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Excellent 5/5 5 reviews

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Not suitable for children
  • No pets allowed
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 80km

Set in a quiet corner of the medieval cobbled area of Alston, this architect designed "apartment-style" cottage has been imaginatively developed by the architect owner on the site of former C17 buildings. Millstream 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.

Millstream is one of our two new-build holiday cottages but it has historic origins, being built over the basements of a previous cottage, possibly dating back to Mediaeval times. So Millstream has a split level ground floor with interesting uneven walls and angled rooms. This open plan living space has a light and airy feel with a large window area overlooking the patio and millrace.. Another historic feature of The Butts, where our cottages are situated, is the old mill race which actually runs below our other three cottages. It emerges in an open “leat”, a stone built channel in the terrace just outside the French windows of the living room…..So Millstream is blessed with the relaxing sound of flowing water.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach West coast Silloth,Cumbria,east coast Co Durham 80 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newcastle 70 km, Nearest railway: Penrith 30 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Outdoors BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Steps lead down from the kitchen dining area to the living room. There is a downstairs cloakroom on the main entrance / kitchen/dining level. Upstairs is the bathroom, a quirky shaped twin room, and the main bedroom with romantic "Gustavian" super-king bed.

Further details outdoors

Private paved patio with seating area overlooking mill-stream.

Further details

Artists materials are available to hire for a small extra cost and binocular hire is available on payment of a refundable security deposit.

The Cumbria/Lake District

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.


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.

Local events:

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.

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Review 1-5 of 5

3 Sep 2013


"Millstream is an exceptional, pristine and comfortable apartment - can't fault anything and can't wait to go back"

As soon as we drove down The Butts, where Millstream is situated, it instantly had a lovely quaint and picturesque feel to it. When we arrived, the owners greeted us and were so welcoming and friendly… More

14 Dec 2012


"Marvellous! Prachtig ingericht en goede voorzieningen, mooie ligging"

Het huisje is prachtig gebouwd en verbouwd. De inrichting is on-Engels fraai. Licht,. modern, prettige sfeer. Goed bed met kwaliteitsmatras. Alle voorzieningen in de keuken. prima filterkoffiezetappar… More

17 Nov 2012


"A thoroughly delightful property!"

The accommodation was outstanding. The cottage was spotless and everything that we needed during our stay was readily available in the accommodation. A thoroughly delightful property.Very spacious.wel… More

12 Nov 2012


"Really great!"

The accomodation was really first rate. Very newly done, clean, very well equipped, and just plain nice to be in. Would highly recommend this to others.

Alan and Susan

30 Sep 2012


"Great place to stay for touring Cumbria or Northumberland"

Had a really warm welcome from the owners (Peter & Sonia). Property is beautifully decorated, clean and has everything you need. Alston is a quaint village with a cobbled street, plenty of pubs within… More

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