The farmhouse is equipped with electric night storage heaters. They charge up overnight and release heat during the day. On the top right hand side of each heater there are two dials the one on the right represents how hot the heater will be and must be turned up or down the night before to store heat and release it during the following day, the dial on the left is how much is released – this dial should not be higher than the input one. If you find the house too hot and turn the heaters off, please make sure they are turned back on the night before you leave. Our next guests may feel the cold!! The bathrooms have fan heaters.
There are two wood burning stoves and that is all that they burn. They do not control the water. There is plenty of wood to saw and logs to split and cut if you have the energy. However, there will be logs already split if you don’t! The fires do not need to be cleaned out after use unless excessive ash has built up. They actually burn better on a bed of ash. The wood is stored in the small shed in the garden of the Farmhouse.
There is a normal household system throughout the property and it should provide you with ample hot water. Please share out heavy bathroom use. Please be aware that the water can be very hot.
It is VITALLY IMPORTANT that no tampons, disposable nappies, condoms, wipes or any other items except loo paper are flushed down the toilets. There are bins provided for these items. Any of the above items causes havoc with the septic tank system and the results are not very pleasant.
The property is equipped with smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, fire blankets and emergency lighting. In case of fire please warn other occupants, dial 999 and raise the alarm with us in the barn. Assembly point is the wall at the bottom of the garden.
Please place all rubbish in the bin liners provided and leave inside the shed beside the main wooden gate in the drive, not the shed in the garden. Collection day is Tuesday. There are re-cycle bins outside the shed for glass bottles, cardboard and tin cans and a re-cycle facility next to Moredun Garage on Town Foot.
We are very pleased to welcome your dogs but would ask you not to allow them on the furniture and try to keep them downstairs. PLEASE clear any mess up and put into bags then into the shed by the big gate in a separate bag. We are surrounded by sheep so please do not let your dogs roam.
GARDEN AND BOUNDARIES
Charcoal for the BBQ can be purchased from Henderson’s Garage or the Spar. You may also use the shed to store your bikes if you wish. The area round the barn is private, as is the yard between the farmhouse and the barn.
For the protection of your children, may we advise you to keep the garden and driveway gates closed. Please do not let your children climb fences or walls. Dry stonewalls can collapse and cause serious injury.
There is no right of way across the surrounding fields. In order to maintain our relationships with our neighbours we do ask you not to take short cuts across them. In particular there is no right of access from Mark Close Farmhouse down to the river. The Pennine Way runs from Alston’s Brewery Bridge along to Harbut Lodge and then up to the Brampton Road. You come out about ¼ mile beyond Mark Close.
VACATION OF PROPERTY
Please make sure you vacate the property by 10.00 a.m. Please would you help us by:
- Stripping the beds of sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover (not the mattress covers) and putting them in the utility room.
- Putting all rubbish in bin liners and then into the little shed by main gate.
- Return all furniture that has been moved about.
- Switch on any storage heaters that have been turned off. (Please can this be done the night before you leave).
- Sign the Visitors Book!
Any food etc. that you do not wish to take with you will be found a home. Belongings left in the property will be kept for 10 days. After that it will be taken to the local charity shop.
TOWN INFORMATION. (This is subject to change!!)
SHOPS, BANKS & MEDICAL INFORMATION.
Most items can be bought in Alston. Half day closing is a Tuesday (although some do remain open). Some shops close on Saturday afternoon, particularly in winter months. The post office is open Monday – Friday and Saturday mornings.
The Co-operative and the Spar are open 7 days a week 7.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. They have a lottery ticket outlet.
There is a butcher, a baker, greengrocer, wholefood shop, chemist, hardware shop, beauty salon and hairdresser. The town has a library (situated in the Town Hall), gift shops, antique shops, outdoor clothing shop, and potteries.
The Spar has a cash point facility, the Co-op and Spar both have cash back facilities.
Alston Community Hospital’s telephone no is 381218, Surgery, 381214 and the Vet is 381792.
Alston Information Centre: 01434 382244. Penrith: 01768 867466 and Hexham: 01434 605225.
Henderson’s 381265 and Moredun 381318.
DRINKING, EATING OUT AND TAKE AWAY:
(please note that this information was right at time of writing).
5 pubs. There are two fish and chip outlets (The High Plaice – in the market square and Country Pantry – opposite the Town Hall); Interesting cafes:- The Top Café; Blueberries and Country Pantry in Alston; Nenthead Mining Museum and Melmerby Village Bakery. Good restaurant meals at Alston House; Lowbyre Manor Hotel, The Kirkstyle Inn (Slaggyford), Nent Hall Country House Hotel. The Cumberland Hotel and The Angel do good pub grub.
SPORTS & RECREATION:
There is a tough high golf course – 381675. Visitors are always welcome. Fishing: permits from The Tourist Information Office and the Angel Inn. Alston and Killhope Riding Centre – 01388 537600. Sinderhope Trekking Centre 01434 685266.
There are swings etc. on Fairhill, which is situated at the top of the town, and there is also a bowling green. Visitors are welcome.
Please note there is no telephone on the premises. In case of emergency please come to the Barn (opposite) where it will be possible to access a land line.
Broadband Wireless internet access is available. Look for MARKCLOSEFARM.
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to make sure that your holiday is a happy one.
Sheila and Hugh Wyatt
Telephone No. 01434 381780