Chapel Race - Slit Wood

St John's Chapel


(87 Reviews)

4 guests

2 bedrooms

3 beds

1 bathroom

Property Overview

Slit Wood is a welcoming and homely apartment located in the village of St John’s Chapel in Weardale. Perfect for those who like to explore the great outdoors, you’ll be ideally placed to enjoy walks, hikes and popular cycling routes. Sleeping up to four guests across two bedrooms, Slit Wood is a comfortable base for small groups of friends and family stays.

Property Details

The Space
Slit Wood has a spacious and bright open plan kitchen and living area. Perfect for unwinding with your loved ones, you can relax on the sofa and turn on the TV to keep up with your favourite shows.

Fully equipped for self-catering stays, the compact kitchen at Slit Wood has everything you could need to prepare meals easily. Sharing the open plan space is a cosy dining area which includes a high table and two bar style stools.

Ideal for families and small groups, there are two bedrooms at Slit Wood. The master bedroom features a comfy double bed and the second room is a twin. Each room has premium bed linens and plush bedding.

Clean and modern, the bathroom features a large walk in shower, WC and basin.

Slit Wood 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 – Slit Wood 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.

Getting Around
St John’s Chapel has a number of bus services with stops in nearby areas. Appleby is the closest train station to Slit Wood. From here you’ll find routes to Leeds, Carlisle, Kirkby Stephen, Morecambe, Skipton and more.

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

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.

Please note that the WiFi can be intermittent due to the property being in a remote area.

Check-in: 16:00

Checkout: 10:00

Guest Reviews


(87 Reviews)



The accommodation was clean, comfortable and just about spot on. Ample parking. Quiet area and lovely locals! The location was ideal for what we had planned. Communication between the hosts and ourselves, timely, helpful and polite.
Difficult one - I think if we had seen how small the second bedroom was, we probably would not have booked; room for two beds, which were just about touching and nothing else! However, we were so glad we did, as everything else was just right for us and we WOULD book again.



Lovely and clean
No faults would come back and stay



It was clean and convenient for where we needed to be



Very good



Very good



Very good



The scenery just outside was stunning. Beautiful village location.



The area is lovely
WiFi was practically non existant. Host company managing the property lied on the phone, later admited that poor WiFi was buried in their t&Cs sent separately amongst other links. Terrible service - will never book a property that uses that firm again.



1) Actual address is 13miles (20min drive) west of Wolsingham and not anywhere near the ad listed address.
2) The bedroom with two “single beds” is very small and the two mattresses are right next to each other, essentially a divided double bed wall to wall.
3) “Slit Wood” is the name of the flat which you can’t see from the street, and there is no house number provided. It’s the green door with the smart lock next to house number 7.
4) Lots of small flies in the bedroom and bathroom windows as there are no nets on the windows. Don’t open the windows to avoid a swarm.
5) Wifi is really bad.

Otherwise the living room/kitchen is well equipped and clean.



Views, beds, location
Poor wifi, shower plug blocked, no oven glove, scissors or sharp knife



The flat was super spacious and clean. Very modern decorations. The location was beautiful. Right outside the window you can see the hills and scenery. They also have onsite parking and is near a pub and shop.
The wifi didn't work at all during the stay. Asked the host and they didn't really do anything.



Great location in a beautiful village. Well equipped apartment and very clean. Easy check in/out with simple instructions. First family short holiday for our Springer spaniel. He was well behaved .
Wii fii did not work when we arrived but was fixed the next day, although it was very slow..Very small dining table.



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A great location used as a base to visit family up here.
Nothing it was all fine.



Great location, well equipped with everything you need. Refurbished to a very good standard.
The seating in the lounge area was abysmal, very uncomfortable. The entry lock to enter the building needed better instructions to operate.



Location for good for visiting Weardale and Teesdale Beautiful part of North Pennine way.
OK for short break.
Basic facilities.



Great accommodation. Everything you could need in the apartment. Clean and in a nice quiet area (St Johns Chapel, not wolsingham).

Beds were a little uncomfortable.

Directions took us to the wrong place but the postcode they send you takes you to the correct one.

Wifi doesn’t work often and they tell you this In advance, just be aware. I had 4G most of the time anyway.



Perfect location for our stay, lovely village and comfy accommodation for everything you need.



Auf den ersten Blick wunderschöne FeWo, allerdings keine Möglichkeit irgendwo Sachen zu lagern ( kein Schrank, kein Regal, so dass man aus dem Koffer leben musste). Im Bad absolut keine Ablagemöglichkeit, Handtücher nicht unter zu bringen.
Für Ausländer sehr schwierige Beschreibung wie man einloggt, wo man hin muss. In den Emails könnten die Angaben übersichtlich dargestellt werden, aber ellenlange Mails über Tage machen nur alles unklarer.
Einchecken erst möglich über Anruf, da die Anweisungen sehr unklar waren.
WiFi funktionierte nicht. Auf Nachfrage kam nur " tut uns leid". Dann nichts mehr über Tage. Besonders schlecht, weil privates Internet in dieser Gegend auch kaum geht ( je nach Anbieter). Entgegenkommen im Preis auch nicht, obwohl es nicht funktionierte.
Schade, denn die Wohnung als solche ist sehr schön!



