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The Retreat - Ravenglass

Ravenglass, Lake District
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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Romantic
Family friendly
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • Spacious and bright Victorian cottage in a coastal village location
  • Fantastic fell walking, birdwatching and historic attractions nearby
  • Delightful front garden for al fresco dining with views of the estuary
Property code: SZ514

Located in the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, this haven for four is ideally placed for exploring Ravenglass, the coastline and Lakeland countryside.

Nestled in the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park lies this elegant haven of a cottage for four. Retaining its Victorian character features while having been brought lovingly into the 21st century with stylish decor, thoughtfully chosen art and high-spec appliances, this spacious semi-detached cottage makes a lovely base to explore the charming village of Ravenglass and its unspoiled surroundings. As well having some of the best fell walking available nearby, it's also a paradise for rail enthusiasts, bird watchers, art and history lovers alike.

The cottage is a truly special little place with a rich seam of history running through it and a gentle atmosphere all of its own. Evidence of its Roman heritage is just a short walk away from the cottage in the form of a well-preserved Roman bathhouse. It's famous these days as being the starting point for the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway, locally known as the La'al Ratty: a wonderful narrow gauge steam railway which winds its way from the coast up to the foot of the mighty fells at Boot. Guests at this property can give a wave to these wonderful heritage locomotives as they puff over the bridge nearby. Or better still, pop over the road and catch the train yourself. The village also boasts several eateries offering locally sourced food and real ales as well as a cafe and playground at the Ratty station. The cottage is also situated very close to Muncaster Castle; a historic (and legend has it, haunted) gem with beautiful grounds and events going on throughout the year. The gardens are a must see when the rhododendrons, azaleas or bluebells are flowering.

The glorious valleys of Wasdale and Eskdale are nearby with a world of fell walking to be enjoyed, from the mighty Scafells, the highest mountains in England, to lower level peaks such as Irton Pike and Muncaster Fell that all the family can enjoy. The coastline is a natural treasure trove with dunes to explore and a wealth of visiting birdlife. Cyclists are extremely well catered for with a vast choice of off-road options for mountain bikers, a coastal cycleway and some of the most iconic mountain passes in the country for the road cyclists among you. There are also golf courses for all tastes nearby, from challenging windswept links golf at Seascale and Silecroft to Muncaster's own nine-hole parkland gem just down the road. You might just find that Ravenglass casts its bygone era spell over you and you'd rather just enjoy the gentle bustle of village life from the vantage point of this welcoming and comfortable cottage.

Sleeping four people in two beautifully appointed bedrooms and boasting plenty of relaxing space, this Victorian semi-detached cottage makes an ideal base to explore this quietly unspoiled area of the Lake District. The owners have deployed a practised eye for decor using a subtle palette of colours, well chosen local art and vibrant textiles to give the house a welcoming and luxurious feel throughout.

Guests arrive to the rear of the property and enter straight into the well-equipped kitchen. It's a lovely sociable space for cooking with wooden units, a handsome Rangemaster double fan oven with five gas hobs, a large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and all the crockery and cookware you will need for your stay. The owners have thought this space through well with a breakfast table for more sociable food prep or just to enjoy a morning cuppa while perusing maps to help plan your day's adventures. Moving through from here is the bright front entrance hall. It boasts a lovely Victorian tiled floor and there's plenty of space here to leave your coats, muddy boots and sandy sandals you'll be using on your days out.

Off this main hall is the elegant living room; it has two deep comfy sofas, sumptuous cushions, a Smart TV, CD player and a gorgeous wood burner for gathering around on chilly evenings. Also off the entrance hall is the dining room. With a large dining table seating six, a decorative fireplace and a helpful map of the area it's a great space to linger after dinner to discuss your Lake District days.

Moving upstairs, past the lovely stained glass mid-landing window, to the bedroom accommodation. The delightful king-size bedroom has a romantic iron bed frame as well as a wardrobe and chest of drawers for storage. The twin bedroom offers flexible accommodation with zip-and-link beds that can be made up as a super-king-size bed if you'd rather (please advise on booking if you require this). It has a chest of drawers, a wardrobe and a lovely blue colour scheme with textiles echoing its coastal environment. The bathroom here on the first floor has a beautiful freestanding cast iron bath with shower attachment as well as a separate mixer shower with drencher head in a curved enclosure. Perfect for soaking away aching muscles after long fell walks.

Outside the house is a delightful front garden a lawn and patio with space for outdoor dining or enjoying a sunny morning cuppa or an evening glass of wine. You can enjoy the view to the sands of the estuary or you can even watch the comings and goings of the wonderful La'al Ratty, a narrow gauge steam railway whose terminus lies across the road. To the back of the cottage are outbuildings which have been extensively renovated and house a utility area with drying space, a washing machine, tumble dryer, ground floor WC and wash basin. There's also plenty of lockable space here to put bikes or kayaks if you are bringing them along to make the most of the wonderful natural surroundings.

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 king-size and 1 twin which can be made up as a super-king on request
  • 1 bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • Range oven, gas hobs, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave
  • Washing machine, tumble dryer and WC in outhouse
  • Smart TV and CD player
  • Wood burner
  • Garden with patio
  • 2 parking spaces on layby to the rear with additional parking available in the village
  • Lockable storage for bikes and kayaks
  • Pub 0.2 miles
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • 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.

