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Widows Cottage


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Alston, Cumbria
Grade 3 Star rating
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An eco-friendly 18th-century stone cottage in a secluded wooded valley with paths adjoining the Pennine Way.

This 18th-century stone cottage is hidden away up a steep gravel track overlooking the wooded Tyne Valley and the North Pennine Fells. It is a secluded location adjacent to the owner’s house, and benefits from solar powered hot water. There is footpath access to the Pennine Way and local tracks with a variety of local attractions including the South Tynedale Steam Railway, lead mining heritage centres, a transport museum, hand made candle factory, and the historic charm of Alston one mile away, with its steep cobbled streets and good pubs. The area is ideal for walking and mountain biking. Both Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District are within half an hour’s drive. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Ground Floor:
Living/dining room: With multi-fuel burner, DVD player and double sofa bed.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and washing machine.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

Electric storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for multi-fuel burner included. Towel hire. Cot and highchair. Enclosed garden with garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Towel Hire
    Towel Hire
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/07/2018
    Ideally located close to Alston, Widows Cottage provides all that you can ask for in a holiday home. The owners are friendly and helpful whilst being respectful of your privacy. The back garden overlooks fields and beyond that is Alston, a very pretty view. Ideal for dog owners as the garden is enclosed. The kitchen in the Cottage is well stocked although there are plenty of places to eat in Alston. We lit the woodburning stove a couple of times as the evenings became chilly and the stove adequately warmed the Cottage through. The beds were very comfortable and with no traffic noise we slept well during our stay. We will definitely return to Widows Cottage.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 17/05/2018
    I loved my stay at Widows Cottage, though I would like to rename it something happier. The cottage is nicely situated, mostly south facing and tucked into a ravine against the wind, with many close-by walks of the Alston Moors. It is a place of exceptional beauty and peace. Very quiet, except for the pastoral symphony of nature. I loved waking up to the morning bird songs and taking my tea in the garden facing the spectacular view of Alston town in the valley just below. Our hosts were knowledgeable of the area and interesting to know. I highly recommend this place, particularly if you are dog people and enjoy pastoral walks and the history of old places. Alston has a place in Cumbrian history as a profitable mining town, but is also notable for its creativeness and strong sense of identity. In many respects, I consider it a model town, and its overall beauty is exceptional.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    We had a pleasant stay at Widows cottage. The owners were lovely, very friendly and helpful. The cottage itself was lovely, very snug and set in a lovely location. The bedrooms were set up very well and there was plenty of blankets and extra bedding available. The lounge was gorgeous with big comfy sofas and a beautiful log burning fire. We enjoyed this room the most! The village Alston is just a quick drive away with a Co-op shop, fish and chip shop, Spar and a few individual shops and a couple of pubs. If I was to say how the cottage could be improved, I’d recommend an upgrade to the tv and DVD player, we had to go out and buy a DVD player as the one included was broke. The owner did try to rectify the problem and was as helpful as he could be at short notice. The enclosed garden was perfect for our little dog and I’d recommend this cottage to others with pets.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 16/02/2018
    We all had a lovely stay at widows cottage,the cottage is set in a great location with lovely views,we enjoyed great walks and the kids loved the snow and sledging at HeartStead Head,the hosts were lovely and very friendly We would definitely stay again Steve,Jackie,kids & dogs

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/12/2017
    Excellent cottage very peaceful pictueresque area , lovely Christmassy feel with snow and ice everywhere and the local town lilt up with Christmas lights , we eat at the angel pub 400 years old with great food, friendly atmosphere and roaring coal fire , cottage clean , owners are amazingly polite friendly people , and even helped us when our car got stuck in ice and snow , we have stayed in dozens of uk cottages and would strongly recomend this one , there are so many scenic panoramic driving routes , and wildlife to spot we enjoyed seeing a red squirrel close to the cottage perched on a stone wall in the snow . As well as birds of prey . The cottage was well equipped warm and cosy with a very warm log/coal fire . Highly recomended by mr and mrs lester and family thank you

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