Great location. 2nd bedroom arguably too small for 2 beds which were extremely low in any case.
Insufficient cutlery, crockery and glassware for 3 people but problem rectified the same day.
Plenty of dog walks available. Overall a nice stay.



Location excellent
Struggled a bit opening the key lock



Excellent equiped apartments
Very bad WIFI. NO ELECTRICTY the first day in the apartments , because the householder forget to switch it on.
Bad communication and help assitance we Host & Stay to help us.
There is no house number, so it is hard to find.
The Neighbors do not know that there are apartments to rent in the house beside. Not even in the Café and Supermarket.
Wrong code to enter the main door. The padlock is rusty and you cannot open it, even if you have the right code. We rented five appartments, that´s the whole house, but received only one key for the entrance door.
When we left, Host & Stay, who did not help us with our priblems at all, tried to ask for money for a set of spare keys because they could not find the keys, which were lying on the table !



great location. (located in a car park behind the cafe). clean. spacious. parking. coop nearby all good
shower could have been better but it was ok for short stay. otherwise all good



High Force was ideally located to explore the area and beyond (we ventured up into Scotland as well as The Northumbrian Coast). The property was beautifully clean and well presented. The beds comfortable and good off road car parking. It was very quiet whilst we were there, with only one other apartment occupied during our stay. Really friendly locals, especially at the Blue Bell Inn.
Nothing to do with the property, but was very disappointed that none of the three local pubs served food in the evenings. Thank goodness that the small, well stocked Co Op store was close by.






I property in lovely position just in the village. Great panoramic views from front room.
No info ref getting in ie: didn't tell us how to a access key code. People who arrived on the following day had the same problem. Also no info on parking. Had to ask lady at the cafe next door. No kitchen bin. No loo brush and heaters not on despite telling them when we would arrive. However all was ok it soon warmed up but cold on arrival.






Convenient location
Spacious accommodation well equipped kitchen.
Good private off road parking at the rear
Small patio (for when it's warmer!)
Spacious shower .... but..
What a faff trying to get in.
I'd located the property on Google but when we arrived outside we could not find No12.
No7.. no 10 but no 12. After wandering around the back by the pub I found some very neat signs to the rear entrance and then tried to get in.
I had been been sent 12 emails , one of them had key code details but which one??
I eventually found a space- age lock with a black screen which looked as if it needed a card to be swiped over it. Nope.. you touch it and a keypad illuminates. By now I was on the phone to Host & Stay who were talking me through it. Great - opened the outside door to 4 apartments and eventually found ours which had a keysafe by the door. I've used one of these before but by now the automatic hall light had gone off. So after more faffing about I got access to the 4 digit code. which I couldn't see in the dark..... Pause while I dug out my torch (I was a boy scout..) Once it was unlocked I had to open it. But you need two hands to do that and hold the torch. sigh..
Once we got in we tried the hot water .... none... found the switch for the heated towel rail. Switched on the the electric heaters (it was 8 degrees outside (and in!!) but could find no way to programme them. Eventually found the hot water switch which gave instant hot water.
We could not find any instructions but did find a tablet by the TV which said "Welcome" then went blank? Found the charger for that and switched it on. Once it had charged we had another go but we could find no useful info, just a form for feedback. So not much use to us at that stage.
The electric power shower was a complete waste of space. Fluctuating between boiling and freezing. I eventually found a setting which gave a sensible temperature but such a weak flow that I had to hold the head an inch away to rinse the soap.



Hot water ran out very quickly
Sparse utensils in the kitchen- no sharp knives
Not enough comfy seats in lounge



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.






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.






Good value, clean and good location for exploring the North Pennines. Good communication and response to queries by host. The twin room doesn't have much space beyond the beds so is more suited to two kids or one adult than two adults. WiFi was slow and unreliable when we were there but nearby pub had a decent connection.



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



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



practical,rather on the small side fir 4 guests. ideal for 2 people,max3.



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



The place is located in a beautiful part of the world and the apartment was lovely .

The internet and Tv signal was really sketchy and because we had to work from home we weren’t able to get work done.

But I’m sure most people won’t stay here to do work like us and it would be a gorgeous holiday spot . We would come back for sure , but not if we needed to be reliant on internet.

This would Definitley be a gorgeous escape from hectic life.



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,
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)



Lovely apartment in a quiet village. Handy shop, post office and cafe nearby.
Perfect location for exploring.



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.



Very good



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.

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