Recommended Places to Eat Out

We’ve recently had meals out at these places which we can heartily recommend:

  • The Forresters Pub/Restaurant, Middleton-in-Teesdale
    A unique combination of French cuisine and traditional British pub food.
  • Blagraves House – Shop, Restaurant, Cocktail bar, Barnard Castle
    A new lease of life for a very old building – quirky interiors shop, with tapas style food, home bakes, hot and cold drinks.
  • Babul’s – Curry, Cocktails, Coffee in Barnard Castle
    An old favourite of ours for eat-in or takeaway.

Walking in Winter

Winter Moon over Hury Reservoir

Winter walking in Teesdale can be just as spectacular as during warmer times. Hury Reservoir is just a mile up the road from the cottages – this photo was taken at the far end, about 2.5 miles away.

Just remember to wrap up warm!

We’re Electric!

We have recently acquired a Nissan Leaf all-electric car, and had a 7kw charging point installed. We love it so much we’re offering free charging and a 10% discount to any other all-electric car owners. Just use the code “EV10” when booking.

Huge new show coming to Auckland Castle

Tickets are on sale for the Kynren show this summer. This is a massive new addition to the area, an epic show featuring over 1000 actors, playing out scenes from 2000 years of British history.
Go to the website to see the trailer to get an idea of what to expect.

Together with multi-million pound developments at Auckland Castle, and the regeneration of the town centre,  Bishop Auckland looks set to become a great place to visit!

Looks amazing!

New leisure facility with pool and hot-tub at East Briscoe!

Our new "Endless Pool" swimming pool with current.

Our new “Endless Pool” swimming pool with current.


We have just opened our new leisure facility, which currently boasts a 6 seater hot-tub, and an “Endless Pool” swimming pool with current. We are just putting the finishing touches to the gym area and games room. The games room will shortly have a pool/table tennis/air hockey table, bean bags and library area. The gym currently has a treadmill, more equipment to come soon.