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.
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|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle 70 km, Nearest railway: Penrith 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (3), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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.
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.