Welcome To East Briscoe

Coronavirus/Covid-19 Update

We are now fully open again after the easing of lockdown, including the pool and hot-tub. We have enhanced our cleaning procedures, and put in measures to enable better social distancing and outdoor socialising.

Please note it is down to you to ensure that you and the people you are with follow the government guidelines on social distancing.

Cancellation Policy
All bookings are eligible for a full refund if we have to cancel for any reason. If you have to cancel due to contracting the virus, or a local lockdown where you live, we will try to re-book the cottage(s), and if we can, we will give you a refund less a 15% handling fee.

Please contact us if you have any questions. We wish you all the very best of health in the coming months.

East Briscoe Farm Cottages has a fantastic leisure facility – The Pool-House, which boasts a 6 seater hot-tub, and an “Endless Pool” swimming pool with current. There is also a gym area and games room, which has a pool/table tennis/air hockey table, plus a seating area overlooking our orchard. If you come as a large group, the games room makes a great space to get together, whether for afternoon tea, or to party all night!

See our new page for Parties and Group Bookings

Award-winning East Briscoe Farm Cottages are set in a beautifully peaceful, south-facing position, on a 14-acre wooded riverside estate in Teesdale, County Durham, near Barnard Castle.

Surrounded by beautiful North Dales countryside, East Briscoe is the perfect place to escape 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.  We are 6 miles from Barnard Castle, a thriving market town with the  famous Bowes Museum and English Heritage Castle.

Children are well catered for, with a play area and sand pit for the little ones, and a trampoline, woodlands and river to explore for all ages.

All holiday guests can enjoy nature walks around the estate, fishing on our own stretch of the River Balder and in nearby reservoirs, free-range eggs from the resident hens and seasonal food from the vegetable garden.


What do our guests say? – Some quotes from online reviews and Cottage Visitors’ Books:

“Me and 14 friends visited Chris’ place, and all had a fantastic time. The area is stunning for walking and the views can even be enjoyed from the hot tub and pool, by far the favourite part of our stay. The cottages themselves were cosy and warm and had more than enough facilities to accommodate us all. Would definitely visit again and recommend Chris’ place!”  (Airbnb January 2020)

“We booked the cottages for a family celebration. I liked the fact we were all in separate accommodation but were able to socialise and eat all together! Fantastic!”  (Airbnb, October 2019)

“Very quiet and relaxing. We had an amazing time” ( Farm, February 2015)

“Amazing location and beautiful festive touches to the cottage made it feel like home away from home. We will definitely be back for another visit.” (Farm, New Year 2015)”

“Cottage lovely, warm and cosy as always. See you soon.” (West Cottage, November 2014)

“Very comfortable, Lovely and quiet. Good views to wake up to in a morning. Best cottage I’ve stayed in. (West, November 2014)


Owner/Managers Emma & Chris live on site with children Grace & Sam. We also have a larger, 4 bedroom holiday cottage available in Cotherstone (right next door to the pub!) – for more details see Red Lion Cottage.

We have online booking available. You can still book by email or by phone if you prefer. You can also book online then pay by cheque if you don’t want to give out card details. Please let us know if you have any problems with the online booking system.

Winner of: Silver Award, Sustainable Tourism, North East England Tourism Awards 2008; Northumbria Self-catering of the Year; County Durham Environment Award; Durham Wildlife Trust Award; Green Tourism Business Scheme Silver Award.

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