The Byre

Lanehead, Wearhead, Weardale, Northumbria (Ref. 17537)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Wearhead 1.5 miles. A charming, stone-built cottage adjoining the owner's home in the tiny hamlet of Lanehead, just a short distance away from Wearhead, County Durham. A former byre, this Lanehead cottage has stunning views over the surrounding countryside and is cosy and well furnished, providing a quiet holiday home with easy access to the North Pennines, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and also a UNESCO European and Global Geopark, one of the most peaceful and unspoilt places in England. The accommodation is all on the ground floor except for the single mezzanine bedroom which is accessed via a staircase above the double bedroom. A compact, well-equipped kitchen and sitting room with beams and a lovely woodburner in the sitting room complete this pretty Lanehead cottage. The lawned garden is accessed by stone steps and is ideal for relaxing with a refreshing drink whilst watching the children play. The area surrounding this Lanehead cottage is the perfect location for walking, birdwatching, painting and sketching, cycling, touring or just relaxing and enjoying the views. Well positioned for trips to the Northern Lakes, historical Hexham, Hadrian's Wall and Durham City with its magnificent cathedral, this cottage is the perfect setting for a family holiday. For trips further afield from this property, guests can visit Newcastle and the Metrocentre, Bowes Museum, Beamish Open Air Museum and the magnificent Heritage Coast. This is a lovely Lanehead cottage for a couple or small family to enjoy in the County Durham area.


Mostly ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x mezzanine single above double bedroom. Kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and woodburner.


Oil central heating with woodburner. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer in owner's studio, available by arrangement, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games, CDs and DVDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot, highchair and fireguard on request. Off road parking for 2 cars. Lockable bike storage. Shared lawned area to the front with furniture. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shop 4.5 miles, pub 1.5 miles. Note: A welcome hamper and pottery sessions can be arranged by contacting the owner prior to your visit. Note: There is a connecting door from the sitting room to the lobby of the owner's property. To ensure privacy this door is kept bolted on both sides during occupancy.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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Guest Reviews


    • “Charming cottage set in beautiful surroundings”
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    • “A very well situated cottage with stunning views and access to quaint little villages and lots of nice walks. We arrived to a very warm and friendly welcome. The accommodation has everything you need to have a comfortable cosy stay. It was very well equipped with a beautiful wood burner and many leaflets with info on the area and surrounding parts. Every detail has been thought of from board games to books. We had a fantastic week in the middle of February it was slightly blustery, which made our stay very warm and cosy indoors enjoying the peace and tranquility which surrounded us. We will most defiantly be back we just embraced the rural living with open arms. :)”

    Domino888, March 2014

    • “Fantastic Holiday”
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    • “Lovely clean and welcoming cottage, helpful hosts who greeted us on arrival. Everything in the cottage you needed to feel home from home, lots of information on things to do in the area. Wonderful area to visit, beautiful scenery and the views from the cottage were amazing. Killhope well worth a visit as was Beamish Museum, a little further afield but worth the drive over the moors.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Gt. Yarmouth, January 2014

    • “Character cottage and good base from which to explore the North”
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    • “Lovely, roomy and airy accommodation and quiet location with wonderful views Only one negative point; the bed and pillows were far, far too soft and therefore not comfortable”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Holt, December 2013

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    • “Liked the very pleasant interior with comfortable furniture and quality fittings. All the appliances worked well and the instructions were in good order and clearly available if required. There were lovely views and it was a peaceful setting. Without doubt this was the best cottage we have stayed in, with caring thoughtful owners who were only too ready to make sure we enjoyed our stay. We hope to return.”

    Mrs Easton, Newton Stewart, September 2015

    • “The cottage was perfect! Furniture was comfortable and the cottage was warm with an efficient heating system. All in all this was a fantastic experience, the owners are to be congratulated on achieving the perfect 'home from home'. We would thoroughly recommend this property.”

    Mr Marfell, Lutterworth, July 2015

    • “The cottage was very nice, welcoming and very homely. The surrounding area was beautiful and very relaxing and was just what we wanted.”

    Mr Backen, Barrow-in-Furness, July 2015

    • “This cottage is delightful, cosy, warm and private. We found this property excelled the description on your website. We would also commend the owners who were kind and thoughtful. This must be one of the best properties we have ever had.”

    Mrs Poirot, Menai Bridge, June 2015

    • “A beautiful cottage with great hosts, everything was thought of. The location was fabulous.”

    Mrs Greenwood, Darlington, June 2015

    • “This property is just about perfect. The owners were very friendly and helpful with an added option of a pottery session. The wood burning stove with fuel was a great bonus.”

    Mr Townsend, Woking, May 2015

    • “A very warm and friendly welcome, a delightful, comfortable property in a beautiful, peaceful location within easy reach of places of interest, walks etc. We shall be happy to return.”

    Mr Renton, Shawbury, October 2014

    • “Location ideal both for local walks and for exploring other dales and fells in the area. Area is very quiet and relaxing, but within easy reach of many interesting places - Durham, Bowes Museum, Hadrian's Wall, etc. Cottage exceptionally well-equipped and comfortable. Hosts friendly and helpful but respectful of privacy.”

    Mr Wright, Leamington Spa, September 2014

    • “We loved spending time at the cottage, it was so peaceful and relaxing. It helped that the cottage was beautiful.”

    Mr Small, Glasgow, July 2014

    • “From my first phone contact with the owners we felt really welcomed, and the cottage was just what we hoped. It's well appointed and has a really homelike feel, with books on the shelves, a wood burning stove, and pictures on the walls. There's also a lower bit of garden below the house that you can use in relative privacy. The cottage has a view over upper Weardale, with walks from the door and wonderful bird life and wild flowers all around. We used it as a base for exploring and would return to cosy evening meals and relaxation in the large, comfortable lounge. It's within easy driving distance of Hexham and Corbridge and beyond that the superb Roman sites, Hadrian's Wall and, of course, the North Pennines. All in all I would strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a base for a holiday in the NE, though obviously its position makes a car fairly essential. The owners take real trouble to make sure their guests are comfortable and well provided for.”

    Ms Whistler, Winkleigh, May 2014

    • “Excellent location, the cottage was above and beyond our expectations. A lovely friendly reception from the owners.”

    Mr Veitch, Sunderland, April 2014

    • “Perfect little getaway. Beautiful surroundings and a very warm welcome. Everything you need is provided in the cottage.”

    Miss Pert, Clackmannan, February 2014

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About the location


Stanhope 10 miles; Durham 30 miles.

Wearhead is a small village in County Durham at the top of Weardale. Named after the source of the River Wear, the village sits at 1,104 feet above sea level and boasts some of the highest peaks in County Durham. Wearhead is set in rural countryside with the nearest shop being 3 miles away in St John's Chapel, and further amenities can be found in the village of Stanhope, ten miles away. Stanhope is described as the "Capital of Weardale" as it occupies a sheltered position on the north side of the Wear at the confluence of the river and the Stanhope burn. The village is home to the Durham Dales Centre, offering tourist information, a coffee shop and local arts and crafts. In addition it offers a selection of pubs, specialist food stores, art gallery, outdoor swimming pool and pleasant riverside walks. Durham is just 30 miles away and Hadrian's Wall is within easy touring distance. Close by are Hamsterley Forest, Killhope Lead Mining Musem and Barnard Castle - a short picturesque drive away.

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