Self Catering

A number of self catering cottages are available for both small and large groups. We particularly recommend South Loaning for its hospitality and lovely situation:

South Loaning Apartment, Alston

South Loaning Apartment occupies the top floor of a Georgian house on the edge of Alston. The house is built into the hillside, and the front door for the apartment is at 1st floor level. There is an entrance hall and downstairs loo, and then a flight of stairs to the apartment itself. It has a large living room with a log fire, a large dining kitchen, bathroom, and three bedrooms.

•Oil fired central heating

•Washing machine and tumble dryer



•Linen and hand towels included

•Sleeps 5 comfortably, and sixth in pull out bed

•Cot available

•1 pet welcome- dog bed provided


High season- (second half of July, and August, and Xmas and New year £350 per week

Mid season-(Easter to Nov, and Feb half term apart from July/Aug)£200 per week

Short break £180 3 or 4 nights

Low Season- (Nov to Easter, apart from Xmas, New year and Half term) £180 per week

Short break £150 3 or 4 nights

Contact Hazel Hanley

01434 382575


1, South Loaning House, Alston Cumbria CA9 3JZ

Distance from studio: 10-15 min drive

A relatively new venture and one particularly suited to our students is:

Alston Art Apartments

Alston Art Apartments are a group of four architect designed cottages situated in the historic “Butts” lanes of Alston. The cottages are partly converted from original stone built barns and the development was winner in the New Build category of the Eden District Council 2009 Design Awards.


The apartments have been designed to  cater in particular for guests with a creative or activity interest and the owners offer the possibility of longer stays in order to develop creative work or to pursue a particular interest. The cottages have recently all achieved the Enjoy England Gold Award. 

Contact Sonia Kempsey

01434 382975



Distance from studio: 10-15 min drive

Isaac’s Byre

A lovely old barn conversion, newly renovated, and conviently situated for our courses with great views over Garrigill.  Isaac’s Byre is also an eco-friendly cottage and has achieved Gold Standard in the Green Business Scheme.

The cottage sleeps at least 6 people in comfort, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. There's one double bedroom with en suite shower room, one twin on the ground floor which can be a super king size bed with family bathroom nearby, and another twin room with a shower room next to it.

Downstairs, there's a wood burning stove, an open plan living room with views over the valley, a gorgeous kitchen with range cooker, a garden, storage for bikes, and parking for 2 cars.

Contact Ann Wardlaw

01434 381013



Distance from studio: 10-15 min walk

Further information on self catering cottages is also provided by the Cumbria Tourist Information Board


Bed and Breakfast          Guest House/Hotel            Self Catering            Eating Out

Special Offers

EASTER:  Arrive Easter Monday and enjoy a free day before joining a 3 day pennine Painting Art course 11th-13th April, depart Saturday 14th April. Free use of artists’ materials at the cottage during your stay included in price.  Price for accommodation £375

MAY: Arrive 17th May (for PenninePainting 4 day course starting 18th May).  Enjoy a free day afterthe course and depart on Wednesday 23rd May. Free use of artists’ materials at the cottage during your stay included in price.  Price for accommodation £375