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Award winning holiday home from home Alston

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 16 reviews

from £38 /night

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Isaac's Byre from the front. Parking for three cars. A great place to sit in the morning to catch t

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 75 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Isaac's Byre is set in a small group of houses overlooking the Tyne valley. It is a barn conversion, with a wood burning stove, copious amounts of wood included in the price, and fantastic views over the valley. The cottage has been described as a 'home from home' and 'like being spoon fed relaxation'. We do our best to make sure your stay is a comfortable as possible with home made biscuits for you on arrival and fresh milk so you can sit down to a refreshing drink before you unpack your car. Family and dog friendly with ground floor facilities.

On the doorstep are country walks where you can see lots of wildlife, huge skies, heather covered fells, waterfalls and rare wild flowers while taking in the clean air of the North Pennines. Set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Isaac's Byre is a cosy cottage from where you can take part in many outdoor activities (It is an ideal area for keen walkers and cyclists) or sit and look at the ever changing landscape through the French doors or from one of the seats on the patio. From the doorstep you can also see sheep, pet pigs, ducks and hens. Outside we also have electric car charging points, free for customer's use.

This is an ideal cottage for families and friends. For children we have a variety of toys and games which can be in the cottage for your arrival. Babies and toddlers are welcome and we have high chairs and cots so that two or more couples with babies can be accommodated.

We welcome two well behaved dogs and provide for them; dog tags, poop bags, portabowl water bowl, dog snacks, towels, old sheets and a crate on request. Dog friendly.

Because the cottage has three bathrooms and three bathrooms it means you don't need to waste holiday time waiting for a bathroom to get ready in the mornings. Instead you can be up and out to explore or up and sit and watch the countryside and wildlife from the windows..

The entrance hall takes you through to an open plan kitchen/dining/living room with vaulted ceiling velux windows and beams making it a very light and airy room. The fully equipped kitchen has a range cooker and just about anything you could require for your holiday. If there is something you need or have forgotten we are just next door and are happy to help out. The dining table expands so if you plan to have friends round it accommodates a lot more than 6. If there are just a couple of you looking for somewhere comfortable to stay you could have a sofa each whilst watching the satellite TV or watching a dvd in front of the wood burning stove.

Also on the ground floor is a a double bedroom with twin beds, which can be connected via a zip link to make a superking or left as a twin,a family bathroom with heated floor, shower over the bath and next to the front door a drying/boot room with tumble dryer and coat and boot racks. It is also an ideal place to store bikes indoors, a room to get away from the family if you want some peace and quiet or as a room for your dog at night.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms, a double with en suite shower room and twin room with an adjoining shower room. Both have views of the countryside. The bedrooms both have low level window seats where you can sit and enjoy the views.

The patio doors in the living room open wide so that you can appreciate the clean air and lovely views.

Isaac's Byre is heated by Ground Source Heat pump which provides copious amounts of hot water and the central heating. The cottage is insulated to a high standard and so is lovely and cosy. There is a large wood burning stove and a complimentary supply of logs to keep you extra cosy in the evenings.

We encourage our guests to recycle as much as possible, bins are provided. We also hope they will explore the local area. The owners live next door so can be on hand if you require anything else.

We provide all fuel, linen and towels but if you visit the local pool you will need to use your own towels or borrow some from the owners. Washing up and laundry liquids and tablets are provided for your stay. We also provide kitchen and toilet rolls, cling film, foil, tea and coffee,milk and sugar for your arrival and home made biscuits. Our aim is to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Nearby is a swimming pool with sauna which you can book by the hour and a well stocked Post Office/general store (don't forget to ask as not everything is on show). There is a very good pub which serves real ales and home cooked food just 3 miles away. One just 1 mile away opening at Easter 2015, 1/4mile away on foot down steep footpath.

Alston has a wide range of shops and places to eat and a steam railway. Further afield are the award Killhope lead mining museum, Settle-Carlisle historic railway, Hadrian's wall, Lake District, Durham, Northumberland national park.

For the adventurous there are numerous cycle routes close by, either off road or following winding country roads. Cycle hire is available 3 miles away and we provide secure cycle storage. Soon there will be the opportunity to hire electric bikes for those who prefer an easier ride whilst taking in the beauty of the area. Cycle friendly with bike store, cleaning facilities, bike pump.

From the house it is possible to walk to Ashgill Force, a waterfall that you can walk behind and experience the water thundering down in front of you. Whilst at the waterfall you may see red squirrels which are still thriving in the area. It is possible to see birds of prey, rare wildbirds, deer, hares, badgers, and a huge variety of birds and animals whilst in the North Pennines.

Within five miles of the cottage is a wide variety of places to eat. Nenthead (3 miles) has a restaurant and a pub which serves a wide variety of foods and drinks both in the bar and in the conservatory. Alston (4 miles) has two hotels which serve excellent food plus 3 pubs serving a variety of styles of food. There is also and Indian takeaway, Fish and Chip shop and a Bistro.

South Tynedale Railway in Alston runs daily throughout the tourist season and often has special events when steam trains are running plus Thomas the Tank Engine and teddy bear's picnic and other events. Close to the railway is a transport museum and craft workshop. Both very well worth a visit. You may need to spend more than one day at the railway to take in everything to do here. If you take the train to Kirkhaugh you can then continue on foot to Epiacum said to be the best preserved fort in the Roman Empire.

For £15 a day visitors can play golf at the 'Highest Golf Course in England' where you can take in stunning views whilst playing. It is just 2.5 miles from Isaac's Byre Holiday Cottage. If required we can lend visitors a set of gold clubs.

