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Gable Cottage - Wasdale

Wasdale, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
3 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming stone-built cottage at the gateway of the Wasdale Valley
  • England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, is just 8 miles away
  • Stunning views over the garden and fells beyond from the attic bedroom
Property code: SZ205

This wonderful cottage is set in a tranquil location with access to the Wasdale Valley and a range of walking and cycling opportunities, as well as a pub and tearoom less than a mile away.

Relax in this charming stone-built gem in the tiny Western Lake District hamlet of Santon. This cosy traditional end of terrace house sleeps up to six people in three lovely rooms and boasts glorious views across rolling countryside to the mighty fells of the Wasdale Valley. What's more, it is just a short potter down the road to a much-loved local pub. Its owners have made the most of space and period features to give it a warm and welcoming feel while using modern design touches and light to great use. It also has an enclosed garden to the rear

Santon is nestled at the gateway to the wonderful Wasdale Valley. More remote than the tourist hubs of the Lake District Wasdale offers stunning scenery, real tranquillity and a wealth of walking and cycling opportunities. It is home to England's highest peak, deepest lake, smallest church and, just a stroll down the road from the cottage, the pub that holds The World's Biggest Liar Competition (not to be missed if you are visiting while its being held). The crystal-clear River Irt flows from Wastwater through Santon on to the coast at Ravenglass and offers plenty of places for a paddle and a stone skim for visitors. As well as the local pub there is also a delightful tearoom just up the road where you can treat yourselves to a gorgeous afternoon tea following your adventures.

Only slightly further afield there's plenty more to explore with the award-winning Muncaster Castle and Gardens just a short drive away and the wonderful La'al Ratty narrow gauge steam railway running from Ravenglass on the coast to the neighbouring valley of Eskdale too. An absolute must for railway children of all ages. There's Roman history to be explored and great local food and beers to be sampled all on the doorstep of this unassuming little hamlet.

Guests enter to the rear of the house into a handy utility room. There's plenty of space here to leave your coats and muddy walking boots following your Lakeland travels. There's also cupboard space and a fridge/freezer in here. Moving on through the door into the delightful kitchen/diner where the owners have retained period features and used the space to great effect. The kitchen area itself has five gas hobs and a fan oven ingeniously built in to the old sandstone hearth while there is also a microwave and plenty of cupboard storage. The limited floor space has been well used by creating a built-in dining table. The former bread oven has been opened up to make a delightful design feature too.

The homely living room has two sofas and two armchairs arranged around a wood burner, perfect for snuggling up on chilly evenings. The decor is light and fresh with a stone tiled floor, cosy rug, exposed beams and built-in wall cupboards. Keeping the traditional theme there's a ceiling mounted clothes airer above the hearth too. There's a TV with Freesat and a DVD to keep you entertained.

The main staircase ascends from the kitchen taking you to the light landing and the main bedrooms. Firstly to the master bedroom, this has a bright airy feel with light walls, stripped floorboards, bold coloured soft furnishings and a charming decorative fireplace. The king-size bed has a romantic looking metal bedframe while there is a dresser with deep drawers for storage. Moving on to the second bedroom which has the glorious view to the back of the house of the mighty Wasdale fells in the distance. Tearing yourself away from the window you'll find this room has a double metal bedstead, a slimline wardrobe and a dresser. From the landing there's a step down into the bathroom which has a shower over the bath and an adorable picture window with that wonderful far-reaching view. An open staircase from this landing takes you up to the attic twin bedroom. This has a spacious and bright feeling with two single beds, a Velux window with a glorious outlook over rolling fields to that amazing panorama of fells. What a great way to get you inspired to tackle some of the valley's peaks. This room being built into the eaves does make for limited head room though so do take care!

Moving across the lane at the back of the row of cottages is a lovely enclosed garden with a lawn and a dining bench for outdoor meals. Why not enjoy a glass of wine while soaking up the peace, tranquillity and wonderful views?

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 doubles and 1 twin attic room (with reduced ceiling height which may be better suited to children)
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric oven, gas hobs, microwave, toaster, kettle
  • Utility room with fridge/freezer
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer in the garage
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs  included)
  • TV/DVD in lounge
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • Enclosed garden across the lane with lawn and picnic bench
  • Parking outside the cottage for 1 car
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Lockable garage storage for bikes
  • Pub and restaurant 1 mile, shop 2.5 miles
  • Low head height in the twin bedroom
  • Please note due to the restricted head room in the attic bedroom this property is suitable for 4 adults and 2 children but please be aware that there is only dining space for 4 guests. Please contact us if you would like to book for more than 4 guests
  • 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

Holly Popham

This property is personally managed by Holly.


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Reviewed by John 19th March 2022

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The cottage is a little gem. Located in a beautiful and very quiet part of the Lake District. We took our bikes with us and having the storage space was a great benefit. We cycled every day and there are some great areas to explore, Wasdale Head and Devoke Tarn were well worth the effort! The Sawmill farm shop and cafe is also worth a visit. LovelyRead more food and good service. We had a great time and the cottage was great as a base. We will definitely go back to the area and hopefully the cottage. Hide

Reviewed by Jessica 19th December 2021

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Lovely cottage with a bonus garden area (great for BBQs and dining with a view :), great location close to lovely walks, seaside etc. Good collection of books all about Lake District walks. Most are from the 80s or 90s but still relevant and a fun adventure to find a walk in a book rather than the internet.

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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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