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67 reviews
Butterfly Cottage
The balcony decking area with view beyond
The Hillside Setting
view from the cottage balcony
kitchen
Dining table with complimentary wine, chocolates flowers on arrival
Wood burning stove
Downstairs mini vestibule
bathroom en suite
waterfall at Westgate
the neighbours!
Well bank
the Hamlet of Newhouse
the church at St Johns chapel
Chatterbox café in St Johns Chapel
Winter sunset at Burnhope reservoir
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Durham, County Durham, England

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Yasmin D
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“AbsolutelyFabulous”
Reviewed January 18, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
2
people found this review helpful

This little cottage is perfect for a weekend away or a week away! We stayed for a weekend and I wish we could have stayed the whole week! It's easy to find and we got there to be greeted by Anita and showed around the cottage where we had some goodies left, even some dog biscuits for TJ!
We brought our dog and it was perfect for him! A little garden where he can play and everything is gated off so that he can't get out anywhere!
The pictures do not do this little place justice it's gorgeous! So peaceful and private and the inside is so clean and has exactly what you need! You have all the proper cooking utilities and plates/cups ect so all you need to bring is your food!
The only thing I would say is the heating, be sure to keep the fire burning and radiators on so that it's hot enough! The view is spectacular! We even had some snow which was beautiful! Bruce even helped us to start the log fire & provided the wood for us!
I would recommend staying here and will be staying again! Thanks Anita & Bruce!! x

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Liked best: The view!
Liked least: The wifi access!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
Feb 27, 2016
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and that TJ enjoyed the use of the enclosed garden. Usually guests tell us that when the log burner is on they have to open a window! :) Although we were experiencing a bit of a cold snap so I'm pleased the place was warm enough for you. We hope you both and TJ will come again.
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Elizabeth...
County Durham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fabulous relaxing weekend”
Reviewed November 25, 2015 for a stay in November 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Myself and my partner stayed from Friday to Sunday in November. Bruce and Anita, the owners, we so helpful - even driving out to meet us when we took the wrong road. There were some lovely little additions when we arrived, bread, wine, box of chocolates and biscuits for the dog. They even organised the fuel for the stove. The cottage is absolutely lovely, with fabulous views. A covering of snow made it more picturesque, and we were snug and very comfortable in the cottage. Would recommend this as a really relaxing break - nicely recharged our batteries before we start the Christmas preparations! Thank you Bruce and Anita.

Mark and Holly

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Joan B
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed November 4, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We thoroughly enjoyed our break in butterfly cottage. The surrounding area is spectacular and the views from the cottage especially from the veranda were magnificent across the valley. The cottage was spotless and welcoming. The owner Bruce was very helpful and informative on our arrival. We would also recommend a visit to Alston House for a meal. A lovely place with excellent food on our visit.

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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Management Response
Nov 26, 2015
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the cottage. We love the view from the balcony too it was one of the reasons we fell in love with the place over 11 years ago! Alston house in only a 15 minute drive away and we take our friends and family there ourselves as the service and food is consistently good.
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Helenkeel...
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
Reviewed October 21, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed here for 2 nights in October, it is a lovely cottage and on arrival we had fresh bread, milk, butter chocolates and biscuits for my dog which we thought was a lovely touch.

The owners were very friendly and gave us directions to the nearest shops. The cottage itself was very clean and was decorated beautifully.

There is a large hill going up to the cottage, so maybe not suitable for people with difficulty walking but the walks surrounding the cottage are lovely.

I had shown friends and family pictures of the cottage and everyone has said how lovely it is and a few are even looking to book this cottage for themself.

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Liked best: The view
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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Management Response
Oct 22, 2015
Thank you so much for your lovely review. You are right that one of the routes up to the cottage comes up a hill leading up from the Weardale Valley. It is steep but the pay off is the wonderful view but I'd agree if you have mobility problems not one to be tackled on foot. However, everyone who comes here usually does so by car and if they fancy a walk it's only half a mile by car down the bank to the river walk and a couple of miles to the reservoir, which are both flat easy walks and the other road into the property is flatter and will also lead you down into the Valley....these places are where I usually go for walks myself as I do have some mobility problems myself. We are so pleased you had a good time here and we'd love to be able to welcome some of your family and friends in the future :)
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Lindsey R
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
1 review
“A perfect mini break!”
Reviewed October 5, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We had a weekend mini break at Butterfly Cottage to celebrate our anniversary so the flowers, chocolates, wine and scented candles on our arrival got us off to a wonderful start. We took our little dog, Poppy, who was greeted with dog biscuits as well, such a thoughtful touch! The cottage itself was adorable, so tiny but perfectly well equipped with everything you could possibly need for a weekend away. It is located in a beautiful setting with stunning views of the countryside all around. There are also plenty of tourist attractions close by. We enjoyed a walk along Hadrian's Wall and visited High Force Waterfall. Anita and Bruce are extremely helpful hosts who provided us with recommendations on where to have pub dinners and Indian takeaways during our stay. They even baked fresh bread for us! We highly recommend Butterfly Cottage to all our friends and family and would love to visit again one day ourselves.

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Liked best: Very comfortable.
Liked least: Could only get wi-fi in the bedroom.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Oct 5, 2015
Many thanks for your lovely review and we hope you will come again with Poppy.
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hotlipsWe...
west yorks
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Peaceful”
Reviewed September 6, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed at Butterfly cottage for 4 nights 31/8 - 4/9/15. The cottage and the area are really peaceful and quiet and the views are breathtaking. The cottage was spotless and very well equipped for everything you need. Bruce and Anita were very welcoming with lovely little added extra's being the home made bread, wine, chocolates and our dog loved the biscuits which was a kind gesture. I loved the butterfly theme that was evident everywhere and so pretty. As previous guests have had issues with the wifi I know this has tried to be rectified but apparently the best area for the signal was on the window side of the cottage. It isn't great but useable for most needs. Would visit this cottage again.

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Service
Liked best: The cottage and its tranquility
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Sep 9, 2015
Thank you for your kind review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. You are welcome back any time. We are finding different devices seem to get differing connections but everyone seems to be able to connect now from somewhere in the cottage and we have a note book laptop available for guests to use which has a very good signal in the cottage if anyone is really struggling with the wifi.
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Richard J
Downham Market, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Very nice cottage in a lovely place”
Reviewed August 31, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
1
person found this review helpful

The cottage is very nice. From the entrance you go into the "upstairs" where there is a large living area with a kitchen area at the far end. The views across the valley are wonderful. Then "downstairs" is the very comfortable bedroom with the bathroom off it.

As with some other visitors, we weren't able to connect to the wifi. Bruce offered to lend us a laptop which would have connected to it, but because there was a very good mobile signal (3-mobile) we chose to use my iPad instead.

The owners house is next door. They were having some building work done and went away for a few nights. While they were away the builder managed to turn off first the water and then the electricity for the cottage. But in each case the problem was soon put right, and the circumstances were so unusual that it's very unlikely to ever happen again, so don't let that put you off! This really is a lovely place to stay.

We found plenty of walks within Weardale including some where we could walk from the cottage. And it's only a short drive into Teesdale or South Tynedale where we found many more walks.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Aug 31, 2015
Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay. The wifi connection problems have now been fixed so everyone should be able to access the internet from now on using their own devices. We are sorry for the inconvenience you suffered with regard the building work in our own property next door. Unfortunately a family matter needed to be tended to so we were away from the property, this is something we would not normally do, but we understand both issues were remedied quickly within half an hour. As a good will gesture we reimbursed a nights stay.
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