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Parkers House

Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1073338)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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13 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Parkers house."

    There were 4 adults, with three dogs between us, everyone had a great time. Key collection was simple, the decor was really lovely and homely. Kitchen was well equipped and very clean. The paddock out the back was fab for the dogs to let off a bit of steam too. The location was lovely, nice and peaceful and the neighbour's were so friendly too. We’d definitely like to come back again!

    Reviewed by SarahApr 2022

  • "Great place with fantastic views, we loved it the kids loved it and the dogs loved it."

    It was very clean and comfy and the log burner was brilliant. Only thing I could say is could maybe do with a dishwasher but that’s personal opinion. We will definitely be back in the near future

    Reviewed by StuartMar 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week staying at Parkers House."

    The kitchen was well equipped, the bedrooms were a good size, and the wood burning stove helped us to stay cosy in a blustery snowy February. A very enjoyable and comfortable time was had by all. Great proximity for local walks in The Pennines and not too far from The Lake District.

    Reviewed by LouiseFeb 2022

  • "Lovely house in such a beautiful part of the country, such a shame we didn’t stay longer but will definitely be back at some stage to explore some more (probably summer)."

    The house had fantastic facilities with everything you need. We brought 3 dogs with us and the paddock off the garden was brilliant for them to have a good run around and ball thrown. To anyone else staying, the Spar shop/ garage is a gem of a find with a butchers counter and everything you will need for your stay if eating at home. As I said, I can’t fault the house and location at all just wish we had booked longer. It will always have a special place in our hearts as one of our days staying we headed up to Scotland and eloped at Gretna. So our first 2 days as husband and wife were spent at Parkers

    Reviewed by HelenDec 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage - so good that we are going back in 2 weeks."

    Loved every minute of the holiday - so comfortable and dog friendly.

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2021

  • "The cottage is in a lovely, quiet spot and we had some fantastic walks nearby."

    The paddock area was perfect for our dog. All in all we had a great family short break. I didn't think that the cleanliness of the cottage was very good. There was a false finger nail that we found on the lounge floor, and obvious places like the bathroom sink and the lounge tables were dusty. The cottage was accurately described and the neighbours that we met were very friendly.

    Reviewed by JoanneNov 2021

  • "We stayed for 3 nights."

    The location is perfect a good base to visit the surrounding areas. Central to both the northern lakes and Pennines. The village of Alston itself is a short 2 min drive to a public car park and nice tea rooms and Alston hall is good for a sit down meal. The cottage itself is beautiful. Facilities we’re great , everything you would need was provided, washer dryer iron hoover. Plenty of towels a nice welcome pack for our dogs. As a site and a location I would give it 10/10 The BAD part unfortunately after 1 night I received contact that the owner had told the agent that we had a party , that we were over occupied with 9 people and that we had set up out door lightning. The truth was when we went in to Alston on our first night the local eating places were booked up so we bought some food from the co-op. We cooked it and decided to eat outside in the lovely garden on the picnic table. We commenced eating around 630. Our party consisted of 3 male adults 2 females and 1 child and 2 dogs. We finished around 815 as the sun was going down and there is an outdoor socket I placed a table lamp outside to give us some light as we cleaned up. There was no music no alcohol and we were in the rear for less than 2 hours. The lady who called us from Sykes was really nice and advised it was probably a nosey neighbour who had reported to the owner the above fallacies . Unfortunately this really cast a dampener on the rest of our trip. We felt like we were being watched and scrutinised by the owners of the other cottages in the site. I wouldn’t place the blame on skyes or the owner as they have protocol and insurance and continuing to have relationships with the people that actually live in the location. However the fact remains I wouldn’t recommend booking this cottage as we personally had a bad experience. Despite its beauty and location.

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2021

  • "The property was excellent with neighbpurs also being very friendly and helpful."

    We had many amazing walks and lunches in country pubs. The weather was hot, so a garden umbrella to create some shade would have been nice. Altogether a beautiful property and a first rate holiday.

    Reviewed by HilaryJul 2021

  • "Absolutely wonderful stay, everything was clean, very well equipped and lovingly decorated."

    Thank you for a restful stay. Highly recommend staying here, especially if you're bringing your doggies along on vacation.

    Reviewed by TatianaJun 2021

  • "It was not only a perfect spot to travel around from but was also fab for our three dogs having the space to wander around the grounds free and comfortable."

    We loved the space and the bedrooms were beautiful .. we chose the second room as it has more plugs as we both have sleep apnea machines …. Might be handy to have an extension for the use of… kitchen is very well equipt and cooking was a pleasure thank you ☺️

    Reviewed by BeverleyJun 2021

  • "Loved the location, visited lots of areas East and West."

    Reviewed by BarbaraMay 2021

  • "Just back from a fabulous weekend at Parker House."

    The cottage is set in beautiful surroundings and is furnished to a very high standard with beautiful little touches, they have certainly thought of everything . It’s one of the nicest cottages we’ve ever stayed at and we’ve stayed at a lot. I can’t recommend it enough.

    Reviewed by HilaryMay 2021

  • "Great cottage."

    Fab welcome hamper and even welcome packs for the dogs. Very clean and tidy. Excellent views and log fire to keep warm at night. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by ClaireMay 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Grass and gravel garden with outdoor furniture, secured bike storage and kennels for dogs, also has a 1/4 acre enclosed paddock attached, making it ideal for dog owners
  • Well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.3 miles, pub 1.2 miles

The property

Hidden away in a cluster of beautiful stone cottages on the outskirts of Alston town, Parkers House is an arresting holiday home providing a tranquil retreat for a family or group of six.

Engulfed in the luscious green landscapes of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, visitors can look forward to an abundance of breath-taking walks right from their doorstep, making this an exceptional choice for any self-catering stay.

Return from a fun-filled adventure to this attractive abode, making yourself feel right at home as you place a log on the woodburning stove before snuggling up to your loved ones and enjoying a captivating movie on the TV.

Rustle up a tasty treat in the pretty cream country-style kitchen with the help of the sleek electrical appliances that lie within.

Take the staircase up to the first floor and discover three well-appointed bedrooms including two restful doubles and a delightfully decorated twin, each of which are served by a smart and sophisticated shower room.

Embrace your stunning surroundings as you indulge in dinner alfresco out in the garden, admiring the far-reaching views across the countryside whilst basking in the last of the day's sunshine.

Kick-start your days with a breath-taking walk along the Pennine Way and uncover Ashgill Force and Epiacum Roman Fort.

Explore the ancient remains of Kirkoswald Castle and Lacey's Caves, and spend the afternoon at Weardale Museum and High House Chapel.

Hop in the car and head for Penrith to see Penrith and Eden Museum and the 14th-century remains of Penrith Castle, or visit Gisland and discover Hadrian's Wall and Harrows Scar Milecastle.

Also on your doorstep is the Lake District National Park, home to many spectacular walks, breath-taking lakes and an abundance of attractions including Aira Force Waterfall, The Kirkstone and Keswick Museum.

Step back in time at Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, or travel into the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne for a spot of shopping followed by dinner and drinks in some of the city’s finest pubs and restaurants.

Seek thrills at the Weardale Adventure Centre, where you can enjoy a day of gorge walking and canoeing.

On return to this humble abode, be sure to stop off in the centre of Alston for a quick bite to eat down at the local or grab some essential ingredients from the convenience store.

Live many incredible moments with your loved ones on an escape to Parkers House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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