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Teesdale retreat, 20 m above the River Tees

SuperhostGainford, England, United Kingdom
Entire guest suite hosted by Bill
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bath
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Our house, Whispering Waters, contains a private, contemporary two-room apartment suite, with its own private access via an exclusive south-facing deck, 21 mtrs above the tree-lined River Tees. Lying in bed, it's as if you’re in a treehouse with the treetops visible outside the window.

Situated in Lower Teesdale (on the A67, between Barnard Castle and Darlington - around 7 miles/11km from each), Whispering Waters is a house without neighbours, immediately adjacent to, and above the River Tees.

The space
The suite comprises a double bedroom with king-sized double bed, a modern shower room, and a living room. The latter has tea and coffee making facilities, a small fridge containing fresh milk, water, juice, and light continental-style breakfast (please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements). The lounge area can be provided with a foldout single bed. If you need that, let us know and we'll see what we can arrange. There is a TV and free WIFI.

Guest access
The apartment is accessed via a private decked walkway, through double French doors that open from the bedroom onto the high-level deck.

Other things to note
There's a gentle ten minute circular walk along a magical path (part of the Teesdale Way) that takes you below the house, down to the river where, in a secluded spot, there's a lovely natural mineral spring. The water smells of sulphur dioxide (which disappears when allowed to stand for a little while) but tastes lovely. However, we're not aware if it's ever been tested as drinkable. All we know is it makes great tea and locals come and fill bottles from it.
Our house, Whispering Waters, contains a private, contemporary two-room apartment suite, with its own private access via an exclusive south-facing deck, 21 mtrs above the tree-lined River Tees. Lying in bed, it's as if you’re in a treehouse with the treetops visible outside the window.

Situated in Lower Teesdale (on the A67, between Barnard Castle and Darlington - around 7 miles/11km from each), Whispering…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed

Amenities

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Smoke alarm
Free parking on premises
Wifi
Private entrance
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Hair dryer
Iron
Laptop-friendly workspace

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Gainford, England, United Kingdom

The village of Gainford is a five minute walk away with a general shop, a butcher, post office, hairdressers, cafe, fish and chip shop and a pub. There's also a pretty village green and other beautiful walks along the river. There are a number of quality restaurants less than ten minutes drive, including the only 2* Michelin restaurant in the North East, The Raby Hunt.

Other local attractions (all within a fifteen minute drive) include the independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants in the Teesdale town of Barnard Castle, which also houses the amazing Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle (a full-sized French chateau in a medieval English market town). The remarkable Raby Castle is also close by. Darlington town centre (with its main-line railway station) is a twenty minute drive away, as is the North Yorkshire market town of Richmond. Ten minutes beyond Barnard Castle, into upper Teesdale, you enter an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and what is known as England's Last Wilderness, which includes one of Britain’s highest waterfalls, High Force. There are wonderful walks all over Teesdale, with some spectacular views.
The village of Gainford is a five minute walk away with a general shop, a butcher, post office, hairdressers, cafe, fish and chip shop and a pub. There's also a pretty village green and other beautiful walks al…

Hosted by Bill

Joined in June 2015
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We live in the Durham Dales, immediately adjacent to the River Tees. My wife and I have travelled extensively. I've spent the last 20 years in the hospitality industry, owning my own restaurants, while before that, traveling the world as an engineer. My wife is a seasoned experienced journalist who owns her own PR business.
We live in the Durham Dales, immediately adjacent to the River Tees. My wife and I have travelled extensively. I've spent the last 20 years in the hospitality industry, owning my o…
During your stay
We're available at any time by phone or email but may not be there when you arrive. However, we'll supply you with full instructions on how to find us, where your reserved parking is and how to get into your suite.

We hope you enjoy your stay.
We're available at any time by phone or email but may not be there when you arrive. However, we'll supply you with full instructions on how to find us, where your reserved parking…
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House rules
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
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Not suitable for children (2–12 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
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