Garden Cottage



(15 Reviews)

4 guests

2 bedrooms

2 beds

1 bathroom

Property Overview

Garden Cottage is located in the beautiful Gilesgate area of the cathedral city of Durham. This newly renovated semi-detached house sleeps up to four guests across two bedrooms and is a short distance from shops, bars and restaurants. Expertly designed, this dog friendly holiday home is perfect for those looking to enjoy the beauty of Durham and the North East. What’s more, private parking is also available!


Property Details

The Space
With premium furniture, high quality finishes and colourful soft furnishings, Garden Cottage has beautiful interiors throughout. Guests have access to the full property including a living room, kitchen diner, sunroom, two bedrooms, a family bathroom and a south facing garden.

Garden Cottage has a bright and spacious living room. Comfortable and welcoming, this space includes a sofa and two statement chairs. The perfect spot to unwind with your loved ones, you can turn on the flat screen TV and keep up with your favourite shows.

The property also has a fully equipped kitchen and dining area which includes an oven, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. You can socialise and enjoy meals with your group at the dining area during your stay.

To the rear of the ground floor is a light and airy conservatory with a pretty garden outlook. Boasting a seating area, this tranquil haven is perfect for relaxing on those sunny days.

Head into the south-facing garden and you’ll find two sun loungers, an outdoor sofa, two chairs, and a table providing the ideal setting for alfresco dining. This bijou setting is a sun trap and is home to tropical plants, rhododendrons and roses. Fully-enclosed and with a high fence, the garden is great for guests staying with their four-legged friends.

The property benefits from two stylish bedrooms on the first floor - a king and a double. Both rooms boast luxury mattresses, bedding and linens to ensure the best night's sleep. The spaces are complete with ample storage room.

A sofa bed is also available in the double bedroom which can be made up upon request, increasing the occupancy of Garden Cottage to six. This really is an added bonus to the property and provides the perfect setup for family stays.

The family bathroom is also located on the first floor and includes a bathtub with overhead shower, WC and wash basin.

Host & Stay are committed to our owners that their homes are protected during guest bookings. For this reason, we require all our guests to transfer a Damage Deposit (refundable, subject to an administration charge) or, to purchase an Accidental Damage Waiver which will cover you for up to £500.00 of accidental damage during your stay.

Garden Cottage is located in Gilesgate in the city of Durham in the North East, just a short walk from the city centre.

There is a truly memorable scenic walk from Gilesgate into the city centre which takes you past the best view point in Durham. This amazing viewpoint is less than a mile from the property and from here, you’ll be able to see numerous iconic landmarks and attractions including Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle, the Bandstand, the River Wear, and Durham Viaduct. The walk is also wonderful for enjoying a variety of wildlife including otters, squirrels and kingfishers.

Named ‘One of the Best Cities in the World to Visit in 2020’ by The Independent and voted ‘The Best City in the UK’ by Condé Nast’s traveller magazine readers, the beautiful city is packed with history and charm.

It has the perfect blend of mediaeval heritage and a modern, vibrant feel. The cobbled streets are peppered with restaurants, bars, pubs and shops. Take a leisurely stroll near the River Wear which continues on past Durham Cathedral and the 900 year old Durham Castle.

Durham Cathedral is an outstanding building originally constructed between 1093 and 1133. The Norman architecture is especially important as it is now the oldest surviving building with a stone vaulted ceiling of such a large scale. You can climb the Tower’s 325 steps for incredible views of the city and countryside. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, head to the Chapter House where they filmed one of the Hogwarts classrooms.

Getting Around
The centre of Durham is a short 20-minute walk from Garden Cottage.

The property is just a short distance away from the A1(M).

Durham train station is also 30-minutes away on foot so nearby towns and cities can easily be reached via rail. There’s also a taxi rank in close proximity to the train station.

There are plenty of bus routes throughout Durham. Hop on the Arriva 6 route to visit Barnard Castle or the number 22 which travels through Seaham and Sunderland.

  • Bathtub
  • Bed linens
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Cleaning Disinfection
  • Cookware
  • Desk
  • Dishes and silverware
  • Dishwasher
  • Enhanced cleaning practices
  • Essentials
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • Family/kid friendly
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Free parking on premises
  • Free parking on street
  • Garden or backyard
  • Hair dryer
  • Hangers
  • Heating
  • High touch surfaces disinfected
  • Hot water
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Laptop friendly workspace
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Patio or balcony
  • Pets allowed
  • Private entrance
  • Refrigerator
  • Shampoo
  • Smoke detector
  • Stove
  • Suitable for children (2-12 years)
  • Suitable for infants (under 2 years)
  • TV
  • Toaster
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
  • Wireless Internet

Guests have access to the full property. The keys to Garden Cottage are accessed via a secure key safe and full details will be provided shortly before your arrival date.

Private on-site parking is available for one vehicle. Additional free on-street parking is also available nearby.

A maximum of two well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay at Garden Cottage per reservation.

Please note that the double bed has slightly restricted access as there are walls to three sides.

Check-in: 16:00

Checkout: 10:00

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Guest Reviews


(15 Reviews)



Overall lovely property, close to the city which was a nice walk. Attention to detail in some aspects of cleaning could have been better, patio door was awkward to lock but overall suited our needs for the weekend visiting family. Would stay here again as the host was responsive to issues we raised which I hope have been addressed.



Great location<br/><br/>Nothing!



A great little property perfect for our stay in Durham. Had everything we needed. Was spotlessly clean. Warm. Super comfortable. Great to have off street parking for ease of unloading after a long drive. Would stay again.

Owen And Gill


We loved our trip to Durham. As we had our little dog with us, we were happy to find this dog-friendly home. The property is a bit out of the city centre but that was actually good as there is a lovely walk into town from the house, which was an excellent dog walk. This walk into town takes about 20 minutes and takes you through the forest and then along the river - with a brilliant view of the cathedral en-route. There are also buses and taxis readily available which go into town along the busy main road. As the property is commercially hosted, it lacks the personal touch we have experienced in some other Airbnbs, but it was spotlessly clean and comfortable. Note that you have to pay an additional £25 for damage insurance in order to receive checkin instructions, a proviso which is included in the listing but is easily overlooked. We only realised this when we were almost at the property but it was easy to arrange and the Stay team are very responsive and easy to contact.

Lok Yan


It was a lovely place to stay, very clean and comfy but is a bit far away from city centre. Overall it’s a nice experience!



We loved our stay here! The house was super comfortable and we felt right at home. <br/>It’s obvious they listened to other people’s comments and did everything to make you feel at home and improve from when they first started.<br/>Lots of great extras - luxury shampoo / conditioner / body wash. Lots of milk and kitchen extras. We didn’t need to buy any extras. <br/>The owners made a special effort as we stayed over Xmas. They left us a lovely gift package which was unexpected. <br/>Location fantastic. <br/>We will definitely be back here as we travel to Durham often. <br/>Thank you for the lovely welcome!



A nice house but not as comfortable as we expected. Strange sofa under the stairs, mattresses lumpy. Good location, very quiet, good to have a proper drive to park on. Locking the conservatory door was almost impossible - infact it was unlocked when we arrived, so I doubt the cleaners could lock it. The house was clean and well maintained.



Would have liked a downstairs toilet



First when we got there it was hard to unlock the door with the keys. Got inside and the Kitchen smelled like Indian food which wasn’t pleasant. We then realized we had barely any cleaning supplies and only a bar of soap useful for one day. We couldn’t turn the heat up when it got cold, then the host imposed strict rules for heat and usage of the place. It was a painful experience.



House was well presented and as described. Good location, central Durham is a pleasant 25 minute walk. The kitchen could have been better supplied with utensils to make meal prep easier. <br/>Do be aware that when renting you are dealing with an agency, not the property owner. There are outrageous add ons to the basic price.; a £60 upfront cleaning fee, we were only in the property for 2 nights, and a refundable damage deposit of £250, which is fine but they charge you £10 for the privilege of holding onto your money from confirming the booking to 7 days after departure or a £25 non refundable waiver which make for an expensive break.



Positive: convenient for arrival by car, quiet location, parking, good amenities, long but lovely walk into Durham through woodlands and along the river<br/>Negative: very bad trip hazard outside property, two large puddles on water inside in porch and conservatory, no toilet roll, trash left behind on step into enclosed rear garden. <br/>Seems like the property has only just been put on Air BnB so perhaps these were beginner’s mistakes



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The house was spotless with everything you need for a short stay. Communication was fantastic and we appreciated the responsiveness of the agency when we had a query about the wifi - especially as it was out of office hours.



Great location for visiting Durham. Nice walk from here into the city.



The property was very clean, tidy and comfortable. The conservatory was a lovely space to start our day with breakfast, or to relax in the evening. There was ample parking which was a lovely surprise as I drive a pickup truck. The support team were very informative and helpful.

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