English Tourist Board 3 keys Commended
Near Alston Cumbria.
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A cosy cottage dating back to about 1630 and recently renovated to a high standard. Originally the living accommodation would have been upstairs over the cow byres, the animals below providing the warmth for the occupants upstairs!
In renovating the property Neil and Sue Huntley have managed to retain much of the old world charm with original wooden beams and an old stairway turret with slit window, converting the cow byres into the bedrooms downstairs and providing light and spacious living accommodation upstairs.
The cottage is set in a secluded wooded valley just over a mile from Alston in the grounds of Hartside Nursery, "A Plantsmans Paradise in the North Pennines", specialising in Rare and Unusual Hardy Plants from around the World.
This is an ideal area for walking, watching wildlife, touring or just relaxing. This cottage in the North Pennines is a good base from which you can visit some of the local attractions which include the South Tynedale Railway, a narrow gauge railway; Killhope Lead Mining Centre; or slightly further afield the Lake District: Hadrian's Wall; Hexham and Durham.
Some of the other attractions around include Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, the newly opened Glass Centre at Sunderland is just over an hour away as is the Beamish Open Air Museum.
Roe deer may wander by or, the occasional Red Squirrel may be seen in the tall trees as well as many species of birds nesting and visiting.
The Coast to Coast Cycle-way passes nearby and waymarked footpaths criss-cross the area, leading up to the Moors, down to the river South Tyne and connecting to the Pennine Way.
The cottage is fully equipped to sleep 4 to 6. A Cot and High chair are available.
Central heating throughout and a multi fuel stove in the lounge together with all modern amenities ensure a warm and comfortable stay.
External stairs lead to a first floor balcony, with seats to sit and enjoy the view and the front door. The Kitchen/ Dining Room is fully equipped with Cooker, Fridge, Microwave, Kettle and Toaster.
The large lounge is open to the ceiling with original oak beams and pine floor, a roof window allowing extra light into this attractive room. A wood burning stove adds focus and extra warmth making this a cosy room, with easy chairs, a colour TV, Radio cassette player and a sofa bed sleeps two. A toilet and wash basin are available on this level.
An internal staircase leads down from the lounge to a double and a twin bedroom, both with oak beams and prettily furnished, with dressing table and wardrobe. A single fold away bed is available if required.The bathroom is large with over bath shower, washbasin and WC.
We regret that the external stairs to the front door and internal stairs down from the living rooms to the bedrooms make this cottage unsuitable for those in wheelchairs etc..
Ghyll Burn Cottage is available Saturday to Saturday, unless otherwise arranged. It will be ready for you from 3pm on day of arrival and must be vacated by 10am on the day of departure.
Low Season £175, High Season £365. For full Price list and availability contact: Sue Huntley, c/o Hartside Nursery Garden, Nr Alston, Cumbria. CA9 3BL. Telephone/Fax 0 or 0.
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