Our 2 bedroom, old stone cottage is in beautiful Upper Weardale, perfect for exploring the North Pennines, known as England's last wilderness and the 'roof of England'. Located in Westgate village, the local pub micro-brewery serves evening meals (booking required). Please be aware that due to the age and construction of the cottage, whereby stone floors are laid directly onto the earth, the humidity levels are higher than in modern houses, and you may notice a slight musty smell as a result. This is a very old traditional stone cottage, providing basic accommodation. So if you are looking for modern fittings and luxury, this is not the place for you. But if you are the adventurous type, think of it as your own private bunkhouse! There is electric heating, BUT please be aware that in very cold weather, this kind of cottage is difficult to heat. Whilst we make every effort to provide adequate heating, it is essential that if you book in the winter, you are willing and able to use the solid fuel appliances to adequately heat the house. It can can sleep up to 5 persons - there is a double bedroom and a second bedroom with twin beds, plus a fold-out single bed for a child. The cottage was originally two "one-up-one-down" miners' houses, now joined together. It retains many original features, and has two separate (fairly steep) staircases to the bedrooms. The lounge has a multi-fuel stove and the dining room features a solid fuel Rayburn cooker. A small but well equipped kitchen leads off the dining room; and also on the ground floor is the shower room with handbasin and toilet. The double bedroom also has its own ensuite toilet and handbasin. Please be aware that the stone flagged ground floor can feel cold and therefore guests are advised to bring slippers. If you book a stay in the winter months, (October through April) you will need to be confident to run the solid fuel appliances - stove and/or Rayburn, to supplement the electric heating. Please note that in extreme cold conditions it can take some time to warm the place up, so if your stay is very short and the weather is very cold, you may not feel warm enough. However for hardy winter guests we provide plenty of logs and coal if you are happy to run the solid fuel appliances. And don't forget your slippers! Please note there are no food shops in Westgate village - the closest shop is the co-op in St John's Chapel, approximately 1.5 miles west. For more shops there is Stanhope, 5 miles east from Westgate. The cottage is an old place, and may not provide the level of comfort that some guests like. If you like rustic authenticity and to get a feel for miners' lives in the 19th Century, this is the place for you. Otherwise, please think carefully before booking!Westgate is a very quiet village, but is part of the wider Weardale community of small towns, villages and farms. The walking around the area is fantastic, and the lead mining history of the area adds an additional layer of historical interest to a beautiful and rugged area. Upper Weardale is part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is also within the geopark, having its own unique geology. Weardale Cottage is located in the village of Westgate. The local brew-pub is called The Hare & Hounds, and there is a bus service - the 101 - that runs up and down the valley, enabling easy access to the other villages and the local market town of Stanhope, even if you don't have a car.
Stanhope, County Durham, UK
Stone house in Weardale village
Member Since 2018
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 12 Dec 2018
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
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Stanhope, County Durham, UK
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