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Unthank Hall Pet-Friendly Cottage in Stanhope, Durham

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sleeps 7
4 rooms
2 bathrooms

Unthank Hall Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
Unthank Hall is a beautiful and historic Grade II listed 16th century country house, superbly located at the edge of the village of Stanhope, County Durham and can sleep seven people. The cottage has two doubles, a twin and single bedroom, a bathroom, a shower room, a kitchen, a dining room, a sitting room with a woodburner and a large landing with reading area. Outside there is off road parking for three cars, lockable bike storage and a one acre walled paddock to the rear with lawn and furniture. Unthank Hall is a wonderful location for your holiday.

Stanhope is an ancient market town in the beautiful Wear Valley. The town is home to the Durham Dales Centre, offering tourist information, a coffee shop, local arts and crafts. In addition to this there is a selection of pubs, specialist food stores, art gallery, outdoor swimming pool and pleasant riverside walks.

From heather-clad moors and limestone scars, to market towns and the steady pace of country life - the sublime Dales await you! Where else in Britain is it as satisfying to sit and do nothing as it is to explore the numerous pursuits on offer?

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.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Near pub

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Mr Reid
August 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.
Ms Mcculloch
April 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.
Miss Talbot
April 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.
Mr Hill
October 2014
A fascinating house, beautifully restored with charismatic and charming owners.
Mrs Gore
November 2014
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.
Mr Head
September 2014
Fantastic property to stay in and the owners could not have been more friendly and helpful. We will definitely stay there again!
Mrs Gradden
October 2014
A wonderful relaxing break. Fabulous hosts, can't fault anything at all about this beautiful place.
Mrs Brown
December 2015
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.
Mrs Rushton
September 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.
Mrs Cuthbert
September 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.
Mr Holland
August 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.
August 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!
Mr Jackson
July 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.
Dr Stefanov
June 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!
Mr Mustarde
May 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.
Mr Mitchell
May 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.
Mrs Williams
July 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.
Mr Glen
September 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.
Mrs Kilbey
August 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.
Mr Slade
August 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!
Mr Lightfoot
August 2014
Liked everything; a great place to stay, excellent hosts and a wonderful part of the country.
Mr Jones
August 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.
October 2016
This is a magnificent listed building but very homely for a period of Rest & Relaxation. The setting, next to the Wear and on the edge of the moors, is ideal for a number of outdoor activities. We visited in the autumn when the colours were great and the log burner was a real joy.
Mrs Davies
April 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.
Mr Long
April 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.
June 2015
Without doubt the best self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in. We couldn't have been made to feel more welcome,starting with a phone call the week before asking if we needed anything for our arrival? On arrival we were greeted with smiles as if we were old friends. We were shown round and given a brief informative history of the house, and presented with a tin of home made muffins! Alan and Polly are great, on hand if you need them but not at all intrusive. This holiday can be described in one word...FANTASTIC! Fantastic house, fantastic people, and we even had fantastic weather
September 2015
Absolutely fantastic, the owners have refurbished this property to a very high standard. It is extremely pleasing on the eye and welcoming and warm. The owners Alan and Polly could not be more welcoming! The situation is perfect, set a few yards from a babbling stream with a ford and stepping stones which lead to a play park for young children and to the village. Perfect family retreat, I want to go back there, asap! xxxxxxxx
October 2015
We stayed in Unthank Hall with my wife and two young kids (3 & 4). The house is full of character with plenty of space and amenities. Stone floors, old fireplaces and original features all make this a genuine old country house experience. There's plenty of indoor and outdoor space for the kids and the adjacent farm and stepping stones to the park provide interest and distractions to keep them entertained. The setting is beautiful, unspoilt Durham countryside, next to the river and close (walking distance) to the center of Stanhope. The hosts, Alan and Polly are very friendly and willing to help with any needs.
Gina S
October 2016
Unthank Hall in Stanhope will take your breath away. If the awesome scenery on the journey in through Weardale isn't stunning enough wait until you see this magnificent Hall dating from the 1500's. From the flagstone floors, mullioned windows, superb open fire place, beams, original stone spiral staircase the house just takes your breath away. The accommodation is so comfortable you won't feel the need to leave. The bedrooms are huge and beautifully decorated, the main bathroom with its centre claw bath will make you gasp (the second bathrooom is pretty awesome too). The house is warm both with the open fire and oil fired heating which you have control of. Outside is a massive walled garden with decking ideal for soaking up the sun. If you have dogs as we have (2) then this house is a dream holiday for them. The owners are very dog friendly and well behaved dogs are made very welcome. Once through the private gates they have a huge play area. The drive (when the gates are shut) plus through a little door is the massive walled garden with lawn and a zillion rabbit burrows offering hours of play and 'chase the bunnies'. If that wasn't enough adjacent to the garden through another gate is an even larger walled field which the dogs are also allowed to play in throughout the day and evening. That too is bunny central. I guarantee your dogs wont need a walk after an afternoon chasing balls and rabbits here. But if they do then the river with its little banks is literally yards from the front door and runs along the side of the property. Stanhope itself is a lovely friendly village. Attractively laid out with independent shops and pubs. There is a great fish and chip shop in the centre of the village and just a five minute walk from the house. The Weardale gift centre has lots of little outlets to browse as well. The villages and walks in the surrounding area are great and just over an hour's drive takes you to the Lake District. We loved it so much we have already booked to go again next year. Oh and I have to mention the owners Alan and Polly who are delightful and definitely go 'the extra mile' for the guests. From the lovely little pamper products in the bedrooms and bathrooms to the scrummy chocolate muffins that Polly bakes for every new arrival, nothing is too much trouble. They have put their hearts into this property and it clearly shows.
May 2015
We went to Unthank as we needed to be close to home (Durham City) the brochure doesn't do it justice, it was fantastic, the owners were very friendly and made us extremely welcome, the house was full of character and in a beautiful location, we went with our 2 daughters and their partners our 10 month old grandson (he loved it) and our staffy, stunning scenery, friendly locals and great pub's. We all want to go back next year never enjoyed walking so much!
May 2015
What a beautiful place, I would have stayed forever given the chance. My family and I had an amazing time, Alan and Polly were lovely, as were the delicious homemade chocolate muffins that were waiting for us when we arrived! Stunning, spacious house, with lots of history and a gorgous walled garden! To read more on our stay, please follow this link
Susan G
September 2014
We arrived to be met with a warm welcome from the owners ( Alan & Polly ). They had put the log burning fire on for us and Polly had made us gorgeous chocolate muffins !!. The house is a listed property lovingly restored to make it into a fabulous quirky home. There was everything you could need for a great stay , from logs for the fire, hand wash and matching hand cream in the bathrooms , games and plenty books available. The rooms are large and comfortable and the bathroom has a huge free standing bath. The garden is massive and a great place to sit on the decking area with a glass of wine watching the sun go down in the evening. The dogs loved it too !! We had a bar-b-que one night when it was a bit cool. Alan ( the owner) went out of his way to bring a brazier round which heated us all up nicely. The owners couldn't do enough for us but weren't intrusive. Stanhope is a lovely wee town with shops, cafes and pubs. There are plenty walks fom the house and also some a short drive away. The house sits on the edge of the town with a pretty walk beside the river which only takes about 10 mins to get there. There is a great pub 3 mies away called The Black Bull who do beautiful meals. I would have no hesitation in recommending Unthank Hall to anyone who wants a great stay in a brilliant home with amazing owners in a beautiful part of the country.
November 2013
We have just returned from a 4 day break in Unthank Hall. 2 couples, 3 children and 2 dogs. The house is steeped in history and has been beautifully and lovingly restored by the owners. We had a fantastic stay, and the history surrounding the hall only added extra excitement to our Halloween celebrations. The village of Stanhope is a lovely place, with good pubs, good food and friendly people. I would really recommend the Unthank Hall experience. Especially the roll top bath, which was fantastic after a long walk on a cold day.
August 2014
what a fabulous find,my family and myself got together for my dads birthday and stayed here for a week,fab walled garden where dogs played all day and we sat in the sun.,log fires by night in the beautifull restored hall it is full of character and yet has all you need for a carefree relaxing holiday the village is just a short stroll across the river,the owners are helpful and friendly and welcomed us with a plate of bootifull chocolate muffins,well worth a visit you won't wanna leave.
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