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"Ideal for walkers, birdwatchers and anglers."

Welcome to Mellwaters Barn Cottages

A very warm welcome awaits you at Mellwaters Barn Cottages which are centrally placed in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within easy reach of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Durham or York, making it an ideal holiday destination whether you are looking for a relaxing holiday , action packed holiday or just enjoy walking in beautiful countryside. As owners we believe in making you holiday as relaxed and pleasurable as possible and to this end there is mostly someone on site to help you with any queries you may have.

Being a family business we are happy to welcome you any day of the week , for 3 to 7 days or longer, and see many of our visitors on return visits to enjoy the facilities at Mellwaters Barn.

Disability Level 3 Assisted for Blue Tit and Kingfisher cottages. Level 2 for Robin and Wren cottages.

What to look forward to...

  • Visiting Beamish Museum, Bowes Museum, Durham Cathedral, Auckland Castle, York Minster and the Lake District are some of the destinations within easy reach.

  • Local activities include:

    • Bird watching – Black Grouse, Curlew, Lapwing and Oystercatcher are regular visitors.

    • Cycling – many routes signposted often over very quiet roads.

    • Fishing – both reservoir and river fishing available nearby under licence

    • Walking – purpose made paths on East Mellwaters Farm which is on the Bowes loop of the Pennine Way and many other footpaths in the near locality including Teesdale Way and Greta Walk.

  • Beautiful quiet country roads in some of England’s wildest countryside with magnificent scenery where wildlife is plentiful.

  • Beautiful clean unpolluted air helps some of our visitors to breathe more easily.

  • Mellwaters Barn is situated on a working farm which has been in the Highest Environmental Scheme for over 20 years to help protect the beautiful countryside where we are situated.

The cottages themselves provide:-

  • Awarded 4-star Gold by VisitEngland.

  • All cottages have profiling beds for maximum comfort to ensure a good night’s sleep.

  • All cottages are fully centrally heated.

  • The laundry room is available for use by our visitors.

  • Prices include all linen, towels and heating costs.

  • Total flexibility on your arrival and departure days.

  • Short breaks available.

  • Quality welcome pack.


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