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The Hayloft

Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 923575)


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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "The Hayloft was great accommodation for us."

    Beds were comfortable. Owners were welcoming, friendly and helpful. The Hot Tub was just 'what the Doctor ordered' after a day travelling around the area. The only minor detail was the heating, the radiators didn't appear to respond to the hall room thermostat, so I had to turn each radiator stat down when we left each day, no point them being on when when you're not there. Lastly, the front door lock is showing signs of wear and proving difficult to lock.

    Reviewed by DanielApr 2022

  • "The owner, Tom, was very welcoming and helpful."

    The hot tub was superb after a ride out on the motorcycle’s. The roads around the property are superb for bikes. Alston was less than half an hour walk away but a longer stagger back

    Reviewed by ScottMar 2022

  • "Had some trouble completing this survey for some reason it was not accepting the numbers I was clicking on."

    Had a lovely few days at the cottage which was well equipped and very cozy. The open fire was lovely and warm. Our only problem was finding 3 rather large pieces of glass in the hottub. Totally not the owners fault & I believe some previous guests had smashed a glass. Perhaps a supply of plastic wine glasses would prevent this from happening in future. But we did enjoy our stay thanks

    Reviewed by AnnFeb 2022

  • "The cottage was beautiful, classically furnished and immaculately clean."

    The owner was very friendly and welcoming. (There was even coffee, tea, sugar, milk and biccies left out on our arrival). The lights surrounding the cabin (where you could dress and dry with heating) made the hot tub experience pretty and added romance. We were sad to leave and we will be returning at some point. Highly recommend.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback so glad you enjoyed your holiday with us Property Owner

    Reviewed by KayFeb 2022

  • "Fabulous cottages , owners could not be more helpful, 5 days was not enough to do everything , but we packed as much as we could in."

    I'm sure we will visit again in the future!!

    So glad you enjoyed you stay it would be lovely to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobertJan 2022

  • "Great cottage and area."

    Issue heating first night .resolved on 2nd night.

    Reviewed by NigelJan 2022

  • "Beautiful accommodation in a fantastic location."

    Very quiet with lively walks from the doorstep. Would definitely return. Bottle of wine, chocolate biscuits were a lovely welcome as was the Christmas tree and decorations.

    Reviewed by DianeDec 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage we had a great holiday."

    owners could not be more helpful Thanks Les and Leatha.

    Reviewed by LeathaNov 2021

  • "Lovely owners, nothing too much trouble, always around to help."

    Reviewed by AllisonAug 2021

  • "Location is amazing."

    Owners are really really nice. Its a nice location tucked away in the hillsides

    Reviewed by AliJul 2021

  • "Nice location for walking, also exploring the area."

    Reviewed by FreddieJul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, very comfortable, all amenities were in the cottage, only downside for us was everything was upstairs and we had taken our 12 year old dog who struggled to get up the stairs."

    But other than that a very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by RebeccaJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage very clean amazing area to stay in lots of lovely walks to enjoy ..."

    Lovely cottage very clean amazing area to stay in lots of lovely walks to enjoy and hot tub for when you’d walked your socks off great way to end the day easing those aching muscles all very clean and well kept

    Reviewed by WayneJun 2021

  • "This is a lovely place to escape to for a quiet break."

    The apartment had everything you might need and was very comfortable and clean. The hosts were really friendly and helpful and very dog friendly. The best part was sitting in the hot tub surrounded by lovely countryside. There are also resident barn owls living next door! It is about a 20-25 minute walk into Alston using the Pennine Way which was very muddy in places but lovely nonetheless. Some great walking in the area and can highly recommend The Nook about 2 miles on towards Brampton for breakfast

    Reviewed by JudithMay 2021

  • "Lovely place for walking and chilling will be back ☺️"

    Reviewed by FaeMay 2021

  • "Although the cottage is listed as having WiFi its only in 1 very small corner of the living room and it’s drops out every 2 minutes making you reconnect - my partner had to work for two days while we were away and we had to go and pay for a hotel for 2 nights in order to have a stable connection."

    Other than that it was lovely - comfortable cottage and very clean , easy parking , beautiful views. Although a washing machine is present there’s no way of drying clothes as no clothes horse provided.

    Reviewed by AliceOct 2020

  • "The cottage was very cosy, clean and warm, the hot tub was lovely for us."

    Only thing I would say is you need bigger towels for showers, we took our own but not enough for hot tub and showers for 4 nights. Other than that it was such an amazing weekend away.

    Reviewed by NicoleOct 2020

  • "The owners were so friendly and took great care to make sure the hayloft and the other properties were safe and clean lovley holiday ."

    Reviewed by JayneSep 2020

  • "The cottage was fantastic it was warm and cosy and so clean, the people were very friendly and even though they lived on the property were happy to leave you to your privacy or have a friendly chat if you wanted."

    However the customer service and helpfulness shown by the sykes team was disgraceful, I had emailed 6 times, months before our holiday with a number of queries and they were ignored until I got one rather rude reply basically saying either go and don't have the things i queried (which i found out you had misinformed me about and the couple running the cottage said were never an issue anyway!!) or cancel and lose yr money! There was no sorry we have ignored you or how can we help correct this or even sorry you have concerns? Just a blunt either go or cancel no refund reply!! Needless to say we won't be booking through Sykes again and have advised others of this before they consider your site if at all.

    Reviewed by LyndseySep 2020

  • "Absolutely beautiful place."

    The open fire was stunning and the hot tub was a bonus. Very homely. We didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by RoxaneJan 2020

  • "Owners were welcoming and friendly."

    Great location, fab hot tub, lovely cozy cottage

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2019

  • "Everything was ok but you need to advertise that the hot tub is not a private one with the lodge booking"

    Reviewed by AlexNov 2019

  • "We arrived in the evening, it would have been helpful if the property signage was a bit more obvious from both directions."

    Reviewed by NormaSep 2019

  • "Very friendly family owned cottages."

    Lovely warm welcome and a pint of milk on arrival! Beds were comfy. Oven and fridge were spotless. The only thing was the carpet on the stairs on the way up could really have done with a good hoover and the mattress protector on one of the single beds was very dirty and stained. Could really be done with being changed. But couldn’t have asked for a nicer place and a warmer welcome. The family couldn’t have been more accommodating.

    Reviewed by GeorginaAug 2019

  • "Absolutely brilliant location, nice and quiet but near enough to visit interesting historical sites."

    Nice local village with pubs within a mile, and great hot tub to relax in at the end of a busy day

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2019

  • "No couldn't fault the place really lovely and would go again no prob"

    Reviewed by ShirleyJul 2019

  • "Beautiful location, lovely and quiet."

    Excellent hosts and very approachable. Spotless cottages with plenty of amenities and facilities. Could not have asked for more. Will definitely stay again and highly recommend.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2019

  • "We stayed at The Hayloft in Alston, Cumbria."

    The cottage was in a perfect location, it was very relaxing and easy to access both the lakes and the North Pennines and the delights that this area has to offer. The Owners of the cottage were perfect and ensured that our stay was perfect from start to finish, really friends and helpful hosts. We will be back to stay with them in the future, just perfect.

    Reviewed by DarrenJun 2019

  • "Peace and quiet"

    Reviewed by ThomasJun 2019

  • "This was a very good holiday cottage and I would highly recommend it!"

    Coordinates N54'49.2189' W 002'27.3712'

    Reviewed by MarianApr 2019

  • "The hayloft was warm and comfortable and the owners were very welcoming."

    We had lovely scenery but sadly due to the weather we couldn't go very far which was disappointing as my partner and myself had planned to take our dog on plenty of long walks. The hot tub was amazing and we will defintely be going back next year. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by StuartMar 2019

  • "We had a great time at The Hayloft, from start to finish it was just perfect with an added bonus of the hot tub!"

    Near to local shops/pubs/restaurants and lots of walking can be done also! We managed to have a lovely relaxed week away which has done us the world of good! The owners of the cottages are lovely and made sure we had everything we needed which was a lovely touch!

    Reviewed by YvonneFeb 2019

  • "Had a lovely time the family were great and accommodating should deffo go back"

    Reviewed by NicholasDec 2018

  • "Lovely area for long walks in the country."

    As described in the advert, hosts welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by MelissaNov 2018

  • "Nice barn conversion with several other lettings."

    Easy walk into Alston. Shared hot tub which we didn't use. Lovely countryside, good access to Hadrian's Wall.

