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Melmerby 8 miles; Penrith 20 miles; Hexham 22 miles; Carlisle 29 miles.
Alston is set in the North Pennines in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by a unique landscape of moorland, hills, rivers and waterfalls, and is England's highest market town. This intriguing town, with its cobbled streets and fascinating nooks and crannies, was the location for ITV's productions of Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist. Alston and the North Pennines have long inspired artists and writers; the poet and writer W H Auden loved the area and today Alston is an inspiration to the craftspeople who live and work there. There is a host of unusual shops in the town including quality crafts and galleries. Take a ride on one of the lovingly restored steam and diesel engines through the beautiful scenery of the South Tyne valley on the South Tynedale Railway. The North Pennines used to be one of the wealthiest lead mining centres in Europe and you can go down a real lead mine at Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre - a great family day out with interactive exhibitions. With the drive along the A686 recognised by the AA as one of the world's best drives, and northern Cumbria and Northumberland within easy reach, this makes a superb base.
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A delightful, terraced townhouse, a stone’s throw from the centre of Alston, the highest market town in England. Set over three floors, this Alston cottage has been lovingly refurbished to provide comfortable, well-equipped accommodation. This Alston cottage boasts a warm, cosy first floor sitting room, a spacious kitchen with a summer room and a lovely 'snug' with multi-fuel stove, two delightful bedrooms and lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Outside there is a mature terraced garden, ideal for enjoying the beautiful views of the Cumbrian Fells. Alston retains its traditional character, including a selection of pubs with open fires and real ales just a short walk from the cottage. There are walks onto the moors from the door of this Alston cottage, and the Pennine Way passes through the town. With plenty of places to visit within an hour by car, including Hadrian's Wall, Beamish Open Air Museum, Durham Cathedral, Newcastle and the Lake District, this is a superb Alston cottage for a relaxing break.
Over three floors. Two 2nd floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath with shower over and basin. Separate WC. Fitted kitchen, adjoining snug with dining area and multi-fuel stove, and summer room. First floor sitting room with electric fire.
Full gas central heating, additional heating from electric fire in sitting room and multi-fuel stove in the snug. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, colour TV, DVD, radio/CD. Fuel and power inc. in rent, fuel for stove available to purchase locally. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair available. Off road parking space for one car, additional convenient roadside parking. Terraced garden with furniture and BBQ. Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shops and pubs 3 mins walk. Note: The lower part of the terraced garden is accessed via steep steps with handrails.
Previous visitors' comments about Dale House:
The house was situated in the very nice historic town of Alston. Very beautiful landscape and views.
Mr Bastiaans, Asten, August 2012