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The Old School House

Address: 15 Morley, Nr. Toft Hill, Bishop Auckland County Durham DL14 0PN, UNITED KINGDOM


  • Car Park
  • Non Smoking Establishment
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wireless Internet Access
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At a glance
This beautifully situated and welcoming cottage, perfect for getting away from it all, Enjoys a superb location for scenic drives amongst rolling hills of Weardale and Teesdale and through dramatic countryside in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The North Pennines.
Prided on its’ wonderful garden that wraps around this charming cottage with its’ plentiful visiting wildlife and stunning night skies
Enjoy the peaceful location with stunning views and rural walks nearby
Just a short drive to visit Durham and its magnificent Cathedral and riverbank walks and even closer to market town of Barnard Castle

This bright and welcoming detached cottage is nestled on the edge of the North Pennines and boasts beautiful views over the rolling countryside, making it an ideal base for a tranquil, relaxing break
This lovely property is situated in the rural hamlet of Morley, County Durham. It conveniently sits on the cusp of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding National Beauty with some truly awe-inspiring spectacles such as High Force waterfalls and intense views of the un-spoilt landscapes to soak up. It is wonderfully positioned for those days exploring Weardale, Teesdale and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Just two miles will take you to Hamsterley Forest. The forest boasts plenty of wildlife and is ideal for activities including walking, cycling and “picnic-ing”. There are plenty of great places to visit in the area, all of which make great days out. You could visit popular Durham City just 13 miles away and enjoy a walk along the river or visit the famous Cathedral. Barnard Castle is just eight miles away and you can explore "High Force" Waterfall, Raby Castle or the fascinating Bowes Museum and Gardens. Venturing a little further afield to explore the historic market town of Richmond, the spectacular Lake District, Northumberland or the glorious North Yorkshire Moors.

On entering this charming bungalow, which dates back originally to 1677, you enter into a welcoming conservatory where you can sit back and take in the stunning country views of the garden. Through to the inviting and elegant lounge, an ideal space for relaxing and where you will find a traditional wood burner, as well as TV, DVD and iPod dock. Moving into the attractively designed kitchen/diner, you will find the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need to prepare your own meals, including an electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. You can also sit with a glass of wine together at the table and enjoy your home cooking. Exploring this delightful property further you will find a spacious king-size room with views over the garden. There is an additional double with a four-poster bed for one. The bathroom is complete with a shower over the bath and a WC. The washing machine and tumble dryer are also located in the bathroom.

Stepping out from the French doors in the conservatory, you will find yourself in the beautiful, extensive garden which has a fenced paddock and pond. There is ample off-road parking available for two cars.

Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

Based on 11 guest ratings from guests that have stayed at the property. Rating out of 5 stars

Overall cleanliness 5 stars
Overall equipment 4.4 stars
Overall comfort 5 stars
Overall location 5 stars

Reviewed by Annette, 19th September 2020
Guest rating 5 stars
A wonderful 17th Century cottage that retains its authenticity whilst providing the modern comforts for a perfect holiday. The peaceful and idyllic location is perfect for relaxing and still within easy reach to all the amenities and beautiful North Pennies you need to enjoy your holiday. The frequent fly pass of a barn owl was a real bonus.

Reviewed by Maxine, 12th September 2020
Guest rating 4.6 stars
Comfortable cottage in a very quiet location. Breakfast in the conservatory was a particularly enjoyable experience!

Reviewed by Sarah, 8th August 2020
Guest rating 4.6 stars
Location was lovely as we wanted a self contained garden that we could enjoy ourselves without sharing a communal one. Very comfortable and light and airy rooms and the conservatory was great for drying boots and watching the great outdoors when the weather wasnt so good. Lots to do within half an hours drive and only 15 mins to supermarkets when needed. Spotless on arrival. Would definitely recommend Hide

Reviewed by Geoffrey, 1st August 2020
Guest rating 4.6 stars
This cottage is set in lovely surroundings, very cosy and relaxing and the garden is wonderfully quite and extremely relaxing ,I could have spent all day just sitting under the trees and watching the great variety of birds flit around . I enjoyed the conservatory at dusk watching the bats catching moths , a great place if you're in need of revitalising as I was . Very comfy furniture in the fairly large living room and a large comfortable bed. Hide

Reviewed by Pauline, 25th July 2020
Guest rating 4.8
If you enjoy solitude and nature on your doorstep then this is the perfect location, whatever the weather. The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay and all the furnishings are of good quality. A mix of modern and old are cleverly combined and the conservatory is the icing on the cake. You will need a car to access local shopping, pubs etc and there are many excellent locations to visit within an hours drive. We loved it so much we have already booked another visit. Hide

Reviewed by timothy, 18th July 2020
Guest rating 4.4
The cottage isn't cheap but we liked the quiet location & it was very comfortable. The conservatory was a real boon & the garden was very pretty, especially this time of year. It allowed us to access the Durham Heritage Coast & enjoy walks along the Teesdale Way from Barnard Castle, across Bowes Moor & along the Pennine Way, around High Force, part of the Weardale Way, as well as Hamsterley Forest. Hide

Reviewed by Jonathan, 4th July 2020
Guest rating 4.2
This cottage was exactly what we wanted and needed. We had a very relaxing and peaceful time, and managed plenty of walking and cycling. The owner was very helpful.

Reviewed by June, 22nd June 2019
Guest rating 5 stars
A lovely bright cottage in rural surroundings. The bedrooms were spacious and the bed was so comfortable. A superb accommodation. Thank you very much!

Reviewed by Lorraine, 25th March 2019
Guest rating 5 stars
Had a wonderful week away here. Cottage is beautiful with a fantastic garden and pheasant! A great little getaway if you need to get away from the city. Incredibly peaceful and relaxing. Kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to cook, this cottage also has a washing and drying machine. The bed was soft, clean and helped me slip away in to the deepest of sleeps. Beautiful views from all windows and loved watching the fire burn away from the comfy arm chair. Highly recommend !!!!