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Located in Alston, Lowbyer Manor Country House is a touch of luxury in England's Last Wilderness. Built in 1778 and now a Grade II Listed building, Lowbyer Manor Country House is tied into the industrial heritage of Alston, having been built by Greenwich Hospital, London with income from the local lead mines owned by the hospital. Come and relax in our guest lounge with a roaring log fire or enjoy a bottle of local ale in our snug bar. Free parking is available in our courtyard. We are both walker and cyclist friendly offering bike storage and drying facilities. With a Gold award for Green Tourism, we are reducing our impact on the special environment of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Alston is at the heart of the North Pennines AONB which makes it a natural location for walking and cycling holidays with an increasing selection of routes available. The natural beauty of the North Pennines has inspired many artists with several of them living in and around Alston, especially painters and potters. There are regular exhibitions in the local gallery at Gallery 1611and The Cane Workshop in Alston. The area cannot be beaten for wildlife, birds ranging from the black grouse to the elusive curlew and mammals ranging from the red squirrel to the rare water vole. Also the industrial heritage can be experienced, especially lead mining with heritage centres at Killhope Lead Mining Museum or enjoy a ride on the highest narrow gauge steam train in England at the South Tynedale Railway in Alston.
With Alston being centrally located in the country, Lowbyer Manor Country House is an ideal base to explore Hadrian's Wall, Durham and the Durham Dales, the Lake District, the Scottish Border region and also Newcastle upon Tyne.
Children welcome from any age.
Norfolk, United Kingdom
13 March 2016
A warm friendly atmosphere,beautifully furnished and decorated accommodation,wonderful food and a great centre for enjoying the lovely scenery.
Reply from Lowbyer Manor Country House at 13 Mar 2016
Many thanks Christine. It was a pleasure to host you. We hope you had an enjoyable and safe round trip back to Norfolk. We hope to enjoy your company again in the future.
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Directions from Scotland.
Our guests from Scotland usually strike west and come down via the A74/A74(M). At Carlisle, follow the M6 for 1 junction from jct 44 to jct 43, then take the A69 exit to Brampton, and Newcastle. About 10 miles further on take the A689 sign posted to Alston. Follow the A689 through Hallbankgate and Slaggyford onto Alston. Turn left onto the A686. You’ll enter Alston over the old stone bridge across the South Tyne River. Stay on this lower road, still the A686, now sign posted to Hexham, and Lowbyer Manor is approximately half a mile from the centre of Alston. Drive past the two garages on your left hand side, past the South Tynedale Preservation steam railway, round the sharp left hand bend and the Manor is the large white Georgian house set high in its own wooded grounds on the right hand side. Our 100ft high sequoia tree is a good landmark.
Directions from Newcastle.
From the ring road take the A69 west, signed Corbridge, Hexham and Carlisle. About 6 miles past the Hexham exit, take the A686 signed to Langley Castle and Alston. Follow the road through Whitfield and onto Alston. Lowbyer Manor is approximately 200 metres past the 30mph speed restriction signs on the left hand side.
Directions from the West.
Leave M6 at jct 40, Penrith and follow the A686 from Penrith to Alston over Hartside top. You’ll enter Alston over the old stone bridge across the South Tyne River. Stay on this lower road, still the A686, now sign posted to Hexham, and Lowbyer Manor is approximately half a mile from the centre of Alston. Drive past the two garages on your left hand side, past the South Tynedale Preservation steam railway, round the sharp left hand bend and the Manor is the large white Georgian house set high in its own wooded grounds on the right hand side. Our 100ft high sequoia tree is a good landmark.
Directions from the East.
M1/A1, take the A66 at Scotch corner towards Barnard Castle. From Barnard Castle, follow the B6277 over the moors, through Middleton in Teesdale, past Garrigill into Alston. Follow the main street down the steep cobbled hill to the T-junction at the bottom. Turn right onto the A686 towards Hexham. Drive past the Texaco garage and the South Tynedale Preservation steam railway on the left, round the sharp left hand bend and the Manor is the large white Georgian house set high in its own wooded grounds on the right hand side. Our 100ft high sequoia tree is a good landmark.
- Children welcome
- Tea/coffee making in bedrooms
- Packed lunches provided
- Lounge for residents' use
- Ironing facilities
- Private parking
- Totally non-smoking
- Building of historical interest
- Central heating
- Electric shaver points
- Television available
- Pony trekking/horse-riding
- Golf available (onsite or nearby)
- Visa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
- Dogs/pets accepted by arrangement
- WiFi or internet access
- Single sex groups welcomed
- High chairs available
- Cots available
- Real log/coal fires
Children welcome from any age.
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is
- Solid ie tarmac / concrete etc
- Route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Is flat (i.e. without steps)
- Good contrast between the floor and wall
- Bedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by guest
- Bedroom with non-allergenic bedding available
- Bathrooms available with:
- Separate shower unit
- Bath with shower
- Steps to the main entrance
- 1Number of steps to entrance
- Entrance well lit
- Bell at main entrance
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
- Meals for guests with special dietary requirements can be provided:
- Sugar free (diabetic)
- Gluten free (coeliac)
- Lactose free (dairy free)
We can cater for special diets by prior arrangement. We can also provide infomation in large print if requested. Access to the building requires 9 stairs down to reception and breakfast room and bar and up to public areas such as guest lounge and bedrooms.