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Widows Cottage

Alston, Cumbria
Grade 3 Star rating


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Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 2
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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.

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  • 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, 22/02/2019
    What a beautiful cottage in such a beautiful corner of the world. We wanted a quiet getaway to relax and recharge and it was exactly what we wanted. The owners were wonderful and full of interesting information about the surroundings. Would definitely go back again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/01/2019
    We had a lovely relaxing short break at Widows Cottage. It was easy to find just off the a-road, and Phil was there to greet us and show us in to an already lit fire. The cottage had all the amenities you would need for a much longer stay, and after settling in Phil came back to talk through everything we needed to know. The cottage was a great base to get out walking from, and very cosy in the cold evenings. Although just off an A-road you don't get any noise. The gravel track up to the cottage is pretty steep and bumpy, but my low powered hatchback managed it fine.

  • 1

    Confirmed guest, 17/12/2018
    Very accommodating owners but unfortunately the cottage itself lacked cleanliness & also let down by very poor fittings.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your review of the cottage, which came as a surprise as it contrasted so much to our other visitors reviews and to the number of visitors who choose to return. We are always open to helpful suggestions and improvements we can make. Maybe a bigger cottage would have been more suited to the needs of your group.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 01/10/2018
    Lovely hosts, great location with wonderful views.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/08/2018
    Excellent cottage and the owners are very friendly and helpful, definitely will stay again,who could ask for more AA ++++++

  • 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.

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