Hill House East is located at Westgate in the heart of The North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in County Durham. Our Country Bed & Breakfast is a wonderful retreat for those who are looking for a quiet, tranquil and relaxing break away. As we only accommodate a maximum of four guests, the house is a tranquil haven if you just want to sit by the log stove and read or relax. Or, you can go out and about in our beautiful countryside, for walking and cycling. In summer, you can sit in the comfortable summer house and watch the sun set behind the hills.
Guests of the bed and breakfast have their own entrance and key, so you may come and go as you please. Our 2 guest rooms are made up as a double and a twin room, however both rooms are available on single occupancy. Each of our guest rooms include:
Tea/coffee making facilities.
Supply of biscuits.
The very well appointed guest bathroom is between the two bedrooms, however due to the lay out and age of the house we are unable to provide en suite facilities.
A TV, CD player, DVD player and cosy seating can be found in our residents lounge. This is a large, cosy room that has original beams and a stone inglenook fire place that has a log burning stove. A selection of board games and a wide selection of books are available for you to enjoy during your stay and we are more than happy for you to bring your own wine to enjoy.
Another peaceful retreat at Hill House East is the Summerhouse at the bottom of the garden. Comfortably furnished with chairs, sofa and tables and well heated and lighted it provides a wonderful place to escape to for relaxing whatever the weather is doing, with or without a glass of wine.
One of the last parts of Hill House East that John got around to renovating was the 'Hemmel' or small stone byre adjacent to the house. We had used this old building in its dilapidated state to provide shelter for our little flock of black Zwartble sheep in the winter. The Hemmel now is a very basic but clean space, still with its byre floor and wood beamed roof, with the warmth and company of a large wood burning stove, tables and chairs and a basic kitchen if you want to make a cuppa. The hemmel can be used for a range of activities including craft work or simply sitting by the stove and reading or just relaxing.
We pride ourselves on the food that is served at our bed and breakfast, we make our own bread, do lots of home baking, use our own free range eggs, make our own preserves and offer vegetarian options. Any soup with 'Lamb' in it will be made with meat from our own hillsides. We have an extensive breakfast menu from which guests can order exactly what they would like and when they would like it and we are happy to provide packed lunches for those who are going out on a day’s adventures or on your departure day. Although we do not provide a standard two course evening meal we do uniquely offer a 'COUNTRY SUPPER’ of homemade soup and bread, sandwiches of choice and home baking, which is guaranteed to satisfy the hungriest of guests.
Our central location makes us a great place to stay while exploring Durham and The Pennines on foot or by bicycle. If winter sport is your scene and we have an adequate covering of snow the Weardale Ski Club is 3 miles away up the road behind us. The Killhope Lead Mining Museum is 7 miles from our B&B and tells the history of this once major industry in the Dale, with working waterwheels and an underground mine experience and other attractions on offer and the Weardale Museum at Ireshopeburn, telling about life in days gone by in Weardale, is only 3 miles away.
For lots more information please visit our website.
Rates: From October 2017, £45 per person per night; no single person supplement
Dogs sleeping in owner’s cars are welcome
Children are welcome by arrangement.
Free Wi-Fi internet access.
Off street parking and secure cycle storage.
Packed lunches and ‘Country Suppers’ available by arrangement.
Highly Recommended on Trip Advisor.
5 Star Food Hygiene Rating.