Just returned from a 4 day stay here with our 2 dogs. Beautiful, fully equipped, cottage with everything necessary for a real home from home feel. Comfortable and cosy. Very dog friendly. Numerous walks from the door. Within easy walking distance of the local dog friendly pub, The Miners Arms, which serves great food. Just a short drive away from many other attractions.....details and directions provided at the cottage. Lovely and helpful hosts. The garden, with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside, is just the perfect place to sit, unwind and enjoy a glass of wine.
My partner and I stayed here last weekend. It’s a lovely 200 year old cottage in a fabulous location, with beautiful walks on your doorstep, and all the amenities you could need, including a sauna! The closest town is Alston, that is steeped in history, and is well worth a visit. But it was nice to return to Sunrise Cottage each evening, to sit at the kitchen table and enjoy the view. Pippa is a lovely host, and is there if you have any queries.
If you’re looking for a few days away in an unspoilt and beautiful part of our country, in excellent accommodation, then Sunrise Cottage is the place.
Sunrise Cottage is a superb cottage in a superb location for exploring northern England, both to the east and west and Pippa and John were great hosts.
Upon our arrival we were shown around the cottage by Pippa and she explained where things were to be found in the cottage and how to switch things on/off. She also pointed out that the water had a brown tinge to it as it came off the moores. I'm someone that after a cup of coffee in the morning I mostly drink lemon squash for most of the rest of the day, and the was water perfectly drinkable and didn't cause me any issues.
The water was always piping hot from the taps and in the shower. The kitchen is well equipped and the cooker was easy to use. The views from the kitchen are superb and on a couple of mornings whilst eating breakfast we were lucky enough to watch roe deer in the fields below.
The lounge/living room is comfy and when you return after a days walking and a hot shower it is probably the cosiest lounge we've stayed in when you get the fire going in the evening, proper toastie. We stayed from 2nd Sept' 2017 to the 12th so autumn had already started to show it's hand but I say again "proper toastie".
We also had our German Shorthaired Pointer, Saff, with us and she loved the fire. She was also made to feel welcome and we had read the terms & con's before arrival so we'd come prepared knowing she wasn't allowed in the bedrooms.
Perhaps also worth mentioning re' the lounge is the dreaded "internet". Pippa had warned us that if we wanted to use it we'd have to sit by the window in the twin bedroom. We may have been lucky but I was able to sit in the lounge and watch the Wasps v Worcester Warriors rugby without any breackage in coverage.
The cottage's aspect is also good for exploring the north. We did Keswick and the northern lakes in an hour and on another day we did, Otterburn, Cragside and Alnwick. On our outward journey we took the scenic moore roads but on our return we used the busier A roads and from Alnwick to Sunrise took 90 mins, but this was on a Friday afternoon and we caught Newcastle's rush hour slightly.
Cragside is worth a visit. It was built by Lord Armstrong and was the 1st house in the world to be run by hydro-electricity. Dogs are welcome in the gardens and wider estate but not the house. I've previously been around the house as I worked there for a month on a previous works contract.
The walking from the cottage is great. We did Wellhope moore including some of Issac's tea trail. There are good walks from Garrigill along the river and farmland or on the higher moores on the corpse track/road.
Lambley viaduct was an enjoyable mainly leisurely walk (1 steep descent & ascent) as was the walk out toward Slaggyford along the South Tyne Railway.
Alston is nice friendly little town. There is a small bakers offering home baked small loaves and pies. Also visit the shop that is a small co-operative of local producers. The home made brown sauce was lovely. I took 3 bottles home. The chippy was also really good and when we used it it was quiet so our food was cooked to order, they didn't just give us stuff that had been sat for ages. We used the cooking time for a pint and found the pubs to be friendly to us and Saff.
All in all we had a fab 10 days. The is plenty to see and do and the cottage and Pippa and John were superb. Would definately recommend and would happily book again without any concerns.
Recently visited this cottage with with my husband and dog.
This cottage is has a beautiful setting but unfortunately did not have a good experience.
We were booked for 7 days but only managed to stay 3.
Very cold, even in August, no heating on the first night due to the owner not leaving matches for the fire.
Couldn't use upstairs as far too cold, so my husband and I had to sleep on two single beds downstairs.
So cold that we had to leave the bedroom door open so we could get some warmth from the coal fire
The dog came in the room at night when we were asleep so £25 was taken off our deposit.
Shouldn't advertise as a dog friendly site when obviously they are not.
Beds were so uncomfortable,
And lopsided that left my side sore and bruised.
Was told that it was 40 drive to Windermere but took us an hour and a half.
First night there I had a cup of tea and when I looked at the water from the tap it was brown but didn't realise so next morning I spent the whole day feeling sick, we were travelling to Windermere that day and we stopped in total of 11 times because of illness which I believe was the water.
I ran a bath on the 3rd night and to my amazement only filled up the bath a quarter then ran cold but decided not to have a bath in the end has it came out brown.
Had to leave the next morning.
Not at all happy and definitely
would not recommend this cottage although looks nice from photos but unfortunately wasn't what we were
This cottage is just lovely with original stone floors and stunning views, it's very spacious and comfortable and the sauna is an added bonus! The hosts gave us homemade lemon drizzle cake on arrival and had decorated for Easter, both lovely unexpected touches. The cottage is very well situated for lovely walks and local pubs but is definitely a lovely peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of day to day life. Will definitely be returning!
Beautiful location with fantastic views. Very well appointed and comfortable cottage with excellent facilities, a four-poster bed and friendly hosts. Well equipped kitchen with nice touches of essentials already in the fridge. Great walks to friendly local pubs with good food, log fires and live music on some nights (unfortunately not when we were visiting). The pretty town of Alston with interesting local shops, cafes and pubs was within easy reach for supplies. After a day out and about we relaxed in the sauna to recharge the batteries.