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Bankwell Cottage

Causey near Sunniside, Northumberland (Ref. 1013292)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Made welcome by owner. Well equipped cottage

    Reviewed by CarolNov 2021

  • "The bungalow was lovely and very well placed for us in particular."

    We appreciate it is going to be difficult to do, especially if you are fully booked but the loose floor tiles and grouting need sorting out, in particular in the bathroom. Also a few minor ideas - a few extra mugs would be useful and I found the pillows a little hard, but this didn't spoil our stay, we all had a fabulous time and if we did want to visit the area again would certainly return. There were some lovely touches - milk in the fridge, tea, coffee, biscuits and red and white wine - such a thoughtful idea.

    Thank you for the constructive feedback. The floor tiles are at the top of our 'to do' list for when we have a planned shutdown after the festive season. We have done some interim repairs and they are fully grouted now, although the plan is to do some in depth rework, particularly in the bathroom. Regarding the pillows, our approach has always been to provide one firm and one soft pillow for each guest, as well as spares in the bedroom fitted wardrobe. We will keep an eye on that one. We've put a few extra mugs in the cottage also. Once again, thanks for the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoOct 2021

  • "This cottage was superb, the host left a wonderful welcome pack."

    ....the cottage has everything and more...very highly recommended.....we'll be back...

    Reviewed by MikeOct 2021

  • "Bankwell Cottage was excellent."

    Thoughtfully furnished and well equipped. Welcome pack was a great surprise, and there was everything you could need for your holiday.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2021

  • "We stayed for a couple of nights in October 2021."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and wouldn’t hesitate to return. The house is very well set up for holiday guests and was extremely comfortable and homely. Great location, loved watching the Steam trains pass by, and easy to get to local attractions and points of interest. Thanks for a great stay.

    Reviewed by AlanOct 2021

  • "Excellent location."

    Close to Durham and Necastle, the North Pennines and Hadrians Wall. The accommodation was spacious and comfortable and well equipped. Good sized beds and decent garden for the dog.

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2021

  • "Bankwell cottage is a lovely cottage situated in a perfect position for coast, towns, villages and countryside."

    Well equipped, clean, comfortable and very well decorated. The enclosed garden at the back of the cottage is perfect for the dogs to be kept safe. The lovely owners are only a phone call away if you need help or advise. A visit to Causey Arch tea room (dog friendly inside and out) only 5 minutes away is perfect for breakfast, lunch or just a cuppa where you will be made very welcome by the owner and her staff before maybe a walk to find the Causey Arch (Bridge), it's a special place of interest! The Beamish Museum and village is 10 minutes away for a taste of the Victorian era Sunhaven and Littlehaven beaches are only 3/4 hour away, Littlehaven beach being dog friendly all year round, it's a large beautiful sandy beach. There are loads more beaches on that coastline well worth a visit. Other places of interest are abundant. You can't go wrong with a holiday at this lovely cottage. We would love to return to carry on where we left off.

    Reviewed by NeilAug 2021

  • "A fantastic location and an absolutely beautiful house - very comfy and homely."

    Everything you could want for a holiday break.

    Reviewed by ChristopherAug 2021

  • "Friendly owners who sorted a small problem out straightaway with a smile."

    Lovely, comfortable base for exploring the area. Added bonus of the Tanfield Railway steam train passing close to the cottage over the weekend. Maybe a dvd player for those of us without access to Netflix etc for rainy days but only a minor point as we enjoyed the cottage and holiday very much.

    Reviewed by KatrinaJul 2021

  • "The hosts were lovely and very attentive."

    The bungalow was perfect. Just in the right location, with lots of room and excellently equipped. We won't hesitate to book again

    Reviewed by Jo-anneJun 2021

  • "Great location and honestly not far to go anywhere you please."

    The owners are developing another side further down the extensive driveway, so if your staying in through the day you'll see a few vehicles pass by along with activity.

    Reviewed by ColinJun 2021

  • "Excellent cottage in a great location."

    Very friendly owners.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2021

  • "Bankwell Cottage is a well represented, spacious accommodation."

    The kitchen is comprehensive. The owners are friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by KevinApr 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Very clean and comfortable seating and beds. Well equipped kitchen. Garden and bbq suited us and our two dogs. Lots of interesting walks around and lots of place of interest locally. A great base for a family holiday.

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2021

  • "Great bungalow perfect for what we needed"

    Reviewed by GrahamApr 2021

  • "Lovely clean and spacious bungalow."

    Reviewed by SharonSep 2020

  • "Fabulous home in a great location immaculate inside and out well equipped with everything you would possibly need."

    30 mins drive to lots of lovely beaches yet only 20 mins by bus to Newcastle Owners really friendly Definitely 5 Star

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2020

  • "This is a beautiful bungalow in a great spot."

    You can be by the coast at Roker/South Shields within 25 minutes and in the city of Newcastle and Durham in 20 minutiae. We have seen so many lovely places. Having the trains pass was just lovely. The local pub serves great food, which is just 50m away. The house it self is decorated beautifully and has many nice touches. Def some blankets for outside or for the sofa would be a bonus. Wouldn’t hesitate to book again. Very attentive owners who make you feel so very welcome.

    Reviewed by MelanieAug 2020

  • "This holiday cottage is fantastic it is of a very high standard and beautifully decorated."

    The owners have taken great care to ensure that their guests have everything they need to ensure that they have a great holiday. The surroundings and views just add to the experience including the passing steam train. We will be back and will recommending to all our friends and family.

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage to stay in and very well equipped."

    A good nights sleep was had in the comfy beds. The water pressure wasn’t the best but wouldn’t tarnish our pleasure of staying here. Great location in the countryside where we had a walk around the Causey Arch and beautiful surroundings. The cottage is located near all the amenities including a lovely beach at Roker just 15 minutes drive away and the Angel of the North. The restaurants nearby were outstanding. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by SuzanneAug 2020

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The property

Sunniside 1.4 miles.

This large, detached bungalow is surrounded by countryside and sits alongside the Tanfield Railway line, a restored heritage railway dating back to 1725, in the small village of Causey near Sunniside in County Durham.

Bankwell Cottage is an all-ground-floor property, situated in a countryside setting, ideal for a family or group of six guests wanting to explore the north east, with the centre of Newcastle just 7 miles away and the coastline accessible within a 30-minute drive.

The property is accessed via a private driveway, just off the A6076, which runs from Stanley, County Durham towards Gateshead and Newcastle, and offers ample off-road parking for up to four cars, as well as a seating area at the front of the property.

Step inside to find a cosy but spacious sitting room with a charming fireplace housing a woodburning stove, two sofas to relax on in front of the TV and a large window, boasting countryside and heritage line views.

The bright and airy kitchen/diner has tiled flooring, neutral decor, a dining table that can comfortably seat the entire group, ideal for enjoying home-cooked meals together, and a well-equipped kitchen, alongside a utility room, housing all of the appliances you could wish for, including an American-style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, electric oven, washing machine and tumble dryer.

There are three immaculately styled bedrooms to choose from; a king-size, a double and a twin room, each with ample storage and offering pretty countryside views, alongside a family bathroom with shower over bath and a newly-fitted shower room, so you won't need to fight for the bathroom in the mornings.

Outside there is an enclosed rear garden with a spacious lawn, ideal for pets to run freely, as well as a decking area with outdoor furniture and a barbecue, perfect for taking advantage of the good weather and dining outdoors.

The village pub is less than 5 minutes walk away, with the neighbouring hotel also open to non-residents.

A little further along the road is a well known gastro pub adjacent to a classic car centre.

Also near at hand is the South Causey Inn, the most popular venue in the north east for weddings, and being in a rural location all of these venues offer outdoor seating areas.

The Tanfield Railway line runs alongside the property, and is extremely popular with steam-enthusiasts and offers some lovely walks.

The village of Sunniside has a small selection of shops, pubs and eateries to choose from, if you don't feel like cooking one night, while Beamish is around four miles away and is known for its Living Musuem of the North, as well as a selection of golf courses and Beamish Wild Adventure Park, an adrenaline-filled family day out with adventure trails, zip wires and a high ropes course.

The neighbouring town of Gateshead is home to the iconic Angel of the North statue, the Baltic Arts centre and the Sage venue.

Just across the river is the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, with its heritage centre, art galleries, shopping and dining facilities, Newcastle can be accessed from Gateshead via a scenic walk over the pedestrianised Millennium Bridge, with its 12th century castle, museums, art galleries and fantastic shopping, nightlife and dining out facilities.There is a regular bus service from Causey into Newcastle / Gateshead.

Should you wish to enjoy a day at the seaside the coastline offers a host of beaches with traditional resorts such as South Shields, Seaburn, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay, accessible within a 30-minute drive, or via the Metro system from Gateshead / Newcastle.

Other attractions within an hours drive include the beautiful Cathedral city of Durham, Hadrian’s Wall, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the great open beaches and castles of Northumberland.

Bankwell Cottage is a fantastic base for a holiday exploring the north east.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil fired central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric hob and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • Rear, enclosed garden with lawn, decking, barbecue and seating
  • Seating at the front of the property
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.3 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Check-in time is 4pm

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About the location


Gateshead 4.1 miles; Beamish 4.4 miles; Newcastle upon Tyne 5.8 miles

Sunniside is a small village in the north east metropolitan borough of Gateshead, just six miles from Newcastle upon Tyne. Close by is the heritage Tanfield Railway, a restored railway which dates back to 1725 and is popular with trainspotters, alongside the railway path, which walkers can enjoy exploring. There are parks and woodlands close by for an enjoyable stroll, as well as a golf course for a round of golf and a good selection of shops, pubs and eateries. The village of Beamish is just four miles away, with its Living Musuem of the North, golf club and Wild Adventure Park, ideal for a family-friendly day out. The iconic Angel of the North statue is within easy reach, as is Gateshead, on the banks of the River Tyne, directly opposite the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, which can be accessed via the pedestrianised Millennium Bridge, both of which offer excellent shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities, as well as a host of attractions.

Region Information

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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