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Cosy Cave Stanhope Castle

Stanhope, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 913412)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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13 Customer Review(s)

  • “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. ...

    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.

    - Mrs Mciver, September 2019

    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 watch.as 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 - Sykes owner relations


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The property

Set in the bustling market town of Stanhope, surrounded by the beautiful countryside fields and hills of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is this delightful romantic cottage.

A wonderfully-appointed kitchen area greets you as you walk through the door, housing all the appliances you could need for a weekend in the countryside.

Down the hall is a large family bathroom, boasting a freestanding bath and walk-in shower, so you can decide how best to prepare for your day.

Take a relaxing soak in the tub after a long day sightseeing, and wash away those tired muscles, before retiring to the quaint double bedroom.

From the bedroom is a small archway which leads through to a quirky sitting room, featuring all original stone walls, with two armchairs for you to relax in and a large TV for entertainment.

Use the enclosed garden as your place to enjoy a refreshing beverage of an evening, while watching the sunset, with off-road parking for one car nearby.

With an outdoor hot tub to add a spot of luxury to your holiday experience.

While you're visiting the area, venture into the North Pennines region, for so many attractions.

A few miles away is the Hamsterley Forest, a nature site with a range of trails for walking and cycling, with mountain biking, and plenty wildlife to spot.

3 The Castle is the ideal place to enjoy a romantic holiday with your partner.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 913156, 913413, 982570, 1007147 and 1011973, together sleeping a total of 27 people.


  • 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 Freeeview
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • 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. Note - This property has a £100 good house keeping bond and this will be authorised to the card used when booking
  • Please note no stag/hen and similar parties.

Note: This property has a 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.

Region Information

Note: During September there is a Fair nearby the property which may cause noise disturbance.
Please note no stag/hen and similar parties.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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