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1 Alpha Rise

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Gilsland near Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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53 Customer Reviews

  • "A very nice and comfortable house which is ideally situated to see the best of the Roman sites."

    The owners were very welcoming and on hand if we needed anything. All in all a really enjoyable holiday. I would be happy to stay at the house again.

    Thank you for your feedback ,we are pleased you enjoyed your stay despite the awful weather. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Apr 2024

  • "Alpha Rise is a lovely place to stay, with everything you may need provided."

    The surrounding area is beautiful. It will be amazing when the local pub re-opens, providing meals a short walk away. The next nearest pub is nice & welcoming and about 5 minutes away, but sadly doesn't do food. Great for a drink after a walk on Hadriens wall though.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Mar 2024

  • "The owners were very helpful, my grandson left his coat and they are posting it back to us."

    The property was really lovely and decorated for Christmas which we appreciated.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay, clean comfortable with everything we needed to make the stay special."

    Great views, comfortable beds, great kitchen and eating area and cosy lounge. Susan and Keith gave all information needed and we're on hand if we needed them, we didn't but we knew we could. We were well based for our days out and enjoyed ourselves very much.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Susan& Keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leah5.0Oct 2023

  • "Your holiday property is an absolute gem."


    Aw Thank you Karen what a lovely thing to say. Susan& Keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2023

  • "Everything about the house was great, it was clean and well furnished with decent quality appliances."

    The area is fantastic, the highlight was a visit to Vindolanda which is well worth it. I'd have to agree with previous comments about one of the beds being uncomfortable, like there are springs sticking up and you have to move about to get the right spot. Probably also worth mentioning that the Samson Inn is closed down, at least temporarily. Overall a highly recommended stay and will likely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely location."

    Immaculate and comfortable property with everything you need to have a great holiday, the owners are very welcoming. Close to the wall for great walks. Definitely recommend staying here.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments We always hope to make our guests feel at home We would love to see you return sometime Keith & Susan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely well catered house except it doesn't seat 7 at table or to watch TV together."

    Another dining chair and longer sofa would have been great. Thank you Mr & Mrs Waugh for use of your house while our younger family members walked The Wall end to end.

    Thank you for your review Also a big thank you for leaving the house neat and tidy . We take on board your comments regarding the seating . In the past guests have not required an extra chair due to the additional two bar stools. In future we will make sure we ask guests if they require an extra chair. We are adding a pouffe along with the current sofas. We do hope this will rectify the situation. Also we must say congratulations to the walkers on completing Hadrians Wall well done! Keith and Susan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frances4.4May 2023

  • "Brilliant location for seeing and walking parts of Hadrian's Wall."

    Lovely home. Good size kitchen. Plenty of space and parking. Responsive, welcoming and engaged owners.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. Keith & Susan Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "Large, spacious, comfortable holiday home in a perfect location."

    The house had everything you need, owners very welcoming and accommodating and it's situated in a perfect position for walks along Hadrian's Wall and other visitor attractions further beyond. We really enjoyed our week's holiday and would definitely return. I would highly recommend this property for visiting Hadrian's Wall country. Thank you so much to the owners for a lovely holiday :-)

    Thank you for your lovely review We are so glad you had a lovely week Also thank you for your recommendation to others We are happy you chose Our Holiday Home Regards Susan & keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had not stayed here before, but had a really lovely time there."

    The house was beautifully clean, welcoming and very well equipped. We found everything we needed. We had a 2 week stay and clean bedding and towels were provided as needed with no hesitation. Owners were lovely people who reminded us at every opportunity that we could and should contact them if there were any problems - which there weren't. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Aug 2022

  • "An immaculately clean and very comfortable house with all facilities and comforts you would want."

    Owners were helpful and friendly. Brilliant base for exploring Northumberland and the North East, Hadrians Wall and all the amazing sites along it and The North Lake District. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the house to anyone heading your direction and hope to visit again in the future and rent your lively home again. X

    Thank you very much for your lovely comments Our aim is to give our guests a really positive experience . It was good to meet you all ,and we would love to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Aug 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with everything you need in it."

    Ideal location for exploring Hadrians wall, good walks from the doorstep and other interesting days out a short drive away. Good local park and tea room. We had a fantastic week.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay, really good facilities and great location."

    There were seven of us and we were all very comfortable, plenty of room. Parking was good and the village had a lovely pub and tearoom with walks nearby along Hadrian’s Wall.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Also I must say a big Thank You to yourselves for leaving the property so tidy , and putting all the laundry in a basket. Kind Regards Susan & Keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jul 2022

  • "Hi brilliant cottage LV the area very nice couple own the cottage only 2 ..."

