Escape to the Cumbrian countryside and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Northern Fells, choosing this delightful couples retreat as the exclusive base for your adventures.
Discover a peaceful rural retreat for two people, worlds away from the bustle of the tourist trail with beautiful views across fields to the northern fells. Perfectly combining the feeling of being remote and isolated with the convenience and practicality of being only 10 minutes’ drive from the M6, this compact cottage could not have better location for a relaxing break. Converted from the hayloft of a former pub, the downstairs of the cottage is a cosy living/dining/kitchen whilst upstairs is a characterful and light bedroom with a balcony enjoying fabulous ever-changing views. The balcony faces west perfect for an evening glass of wine and a sunset perhaps?
The cottage is ideally located for peace and relaxation yet is within easy reach of the bustling towns of Penrith, Carlisle and Keswick. Quiet lanes and lonnings link in with a network of footpaths for local strolls; Greystoke Forest is a short walk away and a favourite of the owners. For more challenging walks amongst the lesser known northern fells; starting points for Carrock Fell, High Pike and Bowscale Fell are just a short drive away, as is everyone’s favourite the lovely Blencathra. Lamonby is a small unspoilt hamlet where the only rush-hour involves cows being brought in for milking, this is real rural Cumbria away from the tourist hotspots. The pub in Skelton is within walking distance and offers good food, there are no streetlights here though so if you go in the evening don’t forget to take a torch!
With easy access to the M6 and A66 the historic market towns of Keswick and Penrith plus the attractive city of Carlisle are all within half an hours’ drive each providing numerous options for shopping, eating and entertainment. For soaking up some history in lovely surroundings Hutton in the Forest, Dalemain, Mirehouse and Lowther Castle are a short distance away, offering grand houses and beautiful gardens to explore and of course all have lovely tearooms for a treat afterwards too. The whole of the northern and north-eastern Lake District is yours to explore as you wish, by car, bike or on foot. For a change of scene; the Eden Valley, Hadrian’s Wall and the Solway Coast are also in easy reach offering wide horizons to explore. So, if you want to be in a romantic retreat away from the rat race yet within easy reach of everything north Cumbria has to offer then end your search here.
Between the parking space and the front door is the first clue to the history of this building, an original stone mounting block beside the path. The solid wooden front door leads straight into the kitchen/dining/living room, with pegs for hanging coats and boots by the door on a tiled floor.
The kitchen units are arranged along the far wall, kitted out with everything you need for eating in and with a lovely view over the fields to the fells beyond to enjoy whilst you wash up afterwards. The oven and hob are electric and there is also a microwave, the fridge has an ice box so you'll have room for ice for a G&T or a tub of ice cream for a treat. Relax on the sofa Against the opposite wall with your chosen treat and there is a Smart TV with DVD and MP3 docking station for entertainment. The dining table and chairs are at the side of the room and of interest is the painting on the wall of the house which was handed down by a previous owner of the property.
To the right of the main living room is a door leading onto a tiled hallway with more storage and hanging space plus a small room with WC and wash basin. The carpeted stairs lead up and round to the en-suite bedroom. The bedroom is a lovely light characterful room with vaulted ceiling, dual aspect windows, exposed floorboards, stonework and beams. The bed can be set up as a king-size or two singles whilst two large built-in cupboards provide plenty of hanging space and shelving, two bedside tables with lamps complete the furniture in this spacious room. There is a handy fully tiled en-suite wet room with heated towel rail for carrying out daily ablutions in style. The views from the bedroom windows are stunning, at the back a glazed door leads onto a small balcony with table and chairs to really make the most of the vista across sheep fields to Blencathra, Carrock Fell and High Pike. On the other side of the room, the old hayloft door has been turned into a window and gives views across the lane to the Pennines in the distance.