Unthank Hall Pet Friendly and a true Gem
Starting with the welcome from Polly and Alan to the day we left we could not fault anything with our hosts or Unthank Hall. The information on the history of the building from Polly and Alan is a great start to the holiday and they have restored the Hall to a high standard but still maintained the architecture and point out various points of interest in the building, they were kind enough to show us photographs of the building before and during the refurbishment so we could appreciate the work that went into the restoration.
The enclosed paddock is a great place to sit at anytime and take in the peace and quiet and with two dogs there was no worries of them getting into mischief apart from chasing a few rabbits which they never caught. A short walk from the Hall to the stepping stones across the river and a few hundred yards to The Grey Bull where the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, then another short walk into Stanhope where there are all the essential shops to meet your needs.
Recommended by Clumber Sam and Little Meg as very Dog Friendly.
We booked to go to UnThank Hall for a relaxing break with some friends and it exceeded my expectations, the house is truly stunning and the pictures do not do it justice, it is so much better in real life.
We were greeted by the owners, Polly and Alan, like old friends who had lit a roaring fire for our arrival and a tray of Polly?s Chocolate Muffins, and yes, they really are as delicious as everyone else says! They gave us a tour of the house and told us all about the fascinating history of the building dating back to 1525. Their hard work and passion for the Hall is infectious and it is a testament to both of them that they have restored the Hall to such a high standard. It really is ?bite the back of your hand? gorgeous.
Upstairs via the stone spiral staircase are the large, comfortable bedrooms that are all beautifully decorated and full of character. The shower room and bath room are both equally superb and the large free standing bath is perfect for soaking away any aches after a day out.
Downstairs, the kitchen is exceptionally well equipped with everything you need to prepare any meal as well as a washer/dryer and dishwasher. The dining room has a huge table perfect for sitting round after a long walk, along with a vast array of books to keep even the most avid bookworm quiet for months. The jewel in the crown though is the living room with the huge fireplace and large comfortable sofa?s, it is the perfect space for relaxing after a long day.
Outside, the massive walled garden is perfect for letting the dogs run around and investigate the various rabbit burrows or playing fetch and it is totally enclosed so it is secure. Make sure you go out into the garden on a clear night and look at the stars, it is perfect for stargazing.
The village of Stanhope is a real gem, a proper bakery, butchers, caf?s, good pubs and plenty of craft shops to browse through, and all a short 5 to 10 minute walk away from the house. The surrounding area is full of things to do for all ages and there is a huge file in the property with masses of information and suggestions for days out.
The local area is steeped in history and there are masses of walks all around, including the Weardale way which is right outside the house. Go for a walk West along the Weardale way for about 3 miles to a pub called the Black Bull Inn at Frosterley as the food and atmosphere is just brilliant.
UnThank Hall is a wonderful treasure and the hardest part is having to leave but we are already working out when we can go back.
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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.
Steeped in history, oozing character, the dream holiday home
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.
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.