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Dalegarth Hall

Eskdale, Lake District
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Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Four Poster
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Gorgeous, historic, former manor house, nestled near Beckfoot, in beautiful Eskdale
  • Sleeps to six to eight guests so perfect for a medium-sized group booking
  • Explore the western Lakes District and its valleys and fells on foot or by bicycle
Property code: SZ158

A picture-perfect, stone country hall, dating back to the 11th century, with an abundance of original features, set within exquisite gardens and perfect for hill walks and cycle rides.

Discover an enchanting glimpse into Cumbria's history and a welcoming family home at the same time. Sleeping up to eight people in four lovely bedrooms, this home offers its guests a unique opportunity to stay in an ancient manor house, surrounded by antiques and nestled in simply wonderful countryside. The Stanley Family have been at this property since 1345 and the owner has left details of the family's history all around that will enchant everyone. There's a veritable world of historical interest including family portraits, unique furnishings and even reference to letters sent by Oliver Cromwell disgruntled with John Stanley, an ardent Royalist. The hall itself is a magical world of thick walls, deep fireplaces, towering chimneypots with nooks and crannies galore to delight children and adults alike.

The surroundings are no less spellbinding. Set well away from any traffic up a country lane, there are lovely gardens to explore with lawns for cartwheels, seating areas for outdoor dining and a working vegetable garden. The neighbouring farm even shares access so there are sheep and tractors passing through the yard. This part of the Eskdale Valley has a very special charm all of its own. Enjoy tumbling waterfalls, crystal-clear wild swimming pools, a steam railway, quiet walking and cycling trails, three pubs and a patchwork of fields mostly inhabited by hardy Herdwick sheep. The hardiest among you can walk up the Lakeland giants of Scafell and Scafell Pike right from the door but there are plenty of gentler walks to be had too. Cyclists are exceptionally well catered for with a great choice of off-road trails for those keen to get muddy and an iconic mountain pass (Hardknott) just a stone's throw away for the road cyclists.

Boot village is just a short walk where you'll find two good pubs and Dalegarth Station, the terminus of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway. A trip to Ravenglass on this narrow-gauge heritage line is an absolute must for railway children of all ages. While down at the coast why not explore the history of the area at the Railway Museum or at the nearby Roman Bathhouse? For a great family day out, Muncaster Castle is hard to beat with its colourful history, gorgeous grounds and birds of prey. For the thrill-seekers among you why not book a day with Westlakes Adventure just up the road? They offer all kinds of outdoor activities to get the adrenaline pumping. So, if your ideal holiday home is full of character, history, quirky interest and homey charm all set amidst magnificent countryside then this holiday home will be perfect for you.

On arrival at the property guests enter the house by the side entrance into the back porch, with a handy utility room on the right, which has plenty of space for dogs and muddy boots, as well as a dresser for storage and an upright freezer. Three steps take you up to the warm and welcoming modern farmhouse kitchen, with a large breakfast table. There is a wall-mounted TV and a two-seater leather sofa for curling up with a cuppa around the warmth of the Aga. In addition, the owner has thoughtfully added two countertop induction hobs and a fitted fan oven/microwave combi. There's also a dishwasher and all the crockery and cookware you'll need for your stay. For further storage there's a large pantry and cold store with an original stone slab.

A step up from the kitchen takes you into a passageway, with more coat hooks, from which you can access another utility area with a drying room, washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as a downstairs WC. Ahead of you is the magnificent, elegant dining room with walls more than a metre thick, deep recessed windows, an open fireplace and a large oval dining table, surrounded by chairs - suitable for a space fit for a banquet! The furniture and pictures around the wall relate the history of the Stanley family, who originally came to this house in 1345. Here you can enjoy your family dinners soaking in these magnificent surroundings and planning your own Cumbrian adventures.

Up the three steps from the dining area, you reach the oldest part of the house - a beautiful stone-walled living room, which is the perfect place to curl up in the evening. There are two sofas and two armchairs arranged around a deep sandstone fireplace with an enormous wooden lintel over a wood burner. The fireplace is so huge there's even space for two fireside seats within it. For entertainment there's a TV with DVD and, for musicians, there's even a wonderful, old Blutner grand piano to play.

From the living room there are two further doors, one leading to the study where you'll find a handsome antique desk and bookcases filled with books old and new tracing the history of the local area. There are also novels and games to keep you occupied. The second door from the living room takes you through to the bike and boot store. There are French doors from here into the garden making for easy access after muddy walks and bike rides. There is also an access staircase to the bunk room upstairs.

Moving back in to the centre of the house, the hallway leads to the front door and main staircase where there are plenty more mementoes of the Stanley family's history and travels to interest you as you ascend. From the landing you can enter the delightful upstairs living room. It's a gorgeous light space with two windows looking out towards Harter Fell and the surrounding woodland. A perfect place to relax and enjoy views of the wildlife; deer, squirrels and a vast array of birds are regular visitors. On the same landing is the family bathroom which has a large deep bath and a separate mixer shower in a curved enclosure, next door to this is a separate WC.

Moving four steps up from the landing is the enchanting master bedroom, where undoubtedly the centrepiece of this lovely room is the king-size, four-poster bed dating back at least 300 years. The room also has two armchairs, a large window seat for taking in the view down the valley, a carved dresser and recessed cupboard with hanging space and storage. Like the rest of the house the room is a slice of history that is, at the same time, welcoming and homely.

Along the corridor is the rest of the accommodation. There are two steps down into the lovely, cosy twin bedroom which has a wardrobe and a chest of drawers for storage and a long wide window with garden and mountain views. Next to this is the entrance to the spacious family suite, which has a double bedroom and access through to a snug bunk bedroom for two. The main room has a double bed, a wardrobe and two dressers for storage. There's also a sofa and two armchairs for relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous view out onto fields and woodland. The bunk room has access down to the boot room and bike store. This side of the house has a further shower room.

Outside, the grounds and mature gardens continue to offer interest and extensive fell views. There are distinct areas to the grounds with lawns, terraced areas and a small pond (children should be supervised), absolutely perfect for enjoying outdoor dining or BBQs on warm days, or just for indulging in a quiet morning cuppa while taking in the tranquillity and enjoying the sound of birdsong.

In all, a stay here offers a fascinating glimpse of history in absolutely stunning surroundings while also being a welcoming and homely place which families are sure to want to revisit time and time Again.

  • 4 bedrooms – 1 king-size, four-poster bed, 1 twin room, 1 double room leading to 1 bunk room (Bunk room is made up on request. Please advise at the time of booking)
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with shower over bath and 1 shower room
  • AGA, two sets of induction hobs, fan oven/microwave combi and dishwasher
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner
  • TV and DVD player
  • Garden
  • Please note children should be supervised at all times near the pond area
  • Ample parking for 4 cars
  • Storage for bikes and outdoor equipment
  • The forecourt is shared with a neighbouring working farm which is regularly accessed by tractors and herdwick sheep
  • Shared access to the property with neighbouring farm via an unmade farm track
  • Please note the bunk bedroom is accessed via the double bedroom
  • Pubs less than 1 mile away, shop 2.5 miles away
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 16:30 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 £350 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £40. 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 27 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Catherine 22nd December 2023

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This is a wonderful traditional cottage with warm hearted, generous, and thoughtful hosts who provided an excellent house book covering everything we needed throughout our stay at Christmas. This would be a lovely cottage and location in summer months.

Reviewed by GRAHAM 27th October 2023

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dalegarth Hall. It is a truly unique experience and I would not hesitate to recommend to all, young and old. The hall is located in a secluded spot surrounded on all sides by amazing scenery & easily accessible walks. Tea, milk, coffee & biscuits on arrival is a nice touch, thank you.

Reviewed by Steven 20th October 2023

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Aga. Log Burner. Great internet. Abundant Wildlife. Walks from the door. 3 good pubs and beautiful gardens. What's not to love.

Reviewed by Peter 29th September 2023

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This is a fantastic place to stay, set in the most beautiful location in Lakeland's best valley. The house is as it used to be - a family home, full of amazing furniture, and the best-equipped kitchen we had all come across. And it's so spacious - a dining-room and main sitting-room to die for, a permanently warm and cosy kitchen (with red-squirrelRead more viewing from time to time), very comfortable beds in spacious double bedrooms and two very comfortable single beds, as well as two extra reading room Hide

Reviewed by Luke 8th September 2023

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Incredible place to stay. Such a privilege to stay here. Follow the signs to dalegarth campsite and have a wonderful time away

Reviewed by David 1st September 2023

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Beautiful House, excellent location, would stay again.

Reviewed by Stephen 25th August 2023

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Reviewed by Alex 11th August 2023

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A second visit to this fabulous house. A home from home with plenty of space and comfort The nearby water play, walks and pubs make it a favourite place for our family!

