Richmond, Yorkshire Dales

Barforth Hall Cottage

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Property Info

General Info

Set out over the ground floor, the accommodation at this cottage is spacious and well presented with all the ingredients for a perfect romantic retreat. The main living area boasts a beautiful four poster bed, a cosy sitting area, oak floor and pleasant decoration to provide an unusual, yet charming holiday cottage, and completing the accommodation is a spacious bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen/diner. Outside, a wonderful wood-fired hot tub is a great place to sit and relax, from where you can take advantage of the surrounding views across the attached meadow, or settle back and watch the sun set on another fantastic day in this part of Teesdale. This cottage offers a romantic retreat where you can get away from it all and discover the beautiful countryside of the northern Dales. Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 919938, 927830 and 927831, together they sleep 21. Read More

Property Info

All ground floor. One four poster super king-size double with sitting area and electric fire. Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area.

Facilities

Electric central heating with electric fire. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Fuel for hot tub supplied. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for 2 cars. Patio area with wood-fired hot tub and furniture. One well-behaved pet welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Note: There are riding stables next to the cottage. Note: Access to the property is via a one-mile narrow track, which is a bit rough in places, but isn't pot holed or rutted. Please note the wood burning hot tub can take up to 4 hours to heat up and needs to started and maintained by yourself during your stay, you need to stay with the fire once it is lit. More information is available in the property. 1.8 mile to Winston village -pub on a bridle path and 3miles to Eppleby shop and Tea rooms tarmac lane Read More

The Hot Tub

  • Hot tub is private for your use only
  • Wood Fired
  • Seats 2 people
  • Not sunken
  • Not undercover
  • Located outside

Location

Reviews

This is a great cottage with lovely facilities. We enjoyed the whole holiday. We will definitely be coming back again!

A very relaxing holiday with lots of attractions nearby to visit.

The owners of the cottage were friendly and helpful, and the cottage itself was lovely and a good base from which to explore the area. Perfect for a nice peaceful break.

The location was lovely and the accommodation was first class with a huge four poster bed and fantastic hot tub which we used every night whilst sipping wine and looking at the stars. A truly relaxing experience with friendly and accommodating owners, plenty of information in the cottage for exploring the local areas. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend this cottage and of course will be re booking in the not too distant future.

I liked everything about this place, it was nice and relaxing. The people who greeted us there were nice genuine and really friendly, made you feel welcome!

The owners were very helpful and friendly. The hot tub was amazing and easy to light. A very relaxing holiday due to the location of the property. If anyone wants to get away from the rat race and chill in the hot tub looking up at the stars this is the one for you. Our black lab loved it, loads of walking and swimming in the river. We will be back soon.

Run down, poorly maintained, nice bed, disappointing not worth the money

“Beautiful area, lovely views, great sized bed, nice bath and floors.” Hot tub nice to relax in although we booked for 4 nights and were only supplied with enough wood for 2 nights use (More is available at your own cost). Great base for exploring the area by car although described as paths in all directions this isnt true as there is only one. Wallpaper is peeling and held together with curled sellotape or just left. Tea towels look well used and grubby although they did appear to have been washed. The patio door frame and double glazing unit are broken. A pillow on the bed has stuffing bursting out. The patio chair seats are about ready to split so we ended up buying our own. The back wall is part smooth part pebble dash as if incomplete. The paving in the yard is full of moss with weeds breaking through. The wooden fence at the back has broken lats which have been blocked off by a random metal gate rather than matching wood. The fridge door is dinted, the microwave door handle is coming off, the electric sockets are loose in the kitchen, the light fitting in the main living area is loose and the chandelier is dirty, the toilet roll holder is hanging off the wall. (Owners response was microwave & loo roll holder now fixed & no one had told them before, so presumably they aren’t cleaned!) The fencing and wood around the tub are faded. The front window frames have peeling paint. When we arrived there was no welcome pack not even a token coffee, tea, milk to put us on until we could get to the shops bearing in mind it is very remote, although apparently this is a Covid measure we weren’t informed of this in the list of recommended things to take. No kitchen cleaner to wipe the worktops with (not on the list). There was also only 1 loo roll for a 4 night stay (owners response was you are expected to take your own, again not on the list) The information book only has instructions for the hot tub, not the fire or radiator, it also only has details of several varying sized walks all in one village a few miles away nothing else re points of interest or nearest supermarket etc. (Owners response was that in her experience people google these things) we did of course google but it raises the question why bother putting an information folder there in the first place. All in all we get the concept although its a shame as a bit of tlc and it could be so much better, it is sadly lacking in the little things, general maintenance and upkeep. Not quite what we were expecting for £650 for 4 nights and not quite as described. I booked this as a surprise for my husband for our anniversary but we left a night early, the owner didn’t enquire was this anything to do with the property when I asked where to leave the key but later responded she thought it was due to the weather! The weather was dry and fine so I’m unsure how she came to that conclusion. Don’t waste your money if you don’t want to be disappointed

