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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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  • Whitlow Farmhouse

    Kirkhaugh, nr. Alston

    Grade
    11
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: 25415

    Standing in a stunning, elevated position in the North Pennines, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this refurbished, former 19th century farmhouse has enviable views across Alston Moor and the beautiful, unspoilt South Tyne Valley. Perched on the Cumbria/Northumberland border, the traditional features and generously proportioned rooms make this an ideal choice for families and friends looking for a comfortable and well equipped holiday home. Standing detached alongside one other property, its peaceful, rural location makes it feel off the beaten track and yet it is just 500 yards from the Alston to Brampton road which connects the Lake District to the Northumberland National Park. There is a network of public footpaths direct from the doorstep linking up to numerous trails and cycle routes. The archaeological remains of Whitley Castle (Roman Fort), described as the hidden gem of the North Pennines is a stones throw from the property and trout and salmon fishing can be enjoyed on a quiet stretch of the South Tyne River running through the owner’s farm (2 permits available by request in advance). Whitlow is perfectly situated as a touring base for exploring a wealth of natural and historical treasures in the area. Hadrian’s Wall is only 10 miles away, with the Scottish Border and the Lake District approximately 25 miles. Nearby Alston, 21/2 miles, the highest market town in England, offers an interesting array of cafes, shops, pubs, narrow gauge steam engine railway (which runs through the farm) and 18-hole golf. Shops, pubs and restaurants 21/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 shower rooms with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, two with additional single, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in kitchen included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Range with gas hob and electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from spring. Two pets welcome (to be kept on lead at all times, sheep country). No smoking.

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  • Shield Hill House

    Garrigill, Alston

    Grade
    11
    5
    2
    5
    Ref: LWH

    Set in the beautiful north Pennines, Britain’s ‘last undiscovered wilderness’, with spectacular views from its superb fellside position, this 18th-century stone house has been renovated to a very high standard. Adjoining the owners’ home and making the ideal rural retreat. It is perfectly situated as a touring base with the Lake District less than an hour’s drive away. Shops, pub 2½ miles.

    Spacious living room with large open fire, beams, rugs on wooden floor and French doors to patio. Rustic dining room leading to sun room/entrance lobby. Well-equipped pine-fitted kitchen with ornamental antique range and small breakfast area. Two steps down to double bedroom with French door to patio and en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms (one with additional single bed for +1), each with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Two bedrooms with patio doors leading to verandah.

    • Open fires – fuel included
    • Electricity, full NSH included and bed linen included
    • Towels for hire
    • Cot
    • Additional bed (for +1)
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • First floor verandah
    • Large terraced garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • Unsuitable for the infirm

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  • Mark Close Farmhouse

    Alston

    Grade
    23
    9
    3
    5
    Ref: 13314

    This traditional farmhouse lies half a mile beyond the outskirts of Alston on the borders of Northumbria and Cumbria, central in the North Pennines, an AONB. Alston is said to be England’s highest market town. Fishing, riding and golf nearby. Follow some of the local rambles or the Pennine Way. The glorious coast and countryside of Northumbria is within travelling distance, as are the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Borders. Water sports at Talkin and Keilder Water. Gateshead, only an hour away, has a large shopping centre with restaurants and ten screen cinema. Or just stay home and relax in front of the fire and eat together with family and friends. Set in a garden, bordered by mature trees with panoramic views over green fields and wild fells. Before it lies the site of an ancient Britain fort, and behind, the Roman’s Maiden Way. The town has a quaint cobbled street with public houses, butchers, bakers and its own candlemaker. An ideal holiday base. Assisted wheelchair users can be accommodated on the ground floor.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional Z-bed, 1 twin (one 2ft 6in for child). Bathroom with shower and toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 3 double, two with additional single, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 4 twin (one with one 2ft 6in bed for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and dining room included. Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Two high chairs. TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Ample parking. Pets welcome under strict control please (sheep country).

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