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Cross View Cottage

(Ref. 1089275)

Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • lovely (6)
  • cottage (6)
  • alston (5)
  • well (5)
  • right (5)
  • parking (4)

9 Customer Reviews

  • "Perfect for a 3 night break over Easter but would happily have spent longer."

    Booked for family of 5 with teens aged 19, 17 and 17. Accommodation absolutely beautiful, location fantastic (front door opens on to market square) and facilities brilliant (kitchen very well stocked, shower lovely), also hosts very responsive to any queries that we had. Accommodation over 4 floors which we loved accessible via short spiral staircases in between. If you have issues with stairs or have infants or toddlers that you are cautious about then be aware. No designated parking as described but we had no issues finding spaces right outside. Alston centre is picturesque and sunset from the high Street was stunning! Co-op 25m away handy for forgotten items as was Spar at bottom of the hill. Would highly recommend and keen to return.

    Dear Dr. P, thank you all for choosing Cross View Cottage. We are grateful and thrilled to read your comment highlighting the top features of our Cottage and its perfect location. We are also delighted that you enjoyed the stay in our cottage and around Alston during Easter. Thank you for your kind words and being great guests. We look forward to welcoming you all again in the near future. Best wishes! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2024

  • "We loved this property, it is beautifully presented, well equipped, very comfortable, beautifully clean and ideally situated, we really enjoyed our stay."

    We would have liked to give this property a 5 star rating but there are a couple of things that have prevented that. The main one is the stairs. The listing does give a warning about the stairs and I would fully support that but I question whether it goes far enough. The stairs are indeed very steep and I would have thought a hand rail should have been provided, the absence of such meant that descending the stairs was a scary experience and one we only got used to by the time we were leaving. I find it hard to believe this past any safety inspection, if the handrail was sorted we would have no problem giving this property a 5 star and recommending it. The other issues were minor and didnt really bother us and didnt impact our star rating. The most note worthy of other issues was that the public parking in the town square while free is chaotic and you could at times find yourself parking some distance from the property, this was the last week in September I dread to think what it is like in high season, probably to be expected in a busy town centre.

    Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to review our cottage in detail. We are delighted that you found our cottage beautiful, comfortable, and spotlessly clean. Thank you for also reiterating its ideal location. The cottage is historic in nature (300+ years old listed building) and while the exterior including doors and windows, is maintained to its original standard, the interior was completely renovated to the latest regulations not too long ago. When carrying out these renovations, we tried to retain most of the delightful original features but had the difficult task of deciding how far to go without losing the character of the cottage. Most guests enjoy these original features including the character staircase but we do understand that some guests may find the staircase challenging. Therefore, we are looking for a handrail that fits the character of the house. Regarding parking, on rare occasions (such as an event or during peak hours for pubs and restaurants) the town can get busy, but parking is quite easily available within 2-5 minutes’ walk even during such times. This remains the same in the summer and winter months, so please do not let worry about parking deter you from returning to enjoy Alston in the summer. Thank you once again for choosing Cross View Cottage and we do hope to host you again in the not-too-distant future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Cottage was comfortable with everything you could need and it’s located in a good position in the Market Square. Great base for exploring the local area. Would highly recommend it.

    Thank you for this great review and we are delighted that you enjoyed Cross View Cottage, its comforts and location as well as what the are has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you again when you further explore this beautiful area. Thank you once again for choosing Cross View Cottage, and for the amazing review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2023

  • "We booked Cross View for the new year and it was amazing."

    Right in the middle of town with all amenities right there. The cottage on first impressions was, wow, and this didn’t disappoint. We loved the quirkiness of a room per floor. The kitchen was well equipped and the lounge so warm and cozy. We will be booking again when we return to the town.

    Thank you for this wonderful review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Cross View Cottage, in particular the cottage itself and its location with all amenities at your door step. We look forward to your return for a longer stay to visit more of what the Lake District has to offer! Thank you once again for choosing Cross View Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a fantastic week at Cross View Cottage, it’s a charming place that feels extremely comfortable and a home from home."

    The owners have really made it feel welcoming and the location within Alston couldn’t be better. You have everything you need on your doorstep - literally! From great pubs to Jacks lovely little takeaway across the road we enjoyed everything about this beautiful place. The walks you can have from the cottage are amazing but you have so many other places to visit that a week doesn’t feel like long enough. Thank you Shanti and John, I know this is a new venture but you are doing great and we wish you all the best. If you are reading this as your thinking of booking think no more, it’s a no brainier!

    Thank you so much for this very positive review. We are delighted that you both enjoyed your week at our cottage as well as in and around Alston. It was a pleasure interacting with you before and during your stay and being able to provide you with suggestions for some brilliant walks in the area. Thank you for letting us know you enjoyed these walks along with the South Tynedale Railway & Jack's take away which were some of the highlights of your stay. We look forward to your return! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Sep 2022

  • "We stayed at Cross View Cottage in early September and thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The property, originally the village butcher shop, has been thoughtfully and sympathetically restored by the current owners and offers a cosy base from which to explore the fabulous surrounding countryside. The mix of modern amenities with some delightful items of antique furniture is just right and in this compact house gives an uncluttered and spacious feel. The house, (excluding the cellar which houses the washer dryer and all the cleaning equipment needed) is on four floors with the two bedrooms (v comfortable beds!) and new bathrooms on the top two floors. The ground floor "living"/dining/kitchen area is better equipped than most self-catering cottages and the next floor up is the cosy sitting room, complete with wood-burner, which was just lovely on the chill September evenings. A 'different' (you will be fit after a week of four floor living!), but welcoming cottage in the heart of Alston. Strongly recommend this beautifully kept and sparkling clean property for a holiday.

    Thank you for this great review and we are delighted that you enjoyed Cross View Cottage and everything that Alston has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you again, as Alston is also a great base for exploring some of Lake District . Thank you once again for choosing Cross View Cottage, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely clean and cozy cottage, location is perfect for getting in and around the area, local amenities are great too."

    We thank you for taking the time to leave this great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the stay and do hope that you will return to Cross View Cottage to enjoy more of what the area has to offer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jul 2022

  • "Really well maintained property in centre of town with local amenities right next door including Co operative / fruits shop/pharmacy and public parking in front of the property."

    Train station 4 mins walk ( don’t miss the scenic ride) with nice restaurant ( Alston house) at similar distance. Key safe provided and well coordinated and great communication from landlord and Sykes in case of any queries. Thank you once again.

    Thank you for the wonderful review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Cross View Cottage. We look forward to your return for a longer stay to visit more of what the Lake District has to offer! Thank you for choosing Cross View Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sujay4.7May 2022

  • "We all thoroughly enjoyed our four nights stay at Cross View Cottage, (two adults and two teenagers)."

    We arrived in the village slightly earlier to park up (we always managed to find a parking space during our stay) and to look round Alston. The cottage is in a prominent position so it was easy to spot as we drove in and we couldn't wait to get inside and unpack. Collecting the key with the key code was easy. Once inside the cottage it was as good as the photos, beautifully presented and spotlessly clean. We loved all the original features, including the spiral stair cases. And having two bathrooms was definitely a plus! Even though we didn't really need to use it, we still lit the log burner in the living room on an evening. As it was a novelty, not having a real fire at home. Plenty of kindling and matches were provided, we just needed one bag of logs from the local Spar. A fruit/veg/plant stall appeared twice in the week under the Market Cross right outside the cottage, which we used. There are ample of shops for groceries etc in Alston so you don't need to bring lots of food with you! We even had one meal from The High Plaice Chippy close to the cottage, after completing the tree top challenge at Go Ape in Matfen, which went down well. We loved having this cottage as a base to visit places near by such as Penrith, Long Meg, Hadrians Wall and the High Force waterfall. We have since recommended Cross View Cottage to our family and friends. Thank you Shanthi and John for such a lovely stay in your cottage, it's a gem and we came home feeling truly revitalised.

    We are delighted that you enjoyed the stay in our home and thank you very much for this amazing review and for recommending Cross View Cottage to your family & friends. We look forward to welcoming your family again as well as your friends, and relatives in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Apr 2022

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  • Over five floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x third-floor double, 1 x second-floor twin, 1 x sofa bed in the living room
  • Second-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Third-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • First-floor sitting room with sofa bed
  • Heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, coffee maker
  • Flatscreen TV with Apple TV, WiFi, a selection of games and books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Free public parking in the town centre
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking (ideal for those with pet allergies)
  • Shops, supermarkets, post office, ATM, pharmacy, health centre, coffee shops, restaurants, pubs and fuel stations 0.1 miles
  • Note: Due to steep spiral stairs, this property is not suitable for those with limited mobility or children under eight years old
  • Note: Tea and coffee will be provided at this property Please note - This property accepts a minimum of 7 night bookings

The property

This inviting, mid-terrace cottage sits within the town square of Alston, the highest market town in England, amidst the great scenery of the North Pennines.

Cross View Cottage is a spacious, bright, and cheerful south facing accommodation set over five floors; this beautiful character cottage has been decorated tastefully and retains many original features as well as contemporary comforts.

Ideally located on the Alston Front Street, Cross View Cottage is a great base for families seeking a much-needed break with a variety of fabulous amenities on the doorstep.

The kitchen/diner is sure to inspire those budding chefs, appointed with an electric oven and gas hob, microwave, coffee machine (pods), kettle, toaster, fridge/freezer and even a dishwasher, so washing up will be a breeze!

Serve a home-made feast at the extendable six-person dining table or treat yourself to a local takeaway after a long day of exploring.

Move up to the first floor where an inviting sitting room is the perfect place to sit back and unwind, enhanced with a traditional woodburning stove set on a large stone hearth, and a flat screen TV & Apple TV for on-demand entertainment; the charming sofa doubles up as a small double bed.

Continue to the second floor to find the first bedroom, hosting two single beds and a feature fireplace, served by a gleaming bathroom with bath and shower over.

Up a final flight of stairs leads you to the master double with an adjacent shower room.

When you’re ready to explore, the charming market town of Alston has much to offer; browse quirky independent shops for a gift to take back home, explore the Heritage & Transport Museum and uncover a great range of historical transport displays, before popping into a local pub for some tasty grub and a well-earned beverage.

A not to be missed seasonal attraction is the friendly heritage South Tynedale Railway, why not enjoy the delicious food, desserts and drinks in their Crossing cafe before hopping on for a scenic ride.

Start your morning with freshly made goods from the traditional bakeries before embarking on a day of exploration within the scenic North Pennines AONB, a real haven for ramblers with glorious walking trails and cycling routes around the Pennine Way and the Coast-to-Coast Route, which passes straight through Alston, or head out to Northumberland and the Lake District National Park further afield.

Cross View Cottage is a little gem fit for a memorable family getaway, whatever time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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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Please note - This property accepts a minimum of 7 night bookings.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas