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Keepers

Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 905619)

4.8

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

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

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely owners and fabulous location."

    The conservatory in this little cottage is the best. We spent most of our time in the cottage in there, just watching the local wildlife, it was bliss. The cottage had everything we needed for our week stay and the added touch of beautiful scones on arrival was extremely thoughtful. We did so much in our week, out and about, that I need another holiday now

    Reviewed by JoannaApr 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely and warm."

    The conservatory was brilliant spent all our time in there saw 2 red squirrels and loads of birds.had a wonderful time highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "We love this cottage and its glorious views over the valley and the friendly owners."

    If you wish for a quiet and relaxing holiday with plenty of walks on the door-step this is the place for you.

    Reviewed by NickApr 2022

  • "Very cosy, comfortable cottage in a great location."

    The owners have certainly gone the extra mile with thoughtful extras. We would definitely recommend a stay here for peace and tranquility.

    Reviewed by LynneMar 2022

  • "Was such a lovely cottage to stay in and the owners were lovely as well."

    Reviewed by MeganNov 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage with everything you need for a weeks stay, owners are very friendly and helpful, the scones and jam were a welcoming touch."

    The steps and stairs are quite steep but the listing makes that clear so not a surprise. We spent the wetter days in the sunroom, what a lovely comfortable spot to watch the birds on the feeders and the chickens as they wander through plus the nosy alpacas every time we moved! Definitely recommended and we wouldn't hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by AngelaOct 2021

  • "Such a wonderful little cottage!"

    Was perfect for our week in Cumbria. Steve & Sandra are wonderful hosts, leaving us fresh scones with jam and cream ready for our arrival. We were welcomed home by the 4 little lambs each night, and also got to enjoy the company of the alpacas and the chickens. If you're after a place where you can walk down the road to pubs and restaurants, this isn't for you. If you want an idyllic getaway in rural Cumbria, with great facilities and wonderful hosts, then don't hesitate to book this place!

    Reviewed by IanJun 2021

  • "A lovely quiet cottage out in the glorious Cumbrian countryside but only a short, 10 minute drive from the nearest town, Alston."

    Can thoroughly recommend the Carpenters Arms pub, we ate there three times and they have an extensive menu. The outlook was beautiful and being there on the longest day, the sun didn’t disappear until 10:45. So peaceful and the night skies were wonderfully unpolluted.

    Reviewed by AntonyJun 2021

  • "Great walks from the property."

    Cottage very interesting and unusual. Garden room was great - spent most of the holiday there. Alpacas and free range chickens added interest and amusement! Everything in the cottage that I needed.

    Reviewed by IanJun 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage with wonderful views - great to watch the birds, lambs and alpacas from the sun room."

    Hosts very helpful and nothing too much trouble. The local tea rooms and restaurants were able to trade indoors from 17/5/21 and we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to sample their food. Some attractions still closed but plenty to do and some beautiful walks on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by MaureenMay 2021

  • "Beautiful , quaint little cottage in a stunning setting."

    A real hidden gem. The cottage was very comfortable and cosy. The added bonus of a sun room with amazing views. It was so peaceful and quiet. Good base for visiting surrounding areas ,amazing amount of local walks if you wanted to have a break from the car! The owners are on hand if you need anything and are extremely helpful and friendly, gorgeous homemade scones and jam greeted us on our arrival . Free range chickens in the garden so had to keep dog on the lead all the time .Sheep and alpacas were in the surrounding fields , a great place to get away from all the hustle and bustle of every day life,

    Reviewed by AngieAug 2020

  • "Great place to visit, lovely people and close enough to everything we wanted to do."

    Would definitely recommend this for our next time here.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2019

  • "Fantastic place to stay brilliant friendly people beatiful place chilled relaxing holiday pure clean air zero light and noise pollution very good cottage loved it."

    Reviewed by ThomasOct 2019

  • "One or two items are looking a little dated, but for a walking holiday, great."

    Reviewed by IainOct 2019

  • "My husband and I chose Keepers cottage to simply get away and it superseded our expectations."

    The sun room for us as with many before us was the making of this cottage. If you are a bird lover you have a front row view, I counted 13 varieties from the sun room window (amazing). The host was welcoming and made sure all was ok having left us the appreciated scones and jam. The amenities in the house were of a good standard and we lacked for nothing, I had forgotten the sugar and they had supplied some along with several other essentials. The weather (October) was very wild to say the least several of the days, but once again, from the sunroom we loved it. The remoteness was just enough with Alston only 4 miles down the road with the great attraction of the steam train rides and museum. For me, best holiday I have ever had. Thank you.

    Reviewed by LyndaOct 2019

  • "No all was fine"

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2019

  • "This cottage was lovely, an ideal place to get away from it all."

    Perfect for just relaxing, exploring the spectacular surrounding countryside or both. We will defintely stay again.

    Reviewed by ToniaAug 2019

  • "What a fabulous cottage with so many extra touches."

    We had a lovely warm welcome accompanied with homemade scones and jam. The cottage is idyllic, with beautiful views out of every window. The pride of place is the beautiful, cozy sun room with stunning views overlooking the moors. We spent all our time when we were back at the cottage in this room watching the ever-changing views and wildlife and we had an amazing bonus of the red squirrel sitting on the windowsill whilst we filmed and took photos of her. The town of Alston is a lovely place with a lovely train ride to Slaggyford. We also went to Birdoswald Fort on Hadrians Wall, Ullswater, Keswick, Penrith and found a delightful place called Acorns Bank. We found a friendly pub on the Hexham Road called The Elks Head where the food and service were outstanding. I would definitely recommend this cottage, the owners are so friendly and informative, the extras provided such as dressing gowns just make you feel so welcome and special. There are local walks, mines and a lovely river. We saw so much wildlife including curlews, one near Alston and one near Nenthead. I have told my parents about this adorable cottage because I can just see them relaxing in the sun room enjoying the peace, tranquility and stunning views.

    Reviewed by LauraJul 2019

  • "The ownerS, Steve & Sandra were the perfect hosts, shortly after we had arrived presented with a platter of freshly baked scones and strawberry jam."

    He gave us a quick guided tour to explain where everything was and how to work things. The cottage was on split level and on the ground floor is a conservatory with views over the valley. There were bird feeder in the tree just outside the main window. The birds kept us amused, on one morning we were graced with a visit from a red squirrel. Everything had been provided for us at "Keepers" . We had a great stay.

    Reviewed by MartinJun 2019

  • "Amazing cottages, so relaxing and well looked after, cannot fault a single thing and the homemade scones on arrival were delicious."

    Lovely people, friendly without being intrusive and informative without being clever. The cottages exceeded the listing, the views and walks were many and the local village lovely, special mention to Nenthead Wesleyan Chapel which has been turned into a visitor centre with art work and cafe. We would certainly go again and were very sad when we had to leave. Many many thanks Sandy and Steven x

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2019

  • "We enjoyed our week and recommend Keepers though the weather wasn’t very kind to us."

    It was lovely to sit and relax in the sun/cloud lounge to admire the beautiful view, to watch the alpacas, sheep and chickens and appreciate the peace and quiet. Despite the weather we did long walks every day, discovering wild life ( sadly no red squirrels), wild mountain pansies we had never seen before, architectural moss, impressive rivers and waterfalls and not seeing a soul for miles. Wonderful! The hosts, Sandra and Steve had delicious homemade scones and jam for us on arrival, provided useful maps and directions for local walks and were kind to offer lifts if needed. There is a useful community shop in Nenthead and more shops and pubs in Alston. The Cumberland offers decent pub food and we liked the Crossing café for lunches and cakes.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2019

  • "We had a lovely relaxing time the cottage was just what we hoped for and more."

    The owners were friendly and obliging and the home made scones were delicious.

    Reviewed by MarilynMay 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a beautiful area."

    The cottwge had everything we needed and its fantastic location was an ideal base to explore. The owners Steve and Sandra were lovely and we look forward to heading back. Would recommend this cottage to any walkers or dog owners as there are so many walks and so much to do.

    Reviewed by DebbieMay 2019

  • "Beautiful North Pennine landscape with amazing views, especially from the conservatory."

    This contributed to a feeling of peace and tranquility, even when the weather was cloudy and cold for the time of year. The owners were very helpful but not intrusive and were happy to let us stay on beyond 10 on our last day, as there was no--one else coming until the weekend.

    Reviewed by PaulineApr 2019

  • "Peaceful location, with great views from sun room."

    Saw for the first time red squirrels in the UK. Which came in to the garden. Exciting stuff, bit disappointed to realise they are ginger! Cottage is recommended

    Reviewed by GrahamApr 2019

  • "The sun lounge was superb and we spent all out time in there whilst in the ..."

    The sun lounge was superb and we spent all out time in there whilst in the Cottage enjoying the views over the valley that it provided

    Reviewed by NickApr 2019

  • "We had a much needed and very relaxing weekend at the cottage and fully intend to come back as soon as we can."

    It's peaceful and cosy and beautifully laid out. Sitting in the covered veranda each night, watching the Alpacas roam, the sun set and stars poke out was lovely, and we slept really well in the comfy bed. Perfect for just us 2 and our dog.

    Reviewed by IanMar 2019

  • "We had a super time and the owner was very friendly and helpful."

    We hope to go back to the same cottage in the future. If you want to go out in the dark to look at the stars (it's a dark sky area) you need a torch!

    Reviewed by HelenMar 2019

  • "Lovely rural location,great base for walks, We were left to enjoy our holiday with no fuss from the owners."

    Very clean cottage, good wildlife there too.

    Reviewed by RosalynSep 2018

  • "The cottage was well positioned as a base for walking in a beautiful area and for journeys to Hadrian's Wall."

    Reviewed by KeithAug 2018

  • "Excellent very clean and well equipped cottage with lovely views ."

    Qiute and peaceful location. Numerous walks . With Keswick, Kendal, hexham and other places to visit only an hours drive away.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2018

  • "This lovely cottage is NOT in the Lake District, obviously we knew that as can read a map but Sykes referred to it as a Lake District property in e mails."

    A brilliant thing is the sun room at the cottage, really enjoyed sitting in there, great views & a real plus.

    Reviewed by RuthApr 2018

  • "Superb location, stunning sights, very well equipped cottage."

    Loved the veranda.

    Reviewed by ElenaDec 2017

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the cottage only one change would be a settee in the cottage."

    Reviewed by SuzanneJun 2017

  • "Ideal location quiet and relaxing."

    Alpacas and wildlife wonderful. Owners Steve and Sandra very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by DoreenApr 2017

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Summary

  • One ground floor double bedroom
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen with breakfast bar
  • First floor sitting room with electric fire
  • Ground floor sun room.
  • Biomass central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, 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
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Enclosed garden area with garden bench and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Community shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: The property is built into a slope with entrances on first and ground floor.

The property

This Alston cottage is a cosy rural retreat.

Perching on the hillside with glorious views over the Nent Valley and the owners' alpaca herd, this Alston cottage provides warm, cosy accommodation for a blissful countryside break.

Note: This cottage is next to Refs. 905621 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

ALSTON

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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