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Arch Spa Stanhope Castle

(Ref. 913413)

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "Cottage was clean, warm and comfortable."

    It was not really suitable for anyone, like me, with mobility issues. The over bath shower and bath were unusable, due to the very high sided bath. The outlook was gloomy onto the small shared courtyard. Cottage very convenient for local shops and pub.

    Reviewed by Sheila3.4Sep 2022

  • "A lovely beautiful decorated cottage in a nice little village with the added benefit of a hot tub."

    A well equipped large kitchen, washing machine, 2 comfortable bedrooms, we couldn’t get the freesat box to work to watch tv so just watched catch up. Added touches like bathrobes with castle motifs on them along with champagne bucket and glasses. Village has a post office, shop, 3 pubs, Indian, Chinese and fish and chip takeaway along with a tapas restaurant. Parking on-site for just one car but parked a five minute walk up the road no problem. Ideal position to explore Durham and Hadrons Wall.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.7Sep 2022

  • "Bathroom very inconvenient, especially for older, smaller people like ourselves."

    Difficult to get in and out of the bath. Showering unsafe as there was no slip mat in the bath. Extractor fan switch over door, impossible to reach to turn on and off. Insufficient towels, one bath towel each and one hand towel between us is not enough for a week. Also the plug in the washbasin did not fit, so water ran out. Nowhere outside to dry anything, and no dryer in the property.

    Reviewed by Glenys4.1Aug 2022

  • "A splendid cottage in beautiful grounds with easy access to the beauty of county durham."

    Inside all is perfect, outside the added bonus of a hot tub is fabulous. We will be coming back to Stanhope Arc spa

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2022

  • "The accommodation was superb."

    We enjoyed the whole week immensely.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jul 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at Arch Spa."

    The rooms where perfect and had everything you could need. The hot tub hot and well secluded and a lovely way to relax after days out. Many amazing places to visit within a 45 minute drive and the views where to die for. In the village it self, the pubs where all different from each other and we enjoyed drinks in each, we also ate at the Bonny Moorhen which was lovely food. We also had a takeaway from the Indian which was spot on. A definite if we came again which we most likely will. We also went a little further afield to the Owl and Otter pub and the Sunday lunch there was incredible. A 5***** holiday for the 4 of us. Dean & Liz Bowman.

    Reviewed by Dean4.7Apr 2022

  • "We all had a fantastic stay."

    The accommodation was first class, very clean and comfortable. Grounds and surrounding area were beautiful and great for our dog who loved it. Would highly recommend the local pub for food (The Bonny Moorhen), dogs welcome also! Overall a prefect getaway to recharge the batteries.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2022

  • "A fantastic stay."

    The place is set in beautiful grounds and are very well kept. It was clean and tidy and highly furnished. Hot tub a great addition. The little welcome gifts (egg and wine!) were a lovely gesture as it was Easter! Good location for walks or short drives to attractions ie Beamish Museum. The only minor thing is to be careful when having a shower as the shower screen sometimes leaked but overall a wonderful shower. Would highly recommend and we will be back soon!

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Apr 2022

  • "Loved our stay"

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property with everything you need for that chilled break."

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property, clean, warm and cosy - photos very well taken to make size appear bigger than actual."

    Would've been better described as "no pets" as there were no facilities to assist with cleaning of dog, so became an obsession to keep everywhere clean/dry, therefore avoiding deposit withholdal for muddy carpets etc. Hot-tub was cold on arrival, would've been nice following a five hour drive to enjoy it on first night. Temperature settings appear tampered with half way through week, as it never got quite hot enough from day 4 onwards. Ruth/Scott seemed lovely & were available when assistance was required during the week.

    Thanks for your comments Mark. as a matter of health and hygiene.we have to drain and refill the hot tubs after each guests.the hot tub heats 1.5 degrees an hour,and unfortunatley your hot tub was filled and treated last on this particular day. we set the hot tub temperatures at 37 degrees as recommended by the manufactures. best regards stanhope castle Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Dec 2021

  • "Excellent service."

    Everything was clean, serviced and comfortable. Arch Spa is furnished to a very high standard. One of the very very few occasions I have been able to sleep in a comfy bed. Owners were helpful and quickly sorted a ninor issue. Only advice I would suggest is more cleaning facilities, particularly for dog washing if possible to help keep it clean spring the stay, but that's being picky. It was simply excellent.

    thank you for your comments. im not sure how we could work it in the way of hanging up or positioning dog towels within the properties. generally the dog owners would bring their own towels to clean and dry their dogs feet. we plan to remove carpets and lay floor tiles in most of the properties that accept pets in the new year. best regards stanhope castle Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stewart4.4Oct 2021

  • "1 Castle Mews is clean, cosy and very comfortable."

    It’s in an ideal location, quiet yet within easy reach of amenities. Also lots of lovely walks right on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Ronnie5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a lovely break in Stanhope and the property was a fantastic base for our trip."

    It's been done up to a really high standard and is very spacious and comfortable. The beds are comfy, the living room is cosy, the kitchen is huge, and the bathroom is lovely. The hot tub was also a great way to wind down after a long walk in the dales. Ruth, who looks after the place, was also really helpful - she called me up the week before we arrived to let us know that there'd be a bit of noise outside the house the weekend we arrived because of the annual Stanhope Show (we hadn't planned to be there for the Show but it was a nice surprise) and she also arranged to return a coat which I left in the cupboard before I even realised I'd forgotten it! The only additional suggestions we'd make would be for a dishwasher in the kitchen (there's more than enough cupboard space), perhaps a few more chopping boards, maybe an additional towel rail in the bathroom, and bedside lamps with switches you can actually reach from the bed!

    Reviewed by Sam4.7Sep 2021

  • "Slight smell of dog downstairs in the property"

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jul 2021

  • "Cottage was absolutely stunning."

    Attention to detail was outstanding. Very comfortable, great big hot tub, and a great location. The village is lovely, with 3 pubs 5 minutes walk, and a beautiful bakers, Butchers and coop. We had a fabulous week and will definitely rebook this cottage. The owners were lovely and showed us the house next door they were renovating too. 10/10 for sure

    Reviewed by Carey5.0Jul 2021

  • "This is the second time I've stayed at Stanhope castle lovely place to stay very ..."

    This is the second time I've stayed at Stanhope castle lovely place to stay very relaxing and the accomodation is fantastic will return again

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2021

  • "Thank you so much for amazing accommodation that my husband and I could relax in."

    Just what we needed!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0May 2021

  • "Fantastic relaxing break in wonderful surroundings."

    The hot tub was the icing on the cake - perfect to sit back in after long walks in the dales. The cottage was extremely well-presented and included all amenities required.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2021

  • "Beautiful news cottage in lovely surroundings, well equipped, comfortable and a fab hot tub!"

    Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Johanna5.0Apr 2021

  • "Great accommodation, kept to a high standard"

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Oct 2020

  • "Great location, easy access to walks, although a small village has everything you would need, great little chippy, local co op a few minutes away."

    Just half hours drive to High force waterfalls, awesome views. Lovely pub by the falls fantastic food. If you order the pie it’s a half hour wait as made from scratch, would highly recommend though.

    Reviewed by Gwyneth5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had a brilliant week in this cottage."

    It’s very luxurious with gorgeous decor and we loved the hot tub too! It was well equipped and cleaned to a very high standard. The area is great, very scenic and lots of places for walking and sightseeing. We enjoyed high force waterfall, Barnard castle and woodland walks. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Sep 2020

  • "The description and photos of the property were exactly to what we received when we opened the door, lovely place, lovely village with lots to do nearby."

    Will be booking next year, if not exactly the same property or might try another of the properties in the Stanhope Castle.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had an excellent week in this cottage which is positioned in an ideal location in the village of Stanhope."

    Just a short walk takes you to the village square and local shops. Great local walks for the dog and the village is ideally situated for exploring the surrounding countryside. I would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage for a holiday in this area of outstanding beauty and interest. My only criticism would be there is no dishwasher which we would have preferred to the washing machine.

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2020

  • "Stayed here with friends and family."

    The cottages were beautiful. Exactly as advertised and decorated to a very high standard. I must add that the beds were the most comfortable I have ever slept in.The detail to finish was excellent. The only draw back for us, was you have to be out of the hot tub by 10pm. Which we totally appreciated as neighbouring with other cottages. However, for us personally we would of preferred to have unlimited use especially as it was classed as a “spa lodge” The owner was very friendly and did explain the reasons for 10pm time limit. I could highly recommend staying here and would certainly stay again. Thankyou for our amazing stay and great memories of Stanhope Castle.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Sep 2020

  • "The cottage is lovely and really well equipped; we have two young boys and the kitchen was excellent!"

    All the utensils, cutlery, trays etc you need which is great at the moment if you’re cautious about eating out. The property was also spotlessly clean with plenty of fresh towels and bed linen. Stanhope is a nice little village with a lovely playground and stepping stones just up from the property but to be honest we used it more as a base. There is so much to do in the area - we packed in Raby Castle, Highforce Waterfall, Hamsterley Forest’s Gruffalo trail and a trip to Beamish. Can also recommend takeout from local tapas restaurant, Che - literally the best burgers we have ever eaten! We will definitely be returning to the north east and would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lodge was lovely and nice hottub."

