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1 The Stables

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent accomodation Everything you could possibly need."

    Location perfect for touring

    Thank you for your really positive feedback. Alston is a great central location for both the lakes and north east of england. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage it had everything you needed."

    Fantastic location.

    Thank you for your amazing feedback and 5* rating, we really appreciate this. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in our property. Alston is a beautiful place to spend relaxing time in. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great property."

    Very clean and comfortable. A little tricky to find but we got there ok. Shame the weather wasn’t better for us but nothing anyone can do about that. Beautiful location.

    Thank you for your amazing feedback and 5* rating, we really appreciate this. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in Alston and at our property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2023

  • "The courtyard was not very welcoming, and the two sofas were so uncomfortable, but everything else was fine."

    Thank you for your feedback and that you enjoyed your stay with us. We always appreciate ways to improve the accommodation. Thanks Grace and Chris Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barbara4.4Jul 2023

  • "Neither property or Alston suitable for us I'm afraid, we decided to cut our holiday short and come home after 4 days."

    We're seniors (50s/60s) with the aches, pains and mobility issues which comes with older age so the sofas were out of bounds as you are practically sitting on the floor, we ended up moving the little table into the middle of the room and sitting on dining chairs. The kitchen pictures show shelving on the walls but they aren't there anymore, crockery and glassware tucked away in a bottom cupboard hard to bend down to. The shower isn't powerful and the outside space is not inviting, a tiny concrete square between buildings at the back which means a 360 view of brick walls. Similarly, the view from the living room is also of a large brick wall and the upstairs tenants car which is parked a foot away from the living room window when he's in. Alston has several independent shops, a post office, a Co-op and a handful of pubs/eateries. Recommend Alston House, food & drink was great. Don't recommend the 'take-away' pizza was awful. Drove to Penrith one afternoon, travel time 30-40 minutes over the hills with wonderful views. We wanted to be much closer to the Lakes/larger town/decent views but the blame for not getting that in Alston is all ours as we didn't carry out the appropriate amount of research needed to source it. Cathy & Kevin, June 2023

    Thank you for feedback, we are sorry to hear your trip wasn't as you had hoped. We feel the property details and photos do portray the cottage correctly, stating an enclosed yard, so sorry to hear we were not what you were looking for. As for the kitchen shelves, they were taken down due to maintenance work and sadly were unable to be refitted at the current time. Alston is a lovely small, quiet market town, and the perfect base if you are willing to travel to both Cumbria and the Lakes. Regards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin2.8Jun 2023

  • "A really lovely homely cottage, it has everything you would need for a really comfortable stay, a lovely picturesque village, fantastic walks by the river for our dog."

    Would definitely go back again.

    Thank you for your amazing feedback. The area is beautiful and very quiet. We would love for you to return. The area is perfect for relaxed walks, the dogs love it. Thanks again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0May 2023

  • "This was a lovely cottage and we enjoyed our stay."

    The only remark I would make is that the cottage is quite difficult to locate when you first arrive so maybe give your customers a little more further instructions before arrival.

    Hi Thank you for your very positive feedback, we have updated the arrival information and we hope this helps future guests when travelling over. Thank you for staying and the important feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lyndsey4.4May 2023

  • "Parking space is great , albeit a car parked outside Kings cottage opposite meant having to reverse out very carefully."

    With a car parked there its almost impossible to reverse in

    Thank you for your outstanding rating. We understand fully it can be difficult parking, the streets are very old and narrow, dating back to the 1700's. We are lucky to have a parking space. However, the town center does have parking available which is only a 1 minute walk away as an alternative. We hoped you had a lovely stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2023

  • "The owners gave us directions to the property and checked everything was ok."

    Spacious cottage in Alston within easy access of various walks and the Steam Railway. Good base for visiting High and Low Force at Bowlees and Ashgill Force. We also visited Durham Cathedral about 1 hour away. We were lucky with the weather and had a brilliant time!

    Thank you for your lovely comments, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. High and Low force are beautiful to view and close by. Durham is a stunning city and has loads of attractions, the Cathedral is amazing. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Mar 2023

  • "The only thing that spoiled the stay was the occupants above (who sounded like ..."

    The only thing that spoiled the stay was the occupants above (who sounded like elephants stomping about) other than that everything was excellent

    Hi thank you for the review, this is the first time we have had any concerns regarding our neighbours. We will monitor this over the coming weeks but the area is a very idyllic peaceful setting. We hoped you enjoyed your stay otherwise. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Feb 2023

  • "Fantastic stay directions to the actual cottage would be only feedback"

    Thank you for your review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. We appreciate your feedback, we are aware the post code isn't taking guests to the front door and instead around the corner, so we are aiming to send out more detailed directions prior to arrival. Thanks again, Grace and Chris Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Dec 2022

  • "Perfect place for us and our small dog!"

