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The Screes

Wasdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Internet access
1 more

At a glance

  • A cosy apartment for four in beautifully converted farm buildings
  • Ideally situated within half a mile of the peaceful Wastwater
  • Bring your pooch and enjoy fantastic walks from the door
Property code: SZ515

Set amongst some of the most magnificent and unspoilt scenery in the Lakes, Wasdale is perfect for walkers, cyclists, swimmers and nature-lovers.

How does the notion of a comfortable, cosy place for four nestled in some of the most magnificent and awe inspiring scenery that this country has to offer grab you? If that sounds like it might be to your taste then have a look at this welcoming holiday home, a cosy ground floor apartment set within a group of houses that was once a farm just a stone's throw from the shores of glistening Wastwater. Sleeping up to four people in two comfortable bedrooms and welcoming up to two dogs it is the ideal bolthole to explore the unparalleled walking on offer straight from the door. The cottage is named after the property, the mighty wall of crag and loose rocks which runs the length of the lake. Both bedrooms look across the valley to this stunning massif, a view not to be missed when the evening sun catches the red glint of iron ore in the rocks.

The majestic Wasdale Valley in the western Lake District is justifiably famous for many reasons. It is the proud home to England's deepest lake, highest mountain, smallest church and even the competition to find the World's Biggest Liar! The view from the foot of the lake was also voted Britain's Favourite View. Despite this fame it remains a wonderfully tranquil, unspoiled and timeless place with an atmosphere all of its own. The lake shore is just a gentle half mile potter from the door, its deep clear waters a paradise for the wild swimmers and the shore a joy for the younger paddling fans. The cottage sits at the foot of Middle Fell and Buckbarrow, both small fells with rewarding views over the Scafells and out to the coast. While a little woodland stroll will take you to Nether Wasdale, a lovely little village with two pubs, one even boasting its own micro brewery. If more challenging walking is on your agenda then this definitely is the valley for the job. The head of the valley is home to the Lake District's giants, the Scafells, while Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Yewbarrow all offer exhilarating walking.

If you choose to head out of the valley there is plenty to entertain visitors. The nearby valley of Eskdale is home to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, locally known as the La'al Ratty, a magical narrow gauge steam railway making the seven mile journey from Ravenglass on the coast to Boot nestled in Eskdale's picturesque fells. Why not spend the day at nearby Muncaster Castle? It's a historic (and, legend has it, haunted) gem set in stunning grounds with lots of events going on for visitors throughout the year. For the foodies among you the western Lake District also boasts some fantastic eateries and excellent local real ales. Alternatively stay put in the valley and enjoy the peace, beauty and drama of your glorious surroundings.

On arrival at the property guests are greeted by a hallway with local blue slate flooring and plenty of space for the coats and muddy boots you'll be sure to get on your Lake District adventures. From the hall you turn left into the open-plan living area.

Here you'll also find the dining table and the kitchen area. The kitchen is equipped with an under-counter fan oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer and all the crockery and utensils you're likely to need for your stay. There is a worktop facing the living and dining area making this a lovely sociable space for food preparation. Guests can snuggle up on one of the two comfy sofas and enjoy the flatscreen TV, DVD player with selection of discs and stereo alternatively why not make use of the selection of games and books thoughtfully provided by the owners.

Moving on to the bedrooms, you first arrive at the double room. This is a beautiful light space with two sash windows set into its deep walls offering glorious views out to the fells. Primarily of course to The Screes from which the cottage gets its name. The room has a built-in wardrobe and a dressing table and is a gorgeous place to enjoy a morning cuppa looking out on those views. The twin room also enjoys that wonderful outlook and has a wardrobe and dressing table.

The shower room is a bright fresh space with a modern suite incorporating a spacious shower enclosure with a mixer shower and a large drencher head.

Outside, the cottage benefits from a lovely shared garden area. As this space is shared with other residents please make sure dogs are kept on leads and pick up after them. There is wonderful stone seating where you can enjoy the morning sunshine picking out the mighty crags on Buckbarrow to the rear of the house, where you might spot rock climbers winding their way up. Alternatively you might catch the evening sun casting its light on the mighty views to the front. What a magnificent place to enjoy an evening glass of wine!

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

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double and 1 twin
  • 1 shower room with a WC
  • Electric fan oven, microwave, under-counter fridge freezer and washer/dryer
  • The apartment is heated by storage heaters and has an enhanced ventilation system
  • TV and DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Towels not provided
  • Shared, lawned garden with flowerbeds and stone seating
  • Large, shared, off-road parking opposite the building
  • 2 dogs welcome - please keep dogs on leads in the shared garden
  • Shop 8 miles, pub 2.5 miles, restaurant 5 miles and beach 9 miles


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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