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Isaacs Byre, Garrigill, Alston, a home from home.


Excellent 5/5 Score from 12 reviews

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 a cosy barn conversion which can accommodate up to six people and two dogs.

It is in a quiet hamlet overlloking the picturesque South Tyne valley. On the doorstep are country walks where you can see lots of wildlife, huge skies, heather covered fells, waterfalls and rare wildflowers while taking in the clean air of the North Pennines. Set in an area of Outstandig Natural Beauty and a Geopark Isaac's Byre is a cosy home from home where you can take part in many outdoor activities or sit and look at the landscape through the French doors or from one of the seats on the patio.

The entrance hall takes you through to an open plan kitchen/dining/living room which has a fully equipped kitchen with range cooker, dining table with 6 chairs and two cosy sofas and a wood burning stove. The living room has a large flat screen TV with DVD player and CD player.

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 shower over the bath and a drying/boot room with tumble dryer and coat and boot racks.

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. They have a conservatory which you can sit in to enjoy your food in relaxing surroundings.

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.

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 recomment 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), Short breaks (1-4 days)
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 a high chair and travel cot on request. Two well behaved dogs are welcome and we provide water bowl, poop bags and tags.

Sauna and swimming pool is just 1/4mile walk away and community gym is 4.5 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.

The Cumbria/Lake District

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 12

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

6 Aug 2013


"Great place to stay"

The house was in a nice location with very nice views. It was very comfortable and cosy, it had everything you needed. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. The house was very clean and three bathrooms was a bonus with the two of us and our four children. We really enjoyed our stay and the weather was brilliant. We would certainly recommend the house.

2 Aug 2013


"Fantastic Accommodation in a great location"

This is a beautiful cottage a real home from home in a great location for exploring Cumbria and Northumberland.The owners are friendly and helpful and on arrival provided us with fresh eggs, home made… More

15 May 2013


"It's like being spoon fed relaxation!"

Where do I start! Well firstly I CANNOT fault a single thing about this holiday. The owner Judith is an absolute delight, and I miss her home made cookies! The cottage itself could not be any more perfect. It has everything you would expect in your own home and MORE! In fact it's better than home and I'd jump at the chance to buy this place if I could. The views are breathtaking, as are the walks from the cottage itself. I liked to go for a wander to the local pub, have a drink, a meal, few games of pool. The lady owner there was lovely and friendly too, just like chatting to some dear friends.
I'd strongly recommend St. Johns Pool (not sure I got the name right), as you can hire it for SOLE use!!! Yep, SOLE use! Myself and my partner did so for a couple of hours and it was lovely.

I'm 32 and just loved the tranquility of the place, and the little villages a short drive away. I baked cakes whilst I was here, and embellished in some arts & crafts.

On our last day we were literally snowed in and couldn't get my car up the steep road that exits from the cottage as we kept rolling back on the ice. Judith and her husband had a powerful range rover and very kindly drove off to buy some suitable rope to tow us out..... I'm amazed at their kindness and generosity! Judith even offered to let us stay an extra night or 2 for free if we couldn't get out.... I SO wished the rope had snapped!
We were even told of how to book the cottage through a cheaper option! VERY VERY happy!!!!!
Judith, I'll definately be back (although not with my ex!!!)

14 May 2013


"A (better!) home from home!"

We stayed in the cottage for a long weekend and we were bowled over by how clean, fresh and modern it is. The warm welcome from the owner even included homemade biscuits and fresh eggs from the hens in the garden! The kitchen was well equipt and the open plan living and several bathrooms were ideal for us as a young family. We had a wonderful trip to High Force waterfall and we were perfectly positioned to watch the village fireworks display from the patio. Bonus!

The roaring fire in the lounge was very welcome during our November stay, but we will definitely be back over the summer to experience the picturesque setting in the sunshine!

Highly recommended! Can't fault it.

Review 1-10 of 12

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