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Old Town Lodge

High Hesket, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • Imaginatively converted in 2003 and updated in 2019 this beautiful property is full of charm and character
  • With a delightful conservatory and balconies, the property retains plenty of original features
  • A fabulous holiday base for a family exploring the stunning Cumbria countryside
Property code: SZ370

Comprising the middle section of a quirky barn conversion, this cosy and beautifully decorated holiday property is ideally situated between the North Pennines, Penrith, Carlisle and the Lake District.

Forming the middle part of a quirky barn conversion, this is a charming, three-bedroom, first and second floor apartment for six people and one lucky dog. A sunny conservatory area welcomes you into the cottage, the perfect spot to pause for a peaceful moment. Also on this floor is the well-equipped kitchen and the spacious living-dining room. Upstairs on the second floor are the three lovely bedrooms; there are two king-size rooms, one with its own en-suite bathroom, and a twin. Also on this floor is a shower room, accessed from both the second double and the twin rooms. As well as private off-road parking, there are balconies and a gravelled patio area to take advantage of.

Located on the edge of the small village of High Hesket, you're within easy reach of the beautiful Lake District, stunning Eden Valley and the North Pennines - a well-deserved Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - so there's plenty of choice for days out. Head to the nearby village of Little Salkeld, where you can enjoy a scenic circular walk along riverbanks and through fields to discover Lacy's Cave and the mystical Long Meg stone circle. Explore the market town of Penrith, where you can also stock up on supplies. There are plenty of traditional pubs in the nearby villages for a hearty meal and refreshing drink on your way back to the property.

For a day at, in or on the water, head to beautiful Ullswater, your closest lake and just a 30-minute drive away. Enjoy a peaceful lakeside picnic, wild swim, hire a rowing boat or hop aboard the Ullswater Steamer and let someone else do the hard work as you cruise around the lake. A trip to Keswick is another must during your stay. Known as the adventure capital of the North Lakes, why not sign up for an activity with one of the local adventure companies? Try your hand at ghyll scrambling, raft building or take on the Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine - for the brave only! Spend a day exploring the historic border city of Carlisle; from shops for a spot of retail therapy to museums and a castle for those with an interest in history, there's something for everyone here.

On arrival at the apartment, head up the eight external steps to the front door on the first floor. The covered entrance porch doubles as a sunny conservatory area, decorated with vintage sporting memorabilia and with a sofa and armchair to take advantage of the outlook over the balcony. Glass doors open into the fantastic kitchen. Well equipped with an electric oven and hob, handy microwave, useful washing machine, fridge-freezer and dishwasher - so there's no need to fight over who has to do the washing up! - the cooks in the group are sure to love whipping up a feast in here. The open-plan living-dining room is a wonderful social space with a wealth of original features, from exposed beams to carved wooden gargoyles! Enjoy your homecooked meal at the dining table, ideal for catching up on the day's events or planning tomorrow's. The two sofas are positioned around the wood burner, perfect for cosy evenings in in front of the fire. For entertainment there's a TV and table football, or simply catch up with a good book.

A wooden staircase leads up from the dining area to the second floor, where you'll find the three bedrooms and two bathrooms. First up is a fantastic king-size room, complete with its own en-suite bathroom (WC, washbasin and bath) and with a handy wardrobe, small dresser and two bedside cabinets for storage. The balcony can be accessed from this bedroom, a real treat. Next along the landing is the lovely twin bedroom. Again, this room has a useful chest of drawers for storage and access out to the balcony. Last but by no means least is the second king-size bedroom. Another lovely room with a chest of drawers and TV. This bedroom and the twin room share a Jack-and-Jill shower room, which has a WC, washbasin and modern shower cubicle.

Outside the cottage there is allocated parking for two cars. As well as the balconies on the first and second floors, there is also a gravelled patio area at the foot of the external staircase.

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

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 en-suite bathroom with bath and WC, 1 Jack-and-Jill shower room with shower and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, washing machine, fridge/freezer, dishwasher
  • Wood burner
  • Oil-fired central heating
  • TVs in lounge and one bedroom, table football
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Partially enclosed gravelled patio
  • Children must be supervised when on the balcony
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Conservatory
  • The cottage is accessed via 8 external steps
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Penrith 9 miles
  • Ullswater 15 miles


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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.

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