The Cottage

Stokoe Cottage is a one bedroom Period Cottage set in the heart of Alston Town in the North Pennines.  The cottage dates back to 1611, and is tucked away from the main market square along a cobbled lane.  Alston claims to be the highest market town in England, being 1000ft above sea level in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The town offers full amenities, including an array of shops, pubs, eateries and Post Office. Tourist attractions include the South Tyne Railway, Lead Mining Museums, Art and Crafts galleries, and the Pennine Way runs through the town, as does the Coast to Coast Cycle route.  Road links are good, being in the centre of the north and you can be in most major towns and cities to the East and West in around an hour.

The cottage is set over three floors. On the ground floor is a farmhouse kitchen with under stair feature pantry, on the middle floor is a large living room with log/coal burning stove with many original features such as beams, wood floors, exposed stone walls and stunning views over the rooftops of the Butts area of the town to open countryside beyond. The top floor features a double bedroom with king size bed and bathroom off the landing.

Ground Floor

The kitchen is excellently equipped with all the items you would expect for a luxury break, including a large range cooker, dishwasher, fridge, toaster and kettle, and a comprehensive range of pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware. This period property has history and character with exposed period stone walls, beamed ceilings, tiled floor, pantry, stable entrance door and a Georgian style window to side aspect with window seat.  It also has the modern benefit of under floor heating.

There’s a farmhouse table in centre, which comfortably seats four people, and a utility room with WC – ample storage for walking boots, coats etc.

Middle Floor

The middle floor houses a large living room.  The period charm continues with original exposed stone wall and original wooden boards to the staircase, along with two Georgian windows with stunning wooden shutters and window seats to take in the wonderful views.  A log burning stove is set on a large stone hearth with inglenook to one side.

After your busy day around the local area, there’s a large comfortable chesterfield sofa and large TV with many Freesat channels.  It’s a room to sit and relax with real character.

Top Floor

On the top floor is a lovely bedroom with exposed beams and fireplace set with pretty cast iron insert and stone surround.  The exposed stone and brick to one wall, again shows the character of the cottage.

For a good night’s sleep, there’s a kingsize bed, bedside cabinets and chest of drawers, plus a built in wardrobe on the landing.  Bed linen and towels are provided.

Off the landing is the bathroom, comprising of a three piece suite with corner bath and shower over, WC and hand basin, exposed stone, and bespoke tiling by a local artist, which makes this bathroom extremely quirky.


  • Fireplace with Log & Coal Burning Fire

  • Central Heating

  • Large Flatscreen TV

  • Internet Access/Wifi

  • Chesterfield Sofa

  • Kingsize Bed

  • High Quality Inflatable Single Beds: 2

  • Linen Provided

  • Towels Provided

  • Hairdryer

  • Dining Seats (4)

  • Range Cooker

  • Toaster

  • Grill

  • Kettle

  • Refrigerator
  • Washer
  • Iron & Ironing Board

  • Outdoor Seating Infront

  • Parking

  • Local Guides/Maps

Everything you need to know for your stay

Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions.

Children are welcome to stay at the cottage with an adult. Beds can be provided.

Yes, we love pets and they are welcome at the cottage, although we would ask that you keep hair and muddy paw prints off the furniture.  There are some great walks around Alston for four legged friends.

Check in is 2pm and checkout is 10am.

A one off cleaning fee is added at checkout to cover the duration of your stay. Should you be staying longer than a week and would like a change of linen, this can be arranged for an extra fee – please request this when we confirm your booking.

Coal is provided free of charge in the bunker at the property.  Kindling and logs are available at local Spar.

We provide bed linen and towels for each guest.

We accept bank transfers in Pounds Sterling.  We can also accept cheques if your stay is less than a month away.  Once your reservation has been accepted, we’ll contact you for payment with our details.

Stokoe Cottage is split over three levels, so visitors with severe mobility issues may struggle.

The cottage is strictly a NO Smoking property

Tips from our visitors

The local Garage at the bottom of the hill contains a Spar, which is fully stocked with everything you need.

The Victoria Inn across the road from the cottage offers excellent quality eat-in and take-away Indian food.

Pooley Bridge is about half an hours drive away and features three pubs with outdoor seating and a speciality gin shop.

Blueberry’s cafe serve a wonderful breakfast with local cumberland sausage.

The Cumberland Inn and The Angel Inn both serve delicious home cooked food.

In snowy conditions, the mountain road may be difficult to drive.  An alternative route is the A689 through Slaggyford.

The old Alston to Newcastle trainline has been converted to a narrow gauge route to Kirkhaugh.   Go to the bottom of the hill and turn right for the South Tynedale Railway.

The Turks Head is just around the corner from the cottage and is a very friendly pub with a roaring log fire.

What our visitors say…

We enjoyed a short family break at Stokoe Cottage. The cottage is very warm, cosy and well equipped with everything you could need. The kitchen is particularly well equipped if you want to cook. Also, the cottage was spotlessly clean. We had the coal fire going every evening which was very relaxing.  The cottage is very nicely furnished and decorated. Good base for the north pennines area with plenty of walks in the vicinity and very convenient for a number of drives out.

This cottage is gorgeous, finished really well and spotlessly clean.  Living room in on the middle floor, but we spent most of our stay around the dining room table on the bottom floor.  Good location for walking and a lovely village as a base.

What a beautiful place to spend the week! Perfectly located for peace and quiet, yet very handy for visiting Durham and Penrith.

Husband played golf one day, while I went out walking with the boys.  The small town felt more like a village and is lovely,  We felt very welcome as visitors.  And the Turk’s Head pub is just next door!

The cottage is extremely well equipped with everything you need for a home from home stay.

The cottage is very very well kitted out, it’s like we never left home. Nice and quiet little town and a welcomed change to the daily London life. Wifi did not fail us at all. Apart from the 6 foot heads getting woken up properly once or twice, this quaint beautiful cottage served us well for the week holiday.  We went up to Hadrian’s Wall near Carlisle and also went around Carlisle Castle.  Lovely stay, highly recommended for walking and relaxing.

Our Local Area & the Wonderful Things to do

The cottage is perfectly located to access activities within the North Pennines, Penrith, and Carlisle.  Here are just a few suggestions…

The Pennine Way – On the doorstep

Alston is on the Pennine Way, and offers some wonderful scenery across the North Pennines.  The National Trail chases along the mountain tops on the rugged backbone of England and offers 268 miles of the finest upland walking in England.  Alston Railway Station is only 6 minutes walk from Stokoe Cottage and provides access to a wider area.  A once in a lifetime experience.

South Tynedale Narrow Gauge Railway  – 5 Minutes Walk

Go for a ride on the North of England’s double gold award winning narrow gauge railway winding from Alston into the South Tyne Valley in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Trains are hauled by steam, diesel or battery electric locos and all have a fascinating history. Both of restored stations at Alston and Slaggyford house a cafe, ticket office and gift shop. At Alston you can explore the Discovery Centre and visit the viewing gallery above our engineering workshop. Most areas of the site are accessible and there are large car parks at Alston and Slaggyford.

Hadrian’s Wall – 35 Minutes Drive

Hadrian’s Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. At 73 miles long it marches across northern Britain from sea to sea. The most famous of all the frontiers of the Roman empire, Hadrian’s Wall was made a World Heritage Site in 1987. Explore ruined forts, the museums and a Roman town along the wall to find out more about life on the northern frontier.

Lacy’s Caves – 35 Minutes Drive

Colonel Lacy, of Salkeld Hall, famous for once trying to blow up the stones of Long Meg Stone Circle, carved five chambers out of the sandstone cliffs by the River Eden in Little Salkeld.

Possibly he was emulating the caves at Wetherall, further up the River Eden.

It was fashionable to have romantic ruins at that time, or they may have been built as a wine store. Colonel Lacy used to entertain guests here, and the area was planted with gardens. The rhododendrons and laburnams still flower every spring.

Carlisle – 45 Minutes Drive

Carlisle is a 2000 year old city with two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  There is plenty to do with great food and drink, music and entertainment, museums, horse racing, Carlisle Castle, Carlisle Cathedral, and much more.

Availability & Reservations

Making a booking request at Stokoe Cottage is easy with our online calendar system. Our minimum stay if just one night, which makes it perfect for cyclists and walkers.  Below, you can view our availability and the daily prices.  Bookings requests for 7 nights and over receive a 40% discount which will be displayed once you have selected your dates.  Prices shown are final, as we don’t charge a booking fee when booking directly through our website.

Once you have submitted your Booking Request, we will call you within 24 hours to confirm your stay and arrange payment.  To book the cottage we accept a 30% deposit unless your stay is within three weeks of the arrival date it which case we would require the full amount.  Payment can be made by bank transfer with no additional cost.  Alternatively, if your stay is more that one month away, we are happy to accept cheques.  Full details will be provided when we call to confirm your booking.

The remaining balance for your holiday is due three weeks prior to your arrival date.

Unlike other holiday homes, we don’t charge a damage deposit fee, but ask that you inform us if anything is damaged during your stay to ensure the following guests are not inconvenienced.

If you have any questions regarding your booking request, please call Sheila & Colin Barlow on 07541 781606

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the cottage, facilities, or availability, please feel free to email us using the form below.  Alternatively, please call the cottage owners Sheila & Colin Barlow on 07541 781606

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