Number Nine in Lanchester

A Stunning Property with Tranquil Countryside Views, not far from Historic Durham City

Tranquil views, exceptionally high standard of accommodation and peace and quiet are what best describes Number Nine. Renovated in 2019, this gorgeous country cottage is part of the original ‘Hurbuck Cottages’, a quaint row of terraced cottages with beautiful views of the valley and countryside surrounding Lanchester near Durham City. Number Nine near Durham City sleeps 4 guests and is pet free.

One of the best features of Number Nine is the beautifully landscaped, south-facing garden, with gorgeous, uninterrupted views across the countryside. With several options for dining or lounge seating, this manicured oasis is the perfect spot to get lost in a good book or enjoy dinner or drinks ‘al fresco’. In the cooler months you can return indoors to a cosy fire, sink into the comfy sofas and relax amongst the indulgent interior.

Discovering Durham and the local area is easy both on foot or by car from Number Nine. Knitsley Farm Shop is around 20 minutes walk from the cottage and is a great spot for lunch or to pick up some local goodies. You can walk, cycle or drive to Lanchester, the nearest village where you will find local, independent shops, pubs, restaurants and pretty village walks. The biggest attractions close to Number Nine are Beamish Museum and Durham City, where you will find Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and a wealth of walks, shops, eateries and annual events around this historical city to explore and discover.

Number Nine in Lanchester

Sleeps 4 No Dogs

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Number Nine is the perfect cottage to stay for a holiday near Durham city. Whether you’re looking to discover this gorgeous part of the north-east, are visiting a family member or a relative at Durham university and you’re seeking a bit of space to unwind and relax, Number Nine is ideal for the best of both worlds.

Number Nine sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms; one bedroom is on the ground floor with an en suite shower room, and the main bedroom is upstairs with a larger bathroom. It has a large, open plan living/dining area that looks out to the garden, separate kitchen and tranquil sun room looking out to the south-facing garden.

This country cottage welcomes children but regrettably doesn’t welcome dogs. Free Wi-Fi as standard, private parking for 2 cars and bike storage available in the locked garage.

gorgeous landscaped south facing garden at Number Nine near Durham city


There is an enclosed small patio at the entrance, and once through the door you are greeted with a beautiful oak staircase leading to the main bedroom and a pleasant hallway with access to the living space, downstairs bedroom and utility room.

The spacious hallway with oak staircase at Number Nine, cottage near Durham

Lounge/Dining Area

This lovely open space is more than ample for 4 guests. Walking from the entrance hallway, you reach the dining area first with a dining table and 4 comfortable leather chairs. Plenty of gorgeous artwork surrounds you and the windows each have venetian or electric roller blinds for privacy.

The lounge area with underfloor heating houses 2 Chesterfield sofas (a 3 seater and 2 seater) and a footstool-come-coffee table which surround a gas-fired ‘wood’ burning stove which sits in a traditional inglenook-style fire surround. There are beautiful views out to the garden through the French doors, with remote control roller blinds for ultimate comfort. Smart TV with Netflix access.

A desk and chair can be found in the lounge for those who may need to work or study whilst on holiday.

cosy open plan lounge at Number Nine near Durham city and lanchester, cosy cottage in county Durham


The cosy kitchen is just off the dining area and has been designed efficiently for the space.  Containing a large fridge/freezer, white ceramic sink and draining board, matching Dualit kettle and toaster, Smeg oven and gas hob and slim line dishwasher. The kitchen is well equipped with top-quality crockery and cookware provisions.

The neat kitchen at Number Nine near Durham, cottage in Lanchester

Sun Room

The jewel in the crown for this special cottage is the south-facing sun room. It’s a pleasure to enjoy in every season, as it looks out to the beautifully landscaped garden and the valley that frames the view beyond it.

Containing two occasional chairs and a small table, this is the perfect spot to enjoy some peace and quiet before your party is even awake. There is a door leading out to the garden from the sun room, as well as the lounge and ground floor bedroom.

beautiful sun room overlooking the garden at Number Nine near Lanchester, cottage near Durham

Ground Floor Bedroom with en suite

This gorgeous, spacious bedroom has twin single beds which is the default setting for this bedroom, but they can be made into a super king size upon request. We ask you to request this when booking, or leave a minimum of 7 days notice to request. There is a beautiful, bespoke linen headboard, large wardrobe and chest of drawers, and large French doors leading out to the south-facing garden, where you’ll find an ‘egg’ chair just outside the door, so you can enjoy a peaceful morning coffee and a chapter of your favourite book.

All bedding is hypo-allergenic and a hair dryer is provided. Additional feather pillows provided in the wardrobe.

