Welcome to our beautiful holiday Cotterill Barn in the stunning North Pennines. A landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cotterill barn was a barn of Cotterill Farm, the derelict building next to the barn, and was probably built in the second half of the 19th century. The barn is shown on a map dated 1901, close to the front door. In 2009, the derelict barn, was rebuilt into a holiday home. Description of the Barn The ground floor comprises entrance hall with stairs, a large living room with open well-equipped kitchen. In the room is a sofa bed for a 5th person if necessary. A utility room with fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and microwave. Downstairs toilet with butler sink. Upstairs are two bedrooms "en-suite". One bathroom has a toilet, sink and bathtub, the other a toilet, sink and shower cubicle. Both bedrooms have a double bed. Outside there is enough parking space for two or three cars. The signal for mobile phones is reasonable. There is internet connection. The Barn doesn't have a television. Area The North Pennines was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1988 for its moorland scenery, the product of centuries of farming and lead-mining. At almost 2,000 square kilometres (770 sq mi) it is the second largest of the 49 AONBs in the United Kingdom. The landscape of the North Pennines AONB is one of open heather moors between deep dales, upland rivers, hay meadows and stone-built villages, some of which contain the legacies of a mining and industrial past. The area shares a boundary with the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the south and extends as far as the Tyne Valley, just south of Hadrian's Wall in the north. Typical are the "dry stone walls" and the remaining buildings of the lead and silver mines. The small village of Nenthead was built in the mid 18th century by the Quakers for the miners. The community shop in the village was the library meant for education. Nenthead is England’s highest village at 1500 feet. It was a major centre for lead and silver mining, and in its time had the most productive lead mine in the country. It is also an important place for the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route. Weather Choosing the North Pennines as a holiday destination, means choosing for nature, for walking, for wind and for peace and quiet. Because the barn looks down on Nenthead valley which is itself 1500 feet of altitude, it can get colder than you might expect. Bring warm, water and windproof clothes. The messages Down in the village is the Community Shop (5 minute walk). Here you can go for the basic necessities of life, including a newspaper. For more serious shopping, Alston (10 miles) is the first opportunity. Here are also the tourist office (opposite the church), a bank (HSBC) and an Outdoor Shop. Even more serious shopping is possible in Hexham (40 miles) or Penrith (50 miles). And of course in Newcastle and Carlisle. Meals outdoors The closest to home is The Miners Arms, the pub of Nenthead. Their menu is rather basic. From our own experience we can recommend: Alston house ( opposite the Spar), the Cumberland Arms and Allendale Inn (market Allendale, 12 mile).
A warm welcome to our (*CONTENT HIDDEN*) and perhaps to our precious "Little Barn". After spending many holidays in the UK, the purchase of the Barn meant a lot to us. Summer 2009, we fell in love with both Barn and the unique location. The combination, or contrast if you like, of rugged nature, no nonsense atmosphere of Alston Moor and the comfort and 'coziness' of the Barn, is unbeatable. After long walks relax with book, music, candles, wine or whisky.