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Bed and breakfast tourist accommodation or a self catering holiday cottage near Frosterley, Weardale, Co. Durham.
A warm welcome
awaits you in Weardale. Either on a bed & breakfast basis for up to 4 people or self catering for 2, this secluded gem will provide a memorable base for your stay in the North Pennines area of Northumbria.

Low Bishopley Farm was founded in 1248 when the Prince Bishop of Durham began to clear parts of Weardale for agriculture. It is reputed to have been used as one of his hunting lodges as well as a farmstead. Over the next 400 years the farm flourished and was expanded in the linear fashion typical of the dales of the North Pennines. The farming reforms of the twentieth century saw Low Bishopley contract to a smallholding with an historic family home. The house and its adjoining buildings are protected as a Listed Building with a Grade 2* category.

Low Bishopley is situated in a tranquil location overlooking Bollihope Burn about ˝ mile (1km) from the village of Frosterley.
A network of lanes and footpaths (including the Weardale Way) leads through long abandoned quarries and railway trackbeds to riverside walks or wild moorland as the mood takes you. In the lower parts of the dale you may see fallow deer, herons or, if you are fortunate, one of the otters that have re-colonised the River Wear in recent years. On the high ground the usual residents are lapwing, curlew and the ubiquitous red grouse, Weardale’s “bonny moor hen”. You may also be treated to a short eared owl, buzzard or peregrine as it seeks a meal. At dusk it is unusual not to be treated to the calling between pairs of tawny owls as they prepare for a night’s hunting in the nearby fields.

The farm provides an excellent base to explore Weardale, part of the North Pennines AONB, England’s first National Geopark. It including such attractions as Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Weardale Museum, Weardale Railway and the Durham Dales Centre. There are also seasonal events such as the September agricultural shows.

It is conveniently situated for daytrip excursions to other attractions:
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, the Sage, Newcastle/Gateshead, the Metro Centre, Durham City, Beamish Museum, Locomotion (National Railway Museum at Shildon) and Darlington Railway Centre & Museum are all within an hour’s drive.

The Lake District, the Northumbrian coast, the Scottish Borders, the Yorkshire Dales and Moors and York itself can all be comfortably reached within 2 hours.

Low Bishopley Farm is also convenient for an overnight stop near the A68 “scenic route to Scotland”.

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