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Mill Race House

Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 946515)

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  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


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7 Customer Review(s)

  • Mr Herbert

    “Quite steep sets of stairs, a stair gate option would be good for younger kids, other than that ideal place for a largish group plenty of space.”

    - Mr Herbert, October 2020

The property

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

This cottage is based in an excellent area for a well-earned countryside break, ideal for families, friends or a mix of both.

Internally, Mill Race House has been thoughtfully furnished over three floors to provide a comfortable accommodation.

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.

During the warmer months make use of the sun room, complete with a large corner sofa so you can put your feet up while getting lost in a good book.

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 in style.

Why not challenge someone to a game of pool in the dedicated games room?

The first set of bedrooms can be found on the first floor, including three wonderfully furnished doubles, one with a large en-suite bathroom.

Up to the second floor are two more bedrooms; a family room with double and twin beds, along with a twin bedded, 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 and inviting pubs.

Visit 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.

Cyclists should take advantage of the Pennine Way which passes through the town and is also on the C2C Cycle Route.

Mill Race House promises a holiday filled with happy memories.


  • Five bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 2 x double, 1 x second-floor family room with double and 2 singles, 1 x second-floor twin
  • Family bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Games room with pool table
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Cot & Highchair available at property
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking available in the town
  • Decking area
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Restricted headroom in second floor bedrooms
  • Please note that due to current government restrictions, all rooms advertised may not be available.

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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

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