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Birk How

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

  • A beautiful Victorian cottage in the west of the Lake District
  • Sleeps six and welcomes two canine guests looking to explore the Eskdale region
  • Within easy reach of Scafell Pike, Muncaster Fell and Wast Water
Property code: SZ072

With glorious rural views, this spacious and inviting period cottage makes a fabulous holiday home for families and friends discovering magnificent lakes and mighty fells in the western Lake District.

A warm welcome to this characterful cottage in lovely Eskdale Green. This beautifully proportioned Victorian cottage sleeps six people in three gorgeous bedrooms and welcomes up to two well-behaved dogs. Boasting period features, glorious fell views, wonderful walking and cycling right on the doorstep and a much-loved pub just a short walk away, it makes the perfect destination for a family or small group to enjoy this stunning area.

Eskdale Green is a village with a timeless feel about it in the tranquil Western Lake District. The La'al Ratty, a much-loved narrow gauge steam railway, passes within view of the house, in fact you can catch the train at Irton Road Station just a stone's throw away. Passengers can wind their way to the coast at Ravenglass or the foot of the fells at Boot. If you've come to the Lake District ready to explore the great outdoors then you could scarcely be better placed. You can take on the mighty Scafells from the head of the valley, wander up Muncaster Fell from the door or enjoy gentle potters along the crystal clear River Esk and around the Japanese Gardens. Why not try a chilly wild swim in one of the Esk's wonderful deep pools? The valley has five excellent pubs in which to reward yourself after your outdoor adventures.

Only slightly further off there is a great choice of things to do. Explore the Roman history of the area at the mountainside Hardknott Roman Fort or at lovely Ravenglass on the coast. Muncaster Castle makes a great day out for all ages with its spooky history, gorgeous gardens, adventure playground and bird of prey displays. If you've come armed with golf clubs then Eskdale has a delightful parkland course while Seascale, 8 miles away, boasts a renowned links to challenge you. So whether you'd like to challenge yourself in Cumbria's fells or just gather your family and relax in a warm and welcoming cottage then this cottage makes the ideal destination.

With ample socialising space, glorious views and a wonderful tiered garden, this cottage has a gracious and welcoming feel about it from the moment you arrive.

On arrival at the house, guests are greeted by a tiled hallway with plenty of space for coats and shoes. To the left of the hallway is the living room. It's a well proportioned space with light decor and local art. There are two deep comfy sofas and two armchairs arranged around the open fire for which coal is provided. For entertainment there is TV with Freesat and a charming window seat with views out onto Muncaster Fell, Birker and Ulpha Fell beyond. Why not take a seat and enjoy the view of the fells and rolling farmland outside? From late 2022 a further small sitting room will lots of large glass windows to take in the surrounding views will adjoin the living room.

Across the hall to the kitchen/diner which has a traditional stone flagged floor, a comfy armchair and a gorgeous wood burner making for cosy evenings around the wooden dining set planning your Lakeland adventures. The owners have thoughtfully provided a selection of toys, books and games for you to enjoy during your stay. The modern kitchen has light units and granite worktops, a double fan oven with ceramic hobs, a built-in fridge and slimline dishwasher. A refitted utility room just off the kitchen houses a microwave and fridge/freezer while also having plenty of space for wet coats and muddy boots, it makes an ideal place for visiting pooches to call their own too. There is a washing machine in the outhouse as well as an extra WC for your convenience.

A staircase from the main hallway leads to the bedrooms and bathroom. Halfway up the stairs there is a door to the rear of the property as well as the handsome Victorian-style bathroom. This indulgent room has a deep freestanding slipper bath with handheld shower, a separate shower enclosure with mixer shower, WC and wash basin. An ideal room to relax and soak away tired muscles from your fell walks.

On the first floor are the three delightful bedrooms which all share light fresh decor and enjoy lovely views of Eskdale. There is one king-size, one double and one twin room. All three bedrooms have a chest of drawers for storage and cast iron decorative fireplaces. From late 2022 the king-size bedroom will also feature an en-suite bathroom.

Outside the tiered garden is a delight with glorious views of the surrounding countryside and the La'al Ratty Steam Railway which passes nearby. The terrace has mature shrubs and there is a patio, seating area and a sloping lawn. Why not make use of the outdoor dining furniture for sunny morning breakfasts or evening drinks? Sit still in the garden for a while and you might even catch a glimpse of visiting red squirrels. A BBQ is provided; please bring your own charcoal. The village shop is a 5-minute walk away and sells plenty of goods for a family BBQ.

There is parking for two cars on the gated driveway. Please note the drive is very short but fairly steep. It is unsuitable for low wheel base cars. Further parking can be found in the village car park a short distance away if necessary.

Mobile reception is limited in Eskdale however there is a signal booster for Orange/EE in the area.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 double, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with bath, handheld shower, separate walk-in shower and WC, 1 en-suite walk in shower and WC plus 1 additional WC
  • Double fan oven with ceramic hob, fridge, dishwasher
  • Microwave and fridge/freezer in utility room
  • Washing machine
  • Open fire, wood burner with coal provided
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not included
  • Enclosed garden with patio and outdoor furniture, BBQ (please bring your own charcoal)
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars, on-street parking for a third car
  • Please note the drive leading to the cottage is quite steep, so be careful to drive slowly on the right-hand side of the drive. Unsuitable for sports cars and low wheel-base cars
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • If booking for full occupancy, the cottage isn’t suitable for single-sex groups
  • Please note: mobile reception is limited in Eskdale but there is a signal booster for EE in the area
  • A second sitting room with large windows to make the most of the glorious views and en-suite bathroom to the king-size bedroom will be available from late 2022
  • 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

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.


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The only regret I have is not booking this property in the first place! After our original booking cancelled on the night before. Absolutely amazing place to stay, the cottage had everything you would need for a getaway to the Lakes. Myself, partner and Belle (our dog daughter) cannot thank you enough and we will be back again next year. Thank you Read moresoooo much! :) e Hide

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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.

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