Welcome to Tithe Barn Cottages

Historical Cottages in East Durham

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

The Farmhouse

The Farmhouse Located to the west side of the old medieval longhouse, the Farmhouse is the largest of our cottages.It has all the comforts of home; from flat screen TV and WiFi to washer dryer, dishwasher and for cosy nights in a wood burning stove. Downstairs the entrance lobby leads into the spacious lounge/diner with … Continue reading “Historical Farmhouse”

Prices start at: £121 per night

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The Hayloft

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: £110 per night

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The Byre

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: £99 per night

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Our History

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).

It has had many purposes throughout its long history, 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

It 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. 

It’s unclear when the building left the ownership of the church.

Family Farm

Our family moved onto Rectory Farm which like most farms in the area at this time was rented from the owners the South Hetton Coal Company.
1930s

Deemed Uninhabitable

Sadly the building was rather unloved and neglected and by the time our grandmother died in 1974 the local authority condemned the building as being unfit for human habitation. Unfortunately the new owners the National Coal Board did not invest in the old building and it remained empty and quickly began further deteriorating.
1974

Farm Purchace

Our father bought the farm by which point the building was derelict and the cost of repair was unrealistic.
1983

East Durham Groundwork

A charitable organisation, East Durham Groundwork, purchased the building and with the assistance of grants began the lengthy process of renovation, after which the building was used as one of their offices.
1997

Moving forward

We became aware of the opportunity to reacquire the building and following purchase.
2015

Tithe Barn Cottages

Conversion started on our 3 separate holiday lets
2016

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:

Durham Cathedral from the river

Durham Cathedral

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.

Durham Castle

Durham Castle

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.

'Tiny Tim' the steam hammer at the Beamish Museum entrance.

Beamish Museum

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

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.

Hartlepool Marina

Hartlepool Marina

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.

