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Bank Cottage

Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 998027)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "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 ClaireAug 2022

  • "A beautiful property in a beautiful setting."

    Would definitely recommend and hope to come back again.

    Reviewed by AlisonJul 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 OliviaJul 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 JanetJul 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 VickyJul 2022

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

    An enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by ScottJun 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 DerekMar 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 LauraMar 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location!"

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

    Reviewed by SophieFeb 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 KathrynDec 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 SandraNov 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 WilliamAug 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 PaulAug 2021

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

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

    Reviewed by PeterJul 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 PhillippaJun 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 JaniceJun 2021

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

    Reviewed by JamieJun 2021

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

    Reviewed by ColinJun 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 MatthewMay 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 JadeApr 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 LauraMar 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 ClareDec 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 KathyDec 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 RichardDec 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 TerryNov 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 JessicaNov 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 GillianOct 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 StuartSep 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 LindaAug 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 DavidAug 2019

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

    Reviewed by VivienneJul 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 JuneJul 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 SusanJul 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 JulieJun 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 MichelleMay 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 JudithMay 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 RaymondMay 2019

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

    Reviewed by KristofforMay 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 DeborahApr 2019

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


    Reviewed by LynneMar 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 KathyDec 2018

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  • 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


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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas