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British Isles Indoor U25 Men’s International Series - 2020-01-23

Stanley Indoor Bowls Centre on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020 will host the British Isles Indoor U25 Men's International Series - We are only 4 miles away 

Come and see teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete in a round robin tournament to determine the British Isles Champions.

The English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA), National Governing Body for the sport of Indoor Bowls in England, is pleased to announce that Durham will be hosting the British Isles Indoor U25 Men’s International Series.

The event will take place at Stanley Indoor Bowls Centre on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020 from 9.30am each day and will see teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete in a round robin tournament to determine the British Isles Champions.

With six matches taking place over the two days there is plenty of opportunity for the local community to experience the event 

We have accommodation for contestants, supporters and everyone else to enjoy this international competition 

Call us on 0191 370 1868 or book on line http://www.ridingfarmcottages.co.uk/

Blue Monday - 2020-01-21

How was your Blue Monday ?

Our Blue Monday Included blue skies above .......

Blue Skies above Riding Farm Bed and Breakfast

Blue Bottoms on the sheep outside Sheep Pen Cottage 

Sheep enjoy blue Monday outside Sheep Pen Cottage

and Blue Skies above while rowing on the water at Durham

Enjoying Blue Monday with a row at Durham

But just in case yours was not as good, why not cheer yourself up and book a break from 2 nights and longer, whether you fancy self- catering holiday or bed and breakfast we can help - give us a call 0191 370 1868 

Sunday Stroll around the farm - 2020-01-19

We are updating all the guests information in the cottages, putting together an illustrated walking guide and children’s trail.

A perfect excuse for a walk around the farm and take some photos, to illustrate the peaceful countryside we and our cottages are surrounded by 

I loved the red sky at the finish 

Why don’t you ?

http://www.ridingfarmcottages.co.uk

What's Happening at Half Term ? - 2020-01-15

Need some ideas for Half Term Holiday, whilst staying with us ?

Beamish Museum’s has some fantastic fun planned for February Half Term!

Beamish Museum is 50 this year and they are celebrating there birthday, with lots of activities and toys 

Beamish will  be exploring childhood and toys, as well as celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary. Enjoy birthday parties in each of our areas across site and join in with party games, celebrations and birthday cakes - did someone mention cake?

As part of the development at Beamish Museum they have been working with lots of community groups in Middlesbrough exploring the history of childhood and toys in the 1950s, linked to the development of our toy shop in our 1950s Town. 

All this and more to explore at Beamish Museum, perfect for keeping all the family happy over Half Term Holidays - we are ideally situated for Beamish Museum - only 7 minutes away and lots more attractions across Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland.

We still have availability and short breaks available for Half Term - Check out our availability or call us on 0191 370 1868

That's the first week of school done ! - 2020-01-11

That's the first week of school done- phew 

How many weeks to go till Half Term ?

That's the first week of school done, with a large cup of coffee in my my hand,  I am now working out how many weeks till Half Term !

Only 5 weeks to go, so book your Half Term get away with the family and friends we still have some availability

There is plenty going on around Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland 

Climb to the top of Durham Cathedral, visit Beamish Museum, explore Northumberland, go on a treasure trail in Newcastle or just chill out in one of our cottages, surrounded by peaceful countryside, plenty of footpaths and cycleways all bursting with wildlife to keep you all busy - just a few ideas  

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Everyone Loves a Visit to Beamish Museum - 2020-01-10

Everyone loves a visit to Beamish Museum

Photos are thanks to guests and friends

Sorry none of us ice skating too busy trying to stay upright !

Love to see everyone’s photos

Everyone loves a visit to Beamish Museum

Photos are thanks to guests and friends

Sorry none of us ice skating too busy trying to stay upright !

Love to see everyone’s photos

http://www.ridingfarmcottages.co.uk

Last Day of the Holidays - 2020-01-06

Nothing like a day out with the family, walking in the wind by the seaside, followed by hot chocolate and sausage rolls - yummy

How lucky are we to live so near to such diverse and stunning coastline and countryside - come and see for yourself in 2020

Nothing like a day out with the family, walking in the wind by the seaside, followed by hot chocolate and sausage rolls - yummy

How lucky are we to live so near to such diverse and stunning coastline and countryside - come and see for yourself in 2020

http://www.ridingfarmcottages.co.uk

​First Review of ​2020 from guests staying in Pig Run Barn - 2020-01-04

First Review of Pig Run Barn in 2020

Excellent Location and Warm Welcome

To celebrate we are offering all guests booking this weekend an extra 10% off 

First Review of Pig Run Barn in 2020

Excellent Location and Warm Welcome.

Well equipped and nicely decorated. Very cosy two bedrooms perfect for a family. My Grandchildren loved it. A lot of thought had gone in to making guests welcome. We loved the cake !! Excellent location to explore local attractions.

