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(Ref. 1109940)

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


Sykes rating

  • 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
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "Always a wonderful stay here."

    Already booked another week away next year.

    Thank you Lorraine and we look forward to welcoming you back in the New year. Take care, see you again soon. Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Oct 2023

  • "We absolutely loved The Keepers!"

    The sun room was a major attraction (despite the lack of sun!) for the views and wildlife watching. We had everything we needed and lots of extra touches. Jo and Mark were great hosts. We will definitely be returning!

    Thankyou for this lovely feedback Sarah, you were great guests and would love to welcome you back! Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2023

  • "Homely and cosy cottage."

    Amazing views from the sun room. We spent two weeks here and it just flew past with the wonderful surroundings. Jo and Mark made us feel very welcome with just the right blend of care and contact.

    It was lovely having you as our guests and so pleased you enjoyed your 2 week stay with us. We would love to welcome you back if you're ever in this area again. Good luck in your new home. All the very best Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by A5.0Jul 2023

  • "Had a wonderful time on our week long stay."

    Mark and Jo are very welcoming and even supplied us with scones and eggs. Incredibly peaceful place with wonderful views. Didn’t get to see a squirrel though but plenty of other wildlife, oh and chickens lots of chickens. The cottage is quaint and perfect for 2 people and we would stay again 100%

    Thank you Simon for your really nice review. Both Jo and I enjoyed meeting you and so glad that you had a nice time here at Keepers Cottage. We look forward to seeing you again. Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jun 2023

  • "Quite dated the cottage was comfortable but if anyone has some mobility problems the stairs are a problem."

    Downstairs quite a cold area. Fantastic views from the sun lounge and lovely to just sit and chill. Jo and Mark very welcoming gave us lovely fresh eggs from the chickens who visited us at frequent intervals. We very much enjoyed our visit and would recommend the cottage to others.

    Thank you for your feedback. The listing for Keepers cottage is accurate and shows the steps accessing the property. We were sorry to see that you felt the downstairs was cold. There are radiators in all the rooms for the comfort of our guests. We're pleased you enjoyed your stay . Mark and Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Molly4.4Jun 2023

  • "We have just returned from a lovely week at keepers cottage with its stunning views and peaceful location ."

    The owners Mark and Jo gave us a very warm welcome along with some home made scones and freshly laid eggs . The sunroom at the rear of the property is lovely as it looks out over the surrounding countryside and there is a variety of birds to see visiting the feeders ,the resident red squirrel popped up occasionally as well. Peace and tranquillity definitely high on the agenda here,we loved it .

    What great feedback Julia, Thankyou! We’re so pleased you enjoyed your stay and our stunning location. Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0May 2023

  • "I had a lovely time at Keepers Cottage it was everything I had expected and wanted."

    It was quiet in a beautiful moorland setting, with lovely walks and the sound of curlew, lapwing and oyster catcher, very evocative. The hosts Mark and Jo were welcoming, interesting to talk to and made sure that everything went smoothly. The view from the verandah was beautiful especially when a red squirrel turned up! If you want a peaceful retreat with great walks it is the perfect place I certainly hope to go again.

    It was lovely to meet you Nick and thank you for your painting. It will be in the sun room when you visit again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nick5.0May 2023

  • "Fab cottage."

    Beautiful scenery. So quiet. Lovely wild life (especially Red Squirrels, Deer and Woodpecker). Great hosts. Thank you Mark and Jo. In those famous words "I'll be back!"

    Thankyou for your positive feedback Phil, it was lovely to meet you both. We’re so pleased you had such a lovely time and enjoyed the cottage and made the most of our fantastic area! We look forward to seeing you again! Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0May 2023

  • "Had a very enjoyable stay at keepers cottage, the wildlife is unbelievable, Red Squirrels, Woodpecker’s, pheasants to name but a few, local chickens keep you amused for most of the day, best nights sleep I’ve had in a long while in the very comfortable bed, everything you need in the kitchen, thank you to Jo and Mark for the scones and eggs on arrival and your friendly hospitality."

    Hopefully we will be back.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review and for the videos of the Red squirrels. We have seen 3 together now outside Keepers and Chestnut cottage. It's lovely to see that they have settled here. See you again soon Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Apr 2023

  • "So good..."

