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Horsley Head Holidays

(Ref. 921311)

Eastgate near Stanhope, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 12 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 6 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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90 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent location for a family break, we were a multi generational group from age 7 to 86."

    The house is located in a rural location and is well equipped and spotlessly clean. Rooms were comfortable and well appointed each bedroom having its own ensuite. The kids loved the games room and the fact it was the other end of the building from the other reception room meant we could relax whilst the kids played. House has a log fire but TBH we never needed it as although the weather was unseasonable cold house was always warm enough. There are a few reviews about the track up to the house, yes this is a rough gravel track but we all had "normal" cars and had no issues traversing it, just drive at a sensible speed. Location is well signposted and easy to find. The house felt like a home from home and everyone enjoyed the stay there, great for a quiet rural escape but not too far from the major centres

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2024

  • "Fantastic holiday place, beautiful and peaceful surroundings."

    The welcome pack with bacon, eggs, bread, biscuits, milk and crackers was a lovely touch, we really enjoyed it. There's tiny toiletries in every bathroom and plenty of towels, the beds are very comfortable. Louise was easily contactable and answered my question quickly. I would thoroughly recommend this lovely place.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0May 2024

  • "One of the best holiday properties we have ever stayed in - especially for a large group."

    The owner has gone to a lot of trouble to make it a really comfortable with everything you may need. Highly recommend it - we’re already looking to book for the autumn.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Apr 2024

  • "Excellent holiday home excellently maintained clean and well furnished."

    Excellent heating.Everything at and including the cottage is excellent and the gorgeous quiet location is perfect. Well stocked log basket in the living room for real fires was well used.The quality of the access track could be better for cars (rough stone chips) but I guess it’s mainly farm vehicles that use it but it would be a worthwhile investment as would a re-cover of the bobbly snooker table cloth. A new flat hard wearing cheaper grade cloth would improve that facility immensely.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2024

  • "Enjoyed our stay."

    The kitchen is well equipped and we ate together around the large table everyday, and sat and shared about our days, and played games. So that was the focal point of the house for us. The downstairs bedroom was really cold; the radiator didn't work well and it has outside walls on three sides. There was a lack of wardrobes / chests of drawers in most bedrooms, which is a pity, though the ensuites were really good. The track up to the house is no longer rutted; it is fairly good. There was just one place where a drainage channel crosses where it is very uneven. But we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Brent3.4Apr 2024

  • "Lovely stay in the cottage."

    Very well equipped. Fabulous games room. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Dawn4.4Dec 2023

  • "Amazing cottage."

    Very spacious and great outdoor space with wonderful views. Absolutely everything you need they provide, and a lovely welcome package on arrival. Added bonus of all rooms being en suite. The games room was well used by all. The road to the cottage is incredibly bumpy and as we had read in some one else’s review, we scraped all underneath our small car. Luckily no damage but we didn’t end up using our car for the remainder of our holiday and opted for lifts off other family members instead. Showers can’t be used at night upstairs as no water at all. Managed a decent shower in the morning though. We stay in cottages every year and this cottage has definitely been one of our favourites. Thank you for an enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Nov 2023

  • "This is the second visit we have had, and we just love it."

    The pictures don’t do any justice. It’s so lovely, huge, clean and has everything that you need. We love how remote the cottage is too. My only slight negative comment would be is that the pool table cloth needs replacing, and the darts in the games room, just to keep the games room amazing as it was 3 years ago when we last visited. But everything is just so perfect! Book up! You won’t be disappointed!!! *****

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2023

  • "We love this place, huge beautiful property, with a home from home feel."

    Really well equipped and the gift starter pack on arrival was very much appreciated. All the bedrooms are comfortable and cosy with their own ensuite and for such a big house it is lovely and warm. The games room is fabulous and well used by our grandkids. Love how the eleven of us can all sit at the big kitchen table for meals together. Would definitely recommend this cottage in it's beautiful surroundings!

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Oct 2023

  • "Cottage was fantastic but Sykes wasn’t."

    I was unable to read their emails on my iPhone as their text is all in light grey. So I tried to print them. I was unable to read those and even sent a photo to Sykes in the on-line chat. They had the cheek to say it was my printer. How come the header and photos were totally clear but the print wasn’t. I’m on HPs top ink plan of 400 pages per month and everything else prints perfectly. They wouldn’t escalate it. They sent the information in the post! They need to set text as black and won’t. As a result I’ve booked next year with a competitor and can read their emails perfectly. This particular cottage was amazing, but if you have a small car the underside catches on the farm track centre and my daughter damaged her exhaust. The owner needs to skim the centre of the long tracks with a bulldozer. Nevertheless we had a brilliant time!

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage with beautiful views, road is a little rough but well worth it."

    We had a craft weekend organised there and the space within the cottage was great. The kitchen was more than large enough and well equipped for our needs, the living room was cosy with deep seats to relax on. The bedrooms were all clean and bright, with beautiful ensuites. Cant wait for our next craft retreat at Horsely head.

    Reviewed by Olwyn5.0Oct 2023

  • "Stunning properpery in a stunning area of natural beauty."

    The North Pennines is simply stunning. The house felt like a home. We had a reunion with 10 of us who all joined the Police together 33 years ago. Very special group of friends and the perfect house. Flawless. Spence Ogilvie

    Reviewed by Spence5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful house with fantastic surroundings and scenery."

    House has everything you could need and very well equipped. We were a family of 9 adults and games room was well used amazing kitchen. Lots to see and do in the surrounding area. My only criticism would be the road leading up to the house which is a farm track and very uneven in places, which caused a problem for one of our cars although would not stop us from returning .

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Sep 2023

  • "This is a great house for a large family."

    Lots of space for everyone and it had everything we needed. Beds were super comfy and lovely ensuite bathrooms . The garden was perfect for children and adults with amazing views. Small criticism would be the bbq which was actually a fire pit and took lots of charcoal . But we managed. Used the log stove as was a bit cooler at night. Road up was a bit rough but we were expecting that ftom previous reviews. All in all we had a brilliant weekend at Horsley.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.4Jul 2023

  • "We were a family of 11 staying for the weekend."

    Enjoyed every minute.beautiful cottage.all amenities.

    Reviewed by Audrey5.0Jul 2023

  • "What an amazing place!"

    Loved every minute of our stay. The welcome basket was such a nice touch. Everyone commented how they had such a great nights sleep as the beds are super comfortable. The house was so spacious, plenty room for everyone. The weather was horrific during our stay but this just didn’t matter as the house was so warm and cosy. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Leanne5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was clean and very well equipped and there was a well stocked welcome pack of food awaiting us on our arrival."

    Everything was excellent and the only negative was that none of the showers were good. We were in the bedroom above the games room which was very spacious and there was a wardrobe on the landing outside but, other than that, there was nowhere to put clothes. The shower in the room pulsated a lot and didn’t give a constant temperature. Other than that we were more than satisfied with our accommodation and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely house in a beautiful location."

    The pictures on the website don't do it justice. Very well equiped and an excellent welcome pack. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely place, wonderful location, excellent weather which obviously helped to give a brilliant week at the cottage."

    Inside and outside facilities great. Only drawback was the very rough farm track leading up to the cottage, other than that no problems whatsoever. Would recommend to everyone whether groups, families or singles.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "Amazing, lovely, wonderful!"

    ! We were a single family group who came together to Horsley Head Cottage from different parts of the country. We found the cottage ideally suited to us. Plenty of cooking and eating space (and utensils / crockery etc); very suitable for preparing and cooking 'home cooked' meals for our large group. Plenty of of 'leave me on my own for a while' space; just - plenty of space! Comfortable and thoughtfully appointed without being overdone and without feeling worried to touch anything in case we accidentally left a mark - well done to the owners for all this. We visited in late May; the weather was dry and reasonably warm, but we got the impression the cottage would have been comfortably warm had the weather been cooler. A lovely place to come and stay. One thing for visitors to consider (which actually is part of its charm); the cottage is accessed via an approx. 1/2 mile gravel farm track with some moderately steep gradients. This was ok for our conventional family vehicles, but a particular low slung car may struggle along the track and over the bumps. If you are a cyclist (as I am) this is good cycling countryside, but if you want to cycle 'from the cottage door' this access track may need to be walked with the bike for anyone except experienced cyclists who have a robust bike. This track comes down onto a 'safe' lane to cycle safely to Stanhope and elsewhere. It was a great place to stay - loved it! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

    Reviewed by Miriam5.0May 2023

  • "Great place to stay, photos don’t do it justice!"

    4 generations celebrating an 80th birthday, it had everything we needed and more. Highly recommend, would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Trish5.0May 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our time at the cottage."

    As a party of 12 we found the property was large enough for us all to be comfortable without be on top of each other. The only slight downside was the track to cottage was very uneven and some cars had difficulty driving to and from the cottage. This was a minor issue for us.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a wonderful holiday for our Ruby Wedding anniversary, with our whole family."

    It was a very spacious cottage, and on the whole I would recommend it because it was big enough for the whole family, a fantastic place to stay for a large family coming together for a celebration. Louise, the cottage owner, was very kind and left a beautiful basket of Easter goodies, and some wine. Thank you very much. There were some extremely minor maintenance issues the shower in the bedroom above the games room, was very difficult to use, and my son would have preferred a mattress tipper ( but this is serious nit picking) and one window, in the lounge leaked in water. I think that guests need to be informed about the track to the property as my daughter's mini had a bit of difficulty.

    Reviewed by Edith Anne4.4Apr 2023

  • "Lovely house and surroundings, remote setting - very quiet and relaxing stay, great for families."

    Only potential issue was the driveway - difficulty in wet or slippery conditions.

    Reviewed by James4.7Mar 2023

  • "Overall everything was excellent."

    There were just a couple of minor issues but they really didn’t detract from our stay, but thought it would be beneficial for maintenance purposes to mention them. We found the bedrooms to be quite hot, even after the heating was turned off. The water pressure in the showers was poor and inconsistent. In the room above the games room the shower water would pulsate. It was difficult to take a shower, so I decided to have a bath instead. However, the hot tap wouldn’t turn off. Luckily one of the guys had a screwdriver and was able to shut it off, after guidance from the owner who was available by phone on a Sunday morning (sorry). The driveway was rough but we knew that from other guest feedback and was probably made worse by recent forestry cutting equipment and machinery and wet weather. As long as you drove slowly it was fine. Our visit was thoroughly enjoyed by all. There was a fantastic welcome hamper, endless logs, fantastic dining table, more than enough dishes, pots, pans, cups, glasses (a few more wine glasses would be helpful), comfy sofas, games & kids toys. We were sad to leave and are already discussing our next visit.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful farmhouse in a lovely setting."

    Everything you could want for a comfortable stay with the family. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Dec 2022

  • "A lovely property in a great quiet location with plenty of walks around ."

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Dec 2022

  • "We spent a weekend with family and friends."

    The house had everything we needed. The welcome pack was a lovely touch and I would really recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "Amazing property every home comfort you can think of."

    Booked up with all the family for next year!

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Oct 2022

  • "Everything was great."

    One small problem was promptly resolved. We loved the house, great for our group, and the area was beautiful. Even the weather was great. I can't recommend this cottage too much. Thanks Louise.

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great property, quality of furnishings excellent."

    perfect for our party of 11 people. En-suite rooms and the downstairs toilet a real bonus. Plenty of kitchen utensils, crockery, pans etc. Games room an extra bonus. Well situated for for touring Weardale and the surrounding area. Ample parking. The only slight negative was the condition of the long track to the property which requires some care to negotiate the drainage.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    Comfortable, clean, well equipped. Beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and local wildlife. Loved watching the farm dogs rounding up the sheep and the calves with their mothers. The only way this property could be improved (according to the rest of my party) would be to add a hot tub.

    Reviewed by Kirstie5.0Aug 2022

  • "My first impression of this house was the spaciousness."

    Plenty of room for a family of 7 adults, 3 children & 2 babies. It was clean & well equipped. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a retreat in the country but with plenty to see & do in the area should they choose to.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was a terrific holiday property for 3-generations aged from 5 to 70."

    Enough space for all 11 of us to spread out and make noise or be quiet as necessary. The games room got plenty of use - and the separate bedroom above it was perfect for the grandparents (i.e. me and my wife). The summerhouse also came into its own as a quiet space. The welcome pack was most generous and most welcome after a long drive. Just one small issue: the wifi is somewhat limited within the house.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Jul 2022

  • "A peaceful place to stay couldn't ask for anything nicer."

    Clean, well equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Games room a bit hit by all. Nice to relax and lots of places to visit. Grandchildren loved to see all the animals and lots of space to play outside.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2022

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

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 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 Kathryn5.0Apr 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 John4.4Apr 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 Georga5.0Apr 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 Kathryn5.0Dec 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 Laura5.0Nov 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 Diane5.0Oct 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 Kim5.0Sep 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 Kathryn5.0Aug 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 Taras5.0Aug 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 Stuart5.0Jun 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 Lisa5.0May 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 Susan5.0Aug 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 Susan5.0Aug 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 Nicki5.0Feb 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 Jess5.0Feb 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 Dilly5.0Jan 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 Oliver5.0Dec 2019

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

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Nov 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 Samantha5.0Nov 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 Hilary5.0Nov 2019

  • "Brilliant place, excellent facilities Lovvely location"

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Oct 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 Kim4.7Sep 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 Maria5.0Aug 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 Aileen4.7Jun 2019

  • "Peaceful beautiful relaxing"

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 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 Christine5.0Jun 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 Michelle5.0May 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 Susan5.0May 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 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 Ann5.0May 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 Arthur5.0May 2019

  • "Beautiful place."

    Really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Padma5.0Apr 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 Siobhan5.0Apr 2019

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

    All directions on the website clear.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Feb 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 Susan5.0Dec 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 Kate5.0Dec 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 J5.0Oct 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 Susan5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage perfect for family groups or friends"

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 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 Imogen5.0Aug 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 Anne5.0Jul 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 Chris5.0Jun 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 Amanda5.0Jun 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 Claire5.0Jun 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 Laura5.0Mar 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 Audrey5.0Mar 2018

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

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

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 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 Nicki5.0Dec 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 Diane5.0Nov 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 Andrew5.0Apr 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 Julie5.0Mar 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 Julie5.0Dec 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 Joanne5.0Nov 2016

  • "Beautiful cottage, stunning surroundings."

    Would recommend for an extended family gathering.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 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 Jannette5.0Sep 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..

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas