We had a long weekend in Alston during freezing January. The house is lovely and has everything you need for a comfortable stay - we loved the cost nights in the lounge and Netflix is a bonus when it is too cold to go out! Best thing is that the house is right in the middle of town, meaning it's just a few short steps to the local pubs (The Cumberland is worth the extra walk) and shops.
Had a lovely chilled week here, everything you need on the doorstep: butcher, baker, co op & spa, chip shop, Indian & several pubs serving food my favourite being the Angel. House like home from home with some lovely touches. Amazing walks on the doorstep & excellent lunch at the Tynedale Railway.