Desmond House

Located in the heart of the beautiful Durham Dales near Barnard Castle, Desmond House is a delightful property sleeping up to five people.

Just a short walk from the market town of Middleton in Teesdale, where you will find numerous local pubs, specialist craft shops and tea rooms serving delicious home baked treats.

Surrounded by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Desmond House is a great base for walkers and cyclists, with plenty of picturesque routes on the doorstep including the Pennine Way and Teesdale Way, as well as the spectacular High Force waterfall.

A vast array of attractions can be found close by including the stunning Barnard Castle and Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park. The Bowes Museum with its outstanding collections of art and family activities is a must visit when in the area. Plus, a day trip to the world famous Beamish open-air museum is a great day out for all the family.

Sleeps 5

3 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom




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We have had a fabulous week at Desmond House exploring the local area .The hosts and house have been excellent .So many little touches which have made us feel welcome and comfortable . Would love to come back.

13th September 2019



A lovely cottage, beautifully clean and well equipped. WiFi works very well. It is a short walk to amenities in the village but it’s quite steep walking back. We had a great time helped by good weather. I would highly recommend this cottage.

20th September 2019



Had a fantastic week in Desmond House, the owners were extremely helpful with any questions/queries we had. The house was equipped with everything we needed for a family of five. Having log fires in both rooms made it very cosy in the evenings when the family wanted to do different things. Great walk opposite the house threw the woods and a lovely hike to low and high force waterfalls if you want a day of walking. Enjoyed having breakfast outside in the little sun trap listening to the local wildlife. Would highly recommend.

24th July 2020



Absolutely amazing holiday, will definitely be back.

14th August 2020



We had a great week at Desmond House, even though the weather was not ideal. The house is spacious, comfortable & well equipped, with everything we needed for our stay. There is a lovely patio which is a perfect sun trap but unfortunately the weather meant there was only one day when we could use this! Middleton in Teesdale has a well stocked Co-op store, a lovely independent butcher, several small cafes & a couple of pubs which serve food. Other options are available in nearby villages. If you like walking, it’s a great location with various footpaths starting close to the house. We hope to return to this cottage next year, which says it all.

28th August 2020



A well equipped and appointed cottage just outside Middleton. There were only two of us but it would suit a small family – there were plenty of cutlery, crockery and cookware. All the fittings seemed pretty new and everything worked well (with the exception of the cooker hood). Netflix on the TV was a bonus in the evenings. Lovely walk through the woods just across the road from the cottage. The contactless arrangements for the key handover and all the covid aware instructions and arrangements were excellent.

4th September 2020



Many thanks for the peaceful break.The property is beautiful and had everything we needed.

15th October 2020



Lovely house in a great location. It’s at the end of the village so is quiet but is only a 5 minute walk on well lit pavements into the centre of the village. The house is beautifully presented and was spotlessly clean. We would love to visit again.

23rd October 2020

Ian 29/04/2022

Clean and cosy ,yet spaciousand well equiped.very good location for walking into town and visiting the sights of County Durham

18th January 2023
Welcome to Desmond House

The Durham Dales

Desmond house is in the heart of the breath-taking Durham Dales and is the perfect location for a getaway break.

Situated in the stunning North Pennines AONB, the characterful white-washed cottages, village green and traditional tea rooms and shops in Middleton-in-Teesdale make it a charming location for a cottage holiday, with many tremendous attractions and beautiful countryside walks to enjoy in the area.

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