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“Pristine country and accommodation. Perfect White Christmas”

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Hudgill Farm Barn Cottages
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“Pristine country and accommodation. Perfect White Christmas”
Reviewed 16 January 2010

We had 2 objectives for xmas 2009 - to be by ourselves and a white one. I'm pleased to say we got both. Jane at Hudgill was exceptionally accommodating and forthcoming with advice on getting there right up until our arrival on a snowy xmas eve. The landscape was picture perfect and the cosiness was unbeatable. The barn is great it's been converted and is very comfortable with underfloor heating and a woodfire and is actually very modern on the interior. The basics like the bed, the hot water etc were all perfect. The best thing however is the view and walks through the surrounding valley which I presume is just as stunning in the warmer months (they provide maps for a variety of walks to take with you). We just bought our own food on the way up as it's all self-contained (champagne stayed out on the snowy step!) and we cooked ourselves. Take a walk into Alston because it's beautiful and the locals are very genuine and welcoming people. If you stay for a few a local cab gets you back to Hudgill for about 8 pounds. John and Jane are wonderful and while always at hand if you need them are very discreet. In the low season when most people may want to escape the cold and the snow we had our best christmas in 10 years.
The rate is very reasonable and actually less than we paid for a pokey little hotel room in York following our visit to Hudgill. Would like to return in the summer with some friends ideally and visit some more of the tiny pubs and restaurants dotted throughout the area. If you're going in winter they have lots of wellington boots so you can do the walks if there's lots of snow around.
Most definitely a highlight of our 4 weeks in Europe and we look forward to returning. Hopefully the photos go some way to illustrating how nice it really is.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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East Midlands
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

We were booked to stay elsewhere, but on arrival the pipes had frozen so we had 12 hours to find an alternative. Luckily for us, there was availability at Hudgill and we were welcomed into a spotless, comfortable and beautifully finished cottage only 4 hours after we made the initial call.

Nothing was too much trouble for John and Jane, the welcome pack was over and above what we have experienced elsewhere, they were always available if we needed anything but also left us to our own devices. Wellhope view is modern and cosy, the underfloor heating and woodburner were excellent additions. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. Our only suggestion would be an additional sofa as the existing configuration was a little inadequate for 4 adults over a whole week. That said, it was only a very minor issue. The best part though has to be the location. Surrounded by breathtaking views, this is a true rural escape yet is a pleasant walk from Alston and 5 minutes from the local pub.

We had 5 days of relentless snow which was fantastic in itself, but meant we didn't explore the area as much as we might have. That simply means we have a good reason (if one were needed) to return asap.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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Wilmslow, Cheshire
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Reviewed 22 November 2009

We spent 3 lovely nights in Wellhope View, which is a fantastic barn conversion on two levels. The cottage is fully equipped with every modern amenity, both bedrooms having their own ensuite facilities.

The cottage is in the Eden Valley, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The views over the Cumbrian fells are fantastic. It is perfect for walkers, hikers and cyclists. We would strongly recommend a visit to High Force waterfall, which is very impressive!

We were extremely well looked after by Jane and John who are very welcoming and knowledgeable about the local area. What more can we say - enjoy!

  • Stayed October 2009
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Liverpool
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Reviewed 2 May 2009

My husband & I stayed in Wellhope View, the 2 bed conversion of John & Jane's at Hudgill for our honeymoon in April. We've wanted to have a holiday in England for a few years now, but it's always been so expensive, so it was wonderful to have this gorgeous conversion to stay in at such a reasonable price.

First of all, both John & Jane made us feel really welcome when we arrived, without being obtrusive. Then we got into the cottage... stunning. It's been beautifully renovated to the highest standard - underfloor heating made it extra special. The room was lovely, with an en-suite with a brill shower. And the views from the lounge... breathtaking.

We were really lucky with the weather as the sun shone all week, and the location is perfect for wanderings regardless of how unfit you are! Made us wish we had a dog...! Alston's a lovely town with everything you need, but to get to the Lakes or the 'civilisation' of Newcastle (!!) would have been easy - had we not wanted to just stroll about!

I would recommend this place to everyone - and have been doing so!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona
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Reviewed 15 April 2009

Everything was right about this place - we were even lucky with the weather! Can't always rely on that in the North Pennines, I don't think, but the cottage and the location would have been great even in the rain/snow.

We were there for Easter Bank Holiday weekend, staying in the smaller half ofthe barn conversion (Wellhope Cottage) - which consists of a twin room, bathroom, open plan living/dining room/kitchen, and small garden downstairs, and a double room and shower room upstairs. The house is warm, with underfloor heating and a log-burning stove (which we didn't need). The owners, Jane & John, are kind and friendly without being intrusive. Everything was in a good state of repair and clean, and the cottage is well equipped with microwave (and conventional oven of course), dishwasher, washing machine, flatscreen TV/DVD/CD player, and a fridge stocked with a few essentials that included eggs from the owner's hens....if you've never had a truly free-range egg before, that's something else to look forward to! Hardboil some of them and take them with you to the moor on top of the hill opposite, where a clear day gives views out towards Hadrians Wall and Northumberland, and sit eating them listening to the curlews and looking out for the elusive black grouse.

The best thing about the area is the walking, the views, the fresh air; but attractions like Kilhope Lead Mine and the narrow-gauge railway at Alston (ride the 3 miles to Kirkaugh, walk down the hill to the river, where there is a lovely spot for a picnic and for kids to play) are worth a look too, especially good for children.

The only thing I can think of to find fault with was the number of Bank Holiday motorcyclists who make the journey out to the Alston area especially to irritate visitors and frighten locals as they attempt to kill themselves on the twisting B roads. But it was a very minor irritant, and no reflection on the cottage or the area.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 5 October 2008

We booked this barn conversion as our base for walking sections of the Pennine Way. It is set in lovely, quiet and peaceful surroundings. Hosts John and Jane have converted their barn into 2 holiday cottages and provided an excellent standard of accommodation, with attention to all the little details. We had the larger of the 2, Middle Fell View, which had a spacious combined kitchen/lounge/diner, a double bedroom and a shower/cloakroom on the ground floor, and 2 good sized double bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Excellent central heating, backed up by a lovely log burning stove (logs, kindling and firelighters provided) with an abundance of good quality equipment, TV/DVD, modern cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, radio, coffee maker and welcome pack of groceries, and free-range eggs to boot... A place we'd love to return to in the future.

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  • Disliked — Nothing to not like
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Hudgill Farm Barn Cottages
Address: Nenthead Road, Alston CA9 3LG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Alston
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Alston
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hudgill Farm Barn has been recently converted into two beautifully finished holiday cottages with a wealth of old beams and character. Available for holidays or short breaks. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Designed and finished to a high standard to provide a relaxing holiday location. The holiday lets are ideally located for those looking for a peaceful, rural setting with wonderful opportunities for walking and cycling throughout the beautiful North Pennines. ... more   less 
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