The Quirky Quarry
UK England North East England County Durham
“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 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.
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