we have spent 3 days in the house and the north. house was really comfortable and big enough for a family of 5. just some of the kitchen tools were not proper clean and some bulbs broken.. but in any case i would recommend it for families that loves countryside and a quite place to forget stressful life in the city! looking forward to see you again!
We stayed for two weeks. 3 adults and 4 children from 6 months to 12yrs old. Accomodation was fine, however the stairs were a bit steep for young children. Some of the fixtures looked a bit tired and the beds were not very comfortable. However the location was lovely and the locals were really helpful and kind. On the whole a good price and adequate accomodation. We didnt meet the owners but Paul was polite and helpful with queries about the rental.
Old Smithy is in the centre of petite and tranquil village full of friendly people. We were a party of 10 Sri Lankans and had all the room and amenities we required. Our four kids had ample space to run and play all day long.There is so much to explore in the surrounds it doesn't get even a little bit boring.We really enjoyed the 1 hour drive to Lake District in treacherous roads covered in mist. Lovely relaxing stay, able to cook our own food and loved the quiet setting. Paul is a great host and very helpful. I highly recommend this venue to all families who are looking for a pleasurable, entertaining and restful place to holiday.
Fabulous location on the Pennine Way walking and cycling routes and very friendly people that we met in the village. Don't leave without walking to Ashgill Force waterfalls! There was plenty of space for an extended family of 8 (aged 7 to 77) for a short stay. Its an old house with some interesting history and the layout is gloriously quirky. The area has no phone signal and although there is wifi at the house it was a bit intermittent / slow. No real problem with that but as others have said it is worth knowing in advance. Also worth being prepared for some quirks in the plumbing (eg noisy shower pump and downstairs toilet is a bit Spartan). Overall I'd recommend this property, it is great value for money for a house full of character.
Garrigill is a lovely, quiet, peaceful, friendly, North Pennine village. Whichever way you travel you will find wonderful scenery. The Lake District is also accessible (though if you wanted to be visiting The Lakes everyday you may want somewhere closer).
Despite the village's size there is a swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi that can be hired very reasonably within a minutes walk from the house ( the kids loved it). There is also a local friendly bar and a small children's play area.
The village also has a little Post Office that carries most essentials. The village of Alston about 3.5 miles away has more shops. We found Penrith to be the nearest town for shopping.
It is so peaceful, well away from the hustle and bustle, a fantastic place to relax.
The Old Smithy is a lovely old house, clean, tidy, quirky and a great place for a large family group. There's plenty of space, room to spread out and it is well equipped. It is very reasonably priced.
Every contact with the owners was helpful and pleasant.
We would all recommended staying at The Old Smithy, Garrigill.
Nine of us booked the cottage for the weekend. It is an ideal getaway if its peace and quiet you're after. The cottage itself is clean, spacious and ideally located on its own piece of land in the centre of the village. There is a small, friendly bar in St. John's Spa located about 100 yards from the cottage, where you can get a pint of reasonably priced real ale and a bite to eat. There are several walks you can take, from the short and gentle to a 4 mile walk through the valley down to Alston, where several pubs are located selling fine ales and superb food. Loved the whole experience and have already booked again for later in the year. Highly recommended.