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Kearton House

Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District, CA9 3HS (Ref. 991336)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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6 Customer Review(s)

  • “This is a high quality apartment, good facilities, large rooms with a well equipped kitchen.”

    Several welcoming touches from the owner when we arrived. Location is right in the central square of Alston, but is quiet at night. Good availability of fresh food from local co-op, whole food store, bakery and vegetable market stall, all within 2 mins walk. Plenty to see and do within an hour’s drive - Hadrian’s wall, Tynedale, Teesdale waterfalls, Vale of Eden and northern Lake District.

    - Mr Percy, August 2021

The property

Sitting in a prominent position in the centre of Alston market town is this charming Georgian maisonette, a duplex apartment spanning over the first and second floors with a ground-floor entrance.

Kearton House offers a welcoming base for a family of four seeking to explore this magical corner of the North Pennines in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Feel at home as you make your way from the ground-floor entrance to the first floor where you’ll find a sociable space to gather with your loved ones, presenting a well-equipped kitchen/diner where you can prepare meals during your stay and join together at the dining table over a bottle of wine and good company.

Snuggle up in front of the warming woodburning stove on a frosty winter's night, kicking back on the plush sofa letting the TV entertain you, with a perfectly placed table resting behind for a night of board games.

As the evening draws to a close, make your way up to the second floor to find two inviting bedrooms, a double and a twin, both well presented with pretty décor and ample storage, with stunning views looking out to the church grounds, steeples and array of birds.

The converted loft room presents great extended views from the dormer window, perfect for a budding artist.

Prepare for your day in style as you enjoy a sumptuous soak in the bath, or stand beneath the overhead shower for a quick rinse before breakfast, with a few steps leading up to a handy cloakroom.

Be charmed by the excellent location of this property, facing the main street of Alston with the quaint market square in sight, there’s an array of exciting pubs and shops right on the doorstep, great for stocking up on snacks and exploring the town.

Discover the rest of Alston's beauty as you stroll through the wealth of boutique shops, independent restaurants, and traditional bakeries where you can delight in baked treats and fresh bread (you can see why they used this location for filing Oliver Twist!) or alternatively, get dolled up and tuck in to an evening meal at the lovely Alston House.

Embark on a day of adventure within the the North Pennines AONB, where ramblers can enjoy a day of scenic walking trails or cycling routes around the Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast Route which passes straight through Alston, or head out to Northumberland and the Lake District National Park further afield.

Be impressed by the rich history surrounding the area, discovering must-see attractions like the renowned Hadrian's Wall, Durham Cathedral, Killhope Lead Mining Museum, and the South Tyne Railway.

If you are lucky enought to be staying here for New Years Eve, dont miss the Allandale Tar Barrel festival, just a 15 minute drive from the house.

Take a day to learn all about the history of the oldest purpose-built prison in England, Hexham Old Gaol, built under the order of Margot and William Melton, the Archbishop of York, in 1330–33.

There's also a plethora of family fun to be had at the Yad Moss Ski Slope, the Beamish Open Air Museum, or the sensational Ashgill waterfall.

Kearton House is an ideal resting spot for an exciting family getaway, full of outdoor adventures in Cumbria.


  • First-floor duplex apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Second-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available
  • Off-road parking available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: There are steep stairs in the property

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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