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Mill Race House

(Ref. 1079352)

Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 12 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • great (4)
  • recommend (3)
  • clean (3)
  • lovely (3)

9 Customer Reviews

  • "Great place lovely village ,would recommend this stay ,easy access, no issues"

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Oct 2023

  • "The property is in a central location with great access to all amenities/supermarkets/pubs and walks, however the property was not as clean as we had hoped and in much need of a repaint, the blinds were very dusty and there was old food found under the dining room table."

    The throws on the sofa had dog hair which isn’t particularly hygienic for new arrivals. For the amount of money we paid I think these issues need to be addressed as all guests staying with us have the same feedback.

    Reviewed by Jane2.5Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful house."

    Layout fantastic.very nice gesture the welcome pack.didnt expect that.very comfortable and homely.would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by Martyn4.4Jul 2022

  • "Perfect cottage for a weekend away loved everything about the stay!"

    ! Just the parking was a slight issue but not the owners fault would definitely come back again!!

    Reviewed by Ryan5.0Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely loved our stay, the house was great for our family of 6 adults, 5 children and three dogs."

    Due to the weather we were in the house 90% of the time but at no point did we feel claustrophobic or on top of each other. The house was clean and we would definitely reccomend for people wanting a remote getaway. The only downside was that there is no parking apart from a free parking car park which was a 5 minute walk away, it wasnt a huge issue just made loading and unloading 3 cars a race. That's the only reason it didnt get 5 stars. Thankd

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Feb 2022

  • "Unbelievable place!"

    I would recommend anyone to stay here with a big group of friends or family! So spacious and out of the way!

    Reviewed by Nadia5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely house suited our needs perfectly."

    Lovely village Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great holiday away with the family and dogs."

    Could do with a bit more seating if there is a bigger group than 8 but perfect location for a lot of walks. Will stay again, thanks!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2021

  • "It needs extra seating in the lounge area as not enough comfortable chairs to accommodate everyone!"

    A shame that the rd was closed as it was a good 10minutes diversion, although I do realise that this was totally out of the property owners hands and will eventually be open. Disappointed that the hot tub was gone, as when we originally booked that was one of the reasons, although it's probably because of covid!. But altogether it's a lovely cottage with good clean accommodation, plenty of space for everyone and we all had a fantastic week. The pool table was enjoyed by all and a lovely welcome hamper on arrival, which was really appreciated, so thanks for that!

    Reviewed by Paul4.1Aug 2021

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  • Over three floors
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 2 x double, 1 x second-floor twin, 1 x second-floor family room with double and two singles
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room
  • Conservatory
  • Games room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV with Freeview, WiFi, pool table, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Roadside parking
  • Rear garden with decking and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: There is restricted head room on the second floor, please take care
  • Note: Due to a current road closure in the village, journeys may take slightly longer than normal
  • Note: No stag, hen, or similar parties

The property

Situated in the heart of the traditional country town of Alston is this superb, stone-built cottage, Mill Race House.

This cottage has been thoughtfully furnished over three floors, ready for a well-earned countryside break, ideal for families, friends or a mix of both.

Wander into the sitting room to discover a cosy arrangement of sofas with a flat-screen TV, whilst just behind rests a feature dining table set for 12 people, so all guests can gather together for a home-style meal.

During the warmer months make use of the conservatory, complete with a large corner sofa so you can put your feet up while getting lost in a good book, or head into the games room to challenge your loved ones to a game of pool.

The kitchen is well-appointed with several modern appliances set within a sleek choice of units and work surfaces, so you can whip up a hearty feast or enjoy a morning coffee at the stylish breakfast bar.

The ground-floor also has a shower room, so guests can freshen up for the day ahead.

Climbing upstairs there are three wonderfully furnished doubles, one with a large en-suite bathroom for extra privacy and another spacious bathroom down the hall.

Up to the second floor are two more bedrooms; a family room with a double and two singles, great for the younger children to be with their parents, along with a twin room, both featuring exposed beams and velux windows which offer views towards the fells.

Alston is famed for being the highest market town above sea-level, offering scenic views, unique shops, inviting pubs, and the Heritage & Transport museum for a fantastic range of historical transport displays which provide an insight into the life gone by in this delightful town.

Just outside the town, you can find a golf course, the Epiacum Roman Fort, and Killhope Lead Mining Museum which offer tours of an old mine.

For those wishing to explore the area on two wheels, cyclists should take advantage of the Pennine Way which passes through the town and is also on the C2C Cycle Route.

The surrounding North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers plenty of breathtaking waterfalls and scenic fells, including the nearby Cross Fell which is the highest peak in the area and offers views of the Lake District National Park.

Take a day trip to the town of Penrith to explore the 14th century ruins of the castle, the local museum and the Thacka Beck Nature Reserve, as well as the shops, bars and eateries that the town has on offer.

Mill Race House promises a holiday filled with happy memories.

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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Note: No stag, hen, or similar parties

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas