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St John's Chapel, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 1003781)



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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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Reviews & Ratings

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing holiday here!"

    The photos really don't do it justice. Gorgeous views all around, lovely and peaceful and remote. So clean, comfy, toasty warm and homely. Comfy beds. Very dog friendly place (owners have a dog so they were very welcoming of our dog). The owners, who live next door, are really friendly and helpful, greeting us on arrival, but then leave you to get on and enjoy your holiday. Thoughtful welcome gifts of box of biscuits, milk in fridge etc. Upstairs spacious lounge makes the most of the incredible views and the sunrise through the big window is stunning. Walks straight from the door, or short drive and you're across the border into Cumbria or Northumberland. If you like peace and quiet, snuggly remote cottage, and amazing views this is for you. A real get away from it all haven. If wifi is your thing you'll not get that here, not a problem for us, as we were able to access data on our phones in lounge by window and garden to check messages if needed :) Lovely lovely peaceful holiday and great walks. Totally recommend this cottage and so glad we took a chance on it. You should too! :)

    Reviewed by JackieOct 2021

  • "Lovely hosts, very friendly and welcoming."

    House was lovely and cosy. I don’t think it should be advertised as having wifi though. We were unable to get online at all. Only a minor problem.

    Reviewed by KateSep 2021

  • "A real get away from it all."

    Plenty of walking from the cottage which was very warm and cosy. Dog friendly enclosed garden. Glorious views. Very friendly hosts. Good all day breakfast at Chatterbox cafe in St. John's Chapel which is dog friendly and a well stocked Co-op.

    Reviewed by KennethSep 2021

  • "What a lovely cottage."

    ... Lynne and Rob were very welcoming and ensured we had everything we needed. We were very comfortable and certainly enjoyed our stay. The WiFi is quite limited but that meant we enjoyed our stay even more!!!

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, wonderful position, walks from the doorstep."

    Reviewed by BarryJun 2021

  • "The cottage was fabulous, very comfortable and fully equipped with stunning views across the dale."

    WiFi was a little patchy. However, it's was a relief not to be connected. A truly hidden gem.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location with great views."

    The cottage had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The owners were very welcoming and were even kind enough to post our 4 year old daughters favourite Teddy bear home after we left it. We would definitely recommend this property. Thanks very much for a great long weekend.

    Reviewed by MarkApr 2021

  • "Beckelshele is a perfect cottage for a peaceful break in amongst our wonderful countryside."

    Lynne and Rob are excellent hosts and were there to meet us on arrival. The cottage is comfortable, warm and with all the facilities you need to enjoy your stay. The kitchen is well equipped and the lounge upstairs has outstanding views. The bedrooms are spacious with very comfortable beds and the bathrooms clean, warm and plenty of hot water. The location is ideal for walking and visiting local attractions and the wildlife and farm animals are an added entertainment! We highly recommend this property and will be returning in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2021

  • "A real home-from-home, everything you needed was provided."

    Really quiet location with great views and walks. Rob & Lynne were really friendly and welcoming. Great stay

    Reviewed by GlynSep 2020

  • "Possibly the best cottage i’ve ever stayed in, completely surrounded by amazing views in every direction."

    So peaceful and totally relaxing! Us and the dogs felt immediately welcome and at home. Loved the remote location and how cosy, well equipped and comfortable the cottage is. Just wish we’d booked to stay longer and can’t wait to return for longer!

    Reviewed by LilySep 2020

  • "We had a fantastic family holiday at this property, absolutely stunning surroundings, with walks from the door, the cottage is well equipped and comfortable and the owners are very welcoming and friendly without being intrusive at all - perfect, just what we needed!"

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2020

  • "The lack of wifi and mobile signal could be more clearly explained; I was happy to work around and enjoyed the peace and quiet - our children were less happy!"

    Vehicle access to the property is challenging - I was happy but others might not be, so again, a clearer explanation could help. Make more of the quiet surroundings in the listing - this aspect exceeded my expectations, also the little dog-secure yard and back garden was great to let them out :) Cosy, warm and characterful - great little place - a proper get away.

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2019

  • "This was just what we wanted, peace n quiet, great walks just a general escape, time out."

    The cottage/location enabled us to do this

    Reviewed by EmmaSep 2019

  • "It was a lovely warm cottage in a stunning location."

    It had a lot of varied wildlife around and it was very quiet and peaceful. We had a very pleasant welcome and was then allowed to enjoy our holiday which is exactly right.

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2019

  • "Warm and friendly welcome from Rob and Lynn."

    Great cottage in a wonderful spot, with great views. Weather was kind to us.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2019

  • "Stunning remote location and will certainly return."

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2019

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The property

St John's Chapel 5.4 miles.

Beckelshele is situated in a remote location, surrounded by the North Pennines AONB, just outside Lanehead in the heart of Weardale.

It is accessed along a single-lane track that meanders across the fells.

This charming, reverse-level accommodation is bursting with character, retaining a lot of its original features throughout, with exposed stone walls and wooden beams.

The first floor sitting room makes the most of the views across the fells, where you can get cosy on the sofas and unwind into a cool winter's evening by the fire.

Take in the peaceful surroundings and fully relax in this secluded location.

Entrance is gained straight into the kitchen, which is traditional in style and boasts a lovely open fire, warming those family feasts, which you can prepare with ease.

Next you have the bedrooms; the double and twin are equally as inviting after a day exploring the local area, with bedside tables and reading lamps.

There is an en-suite shower room serving the double, while you also have a lovely bathroom for you to soothe any aches and pains in the bathtub.

On a warm summer's day, you can truly appreciate the remarkable views enveloping the cottage and enjoy an afternoon on the patio with a refreshing drink.

Nearby is the village of St. John's Chapel accessed by car, with two friendly pubs and a shop for convenience, while the market of Stanhope boasts many more facilities and is a hub for outdoor activities.

Enjoy walks along the tranquil River Wear; visit the famous fossil tree, which is approximately 320 million years old, or the 12th Century church of St Thomas.

The surrounding area has many historic attractions, including Raby Castle, Long Meg and Her Daughters, a Bronze Age stone circle near Penrith, and the Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill.

You are also within reach of the Lake District and pretty villages of the Yorkshire Dales.

This semi-detached, Weardale cottage offers the perfect escape with your loved ones at any time of the year.


  • Reverse level accommodation
  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with open fire
  • First floor sitting room with electric fire.
  • Oil central heating with open fire and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed, courtyard garden at front and rear with patio areas and seating
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5.4 miles
  • Note: The WiFi signal at this property is limited.

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About the location


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

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

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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