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Bracken Cottage

(Ref. 1063869)

Stanhope, Northumberland Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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59 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property with everything we needed for the week."

    In a great position for shops and our favourite pub after a nice walk. We shall definitely recommend and would love to return

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Mar 2024

  • "Bracken cottage was lovely, comfortable and in a great position."

    Stanhope is great for walking and such lovely people. The cottage itself was very stylish and well equipped the only little niggle for me was it didn't have a smart TV which is a personal preference and for me on a rainy day would have been better. I would use this cottage again as it felt very homely and the welcome pack was second to none

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Feb 2024

  • "This is a fantastic cottage in a friendly and quiet village, a perfectly clean place, with a well-equipped kitchen."

    I used the woodstove a lot, it warms up the place. . Mark is an excellent host, friendly, considerate, and helpful. A great place to unwind, work quietly, or explore the countryside. I did them all and loved it!

    Reviewed by Stavros5.0Jan 2024

  • "We have just returned from a 5 night stay over Christmas."

    From the moment we stepped into the cottage we felt at home, Mark is fabulous host, we had a welcome pack on arrival of fresh baked scones , tea and coffee, milk and eggs and mince pies. The cottage itself is warm and cosy and had everything needed for a comfortable stay. The town of Stanhope has a lovely high street within walking distance, traditional shops and plenty walks from your doorstep. We would have no hesitation in recommending this property and would definitely visit again .

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Dec 2023

  • "Nice welcome with milk, tea, coffee and scones."

    Cosy and comfortable cottage, just a few steps and you’re in the Main Street of Stanhope with lots of interesting shops. Lovely gift centre and coffee shop at the end of the street. Beds so comfortable as was the sofa and a lovely log burner to keep you nice and cosy ( it was pretty cold the weekend we were there). Mark the owner kept in touch by text to make sure everything was ok which was lovely. Would perhaps suggest that instructions for log burner and cooker be expanded just to makes things a little easier. However we had a lovely stay and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2023

  • "Just got back from having 4 nights."

    On arrival nice little welcome pack. Comfortable beds and sofa nice and clean. Lovely little village with everything you need and friendly people. Owner of the property was only a txt away. Mark txt me the night before. It was raining all the time but that never stopped me and my dog from going out as there are some very lovely walks. Thankyou very much for a lovely stay Mark . We will love to return again. Big thanks Ian and Cooper.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Oct 2023

  • "This was a very easy experience."

    The photos were accurate. Once booked the host contacted me which was a nice touch. A warm welcome was given by the lovely scones with milk and tea and coffee and eggs being provided. I also enjoyed the lovely posy of fresh flowers. The property was lovely, great log burner and one of the comfiest sofas I've ever sat on! The bedroom was a good size and the bed was also very comfortable. A few steps away from the cottage the lovely small town of Stanhope which had a healthy buzz about it and a few nice wee shops and places to eat and drink. Everything had been thought of when equipping this cottage and I appreciated it a lot. I would recommend to anyone thinking of going to this area and thank you to my host, Mark, good job! :-)

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Oct 2023

  • "Bracken Cottage is a perfect place to stay in the heart of Stanhope and we felt very at home there."

    It is in a lovely location, close to local shops and has lots of places to explore by foot and bike on the doorstep. The accomdation has very comfortable beds and everything we needed for our stay, including a washer-dryer. Mark and his family supplied an afternoon tea (cheese scones, tea, coffee, milk and eggs) for when we arrived, which was thoroughly enjoyed after the journey. We would definitely stay again if we are in the area.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in the centre of Stanhope."

    Comfortable and homely, loved the little personal touches, posy of fresh flowers, tea, coffee and lovely fresh giant scones, milk and eggs,breakfast sorted. Oh and our wee spaniel wasn't forgotten, nice selection of dog biscuits. Would recommend. Mark, the owner, was lovely, kept us up to date with access time and checked in to make sure we were comfortable and happy with cottage

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Aug 2023

  • "Bracken cottage is situated in a perfect little village that has everything you need."

    Walks on your doorstep. Shops, pubs, bakery, butchers and couple of takeaways. The cottage it’s self was lovely, clean, spacious. The owners left cake, milk n eggs which was a really nice touch. Would highly recommend and definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely time."

