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Nenthall near Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Stayed at The Bothy as a women and her dog, wanting an escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life."

    Wow! Did this place deliver in spades. The cottage is amazing. Quirky. Packed with character. Very well equipped and immaculately clean. Mark and Jo are super hosts. Genuinely one of the nicest couples I’ve met. Whilst they live on site, I never saw them (except arrival and departure) but it was great to know they were there if needed. The scone and fresh eggs on arrival were very welcome too - thank you! Now location…. This cottage is on a hillside in heaven! The views from The Bothy are incredible but there are also so many walks straight from the door and a variety too! Whether you want 1 mile to 50 mile, riverside or moorland, the one thing you can be sure of, is the area has it all. I parked the car up on arrival and it didn’t move again til I left. I walked a total of over 45 miles during the week and never did the same walk twice! Not only that but I reckon I didn’t see more than a dozen people throughout the entire weeks walks!!! Having said that this has to be one of the friendliest places I’ve ever been. Every single person I met was absolutely lovely Nenthead (under a mile away) has a local shop and fabulous cafe (the Hive) and the mine is a great visit. Hopefully the local pub will reopen soon. Alston (3.8 miles) has a variety of shops with a couple of pubs/restaurants. Issac Tea Trail literally runs from The Bothy but honestly this whole area is a walkers paradise. For anyone who’s thinking of booking…. Do it! You won’t be disappointed!!! I can’t wait to return for New Year and this time I’m taking dog and hubby!

    What fantastic feedback!! Thankyou so much, you’ve absolutely covered it all! We’re so pleased that the cottage and surrounding areas gave you everything you were looking for and thrilled that you were able to make the most of it! The fact that you’re coming back says it all!!! Looking forward to seeing you and Nellie for New Year and to meeting hubby!! You’ve been a brilliant guest, thanks again Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Mar 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage even though the weather was challenging."

    The cottage was comfortable and well supplied to keep you occupied if unable to get out. Mark and Jo were helpful and approachable. We would certainly pass on our recommendations.

    Hi Glenys, thank you so much for your lovely review. You mentioned coming back in the summer and we would love to see you again, hopefully with better weather I'm sure. Take care and hopefully see you soon. Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glenys5.0Dec 2023

  • "The Bothy was an ideal setting for a peaceful, relaxing, stay, in the run up to Christmas."

    Jo and Mark are friendly owners and made sure that the cottage was set up with everything needed. The cottage has a well equipped kitchen with all appliances; a lounge with TV and small fire on the ground floor; a large double bedroom with plenty of storage space for clothes and belongings; and a bathroom with separate shower, jacuzzi bath and two wash hand basins. Felt warm and cozy throughout. Would be happy to recommend as a base to explore the local area. Very suitable for guests with a dog.

    What a lovely review Jason thank you so much we are so glad that you found us. Have a fantastic 2024 and we'd love to see you again Take care Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Dec 2023

  • "Had a lovely cosy and comfortable stay at the Bothy."

    Slept like a log every night. There is so much lovely walking in the local and surrounding areas which is why we chose to stay here. The owners were in contact and very helpful. Would stay here again if back in the area.

    Thank you Toni, it was lovely to meet you both. We do hope you return in the near future it would be lovely to see you again. All the best Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Toni5.0Oct 2023

  • "The Bothy is a beautiful place, in a stunning area, we had a short stay here, but will love to return again"

    Thank you for your feedback Susannah and it would be lovely to see you again. Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susannah5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was a very cosy cottage with everything you may need."

    The owners Mark and Jo were on site and were wonderful with all our needs and were there to advise us of local places and eating places. Thankyou so much.

    Both Jo and i are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at the Bothy. We are happy to hear you had a safe, long journey home. It was lovely to receive a thank you card in the post, it made our day, such kind words, thank you so much. We really do hope to see you both again soon. Take care Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a glorious time staying in the Bothy, Joe and Mark couldn’t have been more helpful."

    Fortunately the weather was kind to us, had the weather been more wintry we felt the bathroom would have benefited from the radiators being on longer otherwise pretty damn good . Local pubs, well good food excellent Beer and Cider, not to mention Wine, what more can one desire, oh yes amazing scenery, OMG the moors are spectacular. We hope to return in the not too distant future. John

    Thank you for your lovely review John and Naomi. We are so pleased that you had a pleasant stay. Please be assured that when it does turn cold the heating will be on longer and can always be adjusted for the comfort of our guests. It would be lovely to see you both again soon. Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a really good holiday."

