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Bank Cottage

(Ref. 998027)

Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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59 Customer Reviews

  • "To Tracey Many thanks for our stay at bank cottage, we found the house so warm and comfortable with everything we needed , so thank you."

    We had a great break away exploring the area in particular Ashgill force. Just a few notes on leaving - we accidentally broke a dish when washing up. The cutlery draw is also dropping when opened and looked like a screw was missing , the door to the second lounge room from the living room has a loose door knob and the shower squeegee broke when we were using it. Again no complaints, the home is so well presented and we adored a fire and of course the views. Kind regards Karen

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2024

  • "A lovely cottage definitely would stay there again."

    In fact I am looking for the summer to stay over again. The cottage was clean and tidy the view from the living room was amazing we watched the snow falls on the hills! The only things I have to mention is that the hand book needs updating as I was looking for a code to scan and notice it was when we had Covid. Also there wasn’t enough bin bags or even that blue ones. I wasn’t keen on that mattress hurt my back a little due to struggling to move about as you sink into it.

    Reviewed by Amy4.4Feb 2024

  • "Nice cottage but on arrival the front garden had filled rubbish bin liners left in front entrance to property."

    . This was Christmas Eve, so no likelihood for it being removed. The Woodburner was left unchecked and found to have wet cloths and newspapers, wet wood, and rubbish left in it with water in the bottom,leaving it inoperable and and eyesore. The owner was contacted on Christmas Day in the Evening as it was very cold, and adjusted the central heating system and offered a refund..At no point did the owner apologise for all the problems we had with this situation.. Our cottage Christmas experience was totally ruined… Since arriving home and contacting Sykes, I regret I am no further forward … I feel that your customer care policy is extremely Lack Lustre and the problem has yet to be resolved…!

    Thank you for your feedback, I am sorry your stay did not meet your expectations. However I feel I must address several key points you have omitted. As a gesture of good will I called you the day before your check in and explained that the cottage was vacant and therefore If you wanted to check in early I had no objections especially as it would be Christmas Eve. You explained our daughter was home from the Middle East and is always cold. We spoke at length regarding the cottage and how equipped it was along with discussing where to visit and what to do, I explained there is a wood burner and heating which you can control in the cottage. You arrived on 24th December and reported no issues with the wood burning stove or indeed the temperature in the cottage which was thermostatically set to a comfortable temperature. At 5pm on Christmas Day I received an irate and abusive call from a lady I believe may have been your daughter stating there was an issue with the wood burning stove. I apologised profusely for the alleged issues with the stove and explained that she could increase the temperature in the cottage using the thermostat she said she "didn't want to touch it". The temperature in the cottage was the same on Christmas Day as it had been on Christmas Eve, You state at "at no point did the owner apologise" this is untrue. I apologised several times throughout the call and offered a refund as recompense. Additionally on check out day you were still in the property 2 hours after leaving time when the housekeeping team arrived. With regards to the rubbish I also explained that Alston have a no bin system in operation and therefore rubbish is collected by means of a Kerb side bag collection which would account for a bag being present in the garden. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane2.2Dec 2023

  • "A little disappointed we had no access to rear garden, mainly for letting the dog out."

    And we found parking difficult - otherwise perfect

    Reviewed by David4.7Nov 2023

  • "The cottage was great, very clean and quite comfortable."

    There were a couple of issues though. The balcony was very slippery and dangerous and the door to the living room, direct to the kitchen is very low and I belted my head on it a number of times ( cut my head open infact ) I know it has a sign, buts not too obvious and I would suggest putting something in front of the door to block its use. I think, apart from that, the cottage is lovely with easy access to shops and pubs etc, I woul recommend it

    Reviewed by Neil4.1Oct 2023

  • "Very comfortable furnishings and a great view from the balcony."

    Locals very friendly and good crack in the pubs. Shops for a variety of needs to help enjoy your stay. . Sadly no personal touch what so ever in the property or even a small welcome gift. Front yard full of weeds and overgrown with climbing plants untrained blocking light from both the snug windows. Owners really missing a trick here as could put a bench at the front to enjoy the morning sun and to watch the world go by. But as already said no personal touch for enjoyment and pleasure of what could be an exceptional holiday rental. Alston is a great place to stay with lots to do and see. View from the balcony is outstanding and for that alone is worth staying for.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Aug 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay ."

    The cottage suited our needs and the balcony was an added pleasure. Could have been a little more welcoming however with no personal touch whatsoever. Nice village with very friendly people with a couple of good pubs.

    Reviewed by Robert3.8Jul 2023

  • "Absolutely amazing had a lovely time accommodation was perfect for us with children lots of adventures in the woods near the beautiful view of the playing field!"