    Very clean. Only negative comment is we didnt receive a welcome basket like other people have mentioned in their reviews. Nice to be just a 2 min walk from the pubs and shops.

    Reviewed by Holly4.7Aug 2020

  • "This was a really beautiful cottage!"

    One of the best places we have ever stayed in. Comfy beds, lovely and clean everywhere, well equipped kitchen plus lots of essentials were provided, such as washing up liquid, antibacterial wipes, toilet rolls.. The village of Stanhope had a bakery, greengrocer, butchers, co-op, a couple of pubs, fish & chips and an Indian takeaway - all a 2 min walk from the cottage. There were several other shops too and a lovely tapas restaurant that you could order takeaway from. The hot tub was nice and it was in a great location for visiting Hadrian’s Wall, Durham, Hamsterley forest and further afield - Bamburgh and Alnwick castles.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Jul 2020

  • "A lovely cottage stylishly furnished to a high standard."

    Everything you need for a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2020

  • "Visited in July for a long weekend, the property was amazing and hot tub area fantastic!"

    the Area was lovely and enjoyed lots of long walks by the river and then chilling in the hot tub, perfect weekend. Will definitely return and recommend

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jul 2020

  • "The cottage decor was amazing and it had all the things you need in the kitchen The hot tub was great !"

    Would consider going back

    Reviewed by Tina4.7Mar 2020

  • "I really enjoyed the fact that we skipped the xmas rush and from the minute we stepped foot into the cottage we actually switched off, we also felt at home with all the mod cons very well put together."

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Dec 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage in a beautiful castle setting."

    Private hot tub is a massive plus. Spotlessly clean and extremely well stocked with everything you could need. 3 pubs in the village as well as numerous cafes and lovely local shops. Indian, Chinese and fish shop all within 5 mins walk. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Duane5.0Oct 2019

  • "Wonderful hot tub."

    Delightful welcome basket and very grateful for the provision of dressing gowns! Would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2019

  • "One of the best holiday homes ever."

    Lovely hosts, lovely area and great for walking. Everyone was incredibly friendly. Checkout Che restaurant. What a treat.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2019

  • "Well equipped very pleasant mews cottage, perfect for our one week stay in Stanhope (which was a really nice welcoming small town - with plenty near by to entertain both adults and kids, some nice cafes / restaurants and some good local shops)."

    Welcome pack a nice touch - both the necessities (great as we arrived at 9pm) and the fizz. Kitchen well equipped - with decent cooks knives a pleasant surprise. Would certainly consider coming back!

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Aug 2019

  • "Lovely week spent here."

    The welcome basket was much appreciated and the accommodation is very spacious. The bundle of tourist guide info was great to browse through. All rooms are decorated to a high standard. There were lots of utensils etc but a few little extra bits and pieces would make it perfect - tea pot, cafetière, fruit bowl, knives for spreading butter/jam (I know this seems picky but the ones supplied were too sharp for this and we ended up spreading with the back of a spoon!). A Bath mat would be helpful (this is a health and safely issue as the tiled floor is very slippy and we had to use hand towels). Would expect a dishwasher in a property of this size but it didn’t detract from our enjoyment! Will definitely recommend this property to friends. Lovely decor, great location and easy booking. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Kirsty3.8Jul 2019

  • "We had an enjoyable stay at the cottage."

    One thing I would mention is the address should be: 1 Castle Mews The Castle Stanhope Bishop Auckland Durham United Kingdom DL13 2PZ We went to the mews trying to figure out how to get into #3 but actually we were booked in to #1. A few of the windows also had no way to lock shut, including a ground floor kitchen window. We weren't overly concerned as the area was well secluded but it may worry some.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jun 2019

  • "Really nice touches like the welcome basket and bottle."

    Place was spotless and had everything you need and more. Hot tub was lovely and we all had a great time. Thank you! Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Dee5.0Mar 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a great location Very comfortable and a great hot tub right outside the door."

    Quality fixtures and fittings make the place feel luxurious and the welcome hamper with prosecco and truffles was a nice touch. We will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Mar 2019

  • "The cottage was immaculate and fitted to a very high standard."

    Wish my house was as nice! The hot tub was great, different mood lights and bluetooth connectivity for music. The local shops pubs abd restaurants are just 50 yards walk away and the dales centre straight opposite. The local scenery is breathtaking. Barnard castle is a lovely 20 minute ride over the fells. We also went stargazing near crawleyside which is 2 miles up north. A great time even in February! The owner was very welcoming and helpful. Will definetly be going back.

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Feb 2019

  • "A lovely stay with friends for the New Years celebrations - the welcome hamper and Prosecco was a nice touch."

    Great facilities in and around the cottage, the little village has a nice cafe for breakfast, shops and 2 pubs all within a 5 minute walk (our favourite was the Pack Horse Inn) Only 1 thing we would have liked would have been extra towels available to use for the hot tub and more bath robes (only had 2 robes for 4 people) Would definitely recommend and return again!

    Reviewed by James4.7Dec 2018

  • "We hadn't been made aware that there were residential properties surrounding the holiday let, when booking, and so you don't get total privacy when outside in the courtyard and using the hot tub."

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2018

  • "The cottage was very nice indeed."

    The homely feel and decor were amazing. The shops and pubs are literally yards away. The owner had left us a small welcome hamper and a bottle of prosecco which we thought was a very generous gesture.the beautiful bespoke bathroom and kitchen with all of the facilities required to relax and enjoy your break. The private hot tub made it extra special along with the WiFi. I will be definitely be booking this property again. You will not be disappointed PERFECT.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Nov 2018

  • "We stayed at 1 Castle Mews for the weekend, absolutely fantastic stay."

    The property is presented to such a high standard, decor is beautiful & made for a very relaxing stay. The private hot tub was perfect. The welcome hamper along with Prosecco was a lovely gesture too. We will most definitely be returning in the near future & highly recommend the property.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2018

  • "Absolutely beautiful and amazing cottage Loved every minute and can’t wait to return"

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0Oct 2018

  • "Wow, what an amazing property situated in stunning surroundings with very welcoming host's."

    Book this property and you won't regret it as we could not fault it in any way. My partner and I stayed here for 4 nights and did not want to leave by end of our stay, the apartment is perfect for exploring everything the Yorkshire Dales has to offer during the day and then unwind in the hot tub at night. As we have no complaints, we would like to leave the owners a simple suggestion to add a DVD player to the lounge/living room. We look forward staying here again in the future and would recommend anyone to stay here when visiting the Yorkshire Dales.

    Reviewed by Sukhbir5.0Sep 2018

  • "What a fantastic stay we had."

    The property is large and roomy for a two bed.its clear that no expense has been spared regarding the fixtures and fittings. The flowers,prosecco and welcome hamper is a very tasteful touch. And the completely private hot tub definitely ticked all the boxes for me. What a beautiful property only metres from the centre of the town. Although it’s a new property it did really give us a sense of staying in a historic castle. We are already looking at dates to book this again. Very well done to the owner. 10/10

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Sep 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with a hand-held shower, shower over bath, basin and WC, ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room.
  • Heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for one vehicle within the private grounds during any one stay
  • Courtyard with furniture and private hot tub
  • One small well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 minute walk
  • No stag/hen parties or similar
  • Note: £100 good housekeeping bond / damage deposit for 1-2 people and £150 good housekeeping bond / damage deposit for 2-4 people
  • Good housekeeping bonds to be paid by bank transfer 24 hours before arrival
  • Note: Black doors next to hot tub are the owners private maintenance doors.

The property

Resting wonderfully within the rustic Stanhope Castle is this gorgeous grade two star listed castle and part of English heritage built in the 17th century, stone-built property, right in the heart of the ancient County Durham market town.

With tasteful accommodation for up to four guests, this is a superb base for discovering the magnificent countryside, fascinating towns and the spectacular city of Durham.

Enter this fine getaway and head right into a sumptuous sitting room boasting stylish grey decor to provide a wonderfully comforting spot to spend the evenings watching TV.

Across the hallway sits a contemporary kitchen/diner, equipped with the highest quality appliances, housed in stunning cappuccino-coloured units with quartz worktops for an extra slick finish.

Climb the stairs to reach a splendid first floor; first discover a luxurious family bathroom with beautiful art deco flooring, metro tiled walls and an elegant roll-top bath adding a touch of class.

The two serene bedrooms at the property include a super king-size and a twin room to accommodate couples, families and friends alike.

Step out of your front door to be greeted by a glorious suntrap courtyard, take a seat and soak up the sun with a drink or perhaps luxuriate in the bubbles of the hot tub.

A leisurely stroll takes you to Stanhope's assortment of fine amenities, the town also boasts an art gallery and an outdoor heated swimming pool.

From here you can venture into the breath-taking North Pennines AONB to uncover astounding walking, cycling and wildlife-spotting country.

The magnificent city of Durham is well worth the 22-mile trip as you can admire its spectacular cathedral and castle, as well as make the most of its number of first-class shops and restaurants.

Bring your loved ones together to enjoy this unique contemporary cottage in a marvellous location.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 913156, 913412, 982570, 1007147 and 1011973, together sleeping a total of 27 people.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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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.

Note: Black doors next to hot tub are the owners private maintenance doors.
Please note no stag/hen and similar parties.
Note: This property has a £100 good housekeeping bond / damage deposit.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas