Sleeping 4 guests in 2 bedrooms, plus one lucky dog, The Hayloft originally formed part of Linbeck Farm from the 1600s, with the ground floor bedroom then as the byre. A pretty French door has now replaced the doorway previously used for returning cattle. The history of the original site dates even further back, with ‘Lin’ meaning flax and ‘beck’ meaning stream, providing an indication of what was produced in this idyll situated just three miles from the picturesque valley of Eskdale.
The views from this 18-acre child- and dog-friendly smallholding are unrivalled. A plantsman’s garden has been lovingly raised from seed, producing soft fruit and featuring rare Rhododendrons from China and Nepal. The garden is shared with the friendly owners (who live in Linbeck Farmhouse), as well as their hens, horses and pig. The garden is rich in wildlife including red squirrels (who love to race up and down the Ash tree!), jays, woodpeckers, great tits and blue tits.
The immediate area offers limitless opportunities for climbing, cycling and walking, with over 30 climbs of varying difficulty (graded Diff to E3) just on Brantrake Crag behind the cottage. It is a superb base for exploring this scenic part of Cumbria or for just relaxing and watching the weather go by from the warmth of your four-poster-bed! Nearby Muncaster Castle has beautiful gardens and a wonderful owl sanctuary. Ravenglass on the coast has an interesting Roman history and is the main departure station for the famous La’al Ratty miniature steam railway. Wastwater is six miles away, framed by the magnificent fells of Great Gable and Scafell Pike, the latter of which is the highest mountain in England and can be seen in all its magnificence from the cottage.
The Hayloft at Linbeck is wheelchair friendly for guests with reduced mobility.