    Enjoyed Ashgill force (waterfall) too!! Local restaurants and shop all lovely!!

    Reviewed by Carly5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a perfect location within Alston."

    A great hub with lots of amenities and access to the wider area. Bank cottage ticked all the boxes, making for a comfortable stay. The beds were very comfy, as was the living area and was very dog friendly. Although there is no designated parking space directly outside the property, we never had an issue getting a parking spot on the street even if it was slightly lower down from the property. The only flaw with the cottage is that there is little worktop space for preparing food etc in the kitchen - however this is understandable as it is cottage and can't be helped, and there is a huge dining table to mitigate this. All in all we had a fantastic week in Alston staying at Bank Cottage - thank you.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2023

  • "I would like to start by saying how lovely Bank Cottage is!"

    We actually stayed a year ago and got engaged whilst staying there so we decided to come back again this year as it will always hold a special place in our hearts. We loved it that much we got my dad to stay there also last year and he loved it as well so thank you! The only thing we would have to comment on is the oven, whenever you open it and it’s on you get hit in the face with loads of smoke that smells burnt but it’s not a major issue I just thought I would bring it up so you are aware! also there were no blue bin bags under the sink so we went and got some black bags and put our general waste in there, we couldn’t find the general waste bin at the bin yard so we weren’t too sure where to leave the bags of rubbish? But apart from that it was a fantastic stay and we will definitely be back again in a few years, thank you for letting us stay at your wonderful cottage!

    Reviewed by Tara4.7Mar 2023

  • "The property was comfy and beds were great ."

    Enough kitchen equipment for everything you wanted to cook .. There was an issue with the door to the balcony which we couldn't lock once we had opened it to view the balcony..The rug in the living room was a bit dirty .Perhaps a darker colour would be better .The only other issue was not enough cupboard space to put our food in ..fridge and freezer we're brilliant..Table was great in the kitchen .All in all was a great little place

    Reviewed by Susanne3.4Mar 2023

  • "Really nice stay thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    Beautiful area and well placed for local attractions. Looking to return

    Reviewed by Dave4.7Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in fantastic location."

    Very well appointed and really feels like a home from home. Lovely and cosy at this time of year too.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Dec 2022

  • "Fabulous little cottage - great views from the balcony"

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Bank Cottage."

    A cosy comfy cottage ideal for a break in the Penines and not too far from Hadrians Wall for some picturesque walks. The cottage was very warm , lovely bedding, comfy bed and great shower room. Nice touch with supplies for a dog! The cafetière does need replacing as there was a chip and crack in glass but we were still able to use. Noise from road could be heard in the morning but this didn’t bother us. A great cottage

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Nov 2022

  • "We had a great stay in a beautiful cottage very comfortable , clean and furnished well."

    Everything we needed for a restful time in the country.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Nov 2022

  • "Our stay was perfect!"

    The cottage was so pretty and clean, and the views at sunset were gorgeous. Definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great stay, lovely property."

    Only downside was we asked for child amenities (high chair) and couldn't find this so had to make do without which wasn't ideal (would be good to have a guide on where this was, plus the travel cot which we did find but wasn't obvious). The instructions listed for departure didn't match what we could find in the property (e.g. zipped bag for linnens) however hopefully what we did was fine. Other than that lovely place and would stay again.

    Thank you for your feedback - we're really pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay! On checking the booking details, it doesn't look like there was a request for a cot or a high chair to be made available for you during your stay, but we would have contacted the owner to arrange this had you been in touch with us. The cot and high chair are already in the property in a locked cupboard. The owner and housekeeper's contact details are also provided within the welcome information - I'm sorry if you missed this. Thank you again for your feedback. Sykes Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glen4.4Aug 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful cottage."

    The decor was lovely and tasteful and furnished to a very high standard. It was immaculately clean throughout and very well equipped with everything we needed. The views from the balcony were absolutely stunning. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone wanting a perfect break away for all the hustle and bustle. So much to explore with breathtaking scenery. I will definitely be returning to this perfect cottage in the future. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2022

  • "A beautiful property in a beautiful setting."

    Would definitely recommend and hope to come back again.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was really lovely, and we enjoyed our stay!"

    There was Netflix etc on the tv which was great for on a night. However, the king sized bed was very uncomfortable, which disrupted my partners sleep. The welcome book stated that we would be provided a pint of milk, and also some dark towels for the dog - neither of these where in place but we had brought our own! It would have also have been nice to have some washing up liquid etc provided. It would have also been nice to have a welcome hamper of some sort. The town Alston is very quiet and sleepy - we sadly didn’t find it very welcoming. Overall we enjoyed the cottage and our stay.

