About the home
Set in a quiet corner of the medieval cobbled area of Alston, this architect designed cottage has been imaginatively developed by the architect owner on the site of former C17 buildings. Sowerberry has been awarded four stars from Visit Britain and the Enjoy England Gold Award for outstanding quality, and was also part of a winning scheme in the Eden District Council 2009 Design Awards. It is owner managed and has its own individual charm and character, incorporating a wealth of attractive features including solid oak floors, exposed beams and many other interesting little details. Sowerberry has its own external patio area, and the first floor living room opens out onto a delightful private balcony. It is tastefully furnished with a blend of contemporary and country style furnishings to a very high standard, including paintings and prints by artists from our local region, creating the perfect ambience for a relaxing holiday at any time. Designed to cater in particular for guests with a creative or activity interest, offering the possibility of longer stays in order to develop creative work or to pursue a particular interest.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||West coast Silloth,Cumbria,east coast Co Durham, 80km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seating for 10, Lounge seating for 9|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Sowerberry has 1 king size bedroom and one family room containing 1 double bed and 1 single bed. The cottage has a well equipped kitchen with separate fridge and freezer, washer/dryer and a dishwasher. If you have friends or family staying in our other cottages, Sowerberry can act as the centre where all members of your group can get together with plenty of space, and with dining seating for 10 people.
Further details outdoors:
Private decked patio area is available to the rear of the property.
Deposit required to secure the booking, balance due 1 month before arrival date
The Cumbria/Lake District region
At the heart of the North Pennines ‘Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, Alston is an excellent base to explore this relatively undiscovered and unspoilt area, with its natural landscapes, tumbling waterfalls, and wealth of wildlife. Alston is a historic town with a good range of individual shops, tearooms, local crafts, and character inns serving traditional ales and good food.
You can forget your car and enjoy many good local walks right on the doorstep, from gentle riverside rambles to challenging hikes across the fells. Local attractions include the South Tynedale Railway and the Hub Museum both run by volunteers, and Killhope lead-mining museum reflecting how the area’s geology has shaped its history.
At the hub of five routes, it is also an ideal centre for exploring Hadrian’s Wall and Northumberland National Park to the North, Durham City (world heritage site) to the east, beautiful Upper Teesdale to the south-east, the Yorkshire Dales to the south, and the Lake District to the west - all within an hour’s drive.
The Alston area
Places within approximately half to one hour's drive: Hadrian's Wall, Lanercost, Hexham Abbey, Blanchland, Durham cathedral, castle and historic centre, Beamish, Hamsterley Forest, Raby Castle, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, High Force, Richmond and Swaledale, Penrith and Ullswater, Keswick, Carlisle, Kielder Forest, Scottish borders.
Alston sheepdog trials and Gala day in June, Alston agricultural show in September, Garrigill bonfire night in November and Christmas craft fair first weekend in December.
How to get there
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The nearest international airport is Newcastle (approx. 1 hour's drive) where you can easily hire a car.
Travelling by train, there are bus connections from Carlisle or we may be able to meet you from Penrith, Hexham or Darlington stations.
Travelling by car: 35minutes from Penrith (A686), 45 minutes from Carlisle( A689), approximately an hour from Newcastle upon Tyne and from Scotch Corner (via A66 and B6277)
Activities near Alston
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
22 May 2012
A beautiful cottage, which well deserves the awards it has achieved (Best New Build & Gold Rating). Everything you could want in a holiday cottage is here, even fresh milk and flowers.
Even though... more
10 Dec 2012
Over de cottage:Schitterend gebouwd huis met leuk uitzicht en smaakvol ingericht.
Over de eigenaren: Zeer sympathieke ontvangst en zeer veel service.
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|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 5|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|winter||5 Nov 12||21 Dec 12||£ 310||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/New Year||21 Dec 12||7 Jan 13||£ 562||-||-||1 Week|
|winter||7 Jan 13||9 Feb 13||£ 321||-||-||1 Week|
|low||9 Feb 13||24 Feb 13||£ 368||-||-||1 Week|
|winter||24 Feb 13||22 Mar 13||£ 321||-||-||1 Week|
|Easter||22 Mar 13||14 Apr 13||£ 462||-||-||1 Week|
|low||14 Apr 13||24 May 13||£ 368||-||-||1 Week|
|peak||24 May 13||3 Jun 13||£ 578||-||-||1 Week|
|mid||3 Jun 13||5 Jul 13||£ 462||-||-||1 Week|
|upper mid||5 Jul 13||19 Jul 13||£ 489||-||-||1 Week|
|peak||19 Jul 13||2 Sep 13||£ 578||-||-||1 Week|
|mid||2 Sep 13||4 Oct 13||£ 462||-||-||1 Week|
|low||4 Oct 13||11 Oct 13||£ 368||-||-||1 Week|
|mid||11 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 462||-||-||1 Week|
|winter||1 Nov 13||20 Dec 13||£ 321||-||-||1 Week|
|Christmas/New Year||20 Dec 13||6 Jan 14||£ 578||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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