We are so glad everyone enjoyed their stay at Pig Run Barn

http://www.ridingfarmcottages.co.uk/our-cotta…/pig-run-barn/

​It's not too late to book for​ New Year! - 2019-12-29

It's not too late to book for New Year! Special 2 night stays available, sleeping 2 - 5 persons perfect ways to see 2020 in 

It's not too late to book for New Year! Pop the cork and see in the New Year in style with your family and friends very own holiday cottage!

We have special 2 night stays available, sleeping 2 - 5 persons 

Call us or look on our New Year page, here we come 2020

Ice Skating at Beamish Museum over the Christmas Holidays - 2019-12-22

Whooppeee!

Can’t wait till we go.

Beamish Museum may sell more tickets when we go, for pure entertainment of watching a farmer & a farmers wife ice skate !!

http://www.ridingfarmcottages.co.uk/christmas/

Whooppeee!

Can’t wait till we go.

Beamish Museum may sell more tickets when we go, for pure entertainment of watching a farmer & a farmers wife ice skate !!

http://www.ridingfarmcottages.co.uk/christmas/

​Latest Review of Beamish Cottage “The small gestures were greatly appreciated - 2019-12-19

Latest Review of Beamish Cottage

Latest Review of Beamish Cottage

“The small gestures were greatly appreciated. The very well stocked breakfast basket and the fresh homemade cake was just lovely.
Thank you. “

Why don’t you enjoy a last minute get away or enjoy a bit more comfort if you are working in the area

http://www.ridingfarmcottages.co.uk/our-co…/beamish-cottage/

Only a week to go - 2019-12-18

With only a week to go till the big day - are you panicking for last minute Christmas presents ?

Why not book a short break away in either one of our self catering cottages or Farm House Bed and Breakfast  

Don't panic because there is only a week to go till Christmas Day, we can help with any last minute present ideas. How about a last minute get away for New Year 

Check out Our Cottages or Farm House Bed and Breakfast

See the New Year in with family and friends - 2019-12-12

What does New Year mean to you ?

How do you want to spend New Year ?

Quiet get away from it all ? Catch up with family and friends?  

What ever you decide to do for New Year take the hassle out of it and spend it in one of our cottages.

We have cottages suitable for 2 to a party of 6 

Check out our availability on our Christmas Page  

Last Minute Availability for this Weekend - 2019-12-11

Due to the sickness bug that is going about, we now have last minute availability in Granary Barn.

The poor family that where going to stay in Granary Barn had a weekend of fun planned with a trip to Beamish Museum, Newcastle Christmas Market and Durham - why don't you instead ? 

Granary Barn is a 5 Star Cottage, sleeping up to 4 people over two bedrooms both of which enjoy en-suite facilities & high ceilings.

The Cottage has a relaxed spacious open plan country style, with 3 arch windows over looking the fields, comfy chairs & sofas along with games, books & DVD's ideal to relax with a glass of something after a busy day! Fully equipped with high quality furnishings, little extras, fully equipped open plan kitchen - ideal for keeping an eye on the little ones & Free Wi-Fi. The cottage is ideal for couples & families, it enjoys a sunny patio & lawn with a network of footpaths & cycleways for you to explore all bursting with wildlife.

Granary Barn is only 1.5 miles from Beamish Museum, yet surrounded by peaceful countryside with views of the countryside of our family farm Riding Farm. Chester le Street, Team Valley & Newcastle/Gateshead are only 4 miles away. Durham a World Heritage Site only 10 miles away. 

Don't forget the cottage is all decorated for Christmas as well 

Latest Review of Riding Cottage - 2019-12-09

Excellent stay on a farm with great facilities near lots to do.

10 out of 10 for Riding Farm Cottage

"Excellent stay on a farm with great facilities near lots to do.The facilities in the cottage were excellent and all that we needed."

Always lovely to hear that guests have enjoyed there stay. they seemed to pack a lot into a short break, 

First Day - a trip to Newcastle to see the bridges over the River Tyne, then off for some shopping and cinema at the Metro Centre 

Second Day - Beamish Museum, they made the most of the day arriving at 10 am and they where the last to leave!

Third Day - was spent at Hadrian's Wall - well why not 

Why don't you come and enjoy a short break with us or longer at Riding Cottage 

Riding Cottage sleeps upto 4 people all ensuite bedrooms. Surrounded by quiet and peaceful countryside, only 1.5 miles from Beamish Museum, Newcastle/Gateshead - 4 miles, Durham -10 miles. The Cottage has a relaxed spacious country style,with wood burning stove combined with modern luxuries. Fully equipped with high quality furnishings.

Check out our availability online by clicking Riding Cottage

or give us a call 0191 3701868


We are getting ready for Christmas - 2019-11-20

Make this festive season truly magical by booking one of our cottages for Christmas or New Year . We still have some availability and short breaks for you to enjoy the Christmas holidays! Check out our Christmas and New Year Availability 

There is nothing like Christmas, one of our favorite times of year. We have some availability over the festive time, with lots to do in the area over Christmas. whether visiting family or friends our cottages will give you a perfect festive getaway, you can enjoy your Christmas celebrations in a cosy cottage within the beautiful peaceful surroundings . We have cottages for 2 upto 6 and everything in between . Spending Christmas in a cosy cottage is a wonderful idea  - spend time with the ones you love in a comfortable home from home, relax, and let that holiday feeling fill you with Christmas cheer. All our cottages will be decorated for Christmas and full of Christmas treats for you to enjoy. 

Check out our Christmas and New Year Availability
or call us on 0191 370 1868

See you soon Ho Ho Ho

Mrs Christmas 

How has your day been ? - 2019-11-18

Our day started with sunshine

A fright in the middle and frost at the end
Perfect for walk or jog or just chill and read a book
That’s what are guests did today, I don’t blame them after a packed weekend in Durham at Lumiere and the Christmas Parade at Beamish Museum
Why don’t you ?

How has your day been ?

Our day started with sunshine
A fright in the middle and frost at the end
Perfect for walk or jog or just chill and read a book
That’s what are guests did today, I don’t blame them after a packed weekend in Durham at Lumiere and the Christmas Parade at Beamish Museum
Why don’t you ?

http://www.ridingfarmcottages.co.uk/our-cottages/

Latest Review of The Hay Loft - Great hosts, clean & nicely appointed accommodation in a wonderful setting - 2019-11-14

Latest Review of The Hay Loft - Great hosts, clean & nicely appointed accommodation in a wonderful setting, close to pretty much everything you can imagine in the North East. If you're looking for a quiet, relaxing break it's possible, if you want to be active & outdoorsy it's possible, if you want to shop, eat out (from top restaurants to great little cafe's) or experience the big city nightlife it's all within reach.

The Hay Loft cottage is ideal for couples & families wanting the combination of a countryside break & a city break The Hay Loft. is surrounded by a network of footpaths & cycleways for you to explore. The cottage enjoys a relaxed spacious country style, over 2 floors - accommodation has 2 bedrooms, both ensuite, combined with modern luxuries. Fully equipped with high quality furnishings, fully fitted kitchen & free Wi-Fi.

Great hosts, clean & nicely appointed accommodation in a wonderful setting, close to pretty much everything you can imagine in the North East. If you're looking for a quiet, relaxing break it's possible, if you want to be active & outdoorsy it's possible, if you want to shop, eat out (from top restaurants to great little cafe's) or experience the big city nightlife it's all within reach.
Tips for other travellers
We recommend (as a family with older children/teens):
Durham Climbing Centre, Meadowfield,
Hole in the Wall Riding Stables, Crook
Meadowfield Sports Centre,
Karting North East (near Dalton Park retail outlet village)
Local walk/cycle path - Deerness Valley old railway line or along the riverside by Finchale Priory
Further afield - Derwent reservoir/Blanchland village,
Kielder reservoir for canoeing & sailing
Shopping: Locally - Arniston Centre/Durham City Centre & Market Hall
Further afield - Metro Centre/Newcastle City Centre
Cinema/Theatre - Durham (Gala Theatre), Consett (usually a great Festive Season pantomime in a smaller Theatre setting) & further afield Newcastle or Sunderland
Beaches - Seaham or explore the Northumberland Coast
Swimming - Durham, Spennymoor or further afield - Wet n Wild, North Shields
Museums - Beamish (outdoor), Discovery Museum & Hancock museum, Newcastle
Other misc - Raby Castle, Wharton Park (Durham), Weardale villages, High Force (waterfall), Killhope Wheel, The Roman Wall, Hexham, Bike Hire at the village shop in Nenthead, Cumbria & The Lake District (Penrith & Ullswater being the closest lake) is possible to do as a day trip.

Lumiere - Durham in Lights - 2019-11-13

Lumiere will once again transform the lovely city of Durham with a variety of creative and sometimes off the wall light art - its stunning and not to be missed 

Lumiere, the UK's largest light festival from 14th November until 17th November .

The perfect time to visit we have loved this every time it has come to Durham, just another reason to stay with us, we have created Lumiere packages and have a little availability left.

Check out availability on line by clicking on the Lumiere picture or call us on 0191 3701868

Latest Review of Sheep Pen Cottage - 2019-11-13

We really enjoyed this excellent cottage 

We really enjoyed this excellent cottage, it is very comfortable and clean. A good location, set in attractive countryside, a short drive to the lovely city of Durham.

Always lovely to hear that guests have enjoyed there stay with us, the guests that left this review have just booked again to stay in Sheep Pen Cottage for 2020

Sheep Pen Cottage is a 5 Star single story cottage which sleeps upto 4 people, located just 4 miles from Durham City surrounded by peaceful countryside with views of Brancepeth Castle on our working family farm Little White Farm. The cottage has a relaxed spacious country style, with 2 bedrooms, both ensuite, combined with modern luxuries. Fully equipped with high quality furnishings, fully fitted kitchen and free Wi-Fi

Why don't you come and enjoy a short break in Sheep Pen Cottage with us or even longer 

Please click on the sheep for secure baaaar king !!

Book Sheep Pen Cottage

or call us on 0191 370 1868