Cobbled streets, a beautiful square and historic buildings make Alston in Cumbria a fabulous place for a cottage rental. Frequently used as a set for old era TV dramas because of the quaint and preserved demeanour of the little town, Alston claims to be the highest market town in England. Located high up in the North Pennines, Alston is surrounded by inspiring countryside, perfect for long walks through the awesome scenery. Trek through the valley, search for lakes and waterfalls, and keep an eye out for the wealth of incredible wildlife that roams the forests. Or hire a bike for the day and make your way through the valley by cycling.


Kings Cottage in the historic market town of Alston, Cumbria, makes the perfect dog-friendly holiday cottage for couples planning a romantic holiday in the Pennines. This recently refurbished character cottage lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

View the rural Cumbrian landscape from a carriage on the South Tyndale Heritage Railway, England’s highest narrow gauge railway. Alternatively stay in the car: the A686 which cuts through the town, is, according to the AA, one of England’s ‘Ten Great Drives’. Whatever terrain you prefer, the North Pennines can be sure to cater to your needs and offers a wide choice of places to stay from pet to family friendly self-catering homes. Throughout the actual town there are many quirky shops such as arts and crafts and plenty of enticing restaurants ready to cater to your hunger needs. From Chinese to traditional English food, Alston can be sure to deliver. For a delightfully tranquil break from reality, Alston is by far the place to be.