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The Old School At Muncaster

Ravenglass, Lake District
Sleeps 18
Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms 8
Change Fri
No Dogs
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Sleeping 18, this home is perfect for reuniting with friends and family
  • Younger guests will love the games console
  • There is ground-floor accommodation for those with limited mobility
Property code: SZ505

With every bedroom boasting a TV, enjoy lazy mornings in bed or take your coffee outside to the large garden and start your day with some fresh air.

If you're looking for the perfect place to gather family and friends under one roof while being ideally situated to explore Cumbria's unspoiled western valleys and tranquil coastline then this will be a treat for you. Sleeping up to 18 people in flexible accommodation, this is a characterful Victorian building on the western edge of the Lake District National Park. It's a fantastic cottage for a gathering of family or friends with largely en-suite rooms, in-room televisions, plenty of comfortable socialising space, ample parking and a beautiful garden overlooking rolling hillsides. It has ground floor accommodation if some members of your party have limited mobility and it even boasts a second living room with a games console for teens and tweens who'd like to commandeer their own space. If your party is coming to make the most of the great outdoors armed with bikes, boats or golf clubs there is even a large lockable shed to store them.

The property lies just outside the charming village of Ravenglass; the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park. It's a special little place with a rich seam of history running through it and a gentle atmosphere all of its own. More than 2,000 years ago it was an important port supplying the inland forts and evidence of this heritage is just a short walk from the cottage in the form of a well-preserved Roman bathhouse. Now it's more famous as being the starting point for the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway, locally known as the La'al Ratty; a wonderful narrow gauge steam railway which winds its way from the coast up to the foot of the mighty fells at Boot. The village also boasts several eateries offering locally sourced food and real ales as well as a cafe and playground at the Ratty station. The cottage is also situated right at the gateway to Muncaster Castle; a historic (and legend has it, haunted) gem with beautiful grounds and events going on throughout the year. The gardens are a must see when the rhododendrons, azaleas or bluebells are flowering.

Slightly further afield from the cottage, there's much to see and do. The stunning valleys of Wasdale and Eskdale are nearby with a world of fell walking to be enjoyed from the mighty Scafells, the highest mountains in England, to lower level peaks such as Irton Pike and Muncaster Fell that all the family can enjoy. The coastline is a natural treasure trove with dunes to explore and a wealth of visiting birdlife. Cyclists are extremely well catered for with a vast choice of off-road options for mountain bikers, a coastal cycleway and some of the most iconic mountain passes in the country for the road cyclists among you. There are also golf courses for all tastes nearby from challenging windswept links golf at Seascale and Silecroft to Muncaster's own 18-hole parkland gem just down the road.

On arrival at the property, guests are greeted by the large porch way with plenty of space for coats and all the muddy boots your party is likely to accumulate on their Lake District adventures. From here, you enter the large living room. This is a fantastic socialising space with plenty of deep leather sofas to lounge about on and a large flatscreen TV with DVD player and Freesat. It also boasts a huge wood burner, perfect for a cosy evening in. The owners have also thoughtfully left a selection of books and DVDs for your stay.

An open archway leads through to the dining area which has long tables which can be put together. This lovely light room has floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the garden giving guests a great view of the visiting birdlife. It's also ideal for observing the comings and goings on the surrounding farmland, magical in spring time with gambolling lambs.

Moving through to the bright airy kitchen. This is spacious and extremely well-equipped for catering for a large group with two large fan ovens, six gas hobs, two dishwashers, microwave, breakfast bar and all the cookware, crockery and utensils your party will need. The utility room is accessed from here where there is a large fridge/freezer, a washing machine and dryer as well as, yet more, space for boots and coats.

Firstly, to head to the accommodation on the ground floor. The delightful double room has a lovely light feel about it with two huge windows, its own modern en-suite shower room and a sink unit in the room. This room is ideal for people with limited mobility having its own easily accessible shower added to which there are no steps between it and the living, dining and kitchen space. Next is the large triple room. This has a single bed and a super-king bed which can be made up as twin beds should your party require. It has a decorative fireplace, an en-suite bathroom with 'b' shaped bath with over bath electric shower and a large wall mounted TV and sofa. In this section of the house, there is also an 'annexe' suite with king-size bedroom, en-suite shower room and a small kitchen area. To access this room, guests can either use an external door or use a door through the triple room, ideal if there is a family within the party who require some separate space.

A small staircase leads up from the kitchen into the upstairs accommodation. This is an absolutely ideal space for the teens or tweens in your party as it has its own light living room with corner sofa, TV and games console. No more arguments over the TV controls! Off this room is a single bedroom and a chest of drawers and velux window looking out onto the hillside. Moving through the upstairs corridor there is a bathroom with bath (no shower) and separate toilet. Also on this floor is a lovely king-size bedroom with large wardrobe, drawers, TV and bags of light from the velux and lovely arched floor- level windows.

Back downstairs to the rest of the accommodation. There are four shallow steps from the ground floor to five of the bedrooms. Firstly there are two single rooms one of which has its own en-suite shower room. Next is a lovely light king-size room with en-suite shower room, TV, floor-to-ceiling windows and patio door out onto a lovely decked area to the side of the house. Next its a super-king bedroom which can be make up as a twin room should your party require. This has a lovely modern en-suite and a large window looking out onto the gardens and hillside to the back of the house. Lastly on this corridor is a lovely king-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom, wardrobe, dressing table and a large window looking out on to the gardens.

Outside the house, there is a patio and decked area to the side which benefits from lovely morning sunshine, ideal for sitting outside with a morning cuppa. To the back is a wonderful spacious garden with mature trees and shrubs, a large lawn for cartwheeling about, birdfeeders with no shortage of gardens visitors and a lovely view to the rolling fields and hillside to the rear. The house also has a large lockable shed at the end of the parking area for bike or boat storage should your party require.

  • 10 bedrooms - 1 double, 1 triple room with king-size bed (can be made up as twins if requested at time of booking) and a single bed, 3 singles, 4 king-size, 1 super-king-size bedroom (can be made up as a twin if requested at time of booking)
  • 8 bathrooms - 5 en-suite shower rooms with WCs, 2 en-suite bathrooms with WCs, 1 bathroom with separate WC, 1 WC
  • Main kitchen: 2 large fan ovens, 6 gas hobs, 2 dishwashers, microwave. Annexe kitchen: microwave, oven, hob and fridge
  • Utility room with large fridge/freezer, washing machine, dryer
  • Wood burner
  • TV/DVD in main lounge, TV and games console in first-floor lounge, and TV in each bedroom
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • Unenclosed garden, patio and decking with furniture
  • There is parking for approximately 10 cars. Please park along the wall side of the car park as access must be left clear to the neighbouring property.
  • Regret no pets
  • Lockable bike storage and space for other equipment such as boats
  • Ground-floor twin is suited to guests with limited mobility
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub less than half a mile
  • Hot tub hire is not permitted at this property
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • Please note there is a refundable £200 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Victoria Rees

This property is personally managed by Victoria.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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A wonderful place to stay for a large group - we had lots of kids and adults, and the space was ideal for us all. The upstairs living room/games room was brilliant for the kids; excellent garden; great dining space and well-equipped kitchen with plenty of white goods and appliances for catering for a big group. Easy access to several walks, and to Read morethe amazing Muncaster Castle. Just a wonderful place to stay - great location and special house! Hide

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Reviewed by Abigail 25th February 2022

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Would definitely recommend this place for big groups. Perfect as it has so many bathrooms it gives enough privacy but also has fantastic communal spaces for the evenings. The place was kitted out with everything we couldve wished for. I was so pleased, and have to say the pictures dont do the place justice. Would stay again and would recommend!

Reviewed by Charles 28th December 2021

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A great place for a family get together. Extremely well equipped accommodation.

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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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