The fully-tiled en suite contains a large walk-in shower with rainfall shower head and separate attachment. Wide sink with storage underneath, WC, heated towel rail and illuminated mirror. Duck Island complimentary toiletries and The White Company fluffy towels.

second bedroom on the ground floor at Number Nine near Durham City, luxury holiday cottages in Lanchester near Durham

Utility Room

This handy room houses a washing machine, tumble dryer, WC, sink and plenty of storage and surface space.

the utility room/cloakroom at Number Nine near Durham


This beautiful space has been architecturally designed to be a peaceful escape to enjoy the wildlife and birdsong. At one side of the patio you will find a table and chairs for 4 with a parasol, and at the other side an egg chair with a cushion. In the middle of the garden, just outside the sun room, an iron bench is positioned centrally to enjoy the stunning view at the perfect angle.

Walk to the end of the garden across the lawned centre and you’ll reach the pergola with an iron bench, wooden bench and small table underneath. Sitting here you’ll have uninterrupted views of the valley and a gate leading out to the quiet farm track and bridleway. Which – whilst quiet with vehicles – is a popular route with cyclists, walkers and runners.

This path leads to the small town of Lanchester and takes around 30-40 minutes on foot to get there, depending on your pace. The walk is very pretty and you can detour to Knitsley Farm Shop and café along the way. This has a great butchers, bakers, and excellent licenced café and is well recommended.

south-facing garden with gorgeous countryside views at Number Nine near Durham

First Floor

The oak staircase leads from the hallway straight to the main bedroom and en suite bathroom, which is more like a suite due to the size and seating provisions.


Main Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom

This large, mezzanine-style bedroom firstly has a pretty seating area framed by the stunning, south-facing view, and leads to the bedroom area, all open plan. There is a king size bed with a wall-fitted bespoke headboard, armchair, large chest of drawers and space for hanging a handful of garments. A large window looks south towards the countryside view and there are 3 Velux windows on the opposite side of the bedroom.

All bedding is hypo-allergenic and a hair dryer is provided. Additional feather pillows provided in the wardrobe.

The en suite has a stand-alone roll top bath with attachment and separate, large walk-in shower with rainfall shower head and separate attachment. WC, large sink with storage underneath, heated towel rail and illuminated mirror.

lounge area at Number Nine near Durham, luxury cottages near Durham, luxury accommodation Durham


There are two private parking spaces behind the cottage; one adjacent to and one in front of the secure garage. The garage can be used as a place to securely store bikes.

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Number Nine in Lanchester

Sleeps 4 No Dogs

This Cottage does not yet have a star rating

prices & availability

An Exceptional Property

Every inch of Number Nine has been carefully considered, chosen for quality, style and most importantly, comfort. You’ll not fail to enjoy a fantastic holiday here, whatever the season.

Facts & Features

Up to 4 guests and 1 infant.

Extra Touches
A gorgeous Welcome Hamper is provided, which includes complimentary Duck Island toiletries as well as top-quality bed linen and fluffy towels.

Touchstay Electronic Guide book

Bespoke Guide Book for your Mobile or iPad
You’ll receive a comprehensive guide book for your phone or tablet upon booking, which not only provides all the information you need to stay at Number Nine, but also guides to all the local facilities, restaurants, shopping, attractions, the best beaches, walks, activities, exploring Durham, unique offers and much more.

Infants welcome. One travel cot and one highchair available. No stair gate available.

We regret no pets are permitted at Number Nine.

South facing, the landscaped garden is a sun trap. Contains a table and chairs for 4, plus a coffee table and two bench seats for more relaxed seating. Egg chair with cushion.

There is no BBQ for use but you are welcome to bring your own, as long as it is used responsibly and makes no damage.

Bike Storage
There is secure, indoor bike storage in the detached garage opposite the cottage.

2 parking spaces; one designated driveway space and one in front of the detached garage, on street. Only the residents of the 9 cottages on the row use the lane.

Bedrooms & Bedding
2 bedrooms; 1 x king and 1 x twins or super king. All duvets and pillows on the beds are hypo-allergenic, and additional pillows supplied in the wardrobe are feather.

Ground floor bedroom has an en suite with a large walk-in shower. En suite bathroom on the first floor has a large walk-in shower and separate bath. WC in the ground floor utility room.

Large fridge/freezer, Smeg electric oven and gas hob, slimline dishwasher, Dualit kettle and toaster, filter coffee machine. Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board, vacuum. Hairdryers, books and board games. Gas-effect wood burning stove and central heating/under floor heating throughout.

TV’s and Technology
Smart TV in the lounge with access to Netflix. Bluetooth speaker. Free Wi-Fi.

Designated Desk Space
In the lounge you’ll find a desk and a lamp, ideal for those who may need to work or study whilst on holiday.

Accommodation across 2 floors; lounge/dining room, kitchen, twin bedroom and utility room on the ground floor. Main bedroom and en suite bathroom on the first floor.

