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Whitlow Farmhouse

Alston, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972457)

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  • Sleeps 11

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Rating 

  • Sleeps 11

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

  • View on map


  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Paula K
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    “Family weekend away”

    We have just returned from a wonderful weekend in this rental home, we are a family of 9 adults, 2 children (ages ranging from 80-2) and 2 dogs ...

    We have just returned from a wonderful weekend in this rental home, we are a family of 9 adults, 2 children (ages ranging from 80-2) and 2 dogs. The accommodation was a perfect sized family home for us to stay in. The views and walks are amazing and as it’s a working farm the children loved the sheep in the fields. The house is beautiful inside, with traditional wooden floors in the hall and kitchen area, which also has a warming wood burning fire. The bedrooms are fabulous sizes and with 1 large bath / shower room upstairs and 2 shower rooms downstairs this was great for us getting ready each day. The heating and water was always warm throughout the day, the kitchen is well stocked with everything you need for cooking. We could not fault this accommodation at all and we have all had a lovely relaxing ‘family’ weekend together making memories... we would definitely recommend this place for large families or groups of friends.

The property

Whitlow Farmhouse is a substantial home away from home ideal for large groups or 2 or 3 families holidaying together.

Surrounded by open countryside with walking from the door and on the border of Cumbria and Northumberland makes the location perfect for exploring both counties. Alston is the highest market town in England and 5 miles from the former mining village of Nenthead.

Just over a half hour drive is Penrith and nearby Ullswater the northern most lake.

Hexham with its market town and abbey and of course Hadrian’s Wall are all easily accessible.

Alston can be reached from Penrith, following the A686, listed as one of the “AA’s 10 best drives in the world”, alternatively from the north and the east travel alongside Hadrian’s Wall and drive through Alston, used to film Oliver Twist with Julie Walters and Michael Kitchen, and admire the cobbled streets and local shops.

From the east you will drive through the old mining villages passing Killhope, a former lead mine that does underground tours, this is indeed an area of not only outstanding natural beauty but is steeped in history. Whitlow Farmhouse is a former detached farmhouse located 3 miles west of Alston and is within a five minute walk from Epiacum Roman Fort.

Furnished and equipped to a high standard the house is sure to appeal to groups looking for a base to catch up and recharge their batteries or 2 or 3 families holidaying together.

The River Tyne is 2.5 miles and the owners can arrange fishing for a small charge on the stretch between Alston and Knarsdale. The farmhouse is oil centrally heated and comprises: Sitting room with Sky+, TV and DVD player. Open plan dining room/kitchen with gas range cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, dining table for 4 people and dining room with seating for 8 people. Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer leading to a shower room with hand basin and WC. Shower room with hand basin and WC. First floor: Double bedroom. Two family bedrooms with double and single bed. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle, hand basin and WC. All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available. Ample private parking. Large garden with garden furniture. Fishing available


  • Across two floors
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x Double bedroom, 2 x family bedrooms (each with single and double beds), 1 x Twin Bedroom, 1 x Single Bedroom
  • Bathroom, featuring Basin, WC and Shower
  • Sitting Room
  • Open plan kitchen and dining room
  • Utility Room
  • Additional Shower Room with basin and WC.
  • Oil Central heating with woodburner
  • Starter pack of logs and sticks included
  • Gas range cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • WIFI, TV with Sky+, DVD Player
  • Oil and electric included
  • Ben linen and towels included
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Plenty of off-road parking available
  • BBQ with charcoal supplied
  • Pets allowed (total of two), sorry, no smoking
  • Owner has two fishing permits
  • Shop 2.5 miles, Pub 2.5 miles
  • Notes: Max 11 adults.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Melmerby 8 miles; Penrith 18 miles; Stanhope 20 miles; Hexham 23 miles; Carlisle 29 miles; Barnard Castle 30 miles.

Alston is set in the North Pennines in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by a unique landscape of moorland, hills, rivers and waterfalls, and is England's highest market town. This intriguing town, with its cobbled streets and fascinating nooks and crannies, was the location for ITV's productions of Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist. Alston and the North Pennines have long inspired artists and writers; the poet and writer W H Auden loved the area and today Alston is an inspiration to the craftspeople who live and work there. There is a host of unusual shops in the town including quality crafts and galleries. Take a ride on one of the lovingly-restored steam and diesel engines through the beautiful scenery of the South Tyne valley on the South Tynedale Railway which is currently being extended and will run from Alston through to Slaggyford from 2017. The River Tyne is also noted as one of the finest salmon rivers in England and day-ticket fishing is available locally. The North Pennines used to be one of the wealthiest lead mining centres in Europe, and the Killhope Lead Mining Museum offers a great family day out with interactive exhibitions. With the drive along the A686 recognised by the AA as one of the world's best drives, and northern Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland, all within easy reach, this makes a superb base.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
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