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The Hayloft

(Ref. 923575)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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64 Customer Reviews

  • "Great break away, fabulous hosts."

    Beautiful views. Need to stay for longer to find your way around. Maps of walking areas would be good idea. Beehive in Penrith was outstanding food and cleanliness. The Hayloft was absolutely perfect vey clean and very well stocked on self catering equipment. The shared hot tub was lovely for us as not very busy. Weather didn’t stop us enjoying the beautiful views. Thank you for a lovely break away.

    Reviewed by David4.4Apr 2024

  • "Great place, cosy & warm."

    Clean throughout & a lovely warm welcome from the owners. Who also gave us info on the village events for Halloween & Bonfire night. Hot hot tub - which we loved with stunning views through the day & star gazing when it got dark! Would definitely visit again!

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.4Oct 2023

  • "Had a lovely week away, the views are stunning , the hot tub was lovely and relaxing, the rooms lovely, clean and spacious!"

    Had everything you needed but the bed could do with fixing properly as the bit of wood nailed on in middle kept on coming off

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Aug 2023

  • "The Hayloft was even nicer than expected, spacious, comfy and well equipped."

    Reviewed by Gaye5.0Aug 2023

  • "I have never had such a relaxing holiday!"

    The cottage was perfect in every way, the location was idyllic with plenty of opportunity for walking and our hosts were so friendly and welcoming. This is definitely somewhere I would recommend and hopefully return to.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Aug 2023

  • "Really pleasant space and clean environment in such a pretty part of the UK."

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Apr 2023

  • "Property was lovely and clean in the most beautiful location I would recommend going to see the area."

    The main reason for this booking was the hot tub. We were very disappointed to see how dirty it was. Didn't look well maintained. The filter was disgusting

    Reviewed by Rayanne4.4Feb 2023

  • "It was a beautiful place!"

    Lovely views and a great get away! Our dog had such a good time and the hot tub was a great relaxing treat!

    Reviewed by Alexis5.0Feb 2023

  • "When we stayed here there was a ladie underneath us, and omg did she have problems!"

    All she done was bang the doors all night long and we never got any sleep. We had enough so we left early and as we was packing our cars she thrown a pair of her knickers at us, and omg we was shocked. We did not feel it was safe as she clearly had issues. Tony and Susan offered another week end stay for free as a gesture of goodwill, which was so lovely of them. We have just came back from staying there again and had a peaceful chilled stay. Massive thank you to them. We loved it there and we will be going again well long as that unhindge women is not there again haaaa. Sorry I no she won't be lol but we will be. If you want to go anywhere with beautiful views walks and amazing I would definitely recommend staying here. Thank you again xx

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jan 2023

  • "A very pleasant stay."

    Ideal for enjoying the local walks.

    Reviewed by Rex5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful place , couldn't ask for anything more Thank you"

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Would recommend to others . Lovely views ! Enjoyed the hot tub . All in all a lovely little break away and I would return .

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Nov 2022

  • "Lovely family owned property who were super friendly and keen to help."

    Dog friendly, although not enclosed which wasn’t a problem. No issues with the shared hot tub. Was a very pleasant and chilled stay. Everyone we met in the village was lovely too.

    Reviewed by Coral4.7Oct 2022

  • "Perfect choice for a break."

    The whole area around Alston is beautiful and the Hayloft is an ideal base from which to enjoy it

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lots to like about the Hayloft, great rural location, easy to get to lots of places with a car, Penrith, Hexham, Carlisle, northern Lakes, Pennine way and South Tyndale railway to walk/run from the doorstep."

    Friendly & helpful owners. Comfortable beds and great open plan living space. Generally clean although laminate floors could do with a wash. I wiped down the fronts of all the kitchen units before we left too which made a big difference in the sunlight. Very dated bathroom which could do with an upgrade, loose shower fitting over the bath with plastic curtain. We didn’t use the hot tub because we have one at home but it looked great.

    Reviewed by Fiona3.8Aug 2022

  • "The bathroom is very tired and old and needs updating with a decent shower"

    Reviewed by Hayley3.8Aug 2022

  • "We enjoyed the break away from home, but just a few drawbacks."

    Bathroom is the only room downstairs , with all other accommodation located up a steep flight of stairs. Location may only be 1mile from Alston, but you can only walk there if you cross the fields, ( high grass)as the road has very fast vehicles and no pavements, just very high grass again. The outdoor area for "The Hayloft" is very small and backs onto a field. Surrounding area for the hot tub was not cleaned, not that we used it as it was terrible weather.

    Reviewed by Margaret2.5Jun 2022

  • "It was lovely place we stayed, we enjoyed apartment too much."

    Very cozy clean and comfy. Only one little disappointed was that there wasn't bbq open fair facilities

    Reviewed by Katarina4.4May 2022

  • "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 Daniel4.4Apr 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 Scott5.0Mar 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 Kay5.0Feb 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 Ann5.0Feb 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 Robert5.0Jan 2022

  • "Great cottage and area."

    Issue heating first night .resolved on 2nd night.

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Jan 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 Diane4.7Dec 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage we had a great holiday."

    owners could not be more helpful Thanks Les and Leatha.

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Nov 2021

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

    Reviewed by Allison4.1Aug 2021

  • "Location is amazing."

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

    Reviewed by Ali4.7Jul 2021

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

    Reviewed by Freddie4.4Jul 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 Rebecca5.0Jul 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 Wayne5.0Jun 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 Judith5.0May 2021

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

    Reviewed by Fae5.0May 2021

  • "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 Nicole3.8Oct 2020

  • "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 Alice3.4Oct 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 Jayne5.0Sep 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 Lyndsey4.1Sep 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 Roxane5.0Jan 2020

  • "Owners were welcoming and friendly."

    Great location, fab hot tub, lovely cozy cottage

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Dec 2019

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

    Reviewed by Alex4.1Nov 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 Norma3.8Sep 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 Paul5.0Aug 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 Georgina3.4Aug 2019

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

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Jul 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 Michael4.7Jul 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 Darren5.0Jun 2019

  • "Peace and quiet"

    Reviewed by Thomas4.7Jun 2019

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

    Coordinates N54'49.2189' W 002'27.3712'

    Reviewed by Marian5.0Apr 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 Stuart4.1Mar 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 Yvonne5.0Feb 2019

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

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Dec 2018

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

    As described in the advert, hosts welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by Melissa5.0Nov 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 Stephen3.8Aug 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 David5.0Jul 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 Kathryn4.7Jun 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 Angela3.8Apr 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 Lisa3.4Apr 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 Marie4.8Feb 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 Catriona3.5Oct 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 Christine4.8Jun 2017

  • "Great location"

    Reviewed by Michael4.6Jun 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 Stephanie5.0Dec 2016

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

    Reviewed by Elizabeth-ann4.8Oct 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 Brian5.0Sep 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.

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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