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Kings Cottage

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Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Pet-friendly

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a lovely stay at Kings Cottage."

    Very comfortable and quiet ! Cottage is well equipped with everything you could possibly want.

    Reviewed by MarkSep 2023

  • "Fantastic find, lovely cosy cottage with everything you need."

    A very nice area ,with plenty of lovely walks and a steam train , dog friendly a great visit for a lovely relaxing break.

    Reviewed by RosemarySep 2023

  • "Val is a great host."

    The cottage is in a great location and was very comfortable. We had a lovely week.

    Reviewed by SteveAug 2023

  • "Cottage was excellent, the owner Val was extremely friendly and helpful."

    Would highly recommend Kings Cottage

    Reviewed by JanetAug 2023

  • "Exactly what we needed"

    Reviewed by MartinJul 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage to stay in!"

    There's a back garden area to enjoy the sunshine also. The location is brilliant if you like walking, the North Pennines AONB is outstandingly beautiful and full of amazing birds and other creatures.

    Reviewed by JudithJun 2023

  • "We had a splendid relaxing week , beautifully furnished with a homely cosy feel , superb drive to Alston ."

    Would stay again . Very happy .

    Reviewed by RachelMay 2023

  • "A quaint 1 bedroom cottage in a good location for the main street in Alston."

    We found the cottage to be very clean and comfortably furnished in a homely style. The kitchen was well equipped.

    Reviewed by JanDec 2022

  • "Loved our weeks stay, everything was perfect!"

    Will definitely return!!!!

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2022

  • "What a lovely little cottage and a very nice Landlady as well, the place was spotless when we got there, there are plenty of walks near by and it is within walking distance for lovely takeaway food at the Chippy or Jacks pizza/english or Chinese menu and coop, post office and walking goods, a gift shop and you cant forget the Railway Cafe in Alston all the people we met were very polite and talkative and so helpful."

    What a lovely town thank you for your hospitality every one had a few words with our dog Berto

    Reviewed by TerryOct 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at King's Cottage."

    Ideally located for walks straight from the doorstep. The cottage had everything we needed & was lovely & cosy to return to after a day's walking. Val was so helpful & gave us useful tips about the local pubs & shops. We will certainly stay at Kings Cottage again ~ thank you, Val.

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2022

  • "Lovely and cozy."

    A nice place to relax after a long day out.

    Reviewed by DominicSep 2022

  • "Everything you need, home from home."

    A great base for some great days out! Handy hint: if you want either of the takeaways, order before hand.

    Reviewed by CatherineAug 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect for the Mrs , me ,and the dog, the location couldn’t ..."

    The cottage was perfect for the Mrs , me ,and the dog, the location couldn’t have been better, out the front door turn left 150 yards pub and co,op, turn right 50 yards and your on a beautiful river and moorland walk, it’s a brilliant base too, with lots of places to visit for a short drive, we will be back, thanks Val (owner) one of the best properties we’ve been to

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2022

  • "The cottage was excellent, really clean and comfortable."

    Owner was really helpful, making sure the heating was on before our arrival also offering a later departure as the cottage was free for that day. A very nice gesture that we really appreciated. We highly recommend this cottage and definitely love to go back. 10 out of 10

    Reviewed by RogerMay 2022

  • "The cottage was absolutely perfect for us."

    It is stylish, comfy and cosy. It was the first time we have stayed in Alston and we loved it. We'll located to go off on a walk along the Riverside and we were lucky enough to have perfect weather.

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at this beautiful cottage."

    It was cosy and had everything we needed for a lovely stay. Val was great and ensured we had everything we needed. We would definitely stay here again. Its close to a quiet local village with lots of friendly pubs, shops and lovely walks. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by EmmaApr 2022

  • "Lovely, cosy, clean and comfortable cottage."

    Very comfy sofas and bed and a well equipped kitchen. Everything on your doorstep. A good little co-op and great fish & chips, who even provided gluten-free fish. Fabulous scenery and walks from the front door. We'll definitely return

    Reviewed by LouiseApr 2022

  • "Great cottage in a fantastic location."

