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SCENIC WEARDALE ESCAPE TO NORTH PENNINES, LOG FIRES, WALKING, FAMILY AND DOGS.

Martin Grixoni

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
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SCENIC WEARDALE ESCAPE TO NORTH PENNINES, LOG FIRES, WALKING, FAMILY AND DOGS.

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Wear Valley - Black Dog House, Weardale

4+ Bedroom house, pretty much all you need , in North Pennines riverside village

Black Dog House is a lovely place to unwind, relax and enjoy. The house and the surrounding countryside have something to offer all ages and interests. It's grand for couples, groups of friends and families, with flexible accommodation and every comfort provided. The house is actually two19th Century stone-built terraced cottages, joined together to provide a damn fine place to stay over 3 floors, and has been fully refurbished - I should know, i was in there grappling the RSJ's through the bedroom window! There is plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing indoors, whilst the front garden is good for breakfast, and the rear yard is a place for evening drinks or a BBQ. The set-up can be seen quite easily from the pictures, but essentially it's a walk in to the dining room area with a wood burner, then through to a large sitting room with an open fire. the kitchen is off this will a large range of 'stuff' to get cooking with. Out the back there is a small office area with table and computer point with a door to the back yard. A jump over the wall and you're in the fields! Upstairs there are two doubles, one of which has an en-suite, a twin bedded room and a bathroom. On the top floor there is a big room (ideal for locking away children...) with a large combination of beds available. The location itself is hard to beat, with breathtaking moorland, woods, mountains, rivers, SERIOUS waterfalls and charming small towns. If you visit once, you'll likely want to come back for more ....

Check our own website for more at www.blackdoghouse.info

3 Star self-catering award through Torism England: You can also see us listed on the Tourism England (Durham) website for our three stars; just copy and paste into your browser:

http://www.thisisdurham.com/accommodation/search-results/black-dog-house-p566321

Looking to push that up to four stars this year, not that there is any bias involved!

Who has stayed: Since starting two years ago, we have had a huge variety of groups stay, many of which have taken the trouble to give Black Dog House good reviews. It'd be best to read their words below, but in summary I would say we can successfuly cater for most peoples needs, so do get in contact if there is anything that you'd like clarifying.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Martin Grixoni (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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Speaks English, French, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian

About Martin Grixoni

I have been a landlord for over 25 years and have used that experience to hopefully provide a good holiday house for any guests to enjoy and feel that most things have been thought about and taken care of; I hope like others, that you do to!

Martin Grixoni purchased this house in 1998

Why Martin Grixoni chose Wear Valley

I took the house over from my sister who had lived there with her family for nine years. We then spend about 18 months completely renovating the house and converting the loft space with a view to turning it into the holiday house it now has been for the past three years.

What makes this house unique

Being in the middle of the North Pennines, which is one of the most beautiful and wild parts of the country is a complete joy; the fact that it is not overful full of tourists is in my view a bonus. There are a selection of mountains just up the valley (The Dodd, Flinty Fell, Killhope Law, Dead Stones and Midllehope Moor) and some quite glorious waterfalls in the area. The two joined cottages gives a very good flexibility of accommodation, and the large attic room to throw children into seems to work very well; a brilliant and large play area with room and blow up beds to sleep a small team!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you we had a lovely time and the house is very well equipped. Our family ranged from 3 years old to 75 years but we all enjoyed it... something for everyone!
Dec 2010
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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

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Scenic Weardale escape to North Pennines, log fires, walking, family and dogs.
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 25 reviews
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Scenic Weardale escape to North Pennines, log fires, walking, family and dogs.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p459914
+44 -(0) 7799 643699
Wear Valley County Durham
5

