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Rock How

Eskdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Dog-friendly, character accommodation with enclosed garden
  • Relax in front of the open fire or soak in the free-standing bath
  • Enjoy morning coffee with a view over the Eskdale Valley
Property code: SZ414

Set in an elevated position, this family-friendly property is surrounded by farmland, woods and rolling countryside, inspiring wildlife walks and sporty adventures in a natural paradise.

Occupying a wonderful elevated position overlooking rolling fields, gorgeous fells and even a miniature steam railway, this is an ideal cottage for six in lovely Eskdale. This characterful and charming semi-detached home has three beautifully appointed bedrooms, plenty of socialising space and wonderful views making this an ideal destination for families or groups of friends wanting to make the most of the unparalleled natural surroundings. The owners have included countless details to make the cottage warm and welcoming and up to two dogs are welcome along too.

Eskdale Green has a charming untouched feel about it. There's a friendly village shop a short stroll away and two well-loved village pubs within an easy mile's walk. The wider Eskdale Valley is one of the most unspoilt areas in the national park. From here, you can make the most of some wonderful walking and cycling opportunities, take a marvellous narrow gauge steam engine to the nearby coast or just relax and enjoy the wonderful views in the valley that Wainwright described as “One of Lakeland’s loveliest”. It’s a place of hidden treasures with crystal-clear rivers, dramatic waterfalls and even a Japanese garden lovingly restored from its Victorian heyday just a stone's throw from the property.

There's plenty to do only slightly further afield too. Muncaster Castle is an award-winning visitor attraction nearby with wonderful grounds, amazing birds of prey displays and a fascinating history. Just beyond Muncaster is Ravenglass, the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park. It's got a rich and varied history dating back to Roman times, the evidence of which is well worth exploring. The nearby valley of Wasdale is home to the country's most iconic mountain peaks, Britain's favourite view and also England's deepest lake - just the place for picnic and paddle. However you'd like to spend your stay in this lovely area, this cottage is an ideal starting point.

Stone built and with a wealth of period features, it boasts three well-appointed bedrooms, plenty of well-thought-through socialising spaces, wonderful gardens and simply glorious views of the surrounding countryside. The owners have provided plenty of thoughtful touches to make the cottage a warm and comfortable haven you’re sure to want to visit again.

On arrival at the front porch, guests enter into the welcoming tiled hallway where you’ll find a handy payphone. To the right is the delightful traditional living room with two comfy leather sofas arranged around an open fire and a television with Freeview and a DVD player for entertainment. The room is enhanced with some lovely local art and photography to inspire your adventures and a handsome grandfather clock to keep you on time. Back across the hallway, you’ll find the stone flagged dining room with its dining set for six and a wonderful window seat to take in the magnificent view. There’s an electric fire to keep you cosy over long post-dinner conversations and dressers with a great choice of books to keep you entertained.

To the rear of the house, there’s the well-equipped kitchen. In here, you’ll find a double oven with ceramic hobs, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, under-counter fridge and space-saver freezer. Lastly, on the ground floor, is the handy snug. Boasting a further TV with Freeview and DVD player, it also has two comfy armchairs and a table football game to keep you amused. It’s a wonderful cosy space to escape and read a book, or for teens and tweens, to commandeer as their entertainment room.

Heading up the corner staircase, past the lovely stained-glass window, brings you to the bedrooms and bathroom. First to the gorgeous master bedroom which has a king-size wooden bed frame, a wardrobe and dresser for storage, a decorative fireplace and, if you can tear yourself away from the beautiful view, a TV with Freeview. Next to the romantic double bedroom. This light filled room has a metal bedstead and, like the master bedroom, a decorative fireplace, a wardrobe, dresser as well as a TV with Freeview. The twin bedroom looks out to the sloping lawn to the back of the house and has a dresser for storage and a TV with Freeview. Lastly, to the wonderfully spacious bathroom. In here, you’ll find an electric shower in a large enclosure as well as a beautiful Victorian-style clawfoot bath with shower attachment, the ideal place for soaking away tired fell-walking muscles.

The outside space is no less charming than the interior of the cottage. There’s a handy covered area immediately to the rear of the house where you can securely store bikes, a wonderful raised terrace with wooden bench for outdoor dining; alternatively take the stone stairs, hewn from local rock, to the rear garden where there’s a lawn, swing and bird feeders to attract feathery visitors from the forest behind the cottage. The gardens and parking area are enclosed by double five-bar gates. There’s parking space for two cars but please note that the drive is very short but fairly steep and so therefore unsuitable for low wheel-base cars. There is additional parking further up the road (75m from the house).

  • 3 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 1 double, 1 twin
  • 1 family bathroom with a bath, separate shower, WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Open fire (coal and logs provided); electric fire
  • 4 TVs with Freeview; 1 DVD player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels are not provided
  • Football table in the snug
  • Enclosed garden with lawned area and raised dining patio
  • Off-road parking available for 2 cars on the driveway. Driveway is short and steep, and not suitable for low cars. Village parking also available (less than half a mile)
  • Secure bike storage available
  • 2 travel cots and a high chair are provided
  • Pay phone available at the cottage for incoming/outgoing calls
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pub and shop within half a mile; dog-friendly beach 7.5 miles
  • 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

Victoria Rees

This property is personally managed by Victoria.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Duncan 29th April 2022

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Typical Eskdale house in a great location with lovely views. Drive is manageable, but you have to line up your approach and take it steadily, be prepared to have to do a 7 point turn at the top. Nice gardens around the house but challenging to sit on except on the supplied bench due to the slope.

Reviewed by Nadine 11th March 2022

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Reviewed by Suzy 4th March 2022

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Absolutely brilliant. Really nice place to stay. We loved the location and the cottage was warm and comfortable. The info provided by the owners was great to help plan our stay - an added bonus. I will be going back!

Reviewed by Charlotte 19th February 2022

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Reviewed by Emma 21st January 2022

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Lovely cottage and included everything we would need. An ideal location for walking but maybe not for any lake town visits as a fair drive to any of them. Some good local pubs especially the boot Inn and bridge Inn! Would definitely visit again!

Reviewed by Andrea 19th November 2021

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Reviewed by Scot 5th November 2021

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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.

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