Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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)|
|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|
|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.
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.
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.