North Pennines, walking, dogs woof!

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  1. 8 guests
  2. 4 bedrooms
  3. 6 beds
  4. 2 bathrooms
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Great location
90% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
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Black Dog House is a grand place to unwind, relax and enjoy. The house and surrounding countryside have something to offer all ages and interests. The location is hard to beat, with breathtaking moorland, woods, mountains, rivers and SERIOUS waterfalls!

The space
Black Dog House is 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 damn 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 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 sleeping arrangements available. If you visit once, you'll likely want to come back for more ....

3 Star Gold self-catering award through Tourism England: You can also see us listed on the Tourism England (Durham) website.

We just got our latest award from Visit England of 3 stars and a gold award for up to 8 people. We do have flexibility with sleeping arrangements as we have a couple of good sofa beds, so just ask and I can clarify.

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.

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Dedicated workspace
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV with standard cable/satellite
Washing machine

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4.81 out of 5 stars from 108 reviews


Where you’ll be

Westgate, England, United Kingdom

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 renowned for its wildlife and Slitt Wood with its burbling and gushing beck (a 5 minute walk from the house) is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and bloomin lovely to walk up through. The brooding Hamsterley Forest is 20 minutes by car and is perfect for walks, biking and picnics.

Other Activities: canoeing, orienteering,

Golf: 6 Golf courses within an hours drive, both 9 and 18 hole.

There's even left some clubs to borrow in the house!

Ski: It was on ski Sunday for goodness sake, and you can't get much better than that!
It is called Swinhope Moor (01388 527527;, which began in 1963 and is run by the Weardale Ski Club, comprising 14 volunteers. These include a fireman who works at the club in his spare time and a retired mechanic. They're up there in the summer cutting the rushes, and in the winter manning the two button lifts and the piste basher. There are seven pisted runs, off-piste slopes and a gully with jumps and ledges. They were awarded the 'Recreational Club of the Year Award' by Snow Sport England at an awards ceremony last month.
I have also skied up on the county border with Northumberland. Minus 3, purple wax, and the skis and wax, plus boots are all available in the loft (size 10 large). 2 sets of everything.

Have a look at the pub opposite; they do great food and it only takes 30 seconds to walk there!

The arboretum to visit is in Durham

Hosted by Anita

  1. Joined in October 2018


    • Martin

    During your stay

    Anita the Housekeeper has lived in the region since childhood, so she can give all sorts of useful advise as to what might suit for your stay. We have a team of local experts who should also be able to assist with any challenges.
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      Things to know

      House rules

      Check-in: 16:00 - 21:00
      Check out: 10:00
      Self check-in with lockbox
      No smoking
      No parties or events
      Pets are allowed

      Health & safety

      Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
      Nearby lake, river, other body of water
      Heights without rails or protection
      Carbon monoxide alarm
      Smoke alarm

      Cancellation policy