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Field Barn

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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66 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a little gem if a property, we wanted to get away from the fireworks and this was perfect."

    There was masses of equipment in the kitchen and the bedding etc was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay and would definitely go back. My only criticism would be the sofa and chair could do with changing as they are not very comfortable, the sofa has a definite ridge going along it, very odd. And the stairs could do with a handrail on the other side with the rope one needs tightening at the end. Did t enjoy the stairs but coped! Great visit and I'm sure we'll be returning!

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Nov 2023

  • "This is the second time I’ve stayed at Field Barn."

    It is a lovely place to stay, it is so quiet. I came to read and relax away from everything. There are plenty of walks. I went into Alston and can recommend the cafe and there is a spar and a Coop for supplies. The property has everything you need and was very clean. Plenty of wildlife surrounding the property. I also had a few visits from the woolly neighbours.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely property in a remote part of the North Pennines."

    Everything was good except I did find the noise from the nearby wind turbine a bit annoying at times.

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a fabulous, quiet break away from everything, just peaceful and I feel recuperated after my break."

    I love nature and walking. That is what you have at field barn. It's beautiful property to stay in. Like going home. There was all amenities and more. The owners have gone above usual standards. We will be booking to go again. I will highly recommend field barn,especially for nature lovers. Alston is 5 mile away and it's a beautiful village as well as Nenthead.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2023

  • "The table and bench outside is a favourite spot - complete peace and surrounded by such beauty."

    Top class changeover cleaning - everywhere was spotless. A super comfortable bed added to a perfect short holiday break. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had such a fantastic stay at Field Barn, we had to book again the day we returned!"

    The barn is in a remote location, overlooking Alston Moor and the surrounding Pennines, fantastic for sitting out at night and looking at the stars, with no noise other than the sheep and the crackle of a fire. The bed is extremely comfy and there is plenty of space in the bedroom for clothes and other belongings, there were two of us and we each had a wardrobe. The bathroom was lovely and bright and the water was nice and hot, perfect after a long day of walking. We can’t express enough how wonderful the upstairs space is, the kitchen is well equipped, the fridge/freezer is spacious enough for supplies for a week, and the oven/cooker is modern and easy to use. We especially enjoyed the coffee machine in the mornings. The sofas were comfy and the juliette balcony gave us lovely views over the moor. We stayed for five days and didn’t have the TV on at all as there was no need with the scenery! There’s also a porch in the entrance to leave muddy shoes and to hang coats. Alston is around a 50min walk away, and the nearest pub in Nenthead is around 15/20 minutes walk, however, we couldn’t see any need to leave in the evenings as we enjoyed sitting out with the dog and a glass of wine. 10/10 stay - we would recommend Field Barn to anyone. We'd like to thank the hosts for providing such a perfect and genuinely lovely place and being great with communication throughout.

    Reviewed by Lewis5.0Aug 2023

  • "We fell in love within 5 minutes of arrival."

    Everything was awsome and we're reluctant to leave.A credit to the owners.Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2023



    Reviewed by Henry5.0Aug 2023

  • "An excellent cottage in a wonderfully quiet and beautiful location."

    The local area is excellent for quiet but uncrowded walking. Convenient for Hadrian's Wall, Vindolanda, Roman Army Museum etc..

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was nice with some nice touches and well equipped."

    We liked the remote position and walked into Alston from the cottage a few times. Unfortunately the settee and chair were uncomfortable and so was the bed. The shower worked intermittently meaning sometimes we needed to hold the on/off switch with one hand and try to shower with the other (we thought it was a water saving feature to start with). Other times once pressed it worked until pressed again? The toilet handle was really loose upon arrival and on the 3rd day it come off, and I had to fit it back. The internet was really poor as in it would keep resetting itself every couple of minutes whilst using it (we had the same problem when we used BT). I know there are a few negatives in this review and we could have called the caretaker for the maintenance issues. I'm sure when the things are repaired it will make someone the perfect place to stay.

    It’s a shame that, as you said, you didn’t contact us at the time. Our cleaner alerted us to the shower issue when she cleaned after you left, and our excellent local plumber fitted a new one ready for the next guests at 4pm Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda3.4Apr 2023

  • "This is our second stay in this beautiful little cottage."

    It was just as amazing as our first. Was lovely to watch the tiny lambs in the field right next to the cottage over our Easter break. Had everything we needed and more. Never had to venture far with the vast amount of walks surrounding us and the amazing scenic views.

    Reviewed by Linzi5.0Apr 2023

  • "Amazing, never wanted to leave"

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fabulous property - everything you need for a secluded break away"

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Feb 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Really couldn't have wished for a better place to stay over Christmas. Such a stunning setting. Field Barn is a true credit to the owners. Spotlessly clean, warm & cosy with everything you need for a perfect stay.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Dec 2022

  • "Absolutely outstanding!"

    I can't praise the field barn highly enough, it was exactly as advertised, cleaned to an exceptionally high level and fully kitted out to cook if you wanted evenings in. I generally don't stay in the same place more than once because I love to explore, but I'd stay here again in a heartbeat! It has been my favourite stay in the UK without a shadow of a doubt - thankyou!!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Dec 2022

  • "Field Barn is an amazing place with stunning views, very peaceful and plenty of great walks from the doorstep."

    Field Barn was immaculately clean, very warm and cosy with everything provided to have a fantastic self catering stay. After hours of beautiful walks it was a pleasure to return. Field Barn is an absolute credit to Gemma and Jonathan and we will definitely be returning. Steve, Kristy & Ebony the dog.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Nov 2022

  • "Great property fantastic views so cosy and warm and just a fantastic place to ..."

    Great property fantastic views so cosy and warm and just a fantastic place to relax and the property is a credit to the owners 5*** all the way

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Nov 2022

  • "Just what we wanted pease and quiet."

    Our dog loved it never heard a firework

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Nov 2022

  • "Having not visited this specific area before, Field Barn proved to be a fantastic location from which we could access so many places of interest and fantastic walks."

    The cottage itself was very clean and comfortable and we had all the facilities we needed. Its location provided peace and quiet and allowed us to appreciate the beautiful, surrounding landscape. Definitely a cottage and location to revisit again. Thank you for such an enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Huw5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely well looked after property."

    Love the location just what we wanted to be in the middle of nowhere and spend time walking the dog and reading. I know a few people have fed back about the flies, there are flies but not sure there is much can be done given its the country. Thanks for the fly spray which worked. Certainly not a massive issue and we would defo come again and recommend the house. It's lovely. Everything you need to do a big shop and stay in if you want. Local pub friendly and we walked a few times for a pint at lunch only takes 20ish mins and fabulous walk. Lots of local walks from the house too. Peaceful comfortable stay. Thanks

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2022

  • "We thought it was idyllic,very quiet and exactly what we'd hoped for."

    .Nice and clean also...would love to visit again at some time in the future,but definitely for longer!

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "We absolutely adored Field Barn - we stayed for a week following our wedding and plan to book another stay next year."

    The views are stunning from every side of the hills and countryside and there is plenty of outdoor space and seating to sit and enjoy this from. Everything was absolutely spotless when we got there from the kitchen area to the bedroom. Fluffy towels are provided, the kitchen has everything you need (except a tin opener); there are even rechargeable torches. My only comments for possible improvement are that the sofa, being a sofa bad, isn’t quite as comfy as a normal sofa would be. Also, whilst very comfortable, the bed is super creaky and a person moving around in the night wakes the other. I definitely think a more sturdy and less creamy bed frame would take my review to five stars instead of four. Alston is the closest town and it’s very quaint and picturesque, we loved it. There’s a Co-op and a few little gift type shops, a few pubs, a chippy and a general takeaway with Chinese, pizzas, kebabs etc All in all this was a fabulous week away

    Reviewed by Katie4.7Sep 2022

  • "Everything was just fine."

    Beautiful area and fantastic weather. Fairly remote, but still good wifi. Spacious bedroom and very well equipped.

    Reviewed by Ronnie5.0Sep 2022

  • "It was just what we needed."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Julia4.4Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property and location and some nice walks with the dogs The only issue ..."

    Lovely property and location and some nice walks with the dogs The only issue was WiFi sometimes didn’t get any at all however I do understand it’s a remote location we would normally stream Netflix etc Digital Tv Channels we’re minimal and being able to stream would of been a bonus But overall nice cottage and would stay again Ian

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Aug 2022

  • "Third visit - excellent in every way!"

    Reviewed by Kaye5.0Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic."

    Location is amazing. Very peaceful. Scenic walks in every direction, and only a short drive to Alston. Cottage was very clean and had everything we needed and more for the perfect stay. Owners very friendly and helpful when I needed to contact them for some advice. Would return without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Linzi5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Barn is the place to be in a heatwave."

    The ground floor is tiled which ensures a good nights sleep as the room is cool. In the day time of the heatwave the bedroom was the place to retreat to to keep cool! The only neighbours were the sheep and the silence was wonderful. The local people were also so friendly and the "Spar" shop in Alston is a delight, we recommend the cream cakes and butchers. We enjoyed walking our dog and he was happy to run free at the Derwent Reservoir Dog Field. In return he let us visit Beamish on a cooler day. A real get away from it holiday, thank you .

    Reviewed by Hilda5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely, relaxing week at Field Barn."

    The cottage had everything we needed. We especially enjoyed the peaceful location. We were lucky with the weather and had some great walks.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Jul 2022

  • "Delightful and such a relaxing few days away with beautiful scenery and a lovely little property with roadside guests on occasions , the sheep and ponies , so lovely to see them run free."

    Just one recommendation and by no way a complaint. A table outside with the bench that is already provided. Lovely stay Julie and Richard Chapman

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a really enjoyable week staying at Field Barn."

    The barn was very well equipped and in a lovely quiet location with uninteruprted views from every window. The barn was very clean and well equipped, we would happily stay there again

    Reviewed by G5.0Jun 2022

  • "A very cosy little house, but with plenty of space and facilities on the inside."

    The barn is situated on a very calm and relaxing location as well. It was perfectly clean and everything we needed was there.

    Reviewed by Martijn4.7Jun 2022

  • "Loved the cottage and the location."

    Wonderful to look out of the windows and see wildlife in the fields e.g hares and curlew. Much to explore locally e.g walking, visit to the lead & zinc mine in Nenthead. Will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2022

  • "The cottage was very clean and well equipped with good quality items."

    Good to have a full sized fridge freezer as we took all of our food with us. The only slight complaint was that the sofa could have been a bit more comfortable but all in all a good place to stay.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7May 2022

  • "2nd visit - just as wonderful as the 1st."

    Beautiful, peaceful location. Immaculately clean and well equipped, characterful property. Stairs are steep and narrow but sturdy rope bannister on one side and thoughtfully positioned handles plus posts to hold onto on the other side. Good water pressure and consistent hot water temperature for showering. Internet connection excellent considering rural location - only occasionally lost it but quickly reconnected. Can’t praise Field Barn enough - an absolute gem.

    Reviewed by Kaye5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a very relaxing stay at Field Barn, the accommodation was excellent it was so clean and all credit should be given to the cleaners."

    The views were brilliant and the sheep and lambs in the field were so close to us. My dog spent ages just watching the lambs playing . There was a pub 20 minutes walk away that served food and allowed dogs. We would definitely think of going back .

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2022

  • "The Field Barn was ideal as we wanted remote, however the stairs were very tight and not very safe for the older person, the hand rail did not give much confidence, either going up or down, the internet kept going off,having to re_connect with the router each time."

