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Elm How

Patterdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • This pretty farmhouse boasts views over Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag and Fairfield
  • Exposed beams add character and charm throughout
  • Opposite the house is the classic Lake District fell walk of Striding Edge and Helvellyn
Property code: SZ181

Great for larger groups, this home has a lovely, enclosed garden for warm days and a wood burner for cosy, chilly nights.

This lovely, spacious farmhouse is situated in the heart of the Grisedale valley in Patterdale. The Grisedale valley is an archetypal Lakeland valley with awe-inspiring mountain scenery, grazing stock and several wooded plantations. Directly opposite the farmhouse is the classic Lake District fell walk of Striding Edge and Helvellyn.

Named after the wooded plantation behind the farmhouse, the house has been tastefully converted and refurbished over two floors. Many wonderful original features have been retained including the wonderful aged ceiling beams, two sandstone fireplaces and several interior doors. Upstairs there are four bedrooms with views across the valley, a shower room and a bathroom. There is underfloor heating in the spacious kitchen and a large dining table for eight people. The sitting room has a large wood burner and comfortable sofas. There is a separate snug off the sitting room with games and books.

It is located beyond the farm road end, adjacent to the footpath leading to Grisedale Tarn, Fairfield and St Sunday Crag. The remote rural location makes it perfect for a walking holiday. At over a mile from the nearest village you can immerse yourself in the peaceful seclusion and enjoy nothing but the sights and sounds of nature and the unpolluted night skies. The Independent even named this property as one of the UK's best holiday homes!

A gravel path leads from the parking area to the gate in the wall enclosing this property and the neighbouring cottage - please keep the gate closed. There is an open porch and a glass door into the cottage. There are two steps down into the entrance hall, featuring a slate floor with underfloor heating and adjacent utility room and WC. There are coat hooks and a book a rack in the entrance lobby. The utility room has a washing machine, dryer, iron, ironing board and drying rack.

A glass door opens into the kitchen and dining room, a warm space with luxurious underfloor heating and three windows looking out across the valley. The kitchen and dining room feature the original ceiling beams and a lovely old slate and granite feature fireplace, housing the gas fire. There is an extendable dining table to seat eight people on a solid wood floor and the characterful uneven walls are decorated with inspiring prints of the area.

The kitchen has been finished to a high standard with a rangemaster six-ring cover and double oven, a large central worktop, ample cupboard space, dishwasher, full-size American-style fridge/freezer and underfloor heating. A door leads off the kitchen to a slate flagger hallway. To the right there is a bench and boot rack, and the original farmhouse door leading out to the garden. To the left is another original door to the woodstore and beyond that a door to the rear of the property.

Off the hallway there is a step up onto carpeted floor and a latched original door into the spacious sitting room. Three leather sofas and two contrast leather chairs are arranged around the feature fireplace with a large wood burner and basket of wood. There is a double window seat that looks out across the valley towards Helvellyn. Behind the sofas there is an antique table with a CD stereo. The sitting room has a TV with DVD. Please note there is no TV reception at the cottage and the TV is provided for watching DVDs only.

Two doors lead off the sitting room. The right hand door opens to a snug, filled with light from a Velux window. The snug is a cosy space with a wooden floor, dresser, two leather chairs and a selection of books and games. The left-hand door is an original internal door with a latch. It opens to the foot of the slate spiral staircase. The characterful slate steps are worn from hundreds of years of feet climbing up and down the stairs. The staircase is a wonderful original feature and care should be taken on the uneven treads.

At the top of the staircase is a carpeting landing with bedrooms to the left and right. All the bedrooms are equipped with substantial wall mounted electric radiators. On the left of the staircase there is a spacious twin bedroom that looks to the front of the property. Further along the landing there is a latch door to a double bedroom and a shower room. The bedroom looks out into the valley and is comfortably furnished with a wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside cabinets. There is a step up to the shower room, fitted with a modern suite comprising of a walk in shower, heated towel rail and WC. Along the landing corridor there is a further twin bedroom with original beams and a window to the front, wardrobe and dressing table. Next to this is the second double bedroom. This bedroom has a sloping floor due to the age of the property, an original roof beam and a feature cast iron fireplace. There is a window to the front of the cottage and a cot stored under the bed.

Adjacent to the double bedroom is an alcove with a low ceiling beam leading to the separate WC with a heated towel rail and sloping ceiling. There is also a bathroom with a modern fitted suite comprising of a bath, heated towel rail, walk in shower cubicle and slate floor. The window gives a view to the stream and garden and the lower slopes of Helvellyn.

Outside, there is a rugged undulating grassed garden with several blossom trees and daffodils in the spring. There are two gates into the garden that should be kept closed due to grazing livestock. Behind the cottage, a beck cascades down over crags from the plantation above.

  • 4 bedrooms - 2 twins, 2 doubles
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with bath and separate shower, 1 shower room with WC reached via a step up, 2 WCs (1 reached via alcove with low beam)
  • Rangemaster double oven with 6-ring hob, dishwasher, American-style fridge/freezer
  • Utility room with washing machine, dryer, iron, ironing board drying rack
  • Wood burner - initial supply of fuel provided
  • Underfloor heating in kitchen/diner and entrance hall
  • TV/HDMI DVD, CD player in lounge - please note there is no TV reception, the TV is provided solely for watching DVDs
  • Wi-Fi included - please note this might be slow due to the rural location of the property
  • Enclosed garden with furniture and BBQ (fuel not provided) - please keep gates closed
  • Ample parking in shared car parking area opposite property over a stream (access to car park is across paving slabs in the stream)
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Take care of low beams, sloping floor in second double bedroom and sloping ceilings throughout
  • Take care of internal steps and uneven steps on the slate spiral staircase
  • The drive up to the house is rocky and uneven - this may not be suitable for sports cars
  • Please note that the cottage is surrounded by farmland and animals, please keep your dogs on a lead around the farmland area
  • Stream within the grounds - children to be supervised at all times
  • Shops, restaurants and pubs within 1.5 miles
  • Arrival: 16:00 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
  • Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Lyndsey Casson

This property is personally managed by Lyndsey.


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I cant recommend this property and its fantastic location enough. A real escape from it all. Perfect. Warm, cosy, everything you need and the views from it and up the valley are simply breath taking Tbh, I fear this good review will hinder us booking it again, as its that good a location!!

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