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2 Holme Pool

(Ref. 1009621)

St John's Chapel, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map

4.6

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

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

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is situated in a really lovely spot."

    Great views of the countryside front and back. The cottage itself is pleasant and reasonably furnished. Parking is a real problem. Only two decent spaces on the road outside and both of these are used by the neighbouring cottage. You are dependant on the neighbour’s goodwill to get a space. Without it you are parking a little way away on the roadway. The book of instructions in the cottage desperately needs updating. Currently it refers to equipment (such as the TV) which is not in use. There is a good shower but visitors need to know to ignore the fact that it appears slow to empty; if left it does so in time and, despite appearances, does not flood. Owners were very helpful when we raised the various problems with them on our arrival.

    Reviewed by Neil3.1Aug 2023

  • "The property is lovely in a beautiful position and part of a very friendly village."

    It had all the mod cons needed for a pleasant stay. Decoration in the house is lovely and it is well maintained. If you have any mobility issues, this is not the house for you - due to the steps up to the house (no handrail), the steep internal stairs and no access to close parking (as the neighbour constantly has a van, a car and a motorbike in the parking area opposite the house). The details provided in the house relating to general procedures are out of date - everything refers to Covid 19 and lockdown. Laundry procedures and bin collection responsibilities etc., require a clearer explanation.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2023

  • "Exceptionally well equipped cottage and very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2023

  • "Excellent cottage and beautifully kept in a stunning location."

    Had everything we needed and was very quiet and comfortable. Great holiday.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was as described, very welcoming and comfortable, very clean and tidy ."

    The kitchen has every thing we needed and more besides. The bedrooms were very comfortable and large enough for our needs. The bathroom was very good and clean. The only catch indie the cottage was that none of the bedroom doors could be closed as all the door handles and locks were either damaged or falling apart. The bathroom door was the only door that fastened properly but the did have a 2 inch gap at the bottom of the door, also the water pump in this room was extremely load and seemed to rattle throughout the house. The only other 2 things was the steep steps outside could do with a hand rail as they are very sloppy when wet or frozen. And the parking was bad as the neighbour had parked his van,car and motorbike outside so I had to park further down the road. I would still recommended the cottage as these things can be fixed , as for the location it was perfect , peaceful with very stunning views and central to all locations. We loved it and would go here again.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We are always looking to improve guests stay. As ongoing maintenance we have planned to replace the internal doors this season, but short term will look at the closing mechanisms. We are also looking into soundproofing solutions for the water pump. The neighbour prefers to park his van along the road so usually you can park opposite the cottage. The parking is not exclusively for the cottage as it is roadside and public access. We have never had any problems parking our large vehicle a few yards down the road. I also accept that some people would prefer a handrail for outside steps and will make provisions for this in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Dec 2022

  • "We had a delightful week in this pristine cottage."

    The property is very well maintained and you want for nothing, everything has been catered for and then some. So comfortable and you feel so t home from the minute you walk through the door. There is nothing that has not been thought of and provided. It is a semi-detached property and the family next door are absolutely lovely, helpful and friendly. The views out of the windows are beautiful and there are plenty of walks to do out in the beautiful scenery. St John's Chapel is minutes away and the beautiful mountain tops of Langdon Beck, their hotel is wort a visit. We had a Sunday lunch there. Can not wait to return to 2 Holme Pool. 5***** Thank you for the joy ! Carole and Phil Washington, Tyne and Wear October 2022

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Oct 2022

  • "This a nice quiet off grid location and a great base to explore Hadrians Wall."

    It did say parking was available, but it’s hit and miss as the neighbours have 2 vehicles and a motorcycle and they occupy the pull in too, just past the house. I’d read from other renters that you can park 200 yards down the road, which is no hardship, but when I went to get the car on the second day, one of the locals gave me a hard time for parking where I had. Also, whilst walking to the car with the 2 dogs, I was trying to move to one side to make room, but the car did not slow down and clipped the bigger dog and brushed past the other. I don’t think “strangers” are particularly welcome.

    Sorry to hear you struggled to park - for the last ten years we have always been able to park within 10m of the front door on the verge where the road widens slightly. I have to say we have always found the local people to be more than friendly, and they are very aware of dogs as sheepdogs often guide flocks of sheep up and down the road outside. Unfortunately you get careless or irresponsible road users wherever you happen to be, and this is something that is not within our control. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary4.1Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage situated in a lovely and quiet area beside the River Wear."

    Excellent facilities and the owner has thought of everything to give it a personal touch to your stay. Lovely comfortable beds and quality bedding, plenty of towels and amazing shower. Fully equipped kitchen with everything you need and loved the wood burner in the lounge. Just one minus, there wasn't a back garden for our dogs, but as you're surrounded by beautiful countryside it's not a big deal as there are loads of great walks to go on. Short driving distance to High Force, Stanhope and Wolsingham. Would definitely recommend. We loved it, as did our 2 pugs, Lulu and Peggy.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0May 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at this cottage."

    The location is beautiful with gorgeous views. The actual cottage is warm, cosy and clean with everything you could need for a short stay.

    We are so please you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. looking forward to welcoming you back soon . Many thanks . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2022

  • "Because there is no bath, this was not a property we would have chosen."

    However, our original choice was not able to accommodate us and we were forced to look elsewhere at short notice. What a gem! This old cottage has been beautifully restored, was warm, comfortable and well equipped. Very often holiday cottages are full of ornaments and soft furnishings that are not at all to our taste. This had a few but they were not overwhelming. As vegetarians, we sometimes find that the oven/grill reeks of meat fat, a most unpleasant experience every time we turn on the cooker. Not so here, where excellent cleaning had taken place. The view is fantastic and the neighbours friendly. Altogether to be recommended.

    Reviewed by Veronica4.7Mar 2022

  • "This cottage is wonderfully situated, the owner is very responsive and the neighbours are extremely helpful and friendly."

    It's our second stay, and we very much hope to come again to enjoy the peace and the beautiful views.

    Thank you for you lovely comments. So please you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Holme Pool."

    The weather was against us, but Alexis was very helpful & made sure we knew what was happening in the area. The cottage is lovely & so comfortable. Views from the windows overlooking the river and farmers fields. Our cockapoo, Dougie, absolutely loved gazing out of the window at the sheep ❤️. A short walk either across the fields or along the road to St John’s Chapel with the local Coop & pubs. There’s a new central heating system which was having a few teething problems but Alexis dealt with it extremely quickly & we were cosy again in no time. Totally recommend!

    Thank you for your feedback, so glad you enjoyed your stay -It really is a lovely spot in on any weather. The new central heating system glitches are all resolved! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Feb 2022

  • "Beautiful well equipped cottage but no TV in any bedrooms, we were there for ..."

    Beautiful well equipped cottage but no TV in any bedrooms, we were there for Christmas and we have 2 children who had computers as gifts but couldn't play on them so that was the only let down for us but other than that it was a lovely stay

    Lovely to hear you enjoyed Christmas at the cottage . There is a new smart tv in the lounge, only as advertised. Thanks for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria3.8Dec 2021

  • "The cottage was warm comfortable and well equipped, it was a pleasure to stay there."

    There were lovely views from the windows and it overlooked the river. We enjoyed the many local walks, from the cottage. We would certainly like to return.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Oct 2021

  • "This pretty little cottage was the perfect escape."

    It was so cosy. The log burner was almost never off and the sitting room was very comfortable and welcoming. The kitchen was beautiful and well equipped. The bathroom was clearly new and the shower was great!. Large comfortable bed with quality bed linen in main bedroom and twin beds ideal if you were taking kids. Although parking directly outside was an issue, there's plenty of space a matter of 30 meters further up the track. The views are stunning and we had lovely walks. The owner Alexis was very helpful. All in all, a lovely stay despite awful weather and we felt cosy, warm and comfortable here.

    Reviewed by Michele4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely quiet location with walks from the door and pubs to enjoy."

    Really enjoyed the little cottage, shower was fantastic.

    Reviewed by Hayley4.1Sep 2021

  • "Well equipped cottage."

    Comfortable and clean. Parking could be an issue if you have a big car.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Sep 2021

  • "We loved our stay in this house- two adults, two children and our little dog."

    Lots of lovely villages to explore nearby and streams to splash in. The house was clean and well equipped, with comfy beds. Also lovely to find a few welcome bits of food and treats for us. Thanks again for a lovely stay, we will be back.

    Reviewed by Rosie5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, beautiful location; the ideal place to relax and re-charge."

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2021

  • "We've had a great time at 2 Holme Pool."

    The property is really nice and well equipped, the owners are helpful, the neighbours are friendly and helpful and the local people are all friendly. We used the cottage as a base to visit some of the surrounding beauty spots and it was also well located for walks straight from the door. The only downside was the parking, which wasn't too bad. We parked a few hundred meters up the road where the road was quite wide as the farmers were hay bailing when we arrived and with the large trailers we decided to stay safe for the week and get the extra exercise. It wasn't a major problem though.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.1Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is in the most beautiful location, with friendly neighbours and lovely views."

    It's owners are helpful and communicate well. Definitely one to revisit.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Jul 2021

  • "Unfortunately the bathroom was supposed to have been refitted but work was not complete."

    The owner was very helpful but I’m surprised it was completely refitted so close to a booking. Also the house is not really suitable for 4 adults due to the incredibly low ceiling in the twin room. The rubbish is a problem as you are supposed to put the large wheelie bin down 8 steep stone steps to have it emptied. Unsurprisingly this had not been done for a very long time so the rubbish bin was overflowing. This is a problem that needs solving. The parking is not really off road and with large farm vehicles constantly using the very narrow Lane, rather worrying. We learnt that the neighbour has had his vehicle damaged several times. Beautiful location but with issues that need solving

    Reviewed by Peter3.4Apr 2021

  • "Lovely place and lots of walks in the local area, with a really nice pub nearby."

    However, given the current situation with the Coronavirus, we expected the cottage to be a lot cleaner then it was. We found several utensils and cooking trays with food on that clearly hadn't been cleaned, and tv remotes also needed cleaning.

    Reviewed by Victoria3.1Oct 2020

  • "Just had a lovely week in this wonderful cottage."

    It's in a great location overlooking the river and has all the amenities that you need for a weeks holiday. Plenty of crockery, comfy beds, a nice welcome pack, even dog treats if you have a dog. The village is really friendly, Chatterbox Cafe a must for their breakfast alone. The local pub The Golden Lion serves good homemade food. A great location to visit the area and a very friendly neighbour who can give you plenty of advice about the area. Hope to visit again soon.

    Reviewed by Gloria5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage that was very clean and very comfortable."

    Nice little walks from the doorstep that we could do with the kids. The treats from the owner were very appreciated and made us feel very special.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2020

  • "Really enjoyed staying at Holme Cottage."

    Would happy to stay there again and recommend company too.

    Reviewed by Damian5.0Aug 2020

  • "This cottage was lovely, cosy, warm and clean."

    We wanted a quiet New Year with the kids away from our busy lives and it was perfect. There was a quick mile walk around the river to get the kids out in the fresh air. Fantastic views, a 15 minute walk to the local shop, and the cottage had everything we needed!

    Reviewed by Abigail5.0Dec 2019

  • "Very well equipped cottage."

    Marvellous open views of countryside and river.Going to bed and listening to the rushing waters of the river Wear is extremely relaxing.If you want to escape the stress and noise of everyday work, then this is the place to stay.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Oct 2019

  • "Not dog freindly or child freindly, front of house very high onto road, no fence and side of house, stream aprox 4 foot drop from paved area into stream, no fenceing."

    Unable to shower no water presure in shower, only one of each size towels for 2 people. Kitchen plently of everything from glasses to plates, very large double sink but no drainage for washing up and very small work top. Only a front door no door at rear of house !! Great views and area, very nice people living next door.

    Thank you for your comments after your stay at 2 Holme Pool. We have two young children of our own that spend many days at the cottage safely. Many of our guests are dog owners. Our property is advertised correctly and you can see the house in relation to the stream on the photographs. I am sorry about the lack of towels. We have addressed this with our cleaner and it appears to have been a one off issue on this occasion. The shower has been checked following your stay and is working fine. We do provide a draining rack that fits over the sink. Our property entrance is at the back of the cottage only as shown in the pictures. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gordon3.4Sep 2019

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms; 1 x king size, 1 x twin (can be made into a double on request)
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • External utility
  • Electric central heating with 2 x woodburning stove
  • Washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge/freezer, TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Road side parking
  • Garden area with patio area with table and chairs
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub and shop within 1 mile

The property

Overlooking the pretty River Wear is this charming, semi-detached cottage, 2 Holme Pool, situated just a mile away from the village of St John's Chapel.

This rural retreat lies at the heart of the North Pennines AONB and offers superb opportunities for walking, cycling, birdwatching and spending quality time with your loved ones.

After soaking up the countryside setting, be welcomed into the sitting room, where you can snuggle up in front of the woodburning stove and tune in the TV during a chilly winter’s evening.

Beyond here is the well-equipped kitchen, where the designated chef of the group will find all the essentials to whip up home-cooked meals before settling down around the dining table to plan the days ahead, with the added charm of the additional woodburning stove.

As the evening draws to a close, venture up the staircase to retire to one of the well-presented bedrooms, comprising a double and a twin, each boasting ample storage for a week-long break and delightful views of the surrounding countryside.

If you don’t feel like cooking one evening, venture to the quaint village of St John's Chapel where you will find two welcoming pubs, each serving delicious evening meals.

Here, you will also find a village shop and a Post Office for picking up any holiday essentials.

Venture a little further to the market town of Stanhope where you will find a larger selection of amenities, whilst the city of Durham houses an imposing cathedral, a castle and a choice of shops to explore one afternoon.

Alternatively, the North Pennines AONB offers miles of walking and cycling routes amid breath-taking scenery and an abundance of wildlife to admire.

2 Holme Pool is a wonderful base for exploring this part of County Durham.

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About the location

ST JOHN'S CHAPEL

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