About Us

County Durham has what you need and it’s yours to explore

Our Story

Have you visited Middleton-in-Teesdale before?

The answer is probably No! Unless you’re one of the lucky ones who has stayed with us already.

You see, the Durham Dales is one of the North East’s best kept hidden gems, not many people know how such an amazing place it is, which is good for you, because it’s not brimming with masses of tourists spoiling the tranquillity and beauty, which is Teesdale.

We’re you’re hosts, Claire and Mike, just two regular people.  By day Mike is usually asleep and by night is a chargehand at a local Steel Foundry on Teesside where he’s worked for the past 23 years, and me, Claire, well you’ll find me most days trekking the local beauty spots of Norton where we live, usually with a few dogs in tow.  I gave up my desk job as an Assistant Accountant 7 years ago to become a dog walker and home boarder, and I love it.

However, skip back 12 years when we embarked on our journey turning the cutest little, slightly unloved Cottage into what is now our beautiful, cosy, home away from home retreat, where you can enjoy the luxury of modern facilities, yet dwell in its original character and charm.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing, let me tell you.

Like the time we just had started our renovations.  As you do, work all week at your day job and DIY all weekend … No … well maybe just us then.  We packed up our tools for the weekend, headed home to return the following weekend, you get the picture … only to discover the pipe from the header tank in the loft had been leaking for a week!  Soul destroying!

Nevertheless, we fixed it, moved on, and all the blood, sweat and tears (literally) were definitely worth it, as what we have created for our guests is a little piece of heaven!

Is your passion to explore the great outdoors?  Simply step outside and spend the day exploring the miles of open heather moorland.

On a clear Winter’s evening gaze upward to see star clusters sparkle like diamonds on black velvet, the Milky Way majestically arching across the sky, and if you’re very lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the northern lights.

Owl Cottage has everything you’ll need to wind down and de-stress, so don’t stress about who’s doing the cooking, meander into the village and enjoy the freshest local ingredients in one of two excellent dog friendly pubs.

Now, give yourself a treat and click to see when your next holiday is available.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Claire & Mike McKeever

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Claire & Mike McKeever

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