living in Weardale | believe housing

Tuesday, 27 July

coronavirus update

The latest changes in coronavirus restrictions have created new challenges for our repairs service, with more than 10% of our frontline staff being asked to isolate.

We’ve made some temporary changes to services and from Tuesday, 20 July, we will only be handling essential repairs requests until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

These changes will be reviewed weekly and a full repairs service will be resumed as soon as possible.

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living in Weardale

Large parts of the Weardale are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is the second largest in England and Wales.

The upper valley is surrounded by high fells and heather grouse moors and the River Wear flows through Weardale before reaching Bishop Auckland, then Durham and finally meeting the sea at Sunderland.

our locations


Frosterley is a small village close to Stanhope and Wolsingham. Popular with tourists, this picturesque village is served by public transport to Newcastle, Stanhope, Crook and Bishop Auckland. Frosterley Primary School is also in the village, as are local shops, pubs and guest houses. We have a selection of two- and three-bed houses with high to medium availability, and one-bed bungalows with medium availability. Two-bed bungalows and two- and three-bed houses have low availability.


Rookhope is a popular stop off for cyclists on the Coast to Coast route and has a post office, village shop, pub, guest houses, and public transport links to Stanhope. The village is also home to Rookhope Primary School. We have two-bed flats with medium availability in the area, as well as three-bed houses with low availability. We have also recently constructed a small number of two-bed bungalows, which are expected to have low availability.

Saint John’s Chapel

St Johns Chapel is a small village popular with cyclists and tourists in the heart of the North Pennines, and is well served by local shops, a post office, pubs and a café. There are public transport links to Stanhope, Wolsingham, Crook and Cowshill. It is also home to St Johns Chapel Primary School. We have a limited number of two-bed bungalows and two- and three-bed houses with low availability.


Stanhope is a small town surrounded by moorland in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Boasting the Weardale Railway, the Durham Dales Centre, and a heated open air swimming pool, this is a popular tourist spot. We have two-bed flats in the area with medium availability, as well as two-bed bungalows and one-, two- and three-bed houses with low availability.


This tiny, linear village stands 1104ft above sea level, situated between the villages of Cowshill and Ireshopeburn in Upper Weardale. Undeniably isolated, this historic village is ideal for those with their own transport who enjoy walking and hiking. Perfectly situated to take advantage of several areas of interest in terms of natural beauty and historic interest. Public transport runs to Crook, Stanhope and Cowshill and Wearhead Primary School is also in the area. We have four one-bed bungalows with low availability in the area.


Although tiny, Westgate boasts its own brewery and is a popular tourist destination in the heart of the North Pennines. It has a post office and transport links to Crook, Stanhope and Cowshill. We have very limited housing stock here consisting of three-bed houses with low availability.


The small market town of Wolsingham is a thriving hub for local residents and tourists alike. The Wolsingham Show dates back to 1763 and the area has a wide variety of local shops, cafés, pubs, restaurants and a gym. Wolsingham School and Wolsingham Primary school are also at its core. Public transport runs to Bishop Auckland, Newcastle, Crook, Stanhope and Stanley. We offer one-bed bungalows and two-bed flats for rent in the area with medium availability, as well as two-bed bungalows and two- and three-bed houses with low availability.

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