Welcome to Owl Cottage

Serene Countryside Cottage in The Durham Dales

within easy reach of historic Barnard Castle and Durham City

Welcome to Owl Cottage

Owl Cottage is a one-bed, one-off Durham Dales lovers’ retreat, as cosy as a fireside chat on a snowy night. Stretch your legs over heather-clad hills, then come home to wiggle your toes in front of the fire, pop a cork, and snuggle down to romantic evenings binging a box set on the smart TV.

This is a dog-friendly Middleton-in-Teesdale holiday cottage packed with traditional charm. And yet the vintage, the upcycled and the quirky give way to contemporary luxury right where you need it: in the modern kitchen, the refurbished bathroom and the sumptuous super-kingsize bed.

Middleton-in-Teesdale seems to belong to a time of bright-red phone boxes, of doffed caps, and of pubs, restaurants and cafés with all the time in the world for you. Owl Cottage sits on the edge of this gentle bustle, right by Raby Woods, where Hudeshope Beck beckons your boots.

Relax and reconnect with your special someone in a land of castles, waterfalls, and reservoirs, claimed only by hardy hikers who’ve kept their secret hushed. Where Dark Skies at night are a multiplying canopy of fireworks. And where you’re lulled into deep sleep by our resident owl.

Owl Cottage is a hoot.

What we offer

Home Away From Home

Our short-stay Middleton-in-Teesdale Cottage is furnished with all of the comforts of home including a fully-equipped kitchen, bed linen, towels, TV, free WiFi, and much more.

Everything you need on the Doorstep

The best thing about booking a self-catering holiday cottage is the convenience of all the amenities. Park the car up and forget about it until it's time to go home.

Book & Save

When you book a stay at Owl Cottage there are no added surcharges for using our WiFi, TV, towels or linen. What’s more, when you book direct you’ll enjoy the best booking rates.

Local Services

Your holiday cottage sits in Teesdale, which makes up the Durham Dales with Weardale. If ever an area deserved the phrase ‘hidden gem’ or ‘undiscovered secret’, this is it. With the Lake District to the west, the Yorkshire Dales to the south and historic Durham to the north, Teesdale’s often overlooked. Yet it has all the gorgeous charm of the Dales with none of the high-season crowds. And of course, those Lakes and Dales are just a short, scenic drive away.

On your doorstep

It's just a short stroll past rows of stone cottages into Middleton-in-Teesdale. It's an ancient market town with everything you need and some things you just want.

Shopping

Make sure your fridge is full. The Co-op's just five minutes on foot or one by car. Stock up on meat at McFarlane's butchers.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants

Try a little French at The Forresters, tuck in to award-winning fish and chips, or grab a butty and check out the local artwork at The Tees'pot. Drop in to The Teesdale Hotel for fresh, locally sourced food washed down with real ale, Aspall's cider or a fine malt. Or scoff the cake and coffee at Samuel James.

What else?

We hope you won't need to do any DIY, but J Raine and Son is a classic hardware store. Think it and you can probably buy it here. Elsewhere, explore shops for antiques, books, and crafts, or buy fresh stuff straight off the land from the monthly farmers' market.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bookings are made via the “Book Now” button on our website, or by phone, contact Claire McKeever on 07908 976491.  Bookings must be paid by a valid credit/debit card or by bank transfer.
Bookings made more than 30 days in advance of the start of the holiday require a 25% deposit payable upon booking.  The remaining booking balance must be paid 30 days prior to the start of the holiday.
Bookings made less than 30 days in advance of the start of the holiday require payment in full at the time of booking.
Rates are per night. If you have selected supplements they will be added to the total price of the booking.
Rates quoted are correct only for the specific number of nights and dates shown. Should you wish to change the dates or number of nights, then the rates are subject to change.

We have a 3 night minimum stay policy. The time taken to prepare and turn around the Cottage to our usual high standard would not be practical for a 1 or 2 night stay.

For bookings cancelled 14 or more days before the start of the holiday, then a charge equal to 25% of the full booking amount will be made.
For bookings cancelled less than 14 days before the start of the holiday, then a charge equal to 100% of the booking amount will be made.
In the event of a no show (after arrival date) the full cost of the booking is charged.
If the booking is cancelled after the booking start date we will not issue a refund for any remaining nights of the booking.
We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to compensate against any cancellation or loss, including covid.
We currently operate a Covid-Cancellation Policy. If you are unable to travel due to imposed Government Covid restrictions we will give you the opportunity to book a date in the future or we will cancel your booking and refund the full amount.

We welcome one well-behaved dog for a charge of £15.
We do not allow dogs on the beds or furniture.

NO.  Our accommodation is not suitable or insured to accomodate children.

Check-in is at 5pm and check-out is at 10am.  Please advise your requirements at the time of booking and we will confirm if it’s possible to accommodate an earlier check-in.

Yes, we provide free WiFi although during busy times of the day it can be slow.
The pubs, cafes and shops are all a 3 minute walk from Owl Cottage.  There is a fairly steep hill on the way back to the Cottage which may not be suitable for the less mobile guest.
No, we supply clean bed linen and towels for your stay.

No, we supply all the coal and logs for your stay.

Benefits of Booking Direct

We have provided everything you need and what’s more, book direct and you’ll enjoy the best rates for our countryside holiday cottage.

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