We have just had a one night break with dinner. We took our dog, Harry, who we were able to take, on a lead, into all the public areas except for the restaurant proper and the breakfast room. We found a table by the log fire in the bar, for a pre dinner beer (very good local brewery), where we later had a very tasty and amply proportioned dinner. Harry was very much welcomed by Michael and Carole who run the hotel, and was entertained by a constant stream of other guests and the local WI who came in for their annual buffet. We found a warm welcome, and an obviously recently refurbished hotel, where both the public spaces and the rooms are nicely decorated to a good standard. Our room was warm and comfortable, with a very nice bathroom, with nice fluffy towels! Although it faced the main road, there was virtually no traffic noise.
Windows are all single glazed sliding sash. This is a very old building, and clearly difficult to heat, so some of the public spaces were not as warm as they might have been, although it was a cold night and we were fine by the fire. Double glazing would help address this, but the building may be listed, restricting what can be done in this regard.
Overall, we very much enjoyed our stay, and hope to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Outstanding food at this family run hotel. There is a cafe, restaurant and bar and seven ensuite rooms. The cafe serves homemade cakes and scones with lattes, chill out and meet your friends. The popular evening restaurant has extensive menu catering for all. Most of the rooms are spacious with lovely fell views with comfortable beds. The service is friendly, efficient and unobtrusive. Situated in Alstonwith all its facitities and within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alston House Hotel Alston
- Alston House Cumbria