Brilliant family friendly and well located house

  • 5 out of 5
We loved our stay at Black Dog House! The owner, Martin, was very flexible on dates and prices since the weekend we ideally wanted wasn't available. Instead, he offered us a mid week stay at a great price. The house is great for families: ideally situated just opposite an excellent playground and the banks of the River Wear and some lovely short walks nearby. We stayed with my parents and our two children, aged 3 and 4 months. The property is very spacious upstairs with two bathrooms, less so downstairs, but the owners often visit and so the equipment particularly in the kitchen is excellent and of a much higher standard than the average holiday cottage. We enjoyed some lovely fires in the open fire in the lounge. The cleaner, Donna, who met us there was great and even offered to babysit! The pub just opposite is good for a pint, and the food is good though a bit basic. My only feedback for improvement would be that the dining room could do with a bit of an update. Otherwise a lovely cottage that I'm sure we'll be returning to since we have relatives close by.
  • Review Submitted: 29-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your comprehensive feedback Esther, and so glad you had a great time. On the dining room, you must have been reading my mind as we have a plan to improve that on our next upkeep visit. Look forward to seeing what you think of it next time!!
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Scenic Weardale escape to North Pennines, log fires, walking, family and dogs.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p459914
+44 -(0) 7799 643699
Wear Valley County Durham
5

Wonderful house and surroundings

  • 5 out of 5
The house was exactly as described, clean,comfortable and with everything one could want ---- even down to hairdryers in every bedroom ! Very friendly village and beautiful countryside. 10 of us staying --- and 20 for lunch on Sunday --- but room for everyone . Highly enjoyable stay & the piano was a delightful bonus. Would certainly recommend and hope to return some day.
  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Scenic Weardale escape to North Pennines, log fires, walking, family and dogs.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p459914
+44 -(0) 7799 643699
Wear Valley County Durham
5

Top Cottage

  • 5 out of 5
Great place. Very comfortable beds with white sheets and duvet covers. There's plenty of space and hot water. The central heating works well. The location is great with lots of walking and the pub in across the road.
  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Scenic Weardale escape to North Pennines, log fires, walking, family and dogs.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p459914
+44 -(0) 7799 643699
Wear Valley County Durham
5

Perfect for our group on walking weekend

  • 5 out of 5
A very well-thought out house, catering for every need with luxuries like the huge pre-laid wood fire, very comfortable beds and crisp white sheets. Situated 3 minus from some of the most spectular scenery, there was so much to do within walking distance, and it was a pleasure to come home to Plenty of room for 9 of us, could have taken 2 more. Kitchen well-equipped and modern, all rooms spacious yet cosy. Gorgeous view from the back door. Owner / manager delightful, and excellent service from the Co-Op down the road and pub opposite. I would defnitely recommend this for a group of friends or two families.
  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Scenic Weardale escape to North Pennines, log fires, walking, family and dogs.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p459914
+44 -(0) 7799 643699
Wear Valley County Durham
5

Fantastic short new year break!

  • 5 out of 5
Had a great 3 night break with 2 other families, 11 of us in total. The open fire was all ready set up for us to light on arrival and made the place really cosy for new year. The attic room was perfect for the 6 children aged 2-10, and they happily played up there with the toys that were provided. Thanks so much to Martin and Donna for a great, welcoming break we really do feel that they went the extra mile for us, even providing a bottle for us to see the new year in! We cooked each night and found the kitchen fully functional. I'm sure we will use this home again, and will certainly recommend it to anyone that's thinking of visiting the area.
  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Scenic Weardale escape to North Pennines, log fires, walking, family and dogs.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p459914
+44 -(0) 7799 643699
Wear Valley County Durham
5

Return trip even better than the last!

  • 5 out of 5
Arrived on Friday 13th..oooer! However, far from being jinxed, we had a truly fabulous weekend. Martin and Donna were brilliant and so very helpful. Once we worked out the central heating (must have had our stupid heads on), lashings of lovely hot water for all. Toasty warm with heating and log fire...and so cosy. Felt really Christmassy, especially as they had left out a tree for us to decorate. Beds so comfortable...the sleigh bed in particular received rave reviews! Massive fridge to hold all of our food ( and drink!) had great trip out to Stanhope for last minute gifts...great for shopping as full of quirky and original shops. Hare and hounds pub, literally 10 seconds walk from front door, continues to serve the most delicious food in Christendom ....try the sticky toffee pudding! Everyone at the pub is really friendly...they even let us have a cup of sugar as we'd forgotten to bring any! Lovely, cosy, traditional pub with its own brewery...what more could you ask for.
Anyway, we would not hesitate to give this place a massive thumbs up, and will be returning ourselves very soon. Get yourselves booked in...you don't know what you're missing!
  • Review Submitted: 15-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Newcastle International
Nearest Barpub
40 Metres
Westgate village
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Newcastle to Holland and Norway
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Allenheads
Nearest Train
27 Miles
Durham
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
M6 Jct 40
Nearest Restaurant
40 Metres
The Hare & Hounds (pub), Westgate
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Daddry Shield
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Seaham, Durham Heritage Coast
Car: necessary

Westgate lies within the Wear Valley which is part of the Pennines designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; perfect for mountain biking, bird watching, riding, painting, photography and even skiing. There are lots of things to see locally - museums, mines, castles, gardens, railways, historic cities, Hadrian’s Wall 30 minutes to the north and the spectacular High Force Falls 30 minutes to the south. Only 15 miles further up the Pennines is the market town of Alston, sitting 1300 feet above sea level, and the starting point for the South Tyne Railway. The market towns of Barnard Castle, Hexham (with its racecourse and Abbey), Newcastle and Durham are all within 30 miles. The village itself has a riverside pub and small shop, playground and public tennis court, The surrounding area is renowned for its wildlife and Slitt Wood with its burbling and gushing beck (a 5 minute walk from the house) is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and bloomin lovely to walk up through. The brooding Hamsterley Forest is 20 minutes by car and is perfect for walks, biking and picnics.

Other Activities: canoeing, orienteering,

Golf: 6 Golf courses within an hours drive, both 9 and 18 hole. visit a golf website for details:

http://www.theinternetgolfclub.com/counties/golf-in-county-durham.asp

There's even left some clubs to borrow in the house!

Ski: It was on ski Sunday for goodness sake, and you can't get much better than that!

It is called Swinhope Moor (01388 527527; skiweardale.co.uk), which began in 1963 and is run by the Weardale Ski Club, comprising 14 volunteers. These include a fireman who works at the club in his spare time and a retired mechanic. They're up there in the summer cutting the rushes, and in the winter manning the two button lifts and the piste basher. There are seven pisted runs, off-piste slopes and a gully with jumps and ledges. They were awarded the 'Recreational Club of the Year Award' by Snow Sport England at an awards ceremony last month.

I have also skied up on the county border with Northumberland. Minus 3, purple wax, and the skis and wax, plus boots are all available in the loft (size 10 large). 2 sets of everything. Snow reports available at:

http://www.skiweardale.com/Snow%20Reports.html plus http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Swinhope/6day/mid and a blog spot at skiweardale.blogspot.com

Have a look at the pub opposite; they do great food and it only takes 30 seconds to walk there!

http://hareandhoundswestgate.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/barbie-scraped-just-like-summer.html

The arboretum to visit is in Durham: http://www.eastdurham.ac.uk/1419/view_page.php?section=5&category=19&page=53

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Wear Valley, County Durham

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Rate
 
Late Summer
7 Sep 2014 - 25 Oct 2014
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
£680
£1,500
 
 
Half term
26 Oct 2014 - 2 Nov 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
£194
for 3 nights
From
£160
Fri,Sat,Sun
£740
 
 
Autumn walks
3 Nov 2014 - 20 Dec 2014
3 night minimum stay
£312
for 3 nights
From
£104
£480
£1,200
 
 
Crimbo
21 Dec 2014 - 27 Dec 2014
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
NEW YEAR!!!
28 Dec 2014 - 3 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
£1,029
for 7 nights
£1,029
 
 
Boots or skis on
4 Jan 2015 - 13 Feb 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
£285
for 3 nights
From
£95
From
£104
Fri,Sat,Sun
£480
 
 
Half Term
14 Feb 2015 - 22 Feb 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
£440
for 4 nights
From
£110
From
£125
Fri,Sat,Sun
£580
 
 
Almost Spring...
23 Feb 2015 - 3 Apr 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
From
£75
From
£112
Fri,Sat,Sun
£520
 
 
Easter and hols!
4 Apr 2015 - 24 Apr 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
£424
for 4 nights
From
£106
From
£160
Fri,Sat,Sun
£740
 
 
Late Spring
25 Apr 2015 - 22 May 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
£315
for 3 nights
From
£105
From
£140
Fri,Sat,Sun
£650
 
 
Half Term
23 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
£560
for 4 nights
From
£140
From
£160
Fri,Sat,Sun
£740
 
 
Late Spring
1 Jun 2015 - 28 Jun 2015
3 night minimum stay
£330
for 3 nights
From
£110
From
£147
Fri,Sat,Sun
£680
£1,500
 
 
Early Summer
29 Jun 2015 - 24 Jul 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
From
£160
Fri,Sat,Sun
£740
£1,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee £0
Notes Saturday afternoon arrivals unless by prior arrangement. Minimum 3 night price 65% of weekly GBP rate.

Last minute short breaks bookable within one week of the start date. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. Discounts available if a lower number of people are staying - please ask.

Pets considered and only permitted with well-behaved owners!

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Wear Valley in County Durham

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Fax
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , heated towel rail
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , heated towel rail
  • The main family bathroom overlooks the terrace and fields at the back of the house and is very spacious and bright. It has been completely rebuilt, with a very effective over-bath shower, as well as the iron bath. There is plenty of hot water heated by solar panels, topped up by the new oil fired boiler for deep baths; perfect after a bike ride or walk across the hills, PLUS a heated rail to warm the towels. The new padded linoleum is warm under the feet and very easy when children get involved with soap and bubbles. Next door is the newly built ensuite shower room to the main bedroom, with toilet, sink, lots of shelf space, heated towel rail and the mother of all walk-in showers. We provide some basics like soap, toilet roll, and enough shampoo to create a lather if you forget your own things.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , En-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , + Room for cot or sgl full height powered blow up bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Lovely views over fields
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 1 King + 1 full height King Size + & 2 sgl air beds
  • All the bedrooms are spacious and light, with double glazing, wool carpets, and fully furnished. There are plenty of electrical sockets and Wifi is available throughout the house. The main bedroom is south facing and has a newly built en-suite shower room with toilet, sink, lots of shelf space, heated towel rail and the mother of all walk-in showers! The 2nd double bedroom is larger, south facing with fitted cupboards and a 6 foot Sleigh bed plus plenty of room for one of our baby cots. Bedroom 3 overlooks the fields, church and steep Pennine hills behind the house, with twin pine single beds. Up on the 2nd floor is a huge, full height converted attic space that is newly carpeted and very bright. It is a flexible space for sleeping, children, games and generally spreading out. There are three full height airbeds and cots for larger groups. The House comfortably sleeps eight adults, and if teenagers, smaller children or babies are involved, then this can easily stretch to ten or 12.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
No doubt you will have packed what you have room for, but if you're caught out by the weather, there are a selection of wellington boots (sizes 6-10) and outdoor coats that you can borrow. A pair of your own comfortable walking boots would be ideal to make sure you can clamber up hills and through streams at will; Two winters ago there was a good dump of snow...so much in fact, that Weardale Ski Club at Daddry Shield (2 miles up the road with drag lifts) was featured on the BBC's Ski Sunday! There are a couple of toboggans for you to use, and some x-country skis + boots. There are some traditional board games that don't need to be plugged in, a selection of novels and DVDs, plus new player. Freesat with over 100 channels is set up with a 32' TV . There is also a lockable shed in the back yard, so that you can keep any valuable bikes or outdoor kit safe and covered. There is a small wheely BBQ for sunny evenings (1st bag of charcoal supplied) and a supply of logs for the open fire

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