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Smithy Cottage

Satterthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Towels included
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Elegantly finished country cottage with a wood burner for cosy evenings
  • Large garden leading down to the Force Beck
  • Backing onto ancient woodland between Coniston Water and Windermere
Property code: SZ445

Nestled between two of the Lake District’s most iconic lakes is this charming cottage with stylish interiors and a picturesque garden.

Located on the outskirts of Satterthwaite, a peaceful rural hamlet between Coniston and Windermere, is this beautiful home from home for four or five guests and one lucky dog. On the fringe of the Grizedale Forest, backing onto ancient woodland, you can ‘get away from it all’, embark on a number of wonderful walks and cycle routes right from your front door, or enjoy a more action packed holiday in the forest which offers Go Ape, zip wiring and Segway experiences.

The village of Satterthwaite is about 1.5 miles from the cottage. It has a popular Lakeland pub with a fantastic beer garden looking out over the stunning scenery of Grizedale, perfect for refreshments after a day out exploring. The market town of Ulverston, birthplace of Stan Laurel, has an impressive selection of local independent shops, traditional pubs and restaurants, along with fabulous attractions such as the world’s only Laurel and Hardy museum. The nearby village of Hawkshead is wonderfully quaint, with white washed cottages dating back to the 16th century, charming old pubs and tea shops along narrow traffic-free streets. Visitors like to see the Grammar School, where in the 1780s William Wordsworth developed inspiration for this early poetry.

Why not catch the ferry from Hawkshead to Windermere? Indulge in some retail therapy, treat yourself to a coffee and delicious homemade cake in one of the quirky cafes or enjoy a lakeside stroll at beautiful Bowness-on-Windermere, just a 5-minute walk from Windermere Village. Spend a day exploring around wonderful Coniston. Learn all about Donald Campbell's water speed record attempts on Coniston Water at the village's Ruskin Museum, or enjoy a ride on the majestic Steam Yacht Gondola to enjoy the water at a more sedate pace. For avid fell walkers, the mighty Coniston Old Man is a must and your efforts will be well rewarded with stunning views from the top. If you fancy some fun on the water you can hire boats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards at one of the boating centres on both Windermere and Coniston waters or for something more exhilarating take to Lake Windermere for waterskiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding.

Whatever the time of year and whatever you choose to do on your holiday, this cottage is the perfect choice for your escape to the South Lakes.

Head inside and you're sure to feel to right at home. The cottage is full of charm and character from the wood burning stove and window seats in the open-plan living-dining room to the abundance of original beams and cottage doors. Gather round the dining table, which extends to seat six and is perfect for a catch-up on the day's events over a hearty home-cooked meal. Choose between one of the two two-seater Harris Tweed sofas or the comfortable pouffe and relax in front of the fire, just perfect for cosy nights in. The living area opens to the beautiful country kitchen. which is well equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave, a dishwasher and a larder fridge in addition to the large fridge/freezer in the barn. The chefs in the group are sure to love cooking in this well stocked kitchen! The pretty pale blue AGA gives out a constant comforting heat. It’s no longer used for cooking but is great for keeping food warm. The slate kitchen floor also benefits from underfloor heating.

Upstairs on the first floor are the three gorgeous bedrooms. First up is the beautiful master bedroom. With a pretty metal-framed double bed, this is a calm and relaxing room complete with a quaint window seat, perfect for enjoying a peaceful moment with a cup of tea and a good book. There is also a handy chest of drawers and bedside tables, plus a tall boy for storage and a quirky wicker chair. The lovely, colourful twin room also has a delightful window seat as well as a wardrobe, bedside tables and a chest of drawers. Last, but by no means least, is the cosy single bedroom with its solid wooden bed, matching furniture and a woodland feel.

Also on the first floor is the family bathroom, beautifully decorated with pale blue/cream tones and delightful quirky accessories. As well as the WC and washbasin, there's a bath with shower over and a separate handheld shower attachment, meaning all tastes are catered for, whether you prefer a long soak in the tub or an invigorating shower.

As well as parking for one car, next to the front porch is a handy external boot store. The stone barn next to the cottage doubles as a useful utility area and in here you'll find a tall fridge-freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as a laundry maid. There's also a retractable washing line in the garden if you prefer to dry your clothes using fresh air. In addition, there is space in here for storing bikes if you fancy exploring the surrounding beautiful countryside on two wheels. Behind the cottage is a wonderful garden, with areas of lawn, trees and outdoor furniture in a charming walled area that's perfect for an al fresco aperitif. At the bottom of the large garden is Force Beck, a truly magical place that's perfect for a picnic lunch - or simply sit a while and ponder whilst listening to the relaxing sounds of the water flowing by. Please note, there is no fence between the garden and the beck so children will need to be supervised and extra care taken here.

This wonderful character cottage, situated in a beautiful spot, is certainly not one to be missed.

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

  • 3 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin and 1 single
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge
  • TV
  • Fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer in stone barn
  • Large garden with outdoor furniture leading down to a beck
  • Parking for 1 car
  • External boot store
  • Bike storage in the barn
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Please note that an unfenced large stream runs through the garden. Children to be supervised at all times
  • The property can sleep 5 guests however the living space may be a little tight for 5 adults
  • Pub 1.5 miles


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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.

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