Scargill is very rural with beautiful walks from the front door, many linking with the Pennine Way. Maps will be provided so that you can find your own route. Teesdale's landscape was painted by J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Girton, John Sell Cotman and Thomas Herne and it inspired the poetry of Sir Walter Scott and the less appreciated poetry of local man Richard Watson. You are also within a short drive of the Yorkshire Dales, The Lake District and the North Pennines where amazing walks abound.
Eating & Drinking
There are many great places to eat and drink nearby. The nearest is the Morritt Arms at Greta Bridge, an 18th and 19th century coaching inn, but the quirkiest and a ‘must visit’ is the Milbank Arms in Barningham, one of only eleven pubs in England which still have no bar. It also has an extensive and unique cocktail list. Barnard Castle has a number of eating places - why not try Blagraves on The Bank, once a stopping off point for Oliver Cromwell? Further afield, the picturesque village of Romaldkirk has the Rose and Crown for delicious lunches and evening meals or just enjoy a drink in front of the roaring fire. Check the folder in the living room at Scargill for more suggestions.
For an extra special treat why not get local cook Rachel Markham to make you a Tudor meal at Scargill? To find out more about Tudor Dining use the tabs above.
Barnard Castle has a great selection of antique shops mostly on The Bank. The town is renowned for its small independent shops selling cheeses, breads, local crafts and gifts. There are also artists' studios and shops and once a year in October the local artists open their studios to the public and show off their wares. Barnard Castle's market day is Wednesday of each week and the farmers’ market with lots of local produce from cakes to cheese takes place on the first Saturday of the month. Cross Lanes Organic Farm Shop is located only a few minutes away on the A66, or you can walk there from the castle. It has a food hall where you can stock up when you arrive and a cafe. It also holds Bistro evenings at weekends and a number of events outdoors throughout the year.
Places to see and things to do
The Bowes Museum is situated in a beautifully ornate 19th century building modelled on a French Chateau. It houses some of the nation's best fine art, but it also sells some of the town's best coffee in the attached cafe which also does delicious food. Entrance into the cafe and gift shop is free.
The Head of Steam Museum celebrates Darlington's role in the growth of the railways. It was here that the passenger train network was first conceived in 1825 and the world never looked back.
Further afield there is the Beamish Outdoor Museum and the castle and cathedral World Heritage Site in Durham and a wide range of museums and galleries in Newcastle (and another castle!).
Rokeby is just on the other side of the A66 and is the home to a nationally important collection of tapestries and was the location of Sir Walter Scott's poem of the same name. It is still a private house, but is open during the summer months for guided tours. Within the Rokeby Estate but now under the Guardianship of English Heritage is the medieval Egglestone Abbey set amidst spectacular countryside and free for all to visit.
The Yorkshire Dales
If staying in a castle is not enough, why not visit Barnard Castle's castle which is under the care of English Heritage (free to members) or Bowes Castle, also under the care of English Heritage, but free to all. Raby Castle is the picturesque home of Lord Barnard. It opens its doors through the summer and at more eccentric times the rest of the year and has a cafe and gift shop. At Christmas it has a Christmas shop and Santa's grotto. The gardens are beautiful and the wider parkland has deer roaming - see if you can spot the albino ones! All within a few miles of Scargill.
Horse riding takes place at East Layton just along the A66. Barnard Castle has a sports centre and swimming pool or if you are feeling particularly brave there is an open air pool at Stanhope in Weardale.
A two screen cinema is located in Richmond's Old Station buildings where there is also a restaurant and cafe, and local produce shops selling beer, cheese and ice cream as well as an art gallery displaying local works of art for sale. You can take your drink in with you to the two cinemas. Large cinemas are also located in Darlington and Stockton (Teesside Park).
Once a month, Barnard Castle hosts the Funny Way To Be Comedy Club where you can watch some of the best rising new stars in stand up comedy while enjoying a drink in the parish hall or a local pub. Details are posted on Scargill Castle’s Facebook page or in the folder in the castle