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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 8 reviews

The Old Smithy Garrigill Cumbria CA9 3DS

from £43 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 8 reviews

Very Good 4.5/5 

from £43 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Estimated nightly price based on a weekly stay. Excludes fees (if applicable). Enter your dates to see the total cost.

The front of Old Smithy situated in the village centre on the village green

Cottage / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

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Cottage / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

The ground floor has 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower and lounge/kitchen fully equipped kitchen, including electric oven and grill, micro-wave, washing machine etc. Leading off this room is a toilet and area to store bikes etc.

There is a wood burning stove which can burn both wood and coal.

Satellite television.

The first floor has an open plan lounge. Off this room is a double bedroom and bathroom equipped with bath/shower, toilet and hand basin.

Stairs leading from the lounge take you into the second floor which has 1 double bedroom and 1 bedroom with 2 single beds with an additional single bed on the top landing.

There is an open fire in the lounge along with satellite television.

There is Wi-Fi at the cottage, not always reliable, as in the village there is no phone signal, mobile phone signal is obtainable 2 mins drive from cottage.

The views from 3 sides are spectacular. Staying at the Smithy gives you a central location with access to a wide area of Cumbria and Northumberland places of interest and beauty.

Newcastle to the east, the lake district to the west, the Tees and Wear valley to the south and Carlisle to the west with Hadrian's Wall to the north these places of historical interest and natural beauty can all be reached within an hour respectively

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newcastle 70 km, Nearest railway: Penrith 30 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair

About this location

The Lake District

Cumbria is England's second largest county and has most of England's lakes, England's highest mountains and England's highest café. It also has all the Lake District National Park, part of the Yorkshire Dales and part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In the middle is the Eden Valley, an unspoilt haven, close to the Lakes but far from the crowds.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 1-8 of 8

22 Feb 2015


"Great cottage in a beautiful location"

The first thing to mention is that the area in which the cottage is set is beautiful. The cottage itself is very nice, well-appointed and makes a good use of space. The cottage owner was polite, helpf… More

Glad you enjoyed it and we will try to get a high chair in the near future. Hope to see you again Paul and Angela

26 Dec 2014


"Pretty looking cottage ruined by what's inside"

All 6 of us were really looking forward to our weekend break as this cottage has a 5 star rating and glowing reviews. This was not what we found though. The cottage looks very pretty on the outside.… More

Thank you for your feedback from your stay at the Old Smithy. We appreciate all feedback so that we can use it to improve our guest’s holiday experience. The stairs we climbed outside to get the key from the key store were very slippy and quite dangerous.Our reply: The stairs have recently been covered with an anti-slip resin to prevent slips. However we are moving the key store to the ground floor but this is because of the stable door being locked at the bottom. 2)The key only opened the top half of that door so one of us had to climb over the bottom half of the door to get in and go downstairs to open the front door. Our reply: – we are sorry that the bottom half of the door was locked- this may have been due to the last guests who lost the key for the upper part of the door and locked the door via the bottom half –either way we will make sure that we check this next time – thanks for pointing it out. 3)The kitchen needed a good clean, I sat and scrubbed the fridge out before we could put any food in it Our reply- the kitchen is fully cleaned between each guest – the fridge/freezer was internally dismantled after last guests, shelves/door containers were taken out and washed in warm soapy water in sink, I know this as I did it myself. The fridge/freezer is virtually new(bought new 6 months ago) and can’t understand why it would need ‘scrubbing’. The toilets had signs saying we couldn't put toilet paper down it and we had to put it in the bins provided! Both of the toilets! How come that wasn't mentioned in the description or the reviews? That was really the worst thing I've ever encountered on a holiday in England! Our reply – this sign has been up for 2 years and no-one has ever mentioned having a difficulty with using the bin as most people are aware the need to protect the environment by saving the waste put into the water system. The cottage is often let out to groups of 8 and experience has shown that up to a roll of toilet paper per person (we could tell by the colour of the toilet paper in the drains) had been put down the toilet over one weekend, along with baby wipes, face wipes, sanitary pads, etc etc on other occasions. 6)We also had to clean both of the toilets before we could use them Our reply– both toilets were cleaned with bleach both inside and out and bleach put down them, bins emptied toilet paper provided– (again I can clarify because I did them myself)- after last guests - perhaps they need a final check to make sure any dust that may have settled is removed – thank you for pointing out. 7)The carpet on the stairs from the ground floor to the first floor were so badly "laid" they were dangerous! Our reply – we noticed this after you left and this has been remedied. 8)There was no reception to make phone calls from mobile phones and the phone box was broken in the village so we relied on the wifi in the house to keep in touch with our families and kids, but the wifi stopped working on the Saturday night and didn't come back on even after we reset the box Our reply– sorry about this but we have no control over signal strength – we will change the details of the cottage to let people know this and also that they can drive two minutes either way to the top of the two hills out of Garrigill to get a perfect signal so they can communicate with friends. The wifi was working on the Sunday you left when we went up to clean and check the property. But thanks anyway we will make sure guests are aware of the limitations of the wifi 10)The heating timers were actually padlocked so we couldn't get access to them! In winter we found this to be in extremely bad taste. Not all of us could manage going out for the day and struggled to keep two fires going to get some heat Our reply – the heating was set on timer so that it came on for 4 hours in morning and 6 hours in evening. This is increased when the weather deteriorates. 12)In the bathroom the dirt/mould around the bath was really awful. Our reply – there was some mould and this has been cleaned and re grouted.

28 Oct 2014


"Fantastically quiet and relaxing in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country"

Had a brilliant weekend with our family (6 adults and 2 children) and have to say that the Old Smithy is a beautiful cottage, warm and cosy (especially with howling wind and torrential rain outside!),… More

Thanks for your comments. Hope to see you again soon. Paul and Angela

12 Aug 2014


"Excellent spacious old stone built property, comfortable and welcoming."

A lovely house set in a village location, with a village green right outside for all to play on. The local residents were very friendly and gave lots of information about local walks, waterfalls and … More

Thanks for the comments. The pub is opening at Easter 2015 ! Hope to see you soon. Paul and Angela

25 Mar 2014



Picked the perfect week to stay at the Old Smithy, was a perfect house in a perfect location. Had everything we wanted, from a log fire to a nice quiet location. The scenery was beautiful and the walk… More

Glad you enjoyed it , thanks for the comments See you again soon. Paul and Angela

10 Mar 2014


"gorgeous luxurious detached cottage, plenty of space in beautiful surroundings"

we have just come back from staying here for the weekend. this cottage is extremely spacious, well equipped in a lovely little village. there are 4 separate bedrooms, a well equipped kitchen and plent… More

So glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you again soon. thanks Paul and Angela

4 May 2013


"Amazing location, fantastic value for money!"

Living in Newcastle we wanted a break away to relax and enjoy the countryside. On arrival to the village we were pleased to see a lovely traditional quiet pub within a stones throw of the cottage. The… More

Thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed it. See you again soon Paul and Angela

7 Apr 2013


"Beautiful, spacious accomodation in a gorgeous rural setting, unspoiled and very relaxing."

We stayed at The Old Smythy for a weekend and would highly recommend this property for anyone who was looking for a tranquil idyllic location to explore the local area. This is in the centre of the vi… More

Glad you enjoyed it and hope to see you soon. Paul and Angela

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