Alston 4 miles.
A delightfully unique chapel conversion, situated in the centre of the picturesque Northumberland village of Slaggyford, just 4 miles from Alston in Cumbria.
Formerly the Sunday school annexe, this cosy cottage has been lovingly restored to beautifully combine character features, wooden floors and arched windows, with modern amenities, offering charming cottage holiday accommodation for family or friends.
Inside this cottage is a sitting room with a dining area where you can sit and relax in front of a woodburner if the evenings turn a little chilly.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms, one double, one twin and one single.
All bedrooms have en-suites with hip bath, shower over, basin and WC.
Outside the cottage there is a lovely patio area, with wonderful views of the surrounding areas, from where you can enjoy alfresco dining and a variety of wildlife can be seen, such as pheasants, woodpeckers, red squirrels and on rare occasions a hen harrier and a tawny owl.
The village of Slaggyford offers an excellent pub and restaurant and fishing on the South Tyne, whilst the nearby Cumbrian market town of Alston, the highest town in Britain, offers a selection of pubs with open fires and real ales.
There are walks onto the moors from your holiday accommodation, and the Pennine Way passes the front gate of your cottage, which is also on the Land's End to John O'Groats walking route.
With plenty of places to visit within an hour's drive, including Hadrian's Wall, Beamish Open Air Museum, Durham Cathedral and the Lake District, this is a superb cottage for a relaxing break in Northumberland.
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 is currently being extended and will run from Alston through to Slaggyford from 2017. 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.