Recently completed barn conversion to make a cosy cottage in the hills.

Recently completed barn conversion to make a cosy cottage in the hills.


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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
3 Bathrooms
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Our home

Isaac's Byre is a holiday cottage converted from a derelict barn and completed by the owners in 2011. It is a cosy home from home finished in a modern style whilst keeping the historic features of the former byre and bastle house. It is situated in a quiet hamlet 1/4 mile from the village of Garrigill.

The cottage is well equipped and sleeps six in comfort in three bedrooms. There is an open plan living room/kitchen/diner with French doors overlooking the South Tyne valley. Also on the ground floor is a bedroom and bathroom with a boot/drying room too.

Upstairs is a double bedroom and twin bedroom and two shower rooms. The ground floor bedroom can be either a super king or twin bedded room. Outside is a seating area, barbecue and wood store. Our hens are free range and there are usually plenty of eggs available.

The cottage is heated by a ground source heat pump and is insulated to high levels. It is warm all year round and has copious amounts of hot water available.

We live next door so someone may be on hand to help if you are in need of anything.

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Who we are

  1. We are both in our fifties, children are grown up. Some still live at home which is why we are offering our holiday cottage which we let as a home swap. Swapping doesn't need to be simultaneous.

    Judith-Ann is a retired teacher, Rob is a retired administrator.

    We love the quiet of the countryside which we prefer but also like the chance of a bit of culture only to be found in cities and prefer short breaks there. We have experienced four home exchanges and loved the opportunity to discover new places and made new some friends.

    We have two sons living at home, both in their twenties, who may be on hand if you require anything whilst staying in our holiday cottage or they may travel with us. Our daughter, son in law and baby live nearby and our other son lives away. Sometimes we might like a swap where the whole family can stay together.

    Primarily we are looking for someone who would like to swap with us so we can attend family weddings then after that we hope to be able to enjoy more time travelling for pleasure.

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Where is it?

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The cottage is on a hill overlooking the South Tyne valley.
Nearby is a local pub serving real ales and home cooked food, a swimming pool with sauna which you can book by the hour and a well stocked Post Office/general store (don't forget to ask as not everything is on show). Alstonis a small town which has a wide range of shops and places to eat and a steam railway. Further afield are the award Killhope lead mining museum, Settle-Carlisle historic railway, Hadrian's wall, Lake District, Durham, Northumberland national park.

For the adventurous there are numerous cycle routes close by, either off road or following winding country roads. Cycle hire is available 3 miles away and we provide secure cycle storage. Soon there will be the opportunity to hire electric bikes for those who prefer an easier ride whilst taking in the beauty of the area.

From the house it is possible to walk to Ashgill Force, a waterfall that you can walk behind and experience the water thundering down in front of you. Whilst at the waterfall you may see red squirrels which are still thriving in the area. It is possible to see birds of prey, rare wildbirds, deer, hares, badgers, and a huge variety of birds and animals whilst in the North Pennines.

Within five miles of the cottage is a wide variety of places to eat. In Garrigill there is a local pub which serves real ales and home cooked meals. Nenthead (3 miles) has a restaurant and a pub which serves a wide variety of foods and drinks both in the bar and in the conservatory. Alston (4 miles) has two hotels which serve excellent food plus 3 pubs serving a variety of styles of food. There is also and Indian takeaway, Fish and Chip shop and a Bistro.

South Tynedale Railway in Alston runs daily throughout the tourist season and often has special events when steam trains are running plus Thomas the Tank Engine and teddy bear's picnic and other events. Close to the railway is a transport museum and craft workshop. Both very well worth a visit. You may need to spend more than one day at the railway to take in everything to do here. If you take the train to Kirkhaugh you can then continue on foot to Epiacum said to be the best preserved fort in the Roman Empire.

For £15 a day visitors can play golf at the 'Highest Golf Course in England' where you can take in stunning views whilst playing. It is just 2.5 miles from Isaac's Byre Holiday Cottage. If required we can lend visitors a set of gold clubs.

The local area has the C2C cycle way (1/4 mile away), lots of local walks (Ashgill waterfalll is just 1.5 miles) and cycle routes/
In Alston there is lots to do for all ages including play park and softplay for the little ones.
We would recommend that you first explore the quaint lanes leading off from the main cobbled street. A visit to The Moody Baker, an award winning bakery is a must and we can recommend their breads, pies and pasties. Alston Wholefoods specializes in local foods especially cheeses.

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