An enchanting holiday home for four, nestled in a peaceful, country setting, ideal for fell walking and exploring the magnificent northern section of the Lake District National Park.
A beautifully designed and stylishly decorated house in a beautiful, quiet rural location, this charming holiday property has been renovated by the current owners to provide a characterful, light yet cosy cottage for four people. With double and twin rooms it is ideal for families or for two couples holidaying together but would also provide a spacious retreat for a couple wanting to escape the rat-race for a romantic break. Cosy up around the wood-burner, chill out in the beautiful garden after a day out, or just stay in and soak up the atmosphere, you cannot fail to feel the stresses of everyday life are far away as soon as you turn through the gate. This former wood store and animal house has been rebuilt to modern standards yet maintains many character features giving lucky guests the best of both worlds, the whole cottage has underfloor heating beneath the stone floor provided by an environmentally friendly air source heat pump so no cold toes and no guilty conscience!
The property is perfectly located for peace and relaxation yet is within easy reach of the hustle and bustle of Penrith, Carlisle and Keswick. Wander the local footpaths or set off on more challenging walks amongst the lesser known northern fells; the bottom of Carrock Fell and High Pike are just 0.75 miles from your door. Situated on a quiet country lane the only neighbours are the owners in the property next door yet just 20 minutes’ walk takes you to the popular brewery pub in Hesket Newmarket for food, drink and local craic. Hesket Newmarket is a small unspoilt village in the northern Lake District with a village shop for necessities as well as the pub and a small children’s play area. Walk or take a short drive to Caldbeck; tucked away in a green valley surrounded by moorland, it has a historic church, pub, several cafes and craft shops plus a large duck pond on the green and a beautiful section of Cald Beck running through its centre.
The attractive market towns of Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith plus the historic city of Carlisle can all be reached within half an hour drive, and all of them are worth a visit just for the stunning views on the way there! The historic properties of Hutton in the Forest, Dalemain, Mirehouse and Lowther Castle are a similar distance away, offering historic houses and beautiful gardens to explore plus lovely tearooms for treating yourself too. The whole of the northern and north-eastern Lake District is yours to explore and the Eden Valley, Hadrian’s Wall and the Solway Coast are also in easy reach offering wide horizons to explore. If you want to be in a beautiful character cottage with all the mod cons, away from it all yet within easy reach of everything the northern Lake District and north Cumbria have to offer then you will not regret giving this property a try.
From the driveway the cottage welcomes you with a beautiful oak-framed, glass-roofed porch with a bench facing the morning sun perfect for a quiet moment with a cuppa. On a more practical note it also provides storage for bikes and a line for drying wet clothes if needed. Through the front door is a stone-floored hallway with pegs for hanging coats and plenty of room for boots beneath.
The hallway leads past the double bedroom and into the main living area. This is a lovely light space with high vaulted ceilings full of the character exuded by exposed roof timbers, dual aspect windows look out onto the garden and up to Carrock Fell. The fully fitted kitchen has units in an L shape along the wall the worktop is practical laminate but looks like oak completing a contemporary country feel. Integrated fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher and washer/dryer, electric oven with grill and electric hob plus microwave, toaster and kettle provide all the mod cons whilst the cupboards are well equipped with all you could need. Storage is provided in the cupboards and on a large handy shelf above the worktop. The circular dining table seating four is adjacent to the kitchen area for maximum practicality. The rest of the room makes up the sitting area with 3 seat sofa, armchair, rocking chair and large footstool gathered around the rug in front of the wood-burner for which logs are provided in a large log basket. If you tire of sitting watching the mesmerising flames there is a Smart TV with freeview and access to all the catch-up programmes you could need, there is also free Wi-Fi. The lighting in this room has been carefully thought out with practical under unit lighting in the kitchen, downlights over the table and a standard lamp in the living area to compliment the firelight in the evening you can create an ambience to suit the occasion.
Off the living room a traditional latched cottage door leads into a stylish and spacious family bathroom with vaulted ceiling, beams and skylight. This lovely room contains a huge corner bath with shower over, heated towel rail and beautiful feature countertop sink; a perfect space for luxurious relaxation. A corner cupboard hides a huge hot water tank the immersion in which is always on so you will never run out of hot water for your bath or shower.
Also off the living room right next door to the bathroom is the twin bedroom with two single beds each having a bedside table and chair whilst storage space is shared in a solid wooden wardrobe with drawers. A stable door with glass top half looks out to the front porch, traditional latched cottage door and beams give the room a lovely character whilst the vaulted ceiling makes it feel spacious and light.
The master bedroom is back down the hallway towards the front door. With a window overlooking the garden, en-suite shower room and comfy chair for relaxing this is a peaceful room for some quiet time to unwind. There is plenty of storage in a wardrobe with shelves and hanging space and bedside tables and lamps for early nights with a book! The en-suite has a large shower cubicle and a heated towel rail for snuggly towels. Modern is perfectly blended with old in here, the back wall is that of the original barn and definitely not straight but the mirror light turns on with a wave of the hand at the side.
Double French doors out of the living area lead onto a gravelled garden with flower borders and a seating area with table and four chairs, this area of the garden faces south west and is in a lovely sheltered corner with the stone wall of the house behind making a real sun-trap. Particularly perfect in the evening for sitting out with a glass of wine or dining alfresco. Around the corner is a south facing lawn for exercising children and dogs if required, or just take advantage of the opportunity to lie back, take in the view of Carrock Fell and listen to the birds singing. The garden is enclosed on two sides by a lovely old stone wall which gives the whole garden a timeless character and really lets you know you are in The Lakes.
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.