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Alston

Lying within the North Pennines, Alston is the highest market town in England; steeped in history, the cobbled streets and stone buildings dating back to the 17th century give this town a charming ambiance.

The town has a steeply rising cobbled high street and a very distinctive market cross. St Augustine’s Church was built in 1869, with a record of the foundations dating back to the 12th century. For a small town, Alston has a good selection of shops including many small gift shops, and a thriving arts and crafts community. There is a butcher’s shop, bakery, and larger convenience stores, along with an ample choice of inns, eateries and tea rooms.

Evidence of Alston’s rich lead mining past can be found in the surrounding landscape. Alston Moor is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a good number of nature trails that would suit a relaxing ramble or short walk for all the family to challenging 20 mile walks, such as the South Tyne Trail.

The Pennine Way, the UK''s first National Trail also passes through. Several waterfalls descend from the South Tyne and Nent rivers on Alston Moor, the highest of which being Ashgill Force with a 50ft drop into the sparkling pools beneath. The South Tyneside Railway is England’s highest narrow gauge railway. Running from April to October, it offers a picturesque journey through the surrounding countryside.

Alston is perfect for experiencing a slower pace of life, where beauty is admired at every angle and enjoyed all year round. Search for Alston Holiday Cottages and enjoy the clean fresh air, tranquillity and heritage right from your doorstep.
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  • Nenthall, near Alston, Cumbria
    Nenthall, near Alston, Cumbria×

    The Field Barn

    Nenthall, near Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: 26710
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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Sympathetically renovated barn conversion surrounded by fields, fells and a large network of footpaths.
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    High in the North Pennines on Alston Moor, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Field Barn has been converted to provide a charming, detached holiday home. Retaining the old beams and adding modern facilities the cottage is off the beaten track and makes a delightful cosy retreat, just for two. There are many miles of peaceful footpaths and cycle routes and the scenery is spectacular with easy road access to Weardale, Teesdale and the Lake District. Hadrian’s Wall and...

  • Alston, Cumbria
    Alston, Cumbria×
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    Ref: 28646
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A cosy retreat for couples, and includes a four poster bed. Great walking to be enjoyed with the Pennine Way on the doorstep. A cosy retreat for couples, and includes a four poster bed. Great walking to be enjoyed with the Pennine Way on the doorstep.
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    These three, 18th century barn conversions, (refs 80043, 28645, 28646) are located just 1 mile from the market town of Alston, one of the highest towns in the country and a charming backdrop to many a period film and TV series. Situated behind the owner’s home, these holiday cottages offer comfortable accommodation with their own sitting-out areas. This is a good base for exploring Tynedale and the North Pennines by foot, bicycle or car, with many places of interest to visit,...

    Harbut Law Holiday Cottages - The Milking Parlour
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  • Leadgate, near Alston, Cumbria
    Leadgate, near Alston, Cumbria×

    The Old Dairy

    Leadgate, near Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: W44255
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This lovely barn conversion is ideal for touring Northumberland and Cumbria, and is within driving distance of Hadrians Wall.
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    The Old Dairy is a detached barn conversion which has been tastefully converted, and nestles on the border of Cumbria and Northumbria. It sits in a garden, bordered by mature trees with views over green fields and wild fells. Alston is said to be the highest market town in England, and has a quaint cobbled street with public houses, butchers, bakers and even its own candlemaker! It lies within an AONB with the Pennine Way running close to the cottage, and with spectacular scenery all...

  • Gamblesby, Cumbria
    Gamblesby, Cumbria×

    Barnside

    Gamblesby, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC118236
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A characterful barn conversion in the peaceful village of Gamblesby in the Eden Valley. A great base for exploring the Eden Valley, Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
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    An excellent choice for couples looking to enjoy quality time together – whether a romantic break, to celebrate a special occasion or simply to take the time to enjoy each others company in a delightful location. An immaculate and stylish presented barn conversion adjoining the owner’s art studio in the rural village of Gamblesby. The double patio doors lead onto a delightful sitting-out area which has steps leading to a well-tended garden. From here, a grassy path leads to the...
  • near Lazonby, Cumbria
    near Lazonby, Cumbria×

    Woodstore Cottage

    near Lazonby, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC132148
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    A delightful courtyard setting in the beautiful Eden Valley.
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    Woodstore Cottage enjoys a delightful courtyard setting in the grounds of Lazonby Hall, a magnificent country house in the beautiful Eden Valley. This unique cottage was converted in 2008 and is full of character, with beamed ceilings, sandstone flagged floor and a feature stone wall in the lounge. It has superb quality furnishings and luxury kitchen and bathroom facilities to provide a romantic retreat which couples will love. Lovely features of this cottage are the Harpsichord and...
  • Tindale Fell, Brampton, Cumbria
    Tindale Fell, Brampton, Cumbria×

    Old Chapel Cottage

    Tindale Fell, Brampton, Cumbria

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    Ref: NC63
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set in a small hamlet in an AONB on the Cumbrian/ Northumbrian borders, this charming, comfortable holiday cottage is part of an old chapel and adjoins the owners’ home
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    Set in a small hamlet in an AONB on the Cumbrian/ Northumbrian borders, this charming, comfortable holiday cottage is part of an old chapel and adjoins the owners’ home. Boasting good walking on the Pennine Way just 100 yards from the door. Fishing locally, as well as climbing and bird watching, there is plenty to enjoy in the immediate area. With an RSPB reserve and an SSSI both nearby, at Talkin Tarn, 6 miles, there is boating, fishing, sail boarding and a nature trail. A fine...

  • Kirkoswald, Cumbria
    Kirkoswald, Cumbria×

    The Old Manse

    Kirkoswald, Cumbria

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    Ref: 17788
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This charming barn conversion is delightfully situated in a secluded valley adjoining the owners home
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    This charming barn conversion is delightfully situated in a secluded valley adjoining the owners home. It enjoys a beautiful setting with its own private gardens extending down to Raven Beck attracting a wealth of wildlife (including red squirrels). Surrounded by good walking and cycling countryside, central to the Lakes, Carlisle/Settle railway and the AONB of the North Pennines. An ideal holiday base. Shop and pub 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with...

  • Gilsland, near Brampton, Cumbria
    Gilsland, near Brampton, Cumbria×

    Meg’s

    Gilsland, near Brampton, Cumbria

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    Ref: W44305
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This first floor apartment is ideally placed for those walking Hadrian’s Wall and the surrounding stunning countryside.
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    Meg’s is steeped in history, dating back to the 17th century when the notorious landlady, known as Meg Teasdale/Merilees would provide accommodation for local highway men, drug them and rob them. In 1815, Sir Walter Scott wrote a novel called Guy Mannering with Meg as the heroine, it was so popular the first edition sold out on the first day of publication. John Keats also decided Meg was a fascinating character and wrote a well-known poem named after her.

    These...

  • Overwater, Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria
    Overwater, Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria×

    Wayside

    Overwater, Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: 26622
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Comfortable and well equipped cottage in a quiet town with good access to the North Pennines and an abundance of footpaths.
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    This attractive, mid-terraced, former miner’s cottage stands in the centre of the small village of Nenthead in the rural North Pennines, an AONB. The C2C cycleway and a network of footpaths, including the Pennine Way, can be joined from the holiday cottage. There are mining attractions nearby and the market town of Alston (highest in England) is 5 miles. Enjoy the dramatic scenery of the North Pennines which leads on to The Lake District, Northumberland and The Yorkshire Dales. Shop...

  • Low Nest, near Alston, Cumbria
    Low Nest, near Alston, Cumbria×

    Low Nest Barn

    Low Nest, near Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: W44256
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Nestled amongst the hills and valleys, Low Nest Barn is set in the heart of stunning, North Pennine countryside.
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    Low Nest Barn is adjacent to the owner’s home and has been tastefully converted to a good standard, offering accommodation with panoramic views over what is thought to be, one of the last undiscovered wildernesses of Britain. The barn is accessed by a rough track and lies a mile or so beyond the outskirts of Alston, on the borders of Northumbria and Cumbria, and central in the North Pennines, which is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wildlife is in abundance, and...

  • near Alston, Cumbria
    near Alston, Cumbria×

    Lovelady Shield - The Shieling

    near Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC132132
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Stunning ground floor barn conversion oozing quality throughout - ideal for a romantic retreat
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    Lovelady Shield comprises three, luxury holiday ’cottages’ situated around a delightful cobbled courtyard.
    Located within the grounds of a superb Country House Hotel, 2 miles from Alston, the location is superb. Alston is often described as "in the middle of nowhere, but central for everywhere" lying high up in the north Pennine hills on the border of Cumbria, County Durham and Northumbria within easy reach of the Lake District, Hadrians Wall and the historic cities of...
  • Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria
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    Wellhopegill Cottage

    Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: W41169
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Situated in the North Pennines, an AONB, this property boasts stunning views and miles of peaceful footpaths and cycle routes.
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    Excellent views with pub and shop within walking distance

    This rural, 17th century, semi-detached stone cottage is situated in the North Pennines, an AONB. With stunning views and miles of peaceful footpaths and cycle routes, including the Coast to Coast route straight from the door. There are also golf courses nearby in Alston and Hexham. Approx an hour from the Northumberland National Park, Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and the Dales. Killhope Mine 3 miles. Alston, the...

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