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Prospect Cottage
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Prospect Cottage

An attractive, stone-built, terraced property, this charming cottage adjoins the owner's home in the village of Lanchester in the heart of County Durham. It lies within easy reach of the historic city of Durham and the Yorkshire Dales.

The cottage offers warm and comfortable accommodation with an attractive garden to the front and an enclosed yard to the rear. Inside, the property has been well decorated and furnished to an exceptionally high standard, combining modern convenience and traditional charm, and offers three bedrooms able to sleep up to five people. Other accommodation includes a fitted kitchen, a spacious dining room and a lounge with woodburning stove.

Accommodation at Prospect Cottage comprises: * 3 double bedrooms * Bathroom with bath, basin and WC * Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC * Fitted kitchen * Dining room with woodburner-style gas fire * Sitting room with gas woodburner-style fire.

Amenities * Gas central heating with gas fires * Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD * All fuel and power inc. in rent * Bed linen and towels inc. in rent * Off road parking * Enclosed rear yard with furniture, front garden area * Cot and highchair if requested at booking * Sorry, no pets and no smoking * Shops, pubs and restaurant 5 mins walk

Notes: * Max 5 people, plus 1 infant. * This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100.



Prospect Cottage


A super cottage!

This cottage was even better than the description! A bedroom and shower room is completely separate form the other 2 bedrooms and bathroom which made it ideal for our newlyweds who were in our group! It was ideally situated, quiet but a walk away from shops and pub serving good food. Yards away were great walks and bicycle trails. The facilities in the cottage were excellent and the owners weree very friendly and helpful but discreet!
Thank you to everyone at Sykes cottages and a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2010!

A FlipKey verified reviewer

tasteful character cottage

Loved the size and layout of the cottage. Style successfully achieved with smart decor and furniture. Our teenage children couldn't wait to explore it. Loved the aubergine-colour theme. Really good for family stay - three good-size bedrooms with super kitchen and bathrooms. Owner very helpful and friendly. Any problems quickly sorted. Very pretty double-fronted cottage. Would stay again.

A FlipKey verified reviewer

Quaint and well placed, if cold in some rooms

A quaint cottage with all the amenities we needed, however as it slept 6 it would have been nice if there was seating for 6 in the living room. The TV was old and made a funny noise. The 3rd bedroom/seating area was VERY cold and some areas smell of damp slightly although the rest of the house was lovely and warm.We had 2 cars and had difficulty turning so as not to reverse out onto a main road. Overall we had a very pleasant stay.

A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer

Lovely homely cottage

Prospect Cottage is a lovely cosy and homely cottage. The village is pretty and has everything you could need with a good bus service to Durham and Newcastle within minutes walk form the cottage.
Eating out was a pleasure in all the restaurants within the village and the portions were huge!!

A FlipKey verified reviewer

Very disappointed

Arrived from Australian summer (40 degrees plus) at 5pm on a freezing wintery evening.
We were delighted when we saw the cottage as it looks delightful and so inviting. Decor is lovely.
However when we entered the cottage it was freezing inside and there was no hot water at all. We had travelled a long way and wanted to shower. We tried to contact owners by phone immediately but our calls went to answering service. Luck they live next door because we were waiting for them when they got home later that evening. They then discovered that the hot water system and heating system were broken.
There are two lovely gas pot belly stove heaters in the lounge and dining room which they then showed us how to start - but alas they were both empty and of course it was the weekend.

We were given 2 tiny blow heaters until the problem could be fixed, not offered any more blankets etc, no facility to have a shower after our long trip and off they went with a promise that they would have it fixed as soon as possible (It was the weekend).
The owners said that previous tenants should have told them the gas was empty (I think owners should have checked this themselves as part of their assurance to incoming tenants that things are in order).

We were without any hot water for 3 days and then another day before central heating was supposed to be fixed. It took 48 hours and me chasing the owners up to get the gas cylinders filled. In the meantime we were freezing constantly and all ended up getting sick with the flu from the cold stress. We were all huddles in two rooms and reluctant to go to bed at night as it was so cold in all other rooms. I asked for extra blankets and was given one very thin quilt.

We came home late after a day in edinburgh expecting that the heating had been fixed (day 5 of our stay) but alas even though the problem was supposed to have been fixed there was no heating. It had been changed to a central automatic control device and would come on for about 2 hours a day. We finally discovered it had been set on powersaver at 5 degrees and no one had checked it when it was installed. It then took me another 3 days to be able to contact the owners as they did not answer the phone messages I left. I ended up leaving a note under their door and they came across, 8 days after we arrived we still had not had adequate heating provided and water was only luke warm at best in this time. I had finally got the user manual out for central control which we had been informed no to touch and in desperation I reverted it back to manual so we had some control over it. This worked and
we had 4 days of lovely heating only for our whole 13 days at the accommodation.

To top it off when we had been promised on website washer dryer and when I did washing day one (in cold water of course) the dryer did not work. I spent an hour looking at manual trying to trouble shoot, only to be told by the owner the next day when i told them about it that the dryer had been broken for 8 months. It is very difficult to dry things in a freezing cold cottage with no heating, so this was a challenge.

The washing maching then broke after the second use on day 5 of our stay so we then did not have any washing facilities to use. The owner did offer to do one load of washing for us which was very much appreciated but hardly compensation for not replacing the broken equipment 8 months previously.

Another great concern to me was that one of my daughters was sleeping in an upstairs bedroom that had a very severe mould problems. There was black mould all over the walls and this was probably made worse by the lack of heating for all those days.

I appreciate that things go wrong and do break and initially we were very understanding, however as time wore on we saw a general lack of followup and communication with us about progress and discover that the washing machine had broken on other occasions and should have been replaced well before we came along. There was never any effort to contact us, we had to do all the chasing up to tell them that things had not been fixed, or that there was still no heating, or still no real hot water.

This cottage is lovely form the outside, the village is delightful and I would imagine if all is working well and it is not minus degrees outside it would have been a lovely stay. But our experience was very unpleasant for most of our stay as we had never experienced cold like it. There were no extra blankets available for use and they even took the two blow heater away without asking us and the heating had not been sorted adequately. We had no ability to dry our clothes even when we washed them by hand without heating or a dryer.

This place DID NOT deliver what was advertised on the website and the owners do not seem to really hold themselves accountable for any of the issues we encountered. They did try and have things fixed but never followed up to check that this had occurred.


Spacious accommodation ideally situated for touring area

Lovely spacious cottage ideally situated for touring area. Set in a pleasant village location there is a small convenience store, 2 pubs and a couple of restaurants. Cottage is about 20 minutes from Durham. Beamish, Newcastle and the Northumberland coast are reachable within an hour or less. The cottage could benefit from the availability of Wifi as it's currently not available (which was a problem for our 2 teenage kids!) and the TV reception would be greatly improved if the indoor aerial was ditched and a proper outside aerial installed. Having said that we enjoyed our stay and would recommend this cottage to anyone who wanted to visit the area.


We liked that it was situated in a village with all the basic amenities plus a few restaurants within walking distance.The cottage was warm and cosy and the owner was very helpful.We also liked that it was near the Lanchester Way for walking.

Mrs Topham

A lovely house in very nice surroundings. A credit to the owners.

Mr Kirby

We liked the position of the cottage, just a few minutes from the town and the fact that it was off the road with little traffic noise. The cottage itself was exactly what we were looking for, the decor and furnishings were of the highest standard (far better than most holiday properties). We will definitely be returning

Mr Hanlon

The cottage was clean and beautifully furnished with everything we needed.
Durham was a lovely place with a fantastic Cathedral and Castle well worth a visit.

Mr Lee

The quality of the cottage was a surprise, as it was a last minute booking, and a very competitive price. We didn't expect such a beautiful cottage.
I think Prospect Cottage was the best we've ever stayed in.
It was spacious, beautifully presented, both inside and out, extremely comfortable, well equipped with high quality furnishings, and fittings.
We would definitely return to this cottage, and recommend it to friends.

Mrs Smith

First time we'd booked with Sykes and we would definitely do so again.
Lovely cottage in a great location.

Mrs Renton

The cottage was beautiful, really homely and comfortable. It was bigger than anticipated and we enjoyed a relaxing week.

Ms Gregory

Very close to the many amenities of the local village, friendly owners available to deal with any queries.

Mrs Moran

The cottage far exceeded our expectations - it was so spacious. The owner was really friendly and couldn't do enough to make our Christmas special - a wonderful find and we shall certainly return!

Mrs Welsh

The cottage was beautifully decorated and furnished, and very spacious. The owner was very helpful and always available. It felt luxurious. Very close to Durham and in the nice little village of Lanchester.

Mrs Goodwin

We have visited the property twice now, and would thoroughly recommend it to everybody. The property itself is beautiful and situated in a very quaint little village. The owners are very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be returning!

Ms Wynn

The cottage was really lovely and the setting fantastic - would have liked to stay longer.

Mrs Lee

The cottage was in a wonderful location, just secluded enough to be a great getaway but also close enough to Durham and Newcastle for you to go out for the day. Would recommend to anyone!

Miss Turner

The house was kept well heated when the general weather was quite cold. It was well situated.

Mr Elston

Very comfortable and spacious cottage, good location.

Mrs Sanders

Very cosy cottage. Good base. 'Kings Head' has excellent selection of food, just a 5 minute walk.

Mr Nodder

Very relaxing stay, good central place for us to visit family and friends.

Ms Smith

A lovely cottage, ideal for our needs.

Mr Fairfax

The property was very clean, comfortable and cosy with an effective heating system. It's location was perfect for the places we wanted to visit and the village itself had some good basic eating places and shops. Based on this experience we would certainly use Sykes Cottages again.

