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The Old Joiner's Shop - Eskdale

Eskdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Stay entertained in the games room
  • Bask in the sun in the conservatory or outside in the garden
  • Perfect for families with bunk beds for children
Property code: SZ502

Explore both coast and countryside with ease from this home. Spacious rooms offer plenty of places to socialise or grab some peace and quiet after returning home each day.

This cottage is a wonderfully quirky gem of a cottage in the centre of the Eskdale valley. It has three bedrooms and a games room which can be converted into a king-size en-suite fourth bedroom if your group requires it. It has a wonderful conservatory, large deck and lovely garden to enjoy the stunning views. Should you wish to make the most of the fabulous cycling on or off road around Eskdale there’s bike storage in the house.

Sleeping six to eight, it's just a stone’s throw from the crystal clear River Esk with a host of wonderful walks for all abilities straight from the door. A perfect holiday home for those with children with two specially built bunks that are ideal for making dens, not only that but the famous ‘Laal Ratty’ narrow gauge steam engine can be hailed from just 200 metres away. Alternatively you can just relax in the conservatory with a glass of wine and soak up the stunning views of this most tranquil and picturesque Lake District valley.

Don’t get too comfortable indoors though as the garden has many nooks and crannies to explore and Eskdale’s breathtaking dark skies make stargazing from the deck an absolute must on a cold clear night. The valley also boasts five pubs offering fabulous food and real ales and a beer festival every June.

The walking opportunities that Eskdale offers are beyond compare. From Lakeland’s mightiest fell tops to low level riverside ambles, woodland trails, Japanese gardens and Roman forts - it’s all accessible from this stunning location. In short this cottage is perfectly placed for you to enjoy this unspoilt and magical valley.

On arrival, you'll enter the hallway from which you go can go through to the games room which has table football and a small pool table. This room has slate flooring with underfloor heating, an en-suite shower room and cupboard with washer/dryer. Should you wish for this room to be made up as a king-size bedroom instead please inform us before your stay. When it is being used as a bedroom the games tables are packed away. The ground floor also has a bike store/drying room for muddy boots and bikes, it also makes a great bedroom for your pooches should you be bringing them along.

The kitchen/diner is well equipped with microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, double electric oven and gas hobs. For the musical among you, there's a piano to keep you entertained. It also has a large dining table around which to sit and chat about the events of your Eskdale day.

Beyond the kitchen you'll find the beautiful conservatory where you can sit and soak up the magnificent south-facing views all the way up the valley to Harter Fell. You can enjoy a morning cuppa while watching the sun rise over the fells or an evening glass of wine taking in the sunset towards the coast; it really is the most wonderful spot to relax in.

Open wooden stairs from the kitchen lead to the first floor which has the comfortable living room. It has high ceilings, exposed beams and simply gorgeous views from all three windows. The corner armchair is a great place to watch the garden's birdlife. It also has a gas stove-style fire for those winter nights where snuggling up is the best option. There is a TV, DVD player and a selection of books and board games to keep the family amused.

Through the upstairs hall, you'll find the modern bathroom which has a shower enclosure and a lovely large bath to soak away those muscles after long walks. Beyond this are the three bedrooms. First is the bunk room, this has two bunks; one mid sleeper and one high sleeper, under which you can make a great den for hiding from parents! After this there is the king-size bedroom and the double room. All are comfortably furnished with built in wardrobes.

Outside the multi-level garden has a wealth of places to enjoy the views. Immediately outside the conservatory is a high raised deck which is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor meals in stunning surroundings. In the bottom garden there are more nooks and crannies to enjoy the views in the shade of the large oak trees. There is also a small playhouse which can double up as a bird hide for twitchers! Along the side of the house is a patio which is a wonderful place to soak up evening sun with a glass of wine.

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

  • 3 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 1 double, 1 bunk bedroom with mid-sleeper and high-sleeper (the games room can be made up as additional king-size bedroom on request)
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC, 1 en-suite shower room with WC in games room/fourth bedroom
  • Microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, double electric oven and gas hobs
  • Washer/dryer in games room
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • Multi-level, enclosed garden with raised decking and furniture, patio with seating, bottom garden with playhouse
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars; narrow driveway with space for two medium cars with one blocking the other in, further space for one car on the road at the gable end of the house.
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Bike storage in boot room
  • Shop 2 miles, pub half a mile
  • Sleeps 6 + 2 in games room - please contact us to book if you are booking for more than 6 guests


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Reviewed by Andrew 12th November 2021

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Excellent cottage in ideal location, large kitchen diner with everything you need, beautiful lounge with excellent fire with great views, comfy bedrooms, excellent shower and a deep bath for a soak. It's got a conservatory but we never used it as out all day, but there's a big drying room and a games room. Great selection of pubs in the area, bowerRead morehouse and the boot highly recommended. We will definitely come back again. Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 1st November 2021

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Had a lovely stay at the cottage, perfect location for getting away from the fireworks back home. Exploring the local attractions was very nice and the wild swimming that the owner recommended were superb.

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