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Horsley Head Holidays

Eastgate near Stanhope, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 921311)


(55 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 6

  • Bathrooms 6

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Cot available
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Games Room
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing location, fabulously large and well equipped cottage with a wonderfully generous welcome package, thank you!"

    Reviewed by CarolineJun 2022

  • "The house was perfect, we had a wonderful time."

    Loved the little touches, we had everything we needed and our only complaint was that we couldn't stay longer. Great communication with the owner. It was the perfect weekend.

    Reviewed by KathrynApr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time."

    Ensuite in every room was very good. We were given a good welcome hamper and plenty of helpful items e.g. toilet rolls dish washer tablets. We struggled with the WiFi. The scenes and surrounding areas were breath taking. There was plenty of thing to do and places to go. We had a enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    The pictures don't do it justice, the house is super spacious and we never felt that we were on top of each other. Games room was perfect for the kids young and old. Well stocked kitchen and throughout. Kitchen table sat 10 of us easily and a high chair. Definitely be back.

    Reviewed by GeorgaApr 2022

  • "Family from Scotland and Southeast England met for 3 nights after Christmas after many months away from each other."

    The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas with lots of personal touches and a lovely Christmas tree. The accommodation was perfect for the 11 of us, plenty of space with everything we needed. Snow on the ground for the first day which was exciting but it cleared for the rest of the visit. Only disappointment was in not being able to appreciate views of the hills because of the weather but good enough reason to come back in summer. Couldn't recommend this property more - it was perfect.

    Reviewed by KathrynDec 2021

  • "This was a surprise trip for my partners 40th birthday & wow what a trip it was."

    We obviously weren’t expecting Storm Arwen to make an appearance & unfortunately this brought our stay to end a day early but it didn’t stop us having the most amazing time. All 12 of us were so impressed with how beautiful the house was, every bedroom & en-suite were so lovely & clean. The owners of the property couldn’t have been more accommodating, they came to check we were all ok after the storm & then came & helped us get each car out, as they were stuck in the snow. Such lovely & friendly people. We can’t wait to stay again.

    Reviewed by LauraNov 2021

  • "Twelve of us (all mothers & daughters) had a wonderful chilled out weekend with loads of laughter - just what the doctor ordered!"

    The cottage is in a spectacular setting and has everything we could have possibly needed - a real home from home. We would highly recommend it and cannot wait to come back to this beautiful property.

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2021

  • "The house was was the most well equipped I have ever stayed in, every detail had been considered."

    The games room was well used, leaving the sitting room for those who wanted some peace & quiet. I cannot recommend this property enough if you like to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by KimSep 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful with everything we needed and more."

    In total 7 adults stayed but there was more than enough room for more guests. Fantastic stay, I would highly recommend booking!

    Reviewed by KathrynAug 2021

  • "The accommodation was as described."

    Communication with the owner was 100%. Fabulous and unexpected welcome pack. Highly recommended rental, no hesitation in using again. 10/10. Top marks.

    Reviewed by TarasAug 2021

  • "A fabulous escape that is stylish and comfortable and has such great facilities."

    Even when we had a small issue with one of the showers the owner came within minutes of being informed. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by StuartJun 2021

  • "Had a wonderful stay- wish we had booked a week!"

    Will recommend to everyone! Definitely will book again as soon as we can- hopefully November! We have an electric car so a charge point would be amazing as it was 30 miles to the nearest charge point and this was the only thing that would make an awesome experience even better!! When do I expect my deposit to be returned usually? Thanks so much for the use of your amazing property!

    Reviewed by LisaMay 2021

  • "This cottage is one of the nicest we have ever stayed in."

    We could not believe the size of the property and it had every thing for all age groups, the games room being a big plus for the children (and the adults) If remote is your thing complete with fantastic views and comfort then this is the place for you. We will definitely return in the future.

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2020

  • "The setting of this property is breath taking the surrounding country side is magnificent, the weather was kind to us and we got out and about, the house is lovely everything was catered for and more, we will certainly have more holidays here."

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2020

  • "Horsley Head cottage was superb, wonderful en-suite bedrooms and spacious, varied living space."

    I could not give enough thanks to owner Louise, who was extremely helpful and willing to please. On arrival there was a roaring, welcome fire and also a welcome tray, including a lovely homemade cake. All bed configurations were exactly what we had requested, with crisp white linen and fluffy towels.

    Reviewed by NickiFeb 2020

  • "The farmhouse was absolute beautiful and so well presented."

    All amenities thought about and provided including a log burning stove, all dinning equipment etc. The surrounding area is stunning, we wish we could have stayed longer. Louise was absolutely great, she left a welcome hamper which was lovely and was so welcoming. She even brought her jcb down to rescue us when we got stranded in the snow. Couldn’t recommend this beautiful house enough! We are already planning our return!

    Reviewed by JessFeb 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage!"

    Extremely clean, tidy, well stocked and in a beautiful location with plenty to do. Exceeded our expectations. Definitely going back in the summer!

    Reviewed by DillyJan 2020

  • "Incredible location, and a really great place for a family get together!"

    The views are breathtaking and it really does have everything you need - perfect getaway to a competent relaxed environment. The pool table is a little worse for ware, and the WiFi is satellite based because of the remote location so you'll struggle to get a connection in windy or cloudy weather, but considering the whole package nothing that would stop me from going back!

    Reviewed by OliverDec 2019

  • "The cottage was amazing and every thing we needed to make a family Christmas weekend, The host louise was very helpful"

    Reviewed by TimNov 2019

  • "Oh my word!"

    This was booked to celebrate my fathers birthday. 12 of us stayed. It was absolutely AMAZING!! Super clean, super comfy beds and enough socialising space to everyone could sit and relax. The area is absolutely stunning! I can’t say anything negative!

    Reviewed by SamanthaNov 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything you could want."

    We were 11 in total and the facilities were more than adequate for all of us. Having an en suite to every bedroom was really helpful and much appreciated.The children loved the games room and the toys were an added bonus. We all loved the homely atmosphere in the cottage,particularly the sitting room with the log burner and plenty of comfortable seating for us all. The directions to the cottage could have been better. We nearly ended up in a quarry!! They should have said the cottage was at the end of a track to the left of the road immediately after the first cattle grid. Loved every minute of our stay in a farmhouse surrounded by amazing scenery. The welcome pack was very generous and the chocolate cake was delicious. If you want a beautiful house with lots of space in a beautiful setting this is the place for you.

    Reviewed by HilaryNov 2019

  • "Brilliant place, excellent facilities Lovvely location"

    Reviewed by RalphOct 2019

  • "Beautifully appointed cottage, very comfortable and spacious."

    The photographs don’t do it justice. The owner left a welcome pack including a delicious chocolate cake. It was everything and more we could have expected. We definitely intend to come back again.

    Reviewed by KimSep 2019

  • "The cottage is quite remote, accessed via a single track, on top of a hill."

    Superb views all around. Only sheep and cows for neighbours. Great garden for children and excellent summer house to relax in. Ideal for a large family or group of friends. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MariaAug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage with superb views."

    A little more remote than expected, and some may find the track up to the cottage a bit daunting! Walking to the village of Eastgate only possible for fit hikers.

    Reviewed by AileenJun 2019

  • "Peaceful beautiful relaxing"

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2019

  • "We were a family of 12, ages 4 to 90 away for a weekend to celebrate our mum's 90th birthday."

    We were welcomed with a fabulous food bundle, which was a lovely unexpected bonus. At every turn, we saw something else that we liked & began the saying 'this is a house that just keeps on giving' There was plenty of safe space for the children, both inside & out & also plenty of games & toys for them to play with which was also unexpected. We all kept repeating just how beautiful the house was. It really was spotlessly clean, comfortable & well equipped. There is nothing bad that can be said & the owner, Louise, was friendly & informative. She couldn't do enough to help to make our stay enjoyable. Thank you Louise. We hope to come & stay again sometime.

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2019

  • "Absolutely fantastic place, from entering the driveway."

    Fantastic views, animals all around and the cottage, wow! Caters for everyone and everything, there was 9 adults and 4 children and we all had a lovely time together. Louise is so friendly and even leaves a welcome pack which is greatly appreciated. I could not recognise this place enough, I never go back to the same place twice but I will definitely be going back here.

    Reviewed by MichelleMay 2019

  • "Visited Horsley head cottage for the second time in may."

    The cottage is large, spotlessly clean, very comfortable and well equipped with everything you might need for a relaxing weekend. Stayed here with a group of 11 family and friends. The large games room is an added bonus to the cottage along with all rooms being en-suite. The owner is very welcoming, friendly and makes a lovely cake.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "There was 10 is us for a 70th birthday celebration and we rented the cottage for a week."

    It was very clean and comfortable with plenty of logs for the wood burner. The welcome pack was lovely idea and contain the basic items as well as unexpected treets.. The games room is great and we used it most evenings.it was lovely to seat out in the morning's with our coffee and tea looking at the beautiful countryside. Would rent this cottage again .

    Reviewed by AnnMay 2019

  • "Went as a group of 12 to celebrate a 40th wedding anniversary and a 60th birthday."

