Historical Cottages in East Durham
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Amazing feature master bedroom
Our 3 beautiful dog friendly self catering holiday cottages, located on the east Durham heritage coast, provide the perfect home away from home for a restful break in complete luxury. With all the comforts of home, from flatscreen tv and WiFi to washer dryers and dishwashers, comfortable furnishings and linens and for cosy nights in a wood burning stove; you’ll find it hard to leave.
We have lovingly renovated and restored our historic 13th century grade 2 * listed tithe barn and created 3 fabulous luxuriously appointed holiday cottages.
The Tithe Barn Cottages
Located to the west side of the old medieval longhouse, the Farmhouse is the largest of our cottages.
It was used for many years; up until 1974, as the Farmhouse of Rectory Farm.
Prices start at: £139 per night
The Hayloft Our first floor apartment, located at the east of the longhouse. It was originally, as the name suggests, used as a storage area on our family farm. The main space is a wonderfully bright, airy, spacious area containing a modern fully fitted kitchen, dining table and comfortable living area with wood burning stove. … Continue reading “Historical Hayloft Apartment”
Prices start at: £127 per night
The Byre Our smallest and cosiest cottage with all the comforts and conveniences of home.Located on the ground floor at the east of the longhouse it is ideal for those with slight mobility difficulties.It was, as its name suggests, previously used to house cattle on our family farm. The main area contains a fully fitted … Continue reading “Historical Byre Cottage”
Prices start at: £114 per night
Our cottages are housed within a grade 2 * listed, historically important, medieval longhouse situated on the edge of Easington Village which was originally a Saxon settlement.
It is believed the building may have been built by the Prince Bishops of Durham as a place of worship whilst the nearby Norman church was being built, however expert historical opinion is divided on this. It is generally accepted that it dates back to the 13th century despite there being a Saxon window in the east gable end, (which can be seen from the garden and parking area).
Throughout its long history it has had many purposes, including being a retreat for the monks from the nearby Durham Cathedral world heritage site. It is believed that the first floor was used as accommodation (most likely dormitories) whilst underneath on the ground floor livestock would have been housed. This was fairly common place, as the rising heat from the animals helped to warm the first floor – a kind of medieval central heating system.
There is some suggestion that it was home to the only English pope, Pope Adrian IV (born Nicholas Breakspear) for a short time, however we are not altogether sure whether this holds up to historical scrutiny. You can read more on Pope Adrian IV on Wikipedia
The Longhouse would almost certainly have been part of the Seaton Holme (the oldest domestic Manor House in England) manorial complex which at one time had its own fish ponds and orchards.
Where does the name come from?
A tithe was one tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy.
It seems that until fairly recent times the building has had close links with the church and Durham Cathedral.
East Durham Groundwork
Tithe Barn Cottages
We genuinely feel great affection for this wonderful building, and its history and we take great pleasure in being able to share it with our guests whom we hope will also love and enjoy it.
Out & About at Tithe Barn Cottages
The cottages adjoin our family farm which is within Easington Village itself.
We are located approximately 2 miles from the Durham heritage coast and the National Trust coastal path which runs the entire length of Durham’s coastline.
Easington Villages’ origins are agricultural. There is a large green still at the heart of the village. On a clear day the view from the top of the green down the coast towards Whitby is spectacular.
The adjoining village is Easington Colliery, which as its name suggests grew up around the coal mine. The film Billy Elliot was shot here.
We are centrally located between world heritage site Durham, Sunderland and Hartlepool – all approximately 15 minutes drive away.
Newcastle Upon Tyne and the Metrocentre are both approximately 30 minutes by car.
There is a train station at Seaham, with a local services to Sunderland and Newcastle to the North and Hartlepool and Middlesbrough to the South.
There is a train station in Durham which is on the main east coast line, with direct services to London, York and Edinburgh.
We are blessed with numerous glorious beaches both locally and also a little further afield in Northumberland and North Yorkshire.
Seaham and its world famous sea glass beach is approximately 5 miles away although it is worth mentioning that the beach at Easington is also an excellent place to collect sea glass and not nearly as busy. The beaches at Seaburn in Sunderland and South Shields are both excellent with vast, clean stretches of sand.
Northumberland (approx 1 -1.5 hours drive away) has a huge choice of clean sandy beaches. Our favourites are Bamburgh and Warkworth, both with magnificent castles and picturesque villages as a backdrop.
North Yorkshire (approx 45 mins – 1 hour away) has quaint fishing villages clinging to the cliff sides. The beaches are well worth the walk down (and unfortunately back up) the seemingly never ending steps. As well as the ever popular Whitby and Scarborough, Staithes and Ruswick Bay are also lovely.
Having excellent transport links, many of the regions attractions are within easy reach:
Set on a rocky promontory next to the Castle, with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable to travellers on the East Coast railway line.Read More
Sitting at the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site and occupied continuously since the 11th century, the Castle is now home to the students of University College, part of Durham University.Read More
Alnwick Castle has over 950 years of history to discover, and the origins of the Castle date back to the Norman period. Since 1309, its story has been intertwined with that of the Percy family.Read More
Set on a rocky promontory next to the Castle, with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable to travellers on the East Coast railway line.
Sitting at the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site and occupied continuously since the 11th century, the Castle is now home to the students of University College, part of Durham University.
Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s & 1950s.
Hadrian’s Wall was more than just a barricade; it was a vibrant and multi-cultural occupied military zone of mile-castles, barracks, ramparts, forts and settlements.
The Bowes Museum
The collections are displayed on three floors of the magnificent French-styled building.
Nestling on the Tees Valley in the North East of England the Hartlepool Marina is ideally placed for access to the open sea and for cruising in the sheltered waters of Tees Bay offering picturesque seascapes with the pretty back drop of Hartlepool Headland.
National Glass Centre
On the North bank of the river Wear is the National Glass Center. It was in the nearby St. Peter's Church glass making was introduced to Britain by Benedict Biscop, this was to make windows for the Monkweremouth-Jarrow Priory built in 674AD.
Tithe Barn Cottage Reviews
Trip Advisor Reviews
On the last day of our week here, we had a long hard think. We have stayed in some fantastic holiday lets in the UK and we think this is... read more
28 August 2020
Having just returned from what is now our yearly visit to these fabulous cottages for our family reunion Tinsel and Tea weekend. Fun and laughter from start to finish. Comfortable... read more
10 November 2019
We (2 adults, 2 children) stayed in the Farmhouse, and other family members in the Hayloft and the Byre, and all 3 cottages were perfect for our needs. The Farmhouse... read more
6 September 2019
We stayed in the Hayloft for two nights. We were met at the door by the owner Kathryn who was very welcoming.
The property itself exceeded our expectations. There... read more
15 June 2019
This property did not disappoint. It has wonderful character, but is homely and cosy at the same time. It was spotlessly clean and provided everything for a luxury self catering... read more
27 February 2019
So many little extras it felt like home from home. Kathryn was most accommodating with our extra requests, the barn was tastefully decorated with attention to detail. We would stay... read more
2 October 2018
Warm welcome, clean and well maintained, everything you need. Close to lovely walks and dog friendly.
20 September 2018
We booked The Byre for two nights to accommodate some of our American visitors. This is truly a hidden gem. We live just around the corner and only found out... read more
3 September 2018
Kathryn and Terry have done a superb job restoring this beautiful building. They are wonderful hosts and each room is decorated tastefully and comfortably. It is apparent that they take... read more
28 June 2017
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