These guest comments are a mixture of reviews taken from the cottage guestbook or left directly on this site.

My partner and I had such a wonderful stay at Belle View Cottage, we felt very at home. The location is perfect, in the middle of nowhere so you feel you can really switch off, but close to Beamish, the Auckland Project and so many other interesting places to explore. Sue and Phil were great hosts. We would be very happy to return!


30 Jun 2024

A Lovely place to stay. This was our second visit and we hope to return again. Beautiful scenery and so peaceful and quiet. Visited Beamish, Bishop Auckland. Durham and Hadrian's Wall. Thank you Phil and Sue (Love having sheep nearby!)

Julian & Helen, Barton upon Humber

24 May 2024

Many thanks for a great week in a very comfy cottage. We were very tempted to stay longer! Thanks too for making us feel so welcome.

Keith and Cynthia

21 Apr 2024

This was our third stay at Belle View. We never tire of the view!
This time we did Bishop Auckland deer park - would definitely recommend. Avoid Tunstall Reservoir in very wet weather however (muddy!!).
Thanks Sue and Phil for another lovely stay!

Andy, Heather and Grace, Cleckheaton

29 Mar 2024

Excellent week, despite the rain! Revisiting old haunts and discovering new walks. Lovely warm cottage, well equipped with fab welcome tray. The Frosterley Inn, very welcoming pub, great Italian in Wolsingham too. Phil and Sue very friendly, but not intrusive. Perfect little garden, we didn't make use of the larger garden as Ruby and Nell like to dig! (Thought best to avoid that!). Perfect spot, thank you so much.

Sarah & Richard (with Ruby and Nellie), Bodmin, Cornwall

27 Oct 2023

Fabulous week here. Wonderful views and walks from the door. A very welcome pack and lovely welcome from Phil and Sue. Very lucky with the weather, interesting storm last night. The difference in the river yesterday and today amazing to see all the waterfalls off the cliffs in the quarries. Thank you, we will be back.

John, Margaret and Daniel, Belper, with Spot the Dog

20 Oct 2023

Enjoyed our week in Belle View Cottage. We have been very warm and comfy. Thanks for the welcome pack. Weather has been quite good all week so we have done some lovely walks, but still plenty to do in this lovely area. Thanks once again!

Paul & Carol, Hull

13 Oct 2023

An excellent return visit. Thank you Phil and Sue for being so kind. Lovely welcome pack. We will be back again for sure.

Penny & George (with Wesley & Dolly), Chelmsford

06 Oct 2023

A delightful cottage, excellent location. A great place to stay; so much to enjoy. Already thinking of returning. Thank you, Phil and Sue

Julian & Helen, Barton upon Humber

29 Sep 2023

Great place to stay with great walks and drives nearby.

Col and Di, Dalton in Furness

22 Sep 2023

A fine week in a lovely and cosy cottage with stunning views. So lucky with the weather, we dodged all the showers and heavier rain. Food wise, great too. Frosterley fish and chips thoroughly recommended, Buon Appetito in Wolsingham great too. Also mention Pegotty's deli in Wolsingham. Thanks for everything, Sue and Phil.

Peter, Bridget and Carl (and Kimmi the dog), Norfolk

15 Sep 2023

Glorious weather on our second visit to Belle View. As before, Phil and Sue great hosts with extensive knowledge of places to visit, walk and eat. Can recommend Stanhope Pizza Barn and the Copper Mine at Crook, excellent value and good food.

Jamie, Lynn and Henry, Lincolnlshire

08 Sep 2023

Lovely stay in a beautiful setting. Thank you, Sue and Phil for the warm welcome. We had a great time.

Naomi, Andrew and Denbie, Fleet, Hampshire

01 Sep 2023

Really lovely stay, so much to see and do. Great walks from here. Loved fossiking for crystals above the cottage. Slitt Woods, the 'Forces'. Highly recommend the bakers in Stanhope. We will return!

Trace, Colin, Melissa and Bean, Ashford, Kent

25 Aug 2023

Another lovely stay in our favourite cottage - just can't get enough of the views! Thank you Phil and Sue for recommendations - Roker Beach is a lovely day out and Pizza Barn in Stanhope! We will be back!

Bryn, Sally and Polly with Rick and Bonnie, Cirencester

11 Aug 2023

Perfect cottage for my visit to the dog trials in the area. We had everything we needed - apart from the sun... but who wants 30 degrees anyway??? Dogs loved bunny watching! I loved the quiet and the views across to the wood.

Susan, Annie, Ketu and Ras, Switzerland

04 Aug 2023

Just coming to the end of our second stay at Belle View Cottage. It has been as wonderful, peaceful and beautiful as last time. Sue & Phil are amazing hosts and the cottage is the best we have stayed in. Couple this with the Weardale setting, which is stunning and you have a walking holiday…a restful holiday…it’s up to you…loads to do, or just chill…

Thanks so much Sue & Phil. It’s been a fabulous week and we look forward to coming back soon.

Ta-tar for now…

Sue & Bruce

29 Jun 2023

We have been so lucky with the weather, hot sun every day. Love it here at Belle View, don't want to go home!! The views, peace, walks all have been perfect and so relaxing. Very well equipped cottage. Thank you Phil and Sue. We will be back.

Peter & Lisa, Pevensey, E Sussex

16 Jun 2023

We came for peace and quiet and loved every minute of it. Very comfortable bed, better than home. Lovely fish and chips in the village. Sue and Phil very welcoming.

Maureen & Kim, Barnsley

12 May 2023

Beautiful cottage - a real home from home. Had everything we needed. Sue and Phil absolutely delightful. Many thanks for your superb hospitality. Wonderful location and so quiet. Will come again!!

Penny & George, Galleywood, Essex

28 Apr 2023

Our second wonderful stay here at Belle View. We love the homely feel, everything is catered for and the games/DVDs are great for an 8 year old. Thank you Sue and Phil for being such fantastic hosts, nothing is too much trouble. We will be back - if you will have us! x

Andy, Heather & Grace, Yorkshire

07 Apr 2023

Wonderfully warm and welcoming. Everything you could need in the cottage and info for outside it. Never seen so many bird species on one day. Great place for outings and for staying put. A strong feeling of generosity pervades. Thank you, Sue and Phil. 'Bliss on a hill'.

Andy & Poppy, Dorset

31 Mar 2023

Another wonderful week, weather good, which was unexpected. Peaceful place to just relax and enjoy. Lovely views - wow!! Waking up to that is precious. Thank you to Sue and Phil for making it all so special. Hope to be back!!

Paul & Eileen, Liverpool

14 Oct 2022

We had a lovely relaxing holiday. Cottage is very comfortable and well equipped. Couldn't ask for anything more. Also thank you for the use of your lovely garden. Thank you Sue and Phil for your hospitality.

Linda & Paul, Liverpool

07 Oct 2022

Such a lovely cottage with a great garden and views. Loads of walks to do right on the doorstep. Friendly and helpful hosts, can't wait to return.

Julie & Paul, Cheshunt, Herts

30 Sep 2022

Lovely, well equipped cottage in a fantastic location. Owners welcoming but not intrusive. Thank you.

Sophy and Anne, Newark on Trent

23 Sep 2022

Our first holiday in 3 years, and what an amazing holiday we have had! The cottage is just perfect offering a home from home. Sue and Phil are lovely hosts and extremely welcoming and helpful. So much to see and do, with fabulous walks galore. We'll definitely be back.

Sue, Martin and Isaac, Birkenhead

02 Sep 2022

Lovely cottage, fantastic views and walks. The cottage has everything you need, my son enjoyed playing on the Wii games. Phil and Sue are perfect hosts and gave us helpful information on where to visit. We enjoyed our visit to Blanchland on our last day.

Russell, Jen and Jacob, Leeds

26 Aug 2022

Thank you - We've had a lovely relaxing time at Belle View. A wonderfully comfortable and clean cottage, with stunning views. Just what we needed to blow the cobwebs away and breathe! The moors are magnificent! Thank you for being helpful and friendly hosts, but never intrusive.

Springer, Gateshead

19 Aug 2022

We had an amazing stay at Belle View.. a gorgeous cottage in the middle of such beautiful countryside.. views in all directions! Phil and Sue were so friendly and helpful giving us lots of ideas for places to visit and eat out!
Very well equipped and comfortable cottage which was spotlessly clean. Many thanks for the welcome hamper of biscuits and wine.
We shall definitely be returning to this beautiful cottage!

Sally Winkle

14 Aug 2022

Great week, lovely cottage, lots of picturesque and peaceful walks. Thank you for your hospitality.

Martin, Claire and Tom, Altrincham

05 Aug 2022

What a fabulous place to stay. Phil and Sue offered up some interesting places to visit, all dog friendly. High and Low Force was fantastic. Our dogs will probably sulk when we get home. The Black Bull in Wolsingham is a fantastic place to drink and get a bite to eat.

Roy and Louise, West Sussex

29 Jul 2022

The most amazing stay. So convenient for our dog agility show at Wolsingham. Lovely garden, fabulous weather. Sue and Phil have thought of everything required for a fantastic stay. Thank you!

Neil, Anna and Katie, Aberdeenshire

22 Jul 2022

We have had an amazing time, once again! Loved the cottage, the views, walks and the beautiful sunshine we've had. Thank you Sue and Phil for making us feel so welcomed and making our stay so enjoyable,

Amo and Parminder, Nottingham

15 Jul 2022

Lovely cottage, so well equipped. We have had a lovely stay and hope to return next year. Will definitely be recommending to friends.

Sue and Ian

01 Jul 2022

Really beautiful place and Belle View is truly a home from home. We were made to feel very welcome and appreciated the lovely welcome pack. A big thank you to Sue and Phil, we had a lovely time.

Pauline and Steve. Newcastle

21 Jun 2022

Such a beautiful place. So quiet and peaceful with amazing views. This cottage is so well equipped with everything you need. Phil and Sue are wonderful hosts. Thank you

Dave, Doreen and Graham, Bournemouth

17 Jun 2022

Enjoyed our stay at Belle View. A really nice homely cottage with everything at hand. Plenty of walks around the cottage and at the various towns we visited. Highly recommend Bishop Auckland Town Hall. Tasty scones with clotted cream. Also, big thanks to our hosts Phil and Sue for info and welcome pack.

Billy and Audrey, Glasgow

27 May 2022

Our 3rd stay here, such an awesome cottage to stay in. We love it here so much. Something different to see and do each time we come. Pawlaw Pike is one of our favourite walks. Beamish is a great day out.

The Parsons Family, New Forest

20 May 2022

Enjoyed our week in Belle View cottage. Phil and Sue are a lovely couple and very sociable. If you get chance try a journey to Blanchland, Lovely village and tea room. (Dogs welcome inside)

Richard and Jean, Wakefield

28 Apr 2022

Had a fabulous week! Great for walking the dog in the area, no need to get in the car! The cottage is lovely and has everything you need. Sue and Phil were wonderful hosts. I would love to come back.

Sharon, Suffolk

22 Apr 2022

Second time staying and already planning our next stay. Phil and Sue are brilliant hosts and the cottage is an absolute gem with amazing views and everything you could need to enjoy a relaxing stay (as relaxing as can be with a 4 year old!) fantastic local walks and phil is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to some great walks elsewhere. Thanks for a great week!

Michael & Susan

09 Apr 2022

Lovely cottage, has everything you need. Beautiful and peaceful location with amazing walks and countryside from the door. Friendly and helpful hosts. 10/10

Kathryn, Warrington

25 Mar 2022

Simply breath taking - I had a great time. The walks are spectacular. I love the mining heritage. Hope to return.

Sarah, Greenwich

18 Mar 2022

Thank you, Sue and Phil. Loved the place and area, caught up with some old friends, lovely walks. Will be back!

Micheline, Middlesbrough

02 Jan 2022

Thank you, Sue and Phil, for another fabulous time at Belle View. We love it here and we will definitely be back. Enjoy your time off and see you next year!

Judith, North Shields

08 Nov 2021

A view to die for! Cottage warm and cosy and everything we needed - and more. Thanks to Phil and Sue for biscuits and wine. Hamsterley, reservoirs and walks from door all lovely and we will return here, I'm sure.

Ian, Kirkby Malzeard

29 Oct 2021

Belle View cottage is just so lovely. The views are breathtaking. The surrounding area is wonderful, so many places to walk, so peaceful.
The cottage itself is everything you could ever want, warm and cosy, spotless, well equipped. All of this is down to hosts they are just so kind and make sure you have a good holiday.
We hope to be able to go back to Belle View soon. 10/10

Paul, Liverpool

15 Oct 2021