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Black Dog House - Westgate - North Pennines - UK

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Overview
4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
10 guests
3 nights minimum
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Black Dog House is a lovely place to unwind, relax and enjoy. The house and the surrounding countryside have something to offer all ages and interests. It's grand for couples, groups of friends and families, with flexible accommodation and every comfort provided. The house is actually two 19th Century stone-built terraced cottages, joined together to provide a fine place to stay over 3 floors, and has been fully refurbished - I should know, i was in there grappling the RSJ's through the bedroom window! There is plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing indoors, whilst the front garden is good for breakfast, and the rear yard is a place for evening drinks or a small BBQ. The set-up can be seen quite easily from the pictures, but essentially it's a walk in to the dining room area...Black Dog House is a lovely place to unwind, relax and enjoy. The house and the surrounding countryside have something to offer all ages and interests. It's grand for couples, groups of friends and families, with flexible accommodation and every comfort provided. The house is actually two 19th Century stone-built terraced cottages, joined together to provide a fine place to stay over 3 floors, and has been fully refurbished - I should know, i was in there grappling the RSJ's through the bedroom window! There is plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing indoors, whilst the front garden is good for breakfast, and the rear yard is a place for evening drinks or a small BBQ. The set-up can be seen quite easily from the pictures, but essentially it's a walk in to the dining room area with a wood burner, then through to a large sitting room with an open fire. The kitchen is off this will a large range of 'stuff' to get cooking with. Out the back there is a small office area with table and computer point with a door to the back yard. A jump over the wall and you're in the fields! Upstairs there are two doubles, one of which has an en-suite, a twin bedded room and a bathroom. On the top floor there is a big room (ideal for locking away children!) with a large combination of beds available. The location itself is hard to beat, with breathtaking moorland, woods, mountains, rivers, SERIOUS waterfalls and charming small towns. If you visit once, you'll likely want to come back for more .... 3 Star Gold self-catering award through the AA Tourism England organisation. I have been offered four stars for a max of 8, or stick with the Gold award for the higher occupancy which I have done - not that there is any bias involved! Who has stayed: Since starting two years ago, we have had a huge variety of groups stay, many of which have taken the trouble to give Black Dog House good reviews. It'd be best to read their words below, but in summary I would say we can successfully cater for most peoples needs, so do get in contact if there is anything that you'd like clarifying.More
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Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Private Garden
A Winter Sun Getaway
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Shared Tennis Court
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Local Guides/Maps
Fishing Nearby
Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Water Views
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Patio
Fireplace
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A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

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Date of stay: August 2018
Reviewed April 11, 2018

A little gem of a find but a massive house! Couldn't believe how much space there was in this cottage. A huge dining area, huge sitting room, kitchen, boot room area, 2 huge beds upstairs 1 with en suite, bathroom, twin room and a big...More

Date of stay: April 2018
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Management response:Responded July 20, 2018

Thanks so much for such a comprehensive and positive review, and I will take the trouble to show it to the pub opposite! Also so glad you had a lovely stay and we look forward to welcoming you back.

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kings lynn
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Reviewed August 20, 2017 via mobile

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Date of stay: August 2017
Management response:Responded July 20, 2018

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Reviewed June 4, 2017

5 adults 3 children family, plenty of space, fresh white sheets, comfy pillows, ample towels, vast array of kitchenware/ china/utensils, coffee machine (much to my husbands delight) Working fire place, all logs provided, used them sorry! house not cold, just added to the ambience of...More

Date of stay: May 2017
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Grixoni, VR Owner at Black Dog House - Westgate - North Pennines - UK, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2017

Oh Jenny, thank you so much for a lovely review. Certainly look forward to having you back and looking after you again, and will hopefully have some new delights at Black Dog House for you to report on. All the best until then, Martin

Reviewed February 10, 2016

Black Dog House is a welcoming,cosy, comfortable home from home providing ideal accommodation for a larger party.We spent a brilliant December week with family . We even had half a day of snow. Great ambience - blazing log fire and woodburner. Children's playground opposite and...More

Date of stay: December 2015
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Grixoni, VR Owner at Black Dog House - Westgate - North Pennines - UK, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2016

Thanks for your review Anje, and so glad you enjoyed your stay. I'll pass on your kind thoughts to Linda the Housekeeper, and we have now indeed sorted the sticky locks. look forward to hopefully seeing you another time. All the best, Martin

About the Owner
Martin G
Languages spoken:Norwegian, Swedish, English, Danish
Response Rate:85%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:November 2013
Interaction with guests
Clare the Housekeeper and her team all live locally, so should be able to answer any queries you might have.
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About the neighbourhood
Westgate lies within the Wear Valley which is part of the Pennines designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; perfect for mountain biking, bird watching, riding, painting, photography and even skiing. There are lots of things to see locally - museums, mines, castles, gardens, railways, historic cities, Hadrian’s Wall 30 minutes to the north and the spectacular High Force Falls 30 minutes to the south. Only 15 miles further up the Pennines is the market town of Alston, sitting 1300 feet above sea level, and the starting point for the South Tyne Railway. The market towns of Barnard Castle, Hexham (with its racecourse and Abbey), Newcastle and Durham are all within 30 miles. The village itself has a riverside pub and small shop, playground and public tennis court, The surrounding area is ...
Getting around
A car or bike is the best way to enjoy the local area, although straight walks out from the House are glorious! More details are on the website about where to visit, plus a comprehensive set of tourist booklets at the property. Clare the Housekeeper has also done the County Durham 'World Host' course, so you should be well looked after in places to go!
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