    We were well looked after , making sure everything was OK with the stay. People a round us were very friendly.The place was very clean & tidy. We would go back again.We would recommend the place.We had a good stay.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, had everything we needed and more."

    Lovely and clean, bed comfy. Lovely to sit downstairs with a coffee and watch TV. The dog enjoyed it too. Beautiful area for walks and village had all you need. Owners kept in touch to see if we had any problems. Highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Aug 2023

  • "Perfectly designed for comfort and practicality."

    Lovely village with great walks for dogs.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2023

  • "Bracken Cottage was spotlessly clean, cosy and comfortable."

    The kitchen had everything you might need to cook (although I was content to prepare salads and try the local eateries - Roots of India was particularly good). Mark was very thoughtful, in touch with me before and during our stay, check in was a breeze and welcoming treats awaited us. As a dog owner and would be artist Bracken Cottage ticked a lot of boxes for me. There were lots of walks of various lengths right from the door and so many interesting ( and some breath taking) scenes to sketch and to inspire painting. A great location and a great place to stay,

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2023

  • "We have just spent 5 days at Bracken cottage."

    It was exactly as described, very cosy and quiet but yet really close to a number of shops and eateries. Thank you Mark for going above and beyond for our stay!

    Reviewed by Alice4.7Jul 2023

  • "A super cottage in a great spot for exploring the area."

    Very comfortable throughout and well equipped kitchen. Lovely welcome treats on arrival. Excellent attention from owner. Definitely worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely cottage, close to some lovely walks and Stanhope amenities."

    Very tasty welcome goodies and a warm welcome to our dog with biscuits of her own. Cottage had everything we needed for our short stay, hope to be back for a bit longer next time

    Reviewed by Jeannette5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great property - well decorated and maintained."

    Loved the position Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Jun 2023

  • "Fabulous place to stay, clean and comfortable with everything provided."

    Owners were lovely and nothing was too much trouble for them.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2023

  • "Just enjoyed a fabulous week in this lovely cosy cottage."

    Thanks to Mark who was in touch with us before & during our stay & left lovely welcome treats including cheese scones, milk, tea/coffee & eggs! Comfy bed & everything spotlessly clean & finished to a high standard. Great to have the log burner too as it was a chilly week. We loved Stanhope & it's friendly locals always happy to have a chat in the pubs! We did some great walks with our dog. The quarry was good at the top of the street & also the woods nearby with a stunning waterfall. Roots very good for an Indian takeaway. We would definitely return for another stay in Bracken Cottage & to explore more of this beautiful county.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and the treats provided were gorgeous."

    Cleanliness and comfort were very good. Mark kept in touch with us before we arrived and during our stay to make sure everything was ok and this was much appreciated. The only warning for others is be prepared for the extremely small fridge. We enjoyed great walks straight from the door on quiet paths and tracks even over Easter. Highly recommended property and location. Thanks Mark!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2023

  • "A great place to stay."

    Very comfortable and extremely well fitted out with quality and care.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jan 2023

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

    It is very nicely furnished and the wood burner helped to make it really cosy. It is in a great spot with shops and pubs in walking distance as well as the surrounding countryside. Mark, the host, was very friendly and helpful and we appreciated the lovely treats which were there on our arrival

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2022

  • "Had a brilliant stay at Bracken cottage, Mark & his family were great, very ..."

    Had a brilliant stay at Bracken cottage, Mark & his family were great, very helpful & lovely little touches, including afternoon tea scones jam & cream, milk coffee & tea,some lovely fresh farm eggs, bedroom set up for our little girl, a real home from home experience,

    Reviewed by Shane5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great cottage in this lovely village."

    Warm and comfy with everything you could need including welcome goodies. We were greeted by the owner on arrival who was very helpful and attentive throughout. Stanhope has a good supply of independent shops and takeaways and there are plenty of walks from the door. Lots to see and do nearby. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Oct 2022

  • "Close to all shops and pubs."

    Walked from the cottage or close to Hadrians wall ( (35 miles) or High Force waterfall ( 18 miles) with a drive. Good takeaway curry and fish and chips within 5 mins walk.Excellent value cottage and we will be back again.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely, comfortable, clean and we had everything we needed."

    The location was great in a lovely village. The parking was also fine - we had no problems getting a space. A really lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Lois5.0Sep 2022

  • "My wife and I had a lovely five-night stay at Bracken Cottage."