A romantic retreat in leu of a COVID postponed wedding

“Barforth Hall Cottage is 'as it says on the tin'; read the listing and this what you get. We chuckled after a brief worry after reading reviews post-booking... however, future parties, please have some common sense when reading the reviews. Of course it is on a farm, which means you need to access it via a farm track and not a dual carriageway. As for cow noises of a "deafening volume"- never heard any of the animals really- maybe the odd neigh when in the hot tub! As for someone's disgust at the smells... could not smell the animals and that is surely part of the rural experience. Paula and Jason are fabulous hosts and it was such a shame to see people disrespect their business lands and cottages; most holiday cottages will not have owners nearby whereas we were lucky to meet Jason and his dog after they had a hard day on the farm, as well as be able to get some tips about the local area. Jason and Paula were extremely friendly and helpful; whilst running their farm they are happy to stop for a chat but will also leave you to your own privacy but equally are on hand should you need them. We went for a wander following their advice and we are so pleased they recommended the local pub, The Brownlow Arms- a three mile walk. The hot tub is a wood-fired hot tub; it does NOT leak... wood expands and contracts with moisture and heat, and these guys know exactly how to operate these effectively! We had plenty of wood to enable a hot tub session every evening and still had wood to spare. Easy to operate, quiet and with scenic views to boot. We took LOTS of extra bits as previous reviews had said items were lacking in the kitchen! What a waste but luckily we had the car. This is NO disrespect to the owners but us being prepared based on reviews. There is enough to cook basic meals for two- if you want to be Gordon Ramsey on holiday then yes you will need to bring some equipment! We used bulk cooked frozen meals from home, the Brownlow Arms which we could not recommend enough and the nearby supermarket. They do have teapots, cafetieres and even a champagne bucket! We did find taking plastic wine and gin glasses highly beneficial for using in the hot tub!!! The cottage is well situated to accessing a number of great areas of interest! We visited Barnard Castle, Beamish - The Living Museum of the North, White Scar Caves to name but a few! There are llamas who we met...Rafa enjoyed his daily apple but prefers the ladies and apparently bananas! He can spit so be warned, but I still found this amusing when he did it to Tim! Paula and Jason (I presume) own a number of cottages which are grouped together, so you could come as an extended family (which we hope to explore as this is the half-way point for us in Norfolk and my brother in Scotland). Cottages are dog friendly and the views are beautiful. A great break from busy life! Thank you so much for our experience on what should have been our wedding week and start to our honeymoon. We loved our time with you and cannot wait to revisit (maybe with more family members!).”

Not as described, or expected.

Arrived late at night and left the same night! Walked in and left straight away, awful. The place was full of flies. The cottage was very tired and run down. It is in the middle of nowhere and on a run down farm. The furniture and bedding has seen better days. The so called hottub needs some care and attention. Definitely not worth the money. We found a hotel nearby and spent our weekend there. Very disappointed!

Just Beautiful

Just come back from a 3 night stay for a surprise birthday treat for my partner and it was fabulous, I asked Paula if she could get some Prosecco and chocolates on arriving in the cottage which she did, we went with our 8 month old son and there was a high chair and cot which was brill, a carton of milk in the fridge ready for us, the on look in the morning is picturesque horses and pheasants, our son loved seeing the alpacas and goats, on the night time we went in the hot tub it couldn’t have been more better just chilling relaxing while there’s just fields to look on to, thru the day we went into Barnard castle about 15 minutes in the car lovely town which has a beautiful Bowes museum that we visited, and had lunch, on the Sunday we went to the fox inn restaurant for Sunday dinner and the meal was great best beef ever, all a can say is Paula and her husband are lovely and that we will definitely be back great little place to visit

Lovely relaxing break again!

