North Pennines Lodge
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This superb timber lodge sits in the midst of the breathtaking Cumbrian countryside, within easy reach of the charming market town of Alston and offers spectacular views across the rolling hills of the North Pennines. The spacious deck is a lovely spot to sit and relax, and the hot tub offers the opportunity for an indulgent soak after a day out walking. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, it is ideal for up to eight guests seeking a rural retreat.
Set in an idyllic spot surrounded by stunning countryside, this traditional, single-storey timber lodge is large and welcoming. Inside, the spacious living area is the focal point of the property. This fantastic open-plan space has full-width bifold doors that offer wonderful views. At the far end of the room is a neat and well-equipped kitchen/dining area complete with a breakfast bar for morning coffee and a large dining table where guests can get together over a meal after a day out exploring. The lounge area, which is furnished with inviting large, leather sofas, is the perfect spot to relax and take in the view. On cooler days, the wood burner will ensure everyone keeps warm and cosy. From the living area, guests will find the four comfortable bedrooms, each furnished with soft, luxurious bedding and full of rustic charm, with exposed timber walls and stone floors. The two bathrooms – one with shower only – are stylish and contemporary in design.
Stepping outside, the lovely decked area has a fantastic countryside vista. On warm days, guests can relax on comfortable chairs or sun themselves on the loungers, and a barbecue provides the opportunity for al fresco meals in the sunshine. At the side of the lodge there is a lawned area, ideal for children or guests with a dog. With miles of walks and cycle rides available straight from the door, this spacious and comfortable lodge is ideal for a group of friends or a family seeking some fresh air and relaxation in the glorious North Pennines.
What you should know…
- There are several steps outside the property
- Due to the rural position of the lodge a car will be needed in order to reach amenities and attractions
- Open-plan living area with doors to terrace
- Fully-equipped kitchen with dining facilities
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with double bed
- Bedroom with twin single beds
- Family bathroom
- Family shower room
- Hot tub
- Dining facilities
- TV & DVD
- Washing machine
Set in beautiful Cumbria, the lodge is just a mile from the delightful town of Alston and 30 miles from the city of Carlisle. Historically the area was a major centre of lead mining, as well as limestone and sandstone quarrying. Today, the North Pennines is recognised as an AONB and has also been designated a UNESCO Global Geopark, offering over 700 square miles of fascinating geology and spectacular countryside with rolling hills, heather moorlands and woodlands to explore.
Nearby Alston is renowned as the highest town in England, sitting around 1000 metres above sea level. Historically the heart of the mining community, today it is a thriving market town, with pretty cobbled streets lined with charming stone cottages. In the central square you will find a selection of interesting shops and pubs where you enjoy a leisurely lunch after a morning’s walk. Visitors can learn more about the area’s mining past at Nenthead Mines, where you can visit Carrs Mine and see the minerals and mining equipment on display and even take a tour down into the mine itself.
Lovers of the great outdoors will find themselves in a true paradise, with superb walking and cycling opportunities close by. Guests keen to get on their walking boots will appreciate the proximity of the North Pennine Way at Alston as well as the South Tyne Trail which leads back to the source of the River Tyne South, 9.5 miles away. Stop off for a pub lunch at Garrigill village before continuing to the stunning Ashgill Force waterfall. Hardier climbers may want to take on the slopes of Cross Fell, the highest point in the Pennines at nearly 900 metres.
The charming market town of Hexham, just over the border into Northumberland, is also well worth a visit. At the heart of this attractive town is the superb medieval abbey. Admire the fantastic architecture and pay a visit to the abbey’s interactive exhibition, the Big Story, before enjoying a stroll around the attractive Abbey gardens. The town is also home to a wide selection of interesting independent shops, cafes and restaurants, perfect for a leisurely lunch break.
Angel Inn, Alston
Alston Moor Golf Club
The scenic splendour of the Lake District makes it a must-visit for fans of the great outdoors. Ullswater Valley is stunning, sheltering a beautiful lake hidden amongst towering fells – the surrounding area is relatively undeveloped compared with other parts of the Lake District, giving it a remote and peaceful feel. Take the Ullswater Steamer Ferry for a unique perspective of the valley.
While you’re enjoying one of our fantastic Lake District cottages you may well want to explore everything else the region has to offer – so we’ve put together this handy travel guide to give you a little help and inspiration!
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Alston is home to the South Tynedale Railway, a narrow-gauge railway that runs from the pretty, restored station at Alston to Slaggyford – a half-hour journey through stunning countryside with two stops en-route. Children will enjoy seeing the engines and riding through the countryside before heading to the café for a slice of cake!
Get the kids out and about on bikes to enjoy the glorious countryside if walking isn’t their thing. A disused railway line runs from Alston to Haltwistle – a fairly flat route of 13 miles making it relatively easy for older kids. Both standard mountain bikes and electric bikes are available for hire in Alston if required.
Jump in the car and head further north to Hadrian’s Wall, guaranteed to be a hit with younger guests. This 73-mile stretch of engineering marvel was built in the second century AD and has several archaeological sites to investigate. Walk where Roman soldiers once walked and visit Housesteads Roman Fort. Explore the ancient streets and watch out for the communal toilets! The adjacent museum is filled with fascinating exhibits including weapons and jewellery, and visitors can watch a film that shows recreations of the site, presented by a fictional young Roman called Felix.
The historic city of Carlisle is full of family entertainment. Visit the excellent Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery where children will delight in investigating the natural history collection which includes collections of everything from minerals to insects, and also the history collection where kids can marvel at stone axes and even brave sitting in the stocks! The art gallery contains a range of paintings and sculptures and also an interesting collection of fashion and textiles. Carlisle Castle sits just outside the city and will be a hit with castle-loving kids who can run around the battlements and sit on the cannons before exploring the small museum.
Just outside Carlisle is Walby Farm Park, a top destination for younger children where they can ride mini quad bikes and pedal go-karts, feed the guinea pigs and groom the ponies or just let off steam in the superb play barn – a riot of fun with huge drop slides, ball pits and a long wavy slide.
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- Tourist Towns & Villages
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!
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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Energy costs included?||Yes, included in the rental price|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, included in the rental price|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes, included in the rental price|
|Internet access?||Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price|
|Minimum stay||Please note that there is a 7-night minimum stay|
|Pets welcome?||Two well-behaved dogs are allowed for an additional charge of £17 per dog|
|Smoking Allowed?||No smoking|
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