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Kings Cottage in Alston, Cumbria

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sleeps 2
1 room
1 bathroom

Kings Cottage description

Holiday home
This 400 year old terraced cottage is a stone construction, just a short walk from the centre of Alston - the highest market town in England and the centre of five historic Pennine routes. The cottage itself is traditional and welcoming, boasting exposed beams, an inglenook fireplace and a wood-burning effect gas stove - ideal for a cosy, romantic break. In addition to the double bedroom, the cottage offers a fitted kitchen and sitting room.

Surrounded by a unique landscape of moorland, hills, rivers and waterfalls, Alston is set in the North Pennines and is England's highest market town. This intriguing settlement boasts charming cobbled streets and was the filming location for ITV's productions of Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist. Long associated with poets, writers and artists, the wonderful location of Alston still serves as an inspiration to the craftspeople that live and work there. There is a wide range of unusual, independent shops in the town, including quality crafts and galleries. Visitors can also take a ride on one of the lovingly restored steam and diesel engines that run through the beautiful scenery of the South Tyne valley, whilst Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre makes a great family day out with its interactive exhibitions.

Impressive mountains, open fells and clear-water lakes, the Lake District has it all. From walking in the mountains to exhilarating watersports or just a gentle cruise on a steam-powered yacht, Cumbria is the perfect holiday destination.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Near pub

