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The Retreat - Nr Cockermouth

Cockermouth, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming stone-built Lake District cottage with exposed beams and a cosy wood burner
  • Surrounded by beautiful gardens with woodland, a stream and stunning views of Skiddaw
  • Set in a rural location yet just 2 miles from the main Lake District roads for easy exploring
Property code: SZ513

Enjoy a peaceful getaway in the Lake District with this 250-year-old cottage brimming with quirky features and just 5 miles from Bassenthwaite Lake.

This property is perfectly named; surrounded by peace, quiet, and beautiful gardens, and with stunning views of Skiddaw, it is a world away from everyday life. This 250-year-old stone built house has plenty of character and quirky features blended with lovely, modern living. In the split-level living room, you can spend an evening relaxing in front of the TV in one half, or snuggle into comfy sofas around the wood burner in the other half. Further relaxation is possible in the spacious jacuzzi bath or in the beautifully tranquil garden. There is an enclosed woodland area for morning walks, though parents of young children should be aware of the stream flowing through parts of the garden.

Set off a quiet lane, the cottage is on the edge of the charming village of Sunderland near Cockermouth. Its tranquil location is still well-connected, with the main A595 and A591 roads less than 2 miles away, opening up the wider reaches of the Lake District. The predominant sound in this small village is that of the birds singing, joined perhaps by the farm animal or tractor in this working landscape. Walks from your door can take you up the hill towards Blindcrake to discover ruins, limestone outcrops, wildlife, and stunning views of Bassenthwaite Lake.

When you are ready to explore beyond this peaceful home, there are plenty of options. Skiddaw and Thornthwaite fells will tempt keen walkers, whilst cyclists can explore quiet lanes or the tracks of Whinlatter Forest. The bustling market town of Cockermouth is nearby, as is the ever-popular Keswick. The Solway Coast Are of Outstanding Natural Beauty is only 10 miles away and day trips are perfect for visits to Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall country.

This spacious cottage in a wonderfully peaceful location, perfect for escaping modern life. Every room has traditional cottage drop latch doors and exposed timber lintels and whilst some of the ceilings are low the rooms are light and airy. All the windows look out onto tranquil rural scenes with the bonus of lovely views of the fells from the front. The property, near Cockermouth was built in 1752 and was the stewards house for the Isel estate, at one time it was also a working farm but in the last 40 years it has been gradually and lovingly renovated by the current owner.

The gravelled drive beside the garden provides parking for up to 3 cars (one behind the other) in front of an archway which divides the cottage from the owner's house next door. The front door is in the middle of the house to the right of the parking area and a single stone step leads up into the kitchen.

The kitchen is a light bright room painted white with pretty floral wallpaper on two features walls; the dining table seating six is positioned by the window to make the most of the views out over the garden. There is plenty of space for cooking up a storm or just grabbing a sandwich in the well-equipped kitchen - no matter whether you want make the most of the electric range cooker or just use the kettle this kitchen will provide. There is a 1 1/2 sink, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and an additional hob. There are also open shelves for storing provisions.

Off the left of the kitchen is a cosy carpeted living room on 2 levels. It is divided by archways and steps either side of the fireplace which can be curtained off if required. The upper level has a 2-seat sofa, 2 arm chairs and a chair all cluster around a wood burner in an old sandstone fireplace for cosy evenings in around the fire, whilst the lower level has a 2-seat sofa and 3 chairs surrounding a coffee table in front of the Freeview TV. Both sections of the room have exposed timber beams and lintels with the window overlooking the garden and fells beyond. There are plenty of games in the TV unit and on shelves in the lower lounge with a choice of books and DVDs for the DVD player. Coffee tables, standard lamps and a set of drawers complete the furniture and pictures of the Lake District on the wall and a mirror complete the decor.

Back into the kitchen and to the left (so straight through from the front door) are the stairs and to the left of the stairs is the utility room; here you will find a washing machine and iron for your laundry needs plus a large freezer.

To the right of the stairs a back hallway can be used for bike storage - this room used to be the kitchen, how times change! There is plenty of room to hang coats and store boots too. On the far side is a compact shower room and toilet but be warned, it is compact in height too with limited headroom in the shower for taller people.

As you climb the carpeted stairs pause halfway as you turn the corner to admire the view over the meadow to the back of the house. At the top the main bathroom is located on the right and this certainly is a room for spending time winding down and relaxing - the large jacuzzi bath is spacious and perfect for luxuriating in. When you are done, the two heated towel rails will ensure cosy towels; the toilet and sink, tiled floor and attractive artwork all make this a lovely place to be.

Straight ahead from the stairs up two more steps is the carpeted twin bedroom with pretty feature fireplace and beautiful views from the window over the garden, fields and trees to the fells beyond. A cushion on the window-seat is a perfect spot for taking in the peace and quiet. Both beds have bedside tables with lamps and there is storage provided on open shelves and a hanging rail.

Next door, and also up two steps from the main landing, is the large king-size bedroom. A lovely, bright, spacious room that might make it tricky to get up and out in the mornings! This bedroom is perfect for enjoying a quiet cup of tea in bed whilst listening to the birdsong and enjoying the view to the fells. A triple wardrobe with hanging space and shelves, a dressing table and shelving, bedside tables and a chair complete the furniture and there is a beautiful feature fireplace.

Turn left at the top of the stairs to the double bedroom which, being at the back of the house, overlooks the meadow, with fields and trees beyond. Like the other bedrooms it is carpeted and has exposed timber lintels and an old cottage style latch door. It has two bedside tables, chair and a cupboard with hanging space plus a mirror and pretty floral print on the wall.

The south-east facing main garden is out the front of the house but as the road through Sunderland is so quiet it is peaceful and secluded. A table and six chairs are positioned in the middle of a large lawned area in the centre of the garden surrounded by flower borders, trees and shrubs with a traditional drystone wall bordering the road and drive. A bench by the front of the house is perfectly positioned for enjoying the sun and a few moments peace, overlooking the garden with the fells beyond - just idyllic.

To the side of the main garden is a small meadow, in which you are free to wander, and towards the back at the side of the house (also accessed from the back hallway through a porch) you will find steps leading up onto the meadow at the back of the house. A mown path leads along the side of the meadow, full of orchids and many other wild flowers in spring and summer, to an enclosed woodland area. The owners planted 500 trees here in 2010 and this fully enclosed oasis is perfect for taking a seat or come alone and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this lovely spot.

Please note, parents of small children need to be aware that the garden, whilst beautiful and perfect for youngsters to explore, has a number of hazards including a small stream and a 5' drop from the meadow to the back of the house, which are unfenced. The neighbours also have a large pond which is fenced but could be accessed by a determined child so younger children will need to be supervised at all times.

  • 3 bedrooms - 1 king-size, 1 double and 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms, 1 shower room and 1 family bathroom with spa bath
  • Range oven, fridge, dishwasher and microwave
  • Washing machine and freezer
  • Wood burner
  • Freeview TV and DVD player
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Limited phone signal; landline available for emergencies
  • Enclosed garden
  • Woodland area with stream
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars; one behind another, please note there is no turning space and you will have to reverse out
  • Please note the garden has a 5’ drop, small stream and pond - please ensure young children are supervised
  • Regret no pets
  • Pub 2 miles
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


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