Happy Easter with Black Grouse!

April 15, 2017

Wishing you all a Happy Easter This Easter image was produced by a guest who stayed in April three years ago. A talented artist, she produced this watercolour having enjoyed a very special experience watching rare Black Grouse lekking near Langdon Beck in Upper Teesdale.  Lekking is when groups of males gather at traditional sites early…

Easter Breaks in the Pennines

April 6, 2017

It’s still lambing time here in the North Pennines and a great time to visit. Get close to nature on country walks and see new born lambs gambolling in the fields ~ a great way to de-stress over Easter. We still have availability in Sowerberry and Millstream, with special offer prices on short breaks as well as full…

Spring song-birds and other visitors

March 29, 2017

Now is a great time to stay in our cottages and enjoy the beauty of our wild birds. You can wake up to birdsong and listen to our lovely blackbirds and thrushes who sing throughout the day at this time of year ….. watch the variety of small birds that often come to visit us…

Romantic Short Break

February 3, 2017

We have teamed up with Living North to provide an exclusive offer of 25% off a romantic short break for 2, with bottle of Prosecco included This offer is available from 25th February for a post Valentine treat with maybe even a touch of Spring in the air.  If you’re looking for a Valentine Break…

A pre-Christmas treat for the kids

December 2, 2016

Santa’s Toyland Railway in Alston is getting ready for Christmas and so are we!  We’ll be busy over the next few days decking out our cottages to provide a Christmas welcome.  Come and stay for a special 2 night break for £200 – £225 and ride on the Santa Toyland train without worrying about driving…

Christmas shopping away from the crowds

December 2, 2016

Escape from the crowds, head for the hills and enjoy Christmas shopping in Alston. This weekend on Saturday 4th December, find unique gifts at our monthly makers’ market (11am – 3pm) in the Alston Town Hall, and then browse our speciality shops for more unusual presents for Christmas. Why not make a weekend of it? …

Have fun Christmas Shopping

November 10, 2016
Alston Christmas Craft Fair

  Put the fun into Christmas shopping with a weekend away: There’s always lots of interesting and unique Christmas gift opportunities at Alston Christmas Craft Fair, with a warm welcome and a great atmosphere, the “Chaos Cafe” and live music adding to the “buzz”. Come and stay with us for a weekend break from 25th November and save…

Autumn Colour

November 3, 2016
Autumn in The Butts Alston

We had some lovely weather earlier this week, with blue sky and sunshine bringing out the rich autumn colours. Come and see the autumn colour while it lasts. Stay with us and enjoy our lovely tree-lined riverside walks – you can view our short break offers here.  

Heritage Open Day Breaks

August 30, 2016

The National Heritage Open Day Festival takes place from Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th September when heritage attractions across the country from mills to mines, lighthouses to cathedrals and much more, are providing free admission and a chance to visit places not normally accessible, for instance not far from Alston, the tower of Carlisle Cathedral and Durham…

Autumn breaks

August 24, 2016

Now is the time to book your Autumn break. If you’re not tied to the school holidays, why not make the most of the last of the summer sun (if you’re lucky!) and take advantage of our September offers? ….. or looking further ahead we are now extending our short break availability from the beginning of September…

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