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Scenic Weardale Escape to North Pennines, Log Fires, Walking, Family and Dogs.

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Black Dog House has been awarded 3 stars by Visit England

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Last updated: 07/02/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Carrshield house description

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 two19th 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 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 ....

Check our own website for more at www.blackdoghouse.info


3 Star self-catering award through Torism England: You can also see us listed on the Tourism England (Durham) website for our three stars; just copy and paste into your browser:

http://www.thisisdurham.com/accommodation/search-results/black-dog-house-p566321

Looking to push that up to four stars this year, 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 successfuly cater for most peoples needs, so do get in contact if there is anything that you'd like clarifying.

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • House
  • 1722 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                The converted attic room is huge and ideal for putting groups of children. There are boxes of toys for the younger ones, speaker docks and computer screens for the older ones, plus a good floor spece for just lounging about. ...moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                My sister used to own a large black Belgiun Shepheard dog called Mort, hence the name of the house. We have had plenty of dogs stay in the past, and apeart from the scratch marks in the bath after one visit (!) all has been well and they are more than welcome. I have been told that if their dogs could write reviews, the local walks in the woods and hills would get a wet paw positive write up!...moreless

              • Limited Accessibility:

                Getting in the ground floor and access to kitchen, sitting and dining room would be ok, and at the same time all toilet facilities are upstairs....moreless

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 8-12

              • Bedroom 1: 1 double

                En-suite...moreless

              • Bedroom 2: 1 king

                + Room for cot or sgl full height powered blow up bed...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

                Lovely views over fields...moreless

              • Bedroom 4: 1 queen, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon

                1 King + 1 full height King Size + & 2 sgl air beds...moreless

              • All the bedrooms are spacious and light, with double glazing, wool carpets, and fully furnished. There are plenty of electrical sockets and Wifi is available throughout the house. The main bedroom is south facing and has a newly built en-suite shower room with toilet, sink, lots of shelf space, heated towel rail and the mother of all walk-in showers! The 2nd double bedroom is larger, south facing with fitted cupboards and a 6 foot Sleigh bed plus plenty of room for one of our baby cots. Bedroom 3 overlooks the fields, church and steep Pennine hills behind the house, with twin pine single beds. Up on the 2nd floor is a huge, full height converted attic space that is newly carpeted and very bright. It is a flexible space for sleeping, children, games and generally spreading out. There are three full height airbeds and cots for larger groups. The House comfortably sleeps eight adults, and if teenagers, smaller children or babies are involved, then this can easily stretch to ten or 12....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

                heated towel rail...moreless

              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

                heated towel rail...moreless

              • The main family bathroom overlooks the terrace and fields at the back of the house and is very spacious and bright. It has been completely rebuilt, with a very effective over-bath shower, as well as the iron bath. There is plenty of hot water heated by solar panels, topped up by the new oil fired boiler for deep baths; perfect after a bike ride or walk across the hills, PLUS a heated rail to warm the towels. The new padded linoleum is warm under the feet and very easy when children get involved with soap and bubbles. Next door is the newly built ensuite shower room to the main bedroom, with toilet, sink, lots of shelf space, heated towel rail and the mother of all walk-in showers. We provide some basics like soap, toilet roll, and enough shampoo to create a lather if you forget your own things....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • No doubt you will have packed what you have room for, but if you're caught out by the weather, there are a selection of wellington boots (sizes 6-10) and outdoor coats that you can borrow. A pair of your own comfortable walking boots would be ideal to make sure you can clamber up hills and through streams at will; Two winters ago there was a good dump of snow...so much in fact, that Weardale Ski Club at Daddry Shield (2 miles up the road with drag lifts) was featured on the BBC's Ski Sunday! There are a couple of toboggans for you to use, and some x-country skis + boots. There are some traditional board games that don't need to be plugged in, a selection of novels and DVDs, plus new player. Freesat with over 100 channels is set up with a 32' TV . There is also a lockable shed in the back yard, so that you can keep any valuable bikes or outdoor kit safe and covered. There is a small wheely BBQ for sunny evenings (1st bag of charcoal supplied) and a supply of logs for the open fire...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books For Kids
                  • Toys
                  • Video Library
                  • Television
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Radio
                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • Game Room
                  • Games
                  • Games For Kids
                  • Piano
                  • DVD Player

