Ashley House is a beautifully refurbished cottage set in the delightful moorland community of Ireby on the unspoiled northern fringe of the Lake District National park. Sleeping up to six people in three lovely bedrooms this is a spacious and welcoming starting point for making the most of all the walking and cycling opportunities this peaceful area has to offer. It is a characterful end-terrace house, which has been decorated in subtle coordinating tones and furnished with stylish and comfortable contemporary pieces as well as boasting wonderful views out over hills and farmland.
Ireby is a tranquil village with an interesting ancient heritage. Having received its market charter in the 13th century, it is technically a town but really has the atmosphere of a tranquil fell village. It boasts its own much loved village pub an easy stroll from the cottage which serves good food and real ale and the village hosts its own folk festival each year in May. There’s much fun to be had both walking and cycling in this area of the Caldbeck Fells, locally known as the Back O’ Skiddaw. From high ground here the views stretch to the south of Scotland, the Pennines and of course to many of the Lake District’s iconic peaks.
If guests would like to sample Cumbrian town life then, in spite of your rural setting, you're not too far away. Keswick and Cockermouth, two of northern Cumbria's loveliest towns are within 15 miles of the house. Cockermouth is a charming Georgian town with a great choice of independent shops and eateries. Well worth a visit as it is also notable for being Wordsworth's birthplace; in fact you can still pay a visit to his childhood home. Keswick, of course, is well known as the Lake District's adventure capital. This bustling town offers all manner of outdoor adventures as well as a twice-weekly market, an art deco cinema, a well renowned theatre and an abundance of shops and places to eat. Staying away from the madding crowds a visit to the charming village of Caldbeck, just six miles to the east of Ireby, will reward you with a popular village pub, several cafes, craft shops and much evidence of the area’s rich history. This seemingly remote village really does prove a picturesque base for exploring this wonderful area.