This attractive property offers spacious accomodation, a large garden with beautiful mountain views and storage for bikes
Dating back to the 1700s, this stunning four-bedroom cottage is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the tranquil Duddon Valley. Fully renovated yet still maintaining its warmth and character, some of the beams are even thought to date back to the Spanish Armada. This is a wonderful retreat for up to eight people and two dogs, ideal for groups of family and friends. The open-plan dining kitchen is perfect for sociable mealtimes before retiring to relax in front of the living room’s feature open fire. The private orchard, with its breathtaking views, will delight children and adults alike.
Often described as a hidden corner of the South-West Lake District, the Duddon Valley is an unspoiled area, perfect for those looking for a real escape. There are myriad walks straight from the door, from riverside ambles to challenging hikes. For those who prefer to explore on two wheels, the lockable bike store at the property will be a real bonus. The nearest pub is a 1-mile walk away, be sure to bring a torch with you for the walk back – and don’t forget to look up at the dark skies, you’ll be amazed at how breathtakingly beautiful the night sky looks around here on a clear night.
Head to nearby Coniston for a look around the local shops and museums before enjoying a picnic at the lakeshore, or take a trip on the stately Steam Gondola to enjoy the water from a different perspective. Why not spend a day exploring the beautiful Eskdale Valley (around a 20 minute drive away)? Here you can hitch a ride on the much loved La’al Ratty Eskdale to Ravenglass steam railway, before heading to Muncaster Castle, one of West Cumbria’s best reviewed attractions.
Upon entering the cottage, you will find a quirky entrance and corridor space designed for storing coats and boots, which you’ll need for the adventures you will undertake around the valley. Follow the corridor and you will find a handy, utility area with downstairs WC, washing machine and space with racks for storing bikes – perfect for all the local trail rides.
From the entrance way you then enter the lounge which oozes character. Some of the beams in here date back to the 17th century, it’s even rumoured they may have come from ships in the Spanish Armada! With ample seating, whether it be in front of the open fire in the evening or drinking in the stunning views from the window seats you can’t help but feel content. If you ever get tired of the views, the cottage has plenty of amenities to enjoy including: board games, TV and DVD.
Moving into the large, open-plan kitchen/diner – if you’re a budding chef you couldn’t ask for more! The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you could possibly need including: a large fridge/freezer, an integrated dishwasher, double oven, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine and induction hob and quality fixtures and fittings throughout. The owners truly have an eye for detail and design and this is the perfect space for friends and family to gather around the large dining table to enjoy a meal and quality time together.
From the kitchen dining area, you then move into the bright, sunroom which is ideal for morning coffee - planning your day ahead or for enjoying the last of the evening sunrays. The sunroom leads onto a beautiful patio area where outdoor seating captures the tranquillity that the cottage has to offer its guests in the enclosed garden. If you want a true understanding of the setting you’re in, then head further into the garden where you’ll find a private orchard of fruit trees and some of the best views that the Duddon Valley has to offer.
Returning to the house, from the lounge, you head upstairs onto a half landing which hosts a small office area and a bunk bedroom which is an ideal bolt hole for children or accommodating adults.
From the half landing, move up onto another small set of stairs and this takes you onto the main landing where three bedrooms and a main bathroom are situated. The first bedroom you come to has a king-size bed that can be split into twins (2ft 6) and although only small, the room has a boutique feel with a delightful window seat to admire the views overlooking the Dunnerdale Fells. The bedroom also has a small shower en-suite. The second bedroom is made up of two twin oak beds that can be connected together to make a super-king-size bed. The room has real character with an exposed oak beam and again a beautiful view from the window. Across the corridor is the family bathroom with underfloor heating, a sumptuous cast iron roll-top bath and separate large, shower enclosure. Finally, you’ll reach the master bedroom with a king-size bed that can be split into twins (2ft 6). The room is filled with light, from windows of both elevations and an authentic cast iron fireplace. The bedroom also has an en-suite shower room with underfloor heating.
Please note that there is a small loft conversion in the barn next to the cottage which the owners sometimes use if they come to do garden or cottage maintenance between bookings. It is separate to the cottage and they will ensure they don't disturb your stay.