Reviewed by Ken 4th August 2023

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Superb. Property and surrounding countryside gave the space and options for 3 generations to come together and enjoy varying activities. Grandad's (me) favourite pastime was watching the many beautiful birds and red squirrels using the bird feeder. Our grandson (aged 8) enjoyed the garden and waterfalls and rockpools in the area and also managed toRead more earn his Scafell Pike T shirt. Grandparents enjoyed the many low level and beautiful walks in the immediate area. Time passed too quickly. Hide

Reviewed by Philip 28th July 2023

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This is the second time we have been to Dalegarth. It is a wonderful place and was enjoyed by young and old alike. The easy access to streams for swimming, several inns and the narrow-gauge railway makes it a splendid holiday location. We are still amazed that a building with so many historical artefacts still in place should be a rentable propertyRead more. My only concern is that if I praise it too highly I might find it fully booked when I want to come again. Hide

Reviewed by Maggie 21st July 2023

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A great property - it was perfect for a 40th wedding anniversary with family and friends. Beautiful location - great for bird watching!

Reviewed by Diane 16th June 2023

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Reviewed by Carolyn 26th May 2023

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Reviewed by John 5th May 2023

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We were 7 adults for first week .The equipment is probably the best thought out I have come across in a cottage . The space allows you to seperate and rejoin . Watching red squirrels ,woodpeckers , nut hatch and tits feeding whilst breakfasting was superb. we went walking every day from the cottage ( no one day we did get the train ) . whilst we weRead morere there the house wall was covered in wisteria, The garden is just right for the house . we are going again next year!! . Hide

Reviewed by Steve 17th February 2023

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For large family gatherings in an amazing setting, this property is perfect... within minutes you feel like youve been there forever

Reviewed by Steven 21st October 2022

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Reviewed by Rob 12th August 2022

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Great. Loads of character and a beautiful location

Reviewed by Philip 15th July 2022

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For our family, two parents, two grandparents and three small boys the accommodation was ideal. We felt it would be difficult to improve on the location with its access to streams to swim in, hills to climb and the narrow gauge railway. My only concern is that if I praise it too highly and more people come it will make it more difficult for me to bRead moreook it again. Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 8th July 2022

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Fasciating house and history, Beutiful location. Quiet, quiet, quiet wonderful. Wildlife on view dawn till dusk. Clean, comfortable and things of great interest all around.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 10th June 2022

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What a lovely location for a perfect holiday. Lots of walks from the door. Well equipped kitchen. The red squirrel visited daily along with the garden birds. The grand piano was a bonus although it needed tlc but was playable. The Eskdale to Ravenglass railway is a short walk away, two local pubs and a small gift shop in Boot. Will be booking againRead more for next year. A stunning property. Hide

Reviewed by Tom 3rd June 2022

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Looked as if it had been abandoned for months and not freshened & cleaned before we arrived. Only a small coffee press & no other coffee maker. Garden had great potential but over grown with weeds and grass. Sparse pans & utensils and all dirty.

Reviewed by Jennie 13th May 2022

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Dalegarth Hall was in the most idyllic location. Lovely walking and wild swimming on your doorstep. The garden was superb with a wonderful selection of plants and vibrant colour in May. Very well supplied with three good pubs with in walking distance. Terrific location for climbing a few Wainwrights too

Reviewed by Anne 6th May 2022

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The house is situated in a beautiful location in a lovely valley, with fewer tourists than the Eastern part. Great walking from the house with no need to drive. The house is full of character and history, furnished beautifully in keeping with its age. The kitchen was extremely well stocked, with everything you could need for a long stay. The Aga toRead moreok some getting used to, but it made the kitchen a warm and welcoming spot. Bird feeder outside kitchen window also attracted red squirrels! Hide

Reviewed by David 22nd April 2022

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Superb accommodation and location, why bother going abroad! Would certainly stay here again

Reviewed by Danielle 1st April 2022

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As two families who were visiting for the second time, we all enjoyed our time at Dalegarth. There is enough space for everyone to choose to be together or take some alone time if they need it. The renovated bathrooms were a bonus this time. The living room could feel a bit on the cool side if the evenings were miserable outside. A more efficient rRead moreadiator would help. Other than that, the house is just as we remembered it - fantastic. Hide

Reviewed by Gil 18th March 2022

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Dalegarth Hall is a beautiful, historic property in a breathtaking location. You can walk around the spectacular Eskdale Valley, hike up the local fells or visit local attractions such as Muncaster Castle. If you don't want to cook, the food at the two local pubs is quite good, especially the Brook House Inn. Lastly, I would note that the owners weRead morere quite friendly and very responsive when we had an electrical issue. All in all, I would be delighted to return to Dalegarth Hall someday. Hide

Reviewed by adrian 25th February 2022

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Great location in a beautiful valley, beware of the AGA as it is temperamental. We saw many birds and a red squirrel on the feeding station, just outside the kitchen window, but I would recommend taking some bird seed as the supply promised by the blurb in the cottage was pitiful. The cottage is what it says in the description and is a great base fRead moreor exploring the western side of the lake district, with some stunning walks on your doorstep as well as four great pubs with in easy walking distance Hide

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