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The Old Paper Mill

County Durham



Half a mile down a rough stone woodland track, this unusual 250-year-old renovated stone mill will suit nature lovers and style lovers alike. A real rustic bolthole, this country cottage not far from the cities of Newcastle and Durham, has a tranquil woodland setting where guests can sit in the conservatory and watch a deer in the woods or see a red kite flying above.
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The Old Paper Mill is a secluded couple's cottage and a great base for days out before coming home to a slice of country life. At only half a mile from the famous Derwent Walk, you can enjoy walks which stretch the length of the valley, or enjoy the abundant nature from the conservatory and courtyard garden. Internally, the renovation has been completed with attention to detail to the highest standards by the owners who live in the neighbouring property ( so you're not totally isolated!) - although please note that guests are assured of complete privacy and independence, with their own private outdoor space, and the property is a good 50m or so from the main house. You'll find lovely rustic tones in the furnishings and décor, thick stone walls and old timbers. The feature wood burning stove in the open plan living area is made for chilly nights, while the bedroom TV and double-ended bath means you can truly indulge in a slower pace of life.
Features and Highlights
  • 250 year old renovated paper mill dating back to the 1700s
  • Log burning stove and state of the art biomass heating system
  • Bedroom with king sized bed and TV with built-in DVD
  • Quiet woodland location with walks from the door
  • Great location for visits to Beamish Museum, Gibside National Trust, Durham and Newcastle
  • Ideal couple's retreat with room for a baby or toddler too (on request)
  • Private courtyard seating area and gated space to store bikes
The Space
Ground Floor
  • Glazed entrance conservatory and sitting area
  • Open plan living/dining area, with TV and a log burning stove
  • Hand-painted kitchen area with large ceramic butler style sink, fitted ceramic hob, oven and dishwasher, freestanding fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. There is a dining table with seagrass chairs.
First Floor
  • The staircase leads up to the bedroom area with dual aspect windows, white painted furniture, bespoke wardrobes fitted to the eaves, painted in subtle tones, and a grand feature king-sized bed. TV with built-in DVD player
  • A contemporary style bathroom leads off the bedroom with a large double-ended bath and free-standing shower cubicle.
  • Double doors from the conservatory lead to a patio with outdoor furniture and barbecue, gravelled and planted area and cobbled parking space.

Floor Plan

Please note floor plans are not to scale but for illustration purposes only.

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Useful Information
  • Full central heating via state-of-the-art biomass boiler
  • Electricity
  • Log burner with a starter supply of logs
  • Bedding and bath towels
  • Starter supply of kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets, toilet roll, washing up liquid, salt and pepper
  • Sewing kit
  • First Aid kit
  • Wi-Fi
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • Cooker and hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen and tableware
  • Coffee maker
  • Bread maker
  • Washer/dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop, bucket, dustpan and brush
  • Tea towels
  • Dish cloths
  • Oven gloves
  • Hairdryer
  • Smart TV
  • Books and magazines
  • Outdoor table and chairs
  • Bike storage area and outside tap
  • Key safe for independent arrival

Extra linen and towels (charges apply)


Arrival: 4pm (3pm from Nov-March)
Departure: 10am


The access lane is a half a mile along a rough private woodland track - no tarmac here and one or two potholes depending on the weather and time of year, so if you are excessively precious about your car, or you have a low slung vehicle, you may wish to go very slowly or find another retreat. In very snowy weather, you may not be able to park at the cottage and may have to leave your car at the end of the track, unless you have a four wheel drive car which makes access a lot easier.
Once a year, at hay making time, guests will have extra noise and tractors passing as this is the farmer's route to his hay store. The Old Paper Mill is detached, but the owner's house is about 50 metres behind it and up a drive and you will see the owners drive past to their house and the occasional horse and tractor. Washer/dryer rather than a separate tumble dryer. No landline but there is unsecured Wi-Fi.


All of our Retreats are non-smoking.

Whilst we take great care to represent our properties and their facilities as accurately as possible, the décor, furnishings and facilities shown in images and video tours may occasionally be subject to minor change.


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Just 25 minutes drive from Newcastle and 35 minutes from Durham city, this Derwent Valley cottage enjoys all the benefits of rural living but offers easy access to many attractions nearby. Guests are amazed that such wonderful and unspoilt countryside can be found so relatively close to the city. The coast-to-coast cycle route, also known as the Derwent Walk, passes within half a mile of The Old Paper Mill. The valley has also recently become known for the latest release of red kites which can be seen circling The Old Paper Mill woodland on a regular basis.

The world-famous Beamish Museum is just a 10 minute drive away and National Trust lovers will enjoy the proximity of the Gibside Estate, with its gardens, historic buildings and farmer's markets.

Try something different by basing your stay around a cookery or gardening course at the wonderful Linnels Farm (30 minute drive).

An hour's drive from The Old Paper Mill will get you to Bamburgh and the Northumberland coast to the north, or Weardale to the south.

For further information on the area, see our Newcastle and Durham section.

Reviews and Ratings
Our cottages are graded according to how stylish they are and how welcoming they are to children.

To assist you in finding the perfect place to stay, we have awarded our cottages a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum style rating. This is based on our own standards and the award is given according to a mixture of criteria - location, aesthetic appeal, standard of luxury, facilities offered and style factors.
For example, a Platinum award goes to our most stylish and all round exclusive properties and a Bronze award may go to a cottage that may be a little less refined in places but still meets the high standards necessary to fit into the collection.


This is really a couple's cottage but a travel cot (please bring your own bedding) and highchair are available on request. A toddler bed can be made up on request for an older child in the bedroom (£25 charge applies).
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Guest Reviews
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
The area was new to us and there is still so much to see. We are planning to return to the Old Paper Mill next year. Coastal/Country Retreats have such a high standard that all their properties must achieve, it is safe to say that the accommodation will always meet or exceed the visitors expectations. The Old Paper Mill was an exquisite little retreat with so many wonderful little homely touches, it was a joy to return to after a day of walking.
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
We stayed at The Old Paper Mill after our wonderful wedding at The Black Horse Beamish. It was just the perfect start to married life! Thank You!
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
We have stayed in cottages all over the UK with various different companies, but Coastal/Country Retreats has been the best by far. The Old Paper Mill was absolutely perfect, immaculately clean and had everything we could have wished for...Brilliant.
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
We have had a wonderful return visit. So pleased we came for a whole week this time! We even managed to see the deer as we were having our cup of tea in the conservatory!
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
Arriving to the warmth, lamp light and background music, we knew we wouldn't be disappointed by The Old Paper Mill, and indeed we weren't. The cottage is beautiful, the personal touches charming and the attention to detail admirable.
On Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020
We’ve just had a wonderful stay at The Old Paper Mill, the cottage is fantastic and so wonderfully isolated, I hoped to spot a deer in the distance but even better as I looked out of the lounge window we watched this roe deer grazing on the plentiful undergrowth, magical!
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