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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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  • 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 lawned 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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  • High Mill House

    Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43860

    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 wanting to explore Durham, Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales, Scottish Borders and the Lake District. Hadrian’s Wall is a short distance away along one of England’s top ten scenic drives and there are many exhibition and viewpoints along the Heritage Site. Alston has quaint cobbled streets and various shops, galleries and good pubs and restaurants and is the starting point for the South Tynedale Railway, England’s highest narrow gauge railway. You can also travel the famous, scenic Settle to Carlisle line from nearby Langwathby station. There are a range of good walks nearby including the Pennine Way and for the cyclists, there is the Sea to Sea Cycle Route. Shop 15 yards, pub 40 yards and restaurant 30 yards

    5 steps to entrance. Partially open-sided stairs to first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Partially open-sided stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Partially open-sided stairs to third floor: Games room with beams.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Public car park foc, 30 yards. Selection of board games. No smoking.

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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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  • Cobblestones Cottage

    Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28288

    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, is 2½ miles and is the highest market town in England. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    ½ step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Underfloor oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture (50 yards). Use of hotel grounds with patio, sitting-out areas and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: River in grounds, 120 yards.

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  • Elseghyll Barn

    Melmerby

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC132143
    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 wonderful walks on the surrounding fells and country roads which are ideal for cycling.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With TV and DVD.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, washer/dryer, fridge and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Reading area: With chaise longue.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, bed linen and towels included. Cot available.Outside: Patio area with garden furniture. Parking for 2 cars. Parking area has 5-bar gate permitting children to play and dogs to roam.

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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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  • 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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  • Wayside

    Overwater, Nenthead, nr. Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 26622

    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 and pub/restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Beams throughout. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with additional single futon (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fires in living room and kitchen included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area with furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Stream in sitting-out area, 5 yards.

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  • Cotterill Barn

    Nenthead, near Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    3
    Ref: UKC326


    Cotterill Barn has been tastefully converted to a very good standard. Bordering Cumbria and Northumbria, Alston is the highest market town in England, and is ideal for touring the Northern Lakes, the Yorkshire Dales and Northumbria. Within easy driving distance are Hadrian’s Wall, Hexham, Newcastle, the Metro Centre, Beamish Museum, Ullswater and Keswick. Alston lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the Pennine Way running close to the cottage. Needless to say, the area around this detached cottage is nothing short of spectacular. There’s fishing, riding and golf nearby, or you can follow some of the local rambles or the Pennine Way. The glorious coast and countryside of Northumbria is within travelling distance, as is the Scottish Border. Cotterill Barn enjoys rustic views over green fields and wild fells. Alston features a quaint cobbled street lined with public houses, butchers, bakers and its own candle maker. Within the area is an historical Roman fort and visitors will enjoy the museums, exhibitions and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. For more adventurous holidaymakers, you could try water sports at Talkin and Kielder Water. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area:
    With CD player and iPod dock (no TV).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower over corner bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Enclosed lawned garden. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a well and there is a pond in the garden, 10 metres away.

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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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