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Bilberry Nook Cottage

Westgate, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 915378)

4.7

Excellent

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent property and great location, will be coming back again in the near future."

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2022

  • "This was a lovely property in great surroundings with the river at the bottom of the garden."

    Everything was spotless and clean and thank you Jo for the little welcome pack! Was a nice touch. Everything you could think of was in the cottage so home from home but in beautiful surroundings. Thank you

    Reviewed by ColinApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in stunning surroundings, Cosy and warm spacious cottage Lovely walks locally or short drives away followed by a relaxing dip in the hottub."

    Every evening a visit from the local peacocks and obundance of other birds. Never really used kitchen as ate out most of the time but seemed fairly equipped. Crosskeys pub in Eastgate needs a mention in your book as the food was really good and friendly owners. Main bed a little uncomfy but that's personnel preference. Parking was fun and once unloaded it's easier to leave car 20-30m out on the road. Overall enjoyed our stay and would recommend and also stay again.

    Reviewed by KevinApr 2022

  • "Came away with the girls and my lil poochy and we thoroughly enjoy it the cottage it's self was amazing and room the hot tub was amazing only down side for me was having to keep the dog tied up as I was scared she would run into the river."

    Maybe if there was a connection on the wall so you could let them have a lead extension on. Also the nearest shop was a 30 minutes walk which wasn't to bad as it was a nice day especially with the dog but if you don't drive I wouldn't like to walk that in the bad weather. Would definitely stay here again thank you for the experience xx

    Reviewed by Lesley-annApr 2022

  • "The location by the river is outstanding, and sitting in the garden or hot tub was very enjoyable."

    The river walk along to St Johns Chapel was lovely also. I appreciate the cottage is not the most expensive, however the beds and pillows are very uncomfortable, and the extremely poor hot water pressure makes for pitiful showers. Which is a shame, because the cottage would otherwise be good value. The listing should make it clearer that parking at the property is highly unlikely, unless you have a very small car (I know it does mention it, but the photos make it seem like parking is available.... but only if you have a mini sized vehicle and can manoeuvre round other cars in the way). The owners say in their handbook if a car is blocking your exit just to knock on the door and it will be moved - not so when we came to leave. In a phone call to one of the owners we were told "well I always manage to get past". The oven was not working properly - seems like just a top over element works. And when they say bring your own firewood, they really mean it - there's not even enough to light a single fire... Whilst I wouldn't stay again, that is down to the comfort value, not the location or price.

    Reviewed by EmmaMar 2022

  • "Amazing cottage loved our stay."

    Great views overlooking the river and so tranquil and relaxing sipping a glass if wine whilst listening to the river. Amazing wildlife on show too we saw squirrels, rabbits, birds ans even had a visit from some peacocks every night. Cottage was clean and had all facilities needed including a relaxing hot tub. Steven and joanne were also on hand if we needed anything. Only thing I would suggest is getting some carpets or mats for the stairs as our dog struggled with them but this is just a very minor suggestion as otherwise what a fantastic place

    Reviewed by DanielMar 2022

  • "Lovely relaxing holiday in lovely location with added bonus of a hot tub."

    Super, spacious dog friendly cottage.

    Reviewed by CateyFeb 2022

  • "This was an excellent cottage, warm, cosy with fantastic views all around."

    It made a great base to go exploring and walking, but because we had rain/Gale/snow whilst we were there it also made a great place to snuggle down and read a book in. We were especially entertained by the visiting peacock looking for a daily snack, and the wildlife in the garden, as well as the fantastic hot tub and sat to day life on the river. This is a great all year round cottage. The only downside is that the Wifi was very poor and only in the kitchen, although the host really tried to improve this, and at least got it in the kitchen for us.

    Reviewed by JacquelineFeb 2022

  • "Absolutely gorgeous cottage."

    We had such a lovely weekend. The owners were beyond helpful and friendly. Genuinely couldn’t recommend this place enough.

    Hi Amy, thank you for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you and we are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves! Thanks for leaving the cottage nice and tidy and hope to see you back at Bilberry Nook sometime! Property Owner

    Reviewed by AmyFeb 2022

  • "Fabulous, had a great stay, lovely property and location, would definitely return!"

    Hi Carla, thank you we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay! We really appreciate it when people take the time to give us feedback so thank you so much! Hope to welcome you again! Joanne and Steven Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarlaJan 2022

  • "Bilberry nook is a beautiful cottage, set in idyllic surroundings."

    The cottage itself was well equiped and perfectly situated for our annual new year get away. There is just one pub in Westgate, it doesn't welcome dogs and does not open until 5pm which was disappointing, however it was shut for the duration of our stay anyway, due to Covid, unforeseeable and we got over it. The nearest shop is the Coop, a few miles away by car but it is well stocked with all uou may need. During our stay we were never able to connect to the advertised wifi, no big beal but an annoyance. The downstairs cloakroom had no hot water, the shower in the main bathroom was merely a trickle and the oven took an eternity to cook anything. Having said all of that, none of those issues would prevent us returning, the one biggest factor that would, is the unsecured back garden with the extremely deep flowing riiver running through it, The garden is an amazing haven for wildlife but sadly we couldnt enjoy it for fear that the dogs would end up in the river or disappear along the run of gardens, which one did, and get out onto the road. Really think this should be made clear in the advertisement to avoid future disappointment. Also there is no lighting, so when using the hot tub after dark, you need to be very careful as the multilevel garden is difficult to navigate. Overall if you have no children or dogs this would be a fabulous little cottage, once the owners have tweaked the above.

    Thank you for your feedback Claire, we are so pleased you had a nice stay despite some minor issues. It is unfortunate the village pub does not accept dogs and I'm afraid out of our control, however there are 2 very dog friendly pubs just 25 minutes river walk up in St John's Chapel which is mentioned in our welcome book. The wifi booster router we noticed had been moved to a different room which might explain why you couldn’t connect. However, we have upgraded to a powerline extender which seems to be a much stronger connection. The cloakroom hot water tap had been fixed and we were unaware that this was broken again however we seen the note in our maintenance book and will get it looked at. The shower seems to be average for an electric shower we have tested it, however we are looking at a new boiler to be fitted shortly so are hoping this improves any water pressure issues. Bilberry Nook Cottage’s biggest feature is the beautiful unobstructed river views. We have decided not to block these up with fencing so we can watch all the wildlife of the river. Fencing is up either side of the garden preventing dogs getting into next door. Most dogs would not attempt the sizable drop into the river. We do advise the river edge is unfenced in our property description and rely on prospective guests to use their own judgement on what is appropriate for their own family and pets. We have exterior lighting on the cottage and have a portable lantern and solar flood lighting for the hot tub area at night. We have found the solar flood light not reliable enough with the winter months so we have purchased a battery powered one that we will fit to improve this. In the future we will look at hard wired options when we come to re-wire the property. Again, thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again in the future. If we can help with anything during your stay with us please tell us as soon as you come across any issues and we will always endeavour to put these right if we can. We wish you all the best for a positive 2022. Warm Wishes Joanne and Steven Property Owner

    Reviewed by ClaireDec 2021

  • "We had a lovely time in the cottage; the owners were welcoming, and the location was excellent overlooking the river."

    The hot tub was amazing to return to after a day exploring. Overall a brilliant place to stay.

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage with river running through the bottom of the garden."

    Lovely helpful owners.

    Reviewed by VictoriaJul 2021

  • "We had an excellent holiday at Bilberry Nook Cottage."

    The cottage is spacious and welcoming with comfy beds and lovely furnishings. The owner is helpful and friendly and sorted out an issue with the hot tub very quickly. The garden is amazing, so peaceful and relaxing with lots of wild life to observe. There isn`t anything I could fault about this cottage.

    Reviewed by PhilJul 2021

  • "Wow..."

    . this cottage has it all! Comfort, cleanliness, space and most of all peace and quiet. The garden is a sanctuary away from everyday life with the river running along the bottom of the garden to the visiting birds of all varieties. To put the cherry on the cake a hot tub to relax in after a days walking. The owner was on hand if you needed anything and was always happy to have a chat with you. Nothing was to much trouble for them.

    Reviewed by SarahJun 2021

  • "Sitting outside listening to the water flowing and watching the ducklings, birds visiting etc and of course the peacocks."

    The nearness of enjoyable dog walks. The helpfulness of the owners.It was an excellent holiday, we have recommended it to friends who were accessing the site for suitable dates

    Reviewed by JoanJun 2021

  • "What an absolute treasure of a holiday."

    Bilberry Nook was beyond what I expected, beautiful surroundings, very homely cottage. High quality furnishings. The hot tub was brilliant, as well as the gardens. My pooch loved her little holiday.. Beds very comfy, bathrooms and kitchen have everything you need. Add in the peacocks daily visits and it was perfect.. I will definitely be booking again. Thank you

    Reviewed by JanineApr 2021

  • "Gorgeous cottage and location, owners were very welcoming and the hot tub was gorgeous on a evening listening to the river!"

    Surprise peacock visitor to! Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by KimOct 2020

  • "Excellent stay at the cottage."

    Very comfortable and warm. Hot tub was fantastic. Beautiful location for exploring the Yorkshire Dales

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage with an amazing hot tub."

    Had everything we needed and great walks on the door step. The owners were lovely and really helpful. We definitely be booking again!.

    Reviewed by LyndaSep 2020

  • "The cottage is beautiful and the location is exactly what we wanted for a countryside holiday."

