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Lowbyer Manor Country House, Hexham Road, Alston, Cumbria, (The Lake District) CA9 3JX

B&B - Sleeps 17

Welcomes Adults, Children, Dogs (in some rooms)

Average Rating from 7 reviews: 5.00
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Lowbyer Manor Country House

Contact Details

Laura and Richard Elston
Email - stay@lowbyer.com
Tel - 01434 381 230


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A Grade II listed Georgian Manor House offering 4-star commended accommodation in heart of the North Pennines. Four poster, family & superior rooms, over three floors.

All bedrooms offer en-suite facilities (shower or bath), with beverage facilities, TV, hair dryer, radio alarm. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms (subject to reception!) Guest Lounge with real wood fire, selection of books, magazine and papers. Lots of local info and suggestions of local eateries - some just a five minute walk. Free Wi-Fi in lounge. Snug bar with inglenook fireplaces offering selection of wines, spirits, cider, beer and soft drinks. Award-winning breakfast using local and Fair Trade produce. Mini Tourist Info Centre in hallway.

Informal gardens visited by variety of small garden birds, pheasant, red squirrel and Roe deer. Tables and chairs for guests’ use. Just 100yds from the South Tyndale Railway - the highest narrow gauge railway in England, with The Hub Museum opposite. Lots of cycle and walking routes to suit all levels, including part of Pennine Way.

  • 9 en-suite rooms - singles to 4-posters
  • Dogs welcome (in some rooms)
  • Award-winning breakfasts. Packed lunch
  • Guest lounge and a cosy bar
  • Close to South Tyndale Railway
  • Ideally situated for walkers and cyclists
  • Safe storage for bikes, wash off area
  • Drying space for outdoor clothes
  • Free Wi-Fi all rooms - subject to reception
  • Gold Award for Green Tourism

“Having a child and dog it can sometimes be difficult to find B&Bs that genuinely feels dog and child-friendly”

“Breakfast is fab. We have always found our hosts most welcoming. Nothing seems too much trouble”

“Both Laura and Richard, our hosts, were very welcoming and pleasant”

“The location is excellent”

“very well-run ’ship’ with bags of history in a stunningly beautiful part of northern England”

“Best breakfasts EVER! So much choice and beautiful dining room”

Lowbyer Manor Country House
Lowbyer Manor Country House
Lowbyer Manor Country House
Lowbyer Manor Country House

Review Review No. 7 of 7

Recommended by:

Jim H - Suffolk

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 5
  • 30 - 74
  •  
Stayed:

4 Nights
September - 2013

Wanted:
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Local Food
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“Perfect for comfort, countryside and walking”

The hotel is a lovely, old 18th century house with quite a history. The bedrooms are a good size, quiet and comfortable. There is a comfortable and elegant lounge and a cosy bar.

The breakfasts are excellent. There are no evening meals but several places to eat nearby. The view from our bedroom was exceptional.

The owners are welcoming and helpful and we certainly plan to come again to this hotel and this beautiful area.

Specifically Recommend:

See review

Local Gems:

The Blueberry Teahouse opens as a bistro Friday and Saturday evenings. Lovely food and friendly staff.

Jim H, Lowestoft, Suffolk - 1st April 2014

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 01/04/2014
By Jim H - Suffolk

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Review Review No. 6 of 7

Recommended by:

Ian T - Keswick

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 1
  • 60s
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
August - 2013

Wanted:
  • Working Holiday - Archaeological Project
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“A thoroughly relaxing place to stay in a beautiful part of the country”

Lowbyer Manor Country House has all the features and particularly the character of the old establishments that I remember staying in around the border, from the Cheviots and up into the Highlands as a youngster holidaying with my parents back in the 1950’s and 60’s.

From a warm welcome to the delicious food and comfortable accommodation - a very well-run ’ship’ with bags of history in a stunningly beautiful part of northern England

(I’m running out of superlatives!)

Specifically Recommend:

Beautiful location - very peaceful

Delicious food and heart

Down to earth owners - good folk!

Local Gems:

The old narrow-gauge railway

Epiacum Roman Fort at Whitley Castle, and the Maiden Way

All the pubs in town and, hopefully, Dry Burn Neolithic Henge - the first one in the North Pennines

Ian A. T. - St Johns in the Vale, Nr Keswick - 10th August 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 10/08/2013
By Ian T - Keswick

I confirm Ian was a bona-fide paying guest at Lowbyer. The content of his recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Richard, Partner, Lowbyer Manor Country House - 10th August 2013
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Review Review No. 5 of 7

Recommended by:

Steve M from Hartlepool

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 57 - 60
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
July - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Stayed for only one night but had a lovely time. Would certainly recommend to friends and family”

The accommodation is ideally located and easy to find. The building and surrounds are excellent, as is the interior (lounge-bar-bedrooms)

I would thoroughly recommend Lowbyer M.C.H. to anyone looking for a one night stopover or as a base to explore Alston and the surrounding area.

The local pubs, which are just a short stroll away, provide comfort, good food and good value.

The owners have set up some feeding boxes in the conifer trees which attract red squirrels which could easily be viewed from our bedroom window.

Specifically Recommend:

The location is excellent

The owner, Laura, is very welcoming and very helpful with local information

Local Gems:

The Cumberland Inn

South Tynedale Railway

En Route:

Carlisle

Steve M, Hartlepool - July 17th 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 17/07/2013
By Steve M from Hartlepool

I confirm Steve was a bona-fide paying guest at Lowbyer. The content of his recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Richard Elston, Lowbyer Manor Country House - 24th July 2013
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Review Review No. 4 of 7

Recommended by:

Barbara M from Prenton

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • Dogs:
  • 2
  • 71 - 81
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

7 Nights
June - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Local Food
  • Visiting Friends
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
Summary:

“A relaxing break in a beautiful corner of England”

We’ve been visiting Alson for about 30 years and have always done self-catering. I booked Lowbyer as I’ve always wanted to stay there.

We had a warm welcome from Laura and Richard, and had tea and biscuits in their beautiful lounge with stunning views over the fells.

Tea and coffee facilities in the room included various kinds of tea - eg green or Earl Grey - and there was hot chocolate too (and biscuits!) The beds were covered by beautiful quilts made by a relative of the owners. The shower was very spacious and the water was the right temperature without any adjustments.

Breakfast was fantastic - I especially enjoyed the fresh fruit salad - also the full English with locally sourced ingredients. There was a cosy bar and a beautiful garden, and evidence of the age of the house (1778), pig sty (unused now!), signs of a dovecote, mounting block and hooks to hold horses’ reins.

Alston is a fascinating town, full of history with lovely walks (we took our dog) and two rivers - the Nent and the South Tyne. A steep cobbled street, Market Cross, and a good variety of shops. Also some dog-friendly places to eat, and the locals are very friendly.

Laura and Richard are the perfect hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for them . I can’t wait to go back!

Specifically Recommend:

Location, breakfasts, owners!

One of my favourite places. Just outside town, high in the Pennines.

Best breakfasts EVER! So much choice and beautiful dining room.

Laura and Richard are just great!

Be Aware:

Take care crossing road - property on sharp bend on main road

Local Gems:

Alston is a gem of a town. Love the walk from the Rutts to Gossip Gate and the Seven Sisters Waterfall

En Route:

Westmorland Services (Tebay) - best in England!

Village Bakery - Melmerby

Barbara M, Wirral, Merseyside - 5th July 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 05/07/2013
By Barbara M from Prenton

I confirm Barbara was a bona-fide paying guest at Lowbyer. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Richard Elston, Partner, Lowbyer Manor Country House - 12th July 2013
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Review Review No. 3 of 7

Recommended by:

Enid J from Gwynedd

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • 60 - 65
  •  
Stayed:

3 Nights
June - 2013

Wanted:
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Relaxing
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Very pleasant B&B accommodation set in a beautiful area with much to see.”

Very nice room and guest room, with good supply of information about local attractions, walks etc.

Very tastefully decorated and furnished and still cosy and friendly.

Breakfast was excellent.

Both Laura and Richard, our hosts, were very welcoming and pleasant.

Specifically Recommend:

The breakfasts

The owners

Local Gems:

Nent Hall, near Alston - best place for an evening meal.

Walk along Nent River from centre of Alston - particularly good.

En Route:

Appleby Horse Fair - on our way home from Alston - very interesting.

Enid J from Gwynedd - 13th June 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 13/06/2013
By Enid J from Gwynedd

I confirm Enid was a bona-fide paying guest at Lowbyer. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.Richard Elston, Partner, Lowbyer Manor Country House - 17th June 2013
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Review Review No. 2 of 7

Recommended by:

K F - Cullercoats, N Shields

Our party:
  • Adults:
  • Ages:
  •  
  • 2
  • over 65
  •  
Stayed:

1 Nights
May - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Our third visit and we will definitely be back”

Alston is a wonderful village, set high up in the Cumbrian countryside. To the edge of it is one of the most fantastic roads - the A686 - already chosen as one of the 10 most beautiful roads in the world.

Lowbyer Manor is a real gem, tucked back from the main road, where visitors are greeted with a tray of tea or coffee and biscuits in the gorgeous visitors’ lounge. The lounge is equipped with daily papers, books, games and internet access. The rooms are lovely, with special details such as handmade quilts and a good selection of teas and MUGS - rather than piddly cups!

Breakfast is fab. We have always found our hosts most welcoming. Nothing seems too much trouble and they have rooms where dogs can stay with visitors. Long may Lowbyer Manor survive!

Specifically Recommend:

Everything about the place is lovely and well thought out.

Be Aware:

You will have a great night’s sleep!

Local Gems:

Alston House does very good food

The old train is cute

Lots of great walks

K. R. from North Shields - 6th June 2013

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/06/2013
By K F - Cullercoats, N Shields

I confirm this is written by a bona-fide paying guest at Lowbyer. The content of their recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing.
Richard Elston, Partner, Lowbyer Manor Country House - 17th June 2013
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Review Review No. 1 of 7

Recommended by:

Joanne W from Bay Horse

Our party:
  • Adults:
  •  
  • Children:
  • 2
  •  
  • 1
Stayed:

2 Nights
May - 2013

Wanted:
  • Relaxing
  • Walking
  • Touring
  • Beach / Sea
  • Shopping
  • Entertainment
  • Local Food
Summary:

“Just what we needed”

We have visited Lowbyer Manor on three occasions now and have always been made to feel very welcome.

Having a child and dog it can sometimes be difficult to find B&Bs that genuinely feels dog- and child-friendly. The guest lounge is always a lovely space to end the evening as well.

Specifically Recommend:

The owners

The breakfasts

Local Gems:

Walking

Joanne W, Bay Horse, Lancaster - 6.6.13

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recommended place to stay

Recommended on 06/06/2013
By Joanne W from Bay Horse

I confirm Joanne was a bona-fide paying guest at Lowbyer. The content of her recommendation was not incentivised and is factually accurate at the time of writing
Richard Elston, Partner, Lowbyer Manor Country House - 17th June 2013
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