Chapel Race - High Force

Saint John's Chapel


(61 Reviews)

4 guests

2 bedrooms

3 beds

1 bathroom

Property Overview

Located in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, High Force is a modern 2-bedroom apartment with plenty of style. Surrounded by lush landscapes of heather clad moorlands, dramatic dales, tumbling rivers and beautiful waterfalls, there will be plenty for you to discover.

Ideal for those who like to explore, High Force provides the perfect base for walking, cycling, hiking, horse riding and more! Sleeping up to 4 guests, this dog friendly apartment is perfect for families or small groups of friends who are looking for a relaxing retreat.

Property Details

The Space
High Force is a homely and warm apartment with great facilities for a self-catering stay in St John’s Chapel.

Upon entering the apartment, you’ll be welcomed into a bright living space which features a modern, leather sofa and matching chair so you can relax after a full day of exploring the great outdoors. Lots of colour are added through the soft furnishings with mustard coloured cushions and a cosy throw. Turn on the flat screen TV to catch up on the latest drama or kick back with a good book.

Towards the rear of the room, you’ll find a cosy dining spot which includes a high table and two stools. With a cool, industrial style, the dining area adds a contemporary touch. The perfect spot for enjoying a morning coffee or a bite to eat at dinner, this space is both practical and stylish.

Through the square archway is the modern kitchen. With light wood cabinets and rose gold appliances, this space oozes sophistication. The kitchen is fully equipped with an oven, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee machine and washer, so you’ll have everything you need for your stay.

The first bedroom is a calming space with a neutral colour palette. There is a comfortable double bed with plush bedding and crisp linens so you can enjoy your night’s sleep at High Force. Either side of the bed, you’ll find matching bedside tables and mirrors in the alcoves.

Ideal for children or teenagers, the second bedroom features two single beds.

The modern and clean bathroom boasts a large walk in shower, WC and basin.

Chapel Place is home to four separate apartments with a maximum capacity of 10. If you are looking for a stay for a large group there are often opportunities to rent all four apartments together. Please send us an email with your preferred dates for availability and prices.

High Force is located in the charming village of St John’s Chapel in Weardale, on the south side of the River Wear. The largest village in the upper dale, this spot is especially popular with cyclists and walkers. A great location for those doing the alternative C2C route or trying their hand at challenges by Roof of England Cycling, there is plenty for you to discover on two wheels. If you’d prefer to explore by foot, there are so many walks on offer. You can enjoy quiet river walks, the long distance Weardale Way or hikes to the higher ground overlooking the valley.

The area is so beautiful, it makes up the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With thriving wildlife, a historic landscape and stunning scenery, it really does need to be seen to be believed. It is home to England’s largest waterfall – High Force which our apartment is named after – and one of the darkest skies in the country where you can see 1000s of stars on clear night.

  • Cookware
  • Shampoo
  • TV
  • Free parking on premises
  • Hair dryer
  • Dishes and silverware
  • Washer
  • Laptop friendly workspace
  • First aid kit
  • Stove
  • Essentials
  • Heating
  • Kitchen
  • Path to entrance lit at night
  • Microwave
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Step-free access
  • Oven
  • Smoke detector
  • Iron
  • Hot water
  • Refrigerator
  • Bed linens
  • Wireless Internet
  • Suitable for children (2-12 years)
  • Suitable for infants (under 2 years)
  • Pets allowed

Guests have access to the full apartment. The keys to the property are accessed via a secure key safe and full details will be provided shortly before your arrival date.

There is free on-site parking for one vehicle and further parking available on street.

Check-in: 16:00

Checkout: 10:00

Guest Reviews


(61 Reviews)



We stayed in Slit wood. The apartment above the guests had no consideration for us below and it was noisy. Banging about, the hosts were fabulous and stayed in regular contact
With us and tried to resolve even came out. Can’t fault them on there part just the neighbours had no respect.






Great location - lovely family stay.



