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The Eden Valley, Cumbria
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Former 17th-century farm building set in the beautiful Eden Valley
  • Attractive shared gardens with open views towards the Pennines
  • Within 9.5 miles of Penrith with its specialist shops and eateries
Property code: SZ237

Single-level and spacious, this charming couples’ retreat is a must for discovering the picturesque Eden Valley and the northern reaches of the Lake District National Park.

This accommodation forms part of a delightful barn conversion in the heart of of the picturesque Eden Valley. The former milking parlour has been tastefully and sympathetically converted whilst retaining original features. The living area is all on one level with wide doorways, and a wet room. The light airy bedroom comfortably sleeps two people in a king-size bed.

The property enjoys both morning and evening sun and has open views across the gardens towards the Pennines. The peaceful countryside location is in the heart of the Eden Valley yet only a short distance from Penrith, Ullswater and the North Lakes. The well-equipped cottage is surrounded by well maintained gardens and is set around a cobbled courtyard shared with other holiday cottages.

From this elevated position between Kirkoswald and Renwick you can enjoy uninterrupted views across tranquil pastures and woodlands towards the hills of the Lake District and Pennines. Howscales was originally built as a working farm during the middle of the 17th century. All the buildings here are constructed using the local red Lazonby Sandstone, both for the walls and the traditional sandstone tiled roofs. This cottage is an ideal base for enjoying all that the Eden Valley has to offer along with easy access to the Lakes, Pennines and Hadrian’s Wall.

The open-plan living area is light and spacious, enjoying both morning and evening sun with beautiful views over the garden and towards the Renwick and Alston fells. The bedroom contains a king-size bed and there is a wet room-style bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower. To reduce single-use plastic usage, we no longer provide complimentary toiletries in the bathrooms. Instead we provide The Bath House hand wash and hand cream that we can refill.

The kitchen has recently been refurbished and features a new gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher and beautiful new wooden floor. An under counter fridge and microwave are also available. A washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer are located in a shared utility/laundry room.

The sitting room has a multifuel wood burner (initial supply of fuel provided). There is also a Smart TV with DVD. A welcome pack of tea, coffee, biscuits and milk will be in the cottage on arrival.

The lovely gardens are shared with the other cottages on site but there are plentiful quiet corners with seating for a morning coffee or evening glass of wine or just to enjoy the views and the birdsong. Parking is just a few yards from the cottage.

For larger groups, this cottage can be let alongside three other cottages on site which sleep six, four and three further guests.

  • 1 king-size bedroom
  • 1 shower room with shower and WC
  • Gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, fridge, microwave
  • Shared washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer available in shared utility room on-site
  • Welcome pack of tea, coffee, biscuits and milk
  • Wood burner – initial fuel provided
  • TV/DVD, radio
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Shared garden with lawn space and patio
  • Off-road shared parking for 1 car
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Secure bike storage available
  • Shared BBQ
  • Pub and shop within 1.5 miles
  • 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 Carol-anne 23rd April 2022

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Cannot recommend this cottage highly enough! Fully equipped to the highest standard in a lovely location. Very friendly owners. We will definitely return.

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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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