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Iona Cottage - Lowther Valley

Bampton, Lake District
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Family friendly
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming period cottage with woodburner nestled in the rolling countryside of the Lowther Valley
  • Traditional features including undulating floorboards, period staircase, window seats and exposed beams
  • Large garden with a wealth of fruit trees ideal for letting the kids and dogs play
Property code: SZ271

Explore this lesser-known pocket of the Lake District National Park with this delightful retreat just 2 miles from Haweswater Reservoir.

A very warm welcome to this characterful gem nestled in Bampton in the gently rolling countryside of the Lowther Valley. It has been completely refurbished to bring it elegantly into the 21st century while making the most of its period features such as undulating floorboards, charming window seats and exposed beams.  It sits in a small complex of similar traditional cottages and sleeps up to four people in two beautifully decorated bedrooms and has a large garden with a wealth of fruit trees making a lovely treat for those lucky enough to be visiting when the fruits ripen.

Bampton is a tranquil village nestled in beautiful countryside just two miles from Haweswater at the eastern end of the Lake District National Park. It's one of the lesser visited areas of the national park making it wonderfully peaceful while being incredibly easy to get to from the M6. Haweswater is the most remote and arguably the most mysterious of the Lakes with an atmosphere all of its own. Due to its remote nature and lack of visitors this rugged, sheltered valley is a thriving haven for wildlife. The craggy terrain is well suited to peregrines and buzzards and frequently their cries are the only sounds breaking the silence. The valley is even home to its own herd of red deer. Even closer to the cottage red squirrels are frequently spotted, why not get a picnic together and potter down to Haweswater beck 150 metres away and spend the afternoon listening for wildlife and paddling in the stream?

Exploring the wider eastern Lake District couldn't be easier. The cottage is just 7 miles from beautiful Ullswater, widely thought of as the most picturesque of the Lakes. Here you can make the most of the wonderful range of walking on offer or enjoy being out on the water either under your own paddle power or aboard one of Ullswater's elegant steamers. Bampton Grange is also within very easy driving distance of Keswick, the Lake District's adventure capital. Here you can explore your wilder side with any number of outdoor activities or just enjoy this vibrant market town on foot.

On arrival at the property the main door leads directly into the kitchen/diner. It's a well-equipped room with dishwasher, microwave, fan oven, electric hobs, a washer dryer and all the crockery and utensils you might need for your stay. The kitchen has been completely replaced but it still retains all its original charm with a latched door and period style window. Venturing through the hallway you reach the living room which has two deep comfy sofas, a large TV with Freeview and a DVD. The owners have thoughtfully left a selection of DVD's and books to keep you entertained during your stay. This room is a period gem with marvellous old built in cupboards and gorgeous wooden window seats. Just the place to lose yourself in a Jane Austen novel.

Moving up the wide curved staircase you'll arrive at the wonderful master bedroom. This has been decorated in calm warm colours and has a king-size wooden bedstead, a large wardrobe and a wonderful wooden window seat for dreaming away your time and an en-suite shower room with a beautiful curved shower enclosure. The twin bedroom has the same lovely wooden bedroom furniture and dual aspect windows benefiting from gorgeous views over the rolling countryside and down to the river. The family bathroom is a lovely space with a large double ended bath and over bath shower, a perfect spot for soaking away tired muscles after your Lake District adventures.

Wandering outside you'll find a wonderfully large garden with multiple places to enjoy an al fresco meal or glass of wine, you'll also find the large shed where there is table football to keep the family amused as well as bags of space for locking away bikes and kayaks should you care to bring them. The garden has multiple fruit trees and bushes including redcurrants, blackberries, pears, plums and gooseberries to name but a few. If you're lucky enough to be visiting when the fruit ripens then you can enjoy them yourselves! Children will love the tree house as an ideal hiding place from the parents. Just a short stroll from the cottage brings you to the village common where there are football posts and more space to keep the children amused. Why not enjoy a morning cuppa or a sunset glass of wine while the children (or indeed the big kids) turn cartwheels on the lawn?