    Hi brilliant cottage LV the area very nice couple own the cottage only 2 need curtains in bed rooms up stairs as the sunny in summer and 2beds queen bed two wee and king size bed very uncomfortable apart from the very gd cottage

    Thank you so much for your comments We will attend to the issues you have raised. Kind Regards Susan & keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin3.8Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was absolutely lovely, set in a wonderful village."

    The owners were so hospitable and welcoming. We checked out the local walks, pub and park too and can thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Jun 2022

  • "Great modern accommodation, bedrooms comfortable and nicely decorated, kitchen well equipped, the property is hard to fault and sleeping up to 7 is great value for money."

    Reviewed by Timothy4.7May 2022

  • "The property was excellent, well looked after, clean and was well stocked with provisions, utensils etc."

    The rooms were spacious, nicely decorated, heating was lovely way to operate and quickly got the house warm. It was a great location for walks and exploring the local area. L

    Thank you for your lovely comments We are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Alpha Rise Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katy5.0Apr 2022

  • "We have just an enjoyable break at Alpha Rise,,,the accommodation was so ..."

    We have just an enjoyable break at Alpha Rise,,,the accommodation was so comfortable,spotlessly clean, great location to enjoy lots of walks,Hadrians wall almost on our doorstep ,,beautiful country side views from every window,,so amazing,

    Thank you so much for your lovely review We are so glad you enjoyed your stay Keith & Susan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was great."

    It was clean, comfortable and well-equipped. The location was ideal for exploring Hadrian’s Wall country.

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Oct 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay and highly recommend a holiday at Alpha Rise."

    It is a very spacious and comfortable home and a great base for exploring the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Oct 2021

  • "Railway line running very close"

    Reviewed by Barrie3.8Sep 2021

  • "We had a week of wonderful walks along Hadrian's Wall, visited both museum sites ( fantastic) and had a super meal in the Samson Inn."

    Our hosts at Alpha Rise were lovely too. A perfect visit to Gilsland.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Aug 2021

  • "Enjoyed our stay here at Alpha Rise."

    Comfortable for 2 families meeting up totalling 7. Providing everything we needed. Owners were really helpful and insightful regarding places to visit. The Samson Inn was within easy walking distance for lovely evening meals. Small seating area out the front would be an added bonus.

    Reviewed by Joanne3.8Jul 2021

  • "We stayed, as a family, for a week."

    We were gifted, upon arrival a much needed jug of milk, some tea, coffee, biscuits and anything else that we may have needed. The cottage was immaculate, it had literally anything that you could possibly need and more. The guide book had great suggestions for things to do a d places to eat, which we did and found exactly that! The location was excellent, the hosts incredibly friendly and we will definitely be booking to go back. Great local pub near by and without doubt the best cottage we have rented...and there have been a fair few!

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jul 2021

  • "A lovely house, very comfortable with excellent facilities."

    A perfect place to explore Hadrian's Wall from.

    Reviewed by Rosemarie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Positives: Very clean and comfortable, we walked in and it smelt clean so great first impressions."

    Tastefully decorated, comfortable beds, plenty of space and equipment in kitchen. Good reliable wifi and fantastic location to explore local area or travel further. Suggestions: Recycling/rubbish information needs to be a bit clearer as not sure initially what could go where. There is a washing machine but as no garden - no washing line, however on asking owners we were able to use rotary airer in garden area below Alpha Rise, this would have been good information to have in welcome folder. Be aware there is no garden with this property, however there is space to sit on steps outside which is a lovely spot in the sun

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Jun 2021

  • "Our accommodation was spotlessly clean and included everything a group of 7 needed even down to a large shoe rack."

    The beds and bed linen were very comfortable, kitchen equipment and white goods were all of a good quality- including sharp knives, and the decor was in excellent condition. There was plenty of space for us all to eat and relax and we all enjoyed working in the large kitchen. This an ideal spot for accessing some of the most complete and interesting parts of Hadrian's Wall and there are several lovely woodland and riverside walks locally too.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0May 2021

  • "We booked this guest house as a base for walking Hadrians Wall and it turned out to be perfectly located."

    There is also lots of places to go around Gilsland and the local area. The pre arrival arrangements were easy to follow and there is plenty of safe parking for 2 cars. Sue and Kieth were there to meet us and answer any of our queries. They were very welcoming and had good knowledge of the local area. The house was lovely, well presented and well laid out. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed to cook a full dinner. The washing machine was very useful too. All the bedrooms were nicely decorated and comfortable. We enjoyed our stay and we would recommend this house and would rebook again. Thanks Sue and Keith

    Reviewed by Phillippa5.0May 2021

  • "Very good accommodation."

    The only thing we were disappointed with is the bed in the main en-suite room, we found the mattress very soft and worn on one side. It did result in some restless nights.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Aug 2020

  • "A lovely warm and comfortable house with high quality fixtures and fittings."

    It is obviously a well cared for and loved holiday home in a beautiful part of Northumbria.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Oct 2019

  • "Really impressed by the quality of the property and furnishings, as well as a good provision of kitchen equipment, DVDs and games."

    Property is in a nice quiet village right on Hadrian's Wall.

    Reviewed by Garry5.0Aug 2019

  • "Very clean accessible cottage with all the mod cons."

    Reviewed by Mary4.7Aug 2019

  • "A lovely well equipped holiday home, which is spacious and comfortable."

    The decor was lovely and the owners were very accommodating. The Samson inn just down the road was very nice with a small garden, to enjoy a pint. We also had a meal which everyone enjoyed. The cottage is well positioned to walk along the Hadrian wall and has many local attractions relating to the wall. We explored further afield and enjoyed days out at Beamish and Alnwick. I would recommend this cottage and would return again. Many thanks for a enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2019

  • "I find Venetian blinds in the bedroom a bit awkward to use and difficult to make it dark in the light mornings."

    Great place for Hadrian's Wall and walking. Well equipped kitchen.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7May 2019

  • "A well maintained property with excellent facilities and very helpful and friendly owners"

    Reviewed by Ronald5.0May 2019

  • "Excellent clean property with all the equipment you needed from a holiday cottage."

    The owners were very friendly, welcoming but unintrusive. Great location for walking the wall. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2019

  • "Ideal cottage for everything we wanted to do."

    Had a really nice reception from the owner on arrival. Nice selection of drinks and biscuits also on arrival.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was excellent, well equipped and spotless clean."

    The views from the windows, was beautiful and we were well located to visit attractions on hadrians wall.

    Reviewed by Gaynor5.0Mar 2019

  • "A lovely, warm comfortable house."

    We felt so welcome thank you - home from home!

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Oct 2018

  • "The house was very clean and well equiped with everything you could want for a week away The equipement is all good qualify and the knives are even sharp."

    . The owners live in a flat underneath the property however we didn't see them often We had an issue with the shower and Keith tried to resolve the issue He believed the problem was with the boiler so he was waiting for a plumber to resolve the problem There is an inventory of items in the houseand iincluding in each drawer- not up to date but still an inventory including a list of all 50 DVDs. We found this a little off putting and found that we were constantly checking to ensure we had put things in the right drawers Whilst we are aware that other cottages have inventories these have not been kept in the property and we gave not been privy to them A beautiful part of the country and a lovely house but the inventory made us feel uncomfortable

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Sep 2018

  • "Could do with hooks on backs of bedroom doors and a tea strainer, then it would be perfect!"

    ! Highly recommended for location if wanting to explore Hadrian's Wall. Owners very friendly.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Sep 2018

  • "Beautiful house, very clean and well equipped even for my large family."

    We had a fantastic week here with plenty to do to keep everyone happy, we visited The Roman Army museum and Vindolanda, Beamish, we left our car at Holtwhistle car park (free parking) and for a reasonable price took the train to Newcastle to visit the The science of life museum (next door to the station), there are so many lovely places to explore. The area is beautiful and we would definitely book again, the owners were lovely and very accommodating.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Aug 2018

  • "The property was very nice and big and we'll equipped."

    The proximity to Hadrian's wall and it's surrounding area's was amazing. Such great history. The only downside is that the property did not have a garden as shown in the photos on website. There is room for a bench at the front of the house so maybe the owner can think about putting one out there for people to sit and have a cuppa outside or read a book in the fresh air. XXX OWNER RESPONSE XXX Many thanks for your feedback and we are are happy for guests to use our patio seating area however, we take on board your comments regarding having a bench outside this particular property.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Aug 2018

  • "The photographs shown on the web page were cleverly taken."

    No garden to speak of and no drying facilities for rain soaked clothing. However, the cottage is really well fitted out and very clean. All the family enjoyed their stay and Mr & Mrs Waugh were welcoming and helpful. XXX OWNER RESPONSE XXX Many thanks for your feedback and we are glad to hear your family enjoyed their stay. Guests are welcome to use our patio seating area and we are looking into a separate seating area for this property.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Jul 2018

  • "We allowed the children to choose our accommodation this year."

    They each wanted a bedroom of their own as they don't get that luxury at home. We expected this to bump the price considerably but Alpha Rise came up and looked beautiful, modern and clean in its pictures. We booked a weeks stay at the back end of July. Our stay was fab, we were lucky to receive good weather and only had one day of rain. The owners were lovely and showed us around on arrival telling us where to find everything we would need and also adding that they were available should we have any problems. The property was presented just as its pictures and so much more. We really felt at home and could have happily extended our stay. The local area was a delight, we took the car off every day and visited somewhere new. We took walks along portions of Hadrian's wall, visited the Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda. There are some great pubs serving home cooked food so well worth at least a couple of meals out. I've already recommended this property to others and would certainly revisit myself.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jul 2018

  • "No sitting area outside."

    Owners living next door and using the outdoor furniture which is in front of their door. Yes there is a garden of sorts but does not really belong to the property.

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.4Jul 2018

  • "Owners were very friendly, house was lovely and comfortable."

    House was very clean and well equipped.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Mar 2018

  • "Fantastic property, great location with loads to do."

    The house is modern, well maintained and clean. The owners are fabulous and we would have no problems recommending this property to anyone.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2017

  • "This property is set in a stunning rural location yet within a short distance there are plenty of activities to do, historic sites to visit and excellent dining spots."

    The property itself and the facilities provided are the best I have ever encountered.

    Reviewed by Luigi Barry5.0Aug 2017

  • "Good location for A69 route"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2017

  • "The house was beautifully appointed and full of little touches that make life easier - the kitchen was well equipped for cooking and all the bathrooms stocked with essentials."

    It was much better in every way than our own house!! You might also consider mentioning the proximity of the railway line as watching the trains was a real highlight for the younger members of our party!

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Jul 2017

  • "The only reason I didn't give excellent for location is the lack of shops of Grisland."

    In all other respects the location was excellent, very close to Hadrian's Wall with good walks both east and west along by the wall. The owners allowed us to recharge our electric car from their mains supply (we paid for the extra electricity). This made travelling around much simpler than it might otherwise have been and meant we could set off home with 240 miles of range which made the return journey to Hampshire very easy.

    Reviewed by Andy4.8Jul 2017

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  • Four bedrooms: 3 x double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC), 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pubs 5mins walk
  • Note: Property does not accept working bookings
  • Note: Check-in time is 4pm.

The property

This elevated cottage is situated in the village of Gilsand which is located in Northumberland, on the border of Cumbria in Hadrian’s Wall land which is steeped in history close to the Northumberland National Park.

On entering this cottage you will immediately notice the beautiful presentation throughout.

The open plan living area includes a generous well-equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, a spacious dining area and a sitting area with sumptuous leather sofas, a lovely space for friends and family to relax and enjoy each other’s company during your holiday.

There are four well-presented bedrooms consisting of three doubles, one of which benefits from an en-suite shower room, as well as a single bedroom, and all offer countryside views.

For those keen walkers and cyclists you are spoilt for choice and in fact Hadrian’s Wall, now a World Heritage Site is literally yards from this cottage with the Pennine Way also close by.

Locally there are many historical monuments to explore including Birdoswald Roman Fort, and the area has plenty of castles to explore such as Naworth and Featherstone, whilst you can also explore the ruins of Blenkinsopp, Thirlwall, Bellister and Bewcastle.

Why not visit the Gilsland Spa set in 140 acres of grounds and where legend has it Sir Walter Scott asked his beau to marry him at the Popping Stone?

The small market towns of Brampton and Haltwhistle are easily reached and offer a good selection of cafés, shops, pubs and restaurants.

This is an attractive area steeped in history and is perfect for exploring the North Pennines, Eden Valley and the Scottish Borders yet is also very accessible for a day trip to the to the stunning Lake District.

This cottage is in a great location for enjoying the stunning scenery and fascinating history that this area has to offer.

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About the location


Haltwhistle 6 miles; Brampton 9 miles.

Gilsland is a small village with a pub and a tea room on the Northumberland, Cumbria border. It is situated on Hadrian's Wall and is ideal for exploring the north Pennines, Eden Valley, the Scottish Borders and even as far south west as the Lake District National Park. Gilsland lies within 10 miles of Housesteads Roman Fort and Vindolanda, famous for the Roman parchment letters and settlement reconstruction. There are numerous castle ruins close by, including Blenkinsopp, Thirlwall, Bellister and Bewcastle, and the pretty market town of Brampton is within a 15-minute drive and Carlisle is just 30 minutes away. For a great day trip, visit the Lake District National Park, or spend a day in Cumbria. The scenery in this area is stunning, with wide panoramic vistas looking out on the Roman Wall which follows the Whin Sill escarpment, making this quiet corner of England a walker's and cyclist's delight.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter