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The Old Post Office - Eskdale

Eskdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
9 more

At a glance

  • Charming cottage in the pretty village of Eskdale
  • Period features throughout and enclosed garden
  • Easy access to fells, lowland walks and tourist attractions
Property code: SZ503

A lovely, comfortable base for up to three people in pretty Eskdale, perfectly located to explore Eskdale Valley and the many sights of the Lake District.

This impressive holiday home, a wonderfully comfortable base for up to three people in the charming village of Eskdale. Forming the lower part of a large Victorian house, the apartment makes a romantic bolthole for two or an ideal space for a small family to branch out explore this tranquil area. Tucked down a small lane it's blessed with period features such as an open fire for cosy evenings in, a lovely enclosed garden and fell views. It even has two much-loved local pubs within a 10 minute walk from the door.

Eskdale is a magical valley with an atmosphere all of its own. With access to the highest fells at the head of the valley as well as gorgeous lowland walks, it offers a world of outdoor opportunities. Secure bike storage is available at the property so you can bring the bikes and make use of the miles of bridleways and iconic mountain passes. A trip on the La'al Ratty, a narrow gauge steam railway running from the coast to the fells at Boot, is an absolute must. Sitting out in the property's garden you'll be able to hear the whistles of these marvellous heritage locomotives passing nearby. Why not pop down to Eskdale Green station and catch the train to Dalegarth? You can treat yourself to a scone at their cafe then wander home via the Eskdale Trail. The crystal clear River Esk has an abundance of pools for wild swimming and great places for a picnic and a paddle too.

If you'd like to explore slightly further afield you could pop to Muncaster Castle, just over five miles away. This award winning visitor attraction has a rich and spooky history to investigate as well as glorious grounds and bird of prey displays. The village of Ravenglass is just beyond Muncaster, it's the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park and it has a charming bygone era feeling. There's Roman history to explore in the form of a well preserved bathhouse and a railway museum for an interesting rainy day visit. If you've come armed with golf clubs Muncaster has a delightful parkland course while Seascale, eight miles away, boasts a renowned links to challenge you. Whether you'd like to fill your trip with activity, enjoy the food and drink on offer at one of the five pubs in the valley or just relax and curl up by the fire in a warm and welcoming apartment then this property makes an ideal base.

The apartment forms part of a large house built in 1886 but is completely private with own garden, parking area and entrance. It's cosy and welcoming with homely touches and comfortable furnishings, making it an ideal base for exploring this tranquil area.

On arrival at the apartment guests enter via a large porch which has coat hooks and plenty of space for muddy boots and wellies. Opening out from here is the delightful open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. This welcoming space has a lovely view towards Corney Fell, exposed beams and an open fire for cosy evenings in. The living area has a two seater sofa with and armchair, a television with built-in DVD player and a dining table for four.

The kitchen is well-equipped with stand-alone double oven with electric hobs, microwave, fridge and all the crockery and cookware you'll need for your stay. There's bags of counter space for food prep too.

Beyond the living area is the lovely bedroom. Decorated with a subtle palette it's a relaxing space with a heavy wooden double bedstead along with a wardrobe and dresser for storage. The bedroom there is a door through to the spacious bathroom with a white suite and an over-bath mixer shower.

Directly outside the cottage there is a driveway with parking for one car, across from which you will find the delightful enclosed garden which makes a gorgeous place for taking in the glorious views around the village.

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

  • 1 double
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Double oven, hob, microwave and fridge
  • Open fire
  • TV with DVD player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed garden with seating
  • Parking for 1 car by the property, please note this is not a reserved space
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Storage for bikes
  • Nearest pub and shop 300 metres


From guests that have stayed at the property.


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.

It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

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