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Mr Hamilton
June 2015
It was very clean and comfy, an ideal location for the town centre - the locals were very warm and welcoming, will return.
Mrs Wheeler
July 2015
This was a very nice cottage and we found it very welcoming.
Mr Pluse
March 2015
Superb service from time of booking to the provision of instructions and tips from the owner. Excellent facilities and great location. We have a small puppy so the 'dog friendly' aspect was appreciated. The cottage was well stocked and well maintained and provided lots of extras including books magazines and games.
Mr Gibbons
September 2014
An excellent property. Everything you could need was provided. An ideal location.
Mr Gibbons
September 2014
Excellent property, everything you could need was provided. Ideal location.
Mr Smith
November 2014
The cottage was very cosy and exactly as described, the owner was extremely helpful and the location was perfect for exploring the stunning surrounding landscapes, many walks and local villages etc. Highly recommended.
Mrs Irwin
August 2014
We loved all of it. The cottage was immaculate and the surrounding area beautiful.
Mrs Smith
January 2014
The cottage was in an excellent position within the village.
Mrs Gartshore
April 2014
Loved the cottage, it was so relaxing and had a very homely feel. People in area very friendly and the pub food good and good value. Super scenery and great walks.
Mrs Huntley
November 2013
We had a wonderful stay at Kings Cottage. This is a charming cottage with lots of period features. Very comfortable and in an excellent location to the main square/street.
Mr Lawrence
September 2013
Kings Cottage was like a home from home, so cosy and clean.
Mr Titlow
August 2013
This was an excellent property. The personal touches by the owner just made it even more welcoming. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
Mrs Campbell
December 2012
The cottage was lovely and cosy with a welcoming feel and only a very short distance to the village but in another direction you could walk for miles in open countryside.
Miss Smith
November 2012
The cottage was warm, welcoming, cosy and homely. We enjoyed the walks around the village, along with local amenities, pubs, shops, etc.
Mr Voyle
July 2012
The area of Alston is excellent for sightseeing. The people in Alston are very friendly. We would recommend the area to anyone.
Mr Marr
January 2012
The property and the warmth of the locals in the area. The owner was extremely warm and friendly too!
Ms Kuta
November 2011
The cottage was so welcoming and cosy. The town itself was lovely with loads of walks in the area. Would definitely go back - we just loved it!
Ms Wrebb
October 2011
The cottage was clean, welcoming and homely. We enjoyed everything about the cottage and do not have one complaint. We will be going back. Definitely five star.
Mr Challen
October 2011
We enjoyed the location of the cottage; every amenity was within 5 minutes in the town, including a very well stocked Co-op. It was a great pleasure to drive on the scenic empty roads and it was a good centre for attractions such as Beamish, and Settle-Carlisle. There is also a very nice local golf course with an honesty box.
Mr Bocock
August 2011
Alston is a good centre to reach all the area has to offer, such as Hadrians Wall, High Force, Low Force and Cauldrons Spout etc. Excellent centre for both walking and cycling. The accommodation is very well positioned for local shops and pubs, all within walking distance of the front door.
Mrs Cramer
August 2011
Good walking distance to good eating places and other walks from the cottage. Good comfortable cottage. Very easy to access the availability of the key on arrival - the owner was very helpful when we rang up beforehand.
Mr Armitage
July 2011
This cottage exceeded my expectations, as for the price paid I was expecting a smaller, less well furnished property. The lounge in particular was pleasing with plenty of room for 2 sofa's and a large television. Alston has plenty of pubs, cafes, restaurants and takeaways.
Mr Mrs Hilton
February 2011
Location, and a good overall package for the price we paid.
Mr Mrs Devlin
June 2011
A warm and cosy, but spacious, one bedroom cottage, perfect for our needs. Friendly village with beautiful surroundings.
Mrs Caffery
October 2010
Alston was very nice town. 'Angel' pub serves good food. Nice cottage and would recommend to others.
Miss Taylor
October 2010
The locals were very friendly and good pubs.
Mr MacDougall
September 2010
The owner val was so helpful. The scenery was beautiful. The accommodation was lovely - perfect for a short break.
Mr Cottrell
July 2010
Pleasant village, great tea shop, 2 super pubs, several gift shops. Everything was wonderful and we would LOVE to stay here again though and will when able. Thank you!
Mr Ellis
August 2010
Wonderful cottage very homely. We were met by the owner who had bought us coffee, milk and cake. Great location in the town; ideal base for exploring in Durham, The Lakes, Northumberland and the Borders. Will definitely visit again.
Mrs Rogers
April 2010
The cottage was warm and comfortable and well equipped. There were lovely walks from the door and several pubs close by. A very relaxing holiday.
Mr Harms
March 2010
Excellent cottage in an excellent location for Alston town and river walks. Very good pubs in town for excellent food and real ale, particularly the Cumberland Hotel.
Mr Brown
January 2010
Kings Cottage was a lovely place to stay and in a lovely friendly town plus plenty of snow and the owners were very nice and helpful.
Mrs Teal
November 2009
A fabulous cottage, walks from the door. Property was close to shops but very quiet. The museum is well worth a visit. Plenty of eateries close by and great craft shops, especially Gussipate gallery which is feet from the front door.
Mr Kruger
November 2009
Having our own facilities at the cottage was a plus, as well as the close access to the Village and surroundings. We had a very comfortable stay at the cottage.
Mr Stafford
October 2009
This was a lovely cottage. A perfect base for exploring the Lakes and Northumberland.
Ms Howard
September 2009
The cottage was only a few minutes from the village centre, everything was just on the door step. If you didn't want to use your car after arriving you didn't need too. Kings Cottage was very well placed, plenty to do and see.
Mrs Miller
August 2009
Loved being close to the small local shops and also the rural side of the village. Didn't have to use the car at all. Everyone was very friendly. Great local walks,we were able to get out and explore the local rivers and waterfalls by foot. Beautiful.
Mr Mrs Bonner
September 2009
We liked the position of the cottage near to the amenities of Alston and good walks. The owner was very helpful.
September 2017
Kings cottage is in a quiet mews in the lovely town of Alston. It's a beautifully kept property with a well equipped kitchen and large lounge with very comfy sofas and a gas fuelled woodburner. Upstairs there's a spacious bedroom with the most comfortable bed ever and a bathroom. The owner has thoughtfully renovated the property throughout and it's really like home from home with a homemade cake to welcome you on arrival. The cottage is a few minutes walk to the town which has various shops and amenities. We loved it. Hopefully you will too!!
August 2015
This is a very sensibly renovated cottage with accommodation ideal for a couple who want to explore the very beautiful and unspoilt North Pennines AONB - well deserving of the acronym. The cottage is situated in the middle of Alston, a small market town. The town is charming, could have been used for the Hovis ad, cobbled streets etc. Plenty of very good pubs serving excellent beer and pub grub (we liked "The Angel", a stone's throw from the cottage). The accommodation comprises a large open plan sitting room and sensible galley kitchen on the ground floor, with a large double bedroom and a decent bathroom on the second floor. All very clean,cosy and well equipped, can't fault it, would happily go back again. The owner is happy for pets to stay (not in the bedroom), and we went with our dog (who also apparently much enjoyed the fresh air and day long walks). Thank you Mrs Duncan, we enjoyed our stay very much. A few words to the wise - there is good mobile coverage in Alston, but not in the surrounding area. Outside term time there are no local buses - we took a very nice 11 mile ramble to the Lamley viaduct up the Pennine Way, picnic etc en route, with the intention of calling a cab for the return trip - but then lobster potted with no signal for my mobile provider ("3"), so had to walk home again... Better for such prospective 1-way walks to get the cab out and to then walk home ... cab numbers are posted outside the town hall/tourist information centre.
June 2015
Just back from a week's stay at King's Cottage in Alston. What a fantastic little spot. The cottage is ideal, in a fabulous location close to both the town and the country. It's dog friendly, so we could take our hound with us. King's Cottage has one bedroom, yet is quite spacious. The lounge area is big and has two good sized sofas. The kitchen is well equipped and made all the more welcoming with a homemade cake and tea tray waiting when we arrived, which was a lovely touch. There is plenty of local information available, including a book of local walks which are all on the doorstep. There's plenty to see in walking distance, including the waterfall just a few minutes down the lane. It's a lovely spot for a quiet getaway to recharge and escape the rat race.
September 2014
We stayed here from 5th to 13th Sept 2014 and had a brilliant time. The cottage was excellent, there was everything you could need. It was just like being at home. Val, the owner was extremely helpful and had the place spotless. Her mum even made us a lovely tea cake. I can thoroughly recommend this place. Alston itself is a lovely market town with a good few shops in it. Be prepared to walk up some hills though as the streets are quite hilly. I can really say that this was one of the loveliest places we have stayed for a long time. The weather was great too so that made it all the better.
mal b
August 2014
very comfortable cottage in a quiet location but only two or three minutes walk to village centre and pubs. fantastic countryside
January 2014
this was a late choice for a holiday, as this was the first year with Merlin our pet Great Dane, location great for walks, local pub, The Turks Head, welcomed Merlin with open arms, local shops and garage, in short we hope to re-visit soon, and the owner of the cottage was friendly and very helpful
December 2013
best cottage i have rented brill walks excellent pubs vgood so wos the food
October 2013
This cottage was very well presented. Cozy, comfortable, it really did feel just like being at home. I did arrive a little early having had a long but trouble free journey and did meet the family that own it, and they are lovely people. The kitchen had everything you could need, the lounge was very comforable, and the bedroom was large and the bed very welcoming and comfortable also. The situation of the property is also very good as it is quiet at night but only seconds from the pubs and eateries of alston in one direction, and yards from a lovely walk by the river in the other direction. I was there on my own with my dog but I would happily recommend this to any couple. I do hope to return here at some time.
February 2012
Nice cottage well kept and in good location. Ideal for 2 people.Cottage is 3 min walk from the main street of Alston. Had never been to this town before and it was well worth a visit. It is ideally placed for walking and travelling on to the lake district.Having been however it was not the sort of place that I would say I must go back there.After a days walking or driving there are a few pubs where you could spend a relaxing evening. Our favourite was the Angell Inn which was small cosy and friendly . On the opposite side of the scale we found the Turks Head to be awful. A lot of beer was out of stock and I am afraid the attitude was oh well you will just need to have something else. For a one off week Alston is worth the trip.
August 2011
This cottage turned out to be more spacious, modern, and comfortable than I was expecting. The lounge was a good size with 2 sofas, and a 32" tv. The kitchen, bathroom and bedroom were all spacious with modern amenities which didn't spoil the old fashioned charm of the cottage itself. The cottage is located off the main road, down a sidestreet. The upside is that it is quiet. The downside is that parking can be a bit onerous, especially if the neighbour is parked there. Alston itself is a pleasant market town with a few nice walks available such as alongside one of its 2 rivers. If you are prepared to travel 20 miles you can reach places such as Ullswater, Hadrian's Wall, and High Force waterfall. There are a few pubs, cafes, restaurants, and takeaways in town. Having not spent any time in this area before, I found plenty to do in the week I was there and would recommend to others.
March 2011
The cottage was pretty and comfortable. Well Equipped. We did have a little bit trouble with the hot water for the shower/bath, but sorted it eventually. Alston is a nice little village and the pubs were friendly, and dog friendly too. All in all a very nice and relaxing stay.
November 2010
the owner was so helpful,and wish her all the best. it is an ideal romantic break and the property decor reflects that.
July 2010
The cottage was really spacious.cozy and romantic.Great friendly locals,spectacular scenery and easy to reach a variety of places.Would rebook,only down side was neighbours car parked the whole week right in front of the window and getting parked after a day out was challenging at times,but will be back.
Miss Platford
November 2015
The cottage is beautiful, even better when you see it for yourself. The owner is really nice and very informative. Everything you need, a very well equipped cottage. It is set in a lovely location and the locals made us feel so welcome, the dog included, it was nice. Pubs and supermarket really close and nice quaint shops. Would highly recommend and will be sure to return. Thanks to the owner for making our trip special :)
Miss Hancock
December 2015
A beautiful cottage and superb location with a very helpful landlady.
Mrs Houghton
February 2016
The cottage was lovely and spacious, everything went very smoothly. It was very dog friendly, very good value for money and a lovely place to stay. There were nice walks, and plenty of places to eat and drink, would highly recommend.
Mrs Connell
March 2016
The cottage was cosy and very warm and welcoming. The owner gave clear instruction on accessing property and was very helpful on places to eat and walks to go on in Alston. All in all, a great escape and much needed tonic.
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