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Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel

Lake District
  • This historic rural retreat is located on the Pennine Way
  • The hotel has 2 AA Rosettes & a VisitEgland Breakfast Award
  • Great for walkers, the hotel is close to the Northumberland National Park & the Lake District
  • The hotel's award-winning wine list has over 100 wines

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Lovelady Lane
Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3LX
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Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel is a Cumbrian hideaway set in landscaped gardens on the site of a 13th-century convent on the Pennine Way.

This Georgian country house has the River Nent running through the garden and is just under three miles from the village of Alston. Located on the edge of the Lake District and 22 miles south of Northumberland National Park, the hotel is a great base for walkers, with local rambling routes accessible by foot. Hadrian's Wall is around 40 minutes' drive.

The hotel boasts two AA Rosettes, serving British cuisine with a continental twist made from high-quality local ingredients. There is also an award-winning 100-strong wine list, awarded Imbibe Magazine Wine List of the Year 2014 and AA Noteable Wine List 2015. The food keeps up the high standards in the morning, with the Cumbrian breakfast holding a VisitEngland Breakfast Award.

The cosy library and lounge with log fires give a low-key, country-house feel. There is also a cocktail bar. Long windows in all rooms allow guests to enjoy the views from inside, or you can open up the French windows to the lawn on sunny days.

The AA praises the "stylish, thoughtfully equipped bedrooms".

From the press:

“This delightful country house set in three acres of landscaped gardens” -- The AA Hotel Guide 2017

“Eating here is a treat, with a wide-ranging menu that can set diners dithering” -- The AA Restaurant Guide 2017
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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • Room service (limited hours)

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Complimentary parking
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.


  • Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests

  • Extra guest charges will apply as follows: £25 per night for children aged 3-15. This includes breakfast. Extra beds are on request and must be requested upon booking. Children aged 2 and under stay free of charge, in a cot/crib on request. This includes breakfast. Please use the Special Requests field to request extra beds/cots.
    Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy levels.


  • Pets are allowed on request (maximum of 2 pets per room): £10 per pet, per night. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and are charged directly by the hotel.


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details

  • Children under the age of 7 are only allowed the Bistro Menu, and are not permitted in the restaurant after 7.30pm.

Getting there

The hotel is located just under three miles from Alston, just off the A689 and A686. Parking is free. The closest airport is Newcastle, an hour's drive away.


  • Lovelady Lane
  • Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3LX
  • United Kingdom

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 3564 9000

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