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  • 5 bedrooms

  • 4 bathrooms

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Seven minutes by car from Durham city centre, this former rectory plays host to a most luxurious home that feels a world away from urban life. In the rolling fields of County Durham lies a village called Witton Gilbert. At its heart, you’ll find local pubs, shops, and a bowling green, but a five-minute walk will take you up to your vast manor. Enter through majestic, wrought-iron gates, up your private drive, to the bright blue front door – a cheery invitation to welcome you inside. With modern, velvet furniture in the living space illuminated by enormous bay windows, the gold detailing truly shimmers in the afternoon sun. Pad across the plush carpet to the flagstone floors of the kitchen, where you can rustle up a wholesome Sunday roast on the bottle-green Aga. The dining space has ample room for the whole family, with a rustic table made from huge planks of wood, for a nod to country living. On a balmy summer evening, you might even want to trade the dining table for a picnic on the lawn, followed by a game of tennis on your private court (and a gin and tonic after sunset).


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What to expect


Highlights

Cruise thirty minutes by car to the vibrant city of Newcastle

Cruise thirty minutes by car to the vibrant city of Newcastle

Discover the beaches of coastal towns such as Alnmouth, an hour away by car

Discover the beaches of coastal towns such as Alnmouth, an hour away by car

Challenge someone to a game of tennis on the private court

Challenge someone to a game of tennis on the private court

Soak all night with a glass of wine in the freestanding tub

Soak all night with a glass of wine in the freestanding tub

Cook something special for the whole family on the rustic Aga

Cook something special for the whole family on the rustic Aga

Arrive in style at your majestic iron gates and long driveway

Arrive in style at your majestic iron gates and long driveway

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Home truths

    Your host can provide a cot or a high chair upon request for the little ones

    Parking is available in your gated, private driveway for several cars

    As this home allows for self check-in with a lockbox, you won't meet your host

    People with strong allergies might want to check with the host in advance about which pets have been here in the past – on this note, the host only allows medium-sized, well-behaved dogs

    The fireplace is purely ornamental

About this stay


Amenities

Tennis court

Laptop friendly workspace

Wi-fi

Pets allowed

Parking available

Washing machine

Bedrooms & bathrooms

5 bedrooms, 6 beds

4 bathrooms

Local guide


About Durham

A jumble of golden-hued medieval buildings perched on the banks of the River Wear, Durham is an ancient and compact city, perfect for walking. The towers of the gothic Cathedral rise up from the ancient oak trees around it, best viewed from across the river on South Street. Home to a sprawling university campus dating back to the 1830s, the quiet quads and brown-stone colleges still make for a peaceful...

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10 min

Get around

Airport

Newcastle International

36 min

Teesside International

47 min

Carlisle Lake District

1 hr 21 min

Train station

Durham

7 min

Bus stop

Travellers Rest

6 min

Local shops & services

Convenience store

6 min

Cafe

22 min

Pharmacy

23 min

Points of interest

Beach

Seaham Beach

31 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Children welcome (1-12 years)

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

Pets welcome

No smoking

No parties or events

Good to know

Arrival from 15:00

Departure before 10:00

Wifi

No air con

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    30

    days

    Cancel at least 30 days before your check-in date for a full refund.

  • Up until

    7

    days

    Cancel at least 7 days before your check-in date for a 50% refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 7 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Dale

This home is managed directly by a business. A member of their staff will be your point of contact before and during your stay. Dale's hosting is super-efficient. He'll be able to answer any questions and requests you may have, and then likes to take a step back so you can really feel the home is all yours.

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