The Allendale Bunkhouse is now open!

We are pleased to announce that the Allendale Bunkhouse situated on the market place and offering accommodation for up to 37 is now open and we are taking bookings for the remainder of 2014 and beyond! The bunkhouse can be booked exclusively or by the room, self catering or catered and for any type of group: family & friends, hen & stag weekends, youth and school groups or community groups.

Please visit for more details.

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Allenvalleys Folk Festival


October 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2014

We are delighted to announce that Deneholme will not only provide accommodation and delicious home cooked meals for the first Allen Valleys Folk Festival which takes place on the first weekend in October this year, but also be center stage for some of the most fabulous performances of the event. It will be a three-day celebration of music, dance and the arts, featuring the best live acts from the North East and further afield. There’ll be a particular focus on emerging young musical talent from the Allen Valleys.
The main music events will be staged at indoor venues in Allendale but there will be lots more to engage with, including guided walks and workshops set in the spectacular landscape of the Allen Valleys.
This festival has been put together by a bunch of enthusiastic volunteers and is supported by the Allendale Lions Club, the North Pennines AONB Partnership and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Please visit for regular updates on workshops and other activities as they are announced

Contact us ( to book rooms for the weekend.


New member of staff

Ryan Ponsonby

Ryan Ponsonby is joining our team at Deneholme and BECKs Training from April 1st, 2014!
Ryan has worked with young people in different outdoor and development settings for over 10 years – particularly with the Prince’s Trust and Development Training North East.

We are very excited and would like to extend a warm welcome to Ryan!


Sweethope Loughs

small+lakeWe are very excited to announce that as of April 1st 2013 we can call the beautiful, tranquil and scenic Sweethope Loughs our new and very own activity venue (for activity days as opposed to residentials) and popular fly fishery.

All activities are within walking distance from the reception area and we can offer a huge array of adventure challenges in this beautiful spot of Northumbrian countryside.
During the first year of business, we offer a special discount to all existing customers to come and experience the Sweethope Challenge with a group of young people, adults, friends, families, this spring, summer or autumn.

Activities: Fly fishing, archery, rock climbing & abseiling, orienteering, raft building, canoeing, kayaking, bush craft, team building, mountain biking and much more. Our new website will shortly be up & running:



Bathroom bling

Deneholme has seen a substantial investment into the refurbishment of 4 ensuite bathrooms and our shared female and male shower & toilet facilities. We have opted for elegant new marble tiles, new shower enclosures (a happy good-bye is waved to horrible shower curtains) and we are now please to have completed the month-long refurbishment! Come and have a look!


Deneholme goes GREENer!

Everyone loves the dark, deep, luxurious red of our drawing and dining room, complemented by thick and heavy curtains and warm wooden floors – however, we have decided to bright things up a bit, install a new range of lighting as well as change the wall colour of the downstairs rooms to an elegant and much more welcoming sage green. The new lights create a stunning atmosphere and the wood floor and stone features create a homely feel full of character – added to by our two wood burning stoves! Again, come and have a look, email Linda or call the office on 01434 618579 to arrange a show around!


Growing desire to take historic gardens back to Edwardian roots

FROM a well-loved family garden to being rescued by a £1.8m project, the gardens at Allendale’s Deneholme are still greatly admired. Spreading over several acres from behind the Edwardian manor house and down across the Philiburn, even today it’s a hidden, tranquil setting. But while much of the garden’s Edwardian features have been lost over time, the sense of its former splendour still exists among the trees and tired walkways.
That splendour was created under the watchful eye of preacher and business man Robert Pickering, who turned Deneholme’s sprawling land into the Edwardian gardens.  ——-  The full article can be found here!


‘Special’ Allen Valleys in line for £1.8m

THE Allen Valleys are in line for a £1.8m programme of investment which will attract extra tourists into the area.
The North Pennines AONB Partnership this week announced plans for the project which will enhance heritage sites and the local landscape as visitor attractions.
The first round of cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has already been released to allow plans for the four-year programme to be drawn up.
Among the proposals are the creation of a mobile observatory and planetarium. In addition, a community orchard and hay meadow will be created, and the Edwardian pleasure gardens at Deneholme, in Allendale, will be restored.


New “member” joins the staff team at Deneholme

The Deneholme BECKs Team has received a new addition in form of Samuel James Beck, born on March 25th, weighing a healthy 8lb10. Parent Tony & Linda are very excited and sister Anja is very proud indeed! Please excuse slightly longer response times to emails and telephone calls over the next few weeks. you cna always reach Linda on her mobile 07791707097 or try the home office on 01434 618447.


Deneholme Swishing Party

The fund-raising event, dubbed a “swishing party” involved the women swapping good quality second-hand clothes. Organised by mothers of children at Allendale Pre-School, the party was in aid of the group and CLIC Sargent, the charity for children and young people with cancer. And as the mums were given the use of Deneholme, the village’s activity and conference centre, for free, this meant all proceeds – £450 in total – could go to the two good causes.
“The event was such a success everyone wants to do another as soon as possible.”
And as an extra treat staff from Hedz Natural Beauty based at the Allendale Forge Studios, were on hand to offer beauty treatments. The mums are now planning another “swishing” party in the summer.

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