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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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  • The Granary

    Scalehouses

    Grade
    5
    3
    4
    2
    Ref: CC132142
    This converted sandstone barn is full of character, with large arched doorways, beamed ceilings and feature stone walls. The Granary is situated in the tiny hamlet of Scalehouses, which consists of a farm and 2 or 3 houses, between the pretty villages of Croglin and Renwick in the Eden Valley. This tranquil area of Cumbria is completely unspoilt by tourists and although it does not have the drama of the ’Lakes’ the countryside is equally impressive, but without the crowds. It lies on the edge of the Pennine hills on the Coast to Coast cycle route and is perfect for walking, cycling, pony trekking, riding and canoeing.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Spacious entrance with underfloor heating.
    Sunroom/Kitchen/bootroom: With underfloor heating, large oak table and six chairs, TV, electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave and space for bikes, dogs and boots.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With twin beds and en-suite shower with WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and en-suite WC and wash basin.
    Large open hallway: With wood burning stove, bookcases, pine table and chairs and stairs leading to the 2nd floor.

    Second Floor: Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD/radio and vaulted ceiling with low beams.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, towels and bed linen included. Fuel for the wood burning stove is not provided but is available to purchase from the local village shop if required. Wi-Fi access available.Outside: lawned garden, patio and seating. Parking for 2 cars. 4 dogs welcome, kennelled in the entrance room only.

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  • High Windy Cottage

    Garrigill, nr. Alston

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W7625

    Panoramic views

    This delightfully presented, detached holiday cottage offers quality accommodation with panoramic views over one of the last undiscovered wildernesses of Britain, as quoted in the Sunday Times. Activities include walking, fishing, shooting, golf, riding and even skiing. An ideal location for the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Hadrian’s Wall and the Borders. The nearest pub is a 1/4 mile walk down through fields, or a mile by road. Shop 11/4 miles, pub 1/4 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Most rooms with beams.

    Multi-fuel stove in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Isaac’s Byre

    Garrigill, nr. Alston

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: 26098

    This delightful barn conversion, adjoining the owner’s home, retains the former Byre’s character and enjoys picturesque views of the scenery of the North Pennines, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The property also has a GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme) gold award. There are outstanding walks and scenery from the doorstep and the location is peaceful and perfectly placed for exploring the quaint town of Alston. Nearby guests can enjoy the local swimming pool with sauna and Jacuzzi, 1 mile (at cost). There are numerous cycle routes from the barn, golf is within 5 miles and horse riding can be found 11 miles away, as well as fishing locally. Other interesting places to visit nearby include Ashgill Force, 1.5 miles, and High Force, 12 miles. Close to the Pennine Way, the C2C Cycle Route and Hadrian’s Wall. Visit the Lake District and Northumbrian National Parks, Carlisle, Durham and Newcastle. Resident hens and a variety of wildlife can be spotted from the garden. Alston, 4 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 2 steps (ramp available) to living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip & link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with sloping ceilings and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Central heating from ground source heat pump, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (entertainment and documentaries package). DVD. CD. Games console on request. Gas range with gas hob and electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (boot room). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Electricity car charging point. Welcome pack.

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  • The Old Chapel

    Melmerby

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: CC132174
    This charming, detached converted chapel boasts a stunning streamside location in the heart of the picturesque fellside village of Melmerby, in the beautiful Eden Valley. Well-fitted and comfortably furnished, this delightful holiday property features exposed beams, a wood burner and a veranda bridge with an additional foot bridge. Both bridges cross the fast flowing Melmerby Beck (gated and fenced) and lead to a lovely lawned area with a garden house, wendy house, sunken trampoline and a climbing frame. Located in the beautiful and tranquil Eden Valley, Melmerby has an award winning village bakery and a pub, which both serve excellent food and are just a short stroll away from the cottage. The Eden Valley nestles between the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Pennines, Cumbria’s ‘hidden gem’, which maintains the illusion of untouched remoteness despite its extremely accessible location. There is superb walking and fishing locally. Penrith, Alston and Ullswater are all under 15 miles, and Hadrian’s Wall is 20 miles.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Beamed with wooden floor, wood burner, digital TV, DVD player, radio/CD and French doors to garden and patio.
    Kitchen/dining room: With tiled floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.
    Detached garden room.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With bunk beds.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Covered decked area leading to lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds. Access to garden via gated bridge.

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  • Lovelady Shield - Clifton (Luxury)

    near Alston

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC132131
    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 borders of Cumbria, County Durham and Northumbria within easy reach of the Lake District, Hadrians Wall and the historic cities of Carlisle and Durham. All three properties are luxuriously appointed to appeal to the most discerning customers and the experience of staying here is quite unique.The hotel facilities are available to guests staying in the cottages, including free Wi-Fi, a first class restaurant, bar and lovely grounds. Food may be ordered from the bistro style menu and delivered to the cottage, or you may opt to have a casserole bubbling away in the oven for your arrival. A selection of reasonably priced wines are also available for consumption in the cottage. Ultimately you will enjoy the best of both worlds, your own self catering accommodation with restaurant facilities for that special treat. The area is truly tranquil with lovely views surrounding the grounds in a beautiful countryside setting surrounded by acres of farmland with numerous public footpaths for you to enjoy away from the crowds.
    Clifton is a luxuriously appointed three bedroom cottage fitted to an extremely high level of luxury in a delightful courtyard setting surrounded by acres of farmland with open virews across the fells.
    This property can be booked together with The Shieling (132132) and Colleton House (132133) to accommodate up to 16 people.
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    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Galleried entrance hall with glass panelled craftsman built staircase.
    Lounge: With Freeview sat TV, DVD and wood burning stove set in feature stone fireplace.
    Dining/Kitchen: With granite work surfaces,electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Utility Room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Separate WC

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With twin beds and en-suite shower, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With King size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin .

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Outside: Shared use of hotel grounds and facilities. Parking for 2 cars. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

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  • Honfleur

    Ousby

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: CC132156
    Honfleur is a modern detached bungalow with ample parking and a large garden overlooking open fields, to the distant Lakeland Fells. Situated near the Fox Inn in Ousby, a peaceful village nestling at the foot of the Pennine Hills in the beautiful Eden Valley. The quiet country lanes are perfect for cycling and there are walks from the door to Melmerby Fell and Cross Fell. Bar meals and restaurant facilities are available in the pub and occasional live entertainment. There is a village shop and bakery with cafe in Melmerby two miles away together with village pub serving bar meals. There are a wealth of amenities in Penrith, seven miles. The bungalow is very comfortably furnished and well equipped, with a large kitchen/diner.

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage and panel heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, CD/radio, electric fire and patio doors to the garden.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge, microwave and dining table and chairs.
    Utility room: With sink, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed (for flexibility of sleeping arrangements only).
    Bathroom: With shower cubicle, bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available.Outside: Garden with lawn, patio and seating. Parking for 5 cars.

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  • Orchard House

    Alston

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: W43556


    Perched at the bottom of a cobbled street, Orchard House is a Grade II listed, 17th century terraced house and offers the best of both worlds. From the front it looks up to the bustling main street and to the rear it has open views across fields, which run down to the South Tyne River. This holiday house is well-furnished and presented with a welcoming, cosy ambiance. Set in a conservation area, Alston claims to be the highest market town in England. Not only that, the nearest town is more than 15 miles away so Alston offers the chance to escape to a far-flung corner of Cumbria that promises to enchant sightseers with its charming cobbled streets and bustling pubs, shops and tea rooms. To arrive in memorable fashion it may be worth travelling along the A686 from Penrith to Corbridge. The AA Magazine rated this among the 10 best drives in the world and it’s not difficult to see how they came to such a conclusion as the heather-clad moorlands of the North Pennines that surround Alston make it an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and appealing to anyone who participates in outdoor activities. Reminders of the town’s rich mining history are everywhere, with the Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre charting the story of mineral mining in this area. The South Tynedale Railway, the highest narrow gauge railway in England, also runs from Alston to Kirkhaugh, which is just over 2 miles away in Northumberland. Shops, pubs and restaurants 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Snug with beams. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 2 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas living flame fire in dining room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Blu-ray. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in basement). Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Lawned garden with patio, decked sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Garden set over three levels, steps to each area and uneven surfaces.

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  • Lovelady Shield - Colleton House

    near Alston

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC132133
    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 borders of Cumbria, County Durham and Northumbria within easy reach of the Lake District, Hadrians Wall and the historic cities of Carlisle and Durham. All three properties are luxuriously appointed to appeal to the most discerning customers and the experience of staying here is quite unique. The hotel facilities are available to guests staying in the cottages, including free Wi-Fi, a first class restaurant, bar and lovely grounds. Food may be ordered from a bistro style menu and delivered to the cottage, or you may opt to have a casserole bubbling away in the oven for your arrival. A selection of reasonably priced wines is also available for consumption in the cottage.  Ultimately you will enjoy the best of both worlds, your own self catering accommodation with restaurant facilities for that special treat. The area is truly tranquil with lovely views surrounding the grounds in a beautiful countryside setting surrounded by acres of farmland with numerous public footpaths for you to enjoy away from the crowds
    Colleton House is a luxuriously appointed detached bungalow which is sure to appeal to even the most discering guests. With views to the Pennine hills and hotel grounds this spacious property benefits from a delightful sunroom and private patio.
    This property can be booked together with The Shieling (132132) and Clifton (132131) to accommodate up to 16 people.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on one level with a ramp available for access which guests with mobility problems will find helpful. The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview sat TV, DVD and open fire in feature stone fire surround and patio doors.
    Sun Room: Overlooking the hotel grounds to the river and fells beyond.
    Large Dining Kitchen: With granite worktops, Aga, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave and separate dining area.
    Utility Room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Spearate WC.
    Bedroom 1: With super King size bed which can convert to twin beds (please request on booking).
    Bedroom 2: With King size bed.
    Bedroom 3: With King size bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, WC, bidet and wash basin .

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available.Outside:  Private patio area with seating and shared use of the hotel grounds and facilities. Parking for 2 cars. Please note: This property has a private water supply.

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  • Wild Goose Cottage

    Alston

    Grade
    9
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W40737

    Stunning conversion

    Set in a quiet area just off the cobbled main street in Alston, this terraced holiday cottage was formerly the home of a farm labourer. Originally built in 1611 the property has now been sympathetically restored whilst retaining much of its character and charm. The beam above the fireplace dates back over a thousand years, and was previously part of an ancient ship! The property boasts an upstairs balcony with a sun room, perfect for relaxing and watching the sun set. On the border of Cumbria and Northumbria, Alston is the highest market town in England, and is ideal for touring the northern lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumbria. Within easy driving distance are Hadrians Wall, Hexham, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Beamish Museum, Ullswater or Keswick. Alston lies within an AONB with the Pennine Way running close to the cottage, and spectacular scenery all around. There is a range of traditional pubs and shops, local crafts and the narrow gauge railway in the town. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors, beams and wooden floor. Dining room with beams/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. All with wooden floors. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single (2ft 6in for child) and wooden floor.

    Gas central heating, gas and electricity (£15per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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