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Hardingill Cottage

Gosforth, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Traditional cottage with feature wood burner for chilly nights
  • Excellent garden with views and different levels for dining alfresco
  • Within easy reach of Wasdale and Scafell Pike
Property code: SZ233

This traditional cottage is a delightful retreat for up to six guests, offering a vantage point for exploring the Western Lakes and Cumbrian coastline.

This traditional end of terrace cottage dates back to the 1700s. Located in the Lakeland village of Gosforth, it benefits from excellent access to the fells and the coast, being just a 10-minute drive from both. There are extensive views from the upper floors across the countryside to the fells of Eskdale and beyond. The property has been lovingly refurbished to provide comfortable and homey holiday accommodation for up to six people. The characterful cottage has accommodation over three floors in a quirky yet cosy fashion and retains many original period features including the detailed stonework over the original front door and exposed stone walls inside. With lots of different staircases and nooks and crannies, it's the perfect spot for a game of hide-and-seek!

Gosforth is a small, friendly village with a popular shop and cafe, a bakery and several pubs serving food and local ale. The spectacular valley of Wasdale is a 10-minute drive away. The walking here is superb with the peaks of Great Gable, Pillar and Scafell all on offer. Just 2 miles away you can enjoy the coastal sand dunes and sandy beaches between Seascale and Drigg

Eskdale is also close at hand, just 15 minutes away. There are hundreds of incredibly pretty walks in the valley. You can also enjoy a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway - a popular miniature railway that travels seven scenic miles to the coastal fishing village of Ravenglass. Muncaster Castle is near to one of the railway stops. There is always plenty going on there all year round, especially for children.

The original front door has been closed up and entry is via the back door accessed through the front yard and rear garden or through a new front door. The back door opens into the newly fitted kitchen which is incredibly well-equipped for holiday self-catering and features an electric Range cooker in a recess, microwave, dishwasher, plenty of storage space and a separate utility room. There is an original sandstone lintel above the cooker and old steps down to the small utility room.

A door opens to the old original stairs down to the utility room. This is a small room that houses a freezer, a washing machine, iron and ironing board, cot, high chair and hot water bottles for the colder nights. There are steps from the kitchen to a small alcove for hanging coats and storing boots and the door to the bathroom. There are hooks for dog leads and a supply of doggy bags. The bathroom has a Velux window above a bath, a separate shower cubicle and WC.

Three steps from the kitchen lead to the sitting room, please mind your head. There is a comfortable sofa and armchair and a basket of cosy fleece blankets provided for snuggling up on winter evenings. The sitting room is arranged around the fireplace and Smart TV, comfortably seating four people. A selection of local interest and walking mAgazines are provided as well as a varied selection of DVDs. The wood burner is set in a feature fireplace with a decorative wooden plinth. The initial supply of fuel (fire lighters, kindling and logs) is provided. Further supplies are available locally. The sitting room looks to the front of the property and there is a door to exit the property from the front. A door leads through to the separate dining room. The room is furnished with a dining table with seating for six people and a window to the garden that catches the sun throughout the day.

A stone curved staircase leads down to the snug, a warm and cosy space with an exposed stone wall and a feature stained-glass window. There is a TV and DVD, and double sofa bed in the snug but the stairs are not suitable for the less-abled.

The first floor is accessed via a door to stairs from the kitchen. The carpeted stairs lead to the first floor where there is a double bedroom with an exposed stone wall, hanging rail and window overlooking the fields and then towards the coast and Isle of Man.

There is a door to a further flight of stairs, with a hand rail to the attic bedroom. This bedroom is in the eaves of the property and has a lovely outlook over the surrounding countryside and far-reaching fell views to Black Combe, and the coast. On a clear day you can even see the Isle of Man. The bed will be made up as a king unless otherwise requested. It can also be made up as a twin bedroom on request. The stairs to the attic bedroom are carpeted but fairly steep.

Outside there is a multi-level garden. Across the lower area is a patio with picnic bench and wood burner. There are steps to the upper decked area that has outdoor sofas and fabulous views over the fells. The garden is enclosed by a low fence and has banked planting. The front yard is enclosed with a wall and a gate.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin zip-and-link
  • 1 bathroom with a bath, separate shower and WC
  • Electric Range oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher
  • Utility room with freezer and washing machine
  • Wood burner – first supply of logs provided
  • Smart TV, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not included
  • Decked garden set across several levels
  • Roadside parking (unrestricted opposite the cottage)
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Outdoor wood burner
  • Please beware of reduced head height on the stairs leading from the kitchen to the lounge
  • Arrival: 15:30 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

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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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