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Old Workhouse Cottage

(Ref. 1000076)

Stanhope, Yorkshire Dales - North Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "A good, warm, comfortable property with good-size rooms."

    A good location for walks on the moors and local shops in Stanhope.

    Reviewed by Terri4.7Mar 2024

  • "We had the most amazing but peaceful time at The Old Workhouse Cottage in stanhope."

    Could not fault it at all, beautiful and thoughful attention to detail, comfy bed, everything we needed in the kitchen, gorgeous log burner in the living room with all the comforts of home. Weather wasnt good except for one day when we drove into bishop auckland for some fresh air. Lovely and clean and sympathetic to the style of the cottage. This cottage was actually recommended by a friend and it certainly did not disappoint. Good base if you enjpy walking as there are lots of walks to be done in the area. Lovely little decked garden but because of the weather we didnt use but it will be lovely in the summer. Will definately return possibly in the summer. Owners had thought of everything. Parking right outside in a private road, only thing on the down side were the concrete steps up to the property as i was there with my 84 year old neighbour with very limited mobility but we managed ok but not accessible for anyone in a wheelchair. Brilliant peaceful holiday over Christmas which is what we wanted, very quiet and secluded but only a 2 minute walk from the pretty village of Stanhope...10 out of 10.....

    Reviewed by D R5.0Dec 2023

  • "Beautiful, cosy cottage, which is a great base from which to explore all the interesting attractions in the area."

    Everything you need is there, and the bed was so comfortable. Highly recommend. The owners were extremely helpful, too.

    Thank you for choosing to stay at the cottage again and your great feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Sep 2023

  • "A wonderfully warm and cosy period property full of character."

    We really enjoyed our stay and will return.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage."

    Loved the historic setting and view from upstairs.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jul 2023

  • "A comfortable and well provisioned cottage in a quiet location."

    Our short stay was perfect to experience the local area. Highly recommended.

    Thanks for your great feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2023

  • "Excellent cottage in a great location."

    The garden was a lovely place to sit and relax. Very nice welcome pack on arrival. Would definitely recommend.

    Thanks for your great feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great to see a lovely welcome pack."

    Very comfortable and well equipped cottage. Peaceful and the kitchen was well supplied with what you need. Great location for visiting stunning County Durham. Very good communication from owners. Great place great cottage great holiday

    Thanks for your great review, much appreciated. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0May 2023

  • "The Old Workhouse cottage is situated in a very quiet area of Stanhope."

    It is a very comfortable, clean and nicely decorated throughout. A nice welcome pack on arrival was a nice touch. Just a short walk into Stanhope with welcoming shops & pubs. Lots to do across the area with Beamish, Hadrian's wall & Durham a short drive away. Would definitely recommend staying here.

    Thank you for your great feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2023

  • "The property is well equipped and the towels and bedding are soft and clean."

    Brilliant shower, didn't want to get out. We spent our evenings in, with the fire lit but, when we did get some warm sunshine it was love to sit out on the front deck. Birdsong is so clear and a real delight. Another delight was the welcome hamper left by the cottage owners, much appreciated and above and beyonf

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by A M4.4Apr 2023

  • "A nice properly well furnished with all you need,a nice welcome pack,the cottage ..."

    A nice properly well furnished with all you need,a nice welcome pack,the cottage is accessed by steep steps bear in mind if climbing steps is a problem,we had no complaints about the property at all,1 car parking space right outside, the neighbours all took the time to speak and where friendly its a nice village and the chip shop is very good but neither pub serves food,

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Apr 2023

  • "Wonderful and charming cottage would highly recommend , a really good find"

    Thank you for your great feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Mar 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The cottage had everything you could need, a real home from home. Our welcome pack was huge & much appreciated. There was even a note on the kitchen blackboard saying "enjoy your stay!" There was no mention of a hairdryer so I took mine, I found there was one in the bedroom drawer. Stanhope is a pretty little village and has a lovely riverside walk. We will definitely be going back.

    Thank you for your great review. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a fantastic time, 5 stars all round, it was such a great stay and thank you for making it so special!"

    The only thing I would say for future guests, as we did have to work a couple of days while staying there was the WiFi wasn't able to support two people working, such as video calls and was very slow to load. In an ideal world, I would be staying at your cottage and only enjoying the outdoors but this is the reality of the new working world. Thanks again, I hope you had a nice Christmas!

    Sorry you had issues with the Wi-Fi. We realise this is an important service that a lot of guests rely on and will be looking at how we can resolve it. Thank you for your great review we glad you enjoyed your stay overall. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Dec 2022

  • "Had a wonderful week despite awful weather."

    The cottage was warm, comfortable, well equipped and homely. A lovely village with everything you could need.

    Delighted to know you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7Nov 2022

  • "Really superb cottage that has everything you need and very very cosy along with being a great location for exploring the region."

    The village has everything you could need, with good food (restaurant and take away) and shopping for essentials. A great relaxing break.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the great review Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Oct 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    Great location.

    Thank you. So glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in which we have stayed before and also look forward to staying again."

    That says it all really and my wife and I cannot find fault with it.

    It was great to welcome you back! Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Sep 2022

  • "As many have said before, this cottage is about as good as they come."

    Spotlessly clean, and all requirements catered for. The welcome pack was a great pleasure to discover, and nothing was too much trouble for the owners when we rang them for a little advice. The town of Stanhope has everything you need, so no need to venture to supermarkets. Co-op so good, as is the baker and Induan take-away. Locals friendly, and lots to see.

    Thank you for your lovely comments about the cottage and the area. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Great holiday cottage for two everything that you could and great welcome pack."

    Good walking area and convenient for visiting Durham, Beamish etc. The only slight negative was the very slow Wi-Fi (although there was not problem watching the Netflix etc on the tv!) and the sofa seat cushions could do with new foam inserts. Apart from those two little niggles a great holiday cottage and would definitely consider going back to do some more walking in the area.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in your beautiful cottage , was extremely clean and very ..."

    We had a lovely stay in your beautiful cottage , was extremely clean and very tastefully decorated, the bed was exceptionally comfortable, the welcome pack was a nice touch , only slight issue but not to us , maybe parking if you had a larger car , but overall would highly recommend , locals very friendly, thank you once again

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2022

  • "The property we stayed in was fine ,everything what we expected."

    1st class

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0May 2022

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable with everything we needed."

    The welcome pack was much appreciated. Stanhope was a good base for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0May 2022

  • "The cottage was just ideal."

    Reviewed by Andrei5.0Apr 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our second stay here."

    The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped and you feel at home straight away. Would recommend this to anyone and we hope to be back again

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Feb 2022

  • "A well equipped cottage in an area with lots of great walks and interesting things to do."

    Cottage was warm and tastefully decorated.

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Dec 2021

  • "Comfortable, warm, lovely solid fuel burner, everything you need."

    A gift pack with quality contents. Very friendly people. Great bakery shop. Great area for walking and exploring further afield.

    Reviewed by c4.1Oct 2021

  • "We were very happy with the accommodation and facilities."

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jul 2021

  • "The property me t our expectations because it was our 3rd visit and wehope to visit again"

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Jul 2021

  • "We where more than happy with the extra covid cleaning that was very apparent in the old workhouse, and felt very comfortable."

    The whole cottage was a joy to be in, and we had a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage with a sunny patio and plenty of amenities within walking distance on the high street."

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Apr 2021

  • "Really helpful and generous hosts."

    Great cottage we'll kitted out.

    Reviewed by Edward4.7Apr 2021

  • "Very enjoyable 4 night stay."

    The cottage is lovely, has a homely feel, well located and very clean. We would definitely return here and recommend this property. Big thank you to the owners and Sykes

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Oct 2020

  • "Excellent cottage for 2 people."

    Stanhope is a lovely place to stay and the residents are very friendly. The welcome pack left for our arrival was amazing to say the least. Had a very happy weeks stay and would recommend it Robert

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was very cosy and comfortable, with everything you would need."

    The welcome pack was a lovely surprise.

    Reviewed by Carrol5.0Sep 2020

  • "Parking was difficult at times due to a lack of space"

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was clean, cosy and very comfortable."

    It has everything you need for a relaxing holiday and even though the weather was terrible, the heating was instant and the bathroom had an excellent shower. A great base for touring round the Dales and only an hour away from the coast. The owners have pretty much thought of everything and i have to say the hardest thing we did every day was getting out of the extremely comfortable bed!

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2020

  • "I have reduced the level of satisfaction with your company, because you’re sending far too many emails to me telling me about everything I do not need to know about."

    I use you as a copy when I want to I have unsubscribed because of that

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2020

  • "Excellent location for walks."

    we really enjoyed the holiday and the accommodation was spot on, comfortable and clean with lovely welcome pack. We would definitely look at booking again.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Aug 2020

  • "Comfort and attention to detail"

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2019

  • "I wanted to give you and the cottage a bad report so nobody would know how excellent everything was and we would be able to go when ever we wanted."

    That would have been unfair to you all.

    Reviewed by Douglas5.0Aug 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage with a unique history."

    It was very well presented and we enjoyed staying in it, no negatives at all.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jul 2019

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  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Microwave, Electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Private decked area with table and chairs
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop within 0.2 mile, pub within 0.3 miles
  • Please Note: This property only allows short breaks between November- March with a minimum night stay of 3 nights.

The property

Situated moments away from the centre of the lively village of Stanhope ‘Capital of Weardale’ is the characterful, stone built Old Workhouse Cottage.

Stanhope lies within the heart of superb walking country in the stunning North Pennines AONB and is within easy reach of a number of significant historical and cultural landmarks making this delightful cottage and ideal destination for a countryside getaway.

Once forming part of the 19th Century Weardale Union Workhouse the property has been tastefully and sympathetically converted to provide comfortable, characterful accommodation which includes an open plan living, kitchen and dining area with original stone fireplace and log burner; the perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day walking or sightseeing.

Upstairs there is a spacious double bedroom with period, king size brass bed, ample storage and lovely views over the village and valley beyond.

An equally spacious and bright bathroom completes the first-floor accommodation.

Outside you will find a decked, south facing patio garden with table and chairs, perfect for an early morning breakfast or a relaxing glass of wine or two in the evening as you watch the sunset.

If you do manage to tear yourself away from the comfort of this cosy retreat you will discover an interesting array or shops, pubs and cafes on your door step.

In addition, Stanhope boasts an art gallery, visitor centre and the only outdoor swimming pool in Durham (open in the summer months).

Close by is the historic city of Durham with its landmark cathedral, Bishop Auckland Castle- home of ‘Kynren’, the magnificent Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle and beautiful Ushaw College, one of Durham’s hidden jewels and steeped in history.

Further afield you will find Hadrians Wall, the stunning Northumberland Coast and Holy Island.

You will find Old Workhouse Cottage is a truly delightful place to stay at any time of year.

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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