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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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  • 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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  • Wellhopegill Cottage

    Nenthead, near 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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  • The Coachman’s Cottage

    Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC425

    The Coachman’s Cottage is a quaint, stone, semi-detached self-catering cottage dating back to the 1700s, with a sheltered, enclosed garden. It lies on the edge of Alston but within a 10-minute easy walk of the town, with its cobbled high street, shops, pubs and cafés. Alston, one of England’s highest towns, is centrally located in the North Pennines – one of Britain’s last undiscovered wildernesses and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a wide range of activities and historic attractions nearby including a steam railway, historic mining attractions, fishing, golf and cycling routes including the Pennine Cycle Way and Coast to Coast. There are many local footpaths with stunning views and wildlife, as well as the Pennine Way on the doorstep. It is also ideally placed for days out in the glorious countryside of Northumberland, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Water sports are available at nearby Talkin Tarn and Kielder Water. Hadrian’s Wall is just 30 minutes away, and Gateshead is an hour’s drive, with its large shopping centre complete with restaurants and 10-screen cinema. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With gas oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.
    First Floor:
    Living room:
    With wood burner from August, there will be an open fire until then, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, beams, low sloping ceiling and en-suite with half-size bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and superfast broadband included. Initial logs for wood burner/open fire included. Travel cot supplied on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car, additional on road parking available. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps in the garden.

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  • Wayside

    Overwater, Nenthead, near 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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  • Harbut Law Holiday Cottages - The Cottage

    Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28645

    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: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. CD. Dishwasher. 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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  • 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 with 5-bar gate permitting children to play and dogs to roam.

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  • Meg’s

    Gilsland, near 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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  • Lord Mayor’s Barn

    Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26474

    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 a perfect place for exploring Cumbria, the Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall. There are also countryside walks, golf course, cycling routes and fishing. Shops and pubs ¾ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. One step up to dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite toilet. Beamed throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating , electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • High Windy Cottage

    Garrigill, near 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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  • 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 two cars.

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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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  • 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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