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Cottage from riverbank
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Entrance to Boot & Shoe
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River on a sunny day
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Garden and exterior
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Main bedroom
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Living room
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Tennis court
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Original shop sign
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Peaceful water
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Rear of the cottage
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Boot and Shoe Cottage


Barnard Castle, Yorkshire,


  One-off feature  
  An historic cottage - once a cobblers and a pub - at an ancient crossing over the River Tees, Boot and Shoe provides the perfect holiday. Relax and watch the river flow by, the kingfisher dart across the water and an occasional otter come to say hello. Or return from a day out and cosy up with a roaring log fire. And walk to the local Michelin recommended pub for dinner!  
  Property Info  
  Accommodation Type: Cottage  
  Property Setting: Riverside / Waterfront / Village / Rural  
  Holiday Type: Relaxing / Family / Sports & activity  
  Bedrooms: 2  
  Guests: 4  
  Catering: self-catering  
  General Info  
  If you are looking for a quiet get-away-from-it-all weekend for 2 or a longer family stay in some of England's most beautiful surroundings, close to Barnard Castle, Durham and the Yorkshire dales, then Boot and Shoe Cottage is just the place for you. We offer a warm welcome with a log fires and home baking - a true home-from-home. The cottage, once a cobblers and pub, has now been restored to a high standard with original wall cupboards, beams and fireplaces retained, in addition to all "mod cons" and solar panels. The date stone on the now internal stained glass window is 1761. The cottage is near the hamlet of Wycliffe, the birthplace of John Wycliff, and close to Barnard Castle. The middle of a terrace of three at the end of a private road, the cottage is well furnished with country antiques and paintings and photographs of local landmarks adorn the walls.  
  Details on the area surrounding the property/accommodation  
  Wycliffe is 6 miles from Barnard Castle in the heart of Teesdale, one of England's least spoilt and most beautiful areas. Teesdale is part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with many small villages and white-washed farms, and is home to the John and Josephine Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, High Force - England's highest waterfall and the medieval stronghold of Raby Castle with its deer park. The area offers opportunities for many outdoor activities, including walking with the Teesdale and Pennine Ways, cycling in Hamsterley Forest, golfing, bird watching and riding. Rods on the River Tees can be rented, either by the day or weekly, to take advantage of the excellent trout fishing available with Boot and Shoe Cottage. The Yorkshire Dales and Durham are close by and further afield are York, Newcastle and the Lake District.  
  Getting there & away/local amenities  
  Getting There: Only 10 miles from Scotch Corner and 2 miles from the A66.  
  Nearest train station: Darlington 12 miles  
  Car Hire: Optional  
  Nearest restaurant: A 10 minute walk  
  Nearest shop: Farm shop miles  
  Nearest market: Barnard Castle - 6 miles  
  More info Enquiry info
  Name Rachel Peat
  Contact Phone No. 44 (0)1833 627200 / 07881 400163
  Accommodation details
  Activities Nearby Birdwatching / Canoeing / Cycling / Fishing / Golf within 30km / Horse Riding / Tennis / Walking  
  Interior Facilities Cot / Highchair / Dishwasher / DVD player / Internet Access / Linen provided / Log Fire / Television / Washing Machine  
  Interior Details Relax in the atmospheric sitting room, with its open fire and comfy sofas and view over the front garden and fields. There are masses of books and games, videos and DVDs, maps and information on the local area. The fully equipped kitchen / dining room has a wood burning stove and French windows opening on to the back garden - enjoy your meals while watching the River Tees flow by. Upstairs are two bedrooms - a large double bedroom with ancient oak headboard, and an attic-style bedroom with one standard and one small (2' 6") single beds. Both rooms are comfortably furnished with cotton bedlinen and feather and down bedding (synthetic available). There is a downstairs toilet and shower next to the utility room and an upstairs bathroom. There is also the option to include an extra twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom on a nightly or weekly basis.  
  Exterior Facilities BBQ / Garden / Parking / Tennis Court  
  Exterior Details Outside, the River Tees (private trout fishing available) with kingfishers, duck, geese and trout is accessible by steps down from the back garden; the front garden gives on to fields with horses, sheep and rabbits. A short walk through the wood brings you to our all weather tennis court. Wycliffe nestles beside a particulary lovely stretch of the south bank of the River Tees and is home to a 13th century church and the public footpath connects with the Teesdale Way at Whorlton Bridge - a 19th century suspension bridge.  
  Further Details There are several excellent pubs nearby, with The Oak Tree (a 5 minute drive) featuring in the Michelin "Eating out in Pubs Guide 2010" and recently re-awarded the "Bib Gourmand". Barnard Castle has a wide selection of local shops, including several specialising in antiques and a burgeoning art community, a weekly market, a monthly farmers' market, banks and post office and the Bowes Museum. The nearest farm shop is about 2 miles away. Barnard Castle is connected by bus to Darlington(train station), Durham and Richmond. There are also buses serving upper Teesdale and the north Pennines. The nearest bus stop is a 10 minute walk. The cottage provides the perfect location for a relaxing self-catering holiday in peaceful and scenic surroundings. We are proud of our eco credentials - solar panels and sheep's wool insulation, pesticide free vegetables and free range hens - and encourage our guests to recycle and protect this beautiful environment too.  
  Conditions of
Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Short breaks available. Usual changeover day is Saturday. All rates are inclusive of: electricity, fuel (coal and logs), bed-linen, towels and welcome hamper of home-baking and groceries. We also offer a frozen meal service. Fresh vegetables and fruit from our garden and eggs from the children's hens are also available.  
  Other Information Child Friendly / Ideal for honeymoons / Short breaks available  
  What visitors have said about Boot and Shoe Cottage
The fact that this is our 6th visit and new year here speaks volumes for the cottage, area and people
Scott & Joe,  Nottingham,  Dec 2012 

As ever, beautiful. Lovely river and excellent walks. Saw amazing wildlife.
8th Visit!,  Leicestershire,  Apr 2012 

Returned to Boot and Shoe after 7 years and had forgotten how charming it is. It was like meeting up with an old friend. Great to get fresh bread - so welcoming and hospitable.
Sue & Anthony,  Northumberland,  Dec 2012 

Duplo and jigsaws a great hit with visiting grandchildren!
Thewlis,  Shropshre,  Apr 2012 

We swam in the river which was freezing but fun. I loved the attic room I slept in with my sister. The whole house was amazing. Especially the kitchen. The whole holiday was great!
Pietroni children,  Bangladesh 

A wonderful haven to enjoy the beauty of Teesdale. Thank you for the roaring fire, home-made biscuits and beautiful cottage.
Binchy Family,  Oxfordshire,  Apr 2012 

The most beautiful spot. Toddler enjoyed the chickens and dad loved the fishing. You couldn't be closer to nature here.
O'Brien family,  Lancashire 

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