    It is remote with beautiful views but we had brought everything we needed for our 3 night stay. It is so quiet that I slept really well. It does not feel cramped even though we filled it to capacity. Louise met us at the bottom of the farm track and guided us to the property and gave us a quick guided tour and provided us with a wonderful welcome pack. We had a fantastic celebration helped enormously by the farmhouse and owners.

    Reviewed by ArthurMay 2019

  • "Beautiful place."

    Really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by PadmaApr 2019

  • "A really beautiful cottage that we stayed in to celebrate a 60th birthday."

    Cottage is very well equipped and incredibly comfortable, with beautiful views and charming neighbours ( lambs and owls were particular favourites). The pool table proved a big hit, and it was great to have enough space for 12 people, whilst not feeling cramped The owner responded really quickly to questions, and provided a fantastic welcome pack, including the most magnificent chocolate cake that was enjoyed by all. Would not hesitate to recommend

    Reviewed by SiobhanApr 2019

  • "Fantastic holiday and very warm welcome from the owners with cake and fresh farm eggs."

    All directions on the website clear.

    Reviewed by GillianFeb 2019

  • "Loved staying at Horsley Head."

    The description in the website doesn't do it justice. House has everything you could wish for and is excellently equipped. Can easily fit 12 adults round the table (we had 13 including four children). Sitting Room had loads of elegant seating around the fire with another seating area in the games room and both have big TVs which was ideal on Boxing Day. Loads of footpaths for interesting walks up to the moors and has a stream just below the house with a footbridge. Host is fantastic and couldn't be more helpful.

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2018

  • "We went to this amazing cottage to celebrate my partners 30th with 10 of our friends."

    Everything totally exceeded expectation. There was a lovely welcome pack and gifts left for us on arrival, the rooms were emaculate, and decor was beautiful. Loved the games room and how spacious the property is. We will definitely be back and would 100% recommend this property. Thank you so much!

    Reviewed by KateDec 2018

  • "Enjoyed a lovey family holiday with 3 generations of family."

    This was our 3rd visit to Horsley Head House and as usual everything was spotless and comfortable. Plenty of space for everyone both inside and outdoors. Owner had left a lovely welcome hamper for us and the house was lovely and warm when we arrived. Would love to return there in the future

    Reviewed by V JOct 2018

  • "Horsey head is an amazing cottage."

    It is huge but cosy, comfortable and immaculate. Well equipped with everything you need for a perfect break away with family and friends. All bedrooms were spotless and comfy, all being ensuite was an added bonus. The lovely welcome pack and home made cake from the owner Louise was much appreciated. Louise was very friendly and made us feel really welcome. There is a large garden with stunning views all around . A perfect place to stay!

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage perfect for family groups or friends"

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2018

  • "The house was beautiful and exceeded the photos by a mile."

    We had a fantastic time and found everything we needed there. The host was very helpful and generous, offering us a welcome basket and a tour.

    Reviewed by ImogenAug 2018

  • "A lovely peaceful location in a beautiful house."

    We had plenty of space for our party of 11. Fantastic views over the hills with loads of walks in the vicinity. Louise, the owner, was very helpful and readily available to respond to any queries. We would love to return in the not too distant future. A great family house.

    Reviewed by AnneJul 2018

  • "This 6 bedroom cottage is by far one of the best i have ever stayed at."

    Its clean ,comfortable, rural very rural. Our family stayed here for my son's wedding and it was so relaxed a big recommend from us.

    Reviewed by ChrisJun 2018

  • "What a fantastic place- fabulous property in stunning scenery."

    Could not have asked for better. We were welcomed with a cake and provisions, all rooms stunning, all en-suite and decorated to a very high standard. Everything was provided by the owner and more. We were a group of 10 adults, 2 children and 2 babies. Everything was provided for us all. We had a fabulous weekend and would highly recommend staying here. We will be back !!!

    Reviewed by AmandaJun 2018

  • "Booked this property for a family birthday celebration."

    It was everything and more to what we were expecting. Lovely welcome from the owner who had kindly baked a cake for our arrival & we were presented with a fabulous welcome hamper. The property was clean, bedrooms were beautiful with the added bonus of all being ensuite. The views were amazing, if you like to be away from it all this property is perfect. We will most definitely book again it was an absolute pleasure to stay & a credit to the owners.

    Reviewed by ClaireJun 2018

  • "The cottage was amazing and Louise was fantastic at making sure we had a great time!"

    Even in difficult weather conditions, noting was a problem! Fabulous.

    Reviewed by LauraMar 2018

  • "Booked this cottage for my 65th and the host made a cake and hamper full of essentials, couldn’t of asked for more."

    The scenery is to die for lovely countryside. The rooms where very spacious and each had an on suite perfect for my guests. And the living room was big enough to fit everyone in aswell as a games room. Absolutely fantastic and very clean. Will hope to return in the summer.

    Reviewed by AudreyMar 2018

  • "Lovely family holiday (6 adults and 5 children)."

    Very spacious, comfortable accommodation. Helpful owner, beautifully appointed, first class. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by SusanFeb 2018

  • "Such a beautiful and comfortable property, in a really remote area."

    Louise and her family were so welcoming, and helped us endlessly throughout the weekend due to the snow. We arrived to a wonderfully clean and warm house, where we found a welcome package including wine and cake! What else could you ask for at a 30th birthday celebration?! Honestly can’t recommend Horsley Head Cottage enough, and would absolutely consider booking again in the future.

    Reviewed by NickiDec 2017

  • "A beautiful property with a very helpful owner."

    Her personal touch exceeded expectations eg when Inarrived Louise was waiting for me with the log burner burning brightly. We will definitely return as it’s an ideal property for a large group of friends and family.

    Reviewed by DianeNov 2017

  • "What a place!"

    This house was just perfect for our family reunion. Plenty of space, fabulous views, fantastic games room and exceedingly comfortable. And the welcome pack was greatly appreciated. We will return!

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2017

  • "Excellent well appointed accommodation."

    Ideal for large parties. Stunning views and the best welcome pack we have had. Would have no hesitation in recommending Horsley Head.

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2017

  • "There's only two words to use to describe this cottage- beautiful and breathtaking."

    Couldn't ask for anymore it was perfect. The owner was very kind and even added Xmas decorations because we had children. Will definitely be going again

    Reviewed by JulieDec 2016

  • "The accommodation was 1st class and I would highly recommend it."

    The furnishings were beautiful and the welcome pack far exceeded expectations. The owners were extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Visiting the surrounding areas and sights of the county were very accessible even though the property was remote. The peace and tranquility were perfect for a family gathering. A definite 10/10!

    Reviewed by JoanneNov 2016

  • "Beautiful cottage, stunning surroundings."

    Would recommend for an extended family gathering.

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2016

  • "Could be a little remote for some people, but we all enjoyed the peace and quite - except the sheep - of the countryside."

    Plenty of car parking space. All en suite bedrooms - great bonus and beautifully furnished and decorated. Large utility room/cloakroom as you walk in. Fabulous kitchen which seats up to 10. Plenty of seating in the lounge. Summer house - coming on nicely for 2017, plus the extra accommodation. Would book again in the future.

    Reviewed by JannetteSep 2016

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  • Main house
  • Six bedrooms (five zip/link, can be twin on request): 2 x super king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 2 x super king-size double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • One of these bedrooms, the king-size double is situated on the ground floor, together with a separate cloakroom
  • The games room is located opposite this, with a large TV, comfortable sofas and a pool table
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Oil-fired Rayburn range, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Bike storage
  • Front enclosed lawned garden with furniture and summerhouse
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: The first floor king-size double bedroom in the main house is the only that doesn't have zip/link beds.

The property

Eastgate 1.5 miles.

This outstanding, detached farmhouse is situated in a quiet location, on the outskirts of Eastgate, in the Durham Dales.

Surrounded by views over the countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this beautiful cottage is just perfect for large groups of friends or extended families to enjoy some time together.

This delightful cottage provides spacious living and is luxuriously decorated and sumptuously furnished throughout.

The cottage is full of character with some real home-from-home touches, including stone floors, an enormous dining table, a large woodburner and a lovely large sitting room with heavenly sofas.

There are five attractive bedrooms in the main house, all en-suite, with four having the added flexibility of being zip/linked and can be twin beds if required.

One of these bedrooms, the king-size double is situated on the ground floor, together with a separate cloakroom.

The games room is located opposite this, with a large TV, comfortable sofas and a pool table.

The pretty garden to the front of this charming cottage is enclosed by a hand-built stone wall, and has views over the countryside, as well as a large patio area for alfresco dining and a superb octagonal summerhouse which can seat up to ten people.

Glorious walks can be enjoyed from the doorstep of this attractive cottage, including the Weardale Way, which passes through the nearby village of Stanhope.

Take a trip to Barnard Castle, The Bowes Museum, the High Force waterfall and Rokeby Hall, all easily reached from your cottage, plus the village of Corbridge and the towns of Hexham and Durham are just short drives away.

With so many delightful things to do in the area, this spacious cottage makes the ideal base for a holiday at any time of year.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


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

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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