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Unthank Hall

Stanhope near Durham, Yorkshire Dales - North (Ref. 21851)

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "A wonderful place with fantastic owners."

    Polly and Alan are a great couple and nothing is too much trouble. We have stayed at a number of cottages and this wins the day.

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2019

  • "Amazing property, beautiful location on the edge of the Durham dales."

    Reviewed by KerryAug 2019

  • "We were very happy with accommodation during our stay at Unthank Hall."

    The owners were very helpful and gave a comprehensive tour of the property as soon as we arrived and we were made to feel welcome. The accommodation was comfortable and full of character. The large garden paddock was very useful to excersise our dogs (the rabbits helped) and more than enough space for a kick-about with a ball. We went out to many places in the area including Barnard Castle and Low and High Force waterfalls. Food wise the Black Bull pub in Frosterly comes highly recommended. All in all a great holiday assisted by beautiful weather.

    Reviewed by NeilJun 2019

  • "This is a beautiful property and has been lovingly restored by the owners who are justifiably proud of it."

    The location and the scenery are marvellous. The owners met us on arrival and explained the history of the house and gave welcome advice about the surrounding area and eateries. There was also plenty of local information literature provided in the house. They also supplied home made muffins on arrival which were very nice. We had a lovely restful week at the property and found many beautiful walks in the area with stunning scenery. Our dog loved the property as there were lots of rabbits to chase in the garden and she could have a paddle in the river just outside the property. The village of Stanhope has everything you need, a small supermarket, butchers, bakers, pubs, takeaways and a new Spanish Tapas restaurant which was very nice. Thank you to Alan and Polly for going the extra mile. In all a lovely week was had by all.

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2019

  • "Had a brilliant week at Unthank Hall."

    We had a very warm welcome from Polly and Alan, who were very kind and helpful ,when we changed ,one of our weeks holidays.Polly had made us some delicious chocolate muffins.We were very priviliged to be shown all of The Hall by Alan and Polly and told about the history of it. It is a very interesting building and we are looking forward to our return visit.

    Reviewed by Ronald JJun 2019

  • "Lovely place to spend a family Christmas."

    Reviewed by ShaunDec 2018

  • "We had a great time."

    The house is spacious and was clean and warm on our arrival. The owners were very helpful and we really enjoyed the little extras like the muffins and hot water bottles,

    Reviewed by A & RuthOct 2018

  • "Penny and Alan are very friendly, helpful hosts."

    We couldn't really fault our stay and hope to be back in the near future.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2018

  • "Owners provided a fantastic welcome."

    Very friendly and offered great insight and tips of the house and local area. Couldn’t fault.

    Reviewed by SallyJun 2018

  • "We booked Unthank Hall for somewhere to spend with friends to see in the New Year."

    We arrived to the hall being surrounded by snow with the house festively decorated and this really added to a magical stay! Impossible to fault, if you looked up the word idyllic in the dictionary there'd be a picture of Unthank Hall. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by JillDec 2017

  • "Going back soon as possoble."

    .....................just great

    Reviewed by Alistair JohnSep 2017

  • "Surpassed my expectation, lovely property, great location and wonderful hosts."

    I'll be coming back for sure

    Reviewed by NigelJul 2017

  • "Unthank Hall is an amazing property & the owners Alan & Polly were fantastic hosts making us feel very welcome in their property."

    The area is gorgeous with plenty of places to visit and explore near by.

    Reviewed by JenniferJun 2017

  • "Polly and Alan went out of their way to make us welcome, the worst thing about the holiday was having to leave."

    Really looking forward to going back. The best ever place we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by EileenMay 2017

  • "The welcome was genuine, we were made to feel at home straight away."

    As the hall was of historical interest we were given a very informative tour by Polly and Alan which was excellent, followed by Polly's home made chocolate muffins Mmmm delicious.

    Reviewed by KathleenApr 2017

  • "Arriving late in the day at Unthank Hall we received a warm welcome from the owners who had the log burning stove lit ready for our arrival plus some of those infamous chocolate chocolate muffins (they really are delicious!"

    ). Alan and Polly gave us the tour of the house along with the fascinating history behind it. The house itself is warm, comfortable and homely and Polly really does have an excellent eye for decoration. It doesn't feel like a holiday rental, it feels like you are staying in a home. The garden was perfect for our dogs. They are Siberian Huskys and known escape artists and previously we have not found a holiday cottage with a garden that was secure enough for them. However, Unthank Hall has a garden that is surrounded by 8-10 foot stone walls - totally impenetrable! The dogs also enjoyed the plethora of rabbit warrens in the garden which kept them busy for hours. The surrounding area is stunning with plenty of excellent dog walks. The circular walk around Stanhope Village, about 2 1/2 hours, was especially enjoyable as were the walks in nearby Hamsterley Forrest and Low Force and High Force Waterfalls - definitely worth a visit. We had a perfect relaxing stress-free week and the owners made it all the more enjoyable with their warmth and friendliness and nothing was too much trouble for them. We would thoroughly recommend Unthank Hall for the perfect dog friendly, relaxing break.

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2016

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Unthank Hall."

    The house is situated amongst beautiful countryside and close to the town of Stanhope. The facilities at the house were excellent providing everything one would need for an enjoyable relaxing stay. The house has a charming character which has been lovingly and respectfully nurtured to provide an historical atmosphere alongside all the modern creature comforts. Alan and Polly were extremely helpful during our stay, making us feel totally welcome. We would gladly recommend Unthank Hall to anyone who wants a charming and comfortable place from which to explore the local area. you will not be disappointed.

    Reviewed by StephanAug 2016

  • "Staying in Unthank Hall was a magical step back into history."

    Absolutely loved being there. But even better than the property were the owners. If Sykes ever offers seminars to train potential property owners on how to make guests feel welcome, the owners should be the keynote speakers. Welcoming, generous, helpful and interesting conversationalists. By the end of a week they made us feel like we had good friends in Stanhope.

    Reviewed by KenJul 2016

  • "Unthank Hall was an amazing place to stay with great hosts and lovely large enclosed lawned garden for the dogs."

    Great location with access to lovely walks and places to visit such as Durham and Beamish open air museum. Luckily the weather was kind to us which also helped.

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2016

  • "The property is amazing very homely and the owners were great, I would certainly recommend this property to anyone."

    The living room is so grand with the log burner just finishes it off nicely. The whole house is furnished to a high standard.

    Reviewed by KimApr 2016

  • "The welcome to the property was very warm and it was interesting to hear about the history of the house."

    There were lots of leaflets about activities and walks in the local area. The house had everything we needed for the week and was big enough for two families holidaying together.

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2016

  • "There was a wonderful history to the house and it had lovely features such as the staircase and the kitchen."

    The owners were so friendly and helpful and even gave us a tour of their house at the end of our stay. We loved the garden and were extremely fortunate to get wonderful sunny and warm weather in the first week of October. The inglenook fireplace in the lounge made it so homely. We all had a great time.

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2015

  • "A wonderful, historic house which was very well situated for touring the area."

    The owners were really welcoming. We look forward to staying at Unthank Hall in the future.

    Reviewed by MonicaSep 2015

  • "The hall was lovely and the owners are very nice."

    Also the muffins were very good .We all had a lovely time.Thank you.

    Reviewed by JanetAug 2015

  • "An interesting historic house to stay in."

    The immediate surrounding countryside was beautiful, and there were excellent walks straight from the door and from further afield. The hosts were lovely, very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by MikeAug 2015

  • "The house and garden were delightful."

    The owners were very welcoming and made us feel instantly at home. The house had everything we needed for our family holiday, the garden is fantastic, safe and secure. Perfect in every way!

    Reviewed by MatthewJul 2015

  • "The house is unique in its history, beautifully restored and appointed with every modern convenience."

    It is set in a stunning location with wonderful views and is within easy walking distance of Stanhope village with pubs and shops. The enclosed paddock was great for our dog and was lovely to sit in when the sun shone. A fabulous property.

    Reviewed by GeoffJul 2015

  • "An excellent property with wonderful hosts!"

    They went beyond and above anything we would have expected to make our stay truly great! Big thanks to them!

    Reviewed by IliyanMay 2015

  • "Fantastic house and surroundings, the owners made us very welcome, they were such a nice genuine couple."

    All the family (6 plus a baby) and our Staffy had a great time, can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2015

  • "Unthank Hall is a beautifully restored property, the owners were excellent."

    The garden was excellent for our two energetic German Pointers and all the facilities you need are at hand. It was like a home from home. We will definitely be returning and would highly recommend to our friends.

    Reviewed by ClareOct 2014

  • "A fascinating house, beautifully restored with charismatic and charming owners."

    Reviewed by GlennOct 2014

  • "A wonderful relaxing break."

    Fabulous hosts, can't fault anything at all about this beautiful place.

    Reviewed by GillSep 2014

  • "Fantastic property to stay in and the owners could not have been more friendly and helpful."

    We will definitely stay there again!

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2014

  • "A beautiful historical, renovated house."

    The location was great - all village conveniences only a short walk away. The walled garden is a great place to sit and relax - maybe enjoying a glass of wine (or two) and watch the sun go down. The dogs loved running around in the enclosed garden. We would definately recommend Unthank Hall and if we were returning to the area would have no hesitation in booking again.

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2014

  • "The location of Unthank Hall, next to the stepping stones across the river and a 5 minute walk into Stanhope was perfect for our family holiday."

    The owners were very welcoming and quite rightly proud of their renovation of Unthank Hall.

    Reviewed by ZoeAug 2014

  • "What a place to stay, the welcome from the owners was an experience on its own."

    Got to be one of the best places I have stayed in a long time. The house is fantastic and to see what it was like over 10 years ago, it is amazing what the owners have achieved with this home. You can feel the passion they have put into it, we will be going back next year for sure. If you want to relax and chill then book Unthank Hall, the owners are a lovely couple, there is nothing to complain about with this fantastic holiday home, its been a privilege to share their home. see you next year guys!

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2014

  • "The house history and setting were very interesting and was explained to us at a very friendly and welcoming greeting from the owner."

    The thoughtful provision of some cake, tea, coffee and milk made us feel at home instantly. The large enclosed garden was great for giving our dogs a quick run. The owners were helpful and made themselves available without intruding on our holiday at all. Thank you for a thoroughly relaxing week in a lovely part of the world.

    Reviewed by AlunAug 2014

  • "Liked everything; a great place to stay, excellent hosts and a wonderful part of the country."

    Reviewed by BarryJul 2014

  • "An interesting place and the owners have put a lot of work into making it comfortable but also in keeping with the age of the property."

    The village was nice and had lots of facilities such as a baker, butcher etc.

    Reviewed by DotJun 2014

  • "The house, the surrounding countryside, gardens and most of all the helpfulness and kindness of the owners."

    We had a wonderful week and if ever in the area, will be back again.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2014

  • "It was a very relaxing place to stay and the owners were both very friendly and informative."

    The area, though in the heart of beautiful countryside, is only a short drive from countless things to do and see. The house itself is full of charm and period features, but with enough mod cons to make your stay great. This has been the best holiday cottage my family have ever stayed in and I can't recommend Unthank Hall highly enough.

    Reviewed by IainApr 2014

  • "We had a lovely week."

    Location was delightful, accommodation was beautiful and thoughtfully furnished. For a property of it's age, which was one of its attractions, the house was spacious and comfortable and we found it very easy to relax. The owners, have done a great job and we found them to be warm and very welcoming.

    Reviewed by NoelleApr 2014

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The property

This is a beautiful and historic Grade II* listed 16th century country house, attached to the owner's home, superbly located on the edge of the village of Stanhope, County Durham.

Step back in time in this Stanhope cottage, and enjoy a wealth of original character, including a stone spiral staircase, stone-flagged floors, and original Tudor arched fireplace with woodburner.

All features in this cottage combine with modern facilities, thereby creating a unique opportunity to experience a truly lovely property, perfect for families and friends who wish to enjoy time together in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

This large cottage in Stanhope benefits from four bedrooms, a very well-equipped kitchen, a lovely sitting room with huge comfortable sofas and an enclosed walled paddock garden, ideal for relaxing and dining alfresco.

Glorious walks can be enjoyed from the doorstep of this Stanhope cottage, including the Weardale Way, which passes through the village.

Stanhope, reached via stepping stones or footbridge over the River Wear and the surrounding moorland are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the second largest in England and Wales, boasting great scenery and wildlife.

Take a trip to Barnard Castle, The Bowes Museum, High Force and Rokeby Hall, all easily reached from your Stanhope cottage, plus Corbridge, Hexham and Durham are just a short drive away.

With so many delightful things to do in the area, this Stanhope cottage makes the ideal base for a holiday at any time of year.


  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • Large landing with reading area
  • Note: The double and single bedrooms are connected by a curtained doorway.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with full Sky, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • One acre enclosed walled paddock with lawn and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk (via stepping stones) or 15 mins walk if not accessed via stepping stones
  • Note: Due to the stone spiral staircase, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility and children to be supervised
  • Note: Unfenced river 20 yards away, children to be supervised at all times.

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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

Please note: The number of people occupying this property throughout the whole duration should not exceed the number stated on the Holiday Confirmation. If you wish to invite additional guests, this must be agreed by the owner in advance.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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