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Bracken Cottage

Stanhope, Northumberland (Ref. 1063869)



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Reviews & Ratings

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage, clean and homely."

    Loved the breakfast items left. Lovely village, recommend the Bonny Moorhen and the chippy. Local walks as well as lovely walks further afield. Have a lovely weeks stay, will look at returning in the future.

    Reviewed by SarahJan 2022

  • "Disappointed that there were no instructions for the cooker and washing machine, this information is usually to be found as standard."

    There were only 3 sheets left on the kitchen roll, no replacement available. Also, no replacement toilet roll available when the provided one ran out. We needed to lift the sofa cushions on Saturday to look for an earring finding and there were crumbs underneath. Apart from the above, the cottage was very comfortable and clean. We enjoyed and appreciated the provision of the breakfast pack, tea, coffee, milk and sugar.

    Reviewed by HayleyNov 2021

  • "A lovely cottage I would definitely go there again"

    Reviewed by HilaryOct 2021

  • "Great, comfortable and clean cottage with everything we needed for a weeks holiday."

    Great communication with owner and a lovely breakfast hamper on arrival. Stanhope is a very friendly town with all the shops and pubs you would need. The Bonny Moorhen and the Indian take away a must. Great walks from your doorstep with the Quarry behind and the river walk at the bottom of the road. Derwent water has a great 12 acre secure field for dog walkers and Beadnell beach a great visit. We will be back.

    Reviewed by KellyOct 2021

  • "Lovely holiday, interesting area with some good walks and impressive scenery - a bit off the usual tourist track."

    Comfortable and well-located cottage.

    Reviewed by RosemaryOct 2021

  • "A lovely clean cottage in a great location."

    Stanhope was a great place to walk from the door and all the shops and pubs on the doorstep. This is one to put on your list

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2021

  • "Great little cottage, lovely welcome treats from Mark and family including breakfast for our first morning."

    Definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by TracySep 2021

  • "Perfect location for a few days, conveniently situated and lovely place to relax in after a leisurely stroll around the area."

    Mark was on hand and very helpful. We hope to return one day.

    Reviewed by MargaretAug 2021

  • "The accommodation was perfect so cozy and spotless enjoyed our stay"

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2021

  • "A truly stunning cottage in amazing surroundings."

    Perfect for long or short walks. The village has everything you could need right on the doorstep. I would not recommend for people unsteady on their feet or with small children, the steps to the kitchen and small bedroom could prove a little tricky. All in all we had a fabulous stay and would definitely look to return.

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2021

  • "Good little cottage in Stanhope, a great location, which is perfectly situated to explore Weardale and Teesdale."

    We will return to this cottage

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location for exploring the surrounding area."

    The welcome pack in the cottage was much appreciated. The cottage itself was very clean and comfortable. Mark kept in touch and made sure everything was to our satisfaction. Stanhope is a lovely village with very friendly people Will visit again and would certainly recommend.

    Reviewed by ElizabethJul 2021

  • "We had a lovely week in Bracken Cottage."

    The cottage is on a hill in Stanhope village. The cottage & the village have everything you need. The only negative for us was the fridge was very small & the new kitchen would have benefited us by having more cooking dishes & pans for self catering. However with the size of the fridge we ate out locally more. We would definitely return to this cottage.

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2021

  • "We had a lovey stay at Bracken Cottage."

    It felt very homely and comfortable as soon as we walked in. Great attention to detail and beautifully decorated. Mark and his family have worked hard to create an impressive holiday cottage. The coffee milk and tea bags were very much appreciated as well as the delicious cakes. Mark kept in touch to make sure we were happy with everything. Would highly recommend Bracken Cottage for a relaxing break.

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2021

  • "The cottage was really well located for the centre of the town, with all the facilities we needed and close to gorgeous walks."

    The cottage itself was well decorated, and very clean and comfortable. We had a lovely enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by IndiaJun 2021

  • "We rented the cottage for about a week and it has been brilliant!"

    The cottage is right in the middle of Stanhope which is a lovely village and it had everything we needed. The place is warm, modern and clean, nicely organized and fitted with everything you need, all safe covid measures were in place and overall made us feel very comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay and we would strongly recommend the place. Mark and his family were most helpful! Biscuits and coffee was already waiting for us upon arrival and we have been in touch the whole time.

    Reviewed by OanaJun 2021

  • "Bracken Cottage is a lovely place to stay."

    Stanhope has all facilities one needs and is beautifully situated in the North Pennines. Mark and his family have been very welcoming as hosts. Thank you!

    Reviewed by DorisJun 2021

  • "We stayed in the cottage, to be near my family who were on a weeks holiday (early June)."

    Weardale is a wild bit of countryside. Stanhope had more stuff than we expected. Good shops and really great walks. Pubs and restaurants were pretty good and there were better ones in nearby towns. Overall a great stay.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "We booked a last minute weekend away to the beautiful town of Stanhope and this lovely cottage didn’t disappoint!"

    It was also our first weekend away with our 11 month old boy, watching a film on the sofa with my boy asleep on me, log burner on and the rain dropping against the windows will always be a very special memory! Gorgeous cottage, tonnes of character, clean and homely. Great location and Mark was very helpful and kept in contact to ensure we didn’t need anything throughout our stay. He even set the log burner up upon our arrival! (What a diamond!) We will definitely be back! Thank you again! The Robson’s :)

    Reviewed by MiaMay 2021

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The property

Set amidst the bustling market town of Stanhope is this traditional stone built cottage, perfectly positioned for exploring the beautiful Wear Valley and across County Durham with your partner or small family.

To the exterior, the property boasts bags of character, whilst on the inside, you are greeted by a seamless blend of tradition and style, making an exceptional base to call home at any time of the year.

Upon entering the property, be welcomed into the living/dining room, where a woodburning stove set with a characterful reveal takes centre stage before the plush seating arrangement and the dining table, providing a great spot for unwinding at the end of a bracing day and for simply enjoying the company of your loved ones.

The country kitchen comes complete with a host of quality appliances, arranged in a contemporary assortment, sure to entice the chef of the group to whip up family-favourite dishes.

The first floor landing affords access to the two bedrooms, comprising of a double bedroom and a single bedroom, both enjoying crisp white linens and a refreshing colour palette, ensuring you have a lovely spot to rest in following a fun-filled day.

From the doorstep of the cottage, you will find a superb assortment of places to eat and drink, including the local pub, The Bonny Moorhen, which is family and pet friendly and has great choice of food and drink, why not see if you can manage the Stanhope Stomper the pubs biggest burger!

Also, close by are a number of shops for picking up the essentials, an art gallery to meander and an outdoor heated swimming pool for some family-fun in the sunshine.

Don your walking shoes and enjoy a gentle stroll along the peaceful waters of the River Wear or if you are feeling more adventurous, visit the ford and cross the river using the giant stepping-stones!

Other local attractions include the famous fossil tree, which is approximately 320 million years old, and the 12th-century church of St. Thomas; there is certainly something for everyone here.

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies just a stone’s throw away, providing greater walking, cycling and wildlife spotting opportunities, whilst the exciting city of Durham is slightly further afield, featuring a magnificent cathedral, castle and great shopping experiences.

Other attractions that a family of all ages will enjoy, includes visiting the dramatic Raby Castle, which is set in a scenic deer park or there is the Summerhill Force & Gibson's Cave promising breath-taking scenery.

With all of this and much more awaiting to be explored, secure your stay at Bracken Cottage for an adventure filled holiday in County Durham.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove, washer/dryer, coffee machine, microwave, DVD player, iron and ironing board
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Rear enclosed yard
  • Pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles Please note: travel cot, high chair and stair gate will be available on request.

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About the location


Durham 22 miles.

The ancient market town of Stanhope lies in the beautiful Wear Valley in the heart of superb walking country. Described as the "Capital of Weardale", it occupies a sheltered position on the north side of the Wear at the confluence of the river and the Stanhope burn. The town is home to a delightful high street, offering a wonderful selection of pubs, specialist food stores, coffee shops, art galleries, a heated outdoor swimming pool and pleasant riverside walks, plus the town is on the C2C cycle route. Beautiful Blanchland, the "perfect village", lies just 10 miles away. The city of Durham is just 22 miles away and is a World Heritage Site boasting a magnificent cathedral and castle, plus 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. Further afield is the award winning Beamish Living Museum, along with the Metro Centre housing 300 shops and a 12-screen cinema, plus the Lake District National Park is 43 miles away.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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