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Bitt Cottage

Wasdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • An imaginatively converted Wesleyan chapel in spellbinding countryside
  • Perfect for a couple or family exploring the beautiful Wasdale Valley
  • Close to Ravenglass, Wast Water and Scafell Pike
Property code: SZ077

Set in the pretty village of Santon Bridge, just a few miles from the Cumbrian coast, this charming cottage offers wonderful country views and is a great base for walkers, climbers and nature lovers.

A very warm welcome to this delightful cottage, a converted Wesleyan chapel which makes a wonderfully welcoming holiday home for four people. Set in Santon Bridge in the western Lake District at the mouth of the majestic Wasdale Valley, it offers thoughtfully refurbished and deceptively spacious accommodation with the added bonus of a lovely garden and a much-loved pub just a short stroll away. It boasts glorious views across open countryside to inspire you to get out and about and fresh modern decor with comfortable furnishings inside should you just rather while away your break indoors.

The cottage is perfectly placed for some of the best fell walking opportunities in the Lake District, whether you would like to tackle mighty Scafell Pike, England's highest mountain, or some gentler family-friendly fells such as Irton Pike. Santon Bridge is a small hamlet situated in the Wasdale Valley. The crystal-clear River Irt (which flows from England's deepest lake, Wastwater, to the Irish Sea at Ravenglass) runs through the village offering paddling opportunities aplenty. The hamlet also boasts a well renowned pub, which is home to the annual competition for The World's Biggest Liar just down the road from the cottage and a gorgeous cafe with a craft shop less than a mile away. You are also handily placed for the beautiful valley of Eskdale. A special little place with a fantastic choice of pubs and a wonderful narrow-gauge steam railway locally known as the La'al Ratty which chuffs gently through the valley out to the coast at Ravenglass.

Rather than heading inland to the fells why not head out and explore this lovely coastline. There's Ravenglass less than 5 miles away, a beautiful little village with a rich history and a gentle atmosphere all of its own. On the edge of Ravenglass is the historic gem of Muncaster Castle, a great day out for all ages with stunning grounds and a 700-year-old castle with legends to pique your interest time after time. You can take the coastal path from Ravenglass to Drigg or Seascale which takes you through a wonderful 11km dune system which plays host to a fantastic array of flora and fauna and makes a great place for a picnic or watching a sunset. Alternatively hop on your bike and explore this wonderful area on two wheels; there's the coastal Hadrian's Way for a gentle ride, bridleways galore for mountain bikers and some of the most challenging mountain passes in the country to test the road cyclists among you. This cottage is perfectly placed to make the most of all that this gentle unspoiled area has to offer.

Guests enter via the front door of the property into a large light porch with a utility cupboard and bags of space for coats and muddy boots. From here you enter the gorgeous living room, it's a roomy and elegant space with two windows taking in the far-reaching views across rolling fields to Muncaster Fell. There are two large leather sofas arranged around the open fire and TV with DVD player and Freeview +. Beyond the living room guests will find the well-equipped and thoughtfully refurbished kitchen diner. It's a light and open dual aspect room making the most of all the daylight on offer. It boasts light modern units, a built-in fan oven, ceramic hobs, microwave, a slimline dishwasher and fridge/freezer along with a washing machine and tumble dryer. There's a wooden dining table for four which makes a perfect place to take in the lovely views.

The bright fresh decor continues through to the two lovely bedrooms. The master bedroom has a double bed and fitted wardrobes; it looks out onto the garden at the back of the house and it's the perfect place to enjoy a morning cuppa in bed while watching the comings and goings of the visiting birdlife. The twin room is situated off the living room and is a delightful warm space with fitted wardrobes. The family bathroom has an over-bath electric shower and there is also a handy extra WC.

Guests reach the large garden via the back porch which has plenty more space for muddy boots. The garden is surrounded by mature trees and hedges and has a lawn area to the rear and large lawn to the side with dining furniture for making the most of sunny evening dining opportunities. benefiting from the afternoon and evening light, it makes a great place to enjoy a glass of wine while discussing your Lakeland adventures.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC, 1 additional WC
  • Fan oven with ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Open fire
  • TV, DVD player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed garden with outdoor furniture and 1.2m high fence enclosing the garden
  • There is a parking area for up to two cars on the west side of the garden, this is enclosed by a 6ft high fence for additional security. Care should be taken when reversing out onto the road as it is a blind bend
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub 0.5 miles, Wast Water 4 miles


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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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