Breckon Cottage accommodation summary
Living room with woodburner
Shower room and separate WC
King size bedroom
Shared gravel area with parking for 2 cars
Rear yard with seating
Towels will be provided
The house is heated by gas central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
Sorry, no pets
No age restrictions for children
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £100. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
The owners of this cottage will be providing a Christmas tree and decorations for the festive season.
Breckon Cottage was built by Jennings Brewery in 1893 to house workers at the pub, though the downstairs rooms may well have older roots as indicated by the thick walls and traditional slate floor in the kitchen. The house has been lovingly renovated by the current owners and beautifully combines traditional charm with modern comfort. It feels homely, cosy and you will want to spend time here just relaxing in lovely surroundings.
Parking for the cottage is on the shared gravel area to the side of the cottage. There is space for 2 small cars and extra free parking can be found on the road in front of the cottage if needed. The back door leads into a porch area which also functions as the utility room. This handy space has a tiled floor with plenty of room for muddy boots. This space also benefits from a number of hooks for coats above the radiator perfect for drying wet waterproofs, and for cosy warm coats on a cold winters day! Both a washing machine and tumble dryer can be found in here should you need them.
Just to the left off the hall is a fully tiled downstairs shower room with heated towel rail and on the right a separate WC. Continue along the tiled hall past an umbrella/walking stick stand and hall table, with useful local information and tourist information leaflets, and you will come to the dining room on the right.
The solid wood table and four chairs stand on a tiled floor. Whilst you enjoy your meal you can also enjoy the view of Skiddaw and Carl Side out of the window. Plan your next walk using the 3D relief map of the Lake District on the wall, or give yourself a pat on the back on your return! An attractive painted dresser contains spare glasses and crockery and a library of local interest books, including the Wainwright guides, and in the cupboards underneath you will find a selection of games and jigsaws. You can also access the parking area and yard through a side door out of this room.
At the end of the hallway are 2 steps down to the kitchen with a fantastic old slate floor which has been lovingly restored to its full glory by the current owners. The fitted kitchen contains a dishwasher, electric oven and hob, microwave and 4-slice toaster. It is very well equipped with everything you could possibly need including a bin with an automatic lid, it opens with a wave of the hand and closes itself - even the children will be tidying up after themselves! The kitchen window looks out over the yard and trees at the back of the cottage.
To the left of the kitchen is the cosy living room; with amazing feature brick and stone fireplace and early Victorian red and black chequerboard tiles on the floor this room oozes character. A 3-seater sofa and 2 chairs surround the fireplace, perfect for cosy evenings in around the woodburner (for which logs will be provided in the winter). Just because the surroundings are traditional and the side table a French antique it does not mean there is no 21st century technology to take advantage of though. There is a smart TV with blu-ray DVD player and a selection of DVDs. Paintings on the wall are of local scenes and there are local interest magazines to browse. A rug by the fire and a set of tables complete the furniture in this snug sitting room.
The stairs lead up from behind a door in the kitchen. Beautifully carpeted with local Herdwick wool carpet, they curve right round on themselves up to a small landing. On the right is the large bathroom complete with beautiful roll top bath and spacious walk in shower, this is a perfect room for relaxing in. The lights on the mirror come on with a wave of the hand and there is a heated towel rail for a snuggly warm towel when you finally decide to get out of the bath after a long soak.
Next to the bathroom is the master bedroom. With original artwork and an antique mirror on the walls the owners call this the "flower room". The king size bed is made up with cotton sheets and the wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables are matching white cedar; this room feels spacious, luxurious and calm. Dual aspect windows give lovely views out to Skiddaw and Carl Side with glimpses of Latrigg through the trees, and round to Clough Head and the slopes of Walla Crag. Excellent double glazing means you cannot hear any noise from the road and a peaceful night's sleep is guaranteed.
Off the left of the landing is the twin bedroom, also dual aspect with views up to Skiddaw and through the trees to Latrigg. There is an oak wardrobe and bedside tables for storage and as well as the Herdwick carpet on the floor, there is a delightful picture of Herdies on the wall!
Outside there is a bench by the back door - perfectly placed to enjoy the view up to Skiddaw with your morning cuppa. The gravelled back yard area contains a table and chairs for two and gets the sun around lunchtime for dining al fresco.