Very clean and modern decor, great location to access the activities we had come to the area for … walking, outdoors. It was also very warm inside despite the changeable autumn weather.
The apartment was a little noisy at night. We were on the first floor and with it being an old building we could here the upstairs guests walking up / down and opening / closing drawers very clearly until late into the evening..



wifi a very slow, sometimes none at all



In a quiet area even on a main road. Main bedroom bed was very nice.
Single beds were very poor. One of the frames was broken. Better to only have one rather than say there is two as it would be extremely uncomfortable for two people to have been in that room at the same time. A far better single bed would be far more comfortable and appropriate for the room size. Stains on the mattresses.
No cleaning supplies for the kitchen, no bin bags. Pepper but no salt?! Little box of teas, waste of time. If you can’t be bothered to fill it then don’t bother leaving it out. One sachet of brown sauce?! Ridiculous.
Sofa and single chair in the living room was so uncomfortable. Pointless staying in an apartment if the furniture is going to be poor. Not relaxing at all. Poor WiFi as well, couldn’t use the smart tv as connection was poor.






Location, cleanliness
Patchy wifi, not many toiletries. Beds too small



Everything else
WiFi poor, no eggcups



Super appartement! Très confortable et propre.
Le village est charmant, les commerçants très accueillant et des randonnée peuvent être effectuer au départ de l'appartement.

La douche manque de pression et n'est pas très fonctionnel.



Excellent location for touring the Dales and very comfortable accommodation.



Very good



The location was perfect for touring Weardale and Teesdale. Good parking.
Uncomfortable beds and chairs, no dining table, extractor in bathroom didn’t work, beds in twin room were broken and only 6 inches off the floor, kitchen equipment minimal (no scissors), ridiculously small rubbish bin in kitchen and none in bathroom or bedrooms, front door handle very wobbly, no welcome pack (just a box with a very random selection of about 6 tea bags and coffee sachets) or even a pint of milk. Listed as having a private patio but was just a field across the car park that hadn’t been mown (it was mowed the day we left).



The location was easy to find. Great views of the open countryside. We did have our own designated parking space at the rear of the property. A very quiet village.
Too many stairs to negotiate, I'd have preferred a lower floor. The wifi was only available for a few odd hours a day, so no Netflix and only 5 TV channels. Interior inspired by IKEA.
There were no cleaning products on site but there is a small shop open til 8pm. No eateries open apart from 1 pub popular with bikers.



Room wasn't cleaned when we arrived at 4.20 pm .we had to wait until 5.30 pm before we could enter. The shower was faulty we tried all settings it was either freezing cold or boiling hot, we couldn't use it so had to leave early as to be able to shower at home.



Caitlin and her cleaning team were excellent and saved a lot of aggravation when we first arrived.
Having been assured there were no feathers used for bedding finding a duck feather quilt.
Was a bit short of kitchen equipment.



We enjoyed our stay in High Force. This comfortable and bright 2-bedroomed, 3rd floor apartment in a central village location was a great base for our 2-night stay. It provided a comfy bed, hot shower and a great compact kitchen if you plan on eating in. There are great walks from the doorstep, two pubs and a small convenience food store close by, so no need to drive anywhere if you don't want to.
For a 2-bed apartment the dining table in the High Force apartment is way too small. There were only 2 of us and it was more comfortable to sit on the sofa to eat, so definitely not practical for a family of 3 to 4.






Tiny table
WiFi poor
very pricey for what it was
only 1 toilet roll



Great location.
Quiet, with a coop just below. Plenty of space, comfortable beds. Clean and tidy.
We really enjoyed our stay.
A bit of false marketing. Pictures were presented with washer in a property which we rally expected to have on spot. but as it turned out, it wasn't.
When we asked about it, we didn't receive any reply even thou the communication was coming trough from the host.
That's the second thing we didn't like. Poor customers service.



