Set upon the hillside on the drive out of Baycliff, it's easy to see how Chimney Cottage got its name. As the delightful whitewash property comes into view, its impressive chimney stands proud against the open sky beyond. Packed full of character and quirky features, Chimney Cottage has a friendly welcoming warmth from the outset. Most guests don't make it past the cheery sun lounge before kicking off their shoes and opening a book to relax with. A small secluded courtyard offers a private place to dine on a summer's evening, while the cosy living room, complete with wood burning stove and exposed beams, is the perfect place to curl up with a hot chocolate on a cold winter's night.
Barely noticeable from the coast road which skirts the village, Baycliff has a traditional English country feel; the community centres around a pretty village green and many of the properties date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Situated between Bardsea and Aldingham overlooking Morecambe Bay, the village was once a fishing and farming community, historically part of Lancashire. A gentle stroll beyond the village green takes in a lovely playground with picnic benches and views across the bay. The Fishermans Arms opposite the park serves food daily; it has a beer garden, a well-stocked bar and receives excellent reviews for its menu and welcome.
The beach is a mere ten-minute stroll from the property. When the tide is out, the vast expanse of sand appears to reach as far as the eye can see. Hidden rock pools, colourful pebbles and the variety of shells left behind by the sea will keep children entertained for hours, while four-legged friends will enjoy the freedom to run in all directions. Across the bay, Morecambe and Heysham are visible on a clear day, and towards the East, the Lakeland fells provide an impressive backdrop. The bustling market town of Ulverston is only three miles away and, further along the coast, Barrow-in-Furness, famous for its shipbuilding heritage, offers plenty of places to explore, including two islands just off its shore. A 20-minute drive back towards the motorway brings you to the southern tip of Windermere, the perfect starting point for a day trip into the National Park.