Jack daws perch cottage
Fantastic week at jackdaws perch. Lovely clean cottage with everything you need for a home from home holiday. Village and surrounding areas are beautiful. Would highly reccomend this cottage for a break away.
Visited July 2022
Written 25 July 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stunning Cottage in Gorgeouse Area
This is an absolutely stunning cottage in a beautiful area. The interior is the nicest of any airbnb/hotel I've ever stayed in. We arrived to a garden full of beautiful flowers with birds flying overhead, perfect for having a glass of wine in of an evening. The cottage was spotless and it was great to have a well equipped kitchen including dishwasher and the outside utilities with washing machine was so handy.
The area struck me as an undiscovered gem too, with great local pub The Joiners a lovely short walk away, the fields opposite starts a wonderful walk to the local nature reserve and new greenway walk make a great loop. Hartleypool headlands, crimdon beach, the Durham dales and seaham were all excellent and Beamish and Durham Cathedral made wonderful trips. Really can't fault this cottage at all and Marianne was an excellent host.
Visited June 2021
Written 9 June 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Leigh, United Kingdom164 contributions
We booked this cottage for the Easter weekend (2 couples). The communication with Marianne before our arrive was first class. The cottage itself is ideally situated for exploring the area. When we arrived it was spotlessly clean and the fresh flowers, wine and tea & coffee were a welcome treat. Everything we needed was in the cottage. The quality of the refurbishment was evident as soon as we walked in. The beds were very comfortable and the en-suites were perfect. The whole experience was fantastic and we would definitely stay again and have no hesitation in recommending the cottage. Thanks for a great stay.
Visited April 2019
Written 25 April 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you Dave, really pleased you enjoyed your stay at Jackdaw's Perch. Look forward to you staying again.
Written 27 April 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Sheffield, United Kingdom6 contributions
A beautiful cottage, in the perfect location for a short break, or a holiday.
Five stars from us! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We have just stayed at Jackdaw's Perch for 3 nights/4 days. From the start, we knew it was going to be a good break - from the photos, location and communication from Chris and the joining instructions were brilliant, I was able to ask any questions and receive a detailed response practically immediately. As we had booked the cottage for a Detox break (doing ourselves) and specifically as it was dog-friendly, we asked about local places for walking and wild swimming and Chris sent some really good suggestions. There is loads of information leaflets in the cottage too, and a detailed manual which really helped.
The cottage has everything you could want for a home from home break, but it's really stylish as well as being homely and comfortable - and exceptional quality throughout, from the cutlery and crockery to the lamps (gorgeous) and the bedding - oh boy, it was luxurious and the beds soooooo comfortable. Free Wifi meant I was able to work around our walking/going to the beach (we went to South Shields).
All rooms are beautifully decorated and we loved spending time there. The garden to the front is a real suntrap in the afternoon - the back garden totally private and enclosed and perfect for dog owners. We took our 6.5 month old pup and it was reassuring that we could just leave the kitchen door open and let her sniff around. Gravel makes for easier cleaning up too! The cottage is in a beautiful location and although on a roadside, it's very quiet as it's not a busy road at all. There is an extra loo outside too in the utility room (washer in there), which is great for that final wee when you're all booted up for going walking in the gorgeous nearby countryside!
The cottage is sparkling clean, the extra touches, the fabulous decor and competitively priced - make this the perfect place for a holiday. We will definitely be booking again - the whole experience from start to finish was one of the best I have experienced, not just for being incredibly dog friendly, but everything, and we go away often for short breaks. Thanks Chris, from Fiona, Jackie and Rosie Jane
Visited March 2019
Written 3 April 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
London, United Kingdom39 contributions
Warm and stylish cottage
Don't look any further. This is a great find. We absolutely loved the brand new facilities with sparkling en-suites in both bedrooms. Downstairs is stylish and comfortable and a superb central heating system makes it toasty in winter. Excellent smart TV and good WiFi kept the teenagers happy and host Chris is very dog-friendly, providing dog bowls and even a bed. Chris couldn't have been more helpful and there are lots of tips in the house guide about places to visit and eat. Durham is an easy 20 minutes by car, making this a great option if you are visiting a child at university as we were. There's also a pub (locals, not gastro) and a dog/child friendly cafe in the village. Behind the house is a playing field for easy dog-walking. What more do you need?!
