The Old Paper Mill

Hamsterley Mill, North Pennines & County Durham

  • A 250 year old stone cottage with log burner, down a quiet woodland lane

You can book this property from:

  • £686 per week
  • £98 per night


Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Pony trekking/horse riding

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Welcome pack
  • Countryside views

Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Bath


  • Travel cot
  • Highchair


  • Garden, courtyard or patio
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Outdoor storage
  • Private parking
  • Rural location


  • Walk-in shower

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 16:00
  • Check out: 10:00

Read the full Access Statement for this property.

Access Statement

Coastal Retreats want to make everyone’s stay as enjoyable as possible, and are committed to
providing suitable access for all of our guests, whatever their individual needs. We aim to accurately
describe our facilities and services to give you the confidence to book the right property for you.
There is a full description together with photos and a video tour of the property on our website
Access Statement for The Old Paper Mill
At a Glance
• This is a two storey detached property.
• Access to the house is via a ground floor entrance door.
• It sleeps two people and has one bedroom and one bathroom on the first floor.
• The kitchen, dining and living space is open plan and has level access and stairs to the first
• There is a conservatory entrance hallway/seating area.
• There is a parking space for one car, directly outside the house on a private driveway.
• The main entrance has access via two stone steps. The outdoor space has level access. The
rear entrance has access over a door thresh.
• Dogs are not permitted in the property.
• No smoking or vaping is permitted in the apartment.
• The property is best reached by car. It is situated down an unmade private woodland track,
about half a mile from the main road. The front door is accessed via the driveway. There is a
key safe by the conservatory door at 66cm height.
• Public transport: the property is not easily reached by rail. The nearest mainline railway
station is Newcastle 10 miles away.
• Taxis are available from the station.
• Local bus service is scarce.
• Supermarkets deliver to the area. There is a local Co-op in Burnopfield village one mile away
open until 10.30pm. Larger supermarkets are within a 10-15 minute drive.
• The brochure is printed in standard font size with pictorial representations of the main
features. Our aim with the design of our website is to make it as easy to use and as clear as
possible. We want visitors with disabilities to be able to gain the same benefit from using our
website as those who are able-bodied.
• Mobile phone reception is generally ok but may be poor within this area and we cannot
guarantee a full signal.
• There is Wi-Fi ( rural speed!) but the functioning of these cannot be fully guaranteed and any
external fault is beyond our control.
• The nearest NHS walk-in centre is in Blaydon, which is six miles away, and the nearest A&E
unit is in Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary, which is 10 miles away.
• The nearest doctor’s surgery is one mile away in Burnopfield. Further information is in the
welcome folder.
Access to the Property
The car parking is approximately nine metres from the entrance and the main door is accessed via
a cobbled and gravelled driveway. There are no handrails and there are two steps on the approach
to main door. The path is several metres wide and provides a level access.
Entrance to Building and Property
• From the car, the entrance door to the building is accessed via a gravel pathway.
• The entrance door is side hung and manual and the width is 67cm with two steps each 16cm
high and a step of 28cm over the threshold of the front door.
• Once inside the surface is oak flooring. There are wall and table lamps.
• The width of the conservatory hallway is 280cm.
Ground Floor Conservatory, Lounge, Dining and Kitchen Area
• This area is accessed via a door from the conservatory which is 70cm wide. It is open plan and
all on one level and the flooring is medium oak throughout. The walls have been decorated in a
white colour. The conservatory has a radiator, two armchairs, a coffee table and ottoman.
• The width of the downstairs area is 360-440cm.
Sitting Area
• The living room is furnished with one three seater sofa and one snuggler chair with seat
heights of 42cm. There is also a multi-coloured rug underneath the coffee table in front of the
• The walls have been decorated a white colour.
• There is one coffee table located in the middle of the room and a sideboard to the side wall
and a small side table underneath the wall mounted television.
• There is a white radiator under the window to heat the room.
• The TV is wall mounted.
• Lighting is natural daylight with a mix of LED down lighters and floor and table lamps.
• The lounge, dining area and kitchen are all in one area - it being open plan.
Dining Area
• The dining area is situated within the lounge and kitchen with level access
• The floor is medium oak hard flooring.
• The walls have been decorated in a white colour with a white radiator.
• Seating around the table is for two people, with seagrass armchairs with a 46cm seat
• A wheelchair can be pulled up to the table if needed.
• The dining table has corner legs. The underside of the table is 63cm in height from the
• Lighting is natural daylight with a mix of ceiling spots.
• The kitchen is situated within the lounge and dining area and so has level access from the
• The kitchen has level access with medium oak flooring.
• The kitchen is fully equipped with a built-in cooker, a microwave, freestanding fridge/
freezer, integrated dishwasher and washer dryer in a cupboard.
• The door of the oven drops down and slides back into the housing and the handle is 68cm
above the floor.
• The microwave is situated in a cupboard and the controls are 138cm off the floor.
• The hob is situated above the oven and is 90cm above the floor.
• The worktop and sink are 90cm above the floor. There are some wall cupboards which are
160cm high and the contents can be moved to a lower level on request.
• There are base units to the kitchen.
• The sink tap is a mono tap with lever handle.
• The fridge freezer is freestanding. The fridge is below and the freezer is on top. The highest
shelf in the freezer is 134cm and the lowest drawer in the fridge is 10cm.
• The kitchen is lit by LED recessed ceiling spotlights and a window lamp.
• The kitchen flooring is medium oak. The wall to the kitchen is painted white and the units
are cream with black handles.
• The bins are freestanding and are 67cm in height.
• The dishwasher is built into a base unit which is 90cm high.
• The washer/dryer is situated in a larder style cupboard and the controls are 82cm in height.
• The wifi router is in this cupboard at a height of 110cm but access should never be needed.
Bedroom Area
General Information
• The bedroom is accessed by a staircase leading from the ground floor living area with a small
return at the top. There are 12 steps, each 20cm high, 26cm deep and 75cm wide. The stairs are
carpeted in an oatmeal colour.
• Once upstairs, the accommodation is all one level with the bathroom leading off the
bedroom at the top of the stairs
Specific bedroom information
• The bedroom has a kingsize 160cm wide bed.
• There is no door.
• The height of the bed from floor to mattress top is 50cm.
• The space to the side of the bed is 60cm.
• There are two bedside tables which are 60cm high.
• Lighting is via a mix of ceiling pendant lamps and two bedside table lamps and a floor lamp.
• Flooring is oatmeal coloured carpet with white coloured walls. One wall behind the bed is
• There are built-in wardrobes with shelves painted white with built-in seating and one blue
chest of drawers.
• The wardrobe rails are 125cm high and they cannot be adjusted. There is also a small dressing
table which is 74cm high with minimal space underneath.
• Bedding is hypo-allergenic.
• There is a wall-mounted digital TV with remote control.
• See photos and video tour on our website for more details.
• Entrance is all on one level with a clear door opening width of 74cm.
• The bathroom is accessed at the top of the stairs within the bedroom area.
• Entrance is all on one level with a clear door opening width of 74cm.
• The shower head within the cubicle is adjustable and is 204cm at its highest point and the
controls are 110cm high.
• The shower has a sliding door with entrance space of 50cm and has a detachable shower
• Height of the WC floor to seat is 42cm.
• Wash basin height is 89cm with a clear space under the sink to a height of 74cm.
• All taps are modern mono or dual lever taps.
• There is a bath with a height of 56cm.
• There is no grab rail.
• The bathroom is lit with ceiling spot lights.
• Flooring is medium oak colour, with white coloured walls.
• For a photo please see the website.
Outside space
• Adjacent to the parking area is a paved seating area on one level with a metal table and four
• Around the paving the surface is red gravel.
• Table and seating are in this area which is suitable for a wheelchair to pull up with a table
height of 71cm. There are four armchairs with a seat height of 42cm.
• There is outside wall lighting, which is operated on a sensor and can be manually overridden.


Half a mile down a rough stone woodland track, this unusual 250-year-old renovated stone mill will suit nature lovers and style lovers alike. A real rustic bolthole, this country cottage, not far from the cities of Newcastle and Durham, has a tranquil woodland setting where guests can sit in the conservatory and watch a deer in the woods or see a red kite flying above.

The Old Paper Mill is a secluded couple's cottage and makes a great base for days out before coming home to a slice of country life. At only half a mile from the famous Derwent Walk, you can enjoy walks which stretch the length of the valley, or enjoy the abundant nature from the conservatory and courtyard garden. Internally, the renovation has been completed with attention to detail to the highest standards by the owners who live in the neighbouring property ( so you're not totally isolated!) - although please note that guests are assured of complete privacy and independence, with their own private outdoor space, and the property is a good 50m or so from the main house. You'll find lovely rustic tones in the furnishings and décor, thick stone walls and old timbers. The feature wood burning stove in the open plan living area is made for chilly nights, while the bedroom TV and double-ended bath means you can truly indulge in a slower pace of life.

  • 250 year old renovated paper mill dating back to the 1700s
  • Log burning stove and state of the art biomass heating system
  • Bedroom with king sized bed and TV with built-in DVD
  • Quiet woodland location with walks from the door
  • Great location for visits to Beamish Museum, Gibside National Trust, Durham and Newcastle
  • Ideal couple's retreat with room for a baby or toddler too (on request)
  • Private courtyard seating area and gated space to store bikes

Ground Floor

  • Glazed entrance conservatory and sitting area
  • Open plan living/dining area, with TV and a log burning stove
  • Hand-painted kitchen area with large ceramic butler style sink, fitted ceramic hob, oven and dishwasher, freestanding fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. There is a dining table with seagrass chairs.

