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The Old Stables - Ayside

Ayside, Lake District
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Working farm
5 more

At a glance

  • Charming cottage with a blend of traditional and quirky style
  • Wonderful mezzanine floor to escape to of an evening
  • Fantastic terrace looking out onto lush Lakeland countryside
Property code: SZ506

This unique cottage is ideal for walkers to use as a base for a holiday of exploration around the spectacular scenery of the Lake District National Park.

Tucked away in the hidden hamlet of Ayside, this attractive holiday home offers a tranquil retreat. This characterful hideaway has been lovingly designed to provide comfort, style and a sense of home. Throughout the cottage you’ll find antique furniture, quirky wallpaper and beautiful finishing touches.

Three miles away you’ll find the village of Cartmel, famed for its racecourse, its Michelin starred restaurant (L’Enclume) and of course home to the famous Cartmel Village Sticky Toffee Pudding – a treat for all of us who have a sweet tooth.

A mile or so further is the coastal retreat of Grange-over-Sands, nestled in the Morecambe Bay, with its promenade, parks and shops.

Less than 10 minutes drive in the opposite direction is Windermere Lake – take a trip on on one of the Lake Steamers, or walk along its shores. There are plenty of water sports on offer too, as well as the Lakes Aquarium.

The property couldn't be better located for exploring the dramatic scenery of the Lake District National Park, the popular towns and villages of South Lakeland, or the quieter, less discovered valleys and coastline of the Furness Peninsular, and it's easily accessible being less than a 20-minute drive from the M6.

As you open the front door of the property, you are struck by the lovely feel of the place. Perhaps it's the warm Rayburn in the kitchen, or it could be the fabulous and unusual wallpaper in the bathroom, or maybe it's the lovely light sun room.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a Rayburn, microwave-combi oven, fridge/freezer and plenty of storage space. There is a dining table too. The kitchen is the hub of the house and leads through to the lounge in one direction, and the bedroom and bathroom in the other.

Once in the lounge you'll find comfortable seating, TV, DVD player and electric fire. This room is light and airy, with patio doors leading through to the sun room with further seating and the patio beyond.

Stairs in the lounge lead to a mezzanine area with more seating - the perfect place to escape and switch off for a little while.

The bedroom is on the ground floor and is large with two single beds. It has beautiful antique furnishings. The unique bathroom has one wall that is covered with wallpaper depicting postcards from the '50s.

  • Bedrooms - 1 twin
  • Bathrooms - 1 shower room
  • Rayburn, combination microwave oven, fridge freezer
  • Wood burner-effect electric fire
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Enclosed terraced patio with garden furniture
  • Regret no pets
  • Parking for the property at neighbouring house (owners home), plently of parking available
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 1.5 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Victoria Rees

This property is personally managed by Victoria.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 2 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Julie 4th March 2022

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Great location, handy for travelling around the Lake District but very peaceful. Lovely, quirky and surprisingly roomy cottage with everything we needed. Really appreciated the off-road parking.

Reviewed by Wendy 28th December 2021

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We had a wonderful stay, the cottage was lovely and warm. It was in a great location for accessing some beautiful walks. It was well equipped and we cooked most evenings. The utility room was great for washing and drying our muddy clothes and boots. The owners had very kindly left us flowers, champagne and chocolates for New Year which was a lovelyRead more touch. We would love to return one day and continue to explore this area. Hide

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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.

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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