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The Barn at Easington

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General

  • Small peaceful site on a 30-acre farm on the Durham Heritage Coast
  • Sea and wood views, 10 minutes' walk to the beach via a wooded dene
  • Barbecues and campfires encouraged; firepits and wood available

If you're after something a bit different down Durham way, you'll find it in spades at The Barn at Easington. Part of an outdoor educational centre that doubles as a venue for music, drama, arts and family events, this fab little place is designed for outdoorsy holidays with as much – or as little – luxury as you want, all in a easygoing setting with the emphasis on serenely simple stuff, from sitting round the campfire to roaming about the meadows and woods.

The Barn is within a 30-acre farm on the coast of the Durham Magnesian Limestone Plateau, in an Area of Outstanding Beauty on the edge of Hawthorn Dene. It's a couple of miles from local village Easington and four from Peterlee, and a short and scenic walk across fields and through the dene to Hawthorn Hive's small beach and the Durham Heritage Coast; when it's stormy, you'll be able to hear the sea from the site.

Wherever you're staying on site, you're welcome to wander around the fields – look out for the farm chickens, horses and (sometimes) pigs – or you can opt to idle around the farm in your own secret spot, or trundle along to see if any events are on during your stay. Then time to get cooking: barbecues and campfires are enthusiastically encouraged, and firepits and firewood are available on request.

For eating out and other supplies, although you'll feel you're in the middle of nowhere here, you're really rather well placed indeed: the A19 is 10 minutes' drive away; Seaham is within 15 minutes' drive or about 45 minutes' walk, and Durham is reachable in half an hour. Newcastle is 40 minutes from the farm.

Please note

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.


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9.3

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96% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

 

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Friendly and helpful hosts from booking, to arrival and stay. ... 16/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anonymous Confirmed

  • Microlodge (no pets)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Friendly and helpful hosts from booking, to arrival and stay. Having been unwell in the week before our holiday, we had to delay our start and were prepared to lose a day of our holiday. However, we were pleasantly surprised when the hosts volunteered to add a day to the end of the stay so that we still had a full week.

    The accommodation was a well appointed, clean and modern "pod" lodge with good shower and cooking facilities; the underfloor heating worked well to warm the lodge on cooler evenings. Quiet campsite with lovely walks down to the beach and along clifftops in both directions.

    Disliked: 

    The campsite's attraction is in being relatively informal and natural, however there were one or two small areas of mounded soil or rubble where some tidying or landscaping would improve the site's appearance.

    The nearby village of Easington is a former mining village, which appears still to be suffering the loss of its previous industry. Unfortunately, this means that shops here are very limited (one medium sized co-op for provisions) and we did not find anywhere to eat out. Seaham, just up the coast, provides better opportunities with a large supermarket and a number of small cafés.

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Lovely 12/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Christopher C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Stayed for the great north run. Great location with easy access to the Newcastle metro. Warm & friendly reception from the owner. Quiet on site which is always food. Nice walk to Seaham from this campsite, maybe 45 mins tops

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Nice location and friendly 10/09/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Sankar B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Nice location and friendly

    Disliked: 

    No parking next to tent

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Lovely little getaway for a few days. 03/09/2018

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  • Swallow 2 bedroom static caravan
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    Clean and well equipped caravan. Lovely view to the sea and a nice little walk down to the beach. Secluded setting and campfires.

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Excellent site and amazing location for the beach 25/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom William B. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Skylark 2 bedroom static caravan (no pets)
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    The views, people was friendly and helpful and the caravan was very nice.

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I stayed with my son and dog and we all enjoyed every moment. 24/08/2018

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    Incredibly friendly and helpful people on a well kept site in a beautiful area

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    Nothing

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Friendly and relaxed vibe, everything you need plus great location 20/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Catherine G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Microlodge (no pets)
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    Friendly owner and other guests, lovely views, beautifully appointed pod. We loved the walk through the dene to the beach to collect sea glass and evenings by the firepit.

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    Nothing

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A well-hidden slice of paradise 15/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alison K. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Super friendly hosts, covered barn for cooking and hanging out on wet evenings, clean hot showers, jam jars of sweet peas in the loos, fire pits to hire, beautiful woods and coastline only 15 minutes walk away, views of the sea from our pitch

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Facilities were great and there were some beautiful short walks ... 14/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Iain W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Facilities were great and there were some beautiful short walks down to the coast

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Excellent site, very clean and the hosts were wonderful. 13/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom John H. Confirmed

  • Microlodge (no pets)
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    Myself, my husband and 2 granddaughters aged 6 and 3 have just returned from The Barn and stayed in the microlodge. Fantastic break with the girls, excellent location within walking distance of the beach. Hosts were amazing and couldn’t do enough for us, even bring marshmallows to us for the girls to roast on the firepit!

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Motorhome service point

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Horse riding nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Tiny (1-10 pitches)

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Microlodges

Location

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  • Thorpe Lea East Farm, Easington Colliery, Peterlee, Co. Durham, England, SR8 3UT
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.8019°N 1.3251°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Sunderland: Park Lane Transport Interchange — 7.3 miles
Hartlepool: Stockton Street Coach Stop — 9.3 miles
Durham Bus Station — 10.4 miles
Train stations
Seaham Rail Station — 2.7 miles
Sunderland Rail Station — 7.5 miles
St Peters Rail Station — 7.9 miles
Ferry ports
Newcastle International Ferry Terminal — 14.1 miles
South Shields Ferry Terminal — 14.3 miles
North Shields Ferry Terminal — 14.8 miles
Airports
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 20.6 miles
Newcastle International Airport — 22.3 miles

Directions


The site is down a fairly long farm track. From the top of the track, follow the yellow signs for Thorpe Lea East Farm. Drive slowly; there are passing places at intervals. It is not advisable to follow a satnav as it sometimes sends people down the wrong track.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Heritage is all around here: local village Easington is home to an ancient church famed as a sailor's landmark, and is a former mining town with colliery remnants including a pit cage and pit wheel monuments at the nature reserve on the old pit site. More old mining bits and bobs can be picked up on the local beaches, including sea coal and sea glass.

Walk through the woods and along the coastal path to the seaside town of Seaham, its beaches and harbour; the area around the farm is a wildlife haven too, so the quiet of foot might see deer and badger setts along the way. Like most the beaches along this stretch of Durham coast, those at Seaham are popular for sea fishing, particularly from the Featherbed rocks to Ryhope Dene.

Hartlepool (25 minutes) has the HMS Trincomalee and the Maritime Experience on its quayside; at Durham, meander along the river for viewsome looks at the spectacular cathedral and castle.

Must see

  • Durham Coast (0.4 miles)
  • National Glass Centre (7.9 miles)
  • Hartlepool's Maritime Experience (9.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Washington Old Hall (10.3 miles)
  • Souter Lighthouse and The Leas (11.7 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  6 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

The Barn at Easington cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. The Barn at Easington will debit the balance from your card 1 week before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 1 week then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Dogs
Dogs are prohibited from main facilities and amenities.
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 4 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. between 01/05 and 30/09 and between 01/10 and 30/04.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

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