Bridge House, named after the bridge that crosses Allonby Beck to the front of the cottage, is a deceptively large 18th-century dwelling in the centre of the small village of Allonby. The village is situated on the north west coast of Cumbria, between Maryport and Silloth, in a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. The cottage can sleep up to 10 people; the dining room can seat up to 10 guests, although the seating in the living room is better suited to 6. Dogs are welcome and there is a small fully enclosed yard to the rear of the property.
Allonby village was originally established by Quakers and boasts several splendid buildings including the Old Baths, North Lodge, Christ Church, and the "Reading Room", which was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, famous for designing Manchester’s Town Hall, and London’s Natural History Museum. The cottage is a stone's throw from the long sandy beach, with fine views across the Solway Estuary to the mountains of Southern Scotland. Popular with families and dog walkers, the Cumbrian Coastal Way passes through the village, and walkers can enjoy many miles of green sea-banks.
The village has a long history of being a sea-bathing resort, going back to the 18th century, when the fashion for bathing, and even drinking sea water, was considered a health cure. Today’s visitors can still enjoy the beach – a cleanliness and safety winner – and also take advantage of windsurfing and Twentyman’s famous ice cream, a well-known homemade treat. The village keeps much of its Georgian and Victorian charm, with cobbled lanes, curious corners to explore, and some interesting old houses. In what was once the main street stands an imposing colonnaded building (above), which was once the indoor baths where delicate Victorians could have their sea water comfortably warmed, in a suite of hot, cold, and vapour baths.