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Martin Grixoni

Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian

Scenic Weardale escape to North Pennines, log fires, walking, family and dogs.

32 Reviews
People12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Stanhope - 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 sleeping arrangments 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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Martin Grixoni (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
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 County Durham

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 five 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 plenty of room!

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

4.8
based on 32 holidaymaker reviews

Scenic Weardale escape to North Pennines, log fires, walking, family and dogs.
average rating of 4.75 based on 33 reviews
4

Very comfortable holiday home for all my family. Had a lovely weekend.

  • 4 of 5

The property is set in a beautiful area and was ideal for our family for the weekend. My only criticism is the front door lock which was a bit tricky, not too good when it's pouring with rain!! Apart from that we had a great stay and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your good review and the feedback on the door; I have now had the lock looked at - it was a simple fix apparently so all is well. All the best and see you next time. Martin
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4

Spacious village property with beautiful surroundi

  • 4 of 5

We are an extended family of 7 consisting of 3 seniors 2 adults & 2 teenagers. We read the reviews & were aware of the accessibility issues prior to booking relating to the stairs. Although a downstairs wc would have been beneficial to the seniors there was nothing else lacking in the property. The kitchen is compact but well stocked, there was nothing we needed that wasn't provided. The lounge seating is a little restrictive for 7 to 8 adults comfort wise if we had all wished to watch Tv but the weather was good & we were not in much for it to worry us. The bedrooms are spacious & the beds warm & comfortable. Lots to do in the County but would recommend a car unless you are used to walking & public transport. We really enjoyed our stay. We were late arriving but Clare was welcoming & happy to discuss places to go etc. The food in the Hare & Hounds was varied reasonably priced & very good.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A fabulous holiday house

  • 5 of 5

We had a fab time in this lovely house and hope to be able to visit again soon. It's in such a beautiful place and the house itself is extremely well equipped and comfortable. The beer at the pub is extremely good too!

Linda was really kind and welcoming, and the house was beautifully clean.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Great weekend in Westgate!

  • 4 of 5

Very good weekend spent here with partner ,sons, daughter in law and 3grandchildren(5,5 &3). Very clean,well-maintained and plenty to keep the kids happy!

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Just go!

  • 5 of 5

Oops...just booking our 4th trip here and realised I forgot to review our last! Here goes...if you want a warm, fun, relaxing, chilled, comfy, welcoming break in a beautiful house in wonderful surroundings in a small place full of friendly people...get yourself here! Martin, the owner, is lovely, and makes sure that all of your needs are catered for. The house was toasty warm even without the fabulous open fire, but having it blazing just adds to the ambience. There were about 10 of us, all adults, and we had bags of room to spare. Lashings of hot water too! Our Christmas weekend was amazing, and we were all sad to leave. The lovely pub across the road continues to put up with us and serves up delicious food, lovely beer and friendly smiles all round. Stanhope is great and just a few minutes away by car...we had a very silly treasure hunt in the town, and all of the local people we encountered or accosted were brilliant sports. For many of our party these breaks are the highlight of our working year, and we get a much needed chance to recharge our batteries. The only problem now is that as it gets more popular, it's getting harder to book! What are you waiting for?

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ang, and just seen your request for another stay in May. Grand to see you back and a well deserved discount coming your way!!
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5

A magical family weekend in December

  • 5 of 5

I booked Black Dog House for a pre-Christmas family gathering and for ease of access to The Polar Express trip on the Weardale Railway.What a gem I had found.My husband and were welcomed by Donna to a spotless,warm and cosy house, as she'd put on the heating ready for our arrival.The fire was also laid ready for us to make the house welcoming for the later arrival of the rest of our family.All eleven of us, fitted comfortably into the lovely house, which is better described as a home from home.Every need had been covered, with books, games and DVDs even a piano, around which we sang Christmas carols in the candle light.We had a children's treasure hunt in the conveniently placed playground across the road from the house.We even had the magic of snow falling while we ate our early Christmas Dinner.

The furnishings,beds, bedding, towels, kitchen equipment etc were all top quality.

The owner was more than helpful , even down to telling me the size of the oven, so I would make sure our turkey fitted.

I would highly recommend Black Dog House for a stay in Weardale.

NB the pub across the road closes at 9pm on Sundays in Dec.We missed our quiet pint after the family had left!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, what a lovely review (always nice to get) and also good to see we are now an alternative Crimbo destination... It was a pleasure dealing with you as a family gathering and so glad you had a grand time. As I said by mail, do come back and we'll give you a juicy discount that isn't a turkey!
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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: recommended

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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Stanhope, County Durham

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Late Summer
1 Sep 2016 - 21 Oct 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£303
for 3 nights
From
£101
From
£154
Fri,Sat,Sun
£710
£1,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Half term
22 Oct 2016 - 2 Nov 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
4 night minimum stay
£434
for 4 nights
From
£164
Fri,Sat,Sun
£760
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn walks
4 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
From
£106
Fri,Sat,Sun
£490
£1,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
 
Crimbo
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£890
for 7 nights
£890
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
NEW YEAR!!!
30 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£1,218
for 7 nights
£1,218
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Boots or skis on
6 Jan 2017 - 3 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£285
for 3 nights
From
£95
From
£104
Fri,Sat,Sun
£480
£1,300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
Half Term
17 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
4 night minimum stay
£440
for 4 nights
From
£110
From
£125
Fri,Sat,Sun
£580
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Almost Spring...
27 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
From
£75
From
£112
Fri,Sat,Sun
£520
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter and hols!
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
4 night minimum stay
£424
for 4 nights
From
£106
From
£160
Fri,Sat,Sun
£740
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£315
for 3 nights
From
£105
From
£140
Fri,Sat,Sun
£650
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
4 night minimum stay
£560
for 4 nights
From
£140
From
£160
Fri,Sat,Sun
£740
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£324
for 3 nights
From
£108
From
£164
Fri,Sat,Sun
£760
£1,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

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!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Stanhope in North East England

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • 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 ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • 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 3 - 2 Single Bed , Lovely views over fields
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , + plently room for cot
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 King + room for teenagers
  • 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 cots arrangements 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
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 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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