You will love our holiday cottage, set in a small hamlet 1/4 mile (on foot) from Garrigill village centre. The whole family were involved in converting an old derelict barn into an award winning 4* cottage. We were able to make it cosy, comfortable, 'a home from home', while keeping some of the historic features of what we now know was an old bastle house. This listing is for a three night weekend or four night midweek break.
When you arrive you will find tea and coffee and milk so you can have a cuppa after your journey, plus some biscuits for you and some for your dog if you are bringing one.
The cottage is situated in the small hamlet of Loaning Head, close to Garrigill village. It is within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which features a landscape shaped by nature and by man. From the comfort of the cottage you will see some of the highest fells in the North Pennines, part of the South Tyne valley, farmland and farm animals. You will see miles and miles of hand built dry stone walls, and depending on the time of year you visit you could see a variety of wildlife just a stones throw from the cottage eg red squirrels, deer, hares etc. We have our own hens which can be seen from the cottage windows.
We recommend a walk to Ashgill force, finishing off with a pint or a cuppa in the George and Dragon inn. The post office and general store in Garrigill is open most days too.
Alston has two small supermarkets, two petrol stations, wholefood shop ( you must try their cheeses) Moody Baker, outdoor shop and gift shops, plus 4 pubs, five cafes, two hotels. The streets are cobbled and many tiny lanes can be found leading off the main street. The ITV version of Oliver was filmed in Alston.
The nearest private swimming pool, sauna and hot tub for hire is at Melmerby. This can be booked by the hour for exclusive use. (The Tower house pool). Lots of our guests have used it and recommend it as an addition to the holiday.
It is probably easier to list than describe everything (hopefully) that you need to know.
3 bedrooms, One on ground floor which can be twin or superking. Upstairs is a double and a twin.
Open plan living/ kitchen/ dining
Wood burning stove
Heated by Ground source heat pump.
Mud/boot/ drying/ dog room
Games and puzzles for all ages
Maps including footpath maps
Bed linen and towels included..
Lots of extras, too many to list but you can message me for more information.
Within five miles of the cottage there are three villages with a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Garrigill village has a Post office/general store, pub which serves excellent real ales, an artists studio and a plant nursery.
On the ground floor of the cottage is an open plan kitchen/living/dining room with vaulted ceiling and French doors which open onto the patio and the garden. Also on the ground floor is a bathroom with shower over the bath and a ground floor double or twin bedroom. There is also a boot/drying room just inside the front door. Upstairs is a twin bedroom with adjoining shower room and a double bedroom with en suite shower room. All towels and bed linen are included in cost plus all heating, and firewood for the wood burner. Isaac's Byre is cosy all year round: heated by a ground source heat pump, with the addition of a wood burning stove for those who like to curl up in front of a real fire.
The kitchen is very well equipped and features a range cooker.