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Ridding House

Stanhope near Durham, Yorkshire Dales - North

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The Property

Stanhope 2 miles. An outstanding, detached stone property set in an elevated position, with spectacular views over the beautiful countryside of Weardale. This unique Stanhope cottage is ideal for families and friends to get away from it all and enjoy time together in this very special property. Oozing character, this cottage near Stanhope benefits from two spacious sitting rooms, both with exposed stone walls and beams, one with a woodburner set in an inglenook fireplace, whilst the other offers a high-pitched roof, and boasts a pool table. French doors lead into the country style farmhouse kitchen, with its York stone flagged floor, butcher's block and range cooker. With a separate dining room with woodburner, this Weardale cottage has plenty of room to spread out. Upstairs in this Stanhope cottage there are three charming bedrooms and a large bathroom with a roll-top, freestanding bath. Outside this Stanhope holiday home are lawned gardens to the front and rear with breathtaking views over the valley, and for the young at heart, a tree house and external games room with TV, board games, comfortable seating and a roulette wheel - perfect for a rainy day! With great attention to detail, this well-equipped property will not disappoint. Glorious walks can be enjoyed from this cottage near Stanhope, including the Weardale Way that passes the door and Bollihope Common, a lovely picnic area, plus within walking distance is a charming, award-winning gastro pub. Stanhope offers excellent amenities with pubs, tea rooms, individual shops, arts and crafts and an outdoor swimming pool, whilst a short drive brings you to Barnard Castle, Bowes and the city of Durham with its magnificent cathedral. With so many attractions in the area, this Weardale cottage provides an ideal base.


Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x twin. Bathroom with freestanding bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen. Dining room with woodburner. Two sitting rooms, one with woodburner. External utility. External games room with TV and roulette table.


Oil central heating with woodburners. Electric range cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with Sky, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburners inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel cot and highchair. Ample off road parking. Bike storage. Enclosed lawned gardens with furniture and BBQ. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 2 miles. Note: Access to this property is via a 0.6 mile steep and rough farm track. Note: This cottage has a natural spring water system. Note: Sheep in adjacent fields, please ensure dogs are kept on a lead at all times when outside. Note: This property stands alone at 1000' above sea level.

At a glance


Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

About the location


Durham 22 miles.

The ancient market town of Stanhope lies in the beautiful Wear Valley in the heart of superb walking country. Described as the "Capital of Weardale", it occupies a sheltered position on the north side of the Wear at the confluence of the river and the Stanhope burn. The town is home to the Durham Dales Centre, offering tourist information, a coffee shop, local arts and crafts, and a delightful high street. In addition, Stanhope offers a selection of pubs, specialist food stores, art gallery, outdoor swimming pool and pleasant riverside walks, plus the town is on the C2C cycle route. Beautiful Blanchland, the "perfect village", lies just 10 miles away. The city of Durham is just 22 miles away and is a World Heritage Site boasting a magnificent cathedral and castle, plus 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. Further afield is the award winning Beamish Living Museum, along with the Metro Centre housing 300 shops and a 12 screen cinema, plus the Lake District National Park is 43 miles away.

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We enjoyed everything about our recent stay at Ridding House, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left we loved it. The property is very remote which was perfect for our New Years Eve get together (no need to worry about the music being a little loud only the sheep could complain!). The owner ensured that you had everything you needed and was on hand should you need him but left you to it. From the log burners in most rooms and the free standing bath it was super cosy on the cold nights. All in all I would highly recommend this property, only one point a wheel drive is recommended for the lane to the farmhouse especially in winter as it is quite steep and rough but other than that it was perfect! Will definitely be going back.

Ms Doyle, Sheffield, December 2013

Superb cottage in a great location, clean, warm, fun for the kids. A really great place to stay.

Mr Melvin, Montrose, October 2013

Nice and remote location ideal for walking from your doorstep. Very helpful owner. Very clean, and well laid out. Will happily return.

Mr Rodmell, York, October 2013

Very nice cottage in a quiet and pretty area. We liked it very much. Very kind hosts.

Mr Doering, Sinsheim, September 2013

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