Kieron Anderson

This property is personally managed by Kieron.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 22 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Carolyn 22nd December 2023

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Reviewed by Dawn 24th November 2023

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For a winter escape The Retreat was a real gem of a find, cosy, very comfortable and in an ideal location. It really felt like a home from home, we wanted for nothing. Across the road was the magical estuary, changing with the tides and teeming with birdlife. The local pub offered a great pint & good food against stunning sunsets. We walked from thRead moree door for most of the week but a short drive took us into the heart of the fells & a hop on the train to explore further the coastal path. Hide

Reviewed by Joy 13th October 2023

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Reviewed by Brian 29th September 2023

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This was a nice cottage in a quiet location. It is well equipped and well furnished and comfortable. Ideal for walks without using the car.Station across the road for both R&ER and Network railway. Good pubs in the village.Really enjoyed our stay.

Reviewed by Clare 25th August 2023

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The Retreat, Ravenglass is very well equipped, comfortable, spacious and stylishly decorated. The garden and table overlooking the lawn are an added bonus as are the boot/wash room and bike shed. Ravenglass is charming and quiet. It is a lovely corner of the Lake District. Excellent walks from the door - beach, estuary and fell. If you like steam tRead morerains you will be in your element. We hope to return. Hide

Reviewed by Louise 23rd June 2023

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Ravenglass is a lovely, quiet and charming area. The Retreat is very well equipped and obviously well loved. Beds are very comfortable. The cottage is spacious and very clean. We would definitely come back. Found the Wild Olive restaurantItalianin Gosforthfabulous food! Small warning there are 4 steep steps to back door and outbuildings which were Read moretricky when getting our bikes in and out. Hide

Reviewed by Elaine 16th June 2023

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Reviewed by David 2nd June 2023

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We had a wonderful stay at The Retreat. The house has everything you need and is beautifully furnished and clean. We highly recommend it for people, who like us, like a time of peace, quiet and refreshing! We also had amazing weather and some lovely walks. Thanks very much to the owners - David & Bridget Senior

Reviewed by Janet 26th May 2023

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A beautiful cottage,very comfy beds and lots of space.We parked in the lane opposite going up to the railway.The garden was a lovely space to sit in at the end of the day,lovely pots and plants.The beach is spectacular,very serene,a lovely place to sit and chill.We would recommend the Inn and the Pennington for food and if you get the train to DaleRead moregarth,theres a lovely pub called The Inn at Boot where we had a great lunch.Muncaster Castle is nearby,well worth a visit. Thanks for a lovely stay. Hide

Reviewed by Julie 5th May 2023

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The Retreat is a comfortable home-from-home property. Everything has been thought of and we wanted for nothing. It's position in Ravenglass meant that we didn't use the car all week - instead doing a different daily walk from the front door each day.

Reviewed by Keith 28th April 2023

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Lovely cottage in a great - but quiet - corner of the Lakes. Three good pubs on the doorstep, and very handy for both the R&ER railway and network rail station. Great to be able to sit in the window seat and watch the tide coming in!

Reviewed by Denise 24th March 2023

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The Retreat is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is both stylish and comfortable and the thoughtful owner has considered the needs of the guests who have been fortunate enough to find this gem.

Reviewed by Gary 22nd February 2023

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Fantastic base for a relaxing break in the lakes . The home was perfect , spotless , high quality and everything you could possibly need . The beds were so comfy and the bedding so soft and high quality . The bathroom was so luxurious recommend

Reviewed by Carolyn 22nd December 2022

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A lovely house in a stunning location....plenty of space given two bedrooms .. very nicely decorated and furnished . Large well equipped kitchen .

Reviewed by Anne 14th October 2022

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Good location central in village. House is well equipped for self catering though I would bring some oven gloves, and also a torch if walking into the village in the evening. We would certainly look to staying here again in the future.

Reviewed by Graham 30th September 2022

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It was a very nice comfortable property.

Reviewed by Jim 9th September 2022

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Great House. Great Location. Great holiday with many different landscapes. A comfortable, well equipped, recently refurbished cottage. We have been visiting the Lake District for years but had never been to the coast here, which was a revelation. Plus good access to the quieter west side of the mountains.

Reviewed by Catherine 12th August 2022

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Beautiful cottage, perfectly located for the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway, the estuary and lots of walking. The beds were comfy, the kitchen lovely and well equipped and the picnic bench in the garden was perfect for evening meals in the warm weather. Thank you for having us and we hope to come back soon!

Reviewed by Mark 29th July 2022

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Reviewed by Stephanie 24th June 2022

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Couldnt recommend this cottage highly enough. Lovely decor thru-out, a real home away from home. Everything you would need and amentities close by too, as well as great food and service at the Ravenglass Inn.

Reviewed by Gerry 10th June 2022

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Our second holiday at the Retreat. It is clean, comfortable and well equipped in a beautiful and tranquil part of The National Park and a great base to explore the western Lakes.

Reviewed by Sarah 28th May 2022

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Really enjoyed our stay. The property is beautifully maintained and well equipped. The location is lovely with easy access to walks, sites of interest from the house and within a short drive. Bridget and David have provided lots of tips on places to visit, eat and maps etc, which was all very handy. Local inn and cafe is very nice and local residenRead morets are all very friendly. Highly recommend the place and would welcome the opportunity to stay again. Hide

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