    Reviewed by Olivia4.4Jul 2022

  • "Very nice little cottage, well decorated, clean and had all the amenities, which we needed."

    They even have a doggy box, which is a nice touch. Very helpful, friendly cottage owners. Would recommend!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely place excellent views really enjoyed our break there could do with a new ..."

    Lovely place excellent views really enjoyed our break there could do with a new rug and cushions and king-size bed wasn't comfortable everything else was wonderful would definitely stay there again thankyou

    Reviewed by Vicky4.4Jul 2022

  • "Cottage lived up to expectations, clean throughout with excellent living facilities."

    An enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Scott4.7Jun 2022

  • "A lovely well thought out and tastefully decorated cosy cottage."

    I gave a really good feedback rating for comfort and facilities, however, I would concur with past reviews on cleanliness, in the kitchen in particular. There had certainly not been a deep 'Covid' clean elsewhere. The welcome 'pack' was a bit disappointing compared to all our other Sykes Cottage holidays and short breaks. Watch the toilet as the seat drifts! Overall, although an annoying start to our break, the cottage was lovely and didn't spoil our stay. We were able to park outside the cottage and Alston is a lovely place to visit. The locals were really friendly and there are some lovely walks without having to go out in the car. If you love history then check out the Roman Army museum, Hadrians wall , Epiacum and the Vindolanda Fort. Hexham is worthwhile a visit.

    Reviewed by Derek4.1Mar 2022

  • "Lovely stay in the cottage."

    Front of the house parking in street and good amenities in the town. Highly recommend the cafe at the top of the hill. When you are inside….well it’s so quiet, looking out over the field and the hills in the distance. It’s out second time at this booking and would recommend as it’s good value

    Reviewed by Laura4.1Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location!"

    Comfortable beds, can’t fault the cottage at all!

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Feb 2022

  • "Completely disappointed with our stay at Bank Cottage over Christmas."

    Firstly, Christmas decorations and a small tree would have been lovely, considering the money spent for a few days and reading from a previous review a few years that it was nicely decorated for Christmas. Cleanliness in cottage was lacking, particularly in the kitchen which was absolutely shocking. Myself and my mother had to clean everything the next morning before actually cooking in the area. I’m assuming the owners don’t visit regularly and rely only on the housekeeping to stay on top of things as surely they wouldn’t think the level of cleanliness and standard of equipment acceptable? Kettle and toaster in a terrible condition. Baking trays were black. Cups still had stains on them. One wine glass in the property. Had to clean every handle on doors as very sticky. Bathroom was badly in need of repairs. Shower tray leaked all over floor when in shower so had to jump in and out as quickly as possible. Walls in bathroom and kitchen badly needing painted. Completely disappointed in the cottage, especially when you are asked to leave at 9am for a ‘covid clean’ when the place is hardly getting a basic clean! Would not return.

    Reviewed by Kathryn2.2Dec 2021

  • "The cottage was beautiful, it was really quirky."

    I wanted to stay and squat there forever but then Paul reminded me we had a home and jobs to go back to!! Would definitely recommend this cottage. The village has everything you need and the local pub served delicious food

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2021

  • "Although the cottage was very pretty it is seriously in need of some TLC."

    The bathroom is in need of repairs, the toilet seat is broken, water runs out the shower tray onto the floor, the toilet chain need a pull handle and the sink is chipped. The main double bedroom bedside tables were very dusty in fact it was cleaner when we left than when we started. None of the doors closed properly if you tried to pull them the handles came off.

    Reviewed by William3.4Aug 2021

  • "Great base to do some travelling, was comfortable- remember to duck when going through one of the doors (we used alternate door, which wasn't an issue)."

    Brilliant stay and

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2021

  • "Nice cottage, but very noisy road didn't really relax."

    Bedroom was very clean. Some other bits were not as clean.

    Reviewed by Peter3.8Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful, cosy cottage."

    Very clean and kitchen really well equipped. We had a wonderful stay, felt like home from home and none of us wanted to leave.

    Reviewed by Phillippa5.0Jun 2021

  • "Exceptionally well equipped cottage."

    Plenty hot water. Only thing was we couldn't find the blue bag for the rubbish but obviously that in no way affected our stay.

    Reviewed by Janice4.7Jun 2021

  • "Great cottage in a great location with a great host - would very happily come back."

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Jun 2021

  • "Great location and lovely views across Tyne Willows from the balcony at the rear of the property"

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage conveniently located close to centre of Alston."

    Tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean. Easy on-street parking. Kitchen could perhaps benefit from a couple more saucepans and a blender. Excellent walking country in North Penines.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7May 2021

  • "We had a great stay."

    Everything was as expected and the space is deceptively large. We had a dog with us and we worried about not having a garden, but there is a playing field right behind the house for the when he needed a toilet break. We spent all day out of the cottage anyway so wasn't an issue for us, but something to bare in mind if you're going to spend a long time at the cottage with your furry friend. The only other minor issue was that we had difficulty starting and maintaining a fire, it appeared as though there was a blockage somewhere, as soon as we shut the door the fire went out indicating no oxygen to keep it going. It wasn't a huge deal and the central heating was quick to warm the house up. Very good location and wouldn't hesitate visiting again if we went back to the same area, close if you don't mind driving to the lakes and other places like kielder.

    Reviewed by Jade5.0Apr 2021

  • "Excellent location and exactly what we needed."

    Fresh air, good amenities in the village (walking distance) and great comfort. Would highly recommend this cottage to couples, friends gatherings and families.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Mar 2020

  • "We have just spent the Christmas week at Bank cottage."

    It was a wonderful stay. The cottage was clean and had everything that you would need. The cottage was decorated very tastefully for Christmas. The cottage is in an ideal location with pubs, shops, bistro, takeaways and stunning walks near by. A must to go and see is ashgill falls which is a short drive from alston in garrigill. We were greeted with a bottle of fizzy and a card from Tracy. We will definitely be staying again.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Dec 2019

  • "This is the third time we've stayed at Bank Cottage and every year has seen an improvement."

    It is conveniently situated within the town of Alston in Cumbria, ideal for visiting a wide range of attractions in Weardale, Teesdale, Cumbria and Northumberland. The South Tynedale narrow gauge tourist railway is on the doorstep and is worth a ride on the train for some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. The cottage is spacious, clean and well equipped, We will certainly be back.

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Dec 2019

  • "Really enjoyed the cottage."

    My wife wants to buy one just like it although I’d be happier with a bit more clearance from the kitchen into the lounge

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Dec 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our week in this delightful and comfy cottage."

    At the bottom of Alston High Street, it was convenient for buses, shops and other facilities. Alston has great charm and sits in magnificent countryside: great for walking (impressive Ashgill Force within 5 miles). It also has a number of convenient buses incl. that to Carlisle which is well worth a visit. Bank Cottage is attractive and very well equipped.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Nov 2019

  • "Bank Cottage is a really lovely cosy holiday home, beautifully decorated throughout and everything that we needed was included with a lovely touch in leaving tea, coffee and milk for our arrival."

    With the good old British weather, we lit the wood burner every night which added to the cosiness of the cottage but the central heating kept the whole place really warm. We used this as a base to explore The Lakes and Hadrian's Wall and also a trip the Settle-Carlisle railway, it's really well placed for many trips out. We would happily recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Nov 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in an interesting small town."

    Walks, steam railway and pubs all on the doorstep. No problem parking outside the cottage. Would definitely recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Oct 2019

  • "Enjoyed the stay very much."

    The 2 girls cleaning the cottage were very helpful with a few local tips All in all it was a lovely stay with plenty of things to do in the area

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Sep 2019

  • "Bank Cottage is a beautifully restored property, the owners have an eye for detail, It has been lovingly thought out."

    I especially loved the snug, with a chest full of jigsaws and games, cards dominos etc. The kitchen supplies everything you could possibly want. The bed linen and pillows were of great hotel quality, as were the lovely fluffy white bath towels. Unfortunately we did not have good weather the week we stayed only one day of clear sky's. We had a bit of a problem with the door to the decking area, I left a note regarding this in the comments book. As we had no phone signal could not really contact anyone, I believe that this became a problem because of the rainfall, but I am sure can easily be remedied. It is very hilly with lots of cobbled streets, not the most ideal place for the less infirm. The torches supplied are a must if venturing out after dark due to the uneven pavements. The Angel Public House dating back to the 1600 serves wonderful food. The Co-op is handy. So even if you just want to relax or explore, this is a beautiful place. I loved the dancing hares ornament and I plan to buy one, it will remind me of Bank Cottage and its quirky little touches. We did not have a problem parking outside the cottage apart from the last few days when road works were in place. It is on a very busy road, something to bear in mind if you have a pet as there is no garden just a paved front which is gated. The villagers were very friendly and welcoming. Well done Bank Cottage for creating this lovely little haven of rest.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2019

  • "Beautiful little cottage, well equipped and a high cleaning standard."

