This cottage is a little hidden gem; nestled in the grounds of The Old Vicarage, The Coach House is full of light and character and provides a perfect base for exploring the beautiful Eden Valley. Sleeping 2 people in a king size bedroom, this is a spacious cottage that has been beautifully furnished so that you can make the most of your holiday in comfort and style. The vaulted ceilings and large French doors onto the garden make the living room a sunny welcoming room. During the day, throw open the doors and enjoy fresh air and birdsong and in the evening close the curtains, turn on the gas effect woodburner and snuggle up on one of the sofas for a cosy evening in. The decked patio area is a true suntrap if you fancy sitting out with a glass of wine and enjoying the evening light bathing the hills at the end of the day.
The Coach House is located on the edge of Ainstable, a small village on the slopes of the Eden Valley. This is a rural area and keen walkers and cyclists will not be disappointed with the numerous walking and cycling options available from the door. Not much planning is required to end or break your day at a local tea room or pub and there are plenty to choose from. Ainstable does not have a pub but it does have The Heather Glen; a small hotel and restaurant serving lovely food at reasonable prices during the weekend. The nearest pubs are just 2 miles away in the beautiful sandstone village of Armathwaite on the River Eden, a choice of footpaths with splendid views lead down to the valley or it is a short drive away. The owners recommend a walk up to Ruckcroft for a 360-degree view of the Eden Valley, Scottish hills, Lake District fells, Solway coast and the Pennines. Other nearby walks of note include the steep wooded valley of the River Gelt at Gelt Woods near Brampton, lovely at any time of year; or visit the enigmatic stone circle of Long Meg which can be planned into a longer walk through the rolling countryside.
The cottage is surrounded by quiet countryside, yet main roads are within easy reach giving convenient access to the wider area. The Eden valley provides a host of attractions but if you want to head further afield why not spend a day touring the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall with its associated forts and museums set in an evocative wild and rugged landscape. Just half an hour away Carlisle is a compact city ideal for exploring on foot; visit the imposing sandstone castle or cathedral, wander in the parks alongside the River Eden or browse the shops in the city centre. The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will give you a total change of scene or head for the solitude of the North Pennines. Take a drive up the scenic Hartside Pass to Alston, highest market town in England and go for a ride on a narrow-gauge steam railway or of course the Lake District National Park offers stunning scenery and many historic attractions as well as outdoor activities; Ullswater is only a 30-minute drive.
The Coach House offers that dream combination of true peace and quiet on the edge of a village with a location that gives you easy access to all the area has to offer whilst the gorgeous accommodation on offer completes the perfect package.