Stunning views, rural retreat, Cumbria.

Stunning views, rural retreat, Cumbria.

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms

About our home

Isaac's Byre was converted by the owners in 2011 from a derelict bastle house into the cosy home it is now.

The cottage is set in a quiet hamlet with stunning views over 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 wild flowers while taking in the clean air of the North Pennines. Set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Geopark, Isaac's Byre is a cosy home from home where you can take part in many outdoor activities, visit Durham city, Lake District World Heritage Site, Carlisle, Scottish Borders or sit and enjoy the wood burning stove and recharge your batteries
The entrance hall takes you through to an open plan kitchen/dining/living room which has a very well 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 and satellite TV.

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.

Nearby is a local pub serving real ales and home cooked food and a well stocked Post Office/general store (don't forget to ask as not everything is on show). Alston has a wide range of shops and places to eat and a steam railway. We love Alston Wholefood shop with its wide range of local cheeses, Moody Baker's bread and pasties and to explore the gift shops. Further afield are the award winning 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.
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 wild birds, deer, hares, badgers, and a huge variety of birds and animals whilst in the North Pennines. The owners keep hens which are free range, and next door are pet sheep, pigs and ducks.

There is a private pool and sauna 10 miles from the house which can be booked by the hour, a community gym 5 miles away, skiing (in season) 3 miles and a golf course 3 miles away.

Within five miles of the cottage is a wide variety of places to eat. In Garrigill there is a local bar which serves real ales and home cooked meals. 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 thtee hotels which serve excellent food plus 3 pubs serving a variety of styles of food. There is also a pizza takeaway, Fish and Chip shop and many pubs will do take away food. We can also arrange for a private chef to cook for you or have meals prepared and left in your fridge for you to reheat.

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 cafe, transport museum and railway visitor centre All 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 golf clubs.

The local area has the C2C cycle way (1/4 mile away), lots of local walks (Ashgill waterfall is just 1.5 miles) and cycle numerous off road cycle routes. There are also electric bikes for hire for the less energetic or those who want to appreciate the fantastic scenery.

In Alston there is lots to do for all ages including play park and soft play 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 recommend their breads, pies and pasties. Alston Wholefoods specialises in local foods especially cheeses.

In winter Yad Moss ski tow runs when there is enough snow. It is just 3 miles from our cottage. We do take very short notice bookings when the snow appears.

Further afield you can travel to Durham, Lake District, Carlisle, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Scottish Borders, Hadrian's wall and numerous Roman fort sites. For railway enthusiasts, as well as South Tynedale railway, we have the Settle Carlisle railway just 12 miles away. We travel to Edinburgh , Glasgow or Northumberland coast for the day and our son in law travels to Newcastle every day for work. It may seem as though things are far away but in time they are closer than they appear i.e. 1 hour to Durham or Newcastle.

There is so much to do that some people have been back year after year and still haven't done all there is to offer here. We have had a couple book again for their 19th week.


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  1. There will usually just be the two of us but we do sometimes like to include our grown up children and grandchildren in our holidays. Some still live at home which is why we are offering our holiday letting cottage which is next door to us. We have one son who now lives in Albany, NY and another son who lives in Santa Fe NM so now on the lookout for homes in USA to swap with us but also places in UK for long weekends and elsewhere in Europe for a week or two, outside of school holidays.

  2. Judith-Ann is a retired teacher, Rob is a retired administrator.

  3. We love the quiet of the countryside, which we prefer, but also like the chance of a bit of culture only to be found in cities and prefer short breaks there. We also love the sea.

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Alston House
Cool bars
The Cumberland Hotel ,
Cozy cafés
Cumbrian Pantry, Blueberries, Top cafe
Retail therapy
Mellow yellow, Market Cross
Bit of culture
Theatre by the Lake,
Walks in the park
The North Pennines, Pennine Way, Talking tarn.
Spot of exercise
St John's Pool
Day tripping

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