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Aldbrough St John

The highly regarded picturesque village of Aldbrough St John is well placed for travelling to nearby Richmond (7 miles), Darlington (9.5 miles) and the A1(M). There is a public house, doctors' surgery, Church of England church and large traditional green.


The village of Barton provides a primary school, shop/post office and public house and is well placed for travelling to the nearby market towns Darlington and Richmond, with excellent transport links to the A66 and A1(M).


The picturesque and much sought after village of Bishopton is conveniently situated for anyone requiring easy access to both the A1(M) and A19, with Durham Tees Valley Airport within a short driving distance. Darlington, Teesside and Sedgefield are also within easy reach. The village provides a number of useful amenities to include two public houses and primary school.

Catterick Village

Catterick Village offers a number of amenities to include shops, health centre, post office, public house etc. The village also benefits from being conveniently placed a short drive from the A1(M) and A66 which provide superb transport links throughout the North-East, as well as the nearby market towns of Richmond, Leyburn and Bedale.


The attractive traditional village of Cleasby is conveniently placed for anyone requiring easy access to the A1(M) with Darlington town centre approximately 3½ miles.


The picturesque village of Croft-on-Tees lies on the banks of the River Tees and is within easy reach of the market towns of Darlington (4 miles), Northallerton (12 miles) and Richmond (12 miles). The village offers an outstanding primary school, hotel and restaurant and Church of England Church.


An attractive Victorian market town in the heart of County Durham, Darlington has a great deal to offer prospective buyers. The birthplace of the world’s first public railway, Darlington retains its excellent rail links, although with stunning countryside nearby and a vibrant town centre with a host of great places to eat and shop, residents won’t have to travel far to keep entertained. Add into this the affordable properties and excellent schools and it’s no wonder Darlington was recently voted 7th happiest place to live in the UK; we’re certainly very happy to have an office here!


The village of Gainford is highly sought after and offers a host of amenities including doctor's surgery, shops and primary school and is ideally placed for the commuter travelling to surrounding commercial centres including Barnard Castle, Darlington and Richmond.


Hamsterley is an unspoilt, traditional village which provides primary school and public house. Hamsterley Forest lies approximately 2 miles away and provides excellent recreational facilities. The village is well placed for anyone planning to commute to Darlington (16 miles), Barnard Castle (13 miles) or Durham City (18 miles).


Heighington provides a wide range of amenities including primary school, public houses, village hall, sports field, general store, take-away food outlet and doctors' surgery. Darlington, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Durham Tees Valley Airport, A68, A66 and A1(M) are all within easy reach.

High Coniscliffe

High Coniscliffe lies on the A67, approximately 4 miles west of Darlington. The village provides a reputable primary school, public house with restaurant and Church of England Church and stands on the high banks of the River Tees making it ideal for country walks. High Coniscliffe is a popular, attractive, semi-rural village situated on the outskirts of Darlington where there are a comprehensive range of shopping and recreational facilities and amenities available. High Coniscliffe is well located for commuting purposes as it lies on the A67 and is close to the A68, the A167 and the A1(M) Motorway. Darlington is also on the Main East Coast Railway Line and Durham Tees Valley Airport is a 15 minute drive away.


Nestled on a bend of the river Tees just south of Darlington, lies the picturesque village of Hurworth. With several local pubs known for their excellent food, a 5 star hotel and spa as well as all the attractions of nearby Darlington, Hurworth is ideally located for enjoying village life without sacrificing amenities.


Middleton-in-Teesdale, situated on the Pennine Way, lies 9 miles from the impressive High Force waterfall. The village offers excellent amenities including Primary School, Doctors Surgery, shops, post office, restaurants, public houses and regular bus service. The village also offers a gym, youth club and Farmers market, with many activities taking place in and around the village as well as being ideal for many countryside walks.

Middleton St George

The village offers a wide range of amenities to include primary school, public houses, general dealers/off licence, railway station and regular bus service and is with easy reach of the popular market towns of Darlington and Yarm.

Middleton Tyas

The village of Middleton Tyas offers a number of amenities to include superb modern primary school with excellent reputation, post office/general store, church and public house. The village also benefits from being conveniently placed a short drive from the A1(M) and A66 which provide superb transport links throughout the North-East.

Newton Aycliffe

Home to a thriving and ever growing business community, Newton Aycliffe, with its compact town centre, plentiful leisure facilities and wonderful nature trail scattered with sculptures has plenty to offer first time buyers and young families alike. With easy access to the A1 and close proximity to Darlington, Newton Aycliffe is ideally located for those commuting further afield.


Sitting between two National Parks, Northallerton is perfectly located for lovers of the great outdoors. Although, Northallerton’s pleasant high street has more than enough attractions for those who want to stay a little closer to home. Whether it’s shopping in the busy weekly market, enjoying a spot of tea in the most northerly branch of Bettys or browsing the stunning artwork in the Joe Cornish gallery, Northallerton has plenty to offer both visitors and residents.


We consider ourselves very fortunate to have an office in the beautiful Richmond, North Yorkshire. The pretty market town began with an impressive Norman castle, built in 1071, much of which remains today. Over the years the town has grown, and today is home to a wide range of thriving businesses. However, it has still retained all of its most desirable features, including the beautiful countryside walks beside the winding river Swale, the weekly open-air food market, and the close-knit community.


Sadberge is ideally placed for anyone commuting to nearby Darlington and Teesside, with both the A66 and A1(M) within easy reach. The village has a village Post Office and shop, two pubs, a church and a village hall. Durham Tees Valley International Airport and Darlington main line railway station being within easy access.


The traditional and picturesque village of Staindrop is centred around a large village green and fully supported by a wide range of local amenities to include public houses, doctors surgery, general dealers, tearoom, butchers shop and an excellent secondary and primary school. The village also provides a number of excellent activities for children. The nearby historic market town of Barnard Castle provides a wider range of facilities with Darlington, Richmond and Bishop Auckland also within easy reach.


Stapleton is an attractive, traditional village which includes a large green, public house/restaurant and public bus service. Lying approximately 2 miles south of Darlington town centre, and benefiting from easy access to the A1(M). The village is situated within Richmond School catchment area.


The village of Winston lies mid way between Darlington and Barnard Castle and is within easy reach of the market town of Richmond. The village provides a public house and Church of England Church and stands on the high banks of the river Tees and is ideal for riverside walks.


Yarm is one of the most scenic places to live in Yorkshire, and here at Carvers we’re thrilled to have just opened an office here. A thriving market town, Yarm has lots to offer to locals and tourists alike, including some fantastic restaurants, great shopping, and a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. It is also home to the highly regarded Yarm School – ranked 2nd in The Sunday Times’ Top 10 Independent Schools in the North East. Yarm is not only a useful hub – it’s beautiful too. The river Tees flows through the town, and the viaduct which bridges it is famous for being a striking landmark.

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