A pre-Christmas treat for the kids

2 December 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

2 December 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

10 November 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

3 November 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

30 August 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

24 August 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…

Alston Live this weekend

21 July 2016
family fun at Alston Live

We still have some availability this weekend so why not stay with us and enjoy the last day of the Alston Live festival on Saturday and take a ride on the train on Sunday where Steam Live will follow on with wandering minstrels on the platform and the trains. See our special offers now. It…

Celebrate National Meadows Day

26 June 2016

On Saturday, July 2nd the North Pennines AONB Partnership are holding a blooming wonderful event at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale in celebration of National Meadows Day. Marvellous Meadows is a free event that includes family-friendly activities from 1-1.30, a guided wildflower and bumblebee walk from the centre to Wynch Bridge End between 1.30-3.30 and…

Summer on the Roof of England

2 June 2016

June is a very special time in the #NorthPennines when a wealth of wild flowers are to be seen everywhere and birds are nesting and rearing their young up here on the#RoofofEngland. Had a lovely peaceful walk on the Bank Holiday away from all the crowds along the banks of the East Allen, now blooming…

Half term late availability

25 May 2016

This bank holiday, escape the crowds and head for the hills – there’s plenty of space on the Roof of England – in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and we still have availability in two of our cottages – see our Special Offers.