Cragg Cottage is a delightful 18th century converted barn, furnished in a modern country style. It is suitable for families and dog lovers, with an enclosed garden to the rear and views over the fields toward the Western fells. Dual aspect views mean that the cottage is flooded with light on sunny days and, in colder weather, a roaring woodburning stove simply adds to the cosy feel of this holiday home. The cottage is in the tiny village of Deanscales, which is situated just under a mile from the fringes of the Lake District National Park.
Red squirrels, a variety of birdlife and a flock of sheep - who love being fussed over - all add to the quiet charm of Cragg Cottage. The Old Posting House Inn is a ten-minute walk from the cottage and the Royal Yew pub and restaurant is a 30-minute walk. Both are dog friendly and serve good food. A shallow beck that runs under a small stone bridge is a minute's walk away and is perfect to take young children paddling or to wash off dirty doggy paws. Along the quiet lane is the Straw Bale House (can you guess what it's constructed with...?), built by eco builder Brian Waite, who also played a part in creating the Aston Martin that won the 1959 Le Mans 24 hours. On that note, if you're interested in motorsport, FIA WRC champions M-Sport are a few minutes' drive away in Dovenby and tours of the state-of-the-art factory are available to the public.
While Deanscales village is off the beaten tourist track, the charming towns, stunning lakes and epic mountains that make the Lake District's reputation are all within easy reach. The lovely market town of Cockermouth, the home of William Wordsworth, is just a seven-minute drive away; Keswick, with it's theatre, cinema and outdoor shops, is 20 minutes drive; St Bees Head Heritage Coast is half-an-hour away; Crummock, Loweswater, Bassenthwaite and Derwentwater are the nearest lakes; with Scafell Pike (the highest mountain in England), Skiddaw and the Western Fells - including Wainwright's favourite, Haystacks - are all within easy driving distance.