Location was great and the flat very clean and cosy
Only downside were the twin beds in the 2nd bedroom which were not very comfortable and the bedframes were also breaking



Convenient location
Very poor WiFi



This apartment was a really wonderful surprise. Well equipped, located next to a pub, cafe and shop and easy access to the main road. It was immaculate and very comfortable. It is also pet friendly!
The location was very beautiful, and it's one of those apartments that you could easily revisit often.
Bedroom storage would have really beneficial, as opposed to having to use a suitcase. Having said that, it is a small detail.
The front door leading into the apartment block was heavy and closes fast. Caution and care needed!!



Very good



A nice stay, lots of lovely river walks nearby and waterfalls to see. Accommodation perfect for couples and families with older children. Kitchen could have been better equipped but did the job. WiFi connection was unreliable but I guess it shouldn't matter if you have your own OS map and head outside into the surrounding countryside.



The flat is of good size and good quality
Very slow and unreliable internet and phone signals. No bins (except small one in the kitchen) even in the toilet



Poor WiFi



Beautiful area with lots to do and lovely apartment with all necessary amenities!



Fantastic location
Fantastic property
Fantastic staff
Could have had more bedroom storage



Location, private parking and very convenient for Coop shop.
Apartment was clean and comfortable

Restricted selection of kitchen bowls...non suitable to microwave.
Grill pan was filthy with grease...clearly been totally missed by housecleaning at changeover.



The location was perfect and the apartment was clean and comfortable and well equipped for a long weekend. The village itself is great for hiking close by, cooling off with a paddle in the river, then a drink or too in the Blue Bell with its fantastic beer garden.
Coming home :-(






Good location for exploring the North Pennines. Good walks by the river direct from the property. Good private parking and supermarket a few yards away.
Poor wi-fi. A bit cramped. Outside seating some distance away. Very small table for eating, not sure how 4 people would manage. Noisy road if you have the windows open as we did during hot weather, but quiet at night in rear bedroom. High Force is 3rd floor so you need to be able to cope with stairs.



The location was amazing the apartment was lovely had everything you could need
The WiFi was poor I couldn't log into one and the other option kept dropping out



Wonderful views - especially from living room window. Excellent location - good cafe, well stocked village shop and pub serving good food all only a few doors away. Lovely village, lovely scenery. Modern, well decorated, comfortable flat with a very comfy bed (better than ours at home!).
Bin in bathroom would have been useful and a hand towel in kitchen.



Very good



Quiet location, parking available, nearby small shop for basics a few doors away. Pub a few doors away (but closed at the time re COVID).
No instructions regarding heating and no WiFi code left in property. Messages said information would be left in book - but there wasn't one, this may have been due to covid safety. However, I messaged owner and issues were resolved/questions were answered, which was great: so negatives were resolved at the time of stay.



Beautiful area, and the apartment is in a lovely village. Very close to pubs, small supermarket, and nature. Locals are very friendly. The village also has a playground, great for small children.



Well presented and modern. Close to both local pubs which both served good quality food.
WiFi was a bit sporadic and slow at times.



Very clean apartment, nice view.
Spacious for two adults would not be suitable for four people.
The cooking facilities are good.
We received an email stating that there would be a tablet and book of local information in the apartment. There was no tablet and no local information. This would be really useful as there is very limited shops and amenities in the local area. Recommendations of pubs, walks etc would be useful.
The double bed in the main room in Slit Wood is not a double size, more like a three quarter, very cosy for two adults.
Sofa and chair are not very comfortable for the weekend, very modern and more for display.
WiFi did not work unless you were up first in the morning before the rest of the other people in the other apartments. TV would not connect to WIFI, therefore no option to use Smart TV.



The location and the apartment are lovely. Very close to local shop, cafe and pub.
The apartment was lovely and clean but one thing spoit it for us - the wifi was almost non existent. Also the shower is very poor in terms of power, but we could put up with that for a week.



Very good



Great location . Next Friday cafe , coop and local pubs that serve food . Great walks nearby .



Very good



Great location in beautiful Weardale valley, next door to excellent Chatterbox Cafe and not far from welcoming Blue Bell pub. Good size apartment and lower floor lock up area to keep bikes. Large flatscreen TV. Good to have a large private car park with space allocated for each apartment.
Efficient resolution of initial problem from the management company who even provided a bottle of wine as an apology.
The code to access the outside gate for bike storage would have been a game changer as would the provision of basic cleaning cloth / soap for the kitchen and essentially - a toilet brush! On the subject of the kitchen I have never seen a hob fitted with window putty with obvious unhygienic sequelae. Also, the hot water cistern supplying the kitchen and sink is minute and provides 2-3 litres of scalding hot water before going cold.
Future guests should be aware there is wifi but it seems to be shared with the whole building and therefore fluctuates in speed.



Location and close proximity to village pubs, cafe and shop
Quiet and peaceful village, superb views from property
Easy access to local walks
Nothing for the price paid



very clean, good space, nice property in a great location. great host, very responsive.



very clean,
excellent decor and fire safety
what kitchen stuff that were there were good.
uncomfortable dining chairs and sofa
lack of pans, oven gloves, only one tea towel, no table mats (all recified)



perfect loaction, everything you need for a comfortable stay
the weather lol



Fabulous apartment. Really comfortable, everything so new and clean. A delight to wake up here and to relax after a hard day's hiking! Lovely situation with views, so convenient for shop, cafe and pub, and for some great walking.
Odd that there wasn't any hanging space for clothes in either of the two bedrooms in High Force. We used bedroom number two as a dressing room, so it wasn't a problem for us. We felt the apartment would be on the small size for more than 2 or 3 people - there are only two breakfast stools and there would be limited cooking utensils etc.
Another thing, there are a number of apartments in this building. Photos and descriptions on the site are put together, so it was difficult to work out what facilities are linked to each apartment. I mistakingly thought I had booked a groundfloor apartment as the site wasn't clear, but this was then clarified by the host.



A little more cupboard space to hang clothes



Great location for hiking, lovely little cafe just a few houses down the road, comfortable bed, plenty of space.
The apartment had a bit of an odd smell (kippers?), and the heated towel rail didn't work, also the WiFi /TV reception was poor.



Clean, modern, comfy beds and quiet, would definitely recommend
Wifi not strong



We enjoyed our short stay in this lovely apartment. Clean and comfortable with a nice little terraced area in the back to sit out and relax.



The apartment had everything we needed. The location was great. A village in wear dale with an authentic feel. The golden lion pub is just metres away and the people were very friendly.



Great little apartment in a lovely location with lots of walks nearby.



Very good



Pros: The bed in the main bedroom was fab, extremely comfortable.
The apartment was spotlessley clean.
The shower was great, powerful and plenty of hot water.
The linens and towels were of a high standard.
Pros: Listing stated there was a washing machine. There was, but it wasn't plumbed in so we were unable to use it. We had already been away for a few days when we arrived and we needed to do some washing. I raised the problem and was advised maintenance would attend but they didn't.
There was no TV aerial so unable to watch terrestrial TV. There was Netflix but the Wi-Fi was a bit hit and miss so not always a good connection. The problem with the TV was not fixed until the day before we left.
The bedrooms are lovely, but there is absolutely no storage space whatsoever. Only furniture is two bedside tables in the main bedroom.
The apartment is on the second floor, not a problem for us but may be for anyone with mobility issues.



Excellent location, situated on the main road, but very quiet. Excellent view form the apartment. Well maintained with good cooking facilities. Nice clean modern furnishings. Very comfortable bed, but a little small for 2 people. Felt very safe and secure inside and outside.
The shower facilities need upgrading to improve water pressure and consistency of temperature. The bedroom lacked any storage facilities which meant living out of a suitcase for a week which was unpleasant. Wi-fi signal was poor. No tourist information to promote the area or emergency numbers.



The decor was lovely, kitchen facilties great and the beds were really comfortable. Hand sanitiser was also available.
The washing machine was not plumbed in, no DVD player or regular TV.



Great location, great cleanliness. Would recommend.

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