About the property
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Visiting the North Pennines? Our beautifully presented and comfortable self contained accommodation, 'Owl Retreat' is part of a recently refurbished 1830’s farmhouse situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AoNB). It boasts stunning panoramic views and is in an ideal location for walkers, cyclists or those seeking the tranquility of the countryside and a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The accommodation comprises a bedroom with a double bed and plenty of hanging / storage space.
The bathroom has a spa bath, shower, underfloor heating and towels are provided. The lounge / diner has comfortable leather sofas, dining room table (seating 4), coffee table, TV with freeview, DVD and WIFI.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge with small freezer compartment, dish washer and washing machine. There is a portable BBQ in the patio/garden area - an ideal space for relaxing on a lazy summer night whilst enjoying a sun downer.
There is ample secure parking and wheelchair access is not a problem.
We ask guests not to smoke inside.
We kindly ask all our guests to check in after 1400hrs on the date of arrival and to check out before 1100hrs on the day of departure unless prior arrangements have been made with us.
The village of Alston is within walking distance (1.4 miles). It has a variety of interesting shops, some selling arts and crafts and a Post Office, Chemist, Hardware Store and Bakery. There are several welcoming country pubs offering real ales and some serve food including locally caught trout. For groceries Alston has a Co-op and Spar with an ATM machine for your convenience, open till late.
Alston 18 hole golf course is nearby, green fees are paid by way of an honesty box for players wishing to tee off.
If you fancy a break from walking the (seasonal) South Tynedale Steam Railway is situated in the village on which you can enjoy scenic trips through the South Tyne Valley and the North Pennines.
Fishing (Fly & Coarse) is an activity to be enjoyed with brown trout being a local delicacy. Permits for fly fishing are available in the village. Commercial fishing venues are also available in the area.
The nearest working railway station to Alston is Haltwhistle approx 13 miles away. There are also stations in Penrith (18 miles) and Carlisle (21 miles).
A car is advisable when visiting the area as public transport is limited.
To reserve your stay with us please email: enquiries@ or find us on AirBNB and TripAdvisor.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Here is what our guests have to say about us:
"Amanda and Gareth were absolutely fabulous. Their farm house is a calm relaxing home in the beautiful countryside - just the R&R we needed! The house is lovely - underfloor heating, all the amenities, such a comfy bed! Very kind hosts were the cherry on top. Can not recommend more."
From Oxford, United Kingdom · March 2016
"Our place had an amazing view of the hills and valley. It was very homey and comfortable. Our only regret was that we didn't book a few nights to just unwind and watch the scenery. We will definitely be booking again the next time we pass through. Amanda and Gareth were extremely friendly. The best kind of hosts. For other wheelchair users, the apartment is quite open and accessible."
From London, United Kingdom · April 2016
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Picturesque winter wonderland
Couldn't rate this place any higher. Remote, with stunning views and within a short drive to Alston. The Owl Retreat was simply stunning. I never wanted to get out of the spa bath. The attention to detail is wonderful. Would definitely recommend and will definitely be returning in the summer!
So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us Rachel. We look forward to welcoming you back in the Summer.
Beautiful and relaxing
We absolutely loved our stay at owl retreat. Amanda greeted us and gave us a tour and told us all the best places to go. We went into the town on her recommendation and really enjoyed it. The cottage is beautiful and very well accommodated. I would definitely recommend and return. Thank you for the added extra to help us celebrate our anniversary :)
would highly recommend....fantastic, cozy accomodation with amazing views and beautiful river walks
Alston is such a beautiful place..highly recommend a visit to The Angel pub which serves lovely home comfort style food...very friendly locals. Amanda and Gareth were fantastic hosts who added a personal touch to help us celebrate our anniversary. Cottage is stunning, equipped with everything you need. looking forward to a longer stay soon x
So pleased you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the accommodation. It was a pleasure to host you both for your special celebration and we hope to see you back soon.
Lovely comfortable cottage/ barn conversion . Tea ,coffee ,milk thoughtfully provided.The owners are very accommodating and there if you need them or need anything . Beautiful countryside ,fab for birdwatching / wildlife.
. Would deffinatly go back.
Very friendly hosts, beautiful cottage with lovely furnishings and great view. Plenty to do locally and very relaxing
Amazing short stay....wish we could have stayed longer
We were met at the cottage by Gareth who gave us a guided tour of their lovely cottage, which had all the mod cons you could expect, even had a docking station to play my ipod. Told us the best places to eat and drink, locally and further afield. Could not have been more helpful.
On the first night we walked along the river to the pub (lovely walk) and walked back in the dark along the road guided by a head torch lent to us by Gareth (nice touch!!). We actually met Gareth and Amanda at the pub (not on purpose!) and they volunteered to pick us up later after they had dropped off their friends.
Brilliant walking all around and particularly enjoyed the walk from Garrigill village (couple of miles from the cottage) to Ashgill Force, make sure you walk over the moors from the village not just up the road!!!. We didn't see a soul on the whole walk and alone at the waterfalls. Take some lunch its a great spot.
Could not fault the cottage or its owners you have a great product at a great price.
Will definitely be back. Thanks Gary and Yvonne
PS Thanks Amanda for the homemade ginger cake...mmmmm
Hi Gary and Yvonne,
Thank you so much for your kind review, we are always extremely pleased when we receive such wonderful feedback and our guests have enjoyed their stay. Hopefully we will see you again in the near future. Kind regards
Amanda and Gareth
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