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Bluebell Cottage - Yanwath

Yanwath, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Lovingly restored 18th-century cottage perfect for families and couples alike
  • Charming interior, sunroom and mature garden provides pretty spaces to relax
  • Situated just outside Penrith close to the Lake District National Park and the Pennines
Property code: SZ085

Offering a stylish and peaceful retreat with views towards the peaks of the Pennines, return to this charming cottage to relax and unwind after a day of exploring.

Welcome to this 18th-century gem which has been brought stylishly into the 21st century to accommodate four people in two lovely bedrooms. Warm, comfortable, deceptively spacious and boasting a beautiful mature garden, it's an ideal place for a family or small group to explore this marvellous area. The owners have lovingly restored the cottage using a subtle palette of colours, cosy furnishings and up to date appliances while retaining its character by making the most of some gorgeous original features.

Yanwath lies just outside Penrith close to the Lake District National Park and the Pennines. In fact, from the cottage you can see both Blencathra in the Lakes and the peaks of the Pennines. It's a peaceful area close to picturesque Ullswater while still being very easy to access from the M6. There are multiple walks from the door including along the river Eamont which takes in ancient standing stones and other clues to prehistoric settlements in the area. An absolute must is a visit to Lowther Castle (which is a ruin) and gardens - it's only 2.5 miles away. In the grounds there, children will love the adventure playpark.

The head of Ullswater, widely thought to be one of the most beautiful of the Lakes, is less than 4 miles away. Why not pack a picnic and explore the secluded beaches around the lake shore by hiring a kayak or rowing boat? Alternatively enjoy a gentler view from the water by catching one of the elegant Ullswater Steamers. These stately heritage vessels take a serpentine route around this stunning lake offering glorious views and even an onboard bar. How civilised.

If you'd like to explore town life in the area then you are on the doorstep of the attractive Eden Valley hub of Penrith. There's plenty more of the history of the area to explore here as well as a good mixture of high street and independent shops and restaurants. Alternatively head west to the Lake District's adventure capital Keswick, less than 20 miles away. For the adrenaline junkies among you there's a world of opportunities to test your mettle there and for the more relaxed visitor you'll find a delightful market town with an art deco cinema, a renowned theatre and a wealth of shops and eateries. Visitors to the cottage will find themselves in an ideal place to make the most of this delightful area or just relax in a peaceful haven all of your own.

On arrival at the property, guests can enter via the main door into a large entrance hallway. From here you can drop off any coats and muddy boots from your days out in the large utility room where you'll also find the washing machine and freezer, there is a cloakroom WC here also. The hallway has double doors out onto the back patio where there is seating to enjoy a cuppa in the morning sunshine.

Moving through to the well-equipped new kitchen. It's a light and spacious room with fan oven, ceramic hobs, microwave, under-counter fridge and dishwasher. It's a lovely light space ideal for the foodies among you to cook up a storm! The kitchen leads on to the lovely dining room; this has a gorgeous dining table seating up to six next to a delightful decorative fireplace. Just off the dining room is the delightful sunroom looking out on the mature gardens and benefiting from the evening sun. With two comfy armchairs, it's the perfect place to enjoy a good book and a glass of wine while enjoying the comings and goings of the abundant birdlife visiting the garden.

The living room has been beautifully refurbished while retaining lovely original features such as exposed beams, original stripped wooden doors and an open stone fireplace. Bringing guests right into the 21st century, the room has two leather sofas, a light elegant colour scheme, subtle lighting and a Smart TV with Wi-Fi.

The staircase leading up from the dining room has a window at the top looking out towards the Pennines. From this landing you first arrive at the spacious modern bathroom. It has a large bath and over-bath mixer shower and a lovely light airy feel about it.

The first bedroom you reach is the beautiful master bedroom with king-size bed and two lovely windows looking out onto the gardens. It has a wardrobe and dresser and is elegantly decorated in subtle colours with charming artwork. The twin bedroom along the landing is no less delightful with built-in wardrobes and its own wash basin built into an alcove. This bedroom will be set up as a twin room; if you would like it set up as super-king, please let us know at the time of booking.

Moving outside the house, guests will love the glorious mature gardens. Thoughtfully planted to offer year-round colour, there are many nooks and crannies to enjoy a peaceful sit outside soaking up the views of mighty Blencathra in the distance. Truly a peaceful and charming place to enjoy a break.


  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 twin (can be made into a super-king-size on request)
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC, 1 ground floor WC
  • Electric oven with ceramic hob, microwave, under-counter fridge and dishwasher
  • Utility room with washing machine and freezer
  • Open fire (first basket of logs provided)
  • Smart TV
  • Towels not provided
  • Enclosed, mature garden with a lawn and courtyard
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub within 1 mile, shop and restaurant 3 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Tessa McDonald

This property is personally managed by Tessa.


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Reviewed by Jackie 6th May 2022

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Lovely cottage for four people, everything we could need. Good location for exploring the northern lake. Sadly only village pub was closed and up for sale.

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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.

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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