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Ashley House

Ireby, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
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At a glance

  • Charming family holiday home on the brink of the Lake District National Park
  • Perfectly positioned for embracing the hiking and cycling routes on offer in the area
  • Large enclosed garden with far-reaching views across Caldbeck Common and beyond
Property code: SZ050

Home-from-home property in the tranquil village of Ireby, an ever-calming and relaxing place to unwind with your nearest and dearest - four-pawed friends included.

This is a beautifully refurbished cottage set in the delightful moorland community of Ireby on the unspoiled northern fringe of the Lake District National park. Sleeping up to six people in three lovely bedrooms this is a spacious and welcoming starting point for making the most of all the walking and cycling opportunities this peaceful area has to offer. It is a characterful end-terrace house, which has been decorated in subtle coordinating tones and furnished with stylish and comfortable contemporary pieces as well as boasting wonderful views out over hills and farmland.

Ireby is a tranquil village with an interesting ancient heritage. Having received its market charter in the 13th century, it is technically a town but really has the atmosphere of a tranquil fell village. It boasts its own much-loved village pub an easy stroll from the cottage which serves good food and real ale and the village hosts its own folk festival each year in May. There’s much fun to be had both walking and cycling in this area of the Caldbeck Fells, locally known as the Back O’ Skiddaw. From high ground here the views stretch to the south of Scotland, the Pennines and of course to many of the Lake District’s iconic peaks.

If guests would like to sample Cumbrian town life then, in spite of your rural setting, you're not too far away. Keswick and Cockermouth, two of northern Cumbria's loveliest towns are within 15 miles of the house. Cockermouth is a charming Georgian town with a great choice of independent shops and eateries. Well worth a visit as it is also notable for being Wordsworth's birthplace; in fact you can still pay a visit to his childhood home. Keswick, of course, is well known as the Lake District's adventure capital. This bustling town offers all manner of outdoor adventures as well as a twice-weekly market, an art deco cinema, a well renowned theatre and an abundance of shops and places to eat. A visit to the charming village of Caldbeck, just 6 miles to the east of Ireby, will reward you with a popular village pub, several cafes, craft shops and much evidence of the area’s rich history. This seemingly remote village really does prove a picturesque base for exploring this wonderful area.

On arrival at the property via the back door, you first enter the utility area, where you'll find the washing machine and dryer, and the door to the beautiful downstairs shower room. This has been fitted with a modern suite with a curved shower enclosure and an electric shower.

Through from here you access the stunning modern kitchen with its thoughtfully built-in appliances and soft close doors and drawers. It's extremely well equipped with all of the crockery and utensils you are likely to need for your stay. It has a large built-in fridge/freezer, two fan ovens, halogen hobs, microwave and dishwasher. It's a lovely light space with a small breakfast table for a quiet morning cuppa.

Moving through to the stylish open-plan living and dining room you'll find a light and welcoming space with wooden floors and charming decorative features. The dining area looks out to the front of the house and has a large dining table with six chairs, while the living room has a cosy wood burner topped by a wooden mantle and a deep soft brown leather sofa with matching comfy armchairs. Why not curl up here and read or watch a film on the flatscreen TV with Freeview? With its glass double doors looking out onto the garden and the stunning view it makes a gorgeous space to relax.

Heading up the curved staircase to the thoughtfully coordinated bedrooms. First is the king-size room with its large wardrobe and window out onto the comings and goings of village life. Secondly the lovely double room which has a wardrobe and a gorgeous view out to the back of the house over the rolling moorland to the high fells beyond. Lastly is the light fresh twin room with its metal bedsteads and two windows drenching the room in light. Also upstairs is the spacious modern bathroom. With its high-backed claw-foot bath and large separate shower enclosure with electric shower, it's a wonderful space to soak away aching muscles.

To the back of the house is a lovely garden with mature trees and shrubs. Immediately outside is a large gravelled area then beyond a substantial lawn for children to potter about on. Please note, there is a right of access across the garden for neighbours to bring their dustbins in and out, so please ensure that dogs are supervised at all times. The views over Caldbeck Common and the Lakeland fells from here are absolutely magnificent making it an ideal spot to enjoy al fresco meals or just to soak up the peace and tranquillity.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 double, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom shower, bath and WC,  1 shower room with WC
  • 2 ovens, 2 hobs, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Travel cot and highchair available upon request
  • Wood burner
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not included
  • Enclosed garden
  • 2 dogs welcome.  Owner will consider 3 dogs, so please call the office to enquire
  • Please note the garden has a right of access for the neighbours, so please ensure dogs are supervised at all times
  • Ample on street parking available
  • Pub walking distance, Shop 6 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Victoria Rees

This property is personally managed by Victoria.


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Reviewed by Sue 11th March 2022

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We had a lovely long weekend at Ashley House. It was perfect for a family of 4 adults and a labrador. The kitchen and living room were cosy and the bedrooms were a good size with comfortable beds. The cottage is in such a beautiful quiet area, away from the busier Lakeland towns but a pleasant drive from Keswick or Cockermouth. We will definitely bRead moree back. Hide

Reviewed by Mark 19th February 2022

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

Mountains, lakes, rocky rivers, waterfalls, and valleys lined by stone walls characterise the Lake District National Park. Add to this vision slate-roofed villages, winding country roads, arctic alpine and wildflower meadows, and beautiful birds such as skylarks, curlews, meadow pipits, and lapwings, which all provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday. The poet, William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, wrote a guidebook of the area in 1810, and very little has changed in the region to tie it into the modern world. The centre of the Lake District is dominated by its craggy mountains such as Scafell Pike and its exceptional lakes like Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and so many more.

Each of the Lake District’s towns has a village sensibility, yet all of them offer handy amenities, cultural attractions and some of the North West’s best places to eat and drink. Top visitor attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, Sizergh Castle, Hill Top, Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest, Fellini and Zefferelli’s Cinema/Restaurants, the Bluebird Mk II, Ravenglass Roman Bathouse alongside a world of outdoor sporting and activity providers. Natural landmarks include Aira Force, Tarn Hows, Scaffell Pike, Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Pull on your walking boots and traverse the long-distance walking trails of the Lakes like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, and the Tour of the Lake District.

As you get to know the region better, you will find evidence of prehistoric and ancient man in the Lake District, as there are standing stones, circles, and rows to find, as well as one of the largest standing Roman buildings in the UK. Visit Ravenglass, one of the UK’s oldest settlements and the only coastal village in the Lake District; it has beautiful waterside views of the Munros of Southern Scotland. Remnants of the region’s industrial activity can be traced in the form of bobbin mills, gunpowder mills, and mines. The Lakes also have some famous literary and art associations, including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner, John Constable, LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

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