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The Retreat - Ravenglass

Ravenglass, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • Spacious and bright Victorian cottage in a coastal village location
  • Fantastic fell walking, birdwatching and historic attractions nearby
  • Delightful front garden for al fresco dining with views of the estuary
Property code: SZ514

Located in the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park, this haven for four is ideally placed for exploring Ravenglass, the coastline and Lakeland countryside.

Nestled in the only coastal village in the Lake District National Park lies this elegant haven of a cottage for four. Retaining its Victorian character features while having been brought lovingly into the 21st century with stylish decor, thoughtfully chosen art and high-spec appliances, this spacious semi-detached cottage makes a lovely base to explore the charming village of Ravenglass and its unspoiled surroundings. As well having some of the best fell walking available nearby, it's also a paradise for rail enthusiasts, twitchers, art and history lovers alike.

The cottage is a truly special little place with a rich seam of history running through it and a gentle atmosphere all of its own. Evidence of its Roman heritage is just a short walk away from the cottage in the form of a well-preserved Roman bathhouse. It's famous these days 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. Guests at this property can give a wave to these wonderful heritage locomotives as they puff over the bridge nearby. Or better still, pop over the road and catch the train yourself. 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 very close 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.

The glorious 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 nine-hole parkland gem just down the road. You might just find that Ravenglass casts its bygone era spell over you and you'd rather just enjoy the gentle bustle of village life from the vantage point of this welcoming and comfortable cottage.

Sleeping four people in two beautifully appointed bedrooms and boasting plenty of relaxing space, this Victorian semi-detached cottage makes an ideal base to explore this quietly unspoiled area of the Lake District. The owners have deployed a practised eye for decor using a subtle palette of colours, well chosen local art and vibrant textiles to give the house a welcoming and luxurious feel throughout.

Guests arrive to the rear of the property and enter straight into the well-equipped kitchen. It's a lovely sociable space for cooking with wooden units, a handsome Rangemaster double fan oven with five gas hobs, a large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and all the crockery and cookware you will need for your stay. The owners have thought this space through well with a breakfast table for more sociable food prep or just to enjoy a morning cuppa while perusing maps to help plan your day's adventures. Moving through from here is the bright front entrance hall. It boasts a lovely Victorian tiled floor and there's plenty of space here to leave your coats, muddy boots and sandy sandals you'll be using on your days out.

Off this main hall is the elegant living room; it has two deep comfy sofas, sumptuous cushions, a Smart TV, CD player and a gorgeous wood burner for gathering around on chilly evenings. Also off the entrance hall is the dining room. With a large dining table seating six, a decorative fireplace and a helpful map of the area it's a great space to linger after dinner to discuss your Lake District days.

Moving upstairs, past the lovely stained glass mid-landing window, to the bedroom accommodation. The delightful king-size bedroom has a romantic iron bed frame as well as a wardrobe and chest of drawers for storage. The twin bedroom offers flexible accommodation with zip-and-link beds that can be made up as a super-king-size bed if you'd rather (please advise on booking if you require this). It has a chest of drawers, a wardrobe and a lovely blue colour scheme with textiles echoing its coastal environment. The bathroom here on the first floor has a beautiful freestanding cast iron bath with shower attachment as well as a separate mixer shower with drencher head in a curved enclosure. Perfect for soaking away aching muscles after long fell walks.

Outside the house is a delightful front garden a lawn and patio with space for outdoor dining or enjoying a sunny morning cuppa or an evening glass of wine. You can enjoy the view to the sands of the estuary or you can even watch the comings and goings of the wonderful La'al Ratty, a narrow gauge steam railway whose terminus lies across the road. To the back of the cottage are outbuildings which have been extensively renovated and house a utility area with drying space, a washing machine, tumble dryer, ground floor WC and wash basin. There's also plenty of lockable space here to put bikes or kayaks if you are bringing them along to make the most of the wonderful natural surroundings.

  • 2 bedrooms - 1 king-size and 1 twin which can be made up as a super-king on request
  • 1 bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • Range oven, gas hobs, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave
  • Washing machine, tumble dryer and WC in outhouse
  • Smart TV and CD player
  • Wood burner
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Regret no dogs
  • Garden with patio
  • 2 parking spaces on layby to the rear with additional parking available in the village
  • Lockable storage for bikes and kayaks
  • Pub 0.2 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.


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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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