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 front street. 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.
Weardale Cottage can sleep up to 5 persons - there is a double bed and two twin beds, 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.
Please be aware that the stone flagged ground floor can feel cold and therefore guests are advised to bring slippers.
From the village there are many scenic walks, along the river Wear or up into the hills. We recommend the walk up into Slitt Woods, following the course of the Middlehope Burn stream. Details of this walk and many others can be found on the 'Discoverweardale' website.
Locally there is the village pub, where they brew their own 'Weard Ale' beer and serve evening meals. Further down the valley is the market town of Stanhope, for a 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.
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.
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, which has limited opening hours and is not open on Sunday. For more shops there is Stanhope, 5 miles from Westgate.
We advise that the cottage may not be suitable for very small children, due to steep stairs and stone floors.
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.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.