Kia ora - meaning 'welcome' in New Zealand - is a charming little bungalow that has been extended to open up the modern living accommodation, which sleeps up to four people across two bedrooms. Children and dogs are welcome and the rear garden is fully enclosed. Unusually for Cockermouth, there is plenty of unrestricted parking available in addition to the private parking in this peaceful and sought-after neighbourhood. A pretty garden offers cushioned al fresco seating from which to watch the sun set with a G&T in hand. If you want a taste of how the locals live, this is the perfect cottage for you.
Situated around 12 minutes walk from the centre of Cockermouth, guests can enjoy a wide choice of independent restaurants, bars, cafes and shops run by welcoming locals. Jennings Brewery is a Cockermouth institution offering regular tours with the all important beer and pie sampling and shop. Closer by is Wordsworth House, boyhood home of William Wordsworth and his family, now owned by the National Trust. There are lovely riverside strolls, footpaths heading into the surrounding pastoral countryside, as well as parks and play areas for children.
Cockermouth is well located for exploring the whole of north and west Cumbria. There is a huge variety of walks for all abilities with Keswick, Bassenthwaite, Loweswater, Buttermere and Caldbeck all within a 30-minute drive. If you get sick of the Lake District (something we think is frankly impossible!), why not have a day at the seaside? From Maryport, just 15 minutes away, head north along the Solway Coast for stunning views across to Scotland or south to explore the red sandstone cliffs of St Bees. There are plenty of attractions for rainy days, including the Lakes Distillery, Mirehouse stately home and the Beacon Museum, as well as family friendly days out at the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park and Whinlatter Forest Park.