Laverock Hall, Laverock Lodge and Sheep Haven Cottage are situated in the North Pennines AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) ½ mile outside the village of Eggleston, which in turn is 6 miles from the town of Barnard Castle in County Durham, Northern England. Barnard Castle is in the very South of County Durham and borders the River Tees, which has for a long time been a border between Durham and North Yorkshire. 15 miles to the West is the border with Cumbria meaning the Cottages are well placed for trips out to the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District or travelling north to Durham and Newcastle. However, don’t be too quick to rush off, the dale itself (Teesdale) is a beautiful unspoilt area of wild fells, reservoirs, pretty villages and country pubs as well as quietly enjoying High Force (England’s highest Waterfall) as one of its main tourist attractions. The area was recently awarded UNESCO European and Global GeoPark as the North Pennines is an excellent place to get to grips with nature - 22,000 pairs of wading birds nest in the area, red squirrels are easy to spot, upland hay meadows are blooming. In the North Pennines you'll find 40% of the UK's upland hay meadows; 30% of England's upland heathland and 27% of its blanket bog; 80% of England's black grouse, red squirrels, otters and rare arctic alpine plants.
Laverock Hall and the Holiday Cottages are owned by Marcus and Mandy Bainbridge.
Marcus has farmed all his life and enjoys sheepdog trialling as a hobby, Mandy enjoys competing with her dogs in Agility and runs at Grade 7 (top level).
On the farm we have over 150 sheep (some rare breeds including Swaledale, Texel, Welsh Black and Herdwick), 5 pet lambs, 1 Skewbald Horse, 1 very naughty Pony, 9 dogs (1 Rescue, 6 home bred, 2 bought in), 14 free range (ex battery) hens, 18 free range Geese and ever escaping runner ducks. We occasionally breed a litter of Border Collies which go on to compete in Sheepdog Trialling, Agility or Obedience. Read more about the dogs and their offspring and achievements at http://www.freewebs.com/colliewobbles
The farm cover 50 acres ‘in bye’ (around the farmhouse), as well as renting ‘stints’ (rights) on the 6000 acre fell behind the farm for another 170 sheep and lambs.
The farm also boasts a 120 foot indoor Agility Building for hire complete with a full set of equipment.