    The location is ideal for day-tripping, whether you like hillwalking, visiting historical towns or just relaxing, it's got the lot. Stanhope itself is a really nice small town with decent pubs, and a handful of charming little shops. The cottage has a well-equipped kitchen, the main bedroom is really spacious and the lounge was great for relaxing on an evening. If you like a takeaway the Roots of India is a two minute walk down the street and well worth a visit. We both had really nice stay and highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Sep 2022

  • "The property is very central, amenities are all there, pubs, co op, chip shop,and an indian takeaway etc."

    The cottage itself is very clean, lovely towels and bedding etc. It has everything you need and is very comfortable. The owner was very helpful and always available. There are some nice walks for the dogs, down by the river and up by the Quarry. The people of Stanhope are so welcoming and it is so dog friendly! We appreciated the chocolate cake, strawberrys and the pint of milk on arrival. 10 out of 10. Many Thanks for a lovely time at Bracken Cottage.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Aug 2022

  • "A nice cottage just off the High Street, nice and quiet."

    A lovely area to stay. Friendly owner who gave us a tip on a lovely walk to slitt woods, I would recommend this cottage to anybody.

    Reviewed by Zoe3.8Aug 2022

  • "Owner went to a lot of trouble to make us welcome."

    Its a lovely property, in a lovely area. No issues whatsoever.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jul 2022

  • "A very good cottage in an excellent location, just a short walk from the centre of Stanhope."

    Convenient on street parking is available at the front and rear of the property. The owner was very friendly and helpful and provided a lovely welcome pack. A great base for exploring County Durham, the beautiful North Pennines and Hadrian’s Wall, Bracken Cottage is highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Hadrian5.0Jul 2022

  • "The house was nice and clean and there was even a few nice bits for when we arrived, like milk,tea,coffee,cake and strawberries."

    The property was a 2 bedroom terraced and was perfect size for us 3 (parents and 21 year old daughter) and a small dog. It was in a great position just off the high street and the town had a good selection of shops, although the Train and swimming pool were not open at this time.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was our 2nd visit to Bracken Cottage."

    The cottage is extremely comfortable & so near the amenities & walking routes. The only reason I have put 3 for facilities is we like to cook & we found the fridge very small & low as the fridge & freezer are both under the lovely kitchen worktops. But, thank you so much for the returning guests welcome pack. Such a treat.

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a good location close to amenities."

    Cottage clean and well furnished. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Adrian4.7Jun 2022

  • "Fantastic Host - very quick response and always very helpful to accommodate our needs."

    Great location, easy parking and a very friendly town.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2022

  • "Traditional stone cottage, on quiet side street close to centre of village, that has been fully modernised to provide good quality holiday accommodation."

    Always space to park on street outside house. Owner very friendly, and helpful, and easy to contact. Lovely welcome pack. If you enjoy walking, Stanhope is a perfect location.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Apr 2022

  • "Bracken Cottage is absolutely lovely."

    Everything you could wish for in a country cottage and really nice, helpful owners. Comfortable bed and beautiful kitchen and bathroom. I could happily have moved in permanently. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Apr 2022

  • "Gorgeous cottage, well equipped and perfectly placed to explore the Durham Dales."

    A very helpful owner and some lovely independent shops nearby. I would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cosy comfortable cottage well stocked with useful equipment situated in a great location, walking in all directions with or without a dog straight from the property, river walks, serious hiking of all lengths and short walks around the town."

    Stanhope is a lovely market town in a great area loaded with great facilities to enjoy from great cafes to decent pubs and quality options for takeaway food as well as some very nice gift shops. We plan to return to both the area and the property sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by Martyn4.7Mar 2022

  • "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 Sarah5.0Jan 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 Hayley3.4Nov 2021

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

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Oct 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 Kelly4.7Oct 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 Rosemary5.0Oct 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 Alan4.4Sep 2021

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

    Definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Sep 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 Margaret5.0Aug 2021

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

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 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 Joanna5.0Aug 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 Peter5.0Aug 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 Elizabeth5.0Jul 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 Diane4.7Jul 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 Alan4.7Jul 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 India5.0Jun 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 Oana5.0Jun 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 Doris5.0Jun 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 John4.4May 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 Mia5.0May 2021

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  • 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.

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.

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas