An online holiday accommodation advert for a property let in County Durham has been branded “an absolute joke” after it was marketed as a ‘cosy cottage’ – despite the fact it’s a terrace house in a mining town.

The three-bedroom property, which is based in Easington Colliery, appeared on earlier this year – described as a “thoughtfully furnished” cottage with plenty of amenities and located near natural beauty spots.

As part of the advert, the website mentions that the house sleeps six people, has one bathroom, and Wi-Fi, is one mile from the coast, and costs £445 for seven nights.

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The website says: “A spacious terraced property offering comfortable and well-equipped accommodation for four adults and two children.

“The living space is open plan with a comfortable living room, Smart TV, flicker flame fire, an assortment of games and an Amazon Echo for your music and news.

“The cottage is thoughtfully furnished with references to local artists and culture, reminding us of the region’s rich mining history.”

The Northern Echo: Part of the advert for the property in Easington Colliery. Picture: COTTAGES.COMPart of the advert for the property in Easington Colliery. Picture: COTTAGES.COM (Image: COTTAGES.COM)

Going on to say that “Billy Elliot was shot in Easington Colliery and some of the buildings used as the backdrop can still be seen,” the advert also mentions that the old colliery benefits from a nature reserve, and is close to Durham Cathedral, Beamish Museum, and the Durham Dales.

Despite the substantial advert for the ‘cottage’ – people on social media assumed that the website was “some sort of joke”, branding Easington as “an experience you will never forget”.

The Northern Echo: The B1238 in Easington Colliery. Picture: GOOGLEThe B1238 in Easington Colliery. Picture: GOOGLE (Image: GOOGLE)

Taking to social media to comment on the advert, one user wrote: “Do you notice how it doesn't advertise the rats running up the back street, or the local idiots setting fire to the bushes on the Nature Reserve, or the numerous empty houses down there? while another ironically added: “Once in a lifetime experience”.

However, others tried to defend the advert, highlighting that “Compared to some places it will be a paradise for a week or two I guess”.

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