The local area has the C2C cycle way (1/4 mile away), lots of local walks (Ashgill waterfalll is just 1.5 miles) and cycle routes/

In Alston there is lots to do for all ages including play park and softplay for the little ones.

We would recommend that you first explore the quaint lanes leading off from the main cobbled street. A visit to The Moody Baker, an award winning bakery is a must and we can recommend their breads, pies and pasties. Alston Wholefoods specialises in local foods especially cheeses.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach South Shields 75 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newcastle 75 km, Nearest railway: Penrith 32 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

We welcome children and babies and provide high chairs and travel cot and cot on request. Two well behaved dogs are welcome and we provide water bowl, poop bags and tags.

Community gym is 4.5 miles away. Golf course is just 3 miles away. We have arranged special deals with both so if you wish to make use of them please ask.

We have electric car charging points so if you have an electric car you can charge it overnight ready for exploring the following day.

Further details outdoors

Outside there is parking for three cars, cycle storage, barbecue,private garden with patio and plenty of chairs, log store and recycling facilities.

We also have hens close by who may pop into the garden as they are free range. Hopefully they will be laying and visitors will be provided with soem eggs.

On arrival you wil be wecomed with home made biscuits, tea, coffee, fruit teas, sugar and fresh milk so you can take a break and have a cuppa after your journey to enjoy the views before unpacking your car.

About this location

The Cumbria region

Isaac's Byre is set in the North Pennines AONB (Area of Natural Beauty). The North Pennines is a quiet area with many different landscapes, wildlife and wild flowers. It is ideal for a walking holiday or for relaxing.

Close by is Ashgill Force a magical waterfall that you can walk behind, South Tynedale railway which often has steam trains running, Killhope award winning lead mining museum, The Hub a fascinating transport museum in Alston, Alston Golf Course-one of the highest in the UK, numerous cycle trails, fishing in South Tyne and then for those not so active we have many restaurants, pubs and shops.

It is about 25 miles from the Lake District National Park. The Lake District is a popular tourist attraction and has lots of lakes (waters) surrounded by high fells.

Isaacs Byre is a good base for visiting Hadrian's wall visitor centres, Northumberland e.g. Hexham with it's abbey and old gaol, Durham's famous Cathedral and castle and Carlisle's famous castle and cathedral. Gretna Green, famous for marriages over the anvil is a short hop over the border into Scotland from Carlisle. A couple who were staying in Isaac's Byre were asked to be witnesses at a wedding at Gretna Green, much to their delight.

Cumbria has spent time in both Scotland and England in the past. Many battles have been fought over the land. During the troubles some people built themselves bastle houses to protect themselves, their families and cattle. Bastle houses were fortified farm houses and not many are still standing. Isaac's Byre is a former bastle house.


Nearby is a swimming pool with sauna which you can book by the hour and a Post Office/general store. Alston has a wide range of shops and places to eat and a steam railway. Further afield are Killhope lead mining museum, Settle-Carlisle historic railway, Hadrian's wall, Lake District, Durham, Northumberland national park.

The local area has the Pennine Way (1/4 mile away), C2C cycle way (1/4 mile away), lots of local walks (Ashgill waterfalll is just 1.5 miles) and mountain bike routes, award winning bakery, The Hub museum, Toil and Bubble activity centre and St John's Pool.

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Review 1-10 of 16

4 Jan 2015


"Wonderful cottage, highly recommended"

We spent a truly brilliant Christmas here at Isaacs Byre and would highly recommend this lovely cottage. It has everything you could need and accommodates 6 people perfectly. We especially liked the… More

21 Dec 2014


"Amazing Location and Beautiful Cottage"

We hired the cottage to celebrate our son's 7th birthday and we were, from the first moment of opening the front door to Issac's Byre, impressed. The cottage has such a warm and homely feel … More

26 Nov 2014


"Excellent place to stay."

The cottage is very well presented with space in cupboards in kitchen and bedrooms for your own stuff. Everything was spotlessly clean and the floor in the boot room was excellent for soggy paws whil… More

21 Sep 2014


"Fabulous cottage in a wonderful location"

We totally agree with all the previous reviews. The cottage was very comfortable & well equipped. However, there are a few things which made this stand out from the rest. We have stayed in numerous co… More

23 Aug 2014


"the has everything cottage"

What a fantastic place,it has everything ,the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed.lovely views from patio,feels like your almost staying on a farm with all the surrounding animals,pigs chickens … More

17 Jul 2014


"great break, could be as relaxing or as energetic as you wished."

fantastic home, full of interesting character and history. the views are spectacular and I spent many a morning with my coffee in hand watching the world go bye. and husband return from his early morn… More

11 May 2014


"Excellent Cottage"

This is a lovely comfortable, clean and very well equipped cottage with excellent views down the valley. The owners are friendly, helpful but unobtrusive and have thought of almost everything to make … More

9 Mar 2014


"Idyllic retreat"

This is the most warm and cosy retreat in which to idyll the time away, particularly in the midst of winter, when the wind is blowing a storm and the snow is swirling all around. When I told friends w… More

20 Oct 2013


"Lovely secluded cottage"

Although rather remote this cottage has everything you need to negate even getting back in your car before returning home, which is what my brother did! Mum, hubby & myself did explore though. Super c… More

25 Sep 2013


"Superb cottage in a lovely situation - couldn't fault it."

I stayed at Isaac's Byre with my mother for a short break. The cottage is beautiful and Judith-Ann and Rob made us more than welcome. The cottage is ideally placed for visiting many of the Cumb… More

Review 1-10 of 16

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    • 2 Years listed

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    Calendar last updated:04 Mar 2015

    Based in United Kingdom

    Languages spoken
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