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Grace Cottage

(Ref. 992527)

St John's Chapel, Northumberland Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely little cottage set in the small village of St."

    John's Chapel. We had an excellent 4 night stay at Grace Cottage, our party of 3 adults and two dogs had ample room in this well present property. The cottage itself has gas central heating in its two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs as well as cosy sitting room with wi-fi, t.v. with Netflix and log burner and well equipped kitchen downstairs. There's also as small yard to the rear with views of the surrounding Pennine hills. This is an excellent choice if you want a relaxing getaway with your family or friends with local walks and scenery, a couple of local village pubs, cafe, well stocked local store and craft shop. Further away are the delights of Durham and Barnard Castle these are around 40 minutes away by car. Carparking is the only thing that the property doesn't offer as carparking is on the road outside the front of Grace Cottage. Overall the property is well presented in a great location with local amenities, we will hopefully in the future be returning for a further stay. We highly recommend a visit.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2023

  • "Initially annoyed, not realising the first photo on the advert is the village pub and not the cottage."

    Having booked then the advert allows you to see the front of the property. Once we arrived and got inside the cottage it was lovely, but it did smell a bit stail, however once we got the windows open and some air freshener sprayed it was fine. I did read some of the comments in the visitors book remarking about dog owners needing to be responsible for there dogs going upstairs which i totally agree with, as an owner of 2 dogs which we had with us i found the stair gate in the cupboard upstairs and fitted it at the bottom of the stairs which obviously stopped that problem and i think should be left in position. We were very lucky with the weather and only had a couple of heavy showers where we had to deal with the dogs being wet. However it was very awkward to try and get them dried at the back door and not trailing wet all over the kitchen floor, i think a good addition to the cottage would be a lean to type gazebo with a clear plasic roof which would still allow light into the kitchen and some where dry to stand to dry the dogs and even remove your walking boots. Otherwise a great place to stay in a lovely location. Also be advised it is on road parking. On a reasonably busy road at times, and your not guaranteed to be able to park outside the property.

    Reviewed by ShaneSep 2023

  • "Fabulous stay, beautiful cottage in a wonderful setting."

    An extremely well equipped kitchen, the only thing missing is a cheese grater and a mop and bucket. Smelt quite doggy and dank on entry and furnishings quite hairy. Wouldn’t stop us returning we had a fantastic holiday.

    Reviewed by AmandaSep 2023

  • "Very clean and comfortable in a great location."

    We were very pleased with the cottage.

    Reviewed by PennyJun 2023

  • "This is our 2nd stay at Grace Cottage and will not be our last!"

    Lovely comfortable accommodation it had everything we needed for an enjoyable relaxing stay. Lovely scenery, great walks with our dogs, nice, pleasant and helpful neighbours. An appreciated Welcome Pack. Been doing Sykes Cottages for 10 years now with our 2 dogs, a great find! Grace Cottage ticks all the boxes! Definately on our list to return! Many Thanks.

    Reviewed by BarbaraMay 2023

  • "Lovely little spot, enjoyed our weekend away."

    Thank you :)

    Reviewed by ToryMay 2023

  • "We thought the cottage was lovely."

    We were disappointed to arrive on a chilly February afternoon to find no kindling nor firefighters and only a couple of logs. In addition the cottage was very cold at 10 degrees. (Co-op had no stock either of kindling) We had understood from the description that at least the initial stock of wood was provided else we could have brought our own. Fortunately, the cottage’s central heating was working well although we didn’t understand why it came on at 4am? Overall the cottage, once warm, was extremely comfortable. Outside, we feel that the front needs a light as the steps in from the gate are shallow and impossible to see in the dark. The bath and hand towels in the main bedroom had a musty, stored when damp smell. We loved the views out back and thought the cottage was prettily decorated. It was great to have decent sized mugs and a teapot (but no tea cosy)and enough pans/ crockery to be able to cook properly. The neighbours were friendly, as were everyone we met in the village. We had an enjoyable walk along the stream at the back and a good time in The Blue Bell , taking part in the Sunday night quiz. We’d have no hesitation in staying in Grace Cottage again.

    Reviewed by DeborahFeb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage well appointed with everything you could need, parking can be a bit of a problem when loading and unloading."

    Why is there a picture of the pub and not the cottage?

    Reviewed by SteveNov 2022

  • "Grace Cottage has everything you could possibly need for rest and relaxation."

    It is cosy, comfortable and warm. There are some lovely walks for your dogs, the local pubs are dog friendly, and the view of the scenery out the back window is fabulous. I got some good recipies from your cook books! We appreciated the welcome pack, we had a lovely relaxing week and we were so impressed with the property we have just re-booked for next year! Thank You !

    Thankyou so much for your feedback, it makes it all worthwhile. We're glad you had a lovely stay and look forward to seeing you again next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by BarbaraSep 2022

  • "Very clean & nicely decorated property."

    Bed very comfortable & we slept better than at home! Blue Bell Inn just a short walk along the road, great local pub with welcoming atmosphere. Nearby Co-op and Chatterbox Cafe very handy & within walking distance from the property. Many thanks for the welcome pack.

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2022

  • "Location is great, views from the garden superb."

    Grace cottage is a lovely cottage and had everything we needed for a short stay. You can see a lot of time and effort has gone into the cottage but unfortunately for us it wasn't of a good standard for cleanliness. The cottage in our opinion needs a a little loving care and a good once over. The kitchen was dusty, the light above the kitchen table had months of dust which isn't the best, the rubbish bin dirty, pans had been put back in the cupboard and not been washed, freezer needed defrosting and the old bags of ice removing. Living area was comfortable but again needed a little loving care, dead spiders, cobwebs, dust and unfortunately for us the whole stay we had a work van parked outside which blocked the sun, this can't be helped and is no way the owners fault but it was a little annoying. Bathroom again needed a clean, window sills dusty and a lot of dead flies which were there when we arrived, the toilet was also leaking which wasn't great. We had a plumber turn up part way through our stay to fix the leak as he believed the property was vacant and no one was staying. Not ideal as I think it's something that should have been sorted prior to us arriving. Again this could be due to the lack of availability for tradesmen to fix but surely as paying guests we could have been given a heads up. Bedroom was beautifully decorated but again dusty and in need of attention, picture rails I could right my name on in the dust, blind at the back of the bed didn't work. Bed was lovely and comfy though and we did sleep well. You can see this cottage has once been a stunning place but it really could do with a good clean.

    Thankyou for your feedback, which I have taken very seriously. Our cottage is indeed very loved, however I have not been able to get there for some time now and had no idea things had slipped. I have arranged for a deep clean and inventory check. Thankyou for bringing this to my attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GayleJun 2022

  • "Found the key safe adjacent to the rear entrance which wasn't made clear."

    The neighbour advised us that glass bottles go into a box and not the 'wheelie bin' labelled glass bottles. The above was no problem and everything else was absolutely perfect. The location is really nice with two really good pubs in the village. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with stunning views, well stocked with everything that you will ever require, there were a few days where parking was difficult given the building work be carried out opposite, but is the only issue I could find and not worth taking note of as you will always find a space nearby."

    the welcome pack was a nice touch and overall our stay was great. two great but different pubs and local Co-op within walking distance, if you get a chance book it.

    Thankyou for your feedback. So glad you enjoyed your stay at Grace cottage and we hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by JimMar 2022

  • "The cottage was really lovely we really enjoyed our stay."

    Everything we could need was at hand. Would recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by SFeb 2022

  • "Very enjoyable stay fantastic views from cottage warm log fire ..."

    Very enjoyable stay fantastic views from cottage warm log fire exceptional Major building renovation opposite led to one or two parking problems but otherwise thoroughly enjoyable thank you

    Reviewed by HaroldDec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage lovely area and lovely friendly locals plenty to see and do."

    2 nice dog friendly pubs in village and a co-op for your needs, ideal for our 4 night break we will certainly return to grace cottage and would certainly recommend grace cottage for a nice relaxing stay

    Thankyou! So very glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2021

  • "This cottage is so comfortable with the most amazing views from the kitchen window."

    It has everything you need and is stylish but very homely. Very clean throughout and comfortable beds. Lovely area with 2 pubs in the village only 2 minutes walk , shop and cafe. Very friendly people everywhere. Loved it!

    Reviewed by AnneOct 2021

  • "A lovely holiday at Grace Cottage."

    It was warm and cosy and great to have Netflix.

    Reviewed by TessaSep 2021

  • "Cottage was lovely."

    Although, on arrival we noticed that the handle for the window in the master bedroom had been broken off. Also, none of the windows in the cottage, apart from the bathroom would open. Also, the back garden patio area was full of weeds. Apart from these two things we had a fantastic stay. The cottage has exellent views of the surrounding countryside. And the area has so many places to go walking/ exploring. There are two local pubs that serve lovely food. We would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by JustinJun 2021

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable short break in this lovely cottage."

    A perfect base for walking and exploring this beautiful area of Wearside, with walks from the doorstep or a very short drive. The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped making the stay a real pleasure. We will definitely be coming back to stay.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "The cottage was like a home from home."

    Cosy, well decorated, well furnished with everything we could have wanted for our time away. The garden was in enclosed which was perfect to sit out with our doggos. We absolutely loved staying in this cottage. Beautiful walks in the local area, very easy to follow and find. Locals were very helpful.

    Reviewed by KieranAug 2020

  • "The main shower did not work."

    Windows were difficult to open. More information about recycling needs to be included.

    Reviewed by GlainAug 2020

  • "The cottage was fabulous."

    It was well resourced and the listing on the website was accurate. It had everything we needed. The location was lovely. Great walks and lots of outdoor fun for our kids. We would stay there again.

    Reviewed by JoannaAug 2020

  • "Lovely house in a fantastic area."

    Very comfortable and homely and everything was supplied that we needed. However I wasn't aware this house was on a main road where parking was difficult. However this didn't spoil our time here as the neighbours were helpful and friendly and came out and moved their cars to enable us to park outside and not way down the road. Would definitely return when we can explore the area more and go in restaurants, cafes, visitor centres etc.

    Reviewed by AlisonJul 2020

  • "This was our first holiday in the North Pennines, and the village of St John's Chapel is ideally located as a base for exploring."

    Grace Cottage is absolutely lovely, it’s clean and well presented, and the owners were absolutely lovely too, really helpful and responsive to our questions. We had a fantastic time, and would heartily recommend the area and Grace Cottage if you are looking for a place to escape to. 10/10!

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2019

  • "This was our second short break in St Johns Chapel."

    It is a very friendly and welcoming village. Ideally situated for visiting Weardale, Cumbria, Teesdale and Northumberland. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, small towns and villages and an abundance of places of historical and natural importance. An ideal place for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with a shower over bath, WC and basin
  • Kitchen/dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Wi-Fi, Oven, fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer, 2 x TV, Bluetooth Hi-Fi system
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Rear garden with furniture
  • Cot, stair-gate and highchair available, Two well-behaved dogs
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 0.4 miles, Shop 0.1 miles
  • Note, No dogs allowed upstairs or on furniture Please note: the property is only suitable for adults

The property

This homely stone-built cottage rests in the charming village of St John's Chapel surrounded by the north pennines AONB.

The property is perfect for a family getaway or couples wanting to explore the many hidden gems this area has to offer.

This cottage has a homely feel; imagine throwing logs on the woodburner and sitting on the comfy sofa chairs whilst having some much-needed quality family time.

Alternatively sit outside with a glass of wine and soak up the beautiful views.

Being able to walk in and lounge across the sofa in front of the TV after a long day becomes an easy task as the main door leads straight into the sitting area.

The bedrooms are situated upstairs, with one master bedroom offering a spacious double bed, and a twin room ideal for extra guests.

An attractively tiled bathroom is on-hand to get yourselves ready for each action-packed day.

Also discover a spacious kitchen with all the appliances in order for you to cater your own meals, as well as a washing machine/dryer for your convenience.

The garden comes with a view of the Weardale shells where sheep graze.

The Blue Bell Inn and the Golden Lion are just down the road, and are great to head to for an afternoon drink when the day is nearly over or an evening meal.

Grace cottage is a short drive from Barnard castle, Hexham and Durham.

Also nearby why not take a trip to High Force waterfall on the River Tees, near Middleton-in-Teesdale, located on the penine way this stunning natural waterfall is the largest in England.

Explore the delights of County Durham from this heart-warming stone cottage.

Please note, this property accepts two well-behaved dogs.

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About the location


Stanhope 7 miles; Middleton-in-Tees 12 miles; Alston 12.5 miles

This quaint County Durham village sits in Weardale in the heart of the North Pennines AONB, an area known for its excellent bird watching, cycling and walking. As well as two friendly village pubs, one serving food, St John's Chapel offers a Post Office, a shop and a couple of cafés. The nearby market town of Stanhope sits on the fringes of the AONB and offers a wider choice of amenities and an outdoor pool. The magnificent city of Durham is slightly further afield but well worth a visit, laced with tremendous architecture and much to see and do.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas