Horsley Hall

Eastgate near Stanhope, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 936994)

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  • Sleeps 20

  • Bedrooms 10

  • Bathrooms 10

  • Pets No

  • Dr Blenkinsop
    April 2017
    “Weardale is a fabulous, unspoilt ...”
    Weardale is a fabulous, unspoilt part of the UK to visit and Horsley Hall is a gem of a place as a base to explore it. Our party of walkers stayed there in April for our annual away-week and we enjoyed it so much we’re desperate to go back. Angela and Liz made us feel very welcome, showed us the house then backed off letting us know they were always on call should we need assistance. Several of us remarked it was like staying in a luxury hotel without the annoyance of other guests and staff ...
    Weardale is a fabulous, unspoilt part of the UK to visit and Horsley Hall is a gem of a place as a base to explore it. Our party of walkers stayed there in April for our annual away-week and we enjoyed it so much we’re desperate to go back. Angela and Liz made us feel very welcome, showed us the house then backed off letting us know they were always on call should we need assistance. Several of us remarked it was like staying in a luxury hotel without the annoyance of other guests and staff! There’s plenty of space for people to find a quiet spot to read yet has the layout and furnishings for a big group to get together and talk. Our party of fifteen takes turns to cater for the group and in this respect the commercial kitchen was a delight compared to what we have got used to in previous years. Cooking for a party of this size is easy when you’ve got the right kit. In summary this is the best venue we’ve ever stayed at as a group: facilities, quality of the rooms, space, value for money and, above all, fantastic views of the valley.

Features

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

The property

Eastgate 1 mile.

This venue is a simply spectacular, stone-built, detached Grade II listed manor house set in mature gardens.

The property dates back to the 17th century and is situated just 1 mile from the village of Eastgate in the delightful Weardale countryside.

Formerly the hunting lodge for The Prince Bishops, as you enter through the wrought iron gates and behold the splendour of Horsley Hall, you realise you have arrived at somewhere very special.

Nestled in the heart of the stunning Durham countryside and surrounded by rolling fields and distant moorland, this is truly a magical destination perfect for that special family celebration.

The luxurious sitting room with comfortable seating has two impressive fireplaces, shutters to the windows and linen fold doors.

There is access from this room into a small bar area with coolers and wine fridge.

The baronial dining hall with ornate ceilings, stained glass window and beautiful feature fireplace containing a woodburning stove creates an atmosphere of luxury and magnificence that is difficult to forget.

This room also contains comfortable seating around the feature woodburner which is ideal for members of the party to retire to after dinner with a glass of wine to reminisce about days gone by and adventures yet to come.

There is also a well-equipped commercial kitchen offering everything you might require for those family meals.

The owners can, with prior notice, organise staffing to prepare dinner for those special occasions together with housekeeping services if required.

There is a breakfast room leading from the kitchen containing an AGA that is ideal for enjoying a morning cup of tea whilst perusing the papers, and there’s also a boot room for drying outdoor clothing.

Secure cycle storage can also be accommodated in adjacent outbuildings.

When it comes to bedtime, for the ultimate in convenience and comfort on the ground floor there is a super king-size double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.

Two interlinking staircases lead up to a further nine delightful bedrooms, set over the first and second floor all offering en-suite facilities and spectacular views.

The well-maintained grounds of Horsley Hall comprising of half an acre of gardens, stream and woodland walk are waiting to be enjoyed by all.

The garden is accessible from the Baronial Hall leading onto a large terrace, perfectly-positioned to enjoy the spectacular views across the Wear Valley to the distant moorland.

Barbecue facilities are adjacent to this terrace if required with seating on the terrace for dining.

There is also a small feature garden pod to enjoy that glass of fizz or find a secluded spot to enjoy the quietness of the surroundings.

The owners have adjacent stables and an outdoor arena fully equipped with show jumps and dressage pegs.

The use of these facilities may be available during the summer months and there are miles of off road hacking facilities available in the area.

Weardale in County Durham is a wonderful location to spend a holiday offering peace and tranquillity with walking, fishing, cycling, golf, swimming and horse riding all available within accessible reach of Horsley Hall.

With so many wonderful things to do in the area, this beautiful manor house is a truly idyllic base for a luxurious family get together at any time of year.

Accommodation

Over three floors. Ten bedrooms with TV: 1 x ground floor super king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x first floor super king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 3 x first floor double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x first floor double with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 2 x second floor super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 2 x second floor double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC. 2 x ground floor basin and WC. Commercial kitchen. Bar. Breakfast room. Dining room with sitting area and gas and open fires. Sitting room with woodburner. First floor study.

Amenities

  • Oil central heating with gas and open fires and woodburner
  • Commercial gas ovens and hobs, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 11 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fires inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Private lawned grounds with patio, furniture and summer house
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and restaurant 1.5 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Butler, chef, housekeeping and catering services can all be arranged, please contact the owner for more information
  • Note: Stabling and a 60m x 25m outdoor arena with show jumps and dressage pegs may be available during the summer months by prior arrangements with the owner
  • Note: No fireworks or lanterns are allowed at this property
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

About the location

EASTGATE

Stanhope 3 miles; Bishop Auckland 19 miles; Barnard Castle 20 miles; Durham 28 miles.

Eastgate is a small village in Weardale, County Durham, popular for walking and cycling. The village once marked the eastern boundary of Stanhope Park, the scene of many grand historical hunting expeditions. The village is also famed for being the birthplace of Emerson Bainbridge, founder of the world’s first department store. Eastgate is set in rural countryside and is home to a pub/restaurant, historic church, Roman altar and hidden waterfall; further amenities can be found in the village of Stanhope, three 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. Stanhope is home to the Durham Dales Centre, offering tourist information, local craft and gem stones for sale and a coffee shop. In addition it offers places to eat and drink, art galleries, specialist gift shops, boutiques and food and wine stores. There is also a heated open-air swimming pool open during the summer months and picturesque riverside walks. The Polar Express Christmas train route commences from Stanhope and is proving to be extremely popular from November to January each year. The town is also midway on the route of the Weardale Way which can be walked from Killhope in the west to Wolsingham to the east. Cycling is extremely popular with Weardale being en route for the coast-to-coast route from Whitehaven to Tynemouth. The upper dale also hosts the "Rooftop of ENgland" cycling race. The "Kynren" spectacular, an epic tale of England set in the grounds of Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland is within easy reach. Durham and its renowned historic castle and cathedral, Beamish Open Air Museum, Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, Killhope Lead Mining Museum, Weardale Museum, Hamsterley Forest, Newcastle Sage and MEtro Centre are all within easy reach..

Region Information

Note: No stag, hen or similar

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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