Nearest EV Charging Point
Click here to find the nearest EV charging point – use postcode DH7 0RJ. You must not use any socket – inside or outside – to charge an electric vehicle.

Arrivals & Departures
Arrival days are Friday or Monday (short breaks available)
Arrival: from 4pm  Departure: by 10am

Other Information
Booking Conditions
Frequently Asked Questions
Accessibility Guide

Please be Aware
Dogs are not permitted in the property under any circumstances.

Virtual Tour & Floorplan

Here is the 3D virtual tour of Number Nine. Click and drag your mouse/touchscreen to navigate the property. Click the floorplan to enlarge it. If you have any questions about Number Nine in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01665 710700 or click here to email us.

Virtual Tour

Map & Local Area

Number Nine Hurbuck Cottages is nestled into the heart of the Vale of Durham near the picturesque hamlet of Knitsley, just over 2 miles from the popular village of Lanchester and 12 miles from the beautiful medieval city of Durham. This cottage is perfect for ramblers, cyclists or those looking to get away from it all in cosy, luxurious surroundings with stunning views of the countryside, and a network of public footpaths, cycle paths and bridleways to explore.

Durham is an amazing county with a historic city at its heart, breath-taking dales to the west, a dramatic coastline to the east and a vale packed with amazing experiences. Lanchester is the nearest village only a 40-minute walk away and has a wide selection of amenities such as cafes, restaurants, shops and post office. Durham City is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with visitors from all over the world with its stunning Cathedral and Norman Castle. Here you will find a fantastic array of shops, restaurants and things to do for all the family.

For those wanting to explore the region, Number Nine provides a perfect base with easy access to the unspoilt beauty of the Durham Dales, the scenic and rugged Northumberland coastline with its beautiful white sandy beaches and quaint villages, Hadrian’s Wall and even the Lake District National Park, also a World Heritage site, is only a 90-minute drive.

The postcode for Number Nine is DH7 0RJ.



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You have done a wonderful job of renovating Number Nine and setting it up as a holiday home away from home. The location is fantastic for both tranquillity and convenience. We’ve enjoyed walking (and running) along the old railway in both directions. Lanchester is a lovely little village to visit and walk towards Consett was handy for provisions from the Farm Shop and the supermarkets. We even saw a hare strolling down the path! We enjoyed visits to Durham Cathedral, Hartlepool (visiting relatives) and particularly Corbridge – a lovely place with numerous cafes, pubs and gift shops. South Moor Golf Club was welcoming and amazing value with a beautiful and challenging back 9. Thank you for a lovely week.

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Tips from a local

Take a trip back in time to Beamish Museum which is located just a short 15/20-minute drive away from Number Nine. Beamish is a world-famous open-air museum which brings the history of North East England to life at it’s various exhibit areas including their well-renowned traditional sweet shop and old fashioned fairground located in the 1900’s Town, or the pit pony stables and school with a strict head master located in the 1900’s Pit Village, or the mahogany drift mine in the Colliery. You will be met by costumed folk who tell fascinating tales of everyday life in the region through time at each different exciting exhibit. Beamish is a fantastic day out for all ages!

Tips from a local

Eat & drink at Crinnions of Lanchester! Whether you’re calling in for quick bite for lunch or celebrating an evening with friends and family, Crinnions of Lanchester has something for everyone on their menu. Steak nights are available on Mondays & Thursdays and there is a daily catch of the day for those seafood lovers, as well as themed nights, regular quiz evenings and live music for your entertainment!

Tips from a local

Love the outdoors, looking for something a bit more adventurous or just want to try something new? Pockerley Equestrian – located just a 20 minute drive away from Number Nine – has a variety of fantastic horses and ponies who will accommodate complete beginners and competent riders. Pockerley offers private tuitions, group lessons and hacks out to explore the beautiful Beamish countryside.

Tips from a local

Take a relaxing 5-minute bike ride or a short 20-minute walk over to the Knitsley Farm Shop where you can reward yourself with some delicious homemade treats from the artisan bakery or a spot of lunch in the café or courtyard. Before heading back to Number Nine, be sure to check out the shop and deli where you might pick up some locally sourced goodies to take back with you to enjoy during the remainder of your holiday!

Tips from a local

Lumley Castle is a gorgeous English castle, steeped in history with elegant decor and beautiful natural surroundings. This stunning castle is located just a 30-minute drive from Lanchester and has a lot to offer. Treat yourself to a delicious afternoon tea and a glass of Pimm’s or fizz, take a stroll around the beautiful well-kept gardens and grounds or attend one of the fun-filled events on an evening. Lumley Castle offers a whiskey tasting evening, a murder mystery party, a challenging escape room and much much more!

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We know Northumberland and all of our cottages inside out, so if you have any particular queries, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’re more than happy to help!

Telephone: 01665 710 700 or click here to email us your enquiry.