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Bowderdale Farm Cottage

Wasdale, Lake District
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
3 star
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Working farm
Family friendly
Towels included
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Situated in the Wasdale valley this stone cottage is part of a traditional Lakeland farm
  • Views from the cottage overlooking Wastwater lake
  • Surrounded by beautiful fells including Scafell Pike and 10 miles from Ravenglass on the coast
Property code: SZ091

With footpaths within close walking distance leading up into the fells and mountains and down to the lake, this delightful cottage is ideal for walkers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Situated in the Wasdale valley on the quieter side of the Lake District, this cottage is part of a traditional working Lakeland farm with connections to famous fell runner, Joss Naylor. With views overlooking Wastwater Lake and the surrounding fells, this holiday cottage is perfect for walkers, climbers and outdoor enthusiasts, offering basic, cosy accommodation for up to six people.

Wasdale itself is a valley of extremes. It boasts England's deepest lake (Wastwater), highest mountain (Scafell), smallest church (St Olaf's) and the world’s biggest liar competition (each November in the local inn). It is the birthplace of British climbing, with excellent climbs of all grades, and a playground for local diving clubs. Local rumour has it that each club has a collection of gnomes on the lake bed, one of whom has a noose around his neck as a result of club rivalry.

For more gentle exercise, there are hundreds of walks within close walking distance of the door of the holiday cottage. Wastwater Lake is 5 minutes away, or you can go high up on the fells and mountains. There are many good swimming and picnic spots on the shores of the lake.

There are three pubs in the valley - one at the top of the lake (2 miles), and the other two (3 miles) face each other on the way to Gosforth village, where you will find shops selling groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, food to go, alcohol and newspapers.

Eskdale is another lovely valley, only 15 minutes' drive away, with hundreds of river and mountain walks. It also houses a terminus for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway - a popular miniature railway that travels 7 scenic miles to the coastal fishing village of Ravenglass. Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Owl Centre is also 15 minutes away and has lots going on all year round, especially for children.

Inside, the hallway leads to the kitchen, sitting room and bathroom. The kitchen is fully furnished with electric cooker and hob, microwave and plenty of storage space. There are laundry facilities at the farmhouse and the owner will launder your washing for you upon request.

The bathroom is downstairs with electric shower, toilet and sink. Towels are provided.

You will find a comfy sofa and seating in the sitting room and a multi-fuel stove which warms the living room nicely and also heats the radiators in the rest of the house. The stairs lead from the sitting room to three bedrooms upstairs. One double, one twin and one triple bedroom.

Outside there is the use of a garden which overlooks Wastwater Lake. Please note that the garden is shared with the farmhouse.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 double, 1 triple with three single beds
  • 1 shower room
  • Electric cooker, hob and microwave
  • Wood burner (initial supply of logs provided)
  • Additional electric heaters available upstairs
  • TV for DVD only
  • Wi-Fi included (This is the owner's Wi-Fi next door so speeds may vary)
  • Please note there is no mobile reception at cottage
  • Shared garden
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Regret not pets
  • Pub 2 miles, shop and restaurant 7 miles, beach 10 miles
  • Private water supply
  • The owner will launder your washing for you upon request
  • This property only accepts bookings of up to 6 guests
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Sadie 2nd July 2022

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We had a wonderful time at Bowderdale Farm. If you are seeking peace and quiet, then this will be right up your street. It it nestled in the hills over looking Wastwater lake and has views of Scarfell Pike. There are walks on your door step too! The local pub, the Wasdale Head Inn, is lovely and there are also pubs and restaurants in nearby GosfordRead more. The sea is in reach at Ravenglass, which is beautiful with pubs and cafes, walks on the shore and a train museum and Roman Fort. A lovely holiday! Hide

Reviewed by Marielle 30th April 2022

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Authentic cottage, good beds, very beautiful location, excellent place for hiking.

Reviewed by Ben 16th April 2022

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Lovely place. A view over Wastwater, Wasdale Inn in walking distance (2 miles), Yewbarrow literally just above the cottage. Definitely a working farm - not a 'twee picture' farmyard but the real thing complete with an amazing variety of hens, collies, and sheep. Going to Ambleside (via Hardknott and Wrynose) - only for the brave!

Reviewed by Jackie 5th March 2022

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Reviewed by Danielle 12th February 2022

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Absolutely amazing cottage in the most perfect location, looking down onto Wast Water lake. The farmer Paul and his son were friendly and helpful. Arriving to a warm cottage and fire roaring was really appreciated. We absolutely loved our holiday and wouldn't change a thing. Definitely going to return.

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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.

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