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath. 1 en-suite shower room with basin and wc
  • This property dates back to the 17th Century so does have undulating floorboards and an uneven period staircase  
  • Fan oven, electric hobs, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer
  • TV and DVD player
  • Wood burner
  • Enclosed garden with furniture and tree house
  • Table football in the large shed
  • Storage for bikes and kayaks
  • 2 allocated parking spaces near cottage
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 3 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £200 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £25. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Kylie Harmon-Twidle

This property is personally managed by Kylie.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 35 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Ant 11th February 2024

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Reviewed by Reginald 22nd December 2023

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A very good period cottage in better condition than I had expected very comfortable and warm we will visit again. Kitchen is very well equipped large refrigerator .

Reviewed by Gail 3rd November 2023

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Reviewed by Colin 22nd September 2023

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Had a lovely week at Iona,felt at home straight away and our Lab enjoyed the large garden.Great walks direct from the cottage with the Mardale Inn just down the road serving great food which we would recommend.We would definitely return.

Reviewed by Vicky 15th September 2023

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Super stay with the lakes living up to it reputation with gales and floods but all part of the experience. Cottage was warm throughout and great garden for dogs but might not be completly secure though. Beware car is parked some way from the cottage so carrying luggage requires some leg work. Keswick Derwent waters fantastic, about 45min drive and Read morepenrith 10 miles. Hawswater can do a long walk for the day from the cottage Local pub variable opening times best to walk there but only 10min away Hide

Reviewed by Graham 8th September 2023

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Reviewed by Susan 1st September 2023

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Amazing garden for your doggys and kids well equipped cottage near to the local pub very quiet if youre after a relaxing holiday would recommend to anybody had an amazing time we have a large dog and the garden was very secure for him will be returning as we loved it that much

Reviewed by Kristy 28th July 2023

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Iona Cottage is in a good location with lovely walks near by. We ate a lovely meal at the Mardale Inn which is a short walk from the property. Unfortunately what could have been a lovely holiday was let down by the cottage being very unclean and one of the bedrooms having damp walls. We enjoyed playing darts in the games room but were unable to plaRead morey table football as it was broken. It's worth noting that Iona Cottage is part of complex of cottages so not as private as the website shows. Hide

Reviewed by Erica 7th July 2023

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This is a lovely cottage in a delightful part of the Lake District. There are plenty of local walks that can be taken direct from the house, and more strenuous mountain-climbing walks are available a short drive away. The village of Bampton has a strong community, with a pub, shop, church and even a petrol station!

Reviewed by Susan Helen 30th June 2023

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Iona Cottage is one of the best properties we've ever stayed in and we would love to return. The beds and seating are very comfortable, the facilities are good, and the cottage has plenty of character. The location is perfect - it's so quiet & there are plenty of good walks all around without having to drive. The garden is delightful too.

Reviewed by Catherine 23rd June 2023

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Wonderful holiday was had by us all dogs included. Setting very peaceful , Had a great meal at the community pub.

Reviewed by Paul 16th June 2023

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Iona Cottage is perfect for a quiet relaxing holiday. The large enclosed garden is perfect for the dogs. The weather was hot and we spent time sat outside the beautiful garden. If you want a relaxing holiday in a comfortable rustic setting this is the place to stay. Situated on the edge of the Lake District the scenery is stunning with the lakes 20Read more to 30 minutes away. Shap is just a short drive away, which is good for picking up provisions and the M6 about 6 miles from Cottage. Enjoy! Hide

Reviewed by Simon 2nd June 2023

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Reviewed by Helen 12th May 2023

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This was our 2nd visit to Iona Cottage. We just love the location; the cottage is a really comfortable base to visit the Lakes. Our dogs love the secure garden. Hopefully we will visit again in the near future.

Reviewed by Jenny 13th February 2023

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Cottage is in a lovely, secluded area which meant we were able to have a complete break from everything. The cottage is absolutely lovely, very clean and well maintained. The games room was used frequently by my husband and son and his dog loved the back garden. Will definitely be booking again.