    Reviewed by CharlotteAug 2018

  • "Very helpful owner, has the balance just right, they were there if we needed anything (more black bin liners, local information etc) but otherwise it was like being in our own place."

    Stunning views, and really comfortable.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2018

  • "Great place to stay and handy for travel to surrounding points of interest."

    As a biker, the location is ideal with fantastic roads and scenery. The cottage had everything we needed and although not luxurious, it represented great value for money and was also spotlessly clean. Mr. Younger was very welcoming and informative. Recommended.

    Reviewed by KathrynJun 2018

  • "Overall everything was fine and the hot tub a huge bonus , the only thing I could say to improve things is to have at least one mirror near a electric socket for hair drying ."

    Reviewed by AngelaApr 2018

  • "The cottage and hot tub was lovely, in a beautiful setting in Alston, Cumbria."

    I think your website should let people know it is in the middle of nowhere with very little to do unless you travel 30+ miles. Other than that it is great if you want peace and quiet, great for walkers but not with 2 bored children after the novelty of the hot tub wore off!

    Reviewed by LisaApr 2018

  • "What can I say about The Hayloft?"

    ?? Absolutely brilliant!! The hospitality of the owners was 1st class. The cottage was always warm, very clean, Spacious & comfortable with utilities so u need for nothing The hot tub was fantastic until u get out then it's a quick run back to our home away from home ( well we would go in in February lol) Our boxer Georgie loved it here & settled into his new surroundings immediately ( normally he doesn't eat for a day on other holidays) & his new love now is a open fire! All this is surrounded by beautiful countryside & short drive to Penrith, Carlise, Keswick & Hexham of the places we visited We will definitely be booking again

    Reviewed by MarieFeb 2018

  • "The property was fine, but the shower did not work, you were either frozen or boiled."

    I feel the resident owners were neglectful in this matter as the problem was highlighted to them by previous guests in their visitor book. We are familiar with this particular shower at home, so feel their excuses of water pressure and "no one else has complained" we're a bit lame. For the weekly fee paid, I would have liked more respect as a paying guest. The owners were both very nice and pleasant, but complacent in providing this basic facility.

    Reviewed by CatrionaOct 2017

  • "All was fine, very quite apart from the motor bikes on the roads at the weekend."

    beds and cottage very comfortable. everything you needed

    Reviewed by ChristineJun 2017

  • "Great location"

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2017

  • "Great cottage, really cosy and was just perfect for 4 of us plus our dog for our new years eve break."

    We had a nice bottle of wine and a few other essentials when we arrived. The village was about a mile away

    Reviewed by StephanieDec 2016

  • "Lovely cottage - warm and comfortable and perfect for our first holiday with our dog."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth-annOct 2016

  • "The Hayloft is more akin to an apartment because for the most part it is on the first floor not the ground floor, the bathroom is on the ground floor as you enter."

    This did not matter to us but maybe this should be made clearer in case a disabled person thought to book. The Hayloft is very comfortable with a high standard of comfort and cleanliness and modern decor. Mr and Mrs Younger were very welcoming and would have help had we needed any.

    Reviewed by BrianSep 2016

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  • Mostly first floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x double
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire.
  • Biomass central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared side patio with furniture
  • Shared hot tub.
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile.

The property

Alston 1 mile.

A sympathetically restored, terraced barn conversion, set behind the owners’ home and Bed and Breakfast in a rural location, one mile from Alston in Cumbria.

This comfortable cottage is ideal for a couple or friends seeking a break in the superb Cumbrian countryside.

The Hayloft is mainly situated on the first floor and has a cleverly designed open plan living area, allowing guests to discuss their day in front of the warming open fire, whilst the evening meal is being prepared nearby.

Two double bedrooms, one with a handy zip/link bed for flexible sleeping, and a ground floor family bathroom, complete the accommodation.

A small shared patio to the side of the cottage presents stunning views over the surrounding countryside and is the perfect place to chill out at the end of a busy day.

This area is perfect for walkers and cyclists, or for those who prefer stargazing, as on clear nights, the evening sky’s display of stars is not to be missed.

Nearby Alston is a traditional country town with a selection of welcoming pubs serving real ale and good food.

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

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 great spot for a welcoming 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.

Region Information

The hot tub is a shared facility you will need to put down the time you would like to use it.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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