Edge Knoll Farm

 Self Catering Cottages

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Edge Knoll Farm  Self Catering Cottages are Cow Byre Conversions in the Durham Dales  West of Bishop Auckland  at the foot of the Pennine Fells in County Durham and next to a registered Area of Natural Beauty. The cottages are child friendly and dog friendly.They have the rustic charm of t  17th century Listed Grade 2 stone built farm cow byres they once were.


Witton View Cottage is dog friendly, a well behaved dog up to medium size is allowed in the cottage but not in the bedrooms or on the furniture.

Children welcome, cot, high chair and fire guard available.

View from Wear View cottage kitchen window

The holiday cottages are modern, spacious and warm inside. Situated between the Villages of Hamsterley and Witton le Wear the  farm cottages are approached along a 1 km unpaved leafy farm road, with the nearest neighbour to the farm being 1 km away. The A68 road which runs from Edinburgh to York is within sight of the cottages and about 1.5 km away so you are never far away from easy access to the rest of County Durham and the beautiful North East of England as well as the Lake District to the West. There is nothing to spoil the peace and quiet of this rural retreat except the rustle of the trees and the songs of the birds.


  Set in open countryside these Hamsterley Holiday Cottages are an ideal setting for bird watching,  walking, or just lazing around in this idyllic Durham Dales setting. IMG_0285Walking around Edge Knoll Farm is as energetic or laid back as you want to make it. The wildlife around the cottages ranges from badgers to rabbits, hares, roe and red deer, barn owls (four resident), Tawny Owls,  buzzards and over eighty other breeds of birds. and you can wander for hours but still never lose sight of the cottages and be only ten minutes walk from your warm cosy retreat. All in the beautiful River Wear Valley

Witton View Kitchen

Witton View Kitchen

Witton View Main Bedroom

Witton View Main Bedroom

 History around Durham

Alternatively you can visit the many castles, Roman ruins, industrial heritage sites, Durham with its cathedral and castle and many old buildings has to be on your list, as is the Roman Wall to the North or the Roman fort at Binchester, only five miles away. A must is the open air museum at Beamish  Open Air Museum as is the Lead mine at Kilhope and the Railway Museum at Shildon all within easy travelling distance of your cottage.

Opened in July 2016 this  live re enactment of the historical spectacular is just three miles from your cottage. With a cast of about one thousand and stunning displays of the History of Durham County through 1000 years Kynren  is a spectacular performance.

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Kynren had its finale for 2016 on Saturday 17th September. Click on this Kynren Link to see what you missed last year.

Keep coming back to check when the show starts in 2017, I will keep this link open for your convenience.

Shopping around County Durham

Also for the avid shoppers there are the other centres in Newcastle. and of course the huge indoor Mall Metro Shopping Centre at Gateshead.

Five miles away at St Helen Auckland there is a retail park with Tesco, Marks and Spencers Food Hall, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl  and a host of other shops and services for your day to day shopping.

Activities from  your holiday cottage

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Horse riding along farm tracks and open country can start from the farm. A field is available for your horse and there is plenty of room for a horse box or trailer.

Cycling from Edge Knoll is a pleasure and we are only two miles away from Hamsterley Forest with its dedicated cycle tracks and downhill courses.

Hamsterley Forest is now a major cycle venue in the country with huge investment for  walking and cycling activities.

Additionally the cottages are on a long distance walk from Killhope Lead Mining Museum in the West to Sunderland in the East. Much of this way locally is bridleway and is accessible on mountain bikes.

These points alone should make Edge Knoll Holiday Farm your first stop when choosing your  County Durham Holiday Cottage.

5 miles west of Bishop Auckland