This is our second stay and we really enjoyed it as last time.. We would return. Reading the reviews I wonder what people want from a country side stay. The hot tub leaked a little and within five minutes of telling the owners they came and rectified it, and left us a lovely bottle of prosseco.. People need to actually ask for assitance. The hot tub gets red hot, so unsure what the people reviewing were doing. If your not careful it can end up too hot. For us it's all part of the being away from it all, heating the hot tub and enjoying sitting under the stars in it at night, in the middle of no where. Everything you need In the cottage, towels, kitchen items etc. It was clean and tidy on arrival and the heating and water had been put on. The water pressure is a little low, but it doesn't make it difficult being there. Yes it's down a lane, however you hardly ever meet anyone and all the locals are very friendly and helpful at manoeuvring thier cars to assist if needed. If your looking for a peaceful country setting then lanes are expected. The owners Paula and Jason could not be more helpful and friendly and are there always when needed. Lovely big four poster, romantic retreat and bonus of dog friendly with a fenced of yard. Very peaceful and tranquil surroundings, with horses, llamas, sheep and cows. Both times found lots of great places to visit, High Force Falls, Raby Castle , Bishop Auckland. Thank you for a lovely stay again, and we will return.

Fantastic

My stay here was lovely! I’m going to have to disagree with all the bad reviews. The hot tub was perfect, clean and piping hot - not leaky at all! The place was clean and cosy- there was no sounds from the attic or in the kitchen as suggested in the previous review. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed, and the owners were happy to help when we needed extra wood for the hot tub. We would recommend to everyone. It is a bit off the beaten track but it’s what you come for after all! A nice rural escape. The Bernard town is fantastic to so we recommend going here, it’s only about a 15 minute drive. Also we visited the Teesdale Alpaca Farm which was also not far and we also recommend this!

Accomodation

Where do I start. First of all in the description it doesn't say it's on a farm at all. The water pressure was terrible was a pain to try have a shower or run a bath. We stayed next to an old barn and whatever was getting in the attic at night was keeping us up at night, but we also heard noises at night coming from the kitchen. The hot tub took four hours to heat up but even then it was only just warm. Kitchen utensils are at a minimum and likes of can opener doesn't work. The shops and pubs aren't a mile walk as described. They are a good 3 mile walk. Every morning the next door neighbor was very loud in slamming doors and waking us up. We will not be staying here again.

Amazing stay for a wedding!!

Stayed at the cottage in July with my partner. The location is wonderful, set on a beautiful farm. It’s a short drive/long walk to any local shops/pubs but is worth it for the peace and quiet and wonderful setting. Cottage is simple but clean and comfortable. Great value for the money. Will definitely be staying again! Shout out to Jess and her pups (the best sheepdogs ever)

Peaceful break

Stayed here for a week and it was excellent. Everyone we encountered were super friendly. Craig for the pints and paula for helping us with walking routes. The cottage was clean and everything it said in the description. The hot tub does not leak it works fine and easy to use. You get what u pay for so don't understand the negative reviews if you want pure luxury you pay alot more then what u pay to go here. You everything you need in the cottage for cooking washing and free WiFi. Also people moaning about flies lol your on a farm in the middle of no where what do u except..u don't give a negative review to the riu palace Macau in the Dominican for mosquitos well I certainly didn't. If you want a break that feels in the middle of nowhere but yet walking distance to a little town then this is the place for you. Will defo be back. P.s the little black goat that always escaped is a howl. Will miss jess the dog coming tongue cottage door until we throw a stick for her ha.

Ok

We booked this cottage as we both love the countryside and liked the idea of being on a farm. If you like to go out in the evenings this is probably not the place for you, although it suited us fine as we don't really do pubs and are happy to cook and eat at the cottage in the evenings. There are good sides and not so good sides to this cottage. Highlights of our stay included the Beamish Museum, the Killhope Lead Mine and the walking trails in Richmond. Good On a farm with animals to see - horses, llamas, cows and sheep Country walking in your doorstep Big comfortable bed DVDs to watch in the evenings Dog friendly All the important things were clean (bedding, bath, sink, shower, kitchen surfaces etc) Across the border in North Yorkshire our dog was welcome in almost all pubs cafes and many of the shops Not so good It's not in the Yorkshire Dales as advertised, it's in County Durham None of the shops, cafes, tea rooms or pubs we visited in County Durham allowed dogs i side Most places of interest are an hour's drive away Cottage a bit shabby in places. Little things like light bulbs not being changed let it down Only basic kitchen equipment - no grater Hot tub leaks and takes a long time to heat up Thin walls - the neighbouring cottage had a very reactive dog A bit grubby in places All in all not bad but not the best. Go with low expectations, after all you are paying a budget price so don't expect luxury!

worst ever holiday

the cottage is nothing like the photos stuck in middle of farm nearest place 3 miles away not 1 the place stunk the hot tub is tiny and leaky never even lit it the was scruffy the dust was that thick on telly unit and under bed and the flies were horrendous we were booked for a week and stayed only 3 days for 500 pound i was expecting some thing better.

Beautiful farm cottage

Stayed here with my fiancée for 4 nights. We loved it. The setting is wonderful and the hosts, including the dogs and lama, were very friendly and helpful. The accommodation was clean and we loved the hot-tub. My fiancée isn't used to the countryside but felt at home as the cottage is well equipped for comfort.

Beautiful location

Fantastic location beautiful views. Very welcoming and friendly. Lovely and cozy and spotlessly clean. Hot tub fantastic and a lovely treat for us. I would highly recommend to anyone. We will definitely return.

JUST DON'T BOTHER

No where in the description does it say FARM! Its thrown up out of an old farm building and stinks. We are all for middle of nowhere and out in the sticks but would love to have cooked some food in two days without feeling sick in the kitchen!Thank God for the strong vanilla candle we took!! As for using the antiquated fuel run leaking hot tub ... I dont think so. Terrible shower old bedding tired towels no dishwasher and Lack of glasses. At nearly 200 pound a night over Easter my advice stay at home save your money!

Beyond disappointed

Unfortunately I have to agree with the negative reviews that have been posted for these cottages. To reach the destination we had to drive down a narrow country track which is barely wide enough for one car and is buttressed from either side by several foot high grassy banks, meaning that if you meet a car coming from the other direction you are literally blockaded and can only resolve the impasse by reversing for a mile and a half whilst the driver opposite rolls his eyes and curses from behind his windscreen. When we finally traversed the unforgiving country lane we were dismayed to find no welcome pack awaiting, leaving us without milk, bread, tea, butter and all of the other essentials which would have made life a little easier after our long journey. All there was was a small box of Cadbury’s Milk Tray, which the lady might love, but which I was pretty upset by. Why wouldn’t they forego this extravagance and simply provide needed items like milk and bread? As we shuffled about the cottage to get our bearings I was annoyed to find dozens of dead flies across the floor and another six or seven buzzing around. I appreciate this is probably due to all of the animals situated around the farm, but it is still not an enjoyable experience. Whenever we were in the cottage we were batting at them with our hands or chasing them with the provided can of fly spray. On top of this the bedding was filthy, marred by pubic hairs and bloodstains, the provided pots and pans had not been cleaned, the back door was almost impossible to close, the al paca in the opposite field was aggressive and despite having an electric fire, our porch was filled with logs. On the whole very disappointing. We really wanted to love this place and have a relaxing week away but it was more stressful than being at home.

Relaxing break away.

Arrived at the cottage after using the directions supplied by the owner, the heating had been turned on so was lovely, cosy and warm. There was stuff to make tea and coffee ready for us along with some bread and butter. The cottage looked newly redecorated. The owner came to greeted us and explained where the nearest shops where. The first night we had an issue with the WiFi which was resolved promptly by the owners. The large bed was very comfy and we got a great nights sleep every night. On the second night we used the hot tub, after getting the fire lit it took about 4 hours to heat up, once at temp it was lovely to sit out in it and enjoy the peacefulness of the area. We thoroughly enjoy our stay, it is well situated to enjoy the things to do near by like high force and low force. Would highly recommend.

Beautiful

Really romantic especially the hot tub. Spotlessly clean and comfortable. Will definitely be returning. Paula and Jason are lovely. Will highly recommend.

Amazing value for money

The cottage was everything we wanted it to be, it was very clean, newly redecorated, peaceful and the scenery is amazing. Also the owners were very helpful and friendly. The hot tub was our favourite part of the cottage, we enjoyed lighting it and getting it to temperature, even though it took a few attempts we soon got the hang of it. It is definitely worth using because sitting in the hot tub and looking out across the fields is amazing! I'm not sure why other reviewers have had issues because for the price we paid it was perfect. We will definitely be back.

