Boot & Shoe Cottage

Barnard Castle, Durham

A tranquil country cottage with big open fire, tennis in the garden, chickens & sheep. The Tees runs past the garden; spot the kingfisher


3 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Pure Wind in the Willows: the waters of the Tees pass the bottom of your garden. Woolly Hebridean sheep baa and chickens scurry about the lane to this 300-year-old cottage which was once a cobbler’s home, hence its name. A big open fire built of stone is the focal point of the sitting room, where pale shades and crisp white wood blend beautifully with country pieces. The kitchen is compact but perfect, and its dining end has a table by the wood-burner and French windows opening onto a terrace with roses, barbecue, and steps down to the river. Sunshine streams into the cream-walled double bedroom with its ancient wood headboard and cast-iron fireplace; under the rafters is a fun little eyrie for two, the second bed suitable for a child. For groups of six, ask the charming Peats to let you use the guest bedroom (with bathroom) in their house. There’s an all-weather tennis court in the walled garden, you’re a quarter of a mile from cycle route 52 and you can walk the glorious Teesdale Way. Plenty to keep you lean, though the nearby farm shops could throw a spanner in the works. A wonderfully tranquil hideaway. 


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £360
1 Cottage for 4
From £653 beds4 bedrooms


A comfortable and well-equipped cottage in a fantastic setting beside the river. Rachel's happy hens scurry along the lane, there is much entertaining birdlife in the garden, and there are lots of places to visit nearby, including excellent pubs. We shall re-visit very soon!


It is a rare thing to find a holiday cottage that provides you with everything you might want from an escape but Boot & Shoe is that place. I have stayed there on several occasions and know that I will be comfortable, warm and relaxed - a perfect head space from the hustle and bustle of every day life! The location is perfect for walks and days out but I must admit I prefer to sit watching the birdlife beside the river from the dining area or garden or to snuggle up in front of the real fire with a glass (or mug) of something. The owner is extremely helpful and makes you feel very welcome.


Nothing short of a triumph for Boot and Shoe Cottage! My tricky brief was to provide a calm environment, in which my teenage son could study for his imminent A level exams, stimulate my younger son during his Half Term holiday and to welcome friends and family for the Jubilee celebrations...all in the pouring rain! No mean feat.With the French windows open to the garden and river beyond, Hugo set to his books, with an uncharacteristic focus, rod and racquet in hand, Henry was happily occupied and so were we, as a heron flew by and a kingfisher dodged the champagne cork!


We have stayed at Boot and Shoe cottage at least once in each of the last eleven years. The location is beautiful, and the area has much to offer. The cottage has great charm, is comfortable, and furnished with excellent taste. It is always well presented and everything works. The kitchen is well equipped. Rachel Peat is welcoming and most helpful.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Rachel Peat

  • Watch the river in all its moods - a raging torrent or an enticing swimming pool warmed by the sun. Look out for the dart of blue of a kingfisher or a sleek brown otter surfacing. Boot and Shoe's views - always changing, always relaxing and rewarding
  • Boot and Shoe (once a cobblers and a pub!) is a haven for walkers, cyclists., bird-watchers and those who like to laze by the river or cosy wood stove. Teesdale is a hidden gem and one of England's least spoilt area.
  • Visit Barnard Castle for antiques and quirky shops, loose yourself in art and culture at the Bowes Museum, discover mediaeval Raby Castle and High Force, England's highest waterfall, Teesdale's whitewashed farms and pretty villages.
  • Situated on the edge of the North Pennines AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, pack a picnic from the farm shop and head off for a day's walking or mountain biking with sheep, hares, grouse and curlew for company.
  • The cathedral cities of York and Ripon, the great Yorkshire Abbeys (Fountains, Rieveaulx, Jervaulx), the Lake District and Hadrians Wall are all within 1 hour's drive.
  • Real home cooked frozen meal service and excellent farm shops/farmers markets near by. Nearest pub with good beer and food a 10 minute walk and 2 fantastic pub/restaurants within a few minutes drive.