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The Barn & The Cowshed 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, Williamston Barns can accommodate up to fourteen people and will appeal to extended families and larger groups who wish to holiday together amidst stunning surroundings. The property comprises two interconnecting units (The Barn & The Cowshed) set-out in a companionable open plan layout with plenty of space for relaxation or social gatherings.

The original barn opening extends into a spacious entrance hallway leading to a fantastic open plan kitchen and dining area with beautifully exposed brickwork and high quality finishes throughout. For entertaining, the dining area can seat up to 14 guests for simple suppers or elaborate dinner parties, while large sliding doors lead out to a south facing terrace and garden for a leisurely aperitif in the early evening sun.

Upstairs on the first floor, the lofty light-filled living space benefits from a number of superb architectural features and 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 spectacular uninterrupted views across the valley and fellside.

The seven en-suite bedrooms offer flexible accommodation for guests and are all beautifully appointed with crisp linens, sumptuous beds, and finest quality cushions and throws from Johnstons Cashmere.

Willamston 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 smaller parties, Williamston Barns can be let as two separate units - The Barn (sleeps 8) in four en-suite bedrooms, and The Cowshed (sleeps 6) in 3 en-suite bedrooms.

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 tourist 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.

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.

Williamstone Barns comprises two units (The Barn & The Cowshed) separated by an interconnecting door. Let as a full unit for 14 guests, the accommodation comprises:-

Two fully equipped kitchens, each 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 are washing and drying facilities available in a separate area of the property.

One formal dining area seating up to 14, with large sliding doors leading out to the terrace and garden. A separate dining area in the second kitchen can accommodate 8 guests.

First floor sitting room with woodburning stove and plenty of seating space to relax and enjoy the views. There is a separate ground floor sitting room with woodburning stove, large sofa and additional seating.

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

Bedroom two – ground floor 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.

Bedroom three – ground floor double bedroom with zip and link beds which can be adapted to twin or superking as required. Beamed ceiling, side tables, chest of drawers, double wardrobe. Glazed door leads to a cobbled courtyard. En-suite with bath and shower over, heated towel rail, basin and WC.

Bedroom four – ground floor double bedroom with zip and link beds which can be adapted to twin or superking as required. Chest of drawers, hanging wardrobe. Glazed door to cobbled courtyard. Large en-suite shower allowing disabled access, heated towel rail, double basin, and WC.

Bedroom five – first floor 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 six – first floor double bedroom with fixed superking bed, beamed ceiling. En-suite with rainforest head shower, heated towel rail, basin, WC.

Bedroom seven - first floor master bedroom with fixed superking bed, side tables, hanging space. Private seating area, Velux windows. En-suite with shower, heated towel rail, basin, WC.

The property benefits from underfloor heating throughout which can be independently controlled in each room to suit.
There are three woodburning stoves - two on the ground floor and one on the first floor. 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 signal
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. There is also a cobbled courtyard to the side of the property including exterior furniture for use by guests.

The property 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 & Children
Two travel cots and high chairs 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
The property has washing and drying facilities.

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

Strictly non-smoking property.
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"We had a great weekend in beautiful accommodation and in an amazing setting." - Leonard

"Just writing a quick note to say thank you for all your help in making our week away such a success. The Barn and Cowshed were perfect. Superb accommodation in a fabulous setting. We all loved everything about it and everyone had a great week- we all wished we could have stayed for longer.
The service we received from Crabtree and Crabtree was sleek, professional and very friendly from beginning to end. Ten out of ten (and more) from everyone and many, many thanks."
- Gates

"We had a great time! We booked The Barn and The Cowshed for a long weekend. It was the perfect place for a family celebration: beautifully converted buildings in a dramatic location, and very comfortable. There was space for all 15 of us to have dinner together and loads of room for relaxing. The facilities are excellent: great showers and baths, large, comfortable beds, well-equipped bathrooms and kitchen, TV, Wi-Fi, washing machine, dryer, high chair and cot. We went on some great walks up the hills." - Bain

"Thank you for the service you have provided regarding the booking of The Barn and Cowshed. You have been a brilliant company to deal with throughout all stages of the booking. The property was fabulous - we all commented that there was great attention to detail which made a stay there extra special - mince pies, chocolates and provisions when we arrived, games, DVDs, coffee pods.... our party ranged from 7 months to 88 years old and all enjoyed their stay. The Barn and Cowshed was by far the nicest property any if us had stayed in!" - Bowman

"Myself and my party had a great time at The Barn and The Cowshed over the weekend, can't rate the property any higher. There wasn't a single thing that could have been done better. I would recommend Crabtree & Crabtree and the property to anyone." - Hubbuck

"I would like to say thank you to the owners, we had a fabulous weekend at this beautiful property. The arrival goodies were a lovely touch and we couldn't have asked for more from the stay it was perfect!" - Zuk

"Just wanted to write & let you know we had a fantastic stay at The Barn & The Cowshed! What an absolutely beautiful place! It had everything we needed & so many little special touches, we felt at home as soon as we got there. The owners came to meet & greet us & they even made us a cake, left fresh eggs & numerous bottles of ale. Could not fault the house, the surroundings & the atmosphere - idyllic! Many thanks & I will be looking at your others properties for our next holiday." - Marshall

"I'm struggling to come up with anything to improve the service, from the booking to arrival at the houses and the weekend there, everyone has been amazing helpful. Thank you. I can honestly say that all 14 of us had a fab time. The thought that had gone into equipping the houses was great, and this provided the perfect place to celebrate two 50th family birthdays. The two properties and how they connected gave us the space we needed. The cake, eggs and beers were a lovely welcome and went down really well. We did go on one of the walks around the estate which provided wonderful views and amazing we saw two lambs being born, I'm sure my nephew won't forget that in a hurry!" - Fountain