    Can do walks from your front door and you are within a couple of minutes from the centre for pubs, cafes and shops. Very quiet and peaceful. Cottage lovely and cosy, tastefully decorated, didnt want for anything. A perfect weekend retreat. Highly recommend Alston, very historical and surrounding views are stunning. We will definitely be returning to this idyllic spot.

    Reviewed by DeborahMar 2022

  • "A real gem of a holiday house - we loved everything about it ."

    Full of character, tastefully decorated/furnished , very cosy , well equipped and spotless, . Owner extremely helpful and responsive- she even set the heating remotely for us arriving as well as leaving milk and delicious cakes . Location super .

    Reviewed by GailFeb 2022

  • "Ohh apart from the Storm that left the north with NO ELECTRICS The cottage was Fab The Locals were the BEST- so much love from the whole Town!"


    Reviewed by ShepNov 2021

  • "Very nice cottage, owner very friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2021

  • "Would have preferred not to have had a shared garden with 3 occupied cottages."

    This information was not in the description

    Reviewed by MicheleSep 2021

  • "A fabulous cottage and lovely owner, we only spoke on the phone due to restrictions but was brilliant."

    Reviewed by LisaAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, lovely setting, lovely town."

    Even fresh egg, early morning from across the lane.

    Reviewed by CliveJun 2021

  • "The cottage was just lovely."

    Very comfortable stay in a home from home. Furnished and appointed to a high standard. It had all you need for a weeks stay away. There was nothing more you could want for! Just fabulous. The location of the cottage was minutes away from a most friendly old small town with all the amenities you would need i.e local shop, variety of places to eat and amazing pubs! There are also numerous stunning walks right on the doorstep, no need for a vehicle unless you wish to see further afield. All in all wonderful relaxed holiday. Thank you to the owner Val too, who was most friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by RosemaryMay 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay."

    Great for an adult escape. We'll situated for great country walks. Being able to take our dog was really important to us so the cottage was ideal.

    Reviewed by IanMay 2021

  • "Overall the cottage was like a home from home, it was very cosy and characterful and would hopefully book again in the future."

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "The cottage is ideally situated."

    A stone’s throw from the Market Place in Alston with shops and amenities yet tucked away, characterful and quiet. Excellent base for wonderful walking country. The owner was very helpful and welcoming. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by JoyceApr 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in an excellent location, excellent communication with Val the host,a nice welcome to find milk and a lovely cake in the fridge."

    We had a very enjoyable stay, had some lovely meals at the Cumberland Inn

    Reviewed by PatAug 2019

  • "This was a walking holiday, doing walks in the local area."

    Alston is also central for further afield, Hadrian's Wall, Durham City, Teesdale, Lake District. The town has all of the amenities required for a successful holiday. The town & the surrounding countryside are very hilly & may not be suitable for people with mobility problems The cottage is in a quiet & historic part of the town two minutes walk from the town centre. The only difficulty would be parking a large car outside of the property, but their are plenty of alternative parking in the town.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2019

  • "Lovely location in a very friendly village."

    Good walks nearby. The owner,Val, was delightfully helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by LukeNov 2018

  • "Nice location."

    Quiet place with lots of good walks. A couple of good pubs and one great one. Interesting history. Cottage was clean and well presented, but comfortable. Was made to feel really welcome, although never actually met land lady, only spoke on phone.

    Reviewed by GeraldAug 2018

  • "Kings cottage is a lovely cosy well equipped holiday home would be good all year round."

    very handy for shops pubs and walks

    Reviewed by ColinAug 2018

  • "A very good cottage for two people, we were very satisfied."

    . the day we arrived we were surprised to see a coffee cake on the table, how thoughtful.

    Reviewed by ReginaldJul 2018

  • "Fabulous week at Kings Cottage."

    Lovely compact cottage in wonderful location. On arrival the owner (Val) had very kindly left us cake, milk, tea bags and doggie treats!! The cottage is very clean and well equipped. Alston is an excellent base to explore the Lakes. We had the added bonus of perfect weather. We will definitely be back

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2018

  • "We enjoyed our stay at King's Cottage, the cottage was clean and comfortable especially the bed."

    We spoke to the owner before arriving and she was very welcoming and provided lots of information about the village. We appreciated the milk and cake that was left for us.We were able to park directly outside the cottage without any issues. The village was quiet and relaxing with some interesting shops and a visit to the South Tynedale Railway is a must, especially as they are very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2018

  • "Had a great holiday cottage was great really comfy and cosy, owner couldn't have ..."

    Had a great holiday cottage was great really comfy and cosy, owner couldn't have been nicer and the location was lovely well worth a visit to Alston

    Reviewed by AlanApr 2018

  • "Kings Cottage was brilliant."

    The owner had thought of everything, the little touches were great...i.e. she had left, a cake, milk, dog biscuits and a birthday card for my husband. It is tastefully furnished, cosy and relaxing. The sleigh bed was soooooo comfy. I would recommend this cottage to anyone. Alston it's self has very friendly natives. The shops are two minutes walk away.

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2018

  • "Liked the cottage - cosy and clean- and the location."

    In the middle of a pretty little village, with a coop store and three pubs within three seconds walking distance. Two beautiful river walks , also three seconds away, suited our dog very much. Lots of things to do and see nearby, such as Adrian's wall, Ullswater with steamers and beautiful walks, and a few pretty towns with little shops. Cumbria landscapes while driving around are impressive.

    Reviewed by ElenaMar 2018

  • "Cosy welcoming cottage."

    Home from home. Lovely walks nearby but near enough to village shops. Alston is a very dog friendly place. The South Tynedale Railway is in easy walking distance. Had a nice relaxing break.

    Reviewed by BrendaOct 2017

  • "Great holiday!"

    Cottage was perfect! Great location - close to everything in the town - so convenient. Cottage was perfect - very clean and the bed was so comfortable! Very spacious as well. Would love to go back! Lovely town and area is beautiful.

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2017

  • "Cottage location was within close location of restaurant shops pubs and walks perfect for beginners"

    Reviewed by RayJun 2017

  • "Fantastic cottage although the instructions on how to find it weren't very easy to follow."

    The cottage itself was beautifully furnished and really comfortable. Easy access to the town and also to open countryside. The owner was really friendly and helpful when I called to ask about key collection, recommending local places to walk and eat and she'd even left a cake which I thought was a lovely touch. Alston is peaceful and the locals were very friendly. Very dog friendly too! Lots of walks close by and the pubs are all dog friendly which was great. Only issue was parking. If you have a larger car don't attempt to drive down to the cottage as there are very few places to turn round again! Other than that a perfect spot. Thank you!

    Reviewed by BeckyMar 2017

  • "Holiday cottage was comfy warm ,clean and very welcoming."

    Would stay again in a heartbeat. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for the owners. Could not have asked for anything more. Nice pubs to have meals in a 5 minutes walking distance . Good parking and although we went to relax and do as little as possible felt like we had missed out on seeing what was on our doorstep. People from all nation's raving about the area. We have stayed in another two properties in Alston one was an apartment and one a hotel. Kings cottage far surpasses them both .

    Reviewed by ShelaghDec 2016

  • "Val the owner went above and beyond ."

    ... Leaving a lovely home made cake and supplying a slow cooker , etc The cottage is in a beautiful town and the people are so very friendly Beautiful walks for our dog just out the door Will definitely recommend and be back Wonderful holiday

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2016

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  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin & WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Sitting room with fold-away table (occasional use), exposed beams & inglenook fireplace with woodburner-effect gas fire.
  • Gas central heating with gas fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, radio/CD, WIFI, Fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Lawned garden to rear of property (not enclosed)
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at £10
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops & pubs 3 mins walk
  • Note : Short breaks preferred during winter

The property

A charming and comfortably-furnished 400-year old terraced stone cottage, just a short walk from the centre of Alston, the highest market town in England, and the centre of five historic Pennine routes.

The cottage is traditional and welcoming, with exposed beams, an inglenook fireplace and a warming woodburner-effect gas stove, and is ideal for a romantic break.

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 cottage, and the Pennine Way passes through the town, which is also on the C2C Cycle Route.

With plenty of places to visit within an hour by car, including Hadrian's Wall, Beamish Open Air Museum, Durham Cathedral and the Lake District, this is a superb Alston cottage for a relaxing break.

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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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas