Set in the North Pennines, one mile from the village of Woodland,it can be seen on (Google Earth) and enter DL13 5NH to see the Cottage and surrounding area. It is an excellent location to explore the many places of interest in the region- the Durham Dales of Teesdale and Weardale, Beamish Museum, the Cathedral city of Durham, High Force and the Bowes Museum in the nearby market town of Barnard Castle to name but a few.
Hamsterley Forest situated less than half a mile from the cottage is a fantastic playground for adults and children alike. This 2000 hectare forest has miles of walks, cycle routes and horse riding trails. There are 2 pony trekking facilities near the village of Hamterley, 3 miles away. At the Bedburn area of the forest is a visitor centre and there are picnic areas at several locations throughout the forest. For the more serious sports enthusiast, there is one of the country's leading mountain bike tracks less than a mile from the cottage and there are also a range of tracks to suit all abilities. Bikes can be hired in the forest. The Descend Bike Park website gives more information. It is a noted area for bird watching where birds common to forest and moorland areas can be seen e.g. buzzards, owls and hawks. A RSPB survey on the farm in 2010 showed a total of 51 species of birds on the farm.
Mayland Farm is a working hill farm with sheep and cattle. Spring is a busy time with the arrival of the lambs and calves. The lambs can be seen with their mothers throughout the summer months. The calves in the suckler herd vary in age from new born to several months old and there are a number of the cows calving at autumn time too. The land is devoted entirely to grass and summer time is another busy period when silage and hay making is undertaken to provide fodder for the livestock during the winter months. For those interested, please ask if there is something that you particularly want to see and we shall be pleased to assist. We do request that care is taken at all times for the safety of yourselves and the livestock. Children must be accompanied by adults at all times when on the farm. Please be aware of farm machinery and animals.
For a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings, contact us.
A few comments expressed by previous guests:-
Very spacious and comfortable accomodation in a peaceful and relaxing part of the country. Lovely.
David, Adele & Fleur, Aylesbury.
First class accomodation. A week simply wasn't long enough.
Crawley family, West Sussex.
Great stay! We had lots of fun in the forest. What a beautiful part of the world this is! The bungalow was lovely, spacious and comfortable.
Stephen, Zuli & Wola, Blackpool.
A very enjoyable week, loved the space and the farm setting.
Margaret & Simon, Melbourne, Australia.
We have stayed in a dozen or more holiday homes this is among the best if not the best.
Dick & Angela, Yeovil.
Faultless bungalow, scenery - a perfect holiday.
Gordon & Agnes, Leicester.
Only were staying a week, loved it that much stayed two weeks. First time in England, this cottage gave us a sense of home.
Elke & Robert, Perth, Australia.
Came as a birthday treat and it certainly was. Charming cottage - wonderful area for walking the dogs.
John, Jenny & Stephen, Gainsborough.
We never tire of coming back to the cottage as we consider it home from home.
Alan & Madeline, Sheffield.
An excellently equipped and pleasing cottage.
Paul & Olive, Dumfries.
Very comfortable cottage, beautiful outdoors, absolutely relaxing. We loved the scenery and tranquility.
Ronald & Rosanne, Birmingham.
What a lovely spacious bungalow. Very warm and comfortable. Had a super week.
Bob & Doreen, Bolton.
Well equipped and homely cottage in a beautiful location.
Sarah & Chris, Shipton-on-Stour.
The cottage was all that I had been led to expect. It's been a wonderful, relaxing fortnight.
Peter, Clare & Ava, Victoria, Australia.
This is our 6th visit and it's harder to leave each time.
Jim & Pat, Hastings, Sussex.
A wonderful,relaxing week stay at this outstanding cottage. Some fabulous walking and sightseeing.
David, Audrey, James & Andrew, Howden.
Weeks run from Saturday to Saturday.
Short breaks may be available by arrangement.
Visitors are requested to arrive after 3.30 p.m. on the arrival day and to vacate the property by 10.30 a.m. on the day of departure. Keys to be collected from Mayland Farm (next door).
Pets by arrangement but they must not be left unattended in the cottage.
To safeguard against cancellation charges and other unforseen circumstances we recommend that cancellation insurance is taken.