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Cosy Cave Stanhope Castle

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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60 Customer Reviews

  • "I took my partner away for her birthday, she loved it this is an amazing ..."

    I took my partner away for her birthday, she loved it this is an amazing apartment, she loved the castle and cave , lovely town and people , if your looking for somewhere special To go this is the place , value for money and a hot tub

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2023

  • "Couldn’t fault the cosy cave."

    Absolutely perfect little get away for me and my girlfriend. The dog loved it as well. Lovely surrounding areas, and friendly locals. 10/10

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Aug 2023

  • "We wanted an unusual quirky holiday cottage to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, well we certainly got this within a castle, with a living room in a tunnel."

    Everything was brilliantly clean on arrival and plenty of cooking facilities in the kitchen. We had lots of tea,coffee and sugar in the pots. We especially loved the hot tub after a day of visiting places which involved lots of walking.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jul 2023

  • "Absolutely lovely (cosy cave) couldn’t fault anything, the hot tub is brilliant!"

    We took two mini schnauzers and they loved pottering around the courtyard when we were outside

    Reviewed by Trudy5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely 4night stay at The Cosy Cave will definitely return"

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Jun 2023

  • "The Cosy Cave is a must for a short break."

    Great facilities set in a stunning area. We were made to feel welcome by both Scott & Ruth and the process ran smoothly, from booking through to the checkout. We would recommend the Cosy Cave to anyone and have already done so with family and friends. It was that great a break that we are potentially going to book again for later in the year.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jun 2023

  • "Poor communication and lack of support with any issues."

    First night arrived hot tub wasn’t ready so couldn’t use until second night. The next afternoon the loo stop flushing and we didn’t have anyone respond to us. Had to go 2.5 days and night with no working loo which was really disappointing, we used the local cafe and pub toilets when we could. This ruined our time away, if this got sorted then I would easily recommend the place as it was a lovely place, nice and comfy however no response to reporting issues was a big let down. A week later and not even had any acknowledgment regarding this. A loo is one of the things you can’t go without, there was a sign saying only toilet roll to go in so not sure if they knew it was broken, I’m past the age of needing anything apart from loo roll but toilet wouldn’t flush. Extremely disappointed in the service from the owners leaving us without a loo for this length of time.

    Thank you for your feedback. We apologise that you felt that there was a lack of support and communication regarding the issues raised during your stay. Unfortunately, our email inbox was not monitored over the bank holiday weekend, however if you were to call the phone number provided we would have responded immediately to rectify these issues. We appreciate your positive comments about the property however we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vincent3.8May 2023



    Reviewed by John4.4Mar 2023

  • "Wonderful property."

    Perfect for a weekend break.

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at the Cosy Cave."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend! The decor is great and the facilities did not disappoint. We look forward to coming back again.

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Dec 2022

  • "We’ve had a relaxing week."

    The kitchen was well-stocked with cutlery, utensils and the essentials. Furnishings and bathroom are lovely- certainly quirky. Outdoor area was nice and we enjoyed breakfast and long days outside in the sun. Saying you had a lawn was a bit of a stretch. A ‘welcome’ basket would have been nice. Other Sykes cottages have left us dog treats, home-baked cakes, butter, biscuits etc. That was missing here. We’d have liked the hot tub a couple of degrees warmer. The bed could be bigger. Wo-if was unreliable. Tab needs more stable connection to channels. We stayed in probably the most expensive week of the year and it cost £931. Although we had a nice time, the accommodation needs some TLC and attention to be worth this much. Around the £700 mark would be a fairer price. Also lacking was a better thought out indoor eating area. The place where we hung our clothes was covered in spiders’ webs and spiders. Yes it’s a property from the 13th century but a bit of TLC is needed. The two arm chairs could be replace with a lovely comfy two-seater. These were not as comfortable as they looked and actually the premise of a cinema room was stretching it a bit far! In essence- a quirky property. Not 5* and excellent - more 4* and good with improvements needed.

