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4 Star Country Cottages with Pool & Hot-tub - Barn Cottage (2 Bedrooms)

Barnard Castle, UK
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights

Cottages in Baldersdale, Nr. Barnard Castle, County Durham, England - Ideal Location To Explore The North Pennines

We have just opened our new leisure facility, with a hot-tub and swimming pool, a small gym, and a games room with pool/table tennis/air hockey table. The facilities are shared between the 5 cottages, but can be booked for private use at no extra cost.

East Briscoe Farm Cottages are set in a beautifully peaceful, south-facing position, on a 14-acre wooded riverside estate in Teesdale, County Durham.Set in truly beautiful North Dales countryside, East Briscoe is the perfect place to escape the city and unwind; offering a wealth of interest for naturalists, cyclists and walkers. The holiday cottages are situated in Baldersdale (made famous as the former home of Hannah Hauxwell), two miles from the village of Cotherstone, which has two excellent pubs and a village shop/post office. Holiday guests can enjoy nature walks around the estate, fishing on the estate and in nearby reservoirs, free-range eggs from the resident hens and seasonal food from the vegetable garden. Owner/Managers Emma & Chris live on site with children Grace & Sam.


Chris Tarpey

Member Since 2013
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Mar 28, 2018
About Chris Tarpey

East Briscoe is a family-run establishment - mainly Chris & Emma, with a bit of help now and again from children Grace & Sammy. We live on-site so are generally on hand to sort out any problems, or provide help or information about the area. We try to be friendly, without interfering too much into your holiday - we know a lot of people come here for some peace and quiet, especially outside school holiday times.

Chris Tarpey purchased this Cottage in 2003

Why Chris Tarpey chose Romaldkirk

We were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to take over East Briscoe when Emma's parents retired, and we've never looked back. We had visited many times, so we knew what a special place East Briscoe was, and we still think so today.

What makes this Cottage unique

New leisure facility with swimming pool, hot-tub, gym and games room. Surrounded by beautiful, peaceful countryside. A walk down to the river on a warm spring day is a unique experience.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, King-size


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower, Shower over bath

          Location Type

            • River
            • Rural


                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Farm Holidays
                • Sports & Activities


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                          TV and DVD player.
                        • Fitness Room / Equipment
                          Swimming pool/hot-tub and gym area in the newly opened leisure facility on site. We also have perfect countryside on the doorstep for walking, running and cycling.
                        • Heating
                          Eco-friendly (and warm!) central heating.
                        • Internet
                          Free wi-fi
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Parking
                          Ample secure parking on site, about 20 metres from the front door. You can pull up directly outside the cottage for loading and unloading.
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Tumble Dryer
                          Separate wash house with 2 washing machines and 2 tumble driers. Also, outdoor washing line available.
                        • Washing Machine
                          Separate wash house with 2 washing machines and 2 tumble driers. Also, outdoor washing line available.
                        • Free Wifi


                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Well stocked with everything you should need.
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Teabags, instant coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, cooking oil, eggs from our own hens, plus home-made biscuits and a jug of milk on arrival for a welcome cup of tea.
                            • Refrigerator
                              side-by-side fridge/freezer
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  Can be extended to seat up to 16 (at a push) or 10-12 comfortably.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                      A varied and eclectic mix of books around the cottage.
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Game Room
                                    • Games
                                      Various board games, cards, dominoes, jigsaws etc.
                                    • Ping Pong Table
                                    • Pool Table
                                    • Television
                                      Freeview and DVD player.
                                    • Toys
                                      A box of toys can be provided - just let us know the child/children's age/s.


                                        • Bicycles
                                          A selection of bikes is available for borrowing on request. Alternatively, there is secure storage if you want to bring your own.
                                        • Golf
                                          7 miles to Barnard Castle Golf Club. 26 miles to Alston Moor Golf Club (England's Highest!)
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Large communal lawn area in front of the cottage. Veg garden - help yourself to fresh herbs. Large wooded riverside estate with marked walks.
                                        • Outdoor Grill


                                            • wheelchair inaccessible
                                              Bathroom and bedrooms are uipstairs

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool
                                                  An "Endless Pool" swimming pool, which has a current generator, so you can swim as far and as fast (or slow) as you like. Pool and hot-tub can be reserved for private use.
                                                • Heated Pool
                                                • Hot Tub
                                                  Brand new hot-tub, seating up to 6. Pool and hot-tub can be reserved for private use.
                                                • Indoor Pool


                                                    • forests
                                                    • playground
                                                    • waterfalls

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • Babysitter
                                                            • laundromat

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • mountain biking


                                                                    • Notes on accommodation: Good quality bed linen and towels are provided. Wifi internet access is available at no extra charge. Outside: East Briscoe is situated on a 14 acre estate, with lawns, meadows, woodland and our own stretch of the River Balder (fishing available). There is a children's play area with swings, slide and trampoline, which is situated slightly away from the cottages so as not to disturb the peace! There is a shared barbecue, or a portable one that can be used directly outside your cottage. The greenhouse provides a pleasant spot to sit out in cooler weather. We can also provide bicycles to borrow free of charge.

                                                                      2 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews


                                                                      Mark M.

                                                                      Lovely stay great value very relaxing even with the kids

                                                                      Lovely cottage and great pool and hot tub

                                                                      Adele W.

                                                                      Perfect for our needs having a dog with us. The Cottage was lovely, and the leisure facilities made it even nicer. Needed to use some throws to keep us warm on the 3rd night as the temperature outside suddenly dropped and it got windy. Heating was on all the time, it was just unavoidable draft from old cottage windows. I am sure the owners would accomodate extra heaters had we needed to ask. Would be absolutely brilliant for a full extended family to book for a special occasion.


                                                                      Barnard Castle, UK

                                                                      Special interest holidays: Ideal area for walking, cycling and running. Travel: Use of car fairly essential, unless you're a very keen walker/cyclist! Distances: 2 miles to nearest village, Cotherstone (with pubs, village shop) 6 miles to Barnard Castle, with good selection of local shops, plus supermarket. 22 miles to Darlington, nearest train station and major shopping center. 6 miles to Bowes Museum. 11 miles to High Force Waterfall 31 miles to Durham City Further Details: Great selection of local shops in Barnard Castle, with antiques and art being a speciality. Also great independent butchers, bakers, greengrocer, coffee shops and restaurants. Excellent country pubs nearby - choice of 6 in three villages within 5 miles.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                      Changeover Day: During peak season - Easter to end of October, preferred changeover days are Monday and/or Friday. May be some flexibility for last minute bookings. Arrival time 4pm onwards, departure time 10am. Notes on prices: Prices are for a full week booking. Short breaks are available all year, either Friday to Monday, or Monday to Friday - Short break prices are approximately 65% of the weekly price.

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                                                                      For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                                      Property # 8126141 3433096