Visited February 2019
Written 22 February 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Perfect guest, with well behaved dog. Please come again Harriet. Thank you Chris
Written 24 February 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at jackdaw's perch!
The view, especially first thing on a morning, is beautiful. The house is a perfect combination of modern convenience and period decor. The owner was also very accommodating and kept the property well supplied with fully equipped kitchen, smart TV and fast wifi. Would gladly stay again!
Visited December 2018
Written 3 January 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you for you for you excellent review. Chris
Written 18 January 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Leeds, United Kingdom1 contribution
A real home from home
Jackdaws’s Perch is a lovely, cosy cottage, perfect for our needs, a real home from home. It is in a great location, near to Bishop Auckland, with beautiful views over the Wear Valley.
The hosts were prompt with communication, friendly and welcoming.
The house is fully equipped with everything we needed for a relaxing stay. The beds were comfortable, and there were en suites in both bedrooms. A real treat! Kitchen is a great space too, big enough for socialising whilst cooking.
We recommend spending an evening at the local pub, The Red Lion. Lovely staff, decent food menu and friendly atmosphere.
Would highly recommend this cottage and will be booking again in the not too distant future.
Visited November 2018
Written 27 December 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Ideal for walking and biking
Lovely little cottage in quiet area. Everything seemed brand new! House was very cosy and was good that both bedrooms had an on suite. Outhouse was great for storing the bikes and the very muddy boots.....
Had a lovely day out in wolsingham and also visited Stanhope which was great and only 20 minutes away in the car.
Hopefully will get back their in summer and can go to Kynren and maybe beamish museum as well.
Visited December 2018
Written 19 December 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Oban, United Kingdom8 contributions
A beautiful cottage, tastefully decorated with a homely feel. Amazing views both front and back. Everything you could need was there with the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in. There’s even a good old fashioned outdoor Netty as well as two en suites. Will definitely be back.
Visited December 2018
Written 16 December 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thank you Sue, I`m pleased you enjoyed your stay.
Written 18 December 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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What this rental offers
Wi-fi and internet
Kitchen and dining
Bathroom and laundry
About the neighbourhood
An ideal location for walkers and cyclists, close to the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of England`s last wildernesses, with dark skies perfect for stargazing. Plenty of walks and nature reserves nearby.
We've got Roman forts, castles, Durham Cathedral, and industrial heritage -Beamish is not too far..
The Mining Art Gallery is close by, or travel a little further to the Bowes Museum or The Sage in Gateshead.
There are plenty of local pubs and restaurants, tea shops and an ice-cream parlour. Shopping ranges from the Metro Centre to antiques and vintage shops locally.
Regular events include Lumiere, the Miners' Gala and Brass Festival, Durham Book Festival, Bishop Auckland Food Festival.
Easy for cyclists and walkers locally. A car is recommended if you wish to travel more widely, although there is the nearby bus stop and train station if you wish to use public transport.
How to get there
Jackdaw's Perch is located in the small village of North Bitchburn, near to Bishop Auckland in County Durham. From the cottage it is about ten miles to Durham City and twenty miles to Beamish Open Air Museum.
If you are travelling by car, our closest motorway is the A1(M), about ten miles away. There is a railway station three miles away in Bishop Auckland, and many national train companies stop at Durham City and Darlington.
It is possible to reach the cottage by public transport as there is a bus stop close by.
Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 pm • Check out by 10 am
100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
100% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
No refund available once booking is confirmed
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