    You can do loads of walks straight from the door. The cottage is clean. The beds/ sofa very comfortable. Kitchen is well equipped. Nice to arrive to fresh scones and eggs. We took all our food with us which turned out to be a good idea as there's only a small CoOp in Alston.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Aug 2023

  • "Thank you so much, Mark and Jo, for the wonderful welcome."

    It was a lovely place to stay, peaceful and homely, with gorgeous countryside in all directions.

    Thank you Janet it was lovely to meet you. We are so pleased you had a nice stay in the Bothy. Thank you for your lovely comments. Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Aug 2023

  • "The most perfect cottage in the most perfect location!"

    Peace, tranquility and an utterly relaxing place to be. Wonderful walks, an abundance of wildlife and some beautiful views whilst out driving. Jo and Mark are just the loviest hosts! I can’t wait to return! Jules & Togs

    Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon All the very best Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a wonderful welcome from Jo and Mark on arrival such a very helpful lovely couple The cottage is exactly what we were expecting so quaint and has all the mod cons, The outside space was great for the dog and beautiful walks."

    Its location is very central to travel to the Lakes etc. Would definitely book again in the future, well worth booking. The scones and jam were a very nice gesture and thoroughly enjoyed by us both. Thank you Mark and Jo for your welcome.

    Hi Sharon, thank you for such a lovely review. We are so glad that you both had a nice relaxing time at the Bothy. The cottage was spotless when you left, which was really appreciated, so you can come back every week!! We hope to see you both again. Thanks again Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a lovely quiet and picturesque location."

    Extremely nice and friendly hosts.

    Thank you for you review we are glad you had a nice time Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Jul 2023

  • "If medals could be awarded i woud give this cottage a gold star it was ..."

    If medals could be awarded i woud give this cottage a gold star it was immaculate since mark and jo took it over they have put a lot of time and effort into mmaking it into a fantastic cottage nothing is to much troubefor them on meeting them every thing was expained that we might not know such as how the telly worked great hosts but not intrusive scones and fresh eggs were a welcome gift if you need any help or information yhey are only too willing to helpwill recommend to family and friends

    Thank you very much Carole and Alfie for such a lovely feedback. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and it was wonderful meeting you both. Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jun 2023

  • "Nice cottage, friendly owners, pleasant break"

    Thank you Vanessa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Jun 2023

  • "Jo & Mark were brilliant hosts, the accommodation was comfortable and very spacious for two people."

    Stunning location with great walks and abundant flora & fauna. Fantastic peaceful retreat.

    Thankyou very much! It was lovely meeting you and so pleased you enjoyed your stay in the cottage . Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "A very comfortable cottage well equipped and clean."

    Jo and Mike were very friendly and helpful during our stay. We hope to make a return visit.

    Thankyou for your feedback Trevor, it was lovely to meet you both. We’re pleased you enjoyed your stay and experienced this beautiful area and all its wildlife. We hope to see you again Mark and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0May 2023

  • "An amazing find set in stunning countryside."

    The Bothy was extremely comfortable and cosy. The owners, Jo and Mark were very welcoming and helpful making the cottage feel like a home from home. The location was very peaceful and the surrounding district quite beautiful and still unspoilt. We will definitely visit again! Thank you ☺️

    Thankyou so much for your positive feedback! We’re delighted that you had such a super time and we’d love to see you again! Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan Patricia5.0May 2023

  • "Just got home from a lovely stay at the bothy, Jo and Mark were very welcoming even left us some beautiful scones and fresh eggs, the cottage is very peaceful, just what we needed."

    We would highly recommend it and will definitely book again, our dog enjoyed every minute of the stay

    We’re so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and delighted that you’d like to come again! We look forward to welcoming you back! Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0May 2023

  • "Just returned from a 4 night stay at The Bothy and enjoyed every minute."

    Thank you Jo and Mark for the warm welcome and also for the fresh eggs and home made scones which was so thoughtful. The Bothy is delightful – lovely and warm and equipped with everything you could possibly need, together with fantastic views and lovely walks right on your doorstep. Excellent WiFi enabled me to work. The enclosed courtyard was great for my elderly greyhound to potter around in and enjoy lots of sniffs. Hope to stay again soon.

    Thankyou for your lovely feedback Helen! We’re so pleased you enjoyed your time in the Bothy and a bonus that you were able to work in such peaceful surroundings. We will look forward to welcoming you back. Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very enjoyable stay at the Bothy."

    Our host greeted us on arrival with lovely jam and scones. The accommodation has everything you need for a self catering stay and is furnished to a high standard. A great place to be to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. The fields adjoining the property are also a big plus, safe and enclosed to let your dog run wild chasing rabbits. The property is off the beaten track but my wife and I would consider a return visit in the summer months.

    Thankyou for your lovely feedback following your stay at the Bothy. We’re so pleased you enjoyed it and that you would like to come back in the summer. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "Loved the Bothy and the area around it in spite of the inclement weather."

    It was cozy and had everything we needed to make us feel at home. Thank you Jo and Mark for our lovely stay. Hope to be back next year!

    Thankyou Elaine, it was such a pleasure to meet you both and we’re thrilled that you enjoyed the Bothy and our beautiful surroundings! It will be a pleasure to welcome you back and hear all about your life in Canada!! Best wishes Mark and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Feb 2023

  • "The Bothy is a first-class accommodation."

    Everything you want is there for you to relax and enjoy your stay. The surrounding area is amongst the most scenic in the UK with views over the moorlands of the Northern Pennines. With a short drive to Hadrian's Wall as well as the massive amount of signed footpaths, it has to be counted as a top-class location. As the property does have stairs, I would consider it not to be practical for people with mobility issues.

    Thankyou for such positive feedback! We’re pleased you enjoyed your stay at the Bothy and made the most of our beautiful surroundings. Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darryl5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely quiet location."

    Property had great facilities but would be much better if the heating controls were in the cottage rather than managed from the owner’s property. The owners are new but they were so helpful in every respect, we hope they make a great success from the ownership of the property.

    Thankyou for your feedback Viv and your best wishes for our future here! Unfortunately the heating system was designed by previous owners and we do our best to make it as comfortable as we can for our guests, adjusting it accordingly if required. I’m pleased you enjoyed your stay overall and made the most of this wonderful part of the country! Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vivienne4.4Sep 2022

  • "The Bothy was well equipped with everything you needed in the Kitchen infact it ..."

    The Bothy was well equipped with everything you needed in the Kitchen infact it would have had more equipment than a Hotel no issues at all The bathroom also Big double power shower and a jacuzzi bath large bathroom no issues here the rest just falls into normal bedroom lounge television area all in very good order no issues the dog found the stairs abit steep but was quite happy to be carried All in all a good few days break from the normal

    We’re delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip4.4Sep 2022

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  • One ground-floor double bedroom
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First-floor kitchen
  • First-floor living/dining room with flame effect fire
  • Ground-floor sun room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • 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
  • Shop 3.8 miles, pub 3.9 miles
  • Note: The property is built into a slope with entrances on first and ground floor
  • Please note: This property accepts a minimum of three nights from Friday check in

The property

Alston 3.8 miles.

This character cottage has been lovingly converted from the old schoolhouse to a one bed cottage an exceptional standard.

Enjoying a tranquil setting, Bothy welcomes couples looking for a charming base for exploring the North Pennines.

Upon arrival, discover the offroad parking spaces before stepping into the pretty entrance hall, leading directly into the kitchen and dining areas.

Wonderfully appointed, the sitting room features ample plush seating along with a vast selection of books and a TV for entertainment.

Exposed stonework and roof lights give this Alston cottage a light and airy ambience, and a door leads from the downstairs sitting room to the outside private patio area.

Alternatively, climb the stairs to access the kitchen/diner, where you can whip up a home-cooked dish with assistance from a range of appliances, even including the likes of a washing machine and tumble dryer, so you won’t have to worry about bringing your entire wardrobe!

As the night falls, freshen up in the en-suite bathroom with a luxury soak in the Jacuzzi bath before getting settled in the king-size bed.

To the outside is a pretty patio area where you can relax at the bench and ponder on the holiday thus far.

Bothy is a splendid escape, whatever time of year.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1109940 and 1109949, 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


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.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season