Hayloft front entrance at sunset

Tithe Barn Cottage Reviews

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Mike
Mike
1. October, 2020.
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Amazing stay. ☺ We stayed in the Farmhouse. A beautiful, comfortable and peaceful house. Has everything one could need for a cosy stay. The hosts have clearly gone to every effort to make these cottages first class. Doesn't get much better than this!
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Liz
Liz
1. October, 2020.
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Fantastic ☺ Great location for us, & lovely property.☹ Nothing, everything was excellent.
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Arlene
Arlene
1. July, 2020.
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The property exceeded our expectations, and the owner was very friendly and helpful. Great location
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Craig
Craig
1. June, 2020.
10
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Exceptional
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Julia
Julia
1. March, 2020.
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Excellent
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Moira
Moira
1. January, 2020.
10
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Superb attention to detail
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Emma1502
Emma1502
1. November, 2019.
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Beautiful stay at The Hayloft ☺ Extremely comfy home from home feel. Welcome package was a nice touch and there were games, puzzles and books
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Hannah
Hannah
1. October, 2019.
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Really relaxing stay in a beautiful cottage and everyone was so friendly ☺ Kathryn and her family were extremely helpful, and always happy to help/answer questions. We stayed in their absolutely stunning cottage for 4 nights in with our golden retriever. Every little detail was carefully thought out to make you feel like you were in a home away from home. The free range eggs were also delicious! There were two local dog-friendly pubs we visited (The Half Moon and The Stapylton Arms) that did really good food and everyone was so friendly!☹ Little bit out of the way for many attractions but you can get to Durham in 20 mins or Tynemouth in 40 mins by car
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Carol
Carol
1. September, 2019.
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I would definitely stay again, but without my dogs. ☺ Attention to detail. Cottage felt like home from home.☹ The accommodation is listed as dog friendly, however the outside space was across a small car park which meant walking out in rain late at night.
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Flora Klumpler
Flora Klumpler
4. November, 2019.
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Best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in, and what an amazing location, too! We will definitely return!
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Andrew Lax
Andrew Lax
3. January, 2019.
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Five Stars an absolutely stunning cottage with every attention to detail. I’ve now lost count how many times we have been here but every time the owners make us feel so welcome. I can’t recommend this place enough and we will be back again a couple of more times during the year. Happy New Year to you all and thank you once again.
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Naomi Machin
Naomi Machin
13. November, 2018.
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We've just stayed here last weekend with family up from Oldham, it's absolutely beautiful, I can't believe we have such a lovely hide away so close to home. We checked straight away to see if Easter was free but sadly it's full. We'll be checking every occasion we can to stay again. The cottage is spacious warm and decorated beautifully, the bathrooms and showers were top quality and the beds were huge and really comfortable. The kitchen had everything you could think of if u wanted to cook a meal and the welcome pack with tea coffee milk sugar etc was a great touch. We can't fault a thing. Thank you for having us and we will be back.
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Tamara Meahan
Tamara Meahan
19. October, 2018.
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Wonderful holiday let with great attention to detail and quality. Very warm welcome from the owners and a lovely welcome pack including eggs from the farm next door.If you want to explore the beautiful Durham Heritage Coast a great base to explore from.
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Lauren Jepson
Lauren Jepson
23. September, 2017.
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Nicola Evans Park
Nicola Evans Park
27. August, 2017.
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Janey Adam
Janey Adam
6. August, 2017.
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Stayed in Hayloft for a family wedding 4-6th August...stunning property, spotlessly clean and beautifully decorated...welcome tea tray with biscuits and fresh flowers from the lovely owners on arrival...already discussing next visit...
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Brian
Brian
20. October, 2019.
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The Byre Stayed in the Byre this week and it was perfect, these really are 5 star cottages and the hosts can't do enough for you. Looking forward to a return trip soon
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Reviewer
23. April, 2019.
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Great accommodation
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9. April, 2019.
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EXCELLENT
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Jean Willis
Jean Willis
29. November, 2019.
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Had the most relaxing few days,everything was perfect!
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Mark Vincent
Mark Vincent
29. September, 2019.
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An amazing little gem hidden away in Easington. We stayed for a couple of nights leading up to our daughters wedding. It was perfect. Beautifully fitted out to an exceptionally high standard & lots of room for the Bridal party to get ready from - including photographer, make-up artists and hairdressers. Terry and Kathryn have thought of all those little extras that make it truly special.
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TuTo_Michel634
TuTo_Michel634
23. August, 2019.
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PABLO FML
PABLO FML
14. May, 2019.
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One year more, all perfect, thanks.
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Jackie Hall
Jackie Hall
27. January, 2019.
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Melita Rogers
Melita Rogers
23. January, 2019.
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We've just returned from a wonderful short break in the farmhouse . We've stayed in many gorgeous places but this just about tops them all. No expense has been spared creating these magical cottages , the attention to detail and sheer luxury is second to none . They really have thought of everything! We ate out at the Half moon pub who were very accommodating with regards to our two dogs and we also ordered take away. This has no bearing on the kitchen which is very well equipped with just about everything you could possibly need. We've already booked our second trip and look forward to exploring this very beautiful part of the country. Thank you Katherine and Terry x
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Janice Pickup
Janice Pickup
21. November, 2018.
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Five star Hayloft. Just had a four day midweek break staying in the Hayloft. It was an absolute luxury stay, everything was perfect from booking to leaving. A very generous welcome tray awaits my arrival, coffee pods for coffee machine, free range eggs,milk, crisps and fantastic selection of yummy biscuits. The furnishings are all of very high quality with the stylish mixture of old & new which suits the conversation really well. I booked directly with the owners as I had a few questions concerning my two dogs, the replies were very quick and informative. It was the most relaxing break I have had in years. Seaham beach is just a short drive away with plenty of parking and a fantastic Asda, I didn't sample any of the eating places as I had my two dogs with me, I stocked up on food and ate in. The kitchen equipment was like everything else first class. If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay very close to the sights of Durham and it's surrounding areas you won't be disappointed. .
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Andrew Lowerson
Andrew Lowerson
15. October, 2018.
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Amazing place to stay - homely, comfortable and very dramatic.
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Michael Petitjean
Michael Petitjean
24. August, 2018.
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Excellent property. Good location for a base.
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Contact Us

For general enquiries and further information,
please contact us;

Tithe Barn Cottages
Rectory Farm
Hall Walk
Easington Village
County Durham
SR8 3BS

+447582 347 432

info@tithebarncottages.co.uk

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as soon as we can.