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Iona Cottage - Lowther Valley

Bampton Grange, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming period cottage with woodburner nestled in the rolling countryside of the Lowther Valley
  • Traditional features including undulating floorboards, window seats and exposed beams
  • Large garden with a wealth of fruit trees ideal for letting the kids and dogs play
Property code: SZ271

Explore this lesser-known pocket of the Lake District National Park with this delightful retreat just 2 miles from Haweswater Reservoir.

A very warm welcome to this characterful gem nestled in Bampton Grange in the gently rolling countryside of the Lowther Valley. It has been completely refurbished to bring it elegantly into the 21st century while making the most of its period features such as undulating floorboards, charming window seats and exposed beams. It sleeps up to four people in two beautifully decorated bedrooms and has a large garden with a wealth of fruit trees making a lovely treat for those lucky enough to be visiting when the fruits ripen.

Bampton Grange is a tranquil village nestled in beautiful countryside just two miles from Haweswater at the eastern end of the Lake District National Park. It's one of the lesser visited areas of the national park making it wonderfully peaceful while being incredibly easy to get to from the M6. Haweswater is the most remote and arguably the most mysterious of the Lakes with an atmosphere all of its own. Due to its remote nature and lack of visitors this rugged, sheltered valley is a thriving haven for wildlife. The craggy terrain is well suited to peregrines and buzzards and frequently their cries are the only sounds breaking the silence. The valley is even home to its own herd of red deer. Even closer to the cottage red squirrels are frequently spotted, why not get a picnic together and potter down to Haweswater beck 150 metres away and spend the afternoon listening for wildlife and paddling in the stream?

Exploring the wider eastern Lake District couldn't be easier. The cottage is just 7 miles from beautiful Ullswater, widely thought of as the most picturesque of the Lakes. Here you can make the most of the wonderful range of walking on offer or enjoy being out on the water either under your own paddle power or aboard one of Ullswater's elegant steamers. Bampton Grange is also within very easy driving distance of Keswick, the Lake District's adventure capital. Here you can explore your wilder side with any number of outdoor activities or just enjoy this vibrant market town on foot.

On arrival at the property the main door leads directly into the kitchen/diner. It's a well-equipped room with dishwasher, microwave, fan oven, electric hobs, a washer dryer and all the crockery and utensils you might need for your stay. The kitchen has been completely replaced but it still retains all its original charm with a latched door and period style window. Venturing through the hallway you reach the living room which has two deep comfy sofas, a large TV with Freeview and a DVD. The owners have thoughtfully left a selection of DVD's and books to keep you entertained during your stay. This room is a period gem with marvellous old built in cupboards and gorgeous wooden window seats. Just the place to lose yourself in a Jane Austen novel.

Moving up the wide curved staircase you'll arrive at the wonderful master bedroom. This has been decorated in calm warm colours and has a king-size wooden bedstead, a large wardrobe and a wonderful wooden window seat for dreaming away your time and an en-suite shower room with a beautiful curved shower enclosure. The twin bedroom has the same lovely wooden bedroom furniture and dual aspect windows benefiting from gorgeous views over the rolling countryside and down to the river. The family bathroom is a lovely space with a large double ended bath and over bath shower, a perfect spot for soaking away tired muscles after your Lake District adventures.

Wandering outside you'll find a wonderfully large garden with multiple places to enjoy an al fresco meal or glass of wine, you'll also find the large shed where there is table football to keep the family amused as well as bags of space for locking away bikes and kayaks should you care to bring them. The garden has multiple fruit trees and bushes including redcurrants, blackberries, pears, plums and gooseberries to name but a few. If you're lucky enough to be visiting when the fruit ripens then you can enjoy them yourselves! Children will love the tree house as an ideal hiding place from the parents. Just a short stroll from the cottage brings you to the village common where there are football posts and more space to keep the children amused. Why not enjoy a morning cuppa or a sunset glass of wine while the children (or indeed the big kids) turn cartwheels on the lawn?

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 king-size and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath
  • Fan oven, electric hobs, dishwasher, microwave and washer/dryer
  • TV and DVD player
  • Wood burner
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Enclosed garden with furniture and tree house
  • Table football in the large shed
  • Storage for bikes and kayaks
  • 2 allocated parking spaces near cottage
  • Pub 0.5 miles


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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.

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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