Not a good experience

Unfortunately there was not a lot to impress us other than the beautiful countryside and lovely local amenities. The cottage was not as the pictures shown the furniture was different. On entry the smell of damp, dog and tobacco was acrid, we were disappointed to note there was no welcome pack for a coffee and milk. We arrived late at night and just a coffee before we got into bed would have gone a long way. The sofa was just awful and very different from the one shown. The fire different from the one shown. Simple things like the knifes were also blunt we couldn't even cut bread were just not good. More seriously there appeared to be a problem with the water pressure and the constant noise from animals (we presume) in the loft was a distraction. We had a four poster bed, we didn't really want to sit on the settee but to sit down and relax and watch a film one of the four posts obscured the tv from the bed. I thing on top of this seeing all the rodent deterrents didn't do a lot for us after hearing all the scratting in the roof. We saw no evidence of rodent infestation to be clear. All in all we were quite disappointed, perhaps our expectations were too high but this is the worst review I have given on trip advisor I think

horrid place to stay

stayed here for a week must of killed a hundred flies the whole place is a mess blunt knives bad cooking pans need replacing settee to small for two fridge broken not working lights not working or broken should of been checked and replaced only saw owners on day of arrival as they went past not even a welcome pack as shown in pictures is a bottle in a metal cooler no you dont get that does not look like the picture you see on website so dont think i will be back nor will any of my friend come here had a horrid week

pet friendly property appraisal

My husband and I stayed at the Dairy cottage number 3 in Barforth, with our son and daughter in law there for 2 nights. On arrival we discovered the place had been left in the 1950's, apart from the fridge and the kettle; there were no complimentary items. We had one toilet roll, already started for technically 4 of us, somebody else's cleaning pad to wash up with, towels that looked like they were years and years old, and there were broken bits of clothes pegs littered in amongst the gravel outside, which for a pet friendly place was not acceptable. The grass had been rough cut once a mower width leaving the sides and edges long and straggly, and a pond had been quickly covered over with rough ended uneven sized planks of wood, which hurt and scratched when walked against. My puppy lost a toy under one of the settees; the mess underneath was disgusting, and the fly epidemic didn't help the whole situation. Broken light fittings off the fence tops were in the gravel too, and there was no privacy from the adjoining place, as the fence was only 3 foot high if that. The only thing going for the place was the space to move in.

Lovely stay

We had our 2nd anniversary here,it was absolutely beautiful! Lovely walks,hot tub was great once we worked out how to heat it properly,the only downside was there is no mattress or pillow protection!!! And a badly stained quilt!! Not nice knowing how many people sleep in this bed!!

Fantastic

My boyfriend booked us a weekend away in April at Barforth Hall Cottage for our anniversary and we had a fantastic time. The cottage was easy to find the with instructions given by Sykes and it was in a beautiful and peaceful location. The cottage was clean and cosy with lovely views to wake up to. We used the hot tub each night and we found it really easy to light and to keep going. It took about 4 hours the first night but by the third it was hot within 40 minutes. Couldn't fault this holiday at all and can't wait to return.

Relaxing

Lovely cottage nice size TV, Queen size bed, couldn't get the hot tub hot on the first night foned Paula next day and Jason came straight up with more wood just simply explained I need to throw a load of wood on once it's alight, and keep it stoked, not rocket science I no but some people have tried and failed instead of asking like I did lol Going home tomorrow and had a great weekend, does exactly what it says on the tin

pleasant stay

Just back from our week stay. Disappointed first view of the outside nothing like the picture just a hanging basket with 2 artificial flowers in. The cottage is roomy and nice and clean. Very large comfy bed. Think it would benefit from 2 chairs instead of the small settee which was cramped and not very comfy. We were not left a welcome pack which has always been the case in all the other properties we have stayed in. The surrounding areas are lovely with lots to do and see.

Break away from it all

We've booked several cottages for weekend breaks away as we find them really relaxing and enjoy the peace and quiet away from it all. We always envisage pub meals, log fire, old world style cottage. This cottage was a bit different... We approached via a long single track road which leads down to the farm buildings. We were met by the friendly owners who saw us into the cottage and let us know that they were just nearby if we need anything. The cottage is clean and tidy and the 4 poster bed is massive and very comfortable. There was a small two seater sofa (not quite big enough to sprawl out on but adequate for sitting to watch the large TVs which had satellite channels and a selection of DVDs. We tried to walk to the village but after trying several attempts across the waterlogged fields, even in wellies we realised this wasn't going to be an easy task at this time of year so turned back. There went our evening walks to a cosy pub. But maybe that was a good thing. We went in the car to Barnard Castle and stocked up on wine and food and enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the cottage instead. We tried to use the hot tub but after a few hours of waiting for it to warm up we concluded February is obviously far too cold and the water being like ice to start off with. Our phone signal disappeared on approaching the cottage but there was adequate wifi signal in the cottage to keep in touch with the outside world if you want to. I think we chose the wrong time of year for this particular cottage but still enjoyed our weekend. The scenery and area around the cottage are beautiful and plenty of places to visit close by. The cottage is worth going to just for the bed. Honestly the most comfiest I have ever slept in!

