History of Stowhouse Farm and Self Catering Holiday Cottages
The holiday cottages are located in Durham City at the edge of the small village of Cornsay, which is in the midst of beautiful Durham countryside. The cottages provide the perfect location for staying if you are visiting friends and family attending Durham University or if you are visiting Durham Cathedral or attending an international cricket match at Durham County Cricket Ground.
With close proximity to Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland, located in peaceful countryside, Stowhouse Farm stands at approximately 1000 feet above sea level, overlooking the valleys around Durham City in beautiful County Durham.
Cornsay Village is also known locally as Old Cornsay and records of the village date as far back as 1183. The only remaining monument from early settlements is an old stone building, which stands over the old village well which was built in 1743. The village was primarily a small farming community until the 19th Century when 4 coal seams were discovered and in 1868 Cornsay Colliery opened. The coal seams were mined by drifts which were run into the hill sides. Nearby, small coke ovens turned most of the mined coal into coke.
Stowhouse Farm is reputed to get its name from when Bonny Prince Charlie 'stowed' away on his flight north to Scotland after a defeat in battle by King James.
The main farmhouse was built in 1875 by Sir Henry Augustus Clavering, but the site has been built on as far back as the fifteenth century.
Between 1875 and 1948 the farm has been in the ownership of no fewer than 6 knights of the realm, namely Sir Charles Furness, Sir Fortescue Horner, Sir John Henry Berwick, Baron Gainford of Headlam and Sir William Grey.
Four of the old farm buildings were converted into holiday rentals in 2002 and have recently been redecorated throughout by the present owners. Keith and Jane Marley bought Stowhouse Farm and the cottages in August 2009 and are looking forward to meeting all our new and returning guests.
PLEASE NOTE OUR POLICY IS THAT ALL COTTAGES ARE STRICTLY NON-SMOKING AND NO PETS ARE ALLOWED ON THE PREMISES.