    It was amazing and comfortable. Had a warm lovely welcoming feeling. Would definitely recommend and be going back. One thing I would say is we struggles to find the apartment as it’s tucked away off a main road and the parking but other than that it was perfect!!!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. The apartment is tucked away. This feedback has alerted us to the fact that the sat nav directions are not totally exact. We will give future guests more detailed instruction. Thank you for this input. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage was amazing exactly like the photos."

    I would highly recommend for family and friends to stay there. The flush in the toilet was a bit dodgy and it would constantly run the tank water into the bowl which became a problem during the night while trying to sleep even with the doors closed. I managed to fix it and then we had no problems. I moped up some water I had spilt in the living room and the tissue was really dirty. I'm not sure how, but the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom was immaculate. I had an amazing time and hope to stay here again in the future. Hannah

    Hi Hannah, Thank you for the feedback, we will be sure to look into the issues you have raised. We hope you enjoyed your stay otherwise. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hannah4.1Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage , very welcoming lovely old town lounge upper windows dont close ..."

    Lovely cottage , very welcoming lovely old town lounge upper windows dont close and need attension , very miinor but do need sorting

    Thank you for the feedback. Alston is a lovely old town. We will look into the windows this week and make sure they close correctly. Thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2022

  • "The online pictures do not do this property justice."

    It is much bigger than the impression given by the photos online. The property is in an ideal location and is very homely and welcoming. Spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. Highly recommended.

    Thanks for such a lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay in Alston. The small cobbled streets are beautiful this time of year with the autumn trees. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had a wonderful time in this well appointed cottage."

    We were left a lovely welcome gift. Cottage was spotless and had everything you would need. Would definitely recommend

    Thanks for such a lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2022

  • "We have had a lovely holiday at 1 the Stables."

    A nice spacious comfortable house. Wonderful countryside with spectacularly views in all direction. If we are back that way we will certainly try and book the same house again.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. The local area is beautiful. We are happy you enjoyed your stay and are welcome back anytime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nora5.0Sep 2022

  • "Excellent cottage with everything you need for a wonderful stay, only one bit of feedback and it’s really not a complaint one of the reasons we booked is because we thought it had a king size bed it doesn’t but the bed is very comfortable."

    Thank you for the review, glad you had an excellent stay and enjoyed your time in Alston. We appreciate the feedback and will make sure the description is updated on the website. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Aug 2022

  • "Lovely flat tastefully done to a high standard."

    A real home from home. The welcome pack was a lovely touch including the prosecco.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments, we hope you had a lovely break! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Isabel5.0Aug 2022

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  • Ground-floor apartment
  • One double bed
  • Bathroom with walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining and sitting area with electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. In rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. In rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 small car (additional parking just a short walk to the town centre)
  • Enclosed courtyard
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at £10 per week
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles

The property

This inviting, ground-floor apartment sits close the town centre of Alston, the highest market town in England, amongst the picturesque landscapes of the North Pennines.

Offering a deceptively spacious interior, 1 The Stables is a romantic bolthole for couples eager to break away from everyday life.

A huge benefit of this property is the sought-after off-road parking space, but with plenty of amenities in walking distance, you’ll hardly need the car!

Step into the open-plan living space, where you can take to the kitchen and impress with a home-cooked meal, before settling at the dining table and toasting to a much-needed break with your partner.

After a big indulgence, curl up beside the electric fire and catch up on your favourite shows.

When the weather’s nice, take the evening outside to the enclosed courtyard, ideal for a gin and tonic after a long day.

Enjoy a refreshing shower in the bathroom, before popping on your pyjamas and snuggling up in the bedroom, which comes with ample storage for your personal belongings.

The charming market town of Alston has plenty on offer; browse a wealth of independent businesses for a quirky gift, explore the Heritage & Transport Museum and discover a wide range of historical transport displays, before refuelling at a local pub with a hearty meal and crisp pint.

Walkers will be in awe of the surrounding area, offering heaps of incredible scenery that credit the AONB status, plus the Pennine Way passes through the village, which is a great route for walkers and cyclists.

For a different way of exploring the area, hop on board the heritage South Tynedale Railway, and why not a delicious treat in their Crossing café before climbing on board?

Penrith, a renowned tourist destination, is within driving distance and is well worth a visit for its range of services, gorgeous buildings, and natural beauty.

However you choose to spend your time here, 1 The Stables is a wonderful base for a holiday, all year round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Melmerby 8 miles; Penrith 18 miles; Stanhope 20 miles; Hexham 23 miles; Carlisle 29 miles; Barnard Castle 30 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 which runs from Alston through to Slaggyford. The River Tyne is also noted as one of the finest salmon rivers in England and day-ticket fishing is available locally. The North Pennines used to be one of the wealthiest lead mining centres in Europe, and the Killhope Lead Mining Museum offers 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, County Durham and Northumberland, all within easy reach, this makes a superb base.

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