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The Smithy - Eskdale

Eskdale, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Games / Play facilities
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Exquisite Lakeland conversion for four, set in Eskdale
  • Former blacksmiths offering inviting accommodation, with immaculate interior
  • Perfect for walking, cycling, climbing and even wild swimming
Property code: SZ518

A magical stone cottage for four, situated near the village of Eskdale in the western Lakes, in an ideal position for riverside walks, climbing Scafell Pike and days out to the coast.

This lovely holiday property is a beautiful conversion for four guests based in the Miterdale Valley, one of the most tranquil and beautiful parts of the Lake District. The property was originally the village blacksmiths and is now a mixture of period features and modern furnishings. Perfect for families, children are welcome to use the outdoor play area at our nearby holiday cottage Mite Villa (also sleeping four and just 100 yards away from the property).

You will find a superb selection of walks from the front door of the property, from gentle strolls along the valley bottom, to challenging hikes over the fells and mountains.

One of our favourite walks is over the fells, dropping down into the neighbouring Wasdale valley, with the Wasdale Head Inn at the end of the walk. Wasdale is a valley of extremes with England’s highest mountain (Scafell), smallest church (St Olaf’s), deepest lake (Wastwater) and biggest liar competition (held annually at a nearby pub).

Eskdale is also a wonderful starting point for hundreds of walks. The river has natural pools for swimming and is a popular place for canoeing and fishing. The famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Miniature Railway runs along the valley, its steam trains making the leisurely 7-mile journey down to the sea.

There are five pubs in Eskdale, all welcoming children and serving real ales and a wide choice of good food. The nearest pub to the property is 10 minutes walk away via quiet roads. The village shop is a half hour walk away, sells a comprehensive range of goods, including groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables, alcohol and newspapers.

The external steps lead to the main open-plan living. This is a characterful room with beams and wood burner (initial supply of logs provided). The sitting area is by the stove and the kitchen and dining area at the other end. There is a flatscreen TV with a built in DVD player.

The well-equipped kitchen has electric hob and oven, microwave and washer/dryer. The lovely bathroom has bath with shower over. Stairs lead from the sitting room down the double bedroom on the lower floor and up to the beamed twin bedroom on the upper floor.

To the outside is a small sitting out area and parking is by the cottage. Young children are welcome to use the play area situated close by.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double and 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric hob and oven, microwave and washer/dryer
  • Wood burner (initial supply of logs provided)
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Small seating area
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Regret no pets
  • Limited mobile signal
  • Children may use the play area which is shared with another property in site less than 100 yards away
  • Low, sloping ceilings in twin bedroom
  • Shop and pub within 500 metres
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed

Hollie Tattersall

This property is personally managed by Hollie.

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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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