Our 150 year old characterful stone cottage in beautiful Upper Weardale, County Durham sleeps up to 5 people. Located in Westgate village, immediately behind the local co-op store and post-office. The local pub micro-brewery also serves meals.
Weardale Cottage can sleep up to 5 persons - there is a double bed and two twin bed, plus a fold-out single bed. The cottage was originally two "one up one down" miners' houses, now joined together. It retains many original features, and has two separate 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.
Locally there is the village pub, where they brew their own 'Weard Ale' beer and serve evening meals. There is the small co-op and post office, within 10 metres of the cottage. Further down the valley is the market town of Stanhope, for a greater range of shops and facilities, and the excellent Durham Dales centre, for tourist information, arts and crafts and cafe.
Interaction with Guests
Guests have the use of the whole house - we are not present during your stay. We can offer guided walking if required, please contact us for further details.
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.
Other Things to Note
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.
We ask our guests to leave our cottage clean and tidy, not to smoke in the house, and not to bring any pets. We also request that guests are considerate to the neighbours in the village.
Chris' communication through out was excellent. We loved the cottage, it was homely and unique. Chris recommended an enjoyable walk for us, we couldn't believe how much wildlife we saw - rabbits, pheasants and lots of different birds.
The local pub was just as welcoming and we had a lovely meal and drink there. It was handy to be able to walk to an eating place.
Thank you for everything Chris.
We found Chris place last minute on the day and communications was brilliant, the cottage it self was lovely easy to find clean and tidy. Had lots of space and even a fire which was amazing in the evening over a board game. Overall would recommend this to any one and will definitely think of the cottage for our next trip away.
The place very beautiful and Quiet. The house was cozy with all the comforts necessary for those wishing to spend days of real peace
Chris, our host, was very prompt and positive in corresponding with us about our booking. Really appreciated that!
The cottage was well furnished and fitted out with everything we needed (and lots of heating that we'd have needed in winter). The two bedrooms are both upstairs, and well separated. The cottage is easy to find, and it's conveniently right behind the Co-op (there's not much other shopping available in Westgate). There's space for games like badminton - racquets and shuttle were there for us - in the parking area, which was good for the children
Overall, a very enjoyable experience... can't think of anything less positive to say!
Three generations of the Horton family enjoyed our stay in Westgate.
The cottage was just as described, with a lot of character. We liked the village too, with it's stream and river walks, good shop and pub, even llamas!
Communication from our host before the trip was prompt and helpful. One issue arose during the stay that was dealt with quickly and fairly.
We would recommend this cottage and hope to stay again.
We stayed at Weardale Cottage for three nights and immensely enjoyed the peace and quiet it had to offer. The cottage was spacious enough to easily accommodate the three of us without a problem, the kitchen was fully equipped so we were able to cook our own meals, and there were plenty of board games and books and a lovely garden to sit in to pass the time and relax. I hope to come back some day soon!