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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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  • Melmerby, Cumbria
    Melmerby, Cumbria×

    Lavender Cottage

    Melmerby, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC132107
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    - 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...
  • Overwater, Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria
    Overwater, Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria×

    Wayside

    Overwater, Nenthead, near Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: 26622
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    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×

    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,...

  • Alston, Cumbria
    Alston, Cumbria×

    High Mill House

    Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: W43860
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile
    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...

  • 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...
  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Scalehouses, Cumbria
    Scalehouses, Cumbria×

    The Granary

    Scalehouses, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC132142
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Character barn conversion set amidst open countryside on the Pennine hills.
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    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...
  • Garrigill, near Alston, Cumbria
    Garrigill, near Alston, Cumbria×

    High Windy Cottage

    Garrigill, near Alston, Cumbria

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    Ref: W7625
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Great ‘get away from it all’ location sandwiched between Cumbria and Teesdale. Accommodation suited to families with enclosed garden and pub nearby.
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    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....

  • near Alston, Cumbria
    near Alston, Cumbria×
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    Ref: CC132131
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    Stunning barn conversion which oozes quality throughout in a beautiful countryside location
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    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...
    Lovelady Shield - The Shieling
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  • Melmerby, Cumbria
    Melmerby, Cumbria×

    The Old Chapel

    Melmerby, Cumbria

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    Ref: CC132174
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a summer barbecue in the delightful garden or a relaxing winter evening in front of the wood burner. This detached, converted chapel is 9 miles to Penrith.
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    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...

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