First Floor

  • The staircase leads up to the bedroom area with dual aspect windows, white painted furniture, bespoke wardrobes fitted to the eaves, painted in subtle tones, and a grand feature king-sized bed. TV with built-in DVD player
  • A contemporary style bathroom leads off the bedroom with a large double-ended bath and free-standing shower enclosure.


  • Double doors from the conservatory lead to a patio with outdoor furniture and barbecue, gravelled and planted area and cobbled parking space.


  • Full central heating via state-of-the-art biomass boiler
  • Electricity
  • Log burner with a starter supply of logs
  • Bedding and bath towels
  • Starter supply of kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets, toilet roll, washing up liquid, salt and pepper
  • Sewing kit
  • First Aid kit
  • Wi-Fi
  • Travel cot and high chair


  • Cooker and hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen and tableware
  • Cafetière
  • Bread maker
  • Washer/dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Mop, bucket, dustpan and brush
  • Tea towels
  • Dish cloths
  • Oven gloves
  • Hairdryer
  •  TV
  • Books and magazines
  • Outdoor table and chairs
  • Outdoor bike storage area and outside tap
  • Key safe for independent arrival


Extra linen and towels (charges apply)


The access lane is a half a mile along a rough private woodland track - no tarmac here and one or two potholes depending on the weather and time of year, so if you are excessively precious about your car, or you have a low slung vehicle, you may wish to go very slowly or find another retreat. In very snowy weather, you may not be able to park at the cottage and may have to leave your car at the end of the track, unless you have a four wheel drive car which makes access a lot easier.
Once a year, at hay making time, guests will have extra noise and tractors passing as this is the farmer's route to his hay store. The Old Paper Mill is detached, but the owner's house is about 50 metres behind it and up a drive and you will see the owners drive past to their house and the occasional horse and tractor. Washer/dryer rather than a separate tumble dryer. No landline but there is unsecured Wi-Fi.


Whilst we take great care to represent our properties and their facilities as accurately as possible, the décor, furnishings and facilities shown in images and video tours may occasionally be subject to minor change.

This is really a couple's cottage but a travel cot (please bring your own bedding) and highchair are available on request. A toddler bed can be made up on request for an older child in the bedroom (£25 charge applies).


The main reason for my scores is that the cottage was perfect in every way, it was spotless kitchen was well stocked with every thing you needed, it is situated in a peaceful location , and able to see wildlife from your window is fantastic.

Mrs Julie B,

The property location was not as quiet as we felt we were led to believe.

Ms Anne H,

Absolutely amazing holiday . Could not wish for anything better. Will be going to the same place again

Mrs Linda B,

As always, the paper mill is a perfect holiday spot. It is super clean and tidy with everything you could need for a relaxing holiday. Booking process is easy and efficient, website clear and easy to navigate.

Mrs S R,

This holiday was given as a present to us and, coming from Germany, we didn’t really know what to expect. When we arrived here, we immediately fell in love with the house (and everything around it). Thank you for the relaxed mornings, beautiful walks in nature, for great inspirations and adventures. It was an exceptional experience and we would love to come back to England and The Old Paper Mill one day!

Past Customer,

We sold our home 7 weeks ago and have been living out of suitcases while we wait for our purchase to complete. I wish we had found this cottage weeks ago as would definitely have booked it then! It’s been a lovely break, the cottage is gorgeous, with lots of fab little touches. Lovely to meet the owners and love their taste. Are they sure they don’t want to sell?

Past Customer,

Thank you for a wonderful stay at your lovely cottage. Perfect in very way and all the personal touches made it even more so. It was good to see the red kites. Can we have the same weather again next time? Thanks for everything

Past Customer,

Thank you for another fabulous week. This is our 4th time here which I think speaks for itself. We’ve done fantastic walks and seen loads of wildlife. We were treated to a visit from the deer on our first morning. The Owl and Otter in Dipton is worth a visit. This is such a wonderful cottage in a lovely location. Thank you, we hope to return.

Past Customer,


Just 25 minutes drive from Newcastle and 35 minutes from Durham city, this Derwent Valley cottage enjoys all the benefits of rural living but offers easy access to many attractions nearby. Guests are amazed that such wonderful and unspoilt countryside can be found so relatively close to the city. The coast-to-coast cycle route, also known as the Derwent Walk, passes within half a mile of The Old Paper Mill. The valley has also recently become known for the latest release of red kites which can be seen circling The Old Paper Mill woodland on a regular basis.

The world-famous Beamish Museum is just a 10 minute drive away and National Trust lovers will enjoy the proximity of the Gibside Estate, with its gardens, historic buildings and farmer's markets.

Try something different by basing your stay around a cookery or gardening course at the wonderful Linnels Farm (30 minute drive).

An hour's drive from The Old Paper Mill will get you to Bamburgh and the Northumberland coast to the north, or Weardale to the south.

For further information on the area, see our Newcastle and Durham section.