Briar Barn

What to Expect

This clever, contemporary barn conversion sits high in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is the perfect place for a family or group of friends to get away from urban stress and enjoy the beauty of nature in the North country.

Its prime position overlooking both Weardale and South Tynedale gives it enviable views of a largely undiscovered corner of far northern England. With your private garden to help take in the scenery, you might have to tear yourselves away to enjoy the indoor hot tub.

Visit charming St John’s Chapel, the historic, bustling local hubs of Alston and Stanhope, county Durham and the Yorkshire Dales.

At A Glance

Farm location
Stone barn conversion
Private garden
Hot tub
Alfresco dining
Woodburning stove


Ground floor bathroom
Travel cot available
Open fire
Washing machine
Broadband wifi
Off-road parking

About Briar Barn

Sleeping six over its two floors, with one truckle bed on the ground floor next to a bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin and WC, two doubles upstairs, one with en suite shower, wash hand basin and WC.

Fitted and furnished to the highest specifications, including a wood-burning stove in the corner of the cosy living room and a kitchen/diner with plenty of room for cooking up a storm and amazing your guests.

There is plenty of space outside for off-road parking, a lawned garden from where to enjoy the spectacular scenery and a specially built wooden shed to hide your big hot tub from the outside world.

Map of Area

Things To Do in Ireshopeburn

Ireshopeburn is in a prime location for all sorts of reasons. Sitting next to the River Wear, it is also within a short drive, long walk or medium cycle to South Tynedale. This is the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in its own right, but also straddling the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks. The reason there are so many rivers around here is that this is the Roof of England, with Cumbria to the west and the whole of the North East the other way. Whichever direction you choose, there are thousands of miles of paths, cycleways, managed routes and rivers to explore.

St John’s Chapel is the nearest village to the cottage and is home to the Chatterbox Cafe, headquarters of the Roof of England Cycling Club, and two lovely pubs and a post office. There are some beautiful paths and stop-off points from the village to enjoy with your two and four-legged friends, complete with unexpected and rewarding vistas. Northwest lies Alston, where you can enjoy local produce from the local hillside farms and discover the narrow gauge heritage South Tynedale Railway, which crosses impressive viaducts and landscapes into Northumberland. Also nearby are the Pennine Way, Hartside Pass, Epiacum Roman Fort and the Killhope Lead Mining Museum.

To the east of the village lies Weardale and County Durham. Weardale is regularly voted one of the most beautiful parts of England and is home to nature reserves, including Weardale itself, Hareshope Quarry and Low Barns. Keep going east and spend a day in historic Durham City, with its 9th-century Cathedral, independent local shops and eateries.

Last Word

Briar Barn has a modern facade that combines superb cedar frontage and huge windows into its original stone building. It looks perfect in its setting, as an updated farm building and a sign of a sustainable future for the farm itself. This shows the care the owners have put into its design, which a group of friends or family will enjoy from entering to leaving. It combines original stone wall features with stylish indoor cladding, so the wood-burning stove in the living room corner feels both cosy and modern.

Directly outside the front door is some of the most spectacular countryside in Europe and a delight for healthy, responsible, nature-loving dog owners. Enjoy the local feel and hospitality of Ireshopeburn (it’s “Eye-sup-burn”) or St John’s Chapel, then take your choice of the possibilities. From Alston to the north and Weardale to the east, you can plan a week or two in advance and still be spoilt for choice. After a hard day out in the North Pennines, you have the comfort of your garden, superb views and a big hot tub to look forward to.
Briar Barn
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