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The Quirky Quarry

UK England North East England County Durham

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
An en suite shepherd’s hut with views across moors in a lovely B&B back garden – less than two miles from the Pennine Way

“Nothing is too much trouble for Dave and Fi,” said a recent guest of the Quirky Quarry. They’re not the first glamping hosts to have this praise heaped upon them but they might be among the most deserving. Stay in the lone shepherd’s hut in their B&B’s back garden and they’ll make a cake for you as well as making your bed, and they'll provide your breakfast fresh each morning along with the warmest of welcomes. So far, so standard (for the top-end of glamping getaways at least) but for this pair “nothing” also includes a free pick-up and drop-off service for walkers from the nearby Pennine Way and the option of a lift in to the village at dinner time. Oh – and let’s not forget undertaking a 120-mile long walk in the name of research.

Keen walker David decided to take on a sizeable chunk of the Pennine Way before opening the doors at the Quirky Quarry – to see what sort of accommodation and services might provide the best experience for guests. As a result, there are lots of little touches which make staying here a tempting proposition – especially for the walkers that this beautiful part of the North Pennines will attract. But the intended attention to detail is not the only thing that makes staying here a delight. The natural warm welcome from David, Fi and their goats, ducks and chickens will make you feel right at home and the views are pretty impressive too.

The shepherd’s hut is the only glamping accommodation at Quirky Quarry and, as such, has the prime location. Set in a walled garden with a little row of trees shielding it from the cottage, the shepherd’s hut looks out across moors and stone walls that are typical of Teesdale. In the foreground there’s a barbecue, fire pit and a private patch of lawn. The hut sleeps two making it perfect for couples looking for a rural retreat but families are also welcome if the kids are happy to camp out on that lawn. The hut has its own en-suite shower room and toilet as well as a kettle and fridge.

You can stock up on local produce at the butchers in nearby Middleton-in-Teesdale, a half-hour, riverside walk away. Or head out for dinner at the Teesdale Hotel in the same village – where your hosts have secured a 10% discount. If you’re not tackling the Pennine Way, there are plenty of shorter walks locally including one to High Force, England’s biggest waterfall. The historic market town of Barnard Castle is a drive away but worth a visit with a 12th-century fortress at its heart. Don’t miss the centrepiece at the town’s Bowes Museum either; an 18th-century mechanical silver swan. This much-loved artefact makes for a tourist attraction to match your accommodation; a little gem in County Durham that’s beautifully designed with attention to detail – and most-definitely quirky.

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The shepherd’s hut is 14ft x 8ft. It has an en suite shower room and WC, a double bed with bed linen and towels provided. It also has an electricity supply for sockets, heating, the hairdryer and the facilities in the compact kitchen area, which include a fridge, kettle and a hamper with cutlery, crockery, glasses and essential condiments. There's a sink with running water. There is a designated BBQ, picnic and fire pit area just oitside the hut. A pack of logs, kindling, charcoal and firelighters are provided. Additional packs are £10.

Suitable For

Glampers, couples, families (the hut sleeps 2 but kids are welcome to camp outside), dogs on lead – yes. Campers, campervans, caravan, motorhomes – no.


There are fantastic walks nearby. The Pennine Way is a mile-and-a-half away and David and Fiona offer a pick-up/drop-off service. Quirky Quarry is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty and it’s about 6 miles to the Bowlees Visitor Centre (01833 622145) where you can find out about the area. From the centre you can walk to England’s biggest waterfall, High Force (01833 622336), to Low Force waterfall or to Moorhouse Nature Reserve (01833 622374). The historic market town of Barnard Castle, named after the 12th century fortress (01833 638212) at its heart, is 12 miles away. There are lots of independent shops and eateries and places to visit including the Bowes Museum (01833 690606). There’s also great fishing on the River Tees and in nearby reservoirs.

Food & Drink

Breakfast (for 2 adults) is included each day. Quirky Quarry guests also receive a 10% discount on all food at the Teesdale Hotel (01833 640264) in Middleton in Teesdale. There’s no shortage of pubs in the area, with The Forresters (01833 641435) also in the village and The Crown (01833 640381) a little further away at Mickleton. The recommended Fox and Hounds in Cotherstone (01833 650241) is beyond that, but still only 6 miles from site. The Moorcock (01833 650102), which prides itself on using local produce, and The Three Tuns (01833 650289) – both in Eggleston – are favourites, along with the Langdon Beck Hotel (01833 622267) which welcomes walkers and cyclists with hearty home-cooked food.

Opening Times

All year.

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The Owner Says

The Quirky Quarry offers bed and breakfast and glamping accommodation near Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham.

Located in the heart of Northern England our B&B and Shepherd’s Hut is in the perfect central location for exploring the Northern Pennines, Lake District, Hadrian's Wall country, Northumberland and the Yorkshire Dales.

The traditional stone built cottage is situated in the hamlet of Snaisgill, one mile outside the picturesque market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale. Set in a quiet scenic location the property lies within four acres comprising of a large walled garden, stable area, paddock and our very own quarry!

As part of the North Pennines it is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (ANOB) and a UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) global geopark. Set very near the Pennine Way its scenery and location make it a special place to visit.

Our Shepherd's hut is located within our walled garden area with breath taking views across the valley. Measuring 8ft x 14 ft it contains a double bed, electric shower, flush toilet, sink, fridge, heater, and electric kettle. Bedding and towels are provided along with extra blankets. We also supply a hamper containing crockery, cutlery, napkins, condiments and glasses. There is a designated barbecue area and fire pit and all guests receive a complimentary pack of logs, kindling, charcoal and firelighters on arrival should they wish to use the barbecue area for cooking. Please note no food is provided.


A single shepherd’s hut sleeping 2 (with space for a small tent outside).

Shepherds Hut

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Our cosy Shepherds hut is located within our walled garden area with fantastic views across the valley. It has a double bed, electric shower, flush toilet, sink, fridge, heater and electric kettle. Bedding and towels are provided along with extra blankets. All guests receive breakfast which is included in your booking and a complimentary pack of logs, kindling, charcoal and firelighters.

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Contact The Quirky Quarry, Syke Cottage, Snaisgill Road, Middleton in Teesdale, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 0RP

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Getting There

From Middleton-in-Teesdale take Townhead Road (close to the Teesdale Hotel) and proceed straight for 1¼ miles along Snaisgill Road. Do not turn off to Stanhope.

The closest railway station is at Bishop Auckland, 19 miles away. From there you can take a bus to Barnard Castle with a connection to Middleton-in-Teesdale. The bus stop is about 1½ miles from the glamping site.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 1 reviews


Stunning setting!! Fantastic hosts!!

Staying here is a must! Just fantastic!! Stunning setting, everything you need and very attentive, happy hosts. Village is a pretty walk and to a village pub (The Teesdale) with exceptional meals at a very reasonable price, recommended to us by Fi and Dave. Thanks for a fab stay Fi and Dave. We will definitely be returning!
Jul 17, 2019 by Lou & Garry

Why book with Cool Camping?

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