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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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  • Woodstore Cottage

    near Lazonby

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    2
    Ref: CC132148
    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 Clavichord, which guests are welcome to play. Lazonby Hall has a woodland setting, one mile from the village which has pubs and a supermarket and only 10 minutes drive from the M6.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With multi fuel stove (fuel not provided), TV, CD radio and i-Pod dock, Harpsichord and Clavichord.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and hob, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Open staircase from lounge to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, patio doors to the garden and en-suite with bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included.Outside: Woodland garden with patio, table and chairs. Parking for 2 cars. Adults only.

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  • Milking Parlour

    Alston

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 25137

    Ideal location for exploring

    Converted from the old milking parlour this single-storey cottage has been comfortably furnished to provide a delightful holiday home just for two. Situated alongside Mark Close Farmhouse (Ref: 13314) it stands on the outskirts of the market town of Alston in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the North Pennines. It is ideally located for exploring Cumbria’s Lake District, Northumberland and the border of Scotland including Hadrian’s Wall. Whichever direction you travel you will be astounded by the magnificent views. Excellent walking and Coast to Coast cycle route runs through Alston. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH, electricity included, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Harbut Law Holiday Cottages - The Calf Shed

    Alston

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28646

    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, including Alston’s narrow gauge railway, Pennine Pottery and local crafts. The Pennine Way runs past the door, with walks in all directions. Alston, with its quaint cobbled main street, has a range of individual shops, character inns, restaurants and tea rooms. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. The Lake District, Beamish Museum, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Carlisle and the Scottish Borders are all within driving distance. Ideal for families or friends to get together, these properties (red 80043, 28645 and 28646) can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (four poster) galleried bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric fire in living room. Patio and furniture. No smoking.

    All properties: Biomass pellet central heating, electricity and bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared barbecue on request. Parking (1 car). Cycle store.

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  • The Field Barn

    Nenthall, nr. Alston

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 26710

    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 the Yorkshire Dales are within easy reach. The market town of Alston is 3 miles. Golf nearby. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with French doors. Shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only)/dining room/kitchen. Beams and wooden floors throughout.

    Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week, £10 per short break September - April). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children, except babes in arms.

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  • The Old Dairy

    Leadgate, nr. Alston

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W44255

    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 around. Fishing, riding and golf are all nearby, and you can follow some of the local rambles or the Pennine Way. It is ideal for touring the northern Lakes, Yorkshire Dales and Northumbria and within easy driving distance are Hadrians Wall, Hexham, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Beamish Museum, Ullswater and Keswick. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and tourists will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom), ele, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times, sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Old Chapel Cottage

    Tindale Fell, Brampton

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: NC63

    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 base for the Eden Valley, Lake District and Borders and for exploring Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (can be 2 singles). Shower room and toilet. Z-bed available (for child up to 10 years).

    Oil central heating, electric heaters (when central heating not in use), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Terraced garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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  • The Old Manse

    Kirkoswald

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    2
    Ref: 17788

    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 partially flagged floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. Open gallery to first floor: Living room with beams and day-bed. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. DAB radio. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. NB: River 50 yards.

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  • Lovelady Shield - The Shieling (Luxury)

    near Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC132132
    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 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 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.
    Situated on the ground floor of this superb barn conversion. Luxuriously appointed throughout including oak flooring, granite work surfaces and coordinated fabrics. Superb accommodation in a tranquil setting ideal fro a romantic retreat.
    This property can be booked together with Clifton (132131) and Colleton House (132133) to accommodate up to 16 people.
     

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With leather settees, Freeview sat TV, DVD and contemporary flame effect electric fire.
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Bedroom 1: With super King size bed which can be converted to twin beds (please request on booking).
    Bedroom 2: 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 with lawns and seating and bar and restaurant. Parking for 2 cars.

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  • Lavender Cottage

    Melmerby

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC132107
    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 its charm. Melmerby boasts its own village bakery and pub serving food and drink. Lavender Cottage provides an excellent base from which to visit the Lake District National Park, The Eden Valley, North Pennines and Hadrian’s Wall.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on one level, which may be of benefit to the elderly or persons with walking difficulties.
    It has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD, Hi-Fi, two sofa’s, coffee table and wood burning stove.
    Kitchen/diner: With electric oven and gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and patio doors.
    Utility/drying room: With washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite shower cubicle, WC and hand basin.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and hand basin.

    Gas and electricity are included but an adjustment over winter months is applied. Towels and bed linen included. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available. Outside small lawned garden and patio area to the front. Private parking for 2 cars.

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  • Low Nest Barn

    Low Nest, nr. Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W44256

    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 red squirrels and many species of birds can be seen from the barn. Enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne valley from Alston station on the South Tynedale railway, with vintage steam or diesel locomotives. Alston is said to be England’s highest market town. Fishing, riding and golf are available 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. There are water sports at Talkin and Kielder Water. Gateshead is only an hour away, with a large shopping centre, restaurants and a ten screen cinema. Alternatively, just stay home and relax and eat together with family and friends. It is set in a garden, bordered by mature trees, with panoramic views over green fields and wild fells. The town has a quaint cobbled street with public houses, butchers, bakers and even its own candlemaker. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    6 steps down to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and stone floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washer/dryer and freezer in external utility room. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • Wellhopegill Cottage

    Nenthead, nr. Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W41169

    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 highest market town in England, is nearby, with various shops, restaurants and pubs. Nenthead is 400 yards, with shop, pub (serving food). Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Conservatory. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity paid by honesty box. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD and large library. Small library of books. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden, furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome tray. No smoking.

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  • Meg’s

    Gilsland, nr. Brampton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W44305

    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 days Meg’s is a comfortable, first floor apartment in the centre of Gilsland, which will cater for all your needs. Downstairs, the ‘House of Meg’ tearoom is a local favourite for a warming hot chocolate and piece of homemade cake, a welcome refreshment after a day exploring. Gilsland straddles the border of Cumbria and Northumbria, with masses to do in the region especially Hadrian’s Wall and the local Birdoswald Roman Fort, the Gilsland Spa, as well as for visiting Carlisle, the Lake District, Hexham and Newcastle. Beach 30 miles. Shop and restaurant 20 yards, pub 30 yards.

    External steps to entrance. All on first floor: 6 steps to living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in utility room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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