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Middle Row Cottage

Wasdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Working farm
Pub nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Enclosed garden with spectacular views across to Great Gable
  • Open fire for chilly evenings snuggled up with hot chocolate and a film
  • Excellent vantage point for scaling Lakeland’s giants including Scafell Pike
Property code: SZ343

Nestled in a stunning mountain valley and surrounded by majestic fell scenery, this picturesque cottage sleeps six and boasts comfort and convenience in equal measure.

This cottage is the last farm at the top of Wasdale before the road runs out. The farm, owned by the National Trust, is a traditional working farm with a flock of Herdwick sheep, and has connections with famous fell runner Joss Naylor. The cottage offering self-catering accommodation for six people was once a farm workers cottage and has been renovated and modernised to make it a warm and comfortable place to stay for up to six people.

Wasdale itself is a valley of extremes. It boasts England's deepest lake (Wastwater), highest mountain (Scafell), smallest church (St Olaf's) and the world’s biggest liar competition (each November, in the Santon Bridge Inn). It is the birthplace of British climbing, with excellent climbs of all grades, and a playground for local diving clubs. Local rumour has it that each club has a collection of gnomes on the lake bed, one of whom has a noose around his neck as a result of club rivalry.

Wastwater Lake is a mile away from the farm, with many good swimming and picnic spots.

There are three pubs in the valley - one is almost next door, and two more can be found in Nether Wasdale (5 miles) on the way to Gosforth Village (where you will find everyday provisions).

It looks across the valley to Lingmell and Scafell whilst the rear aspect takes in Yewbarrow, Mosedale. Great Gable and Kirk Fell occupy a prominent position at the head of the valley, all just a few minutes walk.

Set on a working farm, this pretty cottage is entered via a porch handy for taking off muddy boots. The front door opens into the dining room with a dining table seating six people, and a feature fireplace.

Beyond the dining room is the newly fitted kitchen with is well equipped with an electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave and plenty of storage space. There is also a ground floor WC with sink by the back door.

The sitting room has comfortable sofas and armchairs around an open fire, flatscreen TV with DVD player.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, two of which have double beds, and a further triple bedroom with three single beds. Please note the cottage sleeps a maximum of six people. The family bathroom is on the first floor with a bath and shower overhead, wash basin and WC.

Outside there is an enclosed garden area with unrivaled views of the surrounding fells.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 double, 1 triple with 3 single beds
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC, 1 separate WC
  • Electric cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave
  • Open fire – coal provided
  • Oil-fired central heating
  • TV/DVD
  • Regret no Wi-Fi
  • Enclosed garden with seating
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub within 0.5 miles
  • Please note that the cottage sleeps a maximum of 6 guests
  • Private water supply


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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.

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