    The tv kept breaking up, making it hard to watch. The shower is not very strong, and the bathroom is cold,compared to the rest of the barn. With such a fabulous views there is no seating outside to sit with a cuppa,or a evening glass of wine .

    Reviewed by Diane3.1Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely brilliant in every way."

    Accurate pictures and information, apart from the picnic table (missing) which would have been lovely to use in the sunshine. Spotlessly clean. Tasteful and sturdy furniture. Plenty of wardrobe space. Nicely decorated. Well equipped and lots of thoughtful touches. Comfy bed. Easy to use heating and microwave. Amazing location - beautiful views, so peaceful and quiet, very private. I split my holiday between studying and walking - brilliant for both activities. Sheep and pit ponies in surrounding fields for company. Owner helpful/ responsive/ friendly when there was power cut one afternoon and when there was strange banging noise (turned out to be lounge heater, but was only on first night which was cold). Tons of walks on the doorstep. Broadband better than expected - sometimes iffy during day but perfect at night. Loved it so much, have booked to go back twice again this year! 100/10. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Kaye5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful location and ideal holiday let for a couple."

    Our puppy settled very well here and enjoyed a number of local walks not far from the barn. A lot of wildlife to see and beautiful clear sky at night. Would go back again for sure!

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Mar 2022

  • "Excellent place, beautiful views and very friendly owners."

    The binder they left with all the information we needed was excellent, as were the walking maps, dvds, books and board games. 10/10 I couldn’t recommend more.

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Feb 2022

  • "Property was spotlessly clean and very comfortable."

    The curved part of the stairs are very steep and narrow but ok with care

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Feb 2022

  • "This property is Amazing and was as described."

    It was peaceful and beautiful. I have never been to a more stunning location, We live in a stunning part of the world, but this was incredible and this is with it blowing a gale and raining and snowing. The owners has made this perfect let with all the details just fab, true professional. Will definitely return to the amazing location. Stuart & Lindsay

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Feb 2022

  • "The property was spotless and we had everything needed."

    Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage, everything there you need, nice and remote, which is what we like, walking from the doorstep."

    It is a credit to the owners and the cleaners who look after it, throughly enjoyed our weekend, definitely look to book again in the future.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jan 2022

  • "Field Barn was the perfect getaway for us."

    It was cosy, warmed up quickly, had a well-stocked kitchen and all the facilities we needed. The location was fantastic and we had a lovely time. Hopefully we'll be back in future! It's our new favourite place.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Dec 2021

  • "We stayed here for 4 nights and it was absolutely wonderful."

    It is remote and high up so I'm glad we had a bigger car, but easy to find and still near areas to walk. The views were insane and we loved being surrounded by the sheep and watching them feed just outside our window. The barn had all the home comforts and necessities you would need, was nice and warm, WiFi was good as was the TV signal if that's important to you. It was so quiet and peaceful, just the break we needed!

    Reviewed by Ellie5.0Nov 2021

  • "Excellent stay, out in the middle on the countryside which is exactly what I wanted."

    Well organised cottage with everything to hand. I high recommend this cottage to anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Reviewed by Krystof3.8Oct 2021

  • "We had a very nice stay at Field Barn and had the full Cumbria experience, the property is very well located for exploring and we used it as a base to travel over an hour both East and West to get as far as Ullswater and visiting family in Chester-Le-Street."

    We will definitely consider booking again in 2022.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Oct 2021

  • "We love field barn, it's such a lovely property with a very peaceful feel to it and beautiful surroundings, It's a perfect place for some time out."

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Oct 2021

  • "My only criticism of this otherwise excellent cottage is that it was not possible to open windows because the place was immediately invaded by many flies."

    It may have been due to the unusually warm weather, or possibly because sheep (the same culprits each day) had adopted the area immediately outside the cottage as a rest area (and loo!). I appreciate that flies are part of life in a farming area, but maybe an “insectocutor” would help. OTOH, to be fair, the fly problem wasn’t as noticeable during the first couple of (cooler) days of my holiday.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very nice cottage - the only minor thing is the outside table and chairs is ..."