    ! Mark and Jo are a joy, very nice people indeed, very helpful and genuine, and the accommodation / local area was perfect for a relaxing break. I extended my stay for a second week in a different cottage, and both Keepers Cottage and The Bothry were simply excellent. Overall, 10/10, very highly recommended (even if Mark is a Leeds fan!!). Regards, Stu.

    Hi Stu, it's was really nice to meet you. We are so glad that you enjoyed, not just one but 2 of our cottages over the two week period. Thank you so much for your kind words in the review and I really do hope to see you again. Next time maybe Leeds will be playing your club Tranmere in the league, the way we are going. MOT. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Apr 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our week away."

    The cottage was warm and cosy and we enjoyed the homemade scones. It was very peaceful and we loved listening to the owls at night. Spent our time in the sunroom enjoying watching the chickens, rabbits and wild birds. Jo and Mark were excellent hosts. We will definitely be returning.

    We’re so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Keepers and look forward to welcoming you back. Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Apr 2023

  • "Fantastic property in a stunning location."

    Our hosts Jo and Mark very outgoing and made us very welcome and the scones were a very welcoming gesture on our arrival .They were extremely helpful with useful hints and suggestions for the local area. A great base for seeing the North Pennines , lots of things to do and see. We will definitely be back .

    Thankyou for such positive feedback Una, it was a pleasure meeting you both and we’re so pleased you’d like to return!! We look forward to welcoming you next year! Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Una5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely hosts Jo and Mark, very helpful and fabulous people."

    Thank you so much Kevin for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you again here at Greenends sometime in the near future. Jo & Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay, the area is secluded and peaceful, the cottage was cosy and perfect for watching the wildlife, unwinding and an escape from the world."

    The sunroom was warm and inviting, had amazing views, with visits from red squirrels, garden birds which included woodpeckers and the owners chickens. The owners were friendly and inviting and welcomed us with beautifully made scones and jam. Would fully recommend for a relaxing holiday.

    Thankyou for your feedback Susan, we’re so pleased you enjoyed your time in Keepers cottage and experienced all the wildlife from the comfort of the sunroom! Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely quiet cottage lovely outlook and surroundings ."

    Hosts mark and jo were very welcoming ,the scones went down well with a nice cup of tea,a lovely place to get away from it all we hope to return

    Thankyou John, we look forward to welcoming you back Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "Cosy cottage great base for seeing the historical sights, great for stargazers"

    We’re pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and experienced our beautiful area. Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Keepers is quirky but comfortable and in the middle of a lovely area of the country."

    The owners are very friendly and helpful but unobtrusive. It's in a very quiet and rural location but only a couple of miles from the lovely town of Alston.

    Thankyou for your feedback, we’re pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Jo and Mark Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very friendly staff and very helpful, overall very happy with my stay and i would highly recommend!"

    Thank you very much Simeone, what a positive review. It was lovely meeting you both at the beginning of our adventure and i really do hope to greet you again sometime in the near future at Greenends. Next time i will definitely take you up on your offer of trying the spirits. :o) Much appreciated. Mark & Jo Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simeon5.0Aug 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 electric fire
  • Ground-floor sun room
  • Biomass central heating with electric fire
  • 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 Saturdays.

The property

Alston 3.8 miles.

Keepers is a quaint cottage perched on the hillside in the rural village of Nenthead, close to the amenities of Alston.

With glorious views over the Nent Valley, Keepers is a wonderful base for couples looking to escape everyday life and experience this beautiful region.

After a day of rambling, spend your down time in the sitting room, appointed with two plush armchairs, a TV and an alluring electric fire, ideal for a cosy night in.

Follow the exposed beams into the kitchen, where the chef of the couple can rustle up something tasty with assistance from a heap of appliances, with a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer to name a few.

On the ground floor, wash away the day with a quick shower or deep soak before getting comfortable in the fabulous double bedroom.

There’s also a charming sunroom where you can lose yourself in a good book as you take in the charming garden views.

For a blissful countryside break, look no further than Keepers.

Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs. 1109948 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
  • Christmas