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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, 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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  • Harbut Law Holiday Cottages - The Milking Parlour

    Alston

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 80043

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Dishwasher.

    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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Orchard House

    Alston

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: W43556


    Perched at the bottom of a cobbled street, Orchard House is a Grade II listed, 17th century terraced house and offers the best of both worlds. From the front it looks up to the bustling main street and to the rear it has open views across fields, which run down to the South Tyne River. This holiday house is well-furnished and presented with a welcoming, cosy ambiance. Set in a conservation area, Alston claims to be the highest market town in England. Not only that, the nearest town is more than 15 miles away so Alston offers the chance to escape to a far-flung corner of Cumbria that promises to enchant sightseers with its charming cobbled streets and bustling pubs, shops and tea rooms. To arrive in memorable fashion it may be worth travelling along the A686 from Penrith to Corbridge. The AA Magazine rated this among the 10 best drives in the world and it’s not difficult to see how they came to such a conclusion as the heather-clad moorlands of the North Pennines that surround Alston make it an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and appealing to anyone who participates in outdoor activities. Reminders of the town’s rich mining history are everywhere, with the Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre charting the story of mineral mining in this area. The South Tynedale Railway, the highest narrow gauge railway in England, also runs from Alston to Kirkhaugh, which is just over 2 miles away in Northumberland. Shops, pubs and restaurants 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Snug with beams. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 2 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas living flame fire in dining room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Blu-ray. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in basement). Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Lawned garden with patio, decked sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Garden set over three levels, steps to each area and uneven surfaces.

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