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Cragg Cottage - Eskdale

Eskdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Traditional farmhouse cottage with period features
  • Former home of fishing author Hugh Falkus, with paraphernalia throughout
  • Spot wildlife in the garden and enjoy views towards Eskdale Valley and Muncaster Fell
Property code: SZ149

Situated in a peaceful haven between sparkling coastline and rolling valley landscapes, this storybook cottage is made for families or friends who want to explore Cumbria.

Sitting in a beautiful elevated position midway between Eskdale and Ravenglass lies this cosy cottage. This welcoming traditional farmhouse cottage sleeps up to six people in three well-appointed bedrooms and boasts comfortable socialising spaces, glorious views and a real sense of tranquillity. Formerly the home of noted fishing author and broadcaster, Hugh Falkus, the cottage has countryside history woven through it. Period features such as exposed beams, an open fire and a handsome Aga sit alongside local books and artwork to give the feeling of a much-loved family home. The tiny Birkby Road follows the River Esk between the coast near Ravenglass and the wonderful Eskdale Valley. The cottage sits midway along this quiet road revelling in it's quiet seclusion, guests are perfectly placed here to enjoy both places.

Ravenglass is a truly special little village with a rich seam of history running through it and a gentle atmosphere all of its own. Evidence of its Roman heritage is worth visiting in the form of a well-preserved Roman bathhouse. It's famous these days as being the starting point for the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway, locally known as the La'al Ratty; a wonderful narrow gauge steam railway which winds its way from the coast up to the foot of the mighty fells at Boot. The village also boasts several eateries offering locally sourced food and real ales as well as a cafe and playground at the Ratty station. Between the coast and the cottage is Muncaster Castle; a historic (and legend has it, haunted) gem with beautiful grounds, bird of prey displays and events going on throughout the year.

If you'd like to get out and about in the fells you could scarcely be better placed than in the Eskdale valley. With access to England's highest mountains at the head of the valley and many more low level strolls to be had it really does have walking to suit all abilities. Quiet roads, iconic mountain passes and fantastic bridleways offer cycling to please everyone too. For a quiet valley away from the Lakeland's busier tourist hubs it nonetheless boasts five good pubs with great home-cooked food and a staggering choice of real ales, whiskeys and gins! The River Esk is a wild swimmers paradise with some gorgeous clear pools, but if that doesn't appeal then you could always find a quiet spot for a picnic or a paddle along the Eskdale Trail. For the golfers among you there's even a lovely parkland course directly across the valley from the cottage. Alternatively, you could just spend your break enjoying the peace and beauty of tye property's marvellous situation.

Sleeping six people in three comfortable bedrooms it makes a wonderful destination for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of 21st century life. With wonderful period features and charming mementoes of countryside life all around, it has the feeling of a welcoming family home. Hugh Falkus, a nationally noted fishing writer and broadcaster, used to live here and the house is adorned with his paintings, collections and photographic memories.

On arrival at the property guests enter via the side door into a substantial utility room where there is plenty of coat and boot space for your outdoor gear. Here's you'll also find the washer/dryer and dishwasher. Beyond here there is a step down into the charming sloping roofed kitchen. It's equipped with a built-in fan oven, electric hobs, and an under-counter fridge. Just off the kitchen is a large pantry where you can find the microwave, under counter freezer and plenty more cupboard and food prep space.

Moving through from here you'll find the characterful dining room, a lovely room with original stone flags, a handsome green oil-fired Aga, and a dining table for six. A perfect place for long post dinner chats planning your Lakeland adventures. Opening out from this is a further porch to the side of the house boasting stunning views up the Eskdale valley. Onwards to the charming living room which has a cosy traditional feel with two leather sofas arranged around the stone fireplace and open fire. For entertainment there is SkyTV, DVD and a stereo. Pop on your favourite music get comfy in the lovely window seat enjoying the view across the valley to Muncaster Fell.

Across the main hallway is Hugh Falkus' study. A marvellous place to retreat to and read a book or do some work should you require. The panelled room is filled with fascinating books and fishing paraphernalia giving a real sense of the family history woven through the house.

From the main hall is the staircase to the first floor. The first double room has a brass bedstead, a wardrobe and dresser for storage, a delightful Victorian washstand and a glorious view across the valley. The second double also has a brass bedstead, a wardrobe and a view up the Eskdale Valley. Lastly the twin room has two iron bedsteads, and a delightful decorative fireplace and that lovely view to Muncaster Fell. The family bathroom has a white suite with over-bath mixer shower and a picture window out onto the garden.

Outside the garden is an absolute delight. There is a large sloping lawn to the side, great fun for rolling down, while the flat areas have plenty of seating for outdoor dining. The elevated position makes for glorious views and its remote situation is ideal for enjoying dark skies and visiting wildlife. There is also a garage at the property where you can store bikes and buggies should you require. In all, if tranquillity and traditional homely comfort are things that you would enjoy on your break then this cottage is an ideal destination.

  • 3 bedrooms - 2 doubles, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath, and WC. Victorian washstand in the master double bedroom
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave, freezer
  • Oil-fired Aga in the dining room
  • Washer/dryer, dishwasher, boot storage in utility room
  • Open fire
  • Regret no Wi-Fi
  • TV with Sky box, and DVD player; music stereo
  • Walled lawned garden with garden dining furniture
  • Bike storage available in neighbouring garage
  • 2 dogs welcome; dogs must be kept under control outside as the property is near a working farm. Guests are advised to restrict dogs to the dining room area
  • Shop and pub, 3.5 miles
  • The property has its own filtered and tested spring water supply
  • Limited mobile phone reception - the property has a phone for incoming calls
  • Multiple steps in the property and garden
  • The property is accessed by a rugged farm track which is unsuitable for sports or low-set cars
  • 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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Reviewed by Steven 19th February 2022

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Lovely warm cottage in a great location! We had a lovely break away. Thankyou!

Reviewed by shaun 21st December 2021

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crag cottage is a wonderful place to stay everything you need for a rest in an outstanding landscape, thank you Shaun.

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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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