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Pottery Cottage

Skelton, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
3 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Welcoming country-style cottage situated in a quiet and remote village
  • Beautiful views across to Blencathra and close to Eden Valley attractions
  • Excellent walking routes available from the doorstep
Property code: SZ394

Country-style cottage with far-reaching views sleeping four guests. Situated in a lovely village close to Eden Valley and the Lake District’s many attractions.

This alluring holiday property is a bright, comfortable and welcoming cottage sleeping four people in two bedrooms with access to a lovely garden and beautiful views across to Blencathra. Situated in a quiet village just a stones throw from an excellent pub and within easy reach of all the attractions the Eden Valley and northern Lake District have to offer, this cottage is sure to delight whatever you want from your holiday. A pretty, bright and well-equipped kitchen will make self catering easy (when you manage to resist the lure of the pub!) and with a choice of a table in the corner of the lovely lounge or eating al-fresco in the gorgeous garden you are spoilt for choice. The living/dining room is beautifully laid out to form a distinct sitting area facing the TV and the lovely views from the windows, a really cosy place to spend an evening with a glass of wine or two. The bedrooms both feel spacious, have ample storage and lovely countryside views. The shared garden is kept in immaculate condition and offers a variety of seating areas on which to relax and unwind.

Skelton is a small village a few miles from Penrith; this is a quiet rural area where the rhythm of life is still mostly dictated by the agricultural year. There are many walks you can do from the village through the surrounding countryside; why not walk to one of the neighbouring villages and enjoy a pub lunch or reward yourself with a meal and a pint at the pub when you get back? This pub is well-known locally for its excellent food; discover it now and experience the delicious locally sourced and home cooked food for yourself. The gallery  just down the road (or a walk there across the fields) hosts a variety of events and exhibitions plus a pleasant coffee shop. At the next farm along the road is a handy farm shop for bread, milk, bacon, eggs and other essentials.

If you want to travel a little further afield and explore the wider area then this holiday property is ideally located just a mile or so off the B5305 linking Penrith and the M6 with Wigton, Silloth and the Solway Coast. Have a day out in Carlisle wandering round this compact city full of history; near the castle the lovely River Eden brings the countryside to the heart of the city and offers tranquil walks. Penrith is your closest town, a pretty market town with a range of independent shops plus a choice of supermarkets. Escape the crowds and spend some time immersing yourself in nature on the wild Solway coast; walk, birdwatch or just take a drive around, the scenery is well worth it. The stunning north-eastern Lake District is just a 20 minute drive away, Ullswater is deservedly popular, surrounded by fells which get larger and craggier the nearer the head of the lake you go; Aira Force is just a short walk or tackle Helvellyn from Glenridding. Another obvious target for fell walkers staying at the property is Blencathra, take binoculars and see if you can spot your holiday home from the top! For the less energetic the historic and quirky Hutton-in-the-Forest is only a 5-minute drive away. There is certainly more than enough to do within half an hours drive of the property to keep you busy for a fortnight, a week may not be enough!

The front door to the property is sheltered under a covered porch and leads into a carpeted hallway with coat hooks and boot storage, perfectly laid out for coming home after a lovely day out.

Straight ahead across the hall the smart kitchen is well equipped with everything you could need for eating in, no matter what your style. Alongside plenty of storage for supplies there is a fridge/freezer, microwave, liquidiser, electric oven and gas hob plus a washing machine; look out for a welcome gift of biscuits, tea and coffee on the worktop too!

Continuing on down the hall you reach the lovely bright living/dining room. Beautifully laid out and perfectly presented, this room cannot fail to make you feel instantly at home; Lake District photos on the walls and views over the fields bring the outside in through dual aspect windows and a door leads out onto the raised patio. A dining table with four chairs sits at one side of the room and a well stocked shelving unit in the corner holds a range of novels, reference books, magazines and tourist information plus a music centre with cd-player, I-pod dock and MP3. Two two-seater sofas and two chairs demarcate the living area, which is light and bright during the day and cosy in the evening. Plenty of DVDs are supplied to watch on the tv which also has Freeview and side tables are easily accessed for the all important cup of tea or a favourite tipple. This is a comfortable and homely room, a lovely space to spend time relaxing and making the most of your down time.

At the top of the stairs is a spacious, light bedroom with king-size bed and lots of storage in the form of a built in cupboard containing shelves and hanging space. The chest of drawers has a handy mirror over and the bedside tables hold lamps and a radio alarm clock. There are more lovely photos on the wall but look out of the window for an equally lovely scene looking over the village to fields beyond and the distinctive mass of Blencathra peaking over the horizon; perfect to enjoy with morning cup of tea in bed for a truly relaxing start to the day.

The family bathroom is located between the two bedrooms and contains a bath with shower over.

The second bedroom is a lovely dual aspect twin room with bedside table, storage with hanging space and chest of drawers with mirror over. The windows offer lovely views over the countryside without even getting out of bed!

Heading outside from the living room there is a lovely raised patio with table and chairs enjoying the full benefit of the lovely views and sun all day. Take a seat, listen to the peace and quiet and unwind; a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner al fresco too. The garden is open to the owners part adjacent but you have exclusive use of this patio and the side garden which contains further seating areas and a large lawned area. If you have taken advantage of the washing machine then you can get the fresh air feel and dry clothes on the washing line in the garden or there is a covered drying area in the garage.

The property is a lovely little property, perfectly formed to ensure your holiday is relaxed and simple. A home from home you will not want to leave but when you do tear yourself away there is plenty to do in the surrounding area whatever your interests.

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom - 1 family bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Welcome pack provided
  • TV with Freeview and DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Private patio area with table and chairs, shared lawned garden with owner’s property next door
  • Parking for 1 car on driveway
  • Regret no pets
  • Bike storage is available by prior arrangement with the owner
  • Short breaks available from Friday and Monday on selected dates - please call to book 
  • Nearest pub 50 metres, shop 2 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.

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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