    Very nice cottage - the only minor thing is the outside table and chairs is falling apart /- could do with a better outside table / chairs - other than that superb property

    Reviewed by Felice4.4Jul 2021

  • "Gorgeous location, very comfortable accommodation & spotlessly clean."

    Only one small improvement would be we could've done with something to sit on outside (picnic bench is beyond safe use). We watched hares & a barn owl from the juliet balcony & the scenery is stunning.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had a lovely, peaceful stay at Field Barn."

    The accommodation was very clean and comfortable and the views and surroundings were beautiful. Our only suggestions for improvement would be to provide a good set of chopping knives, and also blackout blinds or blackout lining for the curtains in the bedroom. We were there over the summer solstice and it was light at about 4am! I'd highly recommend a stay at Field Barn if you want a quiet, relaxing break away from it all!

    Reviewed by Lauren4.7Jun 2021

  • "The pictures do the barn justice, it was as I expected, the North Pennines on the other hand were far more beautiful than I realised."

    Reviewed by Chris4.1Jun 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at Field Barn."

    The views were stunning and the barn itself was so cosy. The owners really have paid attention to the little touches to make our stay as comfortable as possible, from the coffee machine to the george foreman grill. We couldn't fault the cleanliness of the barn, there wasn't a spec of dust in sight! The location is so remote, and was ideal for us as we have an anxious dog who is uncomfortable in busy areas. It was so quiet that we didn't see another soul our whole stay! I would definitely recommend it as a place to switch off, relax and unwind, and the nearby walks are perfect for exercising an energetic border collie. We will definitely be back!!!

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2021

  • "We enjoyed everything."

    The peace and quiet. The walks on the surrounding moors. Even the snow we got added to the beauty of the area.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2021

  • "Field Barn was even more lovely than the pictures."

    Pictures can't show how wonderfully peaceful it was, or the stunning starry skies at night. We had a fabulous break.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Apr 2021

  • "The location, the wildlife and the lovely cosy Barn"

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, in the middle of the Pennines."

    Surrounding area was good for walks and cycling. Quiet as well.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Oct 2020

  • "Excellent property really comfortable in a fantastic location very quiet."

    Also with the current situation really clean. Best equipped cottage we have visited will certainly re-visit.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Sep 2020

  • "Amazing location in the middle of nowhere at the end of a Rd up in the Pennines."

    A farm 100 metres away, but otherwise it's sheep, Hills and wind. The field barn is more of a small tower. Upstairs is the open plan living area with a reasonable kitchen, comfortable furniture and large TV with Netflix. Candles and even a few pods for the coffee machine provided. Down stairs is a modern bathroom with simple Mira shower. The bed was comfortable with a rocking chair and plenty of wardrobe storage. Everything was fresh, clean and new , and well chosen. There were lots of ornaments and perhaps better quality John Lewis crockery etc than one might expect. Covid precautions all in place. Electric heaters were plenty to keep this place snug despite the incessant wind. Patio doors lead out to a small stone patio wraps around two sides. Sit at the picnic bench and watch the sun go down. Plenty of gravel parking, enough for a lorry. Remember, this is very rural, so access to the property is a long winding rough single track, road. Owner suggests arriving in daylight, but it wasn't hard to find, just have to be patient when driving slowly up the long winding track. Plenty of Walks up into the Hills or down into the Valley from here. Walking to Alstom takes perhaps 90 minutes, driving perhaps 10. Overall, if you want solitude or walking or raw nature, this is ideal. Can't think of anything negative to say to be honest. Was woken early one morning by a big grey sheep eating the picnic table loudly!

    Reviewed by Dave4.4Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful secluded place to stay."

    Field Barn has everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. The owners are friendly and nothing too much trouble. We are already planning to return.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2020

  • "This was the perfect place to go and unwind and switch off from the rest of the world for a bit."

    Communication with the owners was easy and helpful.

    Reviewed by Todd5.0Aug 2020

  • "This was our first time booking with Syresham Cottages so we weren't sure what to expect."

    We were over the moon on our arrival at Field Barn, the pictures didn't do it justice. We immediately felt like we'd come home, it was such a cosy and cute cottage with everything you could need for your stay. It was lovely and clean and everything, including the bed sheets, smelled amazing. The views from every window were stunning and we woke the first morning to cute bunnies in the fields around us. There are lots of stunning walks on your doorstep which was just what we wanted and then we could retreat to the tranquility of Field Barn. As city dwellers this was a perfect place for us to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2020

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    Reviewed by Mark4.4Aug 2020

  • "Lovely accomodation in a remote location."

    Perfect for some hilly walks. Really well presented and comfortable and had everything that we needed. No WiFi but it is being installed. Great to be able to switch off. Some nice touches left by the hosts and felt very safe and clean in relation to covid-19. Would rebook.

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Jul 2020

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  • Reverse-level
  • One ground-floor double bedroom
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with Juliet balcony
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, and TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • WIFI
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Garden with semi enclosed graveled and patio
  • One well behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 3.4 miles, pub within 0.8 miles
  • Note: Adults only
  • Please note: during winter months, the roads around the barn can be snowy so a four wheel drive car is recommended
  • Guests should also check their route before they start out to ensure they can get to the area.

The property

Settled down a single track road, with just a nearby farm its only company, this quaint cottage lies in a secluded spot outside of Alston in the North Pennines AONB.

Field Barn is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic break with your loved one, letting you take in the delights of the surrounding area with walks and cycles, before returning each day to your snug dwelling.

Step into the hall and be welcomed to find the spacious bedroom on the ground floor, place your things in here and unpack your clothes in the ample wardrobe storage, stepping across the tiled floor to the glass patio doors leading outside, offering a lovely spot to get some fresh air first thing.

The neat shower room across the way provides a bright and gleaming spot to freshen up, with a heated rail to keep your towel toasty.

Travel up the lovely wooden staircase with its rustic rope rail and enter the open-plan living space where you can relax and wind down, beneath rustic dark wooden beams in the ceiling and spotlights lighting up the place.

Settle on the large sofa or armchair and watch some TV, before you decide on what to rustle up in the well-equipped kitchen, home to an electric oven and hob and a fridge/freezer.

Dine together at the dining table amidst this homely environment, in warm summer months opening up the Juliet balcony to let in the fresh country breeze.

Head into the centre of the town of Alston, set 1,000 feet above sea level, it's the highest market town in England, home to a distinctive market cross and cobbled streets, with its local pub, The Angel Inn, dating from 1611, amongst many other buildings from the 17th century.

Find all the shops and amenities you need here, as well as lovely tea rooms and pubs which make the perfect pit stops after an invigorating walk.

Visit the Killhope Mining Museum in the nearby area, have a tour of the old mine with exhibits and displays on the local mining history, as well as wildlife hides to observe the rich activity here.

Practice your swing at Alston Moor Golf Club, with 18 holes set across beautiful grounds.

For some outdoor adventures travel around 25 miles to Talkin Tarn Country Park, where Talkin Adventures can offer exciting activities like canoeing, kayaking, raft building, as well as orienteering and axe throwing!

Also within reach further north is the famous Hadrian's Wall, an ancient Roman defensive wall remnants, offering an amazing way to explore the area.

Being right in the heart of the Pennines means you can take on the challenges of the incredible peaks and mountains all around, including Pike Rigg, Burnhope Seat, Black Fell, and Great Blacklaw Hill to name a few, experience astounding views or the landscape from these heights.

Spend quality time with your significant other at Field Barn in the heart of the North Pennines.

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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: Adults only
Please note: during winter months, the roads around the barn can be snowy so a four wheel drive car is recommended. Guests should also check their route before they start out to ensure they can get to the area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas