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Castle keep at Stanhope Castle

(Ref. 1011973)

Stanhope, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Sauna
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Booked Castle Keep as a special treat for my 70th birthday and was not disappointed."

    The apartment is very spacious and full of wonderful surprises . Being clean, well equipped, nicely decorated and really just very lovely. We all had a fantastic stay and will definitely be going back. Thank you

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Aug 2023

  • "Outside area needs attention and sharing heating control with cosy cave not convenient."

    Otherwise an enjoyable time.

    Reviewed by John4.4Jul 2023

  • "Castlekeeps is an amazing property and brilliant location."

    Would give this a big ten out of ten.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful property, great location, great view of the high street and lots of little extra touches."

    Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Mar 2023

  • "This place is sooo nice had a lovely girls birthday weekend ."

    ... Decor and facilities were fab and spotlessly clean .

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2022

  • "Delightful property, beautifully furnished, great location."

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely week away with family, Castle Keep was pure luxury the children felt like royalty."

    Immaculately clean and very well equipped for all of us. Would recommend to anyone area was lovely and locals very friendly.

    Reviewed by Kerrie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Fabulous weekend away with friends in the most luxurious of settings."

    We all felt like royalty staying in Castle Keep with the elegance of the apartment and facilities available

    Reviewed by Sally-ann5.0Jul 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our few days at Stanhope Castle."

    An immaculately presented, spacious holiday home. Luxurious yet homely. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely apartment, spacious and very clean with plenty of storage."

    Loved using the hot tub and sauna (with towels and dressing gowns supplied). Apartment very handy for local shops, pubs, cafes and craft centre. Lovely local walks and scenery. Would be nice addition to have garden furniture for the grassed area by the hot tub and a cover for the hot tub that's easier to pull on /off. Looking forward to going back again sometime soon.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Apr 2022

  • "Fabulous apartment."

    Beautiful throughout. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Apr 2022

  • "An amazing experience for all seven of us."

    The place was as described and I would recommend to all. The kids really enjoyed the experience and I'm sure will cherish the memories for a lifetime.

    Reviewed by Prakash5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Castle Keep."

    Nicely furnished, spacious, with well equipped kitchen and good Wi-Fi (didn’t reach some bedrooms, probably due to the thick stone walls!). The sauna and hot tub added something special too. We had a minor issue with the heating, but this was resolved quickly with no fuss. If the weather had been better we probably would have taken advantage of the location for more walks, but the apartment proved a lovely place to just ‘hang out’ and spend time together as a family.

    Reviewed by Hazel4.7Feb 2022

  • "Sauna does not work and radiators also did not work in en-suite bedroom."

    Would recommend some security lighting in courtyard and steps as very difficult to see at night.

    Dear Richard. Thank you for your comments. May I firstly point out that the courtyard to Stanhope castle is a residential area and not part of this holiday cottage. Being a grade two star listed building we simply cannot just install flood lights.Cosy cave and castle keep have 9 external up and down lighters along with ground lights. The sauna was inspected upon your departure and was found to be in working order. Should you be unsure on how to operate the sauna there are contact details in the property, a member of staff is available to talk you through how to operate the sauna. The radiator in the bedroom with the en-suite has since had a faulty thermostatic valve replaced. Your comments left in our visitors book contract those left online. We wish you all the best. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard3.1Feb 2022

  • "The facilities of the stay were great."

    The house was very clean too. However, on the day we arrived, there was barely no heating at all. Very concerned, we contacted who was looking after the property, and the reply that came back was to ask us to intrude on a honeymoon couple staying in the apartment below us and get them to sort the situation. We were not comfortable with this at all. The heating only really came back after about 5 hours. Furthermore, we left on a Sunday, and we were expecting the house to be checked on the same day or the day after at the most, so we could get our bond money. Only after we left were we informed the house would not be cleaned / checked until almost a week later (Friday). We didn’t think it was acceptable to keep a £150 bond for almost a week after our stay. Even though the property itself was more than up to standards, we won’t be staying again due to the customer service we received.

    Unfortunately castle keep and cosy cave are one property split into two. There is one boiler on the ground floor serving both properties. We generally leave the room thermostat upstairs in castle keep as this is the biggest property. However on this occasion we had a week booking downstairs and a two night booking upstairs on castle keep. Therefor we thought it was most appropriate to leave the guests downstairs with the boiler remote control on this occasion. Regarding the house keeping deposit. We use the same house keepers on each property.this way they can assess accidental damage better. Due to sickness. Our house keeper wasn’t available until the following Friday. The property would of usually been stripped and made up on the Monday morning providing the house keeper wasn’t absent from work. We can only apologise that the return of your deposit took longer than usual. As a business we are looking at alternative methods of taking and returning house keeping bonds. If you recall we chased you for bank details and you had given us the wrong ones. This also slowed things down. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ines3.1Feb 2022

  • "Very nice accommodation nothing at all to complain about."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Dec 2021

  • "Such a beautiful spacious apartment which exceeded all expectations ."

    Amazing facilities, everything was provided . We could not have asked for more! .The tub & sauna were an added bit of luxury and fabulous after a busy day . The area offers so much for visitors , stunning walks on the doorstep , local shops , bars & takeaways . We will definitely be back. Thank you

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in the castle."

    The property is very spacious and well equipped, leading to a relaxing stay. It's also well located, both within Stanhope and in the North Pennines. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Jenna4.7Oct 2021

  • "We had a fantastic time here."

    This booking was originally made for Christmas 2020 and was moved twice due to the pandemic - it was certainly Worth the wait, the property is beautiful And facilities are outstanding. Will definately be back

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had an amazing stay at Castle Keep."

    The apartment was huge, well designed and clean; it provided plenty of room and space for everyone. We loved the hot tub and sauna which we used daily. We would definitely love to return at a later date!

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Aug 2021

  • "We missed not having a green space to sit down outside."

    And the swimming pool is not part of the estate and has to be booked in advance for early evening swim only. Otherwise everything was perfect.

    Reviewed by Mireille4.7Aug 2021

  • "The only thing that let this down was the information book."

    Didn’t give a lot of information about the accommodation and facilities in the local area.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic accommodation."

    Everything you need is there with high quality fixture and fittings. Gave me a few decoration ideas. Stanhope is a lovely place with plenty of walks nearby. Go and get some bath salts from the shop by the bug behind the Dales center. Such a helpful lady. Lots of day trips accessible and overall a really good place to chill. Can see us returning.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2021

  • "Owners and staff very friendly brilliant location."

    Reviewed by Maurice5.0Jun 2021

  • "The accommodation at Castle Keep was amazing and has everything you could wish for."

    Although we didn't use the sauna, we made use of the hot tub most evenings.The friendly owners are only a phone call away should you need them & only too willing to help. The castle is situated in the great location of Stanhope & has all the amenities you could wish for, 2x pubs, Freddies fish & chip shop (highly recommended), butchers, bakers, Co-op, bank etc. just to name a few. There is even a pizza van that parks in the main square on a Thursday evening between 6 & 9 & cooks a pizza of your choice whilst you wait. Although the swimming pool & Weardale Railway is closed at the moment due to Covid restrictions. We would definitely stop there again when visiting the area.

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Jun 2021

  • "Stanhope is a really nice town and the area is great with lots of things to see & do, and so much history."

    Reviewed by Charles4.7May 2021

  • "Interesting to be staying in a castle with own suit or armour."

    Good location; able to enjoy lovely walks without getting in car. Accommodation spacious, well equipped kitchen. Shame more of Durham attractions were not open after some lifting Covid restrictions. Local castles, forts and swimming pool remained closed.

    Reviewed by Paula4.7May 2021

  • "Great location and high standard accommodation."

    Would definitely stay again if returning to the area.

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Apr 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday at Stanhope Castle, lovely apartment with great facilities."

    Looking forward to staying again in the future.

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Oct 2020

  • "Really nice place situated in a lovely area, our accommodation was great with everything needed for your stay including sauna, hot tub and Gas BBQ."

    It was well decorated and being part of a castle added to the enjoyment of the stay Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Pat4.1Sep 2020

  • "This apartment is amazing."

    I was blown away, so clean, loads of cooking appliances and great in size. Hot tub area private. Will most defiantly be returning

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent facilities and location enabling a wonderful holiday."

    Thankyou, will definately be going back.

    Reviewed by Vincent5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely place to stay would recommend."

    We enjoyed the sauna and hot tub and great location for days out

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2020

  • "This property exceeded all expectations and more."

    Scott was very helpful. Anything we needed was done right away nothing was too much trouble. It was very clean and the whole property was a very high standard. There was also a 4K TV which was a bonus. The only thing I could suggest would be TV’s in the bedrooms as there wasn’t any in any of the bedrooms however this did not affect our stay. There is a lovely walk called high force waterfalls about 30 mins drive. Not many restaurants around but there is a lovely Italian not to far called Boun Appetit about 10 mins drive. Che was also lovely but that is a takeaway only. There is also a lovely park for kids and river about 5-10 mins walk from the castle. Would highly recommend staying here and we will return in the future.

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2020

  • "There was no real sitting out area, apart from a picnic bench next to the hot tub."

    It would have been nice to sit in some comfortable chairs and enjoy the lovely weather!

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.4Aug 2020

  • "The accommodation was better than the photos , thmmThe kitchen had everything you needed and more ,I couldn't recommend this place enough, great location."

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Jul 2020

  • "A very luxurious apartment with everything you could wish for!"

    Furnishings and decor are of a high standard and the views from the windows are delightful. The hot tub is a wonderful way to relax in the evening after enjoying a walk in the surrounding countryside. A superb find!

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jul 2020

  • "This was booked for my 60th Birthday and from the moment we opened the door I knew it was going to be wonderful."

    The decor and presentation of the whole apartment is stunning. The fully equipped kitchen and the quality of the furnishings sets this apart from most properties. whilst we didn't use the sauna it was tucked away so that it wasn't in the way if not used. The hot tub takes a bit of time to warm up but well worth it great addition to the building. Everything that you needed was provided the landlord was on hand and If you had a questions responded really quickly and was very helpful. This beautiful luxurious apartment is very very spacious three bathrooms and fantastic comfortable beds. This property ensure that my birthday was extra special hope to be back new year.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jan 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, very helpful staff on phone although it takes a while to get through the automated phone service."

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Oct 2019

  • "This property is absolutely amazing , Scott the owner has made Castle Keep an absolute joy to stay in , we were so excited to stay in part of a castle and we were not disappointed, from the moment we walked through the door through the tunnel into the lounge we were in awe of just everything, the furnishings were beautiful and thoughtfully put together, there is plenty of room for 7 to relax comfortably, the property just flows from one room to another each having that aww or wow factor , the sauna was lovely after a busy day and the hot tub was a great added feature, everything was spotless and shiny, just how a holiday home should be !"

    Thank you Scott for providing such luxury and we look forward to trying out one of your other properties in the future Lots of love from the Hadfields

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Oct 2019

  • "A fabulous spacious property."

    The pictures don’t really do it justice - you need to see it to appreciate the size of the rooms and the quality of the furnishings and fittings. I would love a kitchen at home with as much storage as Castle Keep and the walk-in pantry is so useful. Owner was helpful and unobtrusive, just checking if everything was ok and explaining that the hot tub was a recent addition since we booked, so would be available if required, at an additional cost. The sauna is a bonus facility especially after a day enjoying a fabulous walk in the amazing local countryside. We had our supplies delivered by Asda for shortly after our arrival - much better than having to bring everything with us or having to visit the supermarket on the first day of out holiday.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Oct 2019

  • "Brilliant place to stay, well out of the ordinary on many levels."

    Lovely part of the country we had never been to before. Accommodation was excellent, clean, first class condition and very spacious. A true home from home. Scott the owner, called to see if everything was in order. Couple of very minor issues sorted immediately. Definitely would return and recommend. Geoff

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Aug 2019

  • "WOW! what a fabulous place."

    The property was like a maze and with its natural quartz and marble floors along with 250 year old stone features made this a very interesting and quirky property.The view along Stanhope high street was spectacular from the living room and kitchen.The owner had left us a bottle of fizz and a small hamper which was superb after our long drive.The quality of the fixtures and fittings along with the beds and linnen. Even the bath sheets were all absolutely top quality. We enjoyed browsing Durham dales centre and had a trip to high force water fall.beamish and bowes museum were amazing days out to.overall 10/10. We will definitely be booking this property again as it was outstanding.

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Jun 2019

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  • All one floor
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x double and 1 x single
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, basin and WC
  • Shower/sauna room
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Hot tub
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Shared gardens with picnic benches
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.01 miles
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Please note: This is first floor property and access to the property is via 14 external step, no steps inside
  • Please note no stag or hen parties
  • Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150

The property

This delightful castle has been transformed into a set of apartments and is situated in the heart of the market town of Stanhope, in County Durham.

Resting across one floor, the property has been extensively renovated into a stylish and contemporary holiday home, whilst still boasting lovely period features with the original stone walls.

Use the spacious lounge area to relax and unwind of an evening, where you can keep up to date with all your favourite shows.

The open-plan kitchen has all the appliances you could need for a week-long break to the countryside, whilst the dining area provides ample space for family gatherings.

There are four bedrooms, three of which are doubles and a single, all are well-presented and include modern furnishings to store your personal items.

Delight in the family bathroom and en-suite shower room, where you can enjoy a long soak of an evening.

One of the best features of this property is the shower room with a sauna, offering a spot of luxury for your trip.

A wonderful base for exploring all of Durham and the North Pennines.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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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.

Please note: During the 2nd weekend of September there is a Fair nearby the property which may cause noise disturbance. during this time the rear gates will remain locked.

Please note: This is first floor property and access to the property is via 14 external step, no steps inside.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter