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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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  • Alston, Cumbria
    Alston, Cumbria×

    Lord Mayor’s Barn

    Alston, Cumbria

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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Stone built barn conversion with cosy living spaces and stunning fell views. Location perfect for exploring Cumbria and Hadrian’s Wall.
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    This attractive detached barn conversion stands in a rural location adjacent to the owner’s home on the outskirts of the quaint, traditional market town of Alston, with its cobbled streets and historic charm situated in an AONB. The cosy living room with wood burning stove has a large, arched barn window with stunning views towards the fells. Retaining original beams and some exposed stone work the barn is an interesting mix of character and contemporary style. The location makes it...

  • Alston, Cumbria
    Alston, Cumbria×

    High Mill House

    Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: W43860
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    A four storey apartment set in the heart of the historic, market town of Alston, surrounded by an AONB.
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    This four-storey apartment is set just off the main cobblestone street in the heart of Alston, England’s highest market town at 1,000ft above sea level. This spacious holiday home is well presented and has everything you need for a comfortable stay and even has a games room with board games in the attic to keep the little ones entertained.

    Surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Alston is remote, being 20 miles from any other towns but is ideal for those...

  • Alston, Cumbria
    Alston, Cumbria×

    Gilmore House

    Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: UK1154
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    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    This cosy property offers the perfect base from which to explore all the quaint market towns Cumbria and the Lake District has to offer.
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    Comfortable and with touches of authentic character, Gilmore House sits just a stone’s throw from the centre of the traditional market town of Alston. Small but full of character with cobbled streets and fabulous views, Alston sits as the highest town in England. This appealing terraced house offers guests the benefit of a living room with an open fire and an additional sitting room. Shuttered windows add to the charm and character of this traditional Victorian property. With the...
  • Overwater, Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria
    Overwater, Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria×

    Wayside

    Overwater, Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria

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    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...

  • Alston, Cumbria
    Alston, Cumbria×
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    Ref: 80043
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    Alston with cobble streets is close to this lovely cottage with open fire, Hadrian’s Wall and Roman fort easily reached.
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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,...

  • Alston, Cumbria
    Alston, Cumbria×
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    Ref: 28645
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Delightful barn conversion, ideal location for touring the area, market town of Alston with its narrow gauge railway close by.
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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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  • 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...

  • Melmerby, Cumbria
    Melmerby, Cumbria×

    Lavender Cottage

    Melmerby, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC132107
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Bungalow style cottage in the delightful picturesque village of Melmerby where the famous village bakery provides superb food.
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    This sandstone bungalow style cottage is located in a small courtyard development in the delightful picturesque village of Melmerby, nestling in the gaze of Melmerby fell in sight of the highest point on the Pennine chain. Situated midway between Penrith and Alston the village oozes charm and character and is a true example of the traditional Eden Valley village. The atmosphere is one of rural calm, the sandstone architecture, rippling streams and pleasant grassy open spaces all add to...
  • Melmerby, Cumbria
    Melmerby, Cumbria×

    Elseghyll Barn

    Melmerby, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC132143
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Delightful barn conversion with good quality modern furnishings, on the edge of the Pennine Hills.
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    This delightful sandstone barn conversion is situated in Melmerby, one of the Eden Valley’s most popular villages. Elseghyll Barn was tastefully refurbished by the owners, with quality furnishings to provide a very comfortable holiday home. The village bakery in Melmerby has an excellent reputation and is sought out by visitors from far and wide, there is also a thriving village shop with tearoom. Melmerby is a peaceful village which lies on the edge of the Pennine Hills and has...
  • 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...

  • Alston, Cumbria
    Alston, Cumbria×

    Cobblestones Cottage

    Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: 28288
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Stone build property in the grounds of a Country House Hotel with excellent access to Northumberland, Cumbria and the Pennines.
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    Pleasantly situated within the grounds of the Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel, this holiday apartment is on the ground floor of the owner’s barn conversion. The surrounding scenery of the North Pennine hills (an AONB) is stunning. There are walks along the river bank and on the hills behind the property, and there is easy access to Hadrian’s Wall, the Lake District and Wearside. The market town of Alston, with its quaint cobbled streets and interesting shops and galleries,...

  • 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...

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