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Masonic House, Alston, Cumbria

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3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
6 guests
3 nights minimum
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Masonic House lies in the very heart of Alston, nestled between centuries old inns and churches on a narrow lane just off the cobbled main street. Built in the 1600's, Masonic House has recently been refurbished to provide a comfortable and stylish interior, with a small forecourt to the front of the cottage in which to relax and enjoy the views of St Augustine's church and the distant hills. From the front entrance you enter into a large welcoming kitchen. The kitchen has everything you would expect from a country kitchen, from its handmade oak units, the large Belfast sink and double oven to more modern expectations, such as the American style fridge offering ice and filtered water, to the dishwasher and washing machine. The kitchen is set around a large oak table, perfect for family ...Masonic House lies in the very heart of Alston, nestled between centuries old inns and churches on a narrow lane just off the cobbled main street. Built in the 1600's, Masonic House has recently been refurbished to provide a comfortable and stylish interior, with a small forecourt to the front of the cottage in which to relax and enjoy the views of St Augustine's church and the distant hills. From the front entrance you enter into a large welcoming kitchen. The kitchen has everything you would expect from a country kitchen, from its handmade oak units, the large Belfast sink and double oven to more modern expectations, such as the American style fridge offering ice and filtered water, to the dishwasher and washing machine. The kitchen is set around a large oak table, perfect for family and friends to gather around and waste away time over meals and drinks. The kitchen leads into the lounge, which offers two plump leather sofas and a tartan armchair, where you can relax in front of the fire after a day of walking the fells or exploring. The lounge has period features from its time as a stable, with its arched stable window. The lounge Is equipped with a good selection of local books, a large TV and DVD player and a selection of board games. Upstairs you will find the bedrooms and bathroom. The house offers a spacious kingsize bedroom, with a large triple wardrobe, a good sized double room and comfortable bunkroom. The bathroom is bright and modern, with a bath with shower over. Masonic House is on Kings Arms Lane, which is just a few metres off Alston's main cobbled street, just behind the famous Angel Inn, which was built in 1621. The house overlooks St Augustine's church and is located next door to St Wulston's shared Catholic and Methodist church. It is only a 5 minute walk to the South Tyneside Narrow Gauge Railway , the highest narrow gauge railway in Britain. Being in the very centre of Alston, a great selection of inns, shops, cafes, restaurants and walks are only moments away. For the keen walker, Alston is situated on the Pennine Way, South Tyne Trial and Isaacs Tea Trail. Alston was once described as being in the middle of nowhere and the middle of everywhere. It is only 18 miles to Penrith, 20 miles to Ullswater in the Lake District, 23 miles to Hexham and 25 miles to Hadrian's Wall. Newcastle is only 45 miles away. Outside school holidays we offer short breaks Monday to Friday or Friday to Monday but if you have any requests please get in touch and we shall do our best to accommodate you.More
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Listed Since:April 2015
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Reviewed 25 June 2019 via mobile

Date of stay: June 2019
Reviewed 6 March 2019 via mobile

Our family had an amazing stay here at the Masonic House in Alston. Alston is a small quaint village right in the middle of the moors in Cumbria close to the North Penines, it has a handful of cost village pubs with open fires, which...More

Date of stay: December 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Date of stay: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 August 2018

Date of stay: July 2018
Reviewed 30 December 2017

What a wonderful cottage! We stayed here for a week over Christmas as a family of 4 with 2 sets of parents staying nearby in the village, using Masonic house as our hub and joining us at the large table for festive celebrations. The cottage...More

Date of stay: December 2017
2  Thank Katwilders
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Refrigerator
Washer
Central Heating
Highchair
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Freezer
Books
Iron
Stereo System
Hairdryer
TV
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Internet Access
Toaster
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About the neighbourhood
High up in the North Pennines, Alston claims to be the highest market settlement in England, being about 1000 feet above sea level. It is also remote, about 20 miles from the nearest town. From every direction Alston is approached over a broad, heather-clad Pennine landscape which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set on the upper reaches of the River South Tyne, it lies within the Eden district of Cumbria. Alston has a steep cobbled main street with a distinctive market cross, and many stone buildings dating from the 17th Century. Next to the entrance to the Church, is a building dated 1681. The Angel pub to its left is dated 1611, and the white building left of the pub is dated 1687. It is a bustling town, with a reputation for delicious locally made specialitie...
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