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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hudgill Farm Barn Cottages Alston, Cumbria