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The Barn Slaggyford

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Tucked away in the northern reaches of the North Pennines, Williamston Barns sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with stunning scenery and wildlife, as well as endless opportunities for walking, cycling and country sports right on the doorstep. Spread across 1000 acres of rolling countryside and lush river valleys, a stay at the Barns promises a luxury escape away from the madding crowd.

Beautifully restored and converted, The Barn is set out in a companionable open plan layout with plenty of space for families and groups to relax and socialise. The kitchen and dining area provides a fantastic entertaining space for simple suppers or elaborate dinner parties, while large sliding doors lead out to the south facing terrace and garden for a leisurely aperitif in the early evening sun.

Upstairs on the first floor, the lofty living space offers a perfect excuse to unwind in front of the cosy wood burning stove, spend quality time with friends and family, or simply enjoy the blissful uninterrupted views of the valley and fell side. The four en-suite bedrooms offer flexible accommodation with king size beds which can be adapted to twin as required.

Williamston has a sustainable ethos at its heart and the Barn benefits from underfloor heating supplied from a biomass woodchip boiler; stoves fuelled by seasoned wood from the farm; electricity generated from its own 6kw wind turbine; and fresh filtered water from its own spring source.

For larger parties, The Barn can also be let in conjunction with the adjoining Cowshed (three bedroom) which combined, offers generous accommodation for up to fourteen guests.

Local amenities

The pretty market town of Alston lies 5 miles from the property, noted for its cobbled streets and 17th century buildings as well as The Pennine Way, the UK’s first national walking trail which passes nearby. Having featured in a number of period dramas for TV and film, the village is a popular tourism spot and offers a small selection of village shops for essential provisions.

The Moody Baker comes highly recommended, including fresh made-to-order bakery produce for next day collection. You will find delicious local deli foods and Northumbrian and Cumbrian cheeses from Alston Wholefoods or there is a small Co-op supermarket and Spar shop for day-to-day essentials. For eating out, the Kirkstyle Inn in nearby Slaggyford is a popular spot, renowned for friendly service and good home cooking.

The nearby narrow-gauge South Tynedale Railway provides a fun day out with passenger trains operating between April and October as well as special Santa trains operating on certain dates in December!

Activities & attractions

Sitting in over 1000 acres, Williamston Barns are perfectly placed for outdoor pursuits right from the doorstep. The owners have created a number of local walks around the farm and local area taking in short riverside trails to scenic valley views. Walk to the top of the moor and enjoy a picnic lunch or a toasty fire at the old shepherd’s hut, or take in the stunning scenery and wildlife of the South Tyne valley, perhaps stopping along the way for a welcome refreshment at the dog-friendly Kirkstyle Inn.

There is a fantastic variety of wildlife and birdlife across the area, including red squirrels and roe deer which can be viewed close to the barns, as well as oyster catchers, dippers and the occasional kingfisher on the river. Watch kestrels, sparrowhawks and buzzards on the fell, or you may be lucky enough to spot Blackgrouse and Greyhen’s on the moor. Guided wildlife tours can be arranged on request.

For those interested in field sports, the estate offers some challenging shooting with walked-up grouse days for up to 4 guns from mid September, or mixed walked-up shooting days for pheasant, partridge and woodcock later in the season. For fishing, the estate have a mile of single bank fishing on the South Tyne for brown trout, while good fishing for salmon and sea-trout can be had from August to October providing the river conditions are right.

For cycling, Williamston sits on National Cycle Route 68 and just north of the Coast to Coast cycle route for those seeking more challenging high energy treks. Alternatively there are plenty of local trails for all ages and abilities including a leisurely 10 mile loop along the South Tyne valley, or a 9 mile stretch running along the old railway line taking in Lambley Viaduct.

For more watery pursuits, canoeing and kayaking can be arranged on the South Tyne, across in the Lake District or on the River Eden in Cumbria with escorted tours from Wild River who will take care of all the logistics to ensure a happy day paddling.

For sightseeing, the Killhope lead mining museum or Nenthead Lead Mine provides a fascinating insight into the area’s rich past, or a drive of under 30 minutes will take you to Hadrian’s Wall, the historically significant heritage site taking in Roman hill forts and some fantastic big sky views.

A little further afield, Penrith (40 mins) is the gateway to the Lake District, or take a visit to Durham city to explore its castle and cathedral and rich history and heritage.

Ground Floor

A large entrance hallway opens up to an open plan living space comprising a fully equipped kitchen with Rangemaster double oven cooker with induction hobs, microwave oven, toaster, electric kettle, large dishwasher, integrated fridge and freezer. A coffee Nespresso machine is also available, guests are welcome to bring their own capsules. There is a separate in-built storage area with washing machine and dryer.

Dining room seats up to 14, with large sliding doors leading out to the terrace and garden. Adjacent wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided).

Bedroom one - double bedroom with fixed superking bed, fitted wardrobe. En-suite with roll top bath with shower attachment, heated towel rail, basin, WC.

Bedroom two - double bedroom with zip and link beds which can be adapted to superking or twin as required. Hanging wardrobe, chest of drawers, side tables. En-suite with shower, heated towel rail, basin, WC.

Cloakroom - with basin and WC.

First Floor

First floor sitting room with plenty of seating space to relax and enjoy the stunning views looking south down the valley from the large floor to ceiling feature window. Wood burning stove (initial supply of logs provided).

Bedroom three - double bedroom with twin beds which can be adapted to superking as required. En-suite with walk-in shower, heated towel rail, basin, WC.

Bedroom four - double bedroom with fixed superking bed, beamed ceiling. En-suite with rainforest head shower, heated towel rail, basin, WC.

The property benefits from underfloor heating throughout which can be independently controlled in each room to suit.
There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room area upstairs and one on the ground floor adjacent to the dining room - initial supply of logs provided.

Samsung Smart TV with Freeview
Sound bar and sub woofer.
Bluetooth compatible.
DVD / Blu-ray player.

Wi-Fi and mobile reception
BT Infinity Wi-Fi is available which benefits from speeds of around 30mbs. Mobile reception can be variable depending on the network.

Garden and grounds
The property benefits from a private south-facing garden with terrace patio, outside seating area and charcoal BBQ. Guests are welcome to explore the wider grounds of the farm and the estate.

The Barn can be booked on a self-catered basis or a number of catering options are available including dinner delivered right to the kitchen offering a full range of delicious menus using fresh local produce.

Babies and children
A travel cot and high chair are available on request.

You may bring two well behaved dogs (no puppies) at a charge of £35 per dog. Please note - it is important that you refer to the dog policy of the property prior to booking.

There is a drying area for wet gear - separate to accommodation.

Washing Facilities
There is a washing machine and dryer available for guest use.

There is an electric car charging point - charges apply. Please enquire for details.
A hairdryer is provided in each bedroom.

Smoking is not permitted in the property.
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"The Barn is great. The owners were very helpful and always on hand should we have needed anything. It's a beautiful location that has got us as a family looking at property in the area." - Harford

"What a fantastic place. The accommodation is absolutely stunning and so comfortable. The grandchildren love the swing and the garden. We loved the country walks, peace & quiet and the cosy log burner, along with the homemade cake and jam. We will definitely be back in the near future. A little gem of a place - highly recommend.... Love it!" - Goodwin

"Great place to celebrate my birthday with friends. Fantastic house and location. Can't wait to return. Thank you." - Smith

"A great holiday - superb accommodation -in a lovely setting - we couldn't have asked for anything more - we'll certainly be recommending you." - Beevor