    I would definitely return.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyJul 2020

  • "Was a lovely cottage had a fantastic time"

    Reviewed by SadieMar 2020

  • "What an amazing property in the most beautiful location."

    Other than the very shower not being very powerful the house was faultless. The pictures do not do it justice. Lovely sitting in the hot tub listening to all the widlife and the river. Owners were really nice and helpful. Thank you so much. We will be retuning.

    Reviewed by KatieMar 2020

  • "Lovely holiday cottage and excellent hot tub facility."

    Reviewed by MariaMar 2020

  • "Cottage was beautiful and the views breathtaking will definitely be back"

    Reviewed by CarolynJan 2020

  • "We had a lovely break with our dog!"

    cottage is beautiful and hot tub was amazing we will defo go back!

    Reviewed by NormaDec 2019

  • "The cottage is warm, cosy, clean and comfortable."

    Is in a great location with the river running right along the back of the property and the hot tub is an added bonus. Plenty of places to visit, less than an hour from Newcastle, Durham and Darlington if you want big towns and cities. If you prefer the smaller villages with loads of character and friendly people there are loads nearby. This is also a geat place to stay if you are into walking and fishing. The cottage is so relaxing when your inside, you have the option of a proper wood burning fire for the cold evenings and should you wish to listen to the river running by open any small window you get this. The other side is that once all windows and doors are closed you cant hear a thing from outside its blissfully quiet. The owners are really friendly and although the cottage is directly behind the owners they do not intrude on your privacy in any way.

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2019

  • "This is a beautiful cottage in a lovely small village only a few doors from a pub that serves the best Sunday carvery."

    Reviewed by CarolineNov 2019

  • "Had A lovely little weekend break at this cottage , loved the hot tub , would love to be back"

    Reviewed by RachaelSep 2019

  • "Super friendly owners, although they were nearby, were not intrusive."

    Hot tub was the cleanest I have used yet. Accommodation well presented, extremely comfortable and immaculate. Great walks on the door step for our 2 labs who had a great holiday. Had squirrels, peahens, and field mice on the patio area as well as birds. Was so relaxing and I’d love to return right now!

    Reviewed by LisaAug 2019

  • "This was our second stay at this cottage and we will be booking again."

    Owners very friendly and helpful. Lovely cottage in a fabulous location.

    Reviewed by MandyJul 2019

  • "Difficulty in finding cottage needs better sign posting"

    Reviewed by SharonJun 2019

  • "We had a brilliant weekend weather was terrible but it didn't stop us enjoying the hot tub and lovely walks with the dog and children."

    The cottage was beautiful and clean and had everything you need. The only downfall we wish we would have stayed longer

    Reviewed by DanielJun 2019

  • "Absolutely fabulous time at Billberry cottage, spotlessly clean, home away from home with stunning relaxing views."

    Friendly and helpful owners who obviously take great pride in their cottage and surroundings. Spent three fabulous nights with my family and two dogs. If any negative no secure area for children and dogs as garden leads straight onto river but won’t stop us returning, just something to be aware of if children and dogs visiting. Thanks for a great relaxing weekend.

    Reviewed by ShaunMay 2019

  • "Comfortable house with with a lovely riverside location."

    It was bliss sitting on the hot tub, watching and listening to the sights and sounds of the river. The house had everything we needed and was nice and cosy. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2019

  • "Lovely peaceful and tranquil cottage."

    Abundance of garden wildlife, hot tub amazing and kept so clean by friendly owners Steven and Joanne. Some beautiful waterfall walks close by. Comfortable and clean cottage, owners live next door however they

    Reviewed by SueApr 2019

  • "This cottage was a fantastic place to stay."

    The garden is fantastic and we enjoyed overlooking the river and watching the birds, squirrels and rabbits!

    Reviewed by SianApr 2019

  • "Lovely location."

    Gorgeous comfy cottage with all amenities you need. Hot tub bonus would recommend a canapy building above it. Parking very difficult due to small area hardly any manoeuvre space to get in due to property on either side. Would definitely return. Owners very friendly & helpful.

    Reviewed by DebraMar 2019

  • "Such a lovely quiet cottage with the river running behind which you can fish from and the lovely hot tub was amazing."

    You can see so much wildlife from the property. We had a lovely relaxing time away. We will be back.

    Reviewed by SallyFeb 2019

  • "We stayed at end of August with our 2 teenagers and 2 dogs."

    Fabulous remote cottage in a stunning location. The owners were very friendly, the milk, chocolate cake and dog treats were greatly appreciated. It was a really relaxing stay. Loved watching the birds in the garden and on the river. Some really beautiful walks from the village, including the waterfall walk up to the old lead mines. The nearby High and Low Force are also worth a visit. Corbrigde and Hadrians Wall are only a lovely drive over the moors. All at the local pub were very friendly. Will be returning and have recommended to friends.

    Reviewed by MandyAug 2018

  • "Cottage looked good in picture."

    But when we got their we found a lot of faults. Left our own nice home to go to a house in need of a lot of tlc. House had cobwebs all round windows and doors. Parking for two very small cars was right need to take it slow when driving car in. Very last picture on your site for cottage does not relate to the property.

    Reviewed by WilliamJul 2018

  • "Lovely place and lovely people."

    Stunning river at the end of the garden and walks in every direction from the front door. Very quiet and secluded. I intend to book again.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2018

  • "Great location, very very dog friendly, lovely owners and walks from doorstep."

    Unfortunately had to cut holiday short so could not explore area properly but we would love to return

    Reviewed by LouiseApr 2018

  • "Great weekend Gorgeous cottage with a great view loved the garden Pub 1 minute away but no dogs allowed!"

    Disappointing but didn't spoil anything Shower in bathroom not the best but overall a great stay

    Reviewed by JoannaMar 2017

  • "Peaceful homely cottage"

    Reviewed by LindaMar 2017

  • "The cottage overall is a lovely quaint house very spacious very clean ."

    With excellent facilities and very comfortable. The pub at the end of the road is very welcoming and serves lovely food but you do need a car as there is very little to do but we had a great time and WOOD RECOMMEND to anyone wanting a nice quiet and relaxing holiday. thanks to Joanne and Stephen.

    Reviewed by RichardSep 2016

  • "The cottage was fantastic, vey clean and all mod cons."

    The owners live in the house next door, very friendly and always stop for a chat. Only an hour away from any tourist attraction. Didn't want the holiday to end :( , loved the place :) x

    Reviewed by DeniseAug 2016

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in electric shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining area and woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Oil and power inc. in rent
  • Fuel for stove available to purchase locally
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 small cars
  • Roadside parking for larger cars 50 yards from property
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Front lawned garden
  • Side patio with furniture
  • Private hot tub.Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: The closest pub to the property in Westgate is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • There is a dog-friendly pub approximately 2 miles away from the property open 7 days a week
  • Note: River outside cottage is unfenced, children to be supervised
  • Note: Open tread stairs to first floor
  • Note: Access to the river is by steep stone steps, may not be suitable for the less mobile.

The property

A delightful, semi-detached, stone-built cottage, set behind the owners’ home next to the River Wear in the Weardale village of Westgate, in County Durham.

This attractive Westgate cottage is the perfect setting for a family holiday, with plenty to see and do in the area.

This wonderful holiday home in Westgate has been tastefully decorated by the owners with great attention to style and detail.

It comprises a spacious sitting room with a dining area, warming woodburning stove and bi-folding doors to the patio area.

Completing the accommodation at this Westgate cottage, is a bright and airy kitchen, two pretty first floor bedrooms, and a bathroom.

After a day exploring the beautiful neighbouring countryside, this cosy, welcoming Westgate cottage will be waiting for you to return.

Take a seat on the rear patio,relax in the hot tub, pour a long cold drink, and soak up the unique sounds of the River Wear as is gurgles past on its journey to the coast, or, on chillier days, stoke the woodburning stove and curl up on the sofa for a cosy night in.

The area surrounding this charming cottage in Westgate is perfect for walking, birdwatching, cycling and touring.

This splendid Westgate holiday home is well-positioned for trips to the Northern Lakes, historical Hexham, Hadrian's Wall and Durham city, with its magnificent cathedral.

Take a trip further afield and visit Newcastle and the Metro Centre, Bowes Museum, Beamish Open Air Museum, and the magnificent Heritage Coast.

A wonderful County Durham cottage, with plenty of character, perfect for discovering the numerous delights of this splendid area.

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About the location

WESTGATE

Alston 14.3 miles; Lanchester 21 miles; Barnard Castle 23 miles.

Westgate is a small village in Weardale, popular for walking and cycling. Westgate once marked the boundary of Stanhope Park, the scene of many grand, historical, hunting expeditions. Nearby is Slit Wood, a site of Special Scientific Interest, with interesting footpaths and delightful waterfalls. Westgate is set in rural countryside and is home to a pub, whilst further amenities can be found in the village of Stanhope, five 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, a coffee shop and local arts and crafts. In addition it offers a selection of pubs, specialist food stores, an art gallery, outdoor swimming pool and pleasant riverside walks. Durham is just 28 miles away and Hadrian's Wall is within easy touring distance. Close by are Hamsterley Forest, Killhope Lead Mining Museum and Barnard Castle - a short picturesque drive away.

Region Information

Note: River outside cottage is unfenced, children to be supervised.
Note: Access to the river is by steep stone steps, may not be suitable for the less mobile.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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