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Pasture Cottage provides extremely comfortable, non-smoking, self-catering, 4 Star family accommodation in the beautiful Durham Dales, 1 mile from the village of Wolsingham.
From the moment you arrive at the Grade II listed historic 18th century farmstead, you will enjoy its tranquillity and beauty. Surrounded by fields and gently rolling hills, Pasture Cottage is in an area designated to be ‘of outstanding natural beauty’.
Whether walking the fells, fishing on Tunstall Reservoir, biking, horse riding in Hamsterley forest, visiting the many historical landmarks or just relaxing in the garden, time spent at Pasture Cottage will refresh and invigorate the senses.
Wolsingham village, a ten minute walk from the cottage, offers a good range of small shops, pubs and recreational facilities (including an indoor heated swimming pool).
Things to see and do in County Durham
Broom House Farm
The farm house is on the top of the hill, but the farmland itself rolls down the valley to the River Browney. Broom House is really a livestock farm - although some arable crops such as barley, oats, peas, turnips and broad beans are grown - with the aim of producing our own feed for the animals. We have a herd of beautiful Aberdeen Angus cattle, as well as a large flock of Lleyn sheep and a small herd of Saddleback pigs as well as a flock of laying hens. The aim is to breed all our own replacement animals on the farm, enabling us to improve the quality of our livestock through breeding.
Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe. It is cherished not only for its architecture but also for its incomparable setting. For this reason it was inscribed together with the Castle as one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites. In a nationwide BBC poll held in 2001 it was voted the nation's best-loved building. Like Hadrian's Wall and the Angel of the North, it is an icon of north-east England, its image is instantly recognisable to people who love this part of Britain.
Beamish is a world famous open air museum telling the story of the people of North East England at two important points in their history – 1825 and 1913. In 1825, the region was rural and thinly populated. The Industrial Revolution, particularly the coming of the railways, accelerated change. By 1913 the heavy industries of the region were at their peak. Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside, eight miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne, twelve miles north west of Durham city. It is not a traditional museum.
The National Railway Museum at Shildon
Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon officially opened in 2004 and is the first National Museum in the North East of England.The premier railway museum contains many exciting exhibits. It is located on a 6 hectare site incorporating historic monuments and buildings full of interactive displays and an eco-friendly building 'Collection' which houses up to 60 vehicles, many from the National Collection. The museum also includes a play area, picnic area, modern art monument, gift shop and cafe.
Visitors to The Bowes Museum today can marvel at the fascinating collections but can also enjoy an exciting programme of exhibitions. Activities in the park and a superb café and shop have helped bring the museum singing and dancing into the 21st century. The magnificent legacy that John and Joséphine left to the people of Teesdale has been cared for to retain its charm and intrigue yet sympathetic developments have made the attraction a popular, vibrant and exciting day out for all.
Hall Hill Farm
Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of County Durham, Hall Hill Farm is an award winning mixed farm of 290 hectares. There are lots of friendly animals waiting to meet you. Bottle feed the lambs, fluffy chicks, inquisitive goats, the magnificent Highland Cattle and the children's favourite, rabbits and guinea pigs to cuddle and stroke.
Durham Heritage Centre and Museum
A local history museum housed in a historic church close to the cathedral. The exhibition tells the story of Durham from the 10thC to the present day using displays, artefacts, models and videos. The museum also has a programme of regularly changing temporary exhibitions and an education service providing special activities for school visits. Brass rubbing is also available and there is a gift shop with refreshments.
A 3-mile steam railway and the oldest existing railway in the world, based on a section of the 1725 Tanfield Waggonway Trains with variety of 100-year-old Victorian carriages. Travel into the scenic Causey Woods where the 1727 Causey Arch bridge is the centre piece in a deep valley with many walks and display boards giving the 18thC railway history of the area. Back at Marley Hill shed, the oldest working engine shed in Britain, built in 1854, a large collection of locally built and used locomotives can be seen. Please see website or ring for dates and operating times.
The dramatic 14thC castle built by the mighty Nevilles has been home to Lord Barnard's family since 1626. In the well-preserved halls and chambers history comes vibrantly to life. Throughout the castle the rooms display fine furniture, impressive artwork and elaborate architecture.Visitors can also enjoy the deer park, large walled gardens, coach and carriage collection, woodland adventure playground, picnic area and gift shop. Part of the stables has been converted to a tearoom where former stalls have been incorporated to create an atmospheric setting. Events take place throughout the summer.
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