                  Theme

                  • Family
                  • Sports & Activities

                  Attractions

                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Caves
                  • Churches
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Forests
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Library
                  • Pond

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Scenic Drives

                  local services and businesses

                  • Laundromat
                  • Groceries
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Babysitter
                  • Medical Services
                  • ATM/Bank

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain
                  • Rural
                  • Village

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Skiing
                  • Golf
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Paragliding
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Spelunking

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining Room
                      • Child's Highchair
                      • Dining
                      • Seating for 10 people

                      General

                      • Wood Stove
                      • Living Room
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • PC
                      • Telescope
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Internet
                      • Backpack
                      • Thermos Bottle
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking On Street
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Activities Guide
                      • Firewood
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Shampoo
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Fireplace
                      • Fax
                      • Telephone
                      • Heating
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking:

                        Parking available at end of path 5 metres from front door. Also safe on road parking within 10 metres/25 feet...moreless

                      • Towels Provided:

                        Bath sheet, normal towel and a hand towel...moreless

                      house cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional

                          Kitchen

                          • Blender
                          • Coffee Grinder
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Grill
                          • Toaster
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Freezer
                          • Stove
                          • Oven
                          • Microwave
                          • Pantry Items

                          Outside

                          • Terrace
                          • Lawn / Garden
                          • Barbecue
                          • Bicycles
                          • Binoculars
                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Deck / Patio:

                            Probably better described as a back yard (!) At the same time it overlooks the fields, hills to the north and village church, as well as catching the teatime and evening sun. Easy to razz up the BBQ....moreless

                          property descriptor

                              • Terraced
                               

                              Reviews

                              Write a review 4.8
                              from 22 traveler reviews
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                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              Early Summer
                              Jun 29 - Jul 26, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              £120 £160
                              Fri, Sat, Sun
                              £740 £1,800

                              Changeover Day: Saturday


                              Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

                              Summer
                              Jul 27 - Sep 6, 2014
                              4 night min stay
                              £122 £186
                              Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                              £860

                              Changeover Day: Saturday


                              Rates are based on 8 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

                              Late Summer
                              Sep 7 - Oct 25, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              £90
                              £680 £1,500
                              Half term
                              Oct 26 - Nov 2, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              £160
                              Fri, Sat, Sun
                              £740

                              Changeover Day: Saturday

                              Autumn walks
                              Nov 3 - Dec 20, 2014
                              3 night min stay
                              £104
                              £480 £1,200
                              Crimbo
                              Dec 21 - Dec 27, 2014
                              7 night min stay

                              £850
                              NEW YEAR!!!
                              Dec 28 - Jan 3, 2015
                              7 night min stay

                              £1,029
                              My Standard Rate
                              3 night min stay
                              £100
                              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees:

                              • Pet Fee £0
                              • Taxes Not included

                              Notes:

                              Saturday afternoon arrivals unless by prior arrangement. Minimum 3 night price 65% of weekly GBP rate.

                              Last minute short breaks bookable within one week of the start date. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. Discounts available if a lower number of people are staying - please ask.

                              Pets considered and only permitted with well-behaved owners!


                              Cancellation policy:

                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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                              Last updated: 07/02/2014
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                              Location

                              35 Miles
                              Nearest Airport
                              Newcastle International
                              50 Miles
                              Nearest Ferry
                              Newcastle to Holland and Norway
                              27 Miles
                              Nearest Train
                              Durham
                              35 Miles
                              Nearest Motorway
                              M6 Jct 40
                              40 Miles
                              Nearest Beach
                              Seaham, Durham Heritage Coast
                              40 Metres
                              Nearest Barpub
                              Westgate village
                              2 Miles
                              Nearest Ski
                              Daddry Shield
                              14 Miles
                              Nearest Golf
                              Allenheads
                              40 Metres
                              Nearest Restaurant
                              The Hare & Hounds (pub), Westgate

                              Car: Necessary

                              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. visit a golf website for details:

                              http://www.theinternetgolfclub.com/counties/golf-in-county-durham.asp

                              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; skiweardale.co.uk), 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. Snow reports available at:

                              http://www.skiweardale.com/Snow%20Reports.html plus http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Swinhope/6day/mid and a blog spot at skiweardale.blogspot.com

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

                              http://hareandhoundswestgate.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/barbie-scraped-just-like-summer.html

                              The arboretum to visit is in Durham: http://www.eastdurham.ac.uk/1419/view_page.php?section=5&category=19&page=53

                               

                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 1998

                              About the owner: I have been a landlord for over 25 years and have used that experience to hopefully provide a good holiday house for any guests to enjoy and feel that most things have been thought about and taken care of; I hope like others, that you do to!

