Boot & Shoe Cottage

Barnard Castle, Durham

A tranquil country cottage for outdoor lovers and families - laze by the river or get active in beautiful Teesdale


3 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


The river Tees flows smoothly past the garden, Hebridean sheep wander the fields and chickens scurry in the lane. It’s peaceful at this light and sunny 300-year-old cobbler’s cottage next door to the welcoming owners house (they’ll take a couple of overflow guests too if you need.)Bring bikes to follow National Cycle Route 165, or boots for some of the 92 miles of glorious Teesdale Way (you may spot a kingfisher or otter if you’re lucky). Play tennis year-round on the court in the walled garden, ask the Peats about fishing.Walk to the pub or get in the car and visit Barnard Castle for restaurants, quirky shops and the wonderful Bowes Museum. Return to a wood-burning stove and plenty of books in the sitting room – or stay outdoors for stargazing on clear nights.

Country-style open-plan kitchen and dining room at Shoe & Boot Cottage in Barnard & Castle, Durham with french doors opening out onto garden and river

We think you'll love

  • The tranquil riverside setting
  • Glorious countryside for walking and cycling
  • The tennis court in the walled garden
View of Boot & Shoe Cottage from across the river in Barnard Castle, Durham

Home truths

  • You'll need a car for shops or eating out
  • Taller guests need to watch their head in places
  • One of the single beds is only suitable for a child


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: Relax by the river, walk the Teesdale hills, visit the fabulous Bowes Museum's "Catwalking" fashion exhibition, enjoy the wildlife, browse in quirky shops, cosy beside the fire, walk to the pub ....

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.


Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £360
1 Cottage for 4
From £653 beds4 bedrooms


A comfortable and well-equipped cottage in a fantastic setting beside the river. Rachel's happy hens scurry along the lane, there is much entertaining birdlife in the garden, and there are lots of places to visit nearby, including excellent pubs. We shall re-visit very soon!


We have stayed at Boot and Shoe cottage at least once in each of the last eleven years. The location is beautiful, and the area has much to offer. The cottage has great charm, is comfortable, and furnished with excellent taste. It is always well presented and everything works. The kitchen is well equipped. Rachel Peat is welcoming and most helpful.


Nothing short of a triumph for Boot and Shoe Cottage! My tricky brief was to provide a calm environment, in which my teenage son could study for his imminent A level exams, stimulate my younger son during his Half Term holiday and to welcome friends and family for the Jubilee celebrations...all in the pouring rain! No mean feat.With the French windows open to the garden and river beyond, Hugo set to his books, with an uncharacteristic focus, rod and racquet in hand, Henry was happily occupied and so were we, as a heron flew by and a kingfisher dodged the champagne cork!


It is a rare thing to find a holiday cottage that provides you with everything you might want from an escape but Boot & Shoe is that place. I have stayed there on several occasions and know that I will be comfortable, warm and relaxed - a perfect head space from the hustle and bustle of every day life! The location is perfect for walks and days out but I must admit I prefer to sit watching the birdlife beside the river from the dining area or garden or to snuggle up in front of the real fire with a glass (or mug) of something. The owner is extremely helpful and makes you feel very welcome.


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The neighbourhood

The cottage is on the edge of the pretty hamlet of Wycliffe, with its 12th century church; find fields dotted with sheep on one side and the Tees flowing by on the other. You can join the Teesdale Way and walk it in either direction to see more of this beautiful dale, with flowery summer meadows and whitewashed barns. The nearest pub for a drink is a ten-minute walk; by car there are good farm shops, places to eat and the historic market town of Barnard Castle, all within five or six miles.

Local points of interest from Rachel Peat

  • Watch the river in all its moods - a raging torrent or an enticing swimming pool warmed by the sun. Look out for the dart of blue of a kingfisher or a sleek brown otter surfacing. Boot and Shoe's views - always changing, always relaxing and rewarding
  • Boot and Shoe (once a cobblers and a pub!) is a haven for walkers, cyclists., bird-watchers and those who like to laze by the river or cosy wood stove. Teesdale is a hidden gem and one of England's least spoilt area.
  • Visit Barnard Castle for antiques and quirky shops, loose yourself in art and culture at the Bowes Museum, discover mediaeval Raby Castle and High Force, England's highest waterfall, Teesdale's whitewashed farms and pretty villages.
  • Situated on the edge of the North Pennines AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, pack a picnic from the farm shop and head off for a day's walking or mountain biking with sheep, hares, grouse and curlew for company.
  • The cathedral cities of York and Ripon, the great Yorkshire Abbeys (Fountains, Rieveaulx, Jervaulx), the Lake District and Hadrians Wall are all within 1 hour's drive.
  • Real home cooked frozen meal service and excellent farm shops/farmers markets near by. Nearest pub with good beer and food a 10 minute walk and 2 fantastic pub/restaurants within a few minutes drive.


Rachel Peat

The Peats live in the house next door and love their beautiful Teesdale surroundings - coming home along the road by the river lifts the spirits, they say! They are keen for guests to make the most of the river, tennis court, meeting the sheep and chickens, and exploring the wonderful countryside. Rachel is happy to advise on the best walk, castle, gallery or place to eat - after decades of living here, she enjoys sharing it all with guests.