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Swinside Cottage

Ennerdale, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A gorgeous retreat for two just a couple of miles from Ennerdale Water
  • This delightful cottage features a wood burner and original ceiling beams
  • Perfect for a couple seeking a tranquil retreat in the western part of the Lake District
Property code: SZ456

Providing a cosy and idyllic rural getaway in the beautiful Ennerdale Fells, this cottage has been tastefully furnished and offers relaxing secluded holiday accommodation for one or two guests.

This beautiful holiday home provides cosy self-catering accommodation for two people in an enviable position near Ennerdale Water. The cottage is perfect for a relaxing rural retreat, with a cosy sitting room and mezzanine bedroom with exposed original roof beams.

Ennerdale is a dramatic and unspoilt valley with excellent walks and mountain climbing. The cottage is located on a rural farm track, outside Ennerdale Bridge leading into the heart of the Ennerdale fells. There is direct fell access from the door, onto Heckbarley and Crag Fell, overlooking Ennerdale Water. Also nearby is the mountain of Pillar with the imposing Pillar Rock towering over the valley forest.

At nearby Kinniside there is the opportunity to enjoy pony trekking over the lower fells, or a speedier option of go-karting at Rowrah. You can also fish by permit on the water.

Cockermouth, a Georgian market town and Whitehaven, a seaside Georgian town, are only a short distance away whilst the popular Lake District town of Keswick is only half an hour's drive away. The historic village of St Bees is also close at hand with a long, pebbled beach and its famous cliffs, home to thousands of nesting sea birds.

The rear door leads into the well-equipped kitchen, with tiled floor, electric hob and oven and fridge. There is also a washer dryer and a DAB radio. A small hallway leads off from the kitchen to the lounge and bathroom. The bathroom has wash basin, WC and shower cubicle.

The characterful cosy lounge has a wooden ceiling with beams and a large wood burner which also heats the hot water and provides the central heating. There is an immersion heater for boosting the supply of hot water. In the lounge there are comfortable armchairs and a sofa, and a dining table and chairs. There is a wall mounted LCD TV with built in DVD player.

Open tread stairs lead up to the double mezzanine bedroom with a small window to the front and velux windows to the rear. The bedroom features original roof beams and a wooden floor. It is decorated with a wooden bed, wardrobe, full length mirror and chest of drawers. Ennerdale Water can occasionally be glimpsed from the bedroom window.

The cottage walls are decorated throughout with large, framed photographs of the Lake District.

To the outside is the gravelled driveway with parking, small garden and use of sitting out area in owner's garden next door. A shed (used as a wood store) is also useful for storing bikes and outdoor gear. The owner has an enclosed front garden and two paddocks that you are welcome to make use of for exercising your dogs off leads. Please contact the owner for more information. There are lake views from the driveway and the paddocks.

  • 1 double bedroom
  • 1 shower room with shower and WC
  • Electric hob and oven, fridge, washer/dryer
  • LPG central heating
  • Wood burner (logs included) – the wood burner also heats the hot water and provides central heating. Immersion heater for boosting hot water supply.
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Small partially enclosed back garden with seating area shared with the owner next door
  • Enclosed front garden and large enclosed paddock with pond and woodland
  • Shared parking on gravelled driveway
  • Bike storage in shed
  • Pub and shop within 1 mile
  • Ennerdale Water 2.5 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

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 5 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Anthony 23rd April 2022

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Reviewed by Shirley 26th March 2022

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Small but perfectly formed.

Reviewed by Andrew 19th February 2022

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A wonderful break in a wonderful cottage in a wonderful location. Lynne and Dave were the perfect hosts who made us welcome and helped make our stay a perfect one. Would recommend Swinside Cottage every time.

Reviewed by Baxter 28th December 2021

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Comfortable and cosy stay, with the log fire a bonus. Great base for exploring this part of the Lakes

Reviewed by Natasha 21st December 2021

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Wonderful charming cottage, warm, spotless and clean, everything provided, including maps, Cumbriam art and literature. Loved sitting by the fire with our dogs. And you don't even have to drive anywhere, just hike from front door, local pub has amazing food, Didn't want to leave! Very grateful for magical quiet christmas.

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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.

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