Owl Cottage is a fabulously quaint and extremely cosy one-bedroomed traditional Dales Cottage situated on the edge of Middleton-in-Teesdale, in the Durham Dales.
Located in the quiet and peaceful North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the location benefits from fabulous scenic views by day and access to the most amazing and fantastic star-filled skies at night. Of the 16 official Dark Sky Discovery Sites in the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark, 10 of them are in the Durham Dales, making this an ideal base for a stargazing break.
Guests are provided with stargazing equipment including, binoculars, red light head torches, stargazing maps along with a flask, folding chairs and blankets for a night exploring the dark skies.
Owl Cottage is recognised as a “Dark Sky Friendly” location by Visit County Durham
Stay & gaze - this location benefits from dark skies, relatively low levels of light pollution, is astronomy friendly and suitable for stargazing breaks. If you visit and find that the location is not dark sky friendly please let us know!
Weather forecast for Middleton-in-teesdale (0.2 miles away) updated 19/09/21 at 12:00.
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Best time to visit
The below chart shows when the skies will be at their darkest at this location and therefore the best time to visit. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing. See our dark sky calendar for more details.