wonderful 4 day stay

Arrived on 25th May amazing cottage beautiful 4 poster bed ,Huge TV and a stunning hot tub which we used every night chilling with a glass of wine ,looking at the stars , brilliant !!! Very friendly and accommodating hosts. The alpaca's are great fun so are the horses in field backing onto the cottage , they are very friendly and nosey. The cottage is in an ideal setting, The location is ideal for touring the local area , with some spectacular waterfalls nearby within a 1hr drive . A brilliant time spent here , will definitely be back.!!! Geoff & Su Kent

Perfect romantic break!

Had such a lovely stay at this country cottage!! Perfect place for a romantic break - the bed is huge and so comfortable, there are fabulous walks in the surrounding countryside (which is beautiful) and the hot tub is AMAZING!! There's also a donkey and two llama's in the fields around the farm! I had friends staying at Barforth Lodge which is a 12 bed cottage just next door which was also excellent! Will definitely return here with my family later in the year!

Disappointing stay

Agree with previous review.difficult to lock and unlock front door.lighting poor and some not working.pans not clean and need replacing these should have been addressed prior to our visit.also kitchen utensils need replacing blunt knives etc.also lack of usefull visitor info.booked for 1 week left after 3rd nights. Could be a much better place with just a little more attention.shower and heating very good .small uncomfortable settee needs replacing.

Such Potential - Just not finished enough

Let me make it clear from the start, this place is not bad but it could so easily be great. So we arrived, the instructions sent were pretty spot on and SATNAV IS USELESS!! The property is a sb- divided cottage with front living room/bedroom, kitchen and a bathroom. First impressions aren't great, there is what appears to be a recycled double glazed front door, it doesn't fit with look of the cottage and it's not brilliantly fitted either. This wants ripping out and a sympathetic door fitting, same with the front window. Inside is a nice size room with a wooden floor. There is a massive 4 poster bed, it fills the room. It's is VERY comfy and a good nights sleep is certain, but it's just far to big for the room. This leaves little space and so an old two seater settee is all there is left plus an enormous TV, sizes need rebalancing!! A double bed, a nice NEW 3 seater settee and smaller TV is needed all the other furniture can go. The room needs painting in magnolia with an accent wall, the awful chandelier and wall lights need changing for modern understated fittings and put on dimmers, nice! The heating is electrical oil fired wall heaters, these work brilliantly and are not the cheap versions either the best heating solution for none gas supplied sites I've seen, well done. There is permanent hot water as well, piping hot such a rarity normally. There is a nicely fitted kitchen with all you need, even a washing machine, I'd swap that out for a half dishwasher myself. Now water pressure is an issue as it takes time to fill the sink, an up front pump might help, but tbh, two people aren't going to be bothered by that very much. Now the only two little issues with the kitchen are; the sink overflow is not connected so I flooded the under sink unit before realising and my single biggest bug bare, clearly a feed was put in for an extractor hood, not only does this form a little pig tail at the kitchen ceiling but it has good old insulation tape making it "safe". ugly and not safe. The finish is ok but could be better! The bathroom is okay, shower, bath, sink and toilet. There is somewhat of a mish mash of tiles they don't go together and are poorly laid on floor and walls, paint on them and looks just a LOT DIY. The bath is pointless a nice wet room would have been nice, it's far to big as well. The shower needs a water pump fitting as there is no pressure!! The heat in the bathroom is from the towel rail, what an amazing bit of kit!! Does a brilliant job. On to the reason we came here, the hot tub. It's not the usual plastic box, it's a pine? bath that is wood fired! Lighting it is dead easy but you need to stoke and stoke it, didn't bother me in the slightest, eventually after much stoking and stiring we had a lovely couple of hours. Now the wood provided only did the one night, I picked up some more the next day at Barnard Castle which again lasted just one night. The wood needs to be rapid burning so old timber and small logs are best. I'm sure the owners have plenty of timber but there is no phone signal up there and I didn't really want to be knocking on their door at 9pm! It's great fun thou. So to summarise,we had a smashing weekend in the North East in a beautiful location and a Hottub! the place just wants finishing properly inside and out. It has great potential but just needs a knowing eye to oversee it. I'd definitely stay again, but in its present state I wouldnt pay what I paid for three nights!

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