I’m afraid to admit, that I don’t really know much about the North of England, being a southerner, it just hasn’t been on my radar to visit for a holiday, I know! So when Airbnb asked us if we would like to work with them promoting the North West of the UK, we leapt at the chance to visit the Pennines.
Five hours drive later, we were in rolling hillside, dotted with sheep and stone farm buildings. Breath taking countryside, rugged and raw.
My brief from Airbnb was to choose a property that was unique and was owned by a Superhost. I think I hit that brief entirely by discovering the beautiful Chapel on the Hill, just outside of the Forest in Teesdale.
Arriving at the property, we were struck by how remote it was. Nothing but fields and hills as far as the eye could see. Quiet, rural and perfect for a relaxing weekend away from our busy lives in Bristol.
I think we must have all remarked about the size. Small on the outside, but huge on the inside. It’s like the Tardis, said Rufus. A truly brilliant conversion, using the beauty of the old Chapel building, but transforming the inside to sleep six in four bedrooms.
I adored the arched windows down each side of the Chapel, with views of the ever changing landscape. Sitting there watching the weather roll over the hills, one minute bright sunshine, the next we were engulfed in low cloud. Outside Lapwings circled calling in their strange robotic sound, and sheep and leaping lambs in the fields. There was always something to see.
I suppose I was so captivated by it all, because being a City dwelling and having no view at all at home – this was quite the novelty.
Instantly at home, it was like shedding off a coat and chill. Seriously, the boys relaxed quicker than ever before. Discovering the comfortable couches, and each TV had Netflix and wifi, they soon fell into a comfortable pace.
We spent 3 nights at the Chapel on the hill, during our stay we walked to the nearby waterfall – High Force – over the fields, using footpaths and farmers gates to get to the High Force Hotel, in which we had Sunday lunch and wandered back back. The waterfall is very impressive, but I can’t understand why it costs £5 a family to go to see it!
We also visited the Bowes Museum in the nearby Barnard Castle. Full of interesting exhibits, artefact, art and antiques. When we visited there was a small Goya exhibition and in one room room there was an exhibition on fashion through time. Well worth going.
The rest of stay we chilled. The boys are going through a period of intense working at school, Charlie is transitioning into Secondary School and Rufus is doing his SATS next month. So if they want to chill – that is fine with us.
Chapel on the hill
Forest in Teesdale
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