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A 17th-century farmhouse with a contemporary touch in the Durham Dales & the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Luxurious, affordable accommodation: great for walkers, travellers, bird spotters and anyone who loves the great outdoors.

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Rooms: Two double bedrooms and one twin bedded room

From £220

Meals: Self catering
Open: All year
Address: Howlugill Barn, Gilmonby, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9LU
Tel: 44 (0) 1833628110
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Howlugill Barn:

Howlugill Farmhouse dates from the late seventeenth century although the barn itself is thought to date from the early Victorian period. Howlugill Barn is located in the heart of Teesdale and offers luxurious yet affordable accommodation for walkers, travellers and all those seeking comfort and quiet peace. From the windows you can gaze across rolling green fields to moors and valleys of the Dales; a walkers' paradise.  The Farmhouse and Barn are set in the middle of fields and so the only traffic you have to worry about is the occasional curious sheep on the track that leads to the barn - so a very safe and child friendly location!

Howlugill Barn is close to the village of Bowes and is in easy reach of the historic market town of Barnard Castle with the magnificent Bowes museum, its elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture, medieval castle, riverside walks, specialist shopping and antiques area. Perhaps you'd be unable to resist a visit to the imposing Raby Castle and England’s highest waterfall, High Force.

Teesdale is one of the picturesque Durham Dales in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and discovering and exploring Teesdale is a real joy. Upper Teesdale and Lower Teesdale present a truly remarkable region encompassing a wealth of nature, geology and history to be experienced and enjoyed. Such is the importance of its unique geology and landforms, that this was also the first UNESCO European Geopark in Britain and is now also part of the network of Global Geoparks! Combined with its peace and tranquillity Teesdale is a unique region; the main settlements are Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale but there is a wealth of quaint, beautiful villages including Romaldkirk, Eggleston, Cotherstone, Newbiggin-in-Teesdale, Bowes and Staindrop.

Howlugill Barn accommodation is over two floors with kitchen and dining facilities with one twin bedded bedroom on the ground floor and the sitting room, two double bedrooms and the family bathroom upstairs to make the most of the wonderful views. The kitchen and dining areas are open plan, with a modern contemporary feel and light clean lines with cooker, microwave, dish washer and washing machine. A lovely natural stone floor and original beams provide the finishing touches. The upstairs sitting room offers wonderful views overlooking Teesdale and the River Greta; with original beams and antique pine flooring it offers TV with Freeview, radio with CD player.  All linen and towels provided. Enjoy the large garden with open views, complete with patio furniture and dining for six.  Hard parking area.

Reviewed by Lucy Symons:
"Howlugill Barn would be a fabulous spot for a family group, interest group (the large living room would work well as a yoga studio with incredible views over the fields), or a retreat.  You seriously couldn’t ask for more attentive hosts that Jackie and David and you will find their enthusiasm and knowledge totally infectious.

Teesdale may be known as “the last unspoilt wilderness” but it is certainly not bleak… " 

>> Read Lucy's full review of Howlugill Farm 

See the photos from Lucy's visit on our Pinterest board for Howlugill Barn

Top green features of Howlugill Barn:

  • Recycling where possible

  • Restored historic building



Howlugill Barn, County Durham, England
Nearest train station: Darlington Station

Directions from station:
Teesdale is a very rural area and train and bus services are limited; from Darlington station it is necessary to take a bus to Barnard Castle and from there another bus to Bowes village where guests can be collected by prior arrangement. The good news is that walks start from the moment you set foot outside of the front door of Howlugil Barn!

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.