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Little Gem

Dearham, Cumbria
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
3 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Pub nearby
Towels included
4 more

At a glance

  • Romantic Cumbrian retreat for two, in the village of Dearham, near Cockermouth
  • Close to the edge of the northern Lake District National Park, with its many walks
  • Ideal for trips to the coast, including to Allonby, with its long, sandy beach
Property code: SZ314

A bright cottage, dating back to the 19th century, but with a modern interior, ideal for a couple keen to escape to Cumbria and to venture into the beautiful Lake District.

This charming cottage was built in 1860 as part of the village bakery and was renovated by a joiner, hence the lovely internal timber cladding. The current owner has added a top-of-the-range heating system, installed new double glazing and landscaped the private rear garden to provide a lovely base for a holiday providing the best of both worlds, having easy access to the fells and lakes of the National Park and also to the coastline with lovely beach at nearby Allonby. The latter is famous for it's ice creams. The Solway Estuary just a short drive away is renowned for bird watching, photography and the stunning sunsets. The gem town of Cockermouth with plentiful restaurants, cafes and individual shops is a 5-mile drive.

This cottage is situated in the centre of the village of Dearham which has excellent facilities all within walking distance, including the post office, village shop, petrol filling station,hairdressers, fish and chip shop, and the well known 'Cottage Pie' shop renowned for their homemade pies.

The northern Lakes tourist town of Keswick with the lovely Derwentwater Lake and Skiddaw Mountain towering above is just a 22-mile drive away. There are numerous outdoor shops, restaurants, outdoor adventure companies and splendid walks from Keswick. South westwards from Dearham is a short drive to the once seafaring historic towns of Maryport and Whitehaven with modern marinas.

Please note that the cottage is suitable for adults only.

The cottage is accessed through the small hallway with hanging space and the tumble dryer hidden away under a shelf (please note there is no washing machine at the cottage).

A door leads into the lovely sitting area with sofa and comfortable recliner chairs, flame-effect electric fire, wall mounted TV, DVD player, radio and iPod docking station. The kitchen is open-plan to the living room and with a sunny aspect from the doors opening out into the garden area. It is well equipped with electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, toaster, microwave, coffee machine, and iron and ironing board. To one side of the kitchen is the dining area with table and chairs and a comfortable armchair by the door provides a lovely reading area looking out onto the garden.

The stairway leads off from the living area to the charmingly decorated bedroom which has a feature window and double bed. The owner has provided extra touches such as a hairdryer and night lights on the landing area.

The compact shower room has shower, WC wash basin and heated towel rail.

To the outside is the small ornamental shrubbed front garden (please note access is across the front of the adjoining cottages) and a lovely private rear garden. This is laid to lawn with very realistic artificial lawn and a small hard surface with table and chairs. The garden is west-facing with a very sunny aspect through the day and enjoys glorious sunsets.

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 shower room
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge with freezer section, toaster, microwave and coffee machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • TV, DVD, radio, iPod dock and hairdryer
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed garden with seating
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Regret no dogs
  • There is no washing machine at the property
  • Shop, restaurant and pub with 0.25 miles
  • Regret no children under the age of 18 years old


From guests that have stayed at the property.


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.

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