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

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

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 arrangements 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 Tourism England: You can also see us listed on the Tourism England (Durham) website for our three stars; just copy and paste into your browser:


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 successfully cater for most peoples needs, so do get in contact if there is anything that you'd like clarifying.

More Details

Property Manager
Martin Grixoni
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2017

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 Stanhope

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 manager

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Stanhope in Stanhope

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • 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
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • 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
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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Scenic Weardale escape to North Pennines, log fires, walking, family and dogs.
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 37 reviews

Lovely weekend with the family

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend for my son's 50th birthday. It was our second year in the house,it is a lovely place every thing you need is at hand . The area has a lot of places to visit and a great pub across the road with good food.i would recommend the cottage for holidays.we will definitely be going back in the future .

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Stay as Always

  • 5 of 5

Not sure how many times we've stayed at Black Dog House (at least half a dozen) we are large group of work colleagues. We've always had a great stay both in the summer the winter. Can't fault this place at all. It's always immaculately clean upon arrival and has everything you could possibly need. We usually eat in the Hare and Hounds over the road but we have cooked in the house and have also had a BBQ in the back garden. The kitchen very well equipped. The bedrooms are also well equipped and comfortable. The location is stunning and there are some beautiful walks on the doorstep. We will never grow bored of staying at black dog house. Would highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic cottage in a lovely area

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here to celebrate my partner's birthday in November. There was a large group of 10 adults and the cottage was perfect. Communication with the owner Martin was terrific beforehand, and the housekeeper kept in touch on the day to offer to meet us on arrival.

The cottage is spacious, welcoming, warm, clean, and has everything you'll need for your stay.

The four bedrooms are comfortable, and we even had four adults comfortably sharing the attic room which has two large double beds.

The surrounding area is beautiful, we had plenty of hill walks to choose from, as well as the Weardale Way being right on the doorstep.

It was nice and snowy when we were there, and the open fire in the living area was perfect for keeping us all toasty warm when getting back from a day in the hills.

The kitchen area is modern and every need is well catered for.

I'd like to come back again in the summer to venture further into the Pennine hills, and this would be a perfect base.

Highly recommended ;)

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David, and this makes me want to come and visit again myself! (albeit for upkeep, but always for a walk on the wild side...) You'll be very welcome back, and with a nice returners discount applied. All the very best, Martin
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Fab home from home

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property, plenty of space, nothing that hasn't been thought of, pity it was a rainy weekend but loads of games to play.....nice Sunday lunch at local pub....would definitely visit again

  • Review Submitted: 07-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a good review Cheri, and we'd love to have you back with a nice discount. All the best until then.
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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: 22-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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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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: 13-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
Nearest Train
27 Miles
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:


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!


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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Stanhope, North East England

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn walks
30 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
30 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
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!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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