    Good quality furnishings and an up to date decor made Bank Cottage a comfortable location for a week in Alston. Nice outlook over the playing fields, plenty of walks nearby and a camra award winning pub just 5 minutes up the road (The Cumberland Inn) made our stay extremely enjoyable and we would definitely consider returning for a future break.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage - we would definitely like to return."

    Reviewed by Vivienne5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage had a beautiful view from the little balcony over the garden and playing field down to the river and beyond."

    Quite the sun trap. Same view from the shower room. Beautiful bed linen and fluffy towels and lots of hot water. Cottage was five minutes from the station, where the little train ran from and the other way was a garage with very modern Spar grocery shop. Over the road was the incline into the village where at the top of the bank was a Co op from behind which you could walk along the river to the seven sisters falls. There are not many shops, a few pubs and the town hall with tourist information. We visited Ullswater(50mins), Hexham and Abbey(35mins)Stanhope(30mins) and High Force (50mins) and took the little train one day. No problem with parking, right in front of the cottage. The scenery on our days out was absolutely stunning and I would return in an instant to visit again and would stay here. The only downside was a downstairs toilet during the night, but we knew this when we booked. Thank you Tracey for allowing us to stay in your beautiful cottage. One thing I must point out I did not realise the garden does not belong to the cottage and there is no access to it. It didn't bother us but perhaps with young children, no where to play. I really think Sykes should make it clear in their description of the accommodation.

    Reviewed by June3.1Jul 2019

  • "Great cottage in a super location."

    The view from the balcony was lovely, across the field to river and beyond to the hills. Balcony was a super sun trap, perfect for an evening with a glass of wine. Cottage was beautifully clean and comfortable, had extra touches for things you may forget like doggy towels, a must with all the fabulous walks around we did.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2019

  • "We experienced a great week in this cottage."

    The view from the balcony is stunning, very enjoyable watching the sun go down on an evening and listening to birds and watching rabbits in field. We were lucky to view sheep dog trials from balcony on the Saturday - very entertaining. Parking was not a problem, was able to park outside property every day. The cottage itself is lovely and exceptionally clean. Very comfortable beds and very good tv package. A number of pubs providing food within walking distance, good variety of shops including fish and chip shop (very nice!) and cute gift shop with amazing items to peruse. Would definitely stay here again if in this area.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2019

  • "We had a lovely time in this gorgeous cottage."

    It had everything you could want and was ideal for our family needs. The cottage was in a great location - Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District were easily accessible. There are some lovely walks near the cottage which our dog loved!

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0May 2019

  • "High quality furnishings and beds/bedding etc Lovely views and unexpectedly spacious inside Good gadgets e."

    G. spare chargers, & for bluetoothing radio and Spotify Quiet location and close to great pub.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7May 2019

  • "Delightful cottage and view from balcony was amazing."

    Very comfortable and warm. Felt at home from the time we walked through the door. All amnesties catered for... Surrounding countryside was breathtaking and right on the doorstep. Would highly recommend Bank Cottage for a lovely holiday ...

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0May 2019

  • "Love it absolutely top notch location and cottage first class"

    Reviewed by Kristoffor5.0May 2019

  • "This was a lovely cottage in a nice area."

    Some nice pubs and restaurants around. Lovely walk along the river. I would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Apr 2019

  • "Fabulous little cottage, felt like home from home."

    Perfect.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Mar 2019

  • "This cottage has changed hands since last year."

    It was fine before, but there are now some additional touches that add to the stay - in particular, night lights in strategic places that made moving around during the night very easy without having to put on the overhead lights. Very helpful in the depths of December.

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Dec 2018

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove and balcony
  • Separate snug.
  • Gas central heating with wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Now TV with Sky Movies, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and Starter Pack for Woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate - fixed at the bottom of the stairs
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Roadside parking
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk

The property

This delightful mid-terrace cottage is situated in the market town of Alston in Cumbria.

This cottage is situated in an excellent area for exploring a beautiful part of the country.

Lovingly refurbished Bank Cottage provides a sumptuous, luxury retreat for that well-earned countryside break.

From the front door you step into a well-equipped kitchen with dining area then on to a bright and airy sitting room, a cosy snug and a sleek shower room.

A French door from the sitting area leads to a balcony with table and chairs and lovely views of the surrounding area.

Upstairs are two bedrooms, a twin and a king-size double.

There is also a highchair and stairgate available for those travelling with little ones.

Alston is a traditional country town with an array of pubs and shops.

With lots to see and do within an hour's drive, including Hadrian's Wall, Beamish open air living museum, Durham Cathedral and the Lake District, this is a the perfect location for a countryside break at any time of the year.

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

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About the location

ALSTON

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas