• Old Paper Mill view of woodland and lane
    The Old Paper Mill near Beamish, Durham and Newcastle
    The Old Paper Mill is set in secluded semi-ancient woodland
  • Old Paper Mill bedroom
    The Old Paper Mill near Beamish, Durham and Newcastle
    King size bed in first floor bedroom with bespoke hand-made furniture and old timber features
  • Kitchen at Paper Mill
    The Old Paper Mill near Beamish, Durham and Newcastle
    Country kitchen, hand-painted in Farrow and Ball's Lime White
  • Old Paper Mill living room
    The Old Paper Mill near Beamish, Durham and Newcastle
    Feature wood burning stove for cosy evenings in
  • Stone wall of the mill
    The Old Paper Mill near Beamish, Durham and Newcastle
    Thick stone walls and old timbers set the tone for the interior
  • Outside seating area The Old Paper Mill
    The Old Paper Mill near Beamish, Durham and Newcastle
    Take in the sounds of the birds in the trees from the courtyard seating area
  • Snow at Old Paper Mill
    The Old Paper Mill near Beamish, Durham and Newcastle
    When snow falls, the woodland takes on a different magic, but you may need your 4 wheel drive!
  • Autumn at The Old Paper Mill
    The Old Paper Mill near Beamish, Durham and Newcastle
    An Autumn stroll from the cottage takes in colour and views
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The Old Paper Mill

near Beamish, Durham and Newcastle

Half a mile down a rough stone woodland track, this unusual stone mill renovation 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. At only half a mile from the famous Derwent Walk, you can enjoy walks which stretch the length of the valley. 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.

Featured in our best honeymoon Retreats and our cosy autumn breaks guide.

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Outside The Old Paper Mill
  • Quiet woodland location with walks from the door
  • 'Comfortable chic' styling with muted rustic tones 
  • Great location for visits to Beamish Museum, Gibside National Trust, Durham and Newcastle
  • 250 year old former paper mill, restored with great care
  • Log burning stove and state of the art biomass heating system
  • Ideal couple's retreat with room for a baby or toddler too (on request)
  • Bedroom with king sized bed and TV with built-in DVD
  • Bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle
  • Kitchen has fridge/freezer, integrated dishwasher, electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave and washer/dryer
  • Private courtyard seating area and gated space to store bikes
  • Private parking for one car ( or two small cars)


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.

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

living area

Prices and Availability

Booking options

Monday 1st December

The Old Paper Mill is available for booking on the following durations.


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, farmer’s markets and Friday and Saturday ‘pub’ nights where local ales are served just outside the walled garden (National trust entry fee applies) Sit by the warming braziers while you wait for your pizza order from the on site wood-fired pizza oven (National Trust entry fee applies)

Try something different by basing your stay around a cookery or gardening course at the wonderful Linnels Farm ( 30 minute drive). Guests qualify for 10% discount off courses (contact us for details).

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.

Useful Details

See here for what’s included in our Retreats stays
Please note that all of our cottages are non-smoking
No pets allowed at The Old Paper Mill
Additional facilities particular to The Old Paper Mill

Breadmaker, outdoor bike storage area, hose/tap for washing down boots or bikes.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: 4pm (3pm from Nov-March)

Departure: 10am


Ideal for a couple seeking a quiet countryside haven with walks from the doorstep, but still within easy reach of Newcastle and Durham. Very close to Beamish Museum, Tanfield Railway & the Derwent Walk and the famous Metro Centre is only 15 minutes drive away if retail therapy is part of your holiday requirements. A great base for cyclists, walkers and nature lovers seeking a little luxury. Many of our guests make this part of a two-centre holiday with a few days at The Old Paper Mill before or after a sojourn in one of our coastal or Scottish retreats.

A popular honeymoon cottage and an interesting photo shoot or film location.

Children at The Old Paper Mill 3-Star Child Rating

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).


Full central heating via state-of-the-art biomass boiler and logburner in the living room.

Please note: 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.

Candid Comments

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.

Original stone wall at The Old Paper Mill


Guest Reviews

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.

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!

We loved it! So tastefully furnished and decorated. Wish you could come and do our house!

We arrived jet-lagged and world weary and left relaxed, refreshed and totally enamoured with Northumbria and The Old Paper Mill. Thank you. It was perfect

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.

Oh that all holiday cottages could be like yours!

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!

Arriving to the warmth, lamplight 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

The cottage was immaculate, cosy, homely, and gorgeous. It was lovely to arrive to a welcome tray and little lights on. Just beautiful

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 !