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Little Ground Cottage

Wasdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Pretty stone cottage with views towards the Wastwater Screes
  • Warm and welcoming with a wood burner and a delightful garden
  • Climb Scafell Pike (6.5 miles) or visit Seascale beach with your four-legged friend (7 miles)
Property code: SZ315

Situated in the west of Cumbria, within the Lake District National Park, this charming semi-detached cottage is ideal for friends or families who enjoy fun outdoor adventures in a dramatic remote landscape.

This property is a picture perfect cottage in the heart of the most unspoilt scenery in the Lake District. Situated in Wasdale, this self-catering holiday cottage sleeps between five to seven people in three comfortable bedrooms with a sofa bed in the lounge.

It has been recently renovated to provide modern living, whilst retaining its charming original features. Built in the 1700s, original beams line the ceilings in the dining and sitting rooms and a large wood burner keeps the cottage warm in the colder months.

The legendary Wasdale pub landlord Will Ritson once lived in this cottage. He told tall tales from behind the bar of his pub and so started the World's Biggest Liar Contest!

From the front of the property you can enjoy superb views across the valley to the famous Wastwater Screes. The cottage is located at the entrance of Wasdale proper, prime walking country, this unspoilt valley offers routes to the roof of England, to Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Pillar. A public footpath passes the cottage providing direct access to Buckbarrow, Seatallen and the high peaks beyond as well as many, scenic low-level, walks through to Wastwater.

Two excellent pubs are within walking distance in Nether Wasdale.

You enter the cottage through the entrance porch which leads into the dining room, a sociable space with a wooden floor and beamed ceiling. There is a large wood burner within the original fireplace, a sofa, and dining table and chairs. An initial supply of fuel is provided for the wood burner and more can be purchased locally. The cottage is semi detached to a private holiday let building.

The large sitting room occupies the barn conversion, which has been carefully integrated as part of the cottage with original oak rafters and tie-beam dating from the 1700s - a charming feature. There is a 40' flatscreen TV with a basic Sky package and a Blu-ray player. The staircase to the first floor leads to a gallery, constructed in Wasdale oak providing a quiet area with a desk and chair. Wi-Fi access is available.

In the kitchen there is a double eye level oven, an induction hob, microwave, dishwasher and a washing machine.

Upstairs there is are a king and double bedrooms. One has fabulous views across the valley to the famous Wastwater Screes. The other has an en-suite with a shower, wash basin, heated towel rail and WC.

There is a further bedroom with a single bed and a family bathroom with bath and hand-held shower, wash basin, heated towel rail and WC.

Outside is a lawned south-facing garden with wonderful views of the Wastwater Screes. There is also a large side patio and a lockable shed, which may be used for storing outdoor gear and bikes (with care due to low stone entrance). Two or three cars can be parked on the driveway.

Dogs are welcome and we ask that they are not left alone in the cottage, or allowed on the furniture or upstairs, and that guests clean up after them including in the garden. The cottage is located next to working farms keeping Herdwick sheep and other livestock, so dogs must always be carefully controlled and kept on a lead. Please note the fields surrounding the cottage are private. There is access to Nether Wasdale along the farm track.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 king-size, 1 double, 1 single
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 family bathroom with a shower over the bath and a WC, 1 en-suite shower room with a shower and a WC
  • Electric double oven, induction hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Private water supply
  • Smart TV with Sky basic package, and Blu-ray player. A telephone is also available for incoming calls.
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • Enclosed lawned garden with large side patio, BBQ, and secure shed for bike storage (note: low entrance to shed)
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars on shared driveway
  • Bike storage available in secure shed
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub 1 mile, shop 2.5 miles
  • The track to the property is steep and uneven – low cars should take care; or use the alternative approach via the track beyond the signed entrance. Please close farm gates on the way.
  • Access – Nether Wasdale village can be accessed along the farm track. The surrounding fields are private
  • Please keep dogs on leads outside as neighbouring farms have livestock
  • 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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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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