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Wellhead Cottage

Plumbland, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Charming property located in the quiet village of Plumbland in the Ellen Vale
  • Renovated yet retains many attractive original features, with the luxury of a wood burner
  • Enjoy summer evenings beneath the pagoda in the shared garden
Property code: SZ552

A great holiday home for a small family or two couples, this attractive property is full of charm and quirk. It’s a great base from which to explore the north-western Lake District and the coast.

This beautiful holiday home is a charming property located in the quiet village of Plumbland in the Ellen Vale. It has been renovated to make the most of the many attractive original features whilst providing modern convenience and comfort. The bedrooms are light and bright with rural views and the cottage as a whole welcomes you - not just with the 'welcome' sign on the door but also with its friendly atmosphere and attention to detail. Sleeping four people it is ideal for families or couples travelling together and makes a perfect base for exploring the northern and western Lake District from Caldbeck to Keswick and Loweswater to Ennerdale. Carlisle, the coast, Hadrian's Wall and the Eden valley are also within easy reach.

Plumbland is a small peaceful farming village tucked away in the little known Ellen Vale yet is within a short distance of numerous local attractions. The River Ellen rises below Trusmadoor between Great Cockup and Meal Fell in the area of the northern Lake District known as Back O’ Skiddaw and flows out into the Solway at Maryport around 25 miles later. Both ends of this peaceful valley are worth a visit, the northern fells are quiet and their rolling green slopes have a network of inviting grassy path to explore whilst Maryport is an attractive coastal town with attractions to entertain all ages. Rural footpaths link with quiet local lanes to provide opportunities for walks from your door or hop in the car to reach the northern fells within an easy 20 minutes. Your local pub can be found just down the road and 2.5 miles away the small town of Aspatria offers a variety of local amenities and a railway station on the scenic Cumbrian Coast line.For those of you of the cycling persuasion there is no better place to use as your base. There are countless routes you can travel from the cottage whether it be coastal or over the hills inland. The cottage has it's own lockable bike storage to boot!

This area provides good access to the quieter northern and western fells and less used paths up the popular Skiddaw and Blencathra, whilst the bustling lakeside town of Keswick is still less than half an hour’s drive. The attractive market town of Cockermouth is only 7 miles away offering tours around the Jennings brewery, Wordsworth House, a variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants plus a range of independent shops to browse. The whole of the Solway Coast is yours to explore from the numerous bird reserves in the north to picturesque Allonby in the south or go a little further south to Whitehaven and the sandstone cliffs at St Bees. Carlisle, The Eden Valley and Hadrian’s Wall are also within easy reach giving you numerous options for walks and days out. If you want to be in a character cottage in a peaceful location away from, yet within reach of, the main tourist hotspots then the house could be perfect.

Parking is provided on the driveway in front of the cottage with plenty of additional space on the street for a second car if required. The driveway provides level access to the front door leading into a handy porch with practical tiled floor, rubber tray for muddy boots and coat hooks for drying out coats on wet days.

From the porch a latched timber cottage style door opens into the cosy sitting room. A log burner in the attractive local red sandstone fireplace entices you to spend evenings in watching the fire whatever the temperature. An initial supply of logs, kindling and firelighters are provided in a feature brass box to get you started. A two-seat sofa and two chairs surround a coffee table facing the fireplace and television with DVD above a shelving unit. The shelves provide some DVDs and reading options as well as a selection of local walking books and wildlife reference books, always useful for working out what that elusive bird was! At the side of the room is a fold out card table with a selection of games to entertain all ages and a mAgazine rack containing maps of the local area ideal for planning walks. Plenty of exposed beams and timber lintels over the doors add to the cottage feel but the ceiling is high enough for a roomy feel.

Another latched timber cottage style door leads through to the stairs up on the left and straight ahead into the beautiful kitchen with plenty of exposed beams. The period sandstone fireplace with original bread oven is the stand out feature of this room and would once have provided the whole family with warmth and hot food. Now it is just for show as an electric hob and oven are provided for creating home cooked meals plus a microwave for even easier meal options and an under-counter fridge. This well planned room has plenty of storage space and is well equipped with everything you might need during your stay, complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are provided for your arrival. A solid wood table seating four is ideally placed in the centre of the room for taking in the period features whilst socialising with friends and family.

Off the back of the kitchen is a utility room/rear porch with door out to the garden, under-counter freezer, washer/dryer, iron and ironing board.

The stairs are carpeted but steep leading up to a small landing area.

Off the landing are two en-suite bedrooms, turn left for a spacious double room with exposed beams and rural views to the front across fields to Aspatria and the Scottish hills beyond. Storage is provided in a wardrobe and two chests of drawers and there is a well designed en-suite shower room with tiled floor. On the other side of the landing is a good sized twin room also with exposed beams and both a wardrobe and chest of drawers for storage. The en-suite shower room utilises the available space well whilst two cute square windows allow in plenty of light and overlook the garden and farm buildings beyond.

The communal garden runs behind the whole row of cottages and is mostly grass, beyond this a gate leads to a shared garden which is the owners' current project and not yet complete. There is a shed just before the garden with a metal bike sign, this is for your own use and the key can be found in the cottage. The owners truly have thought of everything.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin
  • 2 bathrooms – 2 en-suite shower rooms with WC
  • Electric hob and oven, a microwave and an under-counter fridge
  • Utility room with under-counter freezer, washer/dryer
  • Wood burner – initial supply of logs provided
  • TV/DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden shared with other cottages in terrace, furniture can be found in shed, further shared area is enclosed with a pagoda
  • Off-road parking on driveway for 1 car and on-road parking nearby
  • Regret no pets
  • Bike storage available in lockable shed
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 150m
  • Steep, cottage-style stairs not suited to those with limited mobility. Please take care with children
  • No open fires, fire pits – small disposable BBQs welcome
  • 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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Lovely cottage in a quite village. Very clean and cosy. Throughout amenities like umeberalls, walking sticks, maps and tea coffee ect.. Beds very comfy and showe pressure great. Only two issues were the living room furniture exstremly uncomfortable and boiler or water tank in main bedroom made horrendous noises at 1.30am - 3.00every night making itRead more impossible to sleep at this time. Hide

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