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Alstonby Hall

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Kirklinton, Cumbria
Grade 4 Star rating
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Large former shooting lodge with interesting character and spacious grounds. A good central base for much of the north west.

Enjoy a tranquil holiday, in this spacious former shooting lodge built in the 19th century adjoining the owners’ property. Tastefully decorated and furnished, and is set within 3 acres of well-maintained wooded grounds. The house is situated in Border Reiver land in magnificent open countryside and is a good central base for exploring the nearby Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, Durham, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Galloway coast in Scotland. Historic Carlisle 6 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

3 steps to entrance.
All on the ground floor.
Living room:
With open fire, TV and DVD player.
Dining room: With open fire and French doors leading to garden.
Kitchen: With solid fuel Aga, microwave and fridge/freezer.
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and French doors leading to garden.
Bathroom: With roll-top bath and toilet.

Biomass central heating (£28 per week October-April), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fires included. Laundry service available. Lawned garden with garden furniture. 3-acre mature grounds (shared). Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 05/03/2018
    Myself and my partner loved the place would definitely come back x

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 29/12/2017
    I wanted peace and quiet over the Christmas period and Alstonby Hall was just right. The owners could not have been more accommodating.

  • 3

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    Initial impression of the cottage was great - lovely well-kept grounds, easy access, spacious. Unfortunately, up close the wear and tear on the place really shows. There is significant water damage to walls and ceilings inside. Outside, the roof woodwork and guttering is starting to fall apart. Keeping the quirky solid fuel AGA going is fun in a "going back in time" kind of way, until it gets over 20 degrees outside and the entire place is instantly too hot for comfort, or until you somehow don't quite clean enough ash out of the bottom and it threatens to go out, leaving you without hot water. There is no dishwasher or washing machine (though there is clearly space for it in the kitchen or elsewhere), and the "washing service" was entirely pointless for us as the owners weren't there most of the time to ask them to do a wash for us. There is no hoover, and a "dustbuster" I found in a closet belonged in a museum - it must have been 50 years old or something. I used it once, but then did not dare use it again. The main bedroom is nice enough, but in the ensuite shower/loo the toilet seat lid is missing, which is a bit of a worry with valuables and small children around (and it is a very large, very old loo). Our little boy found the second bedroom (two singles) almost impossible to sleep in as the shutters don't shut out all the light, you still get quite a lot of road noise, it's quite draughty, and the nightly AGA noises carry into this room as well as all the other odd noises of a very old house in the night. We also had the pleasure of a nightly visit by a mouse in the master bedroom, which was very noisy and refused to be caught, so all in all the nights were not very restful at all. This was not helped by tree-trimmers arriving unannounced early in the morning in the middle of the week. Compared to other cottages we've stayed at this place is not child- or baby-friendly in the slightest. There's no cot available so we had to bring our own, and with the AGA, an open fireplace in the sitting room, exposed heating and hot water pipes and books/leaflets openly accessible to even fairly small babies (ours is 8 months) we kept dragging the cot from room to room just to keep her safe. This place really should be advertised as "not family friendly". Overall I'd really only recommend this place to childless couples looking for a back-in-time sort of camping-like experience. If you're out most of the day, including eating out (or you feel like battling the AGA, blunt knives and lack of a dishwasher), this is a useful place to rest, but it seems a waste of such a beautiful setting. This place needs a serious repair and equipment upgrades.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 05/07/2017
    We enjoyed our stay but cottage was advertised as having wifi. We could only use on first day, after that there was absolutely no internet access. As a rule I read news and speak to family on skype, this was not possible here.

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8.1 out of 10 – based on 10 reviews collected by Reevoo
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