Reviewed by Jennifer 10th February 2023

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We really enjoyed our second visit to Iona Cottage. It is a cosy comfortable cottage. The large garden is ideal for the children and dog and there are great local walks. We enjoyed a trip to the Adventure Playground at Lowther Castle with a delicious lunch in the cafe. We also enjoyed a walk up Hallin Fell with fantastic views of Ullswater.

Reviewed by Cara 30th December 2022

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Reviewed by Stephanie 9th December 2022

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A spacious, comfortable and well equipped cottage ideally suited for four people. There is a good sized garden for two active dogs. A great place to relax and unwind.

Reviewed by Hannah 18th November 2022

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This was our second visit to Iona Cottage and it felt like coming home. We had a wonderful week exploring Haweswater and beyond. A gorgeous cottage, with fantastic views and dreamy window seats. I hope we can return next year for more adventures!

Reviewed by Andrew 31st October 2022

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Reviewed by Rosaria 21st October 2022

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Wonderful location and very spacious accommodation. Altogether a comfortable stay

Reviewed by Helen 8th October 2022

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We had a wonderful week at Iona Cottage, the garden was fantastic for our 2 dogs. The cottage is beautiful and very comfortable, Such a peaceful and beautiful location we would be very happy to return

Reviewed by Enma 26th August 2022

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The cottage was 15 mins from Lowther, perfect for us but a bit of a drive to anywhere else. That was perfect as the peace and quiet was magical. A stunning cottage, modern with traditional features. Everything we could Want or need. The garden was superb! The summer house and tree house kept the kids entertained. I would love to stay again.the locaRead morels were really friendly, we tried out Appleby swimming pool, again perfect for us the staff went to great lengths to make us welcome. we will return Hide

Reviewed by Ren 12th August 2022

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Stayed for 2 weeks, 2 adults, teenager 2 dogs. Apart from creaky floorboards (which is in keeping with the cottage, and I loved) everything was perfect. Kitchen was well appointed, fridge/freezer big, and the garden - ah, the garden. It is the garden of my dreams. Secure for the dogs, and massive. Sited on the corner of a crossroads, I enjoyed sittRead moreing in the garden, watching as the occasional car/cyclist/walker went past. Good for walking and running. Didnt want to leave would go back. Hide

Reviewed by Karen 20th June 2022

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Lovely cottage, well appointed and fabulous enclosed garden for dog. Nothing close by except a small shop so need to be prepared to drive to see the sights or visit the pub. Very quiet & peaceful suited us perfectly.

Reviewed by Randa 27th May 2022

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Beautiful cottage, in the most gorgeous location.

Reviewed by Celia 20th May 2022

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The cottage is super it is fully equipped and very comfortable, highly recommended

Reviewed by Elizabeth 13th May 2022

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Cottage charming, comfortable and well appointed. Garden was safe and excellent for dogs/kids. We had great weather and it was lovely just to sit and relax in. Narrow path from parking space to door of cottage made carrying luggage etc difficult. Both toilets up a steep staircase so could be tricky for someone with mobility problems.

Reviewed by Brian 6th May 2022

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Reviewed by Hannes 8th April 2022

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Beautiful holiday home in a very quiet area. Beautiful walks and nice castle in the very near vicinity.

Reviewed by Alison 25th March 2022

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Lovely cottage, good sized garden for dogs. Comfortable beds, lovely bathroom. No complaints

Reviewed by Christine 18th March 2022

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Reviewed by Samantha 11th March 2022

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Great location and garden was beautiful. The property was lovely but not as clean as we would have liked.

Reviewed by Catherine 4th March 2022

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We had a fabulous week in this beautiful and very comfortable cottage. The garden was perfect for our two dogs. Lots of great walks from the door. Very handy village shop nearby.

Reviewed by Jennifer 25th February 2022

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We really enjoyed our weekend at Iona Cottage. The cottage is full of character, well equipped and is in a great location with lots of good walks from the doorstep. We enjoyed spending time in the garden - our boys loved the treehouse and table football and having space to run around.

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