    The property Cosy Cave has been our most booked property in 2022. Meaning there has been so much traffic backward and forwards through the property. We've only had a window from 10 am to 3 pm on our change-over system to carry out any essential works. This proves very difficult especially with the problem of purchasing materials now. We plan on giving the whole cottage a facelift at the end of the season when we have more time. Regarding leaving treats for dogs. We used to leave welcome hampers for all guests. But during the covid 19 pandemic, we were advised not to do this. So we haven't done this since. We thank you for your feedback and have taken the comments onboard. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil2.8Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cave, the hot tub is very open with people walking past to other rooms not as private as thought from the listing but lovely."

    The decoration and design is really unique and special. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Kerry4.1Jul 2022

  • "Cosy cave is a lovely spacious accommodation."

    With everything you need provided. Situated in a perfect location with everything on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Corinne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Ideal if weather is nice nothing to really fault"

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fabulous property and so unique."

    The cottage was beautifully and tastefully furnished to a high standard. We loved the cinema room which was cosy and atmospheric and enjoyed a full range of viewing on the large screen. As the weather was warm and sunny we ate outside for most of our meals enjoying the seclusion of the court garden behind the castle gates. The hot tub was bliss especially after a days sightseeing!! This property is an absolute gem of a find and I will be recommending it to friends and family. We'll be back!!!

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely little quirky place to stay, everything you need for a short break, nipping clean and in a lovely location on the market square."

    If I'd stayed longer I might have missed a dishwasher and tumble dryer.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "My wife and I greatly enjoyed our stay at the Cosy Cave at Stanhope Castle."

    The accommodation was clean, well laid out and comfortable. The owners Scott and Ruth were very helpful and friendly. Some great walks in the area, the dogs loved it. The local people are very friendly and helpful. Some nice pubs in the village, the Grey bull, Bonny moorhen and the Pack horse inn. There is a very good Indian Takeaway and also a very good fish and chip shop, recommend them all. Definitely give a thumbs up to Stanhope Castle,

    Reviewed by Ray4.7May 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful property."

    Would stay again. Only small feedback is the light comes into the bedroom quite bright, as a light sleeper I was woken by this a black out blind would be just the ticket! Absolutely brilliant property and the village and location was amazing!

    Reviewed by Katherine4.7Apr 2022

  • "Our stay at Stanhope Castle has been great."

    We where staying. In The comfy cave. It was a totally new experience for us .It was ideal for a base to go on visits all over the historical eriea or just staying in .chilling out taking. Full advantage of the hot tub or watching the cavern. You are a stones throw away.cafs And five takeaways local Co/op .you really don't need to bring any food.This Holiday location is ideal for winter or summer breaks .with three pubs.what can possibly go wrong. we will definitely com back.The team at the Castle were very accomodating and helpfull.With a special Thanks to Ruth for all her help TANK you for your wellcom pack and my wife's birthday card and chocolates.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Mar 2022

  • "This was the third time we have stayed at the cosy cave and absolutely love it."

    The attention to detail is top quality, the facilities are perfect and the location and amenities are spot on. We would highly recommend this very quirky but amazing property. The hot tub was so relaxing no matter what the weather and the cinema room has everything you would want for chilling. The whole holiday experience was flawless and we will be returning. Thank you Stanhope Castle

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Feb 2022

  • "What a lovely, lovely place to stay!"

    Couldnt fault in anyway! Lovely little gem in Stanhope! Accomodation is stunning, we had everything we needed from start to finish including a welcome treat of champagne and chocolates! The visitors book was very helpful for restaurants and places to visit in the local area and the hot tub was amazing! A wonderful weeks break in a stunning little cottage - would 100% recommend again and we will be returning!

    Reviewed by Becca5.0Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic stay, the castle was amazing we will be back."

    thank you for a lovely weekend

    Reviewed by Tanya5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely property, nice and clean when we arrived."

    And helpful directions when arriving. The hot tub was great as well as the stereo system with the blue Ray system in the cave. Only problem was the heating seemed to come on at random.

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a fabulous time at the Cozy Cave, quirky and imaginative place to stay."

    Beautifully decorated, fully equipped with everything you need and more. We will return !

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Oct 2021

  • "Cosy Cave was a wonderful property for our holiday, really comfy and clean with really interesting quirky decor."

    We had a great time staying here and would happily come again. The hot tub was also really lovely and so nice to come home to at the end of the day.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely stay at cosy cave stanhope castle lovely area with nice walks good ..."

    Lovely stay at cosy cave stanhope castle lovely area with nice walks good stocked shops and friendly bars plenty of equipment in the apartment and superb hot tub

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Oct 2021

  • "This was our third stay at Stanhope Castle, and won't be our last."

    We have also returned with family following our first stay, and have recommended it to friends. We have stayed in a different property each time, and will choose a different property next time. Each property is beautifully and individually decorated, and well maintained. The properties are well equipped and you have everything you need for the duration of your stay. The owners are lovely and very friendly, and easily contactable if the need arises. A bonus with the Cave is the open space and private garden furniture, which not all other properties benefit from - this provides an opportunity to dine or enjoy time and drinks outside. The castle is sub-divided into various other properties, some of which are residential. We have always fround the the residents to be friendly and happy to pass the time of day - you should however, be mindful and respectful of their amenity in terms of noise, hours of hot tub use, parking etc. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing break, you won't be disappointed.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Sep 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our weeks holiday with our dog, everything we needed was on the door step, pubs, shops, take aways, café yet it was a very quiet town."

    The cottage, which was cosy, was clean and had everything we needed. We would certainly go back.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cosy cave was perfect , the village of Stanhope is so friendly and the ..."

    The cosy cave was perfect , the village of Stanhope is so friendly and the location is perfect to go and see all the nearby cities and castles etc

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Cosy Cave is a quirky, characterful apartment."

    Very stylish and perfectly situated within Stanhope. We had a lovely time and would love to return sometime soon. I would have liked more information about how things worked in the apartment. Also recommendation on takeaways, restaurants, things to do etc.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Jul 2021

  • "We had a great stay in the cosy cave, the house was lovely and extremely clean, the hot tub and outside area were excellent."

    Our only issue hence the 4 stars instead of 5 was the heating especially in the cave, we were cold in the cave which was a shame as it as a lovely place to sit. Stanhope is a lovely place where we had lovely meals out and lovely walks

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Jun 2021

  • "It was a beautiful place ."

    The “cosy cave “ was lovely . We took our “very well behaved dog “ and I thought we would have our own private area . Luckily the family above us … sharing our drive and area loved the dog as he is very friendly it worked well . There was a lot of information about picking up the dog “ “whoopee” and keeping off the bed etc etc . Maybe this should be emphasised prior to the visit . Taz does not sleep on our bed at home and very happy sleeping in his own bed next to me . We would definitely go back to Stanhope Castle an bring our family .

    Reviewed by Penelope5.0Jun 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful quirky spot."

    .. we managed to book for what was the hottest weekend of the year so far so didn't get to use the actual cave as much as anticipated just because it would be a shame to waste so much sun! Ruth and Scott were a delight to deal with, very helpful upon arrival etc. The courtyard garden on an evening with the gate closed was very picturesque and relaxing. Only a few minor niggles, we could of had a couple more towels provided but to be fair we never asked and I'm sure they would of been provided if we did. One thought for improving the property would be a proper curtain rail and curtains in the main bedroom for sleeps in on sunny mornings! lack of any form of welcome tray basket was a bit amiss, usually in our experience and in this price range its almost expected, and when reading the guest book it looks like it has been provided previously. That said we had a lovely experience, having the town so close for amenities is really great, shops are handy so close, the pub was nice and the takeaway brilliant, the grounds are beautiful and whilst we were there we have rebooked the Knights Corner for next year to take the family away. Couldn't recommend this place enough.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2021

  • "The only negatives were lack of communication and lack of information."

    Reviewed by Ryan4.4May 2021

  • "The most perfect little getaway for me my partner and our pup , the cosy cave was beautiful, it had such a calm And chilling Ora to it ." tub was amazing and the surroundings are truley breathtaking . We will be back for sure ! ❤️

    Reviewed by Dillon5.0May 2021

  • "Really nice accommodation, perfect for me and my dog to come away and chill out for the weekend."

    The property is fun and quirky and the hot tub is great to have. The quirky heating share with the upstairs property and being unable to turn off some radiators meant it was a little uncomfortable and stuffy to come back to. I would come back to Stanhope castle for sure but may consider one of the other properties... and already recommended to others

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Oct 2020

  • "We had a wonderful break at the Cosy Cave."