Mrs Lewis

The cottage was far bigger than we ever imagined. It went on forever. It was warm and cosy when we got there, despite the thick snow outside, and the owner was friendly and greeted us to give us the key. The cottage was very clean and there was lots to keep us occupied, books, games and dvds. The pub on the village green did very good food. Would recommend to others.

Miss Crabb

The location was great, close enough to walk into the centre for an evening meals - either a take away or a lovely Italian restaurant. The cottage was of a very good standard, great hot shower and very comfy beds.

Miss Winter

Spaciousness and decor of the property. It was stylish and modern but entirely in keeping with the cottage overall.

Ms Toms

Very spacious and well equipped cottage. It was excellent accommodation; very helpful owners, super location which was handy for amenities. Good local restaurants and bus service. Lovely walks from our front door. Would love to return.

Mr & Mrs Burrows

The location of the cottage was superb in a very pretty village with good amenities. The road networks were excellent and a 2 minute walk to the bus stop with very regular buses. The surrounding countryside was very scenic but not far from larger towns and cities (best of both worlds).
The cottage was lovely - 'chocolate box' from outside and very spacious and comfortable inside.

Mrs Milburn

The friendliness of the villagers - especially in the church - and of people everywhere; the village facilities; the secluded but not isolated position of the cottage; the helpful owners; the well-equipped kitchen; the lovely countryside and interesting places to visit.
Your courteous efficiency.

Rev Luff

A great location. Very friendly owners, great cottage for a split group with two self-contained 'wings' off the main living area.

Mr Price

The cottage was extremely spacious and comfortable. It was very convenient for the local shops, pubs/restaurants and bus service. We enjoyed lots of walks in the beautiful countryside and visited Durham, Newcastle, Corbridge and Hexham. A very enjoyable holiday.

Mrs Webster

Another fantastic stay at Prospect Cottage! As always the owners are very welcoming and the property is amazing. We will certainly be returning again in the future. We would definitely recommend a visit to High Force waterfall, the place is stunning.

Ms Wynn

The house is spacious and very comfortable with great heating. The kitchen is large and a pleasure to use. Decor well above the standard one expects in a holiday rental. Nice to come 'home' to after a day of sightseeing.

Ms Burton

Northumberland is a wonderful county to visit with so many things to see. The cottage was a very comfortable and well equipped base. It was very conveniently located within easy walking distance of local shops and restaurants. We hope to explore the area more in the future.

Mrs Kelleher

The cottage was was exceptional it was clean, tidy, very well decorated and presented, facilities were excellent.We arrived in a snow blizzard and the cottage was well heated with the radiators blasting out more than sufficient heat to deal with the snow,ice and extreme weather conditions during our stay. The owners were very friendly and considerate,we were not bothered by anyone and the cottage was quiet and tranquil. There are shops and cafes/restaurants pubs and a club. The locals are very friendly and happy to point you in the right direction if needed.
We have and will be recommending the cottage to friends and family and we are already looking to book again some time in 2013. I certainly recommend this cottage to prospective holiday makers who are looking for a cottage that ticks all the right boxes.

Mr Ballentine

The cottage was in a great location and very spacious for 6 people. The fact it had 2 separate upstairs was great for the grandparents to get some peace away from the children. It was well decorated and the owners were very helpful.

Mrs Johnson

Situated in a nice village with good amenities.

Mrs Hunt

A generously sized 3 bedroom cottage, nicely decorated, well equipped and well furnished. Off road parking. Easy access to Durham, Gateshead and Newcastle.

Mr Galantini

The cottage met our needs perfectly. Great location, close to Durham, and all the North East has to offer.

Mrs Olson

Excellent cottage for families sharing, it gave both families privacy. Very well equipped kitchen.

Mrs Walters

We were impressed with Prospect Cottage. It was clean, well equipped and very welcoming. It was a bonus having such nice owners living next door (loved their little Jack Russell!). Lots of shops in the village including a 'Spar' and there are excellent restaurants just a two minute walk away. The cottage is well situated; Durham is just a few miles away, Cathedral and Castle are a 'must.' We used the Park and Ride to Durham Railway Station and got on a train into York. 'Beamish' is well worth a visit for folk of any age, the entrance ticket gives you a whole year unlimited access, great value.

Mrs Jones

I have stayed in several cottages over the past four years and Prospect Cottage ranks as one of the best. The layout allows for excellent flexibility with its two bathrooms and separate bedroom in the old hay loft. It provides a perfect location to explore County Durham.

Mr Mortimer

A cosy yet spacious property in a good situation with helpful owners.

Mrs Edwards

A fabulous cottage in a great location. The cottage is well furnished with super style to reflect the area. The overall space in this cottage is remarkable and families can all find their own space within it. The cottage is great value for money.

Mr Samuels