Boot and Shoe Cottage

Boot and Shoe Cottage is an idyllic self-catering holiday cottage on the banks of the River Tees, offering a home-from-home for guests looking for peace and tranquillity.  Spend your day watching the ever-changing river, abundant wildlife including resident kingfishers and the occasional otter or walk the Teesdale Way from the front door.  We welcome guests who love the outdoors – walking, cycling and bird-watching in the North Pennines or a swim in the river – and those who have come for a quiet getaway.

What makes you Unique?

Guests love the location and history of Boot and Shoe – once a cobblers and a pub, with the original pub sign, found in the roof in the 1950s, now in the cottage.  There is nothing more relaxing than sitting in the back garden or on the antique settle in the kitchen/diner watching the river and wildlife – a view that is never boring.  In addition, we have a private tennis court and fishing available for guests.


The cottage is fully equipped for 4 guests (max 3 adults) with a large double bedroom and an attic-style twin (limited headroom, 1 adult bed, 1 child’s bed).  The sitting room with a wood-burning stove looks over the front garden and fields, while the kitchen/diner has French windows onto the back garden and river.  There are also a utility and shower rooms on the ground floor.  Upstairs are the 2 bedrooms and a bathroom.  Fully furnished and equipped with dishwasher, washer/dryer, electric cooker, microwave, TV, video and DVD player, BlueTooth speaker, wi-fi and payphone. Guests are provided with a “welcome hamper” of home-baking and basic groceries, and there are eggs from our free-range hens.


Boot and Shoe is in the pretty hamlet of Wycliffe, 6 miles from the market town of Barnard Castle.  It is set in the heart of Teesdale, one of England’s most beautiful and unspoilt areas. The Teesdale Way passing the front door. The cottage makes an ideal base for exploring the North Pennines AONB Durham and the North Yorkshire dales.  For culture, the fabulous Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and Rokeby Park are all close by. Beamish Museum, Durham City and Fountains Abbey are within easy reach.  For cyclists, Hamsterley Forest is a must.


Children are welcome, and there is a well-stocked toy cupboard.  Travel cot and high chair available on request.  Children must be supervised at all times when in the back garden.  The back garden wall is low, and there are steep, gated steps down to the river bank.

How Much Does it Cost?

Rates are from £380 to £555 per week, and the minimum stay is 3 nights