The dog friendly cottages at Hamsteels Hall in Durham are the perfect place to stay if you are looking for a short break on a budget!
When we were planning a trip to the North East to spend some time with family we needed to find accommodation that was dog friendly so that we could take Elsa with us (of course!). We wanted somewhere outside of the city where we could come and go as we pleased, with an area where we could walk Elsa.
Hamsteels Hall came up on a TripAdvisor search for dog friendly cottages in Durham. We checked the availability and booked a three night stay almost immediately after seeing the pictures and prices – it was exactly what we were looking for! Dogs are welcome to stay for a small additional charge (we paid £10 for Elsa). Please check with the owners before booking for the full terms and conditions.
There are five cottages altogether: the Hen House, Granary, Clydesdale Cottage, Dairy Cottage and The Bull Pen (where we stayed). The cottages are different sizes and the biggest ones can accommodate up to 10 people. We only needed room for two people, and Elsa.
Hamsteels Hall is easy to find, set on a working farm in the beautiful countryside of County Durham. The owners live on site and were really friendly. Apart from meeting at check-in/out we were left to enjoy our stay uninterrupted. There is plenty of space to park cars just outside of the cottages. Directly opposite The Bull Pen there was a barn with lambs in it, and chickens running around – much to Elsa’s delight!
The inside of the cottage was much bigger than we’d expected! The Bull Pen has very high ceilings which contributed to the feeling of open space. There was plenty of room for Elsa to play with her toys and not get under our feet. There are electric heaters in each of the rooms which warm the place up very quickly.
The open plan living area has a kitchen section with all the necessities including a microwave, cooker and fridge. There are also two sofas, a TV with freeview and a dining table with chairs.
The bedding and towels were all very clean and smelled lovely. The bathroom is big, with a walk in shower – perfect for washing muddy paws off after a walk! Towels are only provided for humans though, so you’d need to take your own if you think you’ll need one for your pooch. With Elsa having long hair we always have a towel to hand wherever we go…she always seems to attract moisture whether it’s from the dew on the grass in the morning or just being sloppy with her water bowl!
Lhasa Apsos were originally bred to be sentinel dogs and Elsa can spend hours gazing out the window. The view from the cottage was lovely… lush green fields full of grazing sheep. We were also lucky enough to see quite a few lambs too.
We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage, it was the perfect base for us while we were in the North East. It was quiet, cosy, good value for money and somewhere that we would definitely stay again!
Hamsteels Ln, Quebec, Durham DH7 9RS