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Cragg Cottage - Deanscales

Cockermouth (4mls W), Lake District
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Relax in front of the log burner after a day exploring the nearby Loweswater and Buttermere
  • Picturesque views out over the magnificent Western Fells from this quiet village location
  • Local pub a short stroll away and under 5 miles to the historic market town of Cockermouth


Property code: SZ150

A welcoming, three-bedroom cottage, perfect for six guests and a dog, set within a former barn in the tranquil, scenic village of Deanscales, 4 miles from Cockermouth.

This delightful 18th-century converted barn is furnished in a modern country style. It is suitable for families and dog lovers, with an enclosed garden to the rear and views over the fields toward the Western fells. Dual aspect views mean that the cottage is flooded with light on sunny days and, in colder weather, a roaring wood burner simply adds to the cosy feel of this holiday home. The cottage is in the tiny village of Deanscales, which is situated just under a mile from the fringes of the Lake District National Park.

Red squirrels, a variety of birdlife and a flock of sheep - who love being fussed over - all add to the quiet charm of the cottage. A local pub is a ten-minute walk from the cottage which is dog friendly and serves good food. A shallow beck that runs under a small stone bridge is a minute's walk away and is perfect to take young children paddling or to wash off dirty doggy paws. Along the quiet lane is the Straw Bale House (can you guess what it's constructed with...?), built by eco builder Brian Waite, who also played a part in creating the Aston Martin that won the 1959 Le Mans 24 hours. On that note, if you're interested in motorsport, FIA WRC champions M-Sport are a few minutes' drive away in Dovenby and tours of the state-of-the-art factory are available to the public.

While Deanscales village is off the beaten tourist track, the charming towns, stunning lakes and epic mountains that make the Lake District's reputation are all within easy reach. The lovely market town of Cockermouth, the home of William Wordsworth, is just a seven-minute drive away; Keswick, with it's theatre, cinema and outdoor shops, is 20 minutes drive; St Bees Head Heritage Coast is half-an-hour away; Crummock, Loweswater, Bassenthwaite and Derwentwater are the nearest lakes; with Scafell Pike (the highest mountain in England), Skiddaw and the Western Fells - including Wainwright's favourite, Haystacks - are all within easy driving distance.

Entry to the cottage is through a vestibule, where muddy shoes and coats can be be left to dry out. From here, the vestibule opens out to a cosy living room with double aspect views to the front and rear of the small lane and the garden and fields respectively. A wood burner and a basket of logs for guests to use is situated in a charming light-studded fireplace next to the piano. A three-seater sofa and two comfy armchairs provide the means to relax in front of the fire and Freeview TV with DVD. Two window seats are scattered with homely soft furnishings, on which guests can sit as the sun streams through the windows.

Like the living room, the kitchen has a dual aspect and a third window seat to the front of the cottage. This is a real country kitchen and the social hub of the cottage, with a dining table that seats six people. An electric oven with with four ring electric hob, a large freestanding fridge with freezer shelf, microwave and washing machine (there is a washing line in the garden) all make for a fully functioning kitchen.

Upstairs are the three bedrooms and the bathroom. Two of the bedrooms contain double beds and large wardrobes. One with a view to the front and one with a view to the rear. The third bedrom boasts two twin beds and chest of drawers. The bathroom features a large bath with a shower over, wash basin and WC.

There is plenty of parking at the front of the property, either in the parking spaces opposite the cottage or on the quiet lane outside the small front garden. The lawned back garden can be accessed from the road and is fully enclosed. The gate only reaches to about hip height, so it won't keep in larger dogs or determined young children, so supervision may be necessary. Views of the fields from a wrought iron table and chairs can be enjoyed from the back garden.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 doubles and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom
  • Electric oven, four-ring electric hob, fridge with freezer section, microwave and washing machine
  • Wood burner
  • TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed garden
  • Parking available in front of the garage opposite the property
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Towels not provided
  • Storage for bikes upon request
  • Pub 0.5 miles, shops and restaurants within 4 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Holly Popham

This property is personally managed by Holly.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Fantastic cottage and amazing stay yet again, sallys cottage where brilliant and cannot fault them for value for money and service. Hopefully this doesn't change with the new company taking over!

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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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