Sleeping up to ten adults and two children, Beechcroft is a Grade II Listed Building in the market town of Appleby. Beechcroft features over an acre of wild gardens, this dog-friendly cottage has been fully and sensitively refurbished to offer its guests a warm and comfortable stay, whilst retaining its charming nineteenth-century character. The high ceilings you would expect to see in any house of this period are matched by triptych and diptych windows in every room; the original frames now hold double-glazed panes. The ample interior spaces are well-lit by natural daylight and the heritage colours used in the interior complement the changing colours of the foliage outside, no matter what the season.
Built for by the Heelis family in around 1800, it was lived in by subsequent generations of that family until 1948. Indeed, Beatrix Potter married William Heelis and it is rumoured that she graced ‘Bongate Cottage’ (to use Beechcroft’s original name) with her presence for family visits. The cottage was sold in 1948 to George and Frances Sowerby, when it was renamed Beechcroft and the grounds were converted to a ‘nurserymans business’, the remains of which are obvious today within the acre of grounds.
Comprising of six bedrooms in various configurations, Beechcroft is ideal for an extended family get-together or a group of families and friends. It has two super king-size bedrooms, which can be split into two singles, two double bedrooms and two bunkbed rooms, one of which is reserved especially for children. Despite the fact that Beechcroft is located in Appleby itself and a stone’s throw from local amenities, the cottage feels secluded and is bathed in a feeling of calm tranquillity; happy memories are sure to be created at Beechcroft.
As well as priding itself as the County Town of Westmorland, Appleby also boasts its own stop on the famous Settle to Carlisle railway line. The Flying Scotsman has recently stopped here on the lines re-opening and for the steam enthusiasts amongst you it's a great opportunity to see the two steam engines that pass through the station on a weekly basis!