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Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 905621)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Great location, lovely cosy cottage, really enjoyed our week there"

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2022

  • "Firstly there was no essential welcome pack very disappointing."

    Always receive one of these wherever I’ve stayed. I think there should be clear step by step instructions within in a manual directive to assist holiday makers on how to operate items within the property, ie microwave, cooker, living room fire (which became needed urgently as there was no central heating one day and it was unbelievably cold ) .As there was no such clear manual the owner had to be contacted on more than one occasion which is not ideal . TV could do with upgrading allowing holidaymakers more viewing choice. I’m unable to score high for cleanliness as I found a spider in the kitchen cupboard in one of the dishes. Also issues outside the back area, gate to steps, which lead to where cars come and go, broken and off its hinges and lay on its side, therefore security for my little dog was compromised. All in all, I was disappointed with the chosen property, and although it may look appealing, the upstairs /downstairs thing didn’t work for me at all. On a positive note the bed was comfy and jacuzzi bath was welcoming and relaxing.

    Reviewed by JeanMar 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at The Bothy."

    Very clean and modern accommodation. Gwilym

    Reviewed by GwilymMar 2022

  • "We had absolutely lovely stay at the bothy."

    It is in a stunning area. Loved looking out at the alpacas. We will be back in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by MartinFeb 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday the cottage was excellent nice and clean and Steve ..."

    We had a lovely holiday the cottage was excellent nice and clean and Steve couldn't have been more helpful appreciated his help the area was was prefect for walking dog would love to go back

    Reviewed by JillDec 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage, very, very clean, cosy and homely, bathroom exquisite."

    Owners very friendly and home made scones, delicious

    Reviewed by MichaelNov 2021

  • "Very friendly owners, lovely welcome with scones& jam, very clean & tidy property."

    On the day of arrival Steve had the heating on for us and it nice & cosy. The Bothy had everything that you were likely to require during your stay. Lovely property perched on a quiet road, ideal for taking the dog out a walk in the morning & evening. One very small niggle was the rather tight turn to drive in through the stone pillars, beware if you have a large vehicle. Saying that, I got used to it by the end of the week. If you love walking and sightseeing this is the ideal spot for a holiday. The nearest town, Alston, had all the amenities you require and is only a short drive away. One disappointment is that a few cafes in the area do not accept dogs, The Nook and the Station cafe were 2 such cases. Overall it was a lovely holiday and hopefully get back again in the future.

    Reviewed by SteveOct 2021

  • "A really lovely place to stay if you want beautiful scenery, to be surrounded by nature, relaxation, peace & tranquility."

    The walking trails are in abundance. Area is remote, so take plenty of supplies with you. Nearest village is a short drive away. I did find not many local shops/bars/restaurants/cafe open, odd opening times too for a holiday season, may have something to do with the recent pandemic perhaps? Hosts were lovely souls that made you very welcome & on hand close by if you needed them for anything. I would say the cottage was more of a 3/4 star in rating. Although well equipped with a beautiful bathroom, it could do with updating. New mattress reqiured for the bed is a must. On the whole one can't complain at all, as one has come back absolutely relaxed including dog!

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2021

  • "Excellent walks on the doorstep, beautiful setting, lovely and peaceful."

    Warm cottage and welcoming hosts

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2021

  • "We stayed at the Bothy - a real gem of the cottage."

    Stephen and Sandra have modernised it to the highest standard. Unlike many holiday cottages we stayed at in the past, there is nothing shabby about the Bothy - the furniture, the equipment, the decoration are of the high quality. After a day of cycling or hiking, we spent some amazing evenings by the fireplace. My wife simply loved the jacuzzi. The bed was super comfortable too. We both look forward to coming back to the Bothy in the future.

    Reviewed by OlegApr 2021

  • "Patio not ."

    For dogs steps leading of patio need asecure gate owner just placed loose fencing against it spoke to owner didnt seem concerned

    Reviewed by JOct 2020

  • "The outside area was a bit on the tired side ,otherwise a lovely cottage."

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2020

  • "Fantastic little cottage, great location."

    Gave us the peace and tranquility we were looking for. It had it all and we had a wonderful time. Would definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by WendySep 2020

  • "Very small but beautiful cottage for two."

    Love the way it is split over 2 floors and the dark skies were amazing, never seen so many stars at night!!!

    Reviewed by TimDec 2019

  • "Nice quiet location."

    Beautiful scenery.charming hosts.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2019

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant location."

    A fantastic cottage for getting away from it all, super peaceful and super quiet! Great views across the valley and great walks in the area. Hosts very attentive when needed! Welcomed with lovely homemade scones.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2019

  • "The cottage was generally clean but needs a little bit more attention to detail."

    The bed was very comfortable and clean. The overall cleanliness of the cottage was average. The outside seating area was very disappointing, dirty seating and and was desperately in need of a good clean all round. .

    Reviewed by PhilipJul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in fantastic location."

    Owners very welcoming. Looking forward to staying again in the future

    Reviewed by NicolaJun 2019

  • "The bothy is easily 5 star rated."

    The cottage was out of this world both in comfort and area of piece and quite, We all loved the isolation ,the views and the wildlife. The owners were very helpful if needed. Our dog loved the area, and all of the walks around the area and further afield a fantastic area to visit , well worth every penny.

    Reviewed by IanApr 2019

  • "Beautiful little cottage with the most comfortable bed ever slept in."

    The Bothy is in stunning surroundings in the middle of nowhere. Great for walks, but if the weather is not good it is the perfect place to just sit and read. We loved it and would certainly recommend staying at The Bothy again. Steve and Sandra are really helpful, but also not intrusive.

    Reviewed by KathieMar 2019

  • "This is such a cosy comfortable cottage and has everything you could possibly need."

    The scenery is spectacular and the owners couldn’t be nicer. They brought us warm scones and jam when we arrived. Delicious. Also they live very close and were there if we wanted any information about where to go and what to see.

    Reviewed by GeneferNov 2018

  • "The peace and quiet clean air beautiful views and the lovely cottage"

    Reviewed by RAug 2018

  • "The Bothy is a wonderful little cottage, perfect for two people seeking a quiet retreat."

    It offered plenty of space and was well appointed with everything you need for a short break. The location is good for exploring the North Pennines, the Lakes and the east coast. The scones on arrival were a nice touch and helped us to settle in, as did the owners Steve and Sandra who were very helpful in imparting their local knowledge of the area. Would definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by IanAug 2018

  • "Absolutlely fantastic cottage."

    Our hosts we’re extremely friendly and welcoming - after driving 8 hrs to get there we were greeted by a plate of warm homemade scones with jam. Nenthead is a picturesque peaceful and friendly little village just outside Penrith. We will definitely be returning for longer to allow us to really immerse ourselves into the many different adventures on offer. The route from the motorway to get up to Nenthead is a real drivers route - loved it!.

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed every moment at Bothy cottage, nice roomy clean great to relax in,the views were great stunning and the walks good."

    A perfect holiday.

    Reviewed by HectorJul 2018

  • "A brill holiday."

    It was in the middle of no were, abs bliss! The reson why I put one down for comfort, was becase of the bed. Put a new matress on it, as a disabled person I didn’t want bruises all the time! BUT the rest of the house and place was a 10/10. Plus the scones were lovely. Thank you Sandra and Steve ☺️

    Reviewed by ClareJun 2018

  • "Cosy, well equipped cottage."

    Fresh scones on arrival a nice touch. Location quiet with lots of well signed footpath walking in stunning countryside.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2018

  • "Nice cottage in a beautiful part of the country."

    Gwilym,Christine and Freckles.

    Reviewed by GwilymMar 2018

  • "Fantastic little cottage in a beautiful area"

    Reviewed by OliverJan 2018

  • "Due to the part of the country the broadband and mobile reception can be difficult"

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2017

  • "Beautiful both you in the most wonderful rustic landscape."

    Everything you would want and more for a relaxing holiday. Would totally recommend.

    Reviewed by JaquelineMar 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage and excellent facilities"

    Reviewed by MoragNov 2016

  • "Great time was had at the bothy, had a nice relaxing holiday and great walks."

    nearby town of Alston has great shops and facilities would recommend the bothy to anyone!!

    Reviewed by GaryOct 2016

  • "The Bothy was very comfortable and well situated for local walks with our dog."

    The scenery is beautiful and we enjoyed walking on the Isaac's tea trail. Overall we really enjoyed the cottage and the owners Steve and Sandra were very friendly and helpful. Thank you.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2016

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  • One bedroom: 1 x ground floor king-size with en-suite Jacuzzi bath, shower over, separate shower, double basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen with dining area
  • Ground floor sitting room with gas fire.
  • Biomass central heating with gas fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, radio, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio area with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Community shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: The property has access on both ground and first floor levels.

The property

This delightful Alston cottage has been lovingly converted from the old schoolhouse to a one bed cottage of an exceptional standard.

The pretty entrance hall leads directly into the kitchen and dining area which overlook the sitting room.

The bedroom and bathroom on the lower floor lead directly off the sitting room.

Exposed stonework and roof lights give this Alston cottage a light and airy ambience, and a door leads from the downstairs sitting room to the outside private patio area.

A wonderful base for a relaxing, romantic escape.

Note: This cottage is next to Refs. 905619 and 905622, together they sleep 8.

Greenend Cottages

Alston 4 miles. Greenends, a Cumbrian longhouse estate offers three holiday cottages in a stunning hillside setting, in the heart of the beautiful Roof of England countryside, four miles from the town of Alston. These charming cottages are located in peaceful surroundings with stunning views over the Nent Valley, on what was once the estate of the Walton’s, the leading mining family of the area in the 1800s. These delightful Alston cottages are renovated to a high standard, individually styled to retain character and charm. Keepers boasts a lovely sun room, perfect for a couple to enjoy the spectacular views on offer, whilst Bothy is a romantic hideaway, which has a large bedroom and bathroom, open stonework and a private patio, and Chestnut is ideal for groups of four with an open plan living area, two en-suite bedrooms and a wrap around balcony with views over the valley. The variety of accommodation across these three Alston cottages mean that up to eight people can stay in comfort. Thoughtfully positioned for privacy, each of the cottages has outdoor seating, a barbecue area and access to the adjacent gardens and fields, as well as the opportunity to walk from the doorstep onto the surrounding moorland. The resident alpacas and other wildlife ensure that there is plenty of outdoor activity to keep an eye on and the dark skies offer fantastic star gazing opportunities. The Isaac’s Tea Trial crosses the estate, providing a wonderful 36 mile circular walk for the more adventurous walker. The owners are happy to break the trail into bite sized chunks with lifts and drop off points. The nearby Cumbrian market town of Alston, the highest in Britain, has a selection of traditional pubs and a variety of shops, as well as local attractions including the South Tynedale Railway, Epiacum and Nenthead and Killhope mines on the doorstep. With plenty of places to visit within an hour’s drive, including Hadrian’s Wall, Hexham, Beamish Open Air Museum, Durham Cathedral and the Lake District, this is a superb group of Alston holiday cottages for a relaxing break in 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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