    The bathroom in particular was gorgeous and we loved the quirky cinema room. Hot tub was perfect too and the Cosy Cave is in a great location for exploring.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fabulous quirky accommodation."

    Really enjoyed the cinema room and hot tub. Lovely area to visit.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2020

  • "Cosy Cave was the perfect retreat to spend a long weekend and get away from it all, there was nothing to fault with everything provided that you need when away from home."

    The hot tub was relaxing and the whole atmosphere left us relaxed and rested before heading home.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2020

  • "Really lovely cottage will return as soon as I can."

    The town of Stanhope has everything you need and is so friendly.Plenty to see in the local area

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Mar 2020

  • "Perfect, quirky, great hot tub, good dvd selection"

    Reviewed by Sona5.0Feb 2020

  • "Cosy Cave was the perfect place for a relaxing retreat!"

    We loved the cinema room, hot tub and the gorgeous bathroom. We loved exploring the area, with lovely walks from the door or a short drive into Durham. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Feb 2020

  • "Another fabulous stay at the cosy cave, enjoyed every moment and didn't want to come home."

    Every need is catered for and wanted for nothing. Such a stylish and well thought out cottage and the hot tub tops it all. The area is so beautiful and has so much to offer, we didnt struggle for things to do, ventured as far a newcastle one dayp and the food market on Sunday along the tyne is fab and definitely on our list to visit again on our next trip to the cosy cave, the indian opposite is asl worth a try, delicious, and the local pubs are great

    Reviewed by Jaqueline5.0Feb 2020

  • "We booked cosy cave for a christmas getaway, and what a perfect location for Christmas it was."

    The apartment was perfect for 2 people, it was very clean and the extra christmas decorations and nibbles were very thoughtful. The bed was comfortable, the bathtub was a lovely touch, the kitchen had everything but a corkscrew opener (we'd accidentally brought the one bottle of red which had a cork in in it), and the little tv book was so romantic. The whole place was very cosy and comfortable. The village amenities were ample for us at christmas time and the local people were all very friendly and welcoming. We didnt eat out, as it was christmas we got an asda delivery (.and ordered way too much food) this delivery found it's way to cosy cave very easily. There are plenty of walks to go on around the area with some interesting sites, this was wonderful to do after consuming way too much food over the festive period. It would have been nice to have been able to control the heating ourselves. The the radiators seemed to come on only late at night and go off in the morning. We got ever so stuffy through the night but when we went for cold walk during the day we took a while the thaw out once we were back in the apartment due to the radiators not being on. This is only a very small issue as even without the radiators on during the day/evening the cave tended to be comfortable, I just like rooms to be filled with warmth to feel super cosy. I would definitely recommend this accommodation to everyone I know, I think it has features to impress anybody. As soon as we drove away I began thinking about booking it again for a summer holiday. It really is very impressive inside and out.

    Reviewed by Alicia5.0Dec 2019

  • "It was a really lovely place clean & very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2019

  • ". Really enjoyed our stay at cosy cave."

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2019

  • "Absolutely loved staying here and will 100% be back!"

    ! it made our mini-moon feel so special it was lovely and cosy!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2019

  • "It should be in the description that you do not have live television, that the television relies on the internet and you can only watch internet channels."

    This was a problem and the internet dropped out when the weather was bad. We couldn't catch up with the new/current affairs, and would have liked to have known this about this beforehand. The cottage is beautiful, but seems a bit more of style over substance. There isn't anywhere to sit and eat, except on your lap on the oversized, uncomfortable living room chairs, not ideal. A kitchen to cook in, even if it is only breakfast, is great, but you need somewhere to sit and eat it. It would have been nice to have a bedside table of some sort, as someone who needs to put their glasses somewhere, and need to access easily so that I can see, this was an irritant. As was the lack of bedside lights. You either had to put the lamp on , which was near the window and when you turned it off, had to walk in the dark to the bed, or leave the harsh overhead lighting on, and again had to get out of bed to turn it off. The fixtures and fittings where exceptional quality and the property was beautiful, but didn't work well the way it was set out. The cleanliness was exceptional and the welcome package was very thoughtful. We also never used the hot tub, which is one of the reasons we liked this property. It is in an out of the way corner that is not nice, and the shelter that had built up over it, was quite low, making it difficult to get into the hot tub, so we didn't bother. You have to climb steps to get into the hot tub, but the gap between the steps and the shelter roof, was very low, and made it difficult to get in, it also didn't feel luxurious in the corner they had put the hot tub, didn't feel private, which I guess is why they put up the shelter. Overall this property is beautiful and finished to a high standard, but wouldn't recommend it , as there were too many annoying things wrong with it, I am just glad we only stayed for a long weekend, if it had been a week, I would have left and asked for a refund.

    Dear sir/Madame May I start by thanking you for your feedback review. The contents have been noted. I would also like to thank you for the positive comments regarding the cleanliness and the mini hamper. I would like to reply to some of your comments. 1. HOT TUBE HAD STEPS. All hot tubs come with steps and it is the only way a human can enter a spa unless it is installed into the ground. There is not a snowballs chance in hell the county council or listed building officer would allow us to excavate a hole in the ground big enough to fit a hot tub within a historical asset of a grade two listed building. 2. HOT TUB SCREENING. Hot tub screening is important as it protects you and the hot tub from the elements. And also allows you to have your own privacy whilst relaxing in your swimwear. 3. TABLE AND CHAIRS. After we had our very first guests back in April this year. They brought it to my attention that eating off there lap wasn’t ideal. That same day I went out and bought a lovely small desk complete with two chairs. This is what every other guest has used since and there has never been an issue. 4. TV LOOSING SIGNAL. Fortunately the best feature of the cosy cave is that the cinema room consists of a 30 metre long tunnel.these walls either side of the tunnel are appropriately 6 metres thick. Meaning there are no drill bits long enough to drill a pilot hole through to run an antenna to the tv. And again with this being a grade two star castle and a protected historical asset. We cannot just start sticking sky tv dishes up everywhere. The ONLY way we could get any tv to work at the end of the tunnel was to stream via the WiFi. I have also installed a state of the art home cinema system with Dolby all surround sound and a collection of 70 blu Ray movies to I understand guests can’t sit and watch prime time television soaps unless they are streamed via the WiFi.i also apologies if the weather was terrible, forcing the streaming to freeze. Unfortunately this sometimes happens and it is out of my control. 5. BEDSIDE LAMPS AND DRAWERS. We are unable to put any bedside drawers either side of the bed as the bed is a large KINGSIZE and access is required both sides. 1. To enter the bedroom and 2. To enter the bathroom.i do understand your point about not being able to turn a light on and off from within the bed. This is something I will be looking into in forth coming weeks. This property has came 2nd out of 15,000 applicants for the best quirky property on Sykes books in 2019. All in its first 5 month of trading. I rest assure I will make all of the relevant modifications required to keep the standards of the property as high as I can. Kind regards Stanhope castle admin. Kind regards Scott robson Property Owner

    Reviewed by Donna3.1Sep 2019

  • "We had a fantastic honeymoon in the cosy cave."

    The hot-tub was amazing and the cottage spotlessly clean on our arrival. The owners welcome package of Prosecco, chocolates and flowers were very thoughtful. The cottage offered us the right mix of relaxation and exploring. However a couple of points that would make the cottage really 5* would be if there was a washer drier. As we used the hot tub a lot there was limited places to dry wet towels and costumes etc. It would also be beneficial for there to be a curtain in the bedroom as the light streams in quite early during the summer months. However having said that we have had a fantastic time and we will be back!

    Reviewed by Hannah4.4Aug 2019

  • "Well equipped, comfortable cottage with lots of quirky touches."

    We loved our stay and hope to come back again!

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2019

  • "We booked this property for a few days after our wedding with the dog."

    The place is immaculate and just as it appears in the brochure. We had a high end welcome pack of Prosecco and chocolates amongst other gear things. The furnishings and kitchen ware were all of the highest quality. Stanhope itself is a great location as either a quiet retreat or base to explore. There are pubs, a great chippy and Indians all located a few yards from the castle grounds in the market square. I left my iPad in the property after we finished our stay and i contacted the owner who brought it round to my house a couple of days later! You can not fault that for customer service! We had met the owner in passing a couple of times during our stay and he was great and helpful. All in all I couldn’t recommend this place high enough whatever your reason for booking is. PS I forgot to mention the hot tub! Again this was a high end multi-jet hot tub that sits 6 I believe. We spent most evenings in there!

    Reviewed by Lewis5.0Jul 2019

  • "This was just the perfect holiday."

    The cave itself was fantastic! Gorgeous inside, so clean and so many added extras that really made us feel so welcome. The hot tub was a real added bonus. This is the perfect destination for anyone with a dog. Stanhope is a dream get away destination- and you can take your dog to most of the pubs and restaurants. So close to many attractions near by, so there was always something to do. Scott was so welcoming, and helpful. There was a whole file on where to visit, and the best places to eat nearby. Can't wait to visit again already.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jul 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage and location, everything on your doorstep."

    Very well equipped and every comfort catered for. We especially enjoyed the hot tub and Scott the owner was very hospitable and answered any queries we had. We have already booked a return visit which says it all.

    Reviewed by Jaqueline5.0Jul 2019

  • "The owner left a welcome pack of chocolates ans a bottle of prosecco for us."

    The cosy cave is a unique place.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Jun 2019

  • "The owner has made so much effort to get things right and has attended to all the "little touches " that make a difference - the welcome pack with e."

    G. bread, jam, chocs and prosecco. Super friendly and accommodating. The visitors book for our ground-floor flat is full of praise. A minor assumption is that everyone knows how to stream data on a TV and work multiple controllers (there were only two). For the benefit of the older occupants unused to latest technology it would be helpful to provide a brief idiots guide to getting TV channels without random button pressing. A large selection of DVD's and Blue-Ray discs was there and of course they self-load once in place.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2019

  • "We had a fabulous weeks stay at Cosy Cave."

    Beautifully decorated, stylish furnishings and immaculately clean. The owner has gone the extra mile with all the extras. Fluffy robes and towels, welcome hamper with Prosecco, Tea, coffee, milk even food bowls and fluffy bed for pets. There is your own hot tub with gas BBQ, patio seating and chimnea. The private gated secure parking is a bonus. Cinema room with an abundance of dvds, a cabinet full of books and lovely imitation candles. The location is great for exploring weardale with lovely riverside walks on the doorstep. There are shops and pubs just outside the castle gates with quaint little coffee shops and the Durham Dales Center just across from the main castle entrance. I would definitely recommend Stanhope Castle and would definitely return. They definitely deserve their 5 star rating.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Jun 2019

  • "Excellent cosy castle."

    Brilliant facilities and welcomed by the owner who offered any assistance if needed. Also pet friendly.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2019

  • "The Cosy Cave, was perfect for our short trip away over the Bank Holiday Weekend, the location was perfect, and we really enjoyed our stay, would highly recommend to any friends or family."

    Reviewed by Eleanor4.7May 2019

  • "Everything was excellent."

    There was a warm welcome package and even goodies for our wee dog. Owners were extremely friendly. The cottage is well-situated in the centre of Stanhope, with easy access to Blanchland, Edmundyers, and Durham. The Weardale moors are exceptional and worth their protected status. We had a lovely week and the Cosy Cottage is highly recommended. Hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was excellent in every way and looking to go there again as we really enjoyed it."

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Apr 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x double
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/.freezer
  • TV with Freeview
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car space outside of the property within the private grounds
  • Enclosed lawned garden and patio area with furniture and hot tub
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.01 miles and pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: The archway leading into the living room has low ceilings and requires you to duck down, and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility

The property

Set in the private grounds of Stanhope castle with its own private hot tub. Cosy cave is a Sykes cottages award winning property.

Enter into the hallway which leads to the well equipped kitchen to cater for two people.

Double bedroom.

Large bathroom with freestanding bath and walk in shower.

Archway which leads to seating area set for two persons, then into the quirky cave living room with two armchairs to watch freeview or a blue ray on the all sound surround cinema system.

Cosy cave is the ideal property for a romantic break or a relaxing getaway for yourself.

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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas