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The Coach House

Luxury bed & breakfast guest house, near Barnard Castle in County Durham, North East England

Peter and Mary Gilbertson
Greta Bridge,
Barnard Castle,
County Durham
DL12 9SD

Tel: 01833 627201

Email: Email us

About Us & Greta Bridge


Meet Your Hosts

Enjoy Picturesque Greta Bridge

A History of Artists & Poets

Many Country Sports and Activities

Ideal for Exploring County Durham & Beyond

View of Greta Bridge from The Coach House

Bowes Museum

Kynren summer spectacular, Auckland Castle

High Force

Raby Castle


Your Hosts

Peter and Mary have been country-based all their lives. Gregarious and outgoing, they en joy entertaining in their home. Peter has looked after the family estate for several years, following his career in farm and land management.


Peter & Mary, who both enjoy painting as a hobby, take great interest in the artists and poets involved in the area - especially those of historical significance, such as J. S. Cotman, J. M. W. Turner, Sir Walter Scott and John Ruskin.

Charles Dickens stayed at nearby Thorpe Grange, then the "George and New Inn", on his way to Bowes, where he researched Nicholas Nickleby. Peter has recently written a book "Two Days in Teesdale" which recounts the Dickens' visit to the area and describes strange happenings at The Coach House. Sir Walter Scott stayed at neighbouring Rokeby Hall, which is open to visitors during the summer.


The area offers a very high standard of Country Sports, including game shooting, hunting and stalking. The area also offers some of the best walking routes in the North of England.

In nearby Bishop Auckland there is Auckland Castle, home of the famous Zurbarán Paintings and the Kynren summer spectacular.

You can visit the wonderful 14th century Raby Castle & its gardens & deer park. The Bowes Museum houses collections of fine and decorative arts. High Force waterfall is England's highest uninterrupted drop of water.

For Horse Racing, Race-goers can enjoy several good flat and jump meetings in the area throughout the year, including York, Ripon, Catterick, Sedgefield and Newcastle. The area is also blessed with many golf courses.

Associated Links

Explore Teesdale Catterick Racecourse
Barnard Castle York Racecourse
Bowes Museum Dickens in Teesdale
Raby Castle J. S. Cotman
Auckland Castle John Ruskin
Kynren J. M. W. Turner
Yorkshire Sir Walter Scott
Explore Northumberland 'Rokeby' poem ( Scott)
Golf Courses in Durham  


Enjoy more photographs of North East England by Graeme Peacock