                              Why the Owner Chose Carrshield:
                              I took the house over from my sister who had lived there with her family for nine years. We then spend about 18 months completely renovating the house and converting the loft space with a view to turning it into the holiday house it now has been for the past three years.

                              The Unique Benefits at this House:
                              Being in the middle of the North Pennines, which is one of the most beautiful and wild parts of the country is a complete joy; the fact that it is not overful full of tourists is in my view a bonus. There are a selection of mountains just up the valley (The Dodd, Flinty Fell, Killhope Law, Dead Stones and Midllehope Moor) and some quite glorious waterfalls in the area. The two joined cottages gives a very good flexibility of accommodation, and the large attic room to throw children into seems to work very well; a brilliant and large play area with room and blow up beds to sleep a small team!


                              Contact us

                              Speaks: norwegian, french, swedish, danish, english

                              Links to more information:

                              Guestbook comments from the owner

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                              • Black Dog House has been awarded 3 stars by Visit England

                                Black Dog House has been awarded 3 stars by Visit England

                              • Large dining room, with glass fronted wood burning stove. Seats available for 12

                                Large dining room, with glass fronted wood burning stove. Seats available for 12

                              • Fully equipped Kitchen with heated floor. Coffee & popcorn maker - not the same!

                                Fully equipped Kitchen with heated floor. Coffee & popcorn maker - not the same!

                              • South facing six foot sleigh bed room!  The memory mattress makes this SO comfy!

                                South facing six foot sleigh bed room! The memory mattress makes this SO comfy!

                              • Modern family bath and shower room, heated towel rails and toiletries provided.

                                Modern family bath and shower room, heated towel rails and toiletries provided.

                              • Huge converted attic bed/games room.  One permanent double and Ligne Roset sofa.

                                Huge converted attic bed/games room. One permanent double and Ligne Roset sofa.

                              • Courtyard catches the early evening sun

                                Courtyard catches the early evening sun

                              • The Wear valley surrounding Westgate

                                The Wear valley surrounding Westgate

                              • Dusk at 10pm in June

                                Dusk at 10pm in June

                              • Middlehope Burn in Slitt Wood (SSSI)  5 mins walk

                                Middlehope Burn in Slitt Wood (SSSI) 5 mins walk

                              • Swinhope ski slope, 2 miles away

                                Swinhope ski slope, 2 miles away

                              • Cowshill Bridge, 5 mins drive away

                                Cowshill Bridge, 5 mins drive away

                              • Sitting Room with HUGE open fire, grate, dogs and backplate. Freesat and DVDs.

                                Sitting Room with HUGE open fire, grate, dogs and backplate. Freesat and DVDs.

                              • Ensuite shower room - heated towel rail and the mother of all walk in showers.

                                Ensuite shower room - heated towel rail and the mother of all walk in showers.

                              • Twin bedroom overlooking fields, the church and hills above.

                                Twin bedroom overlooking fields, the church and hills above.

                              • First floor landing, bookcase with large selection of books, router and phone.

                                First floor landing, bookcase with large selection of books, router and phone.

                              • South facing front garden and the Hare and Hounds in view. No noise but lovely.

                                South facing front garden and the Hare and Hounds in view. No noise but lovely.

                              • Black Dog House in winter

                                Black Dog House in winter

                              • Looking south over Westgate

                                Looking south over Westgate

                              • Snow drift, New Years Day 2010

                                Snow drift, New Years Day 2010

                              • The Pennines - stunning skies and vistas

                                The Pennines - stunning skies and vistas

                              • Hadrian's Wall, gatehouse near Hexham

                                Hadrian's Wall, gatehouse near Hexham

                              • High Force in winter - SCARY!

                                High Force in winter - SCARY!

                              £65 - £186 per night (GBP)
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                              4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 12

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                              Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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